Trying to beat the winter blues

Hey there!

I hope everyone is surviving the arctic blast that is AGAIN hitting most of the country.  Brrrrrrr!  It’s been so cold that I kept hitting snooze on my alarm in the morning because the cold air makes my bed so much cozier.  I have been trying to think of ways to change that and get my motivation back.  The week started out good but that my workouts starting really slacking.  I am also starting the “busy season” because I am a tax accountant.  It’s a ROUGH time of year because I work more, sleep less and have much less time to workout.

This lack of motivation due to poor weather is not good especially since Monday January 6th started off my marathon training season!  Woo Hoo!  Fast forward a few weeks and now there are seventeen weeks until the Coeur D’ Alene Marathon!!  I have my long runs planned out in my training calendar.  I am still tweaking the other runs during the week and doing some research on the best plans.  Since I have only done one marathon before I am not looking for anything major but I want to NOT hit the wall so badly and finish under 4 hours.

To help get me through this winter weather and give me some motivation I read some of my Women’s Fitness RX magazines last night.  I like these magazines and they are not just for body builders because they have a lot more “real” workouts then some other women’s magazines.  As I was about to go to call it a night I came across an article on David Siik (online version).  I will modify these a bit to fit my needs but I like the general format for mixing up treadmill runs.  Here is a 20 minute HIIT (high intensity training) workout.  I did this workout twice tonight with a break in between to stretch and do some crunches on the ball.  20 Min HIIT.jpgIt was a tough workout for sure but I felt great after finishing.  Tomorrow I am going to spinning and Body Pump at the gym and then going to take another stab at paleo protein banana bread.  Hopefully this one turns out better than last time.  Stay tuned I will be posting pictures and my recipe!

Tomorrow is also an exciting day because it’s Steve’s birthday so we are going to dinner at his favorite restaurant.  Looking forward to a fun evening celebrating his birthday and also turning in his master’s thesis this week.  So proud of him!!!

bad-weather-motivational-poster - USEWinter Running Tips:

Winter Weather Exercise – Runner’s World

10 Tips for Running in the Cold

Winter Training

If all else fails, keep running…..South!  Its much warmer down there!



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A birthday Crown Roast

Happy Monday and Happy Birthday to Joanne!

Today we slept in a bit and then Steve made breakfast for his Mom (Joanne) to begin her birthday.

I made some oatmeal and had some coffee before I went to the basement to run on the treadmill this morning.  It’s so nice to have a treadmill in the basement at Steve’s parents house because it’s cold, snowy and icy outside.  They even have a TV set up in front of the treadmill.  Yesterday I ran 6 miles while watching Four Weddings.  Best start to my day!!  Oatmeal - USE

After my run we hung out at the house watching the snow fall while the guy’s played with the snowblower plowed..  Got just a bit of snow Saturday night…. Patio snow - USE Backyard - USE

The dogs loved the snow and of course wore themselves out per usual.

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Later in the afternoon we headed over to his parent’s friend’s house to watch the Green Bay Packer game.  We brought over some leftover cheese dip and they made some tasty treats as well, including an appetizer version of my absolute favorite….Monte Cristo sandwich.  It was very tasty and I will add that to my appetizer recipes.  

We had fun watching the game, unfortunately the Packers lost…Boo!  We had planned to go watch a movie afterwards but decided to go drive around looking at Christmas lights.  We went to Olin Park in Madison and they had a beautiful light display.  Lights - red truck - USE Lights plane -USE Lights gingerbread man - USE Lights capitol - USE Lights - USE

Today I ran 4 miles on the treadmill and then walked another mile.  Then we to the mall because Banana Republic (Steve’s favorite store) had some great sales in addition to the coupon he just received in the mail.  The mall was surprisingly quiet which was nice, we were able to get in and out quickly.  After the mall we went back to Brennan’s Market to pick the Crown pork roast that we ordered on Saturday for Joanne’s birthday.  Saturday morning we were all watching Secrets of a Restaurant Chef by Anne Burrell and she was making a Crown pork roast.  I have always wanted to try making it but it always seemed so hard and intimidating but she made it seem pretty easy.  We decided to give it a try and wow it turned out great!!

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We followed Anne Burrell’s recipe for Crown Roast of Pork and a made of rub of olive oil, minced garlic, sage, rosemary and red pepper flakes.  We were fortunate enough to have the crown roast assembled in a circle by the butcher so all we needed to season and pop into the oven.  I rubbed the mixture over the roast.

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Once the roast is nicely seasoned then cover the rib bones with foil so that they do not burn and set in the oven for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.

Roast foil - USEAfter cooking for 30 minutes at 450 degrees, decrease the temperature to 325 and continue cooking for 2.5 hours (or longer depending on weight).  Once the roast reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees then it is done.  Let it rest and then add the decorative rib bone covers (we added Happy Birthday wishes to ours).

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Celebration birthday dinner for Joanne!

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We had green beans and stuffing and it was soooo good!

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Do you see Noah trying to sneak in waiting for some yummy Crown Roast to drop….also he is giving Steve the “pretty please” look.  LOL not this time boy.
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We ended the evening with some German Chocolate Cake to finish off Joanne’s fun birthday!

Have you tried a Crown Roast of Pork?

What is your favorite Birthday dinner meal?

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