Shamrocks and Biscuits

I’m sick again today. Luckily, I noticed the signs early on. I was in my cube, typing up notes after my last advising appointment, and I could feel just the slightest tickle in the back of my throat. I was also salivating more than normal. I ate two clementines and mixed up some Emergen-C, and after my dinner meeting, hustled to Target and stocked up on vitamins and cold medicine. I’m definitely not 100% today, but I am not getting my world totally rocked like I did last month.

On that health and wellness downer, let me recap all the good things that happened in the last week!

I got my ego completely assassinated at CrossFit HEL multiple days in a row. Every WOD was a long workout. There were cargo net climbs and rowing and wall ball shots and a little voice in my head telling me, “Could you imagine how awful this would have been six months ago?” There was also the second CrossFit Games Open workout (a.k.a., “13.2”) on Friday. Yes, I scaled down for the WOD. And no, I still didn’t kill the numbers on it. My teammates and other CrossFit friends in Seattle and Vegas did, though! Good job, y’all! What I did do was get through all of it. (And again, I don’t have my training journal, so no exact numbers to share.)

Monday night at the box, I hit my first 80lb. power cleans. We did a 12-9-6-3 WOD with power cleans and ring dips. 80lbs. was prescribed, and I now have a weight that challenges me. I know my form wasn’t the best during that workout, but it also felt a lot better than several months ago when we did a similar workout with 65lb. cleans.

Backing up to the previous day, on St. Patrick’s Day, I ran my second-ever 5K, the Portland Shamrock Run. I hadn’t run a 5K since 2011, and I hadn’t even run more than 2 consecutive miles leading into the race. However, something compelled me to actually give the run my best (maybe it’s that CrossFit mentality!), and I completed the race in 32 minutes and 16 seconds. My average pace was 10 minutes and 23 seconds per mile, which is slower than I’d like. I know that I was stopped a few times for train crossings, but I don’t want to make excuses for myself. I was supposed to run the vernal equinox 5K with my team tonight, but with being sick, I think it’s looking like I may hit up the rowing machine to try and sweat out the virus. (Who knows–maybe I’ll make up the run this weekend…)

Regardless of the results, I started and finished and ran the whole 5K. It didn’t feel as terrible as the first 5K I ran, and my sprint to the finish line felt good. I’m hoping to get some more runs in to try and trim down my mile time; I need to get back down below 10 minutes if I want to even think about passing the Basic test at my gym in the future.

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Another component of my health and fitness upgrades has been trying to eat more mindfully. Since the “nearly Paleo” challenge earlier this year, I’ve been more careful about how many carbohydrates I eat, as well as how much refined sugar finds it way to me (granted, I had a major post-run cheat day on Sunday).

Today, given that I’m home sick, I decided to put a little bit of energy into making a batch of biscuits. I found this recipe awhile back, and I’ve used several different modifications. With my egg intolerance, I’ve found that I can have limited amounts of eggs baked into goodies, but I do what I can to stay away from using eggs (and, in turn, I stay away from the tummy aches and hangover-feel I get from too much egg). I have made the recipe with bananas as well as eggs, and today, I used Greek yogurt as the egg substitute.

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I’m not a culinary genius, but at least I can get away with making delicious things that turn out edible. I cut out a tablespoon of maple syrup this time, and I usually cut the amount of egg or egg substitute by half to avoid the runny consistency the author mentions in the original recipe. I wouldn’t suggest using these for savory dishes, as the maple syrup and honey along with the coconut flour gives them a pretty sweet flavor. But, that said, they’re great little sides that can go along with your meat-and-veggies hash.

They also make good snacks for when one is blogging.

Anyway, time to hit up Nap City.

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