Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were capped off with an amazing weekend in Vermont hanging out with some of my OG blogger friends. Week 3 of Mount Washington Road Race training is in the books and my legs are feeling it after running in Vermont for two days. If only I lived closer to all those wonderful (yet exhausting!) hills.

Monday

20 minutes Elliptical

20 minutes Stepmill

My monkey mind could not settle on the Elliptical so I switched after 20 minutes.  That did the trick!

Strength training:

Bulletproof Mountain Legs, MegaPush Circuit (upper body), mobility and core – I did two of my coaches strength training routines.  I modified both a little but it still left me super sore.

Tuesday

45 minute run, 8:57 avg pace, 369 ft elev gain

Winter isn’t completely gone just yet.  It was 19 degrees when I headed out for my run.  My usual cold weather gloves left my hands completely numb.  How is it that I could run in sub-zero temps with those same gloves and feel toasty?  My winter grit has gone away until next year.  I hope the early morning cold takes a hint and leaves soon too!

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi Yoga – a lovely flow of Warriors to make everything feel good.

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Wednesday

30 minutes Elliptical Intervals

Strength Training:

Bench Press

Cable flys

Cable skiers

Rope pull down

Band pull ups

Eccentric pull ups

Rack position KB step ups

Walking lunges w/ Russian twist

Barbell squats

TRX split squats w/ hop

SL KB deadlifts

Med ball slams

Plank matrix

Thursday

46 minute run, 9:09 avg pace, 470 ft elev gain

Kyle and I visited our fav big hill in town for some repeats to make us feel like we wanted to puke and poop at the same time. Who says running isn’t fun? Lol! I know I’ve complained about the differences between GPS watches and Strava, Training Peaks and Moves Count (Suunto app) but can someone explain how Kyle got over 200 feet MORE of elevation then me?  She did warm up a bit before we met but it was on flat ground.  So weird!

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Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi Yoga – We practiced Chin Stand, the pose I hate more than anything.  It just feels so awkward and just wrong.

Friday

Rest day

I drove to Vermont after work to meet up with these lovely ladies to enjoy a weekend of good food, delicious drinks and amazing conversations. It’s hard that to believe that we all met 6+ years ago through blogging.  Some of us still blog, some of us have gone on to other ventures, but we still keep in touch and try to see each other as much as possible.  I had no idea blogging would give that to me when I started over 7 years ago.  It’s pretty amazing how it all worked out.

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Left to right: Christine, Allie, Sandra, Carly, Laura and Sarah

Saturday

57 minute run, 10:30 avg/pace, 919 ft elev gain

Allie was not exaggerating one bit when she said her condo was at the top of a mega hill.  And when I say mega, I mean it’s at least 2 (or more) miles of straight climbing.  After a lazy morning of sleeping in, eating breakfast and hanging out, we finally ventured out for a run after 1 p.m. We tried to keep it easy but it was kind of impossible given the amount of hill climbing we did even on a snowmobile trail. Some of the ladies ran on snowshoes, some walked and some of us hoped for good enough traction with trail shoes. It was a fun run and I got to wear shorts!

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Bloggers caught in their element!

Sunday

5.7 mile run, 8:40 avg pace, ~1000 ft elev LOSS

Our intention was to keep Sunday super easy so we ran DOWN the mega hill.  My calves were sore from Saturday so I’m sure my quads will be unhappy with my on Monday.  Once we hit the flats, it felt so good to speed up.  And of course, once we started talking, the legs soon followed.  Haha! Why does that always happen?

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Brownie Batter Hummus

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting companies that I love.

A few years ago, I was strolling through a local farmer’s market and came across a table selling dessert hummus.  Now, I love hummus, but making it something sweet sounded completely disgusting to me.  And making it a dark brown color made it resemble, well, poop.  How can that taste good?

There was a sample for Brownie Batter Hummus and after chatting with the vendor, I decided to give it a taste.

OMGeeee…it tasted soooo good!

There was no bean taste and all chocolate.  It tasted just like brownie batter.  I don’t know about you but I enjoy brownie batter more than actual brownies. I promptly scooped up multiple containers of a variety of different flavors.  After that, I would make a weekly stop to pick a container up or two because I was hooked.  Soon after, the company went out of business. Whomp, whomp, whomp.

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I hadn’t even thought about dessert hummus until last fall a friend posted on Facebook about a delicious chocolate hummus she found at one of our local grocery stores. The debate that ensued was hilarious. Some people were appalled at the thought of chocolate and beans. Others, like me, were like, “It’s sooooo good!”  I promptly headed out to the grocery store and scooped up a container hoping it would taste as good as I remembered. It was a different brand and had a different flavor but was still pretty tasty.

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This recipe is inspired by that Brownie Batter Hummus I tried years ago. My kids will gobble this up so I feel like I’m winning in the Mom department when I can get my “selective eater” daughter to eat beans. Lol!

Brownie Batter Hummus
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 oz) Chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
  • 5 Tbsp non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Barlean's Flax Oil
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend till everything is combined and smooth.
  2. Add more milk if needed.
  3. Enjoy with pretzels, fresh fruit, on toast or crackers.

 

I added Barlean’s Flax Oil (affiliate link) to the Brownie Batter Hummus for a dose of hearty-healthy ALA Omega-3 fatty acid. Just one tablespoon of flax oil can meet your daily ALA needs. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial to your health for multiple reasons like reduced inflammation, improved heart health and protecting the brain against aging. Barlean’s has been in the flax business for 30 years so I think they know their stuff!

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Flax oil can easily be swapped for other types of oil.  The possibilities are endless salad dressings, dips, sauces, hummus and even smoothies. However, do not use it for cooking since it can’t be heated over 225 degrees fahrenheit.

So serve up this Brownie Batter Hummus knowing that it’s full of good for you nutrients but tasting like a decadent dessert.  And it doesn’t taste like beans!

Dessert hummus – yay or nay?

Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts left me feeling strong and ready for spring.  It was week 2 of Mount Washington training and I’m falling back into the swing of running uphill. FYI – you can learn to love hills too!

The temps are slowly getting warmer even though we had a hint of snow on one morning.  I can always tell when I’m done with a season – all of my workout clothes look horrible. I’m over tights, long sleeves, vests, jackets, hats and mittens.  Once the temps hit 40 degrees, I’m in shorts.  I can’t wait!  My legs need to breathe!

Monday

30 minutes Elliptical

strength training:

Bench press

Cable skiers

Arnold press

TRX inverted row

Rope pushdowns

Rope curl

TRX split squats

KB SL deadlifts

KB SL bench steps ups w/ hold

Lateral lunge w/ press

Reverse lunge w/ balance

last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comNew watch, who dis?  I’m not going to lie.  The prettiest factor was a huge part in deciding to get this Suunto watch.  Forest green and copper?  I die! 🙂

Tuesday

45 minute run, 8:56 avg pace, 298 ft elev gain

An easy paced run that had a brilliant sunrise and I saw something I’ve never seen before – turkeys high up in trees.  I had no idea turkeys could fly and that they slept in trees.  Who knew?

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

Wednesday

30 minutes Arc Trainer Intervals

strength training:

Bullet Proof Legs

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DB bench press

DB renegade row/squat press

Eccentric pull ups

Band pull ups

Lat pull downs

Anti-rotational cable pull

Med ball slams

Plank matrix

Thursday

46 minute run, 8:45 avg pace, 312 ft elev gain

Kyle and I went in search of the hills in town and attacked them as best we could.  I must have had some charge in me because I got a segment crown on Strava on one hill.  Not sure how that happened but I’ll take it!

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Morning Yoga Flow @ Bending Bodhi

I was hoping for an easy going gentle class but Sarah decided that we need to awaken the body for spring.  That meant lots of hops, jumps, chaturangas and chair pose.  Not quite the gentle class I was hoping for but it was still good!

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

7 mile run, 8:50 avg pace, 504 ft elev gain

With the trails nothing but a mix of snow, slush, mud, and water, I opted for searching out a hilly route on the roads.  There will be plenty of time for trail time in the upcoming months. The winds of March will blowing like crazy.  There were times when it felt like someone grabbed hold of my ponytail and pulled it straight back.  The first mile, my stomach didn’t feel too happy.  But it got better as I moved along. I picked a route that I knew had plenty of hills and even did one mega hill twice (because once just wasn’t enough – lol!).  I felt strong and smooth and even grabbed a PR on one hill that brings back flashbacks of a girl dry heaving in front of me during a race a few years ago.  I can’t wipe that memory from my brain for some reason – haha!

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Sunday

42 minute run, 8:44 avg pace, 275 ft elev gain

This was supposed to be a 40 minute very easy pace recovery run.  Ummm…not so much.  It still felt relatively easy but I should have been running a whole lot slower.  I blame Kevin.  We hadn’t run together in a long time so the more I talked, the faster my legs went.  Why does that happen?  It should be the other way around, right?  Oh well.

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