Monthly Archives: February 2016

Crustless Quiche

Good morning! I hope you had a nice weekend. It was the first weekend in a few weeks that I’ve actually been home in Portland so it was fun to spend some time around here! The weather was gorgeous which made for some nice walking around town and exercise (run and bike) outdoors. It’s hard to believe that it is still February and there’s no chance it’s going to be 70 degrees next week. Sure feels like spring!

Today I’m sharing a recipe that I made last week. I love quiche but making a crust is a pain in the @$$ and it’s not exactly good for you. Lots of work for food that isn’t good for me is not too awesome in my book. So, I made a quiche in my cute little anthropologie pie plate and didn’t even miss the crust. Full disclosure: the bacon and cheese still made it into this recipe, so you know it’s going to be good 🙂 It looks like pizza, I know. It’s not. Sorry to disappoint. 

Crustless Quiche
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 small italian eggplant, thinly sliced
  2. 1/2 cup mushrooms (chopped)
  3. 1/2 cup red pepper (chopped)
  4. 6 strips of bacon cut into small pieces and cooked.
  5. 8 eggs
  6. 3/4 cup of milk
  7. cheddar cheese
  8. salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease the bottom of a pie plate with cooking spray.
  2. Chop up your bacon into small pieces and cook in a frying pan until brown and crispy. Set aside.
  3. Cut the eggplant into thin slices and arrange on the bottom of the pie plate. Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and garlic powder over the eggplant.
  4. Add chopped bacon, red pepper, and mushrooms to the pie plate.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add a touch of salt and pepper.
  6. Pour eggs into the pie plate. Everything should be mostly covered.
  7. Grate some cheddar cheese over the eggs. If you love cheese, go to town. If you hate cheese skip this step.
  8. Bake in preheated oven until eggs are no longer jiggly. My quiche took about 45 minutes to cook.
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White Mountains Ski Weekend

Good morning! I am back at home after a long weekend off up in the White Mountains with my friends. We had such a great time and it was the perfect winter-y getaway. Looking at the weather before we left made me nervous that we wouldn’t get much skiing in because of the cold temperatures and the lack of snow, but that didn’t stop us! Here’s a little recap:

Friday

Since the temperatures looked so cold for the weekend and Friday looked “warm”, Angus and I decided to take the day off and head up to Wildcat to take advantage of their 2 for 1 lift tickets that day. The temperatures were definitely not warm and it was sub 0 temps all day. I didn’t have many expectations of good skiing but was pleasantly surprised! We had a great day- the snow was fabulous and there were no crowds. Just had to go inside a couple of times to warm up. 🙂IMG_0188       IMG_0182IMG_0185

After skiing we headed over to the Wildcat Tavern for some apres ski beers while we waited to check into the airbnb we rented.

IMG_0187Our Airbnb was a super cute “chalet” (I’m not sure I like this word- sounds too fancy. It wasn’t really a house or a cabin, so chalet works) situated on the side of a mountain. You had to walk down several flights of stairs to get to the chalet. It felt like a bunker! It was a very cozy place with great views and plenty of space for the 8 of us. IMG_0210     IMG_0229IMG_0190IMG_0191Saturday

Saturday the temperatures started to drop so we spent the morning lounging and drinking coffee before heading out for a little hike to Diana’s Baths to see some frozen waterfalls. This place was so much fun to explore! After our outdoor adventure we warmed up at the Sunrise Shack in Glen for lunch. SO good for breakfast/lunch. Definitely doesn’t look like much from the outside but you’ve gotta go in and try it!IMG_0197IMG_0201After lunch we all headed back to the house and everyone else stayed in and chilled while Angus and I headed to Bear Notch Ski Touring for a quick ski. These trails were awesome! It’s definitely not a fancy place but the skiing was top notch. Since we arrived so late in the day they let us ski the next day as well for the same price. This was perfect since the temperatures were so cold we only wanted to be out for an hour or so anyway.IMG_0217IMG_0215After our ski we headed back for some happy hour drinks and movies on the couch. IMG_0216Sunday

This is when our vacation started to get REALLY fun. We woke up to no heat in the basement of the rental and it was 35 degrees in our bedroom! BRRR. Eventually it got fixed and no pipes burst so things were looking up. After another lazy morning we decided to go back to Bear Notch for another short ski. My car definitely was not in the mood to go though! Couldn’t get it started so after our ski we spent an afternoon lounging and waiting for AAA which ultimately ended with my car getting towed to a dealership in Saco on Monday morning. Sunday evening was more movies, some games, and a valentines day sour beer and chocolate tasting! MMMMM. IMG_0221IMG_0226Monday

After packing up, cleaning up, and saying see ya later to my car, we all headed up to Glen Ellis Falls for a walk before heading back to Portland. Our last stop on our way home was at Ebenezer’s Brew Pub for lunch. By the time we were back in Portland my car was ready to be picked up in Saco which was very convenient! We were very lucky to not be too inconvenienced by the situation and thankful for our friends bringing us home. A great vacation all around. 🙂 10422488_10102852567823066_6982892389858802802_n

Rounds Workout

Good morning! Today I’m spending lots of time cooking and getting ready to head to the mountains this weekend for “ski weekend” with my friends! Sadly the temperatures look frigid and I’m not sure how much snow there actually is to ski on. I’m sure we’re in for a fun weekend either way!

 I’m sharing an awesome workout with you today. I had my class at the YMCA do it last Friday and it looked so much fun I decided to do it with my friend and gym buddy Sarah on Sunday. I actually have two friends named Sarah that I often workout with (not usually at the same time) and it confuses the heck out of Angus. I also have two friends named Emily who I often drink wine with. Also a confusing situation. Here you go!

Rounds Workout

Training for Longer Races Running 3x a Week

 

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I know what you’re thinking. The title of this post sounds too good to be true. Believe it, my friends! Maybe you’ve had your eyes on a longer race 10k, 13.1, 25k, even a marathon but running 6 days a week is out of the question whether it be time constraints or you’re prone to injury when you run every day. Sadly, my days of running 6 days a week are long gone due to some ankle issues and repeat cases of IT Band problems but that has not stopped me from signing up for longer races and hitting PRs, while staying injury free! Here’s what you need to know:

First off, before starting any sort of running training plan you should have some base fitness for running. If you’ve never run before, haven’t run in 10 years, etc. then you’re not going to want to hit speed workouts in your first week. You will get hurt and write me bad reviews on my website. Don’t do that. Spend a couple months building up some running fitness. For longer races, you’re going to want to make sure you can run at least three miles COMFORTABLY, before tackling any sort of plan. Confused? Talk with a professional! Once you have some base fitness there are three KEY running workouts you need to be hitting every week. 

The Long Run

This run will vary in length depending on what distance you have signed up for. You will also build up milage during this run. For instance if I am training for a half marathon, my “long run” the first week may be 4-5 miles and each week after I will add .5-1 mile, depending on my current fitness level and how many weeks I have before race day. Note: you should not hit your highest mileage on your long run the week before race day. For a half marathon, you would want to run 11-12 miles about three weeks before your race, and then cut the mileage down a bit as you get closer. Your long run is slow and easy. 

Speed Work

The best place to do speed work is the track. It’s flat, and distances are already measured. If you don’t have access to a track you can easily map out a course around your neighborhood with a GPS (no fancy garmin watch? use your phone!) Speed workouts are great for building up power as well as endurance at faster speeds. This is a great time to practice running faster than your race pace. Try to keep all of your intervals consistent in terms of pace. So your last one should be just as fast as your first. My favorite track workout is 4x800s. Super simple and yet challenging and effective. If you’re new to speed workouts practice doing “striders”. Spend 10-20 seconds accelerating up to a fast pace, and then decelerate into a jog or a walk around the rest of the track. Repeat 4-6 times. 

Tempo Run

This run is at or close to your 10k race pace, but for a shorter distance. If you don’t have a lot of racing under your belt you may not know what your 10k race pace is. A tempo run could also be described as a “comfortably hard pace”. Make sure that your pace stays very consistent throughout the run. In order to get a bit more mileage in on this day I would do about a mile warm up, 2-3 mile tempo run, and a mile cool down. Again, it all depends on your current fitness level and the length of race your training for. You also may consider alternating tempo running with hill repeats. One week tempo run, one week hills. Sometimes a tempo run every week is too much. 

And there you have it, three workouts you definitely want to include in your training if you only are going to run three days a week. Here is a sample week of a training schedule that I would use training for a half marathon so you can get an idea of how I round out the rest of the week. 

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