#MedalMonday- Disney Virtual Race- August

We have not had a medal Monday Monday in a while and I completed my virtual race for August! I have to say this was a fun event and I managed to get the August medal and the medal for completing all three races. So now that this series of races are over I have a lot of great things happening in the fall that I am super excited about. I even got my family involved in some of them.

Here is the August mug

Here is the one for the entire series of three races!

Up To The Top Of Chimney Rock!

Last week I blogged about how my wife has caught the fitness bug and has been watching what she eats and working out every day. It has been nice to spend time with her and that we have something we can do together and be there for one another. It has brought out marriage to another level.

This past weekend my wife decided she wanted to go to the mountains and hike up Chimney Rock, which is near Lake Lure. It is about 2 hours from us. So we packed a cooler and a backpack and loaded the kids up and headed that way early on Saturday morning.

We got there before lunch and just before the crowds came in. We strapped Everly to my back and started to make our way to the top.

My wife did great. She and my oldest stopped a few times to catch their breath. They were a ton of stars. I think I heard someone say about 27 flights and 515 stairs total.

When we finally made it to the top I was very happy for my wife. It was a huge accomplishment for her. She is just starting her journey and I am looking forward to seeing where it takes her. She said she wanted to come back next year and do it again for some before and after photos.

Also the view is stunning…


After we hiked the rock we got some lunch at Medina’s and then played in the river before heading home. It was an awesome day and we will be back I hope really soon.

Swolemates In The Making

It has finally happened folks. My wife and I are finally working out together!

Ever since I got into fitness I have dreamed of getting my wife to join me. I always saw couples at the gym working out together and that was always something I wanted for me and BrittWhitFun. She came up to ma couple of days ago wanting me to teach her things and give her some workouts.

Before I knew it she was starting to eat better and ask about how to lose weight and tone her body. So we researched and I gave her some stories from my own experience.

I explained that it is a journey and not an overnight thing. To keep trying even if you feel like given up. My body is no where I want it to be but I am getting closer everyday and I know with hard work and dedication and a super supportive husband she will be fine.

This is going to be fun.

#MedalMonday- Disney Virtual Race- July

It has been a hot minute since I posted a Medal Monday so I recently completed my time for the July Disney Virtual Race and wanted to share my medal for the month.

This month I really hopped back on the track and treadmill. I have not really ran this hard since the Charlotte Marathon event last November so it has been since to work my distance back up and to get me ready for the races and competitions I have coming in 2018.

New Training Plan- Weeks 1 & 2

The past two weeks I have been on a new training plan. I got a new coach who is local and got a new plan tailored to my goals of the following:

  • Build more muscle mass on my upper body.
  • Train for a triathlon which I plan to compete in June 2018
  • To compete in a body building physique competition.

These three things are the last few things I want to accomplish before I turn 40. So I met with my coach and we went through each of these goals one by one and he explained how he was going to help me reach each one.

It was a matter of days, I was sent a complete weeks worth of workouts that were challenging and tested me in every way. Monday to Friday I was either at the gym or the home gym between 4:30 and 7 in the morning training.

I know it has been only two weeks but I can tell a huge difference. The main difference is being sore. REALLY sore. I love it. I can tell my muscles are growing. My ass is more firm and for the first time I am actually focusing on my core. I can’t wait to see what I look like in a matter of 6 months.

#MedalMonday- 2016 Charlotte Half Marathon

This was one of those races that did not end very well for me. We all have these types of races. When we wish we did better or if there was something we could have done differently to prepare. I actually never talked about this race on the blog before but better time then today.

I got my stuff ready the night before like I do with any race. I got up and got dressed and headed to the train station. It was a cold November morning but the closer I got to Uptown the more excited I was getting.

This was my last race of the 2016 season before I took a break. It was my 10th race of the year overall. I was ready to be done before it even started. The truth is that the Charlotte Half Marathon is my favorite course ever. The beautiful neighborhoods of Myers Park, Dillworth, and then the home stretch through South End. It is also challenging with the big hills.

One of the cool things about this race was all the people on the sidelines cheering you on. That was incredible.

I was doing fine. Running at a steady pace. I stopped at the water stations and got some Gatorade. Nothing was going to stop me. I was going to finish this race.

Everything was fine from miles 1 to 11 and then it took a dark turn. When running through South End my legs started to cramp. I never had this happen to me before. It was the most intense pain I have ever experience in my legs. So here I am on mile 12 limping to the finish line.

I made it and I was so glad. It was a good race all things considering. I even got another medal for completing this and the Rocktoberfest Half Marathon but we will talk about that one later.

I love this race as it holds dear to my heart. I did the complete marathon the year before. If you are looking for a fun race in Charlotte in November then sign up for The Charlotte Half Marathon cause it will not disappoint.

Happy Monday Guys!

 

#MedalMonday- The Walking Day 5k

So I really have been in to virtual races lately. Last year I signed up for so many races that I was traveling on Saturday out of the month to compete. It became very busy and I hate being away from my family. So I had a friend mention he was doing a virtual race and I asked him what they were. His response was that there are races out there that do virtual races in order to raise money for a specific cause. You run the require distance on your own time. They ship you a medal and a race bib and you post your results online.

Once he told me that I had to check it out. Sure enough it was a real thing. Soon I found myself signing up for all sorts of races. How cool was this? You can still compete and train and you don’t have to travel to do it.

One of the races I signed up for was The Walking Day 5k. I just completed this race this week and got my medal. It really looks like the logo from the AMC show The Walking Dead which by chance happens to be one of my favorite shows.

I have a lot more races coming and I also just found out that there is a virtual race series from Disney so you know I am signing up for that one.

Happy Monday guys!

Meal Prep Wednesday, A Run, And A Monsoon

IMG_3155So today ended very crazy for me. I have never been more on the go then I was tonight. I really did experience the whole “not enough hours in a day” tonight as I scambled to get some many things done in so little time.

I left work today to with every intention to go run by the hospital to see mom before heading home. Well the weather has other plans. Not only did it pour down rain, but it was windy also so my umbrella could not save me as I got pelted with rain from all sides.

I actually ended up taking an Uber back to my car that was parked a half mile from the building. This was my first Uber ride and it was pretty cool to be on the other side of it. By the time I got to my truck to take me home, I was soaked from head to toe. So I dedcided to skip the hospital and head on home.

When I got home I played with my oldest daughter and ate dinner quick. i knew I had some solid meal prepping to do and I needed to hurry. This week I wanted to do something different cause I was getting burnt out on broccoli and brown rice. I spent a couple of weeks looking at other people’s meal preps on Instagram. I decided to try red cabbage instead of broccoli and use avocado instead of brown rice.

So this weeks protein was taco chicken, ranch turkey burgers, and Montreal seasoned STEAK!!!

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This weeks veggies were red cabbage and broccoli and this weeks starches and healthy fats were avocados and brown rice.

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I am actually really excited about this weeks meal prep. I love trying new dishes.

After meal prepping, I still had one thing left to do and that was RUN! I missed crossfit this morning cause I wanted to help my wife with the kids and I was hurting from the Extra Filthy workout. I managed to kill 3.50 miles in under 32:00 minutes. I got that Greek Festival 5k next week and I need to keep my legs warmed up.

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Now it is time for this blogger to head to bed. Goodnight Web!

Meal Prep Is The New Way Of Life

Well I have to say that I am on a mission and that is to be lean. How lean? Lean enough to where I can get rid of those crazy love handles.  I have come to the conclusion that I may never have six pack abs and I am ok with that. What I want is to be healthy by any means I see fit.

I never thought that this blog would be mainly a fitness blog. When I started to blog a  few years ago, I never thought that a few years later I would be writing about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. I just find it amazing how life’s twist and turns lead to a better you. On that twisted road I found how to meal prep.

When I was approached with the idea of making my entire meals for the week in one day, I thought it was crazy. I mean how are you suppose to do that? Is it expensive? How much time was it going to take? Will the food spoil? These were just a few of the many questions that were going through my head.

Like anything I do in my life, I researched the hell out of it. What kind of meals to make, the best meals to make, the easiest meals to make were all burning questions that I needed answered. I found this great little website call Youtube, where people like me were making videos on how to meal prep. After hours of watching these people cook I decided to give it a try.

#1 I had to decide what meals I was going to make.
I decided go with this meal below as my alternate meal. I have another one listed below. 

For breakfast, I got a great egg white muffin recipe from one of my crossfit friends. Here is a recipe that is almost just like it.

I love to snack and I love something sweet after good healthy dinner. It takes everything I have not to go on a massive Oreo bendeR, SO I found a recipe for some amazing protein energy bites that are out of this world. Click here to get that.

#2 Grocery Shopping

I am cheap when it comes to buying groceries  I mean look at the name of this blog. It’s called The Thrifty Running Dad for a reason!  I have had a lot of people tell me that eating healthy is expensive, which is why so many people don’t do it. Are they right? NO! 

Healthy food is way easier to get then the other kind. The trick is to know where to look. I am a huge fan of Harris Teeter. My local Harris Teeter knows me by name when I walk in with my blue coupon binder on my shoulder. They know that this guy means business and he is about to rob them blind. Even my fellow ear crossfit peeps know I will skip a WOD if that mean saving big. It’s a skill and a rush at the same time. Couponing is better then sex. True story. Anyways, I recently discovered a new store to save big on some expensive items and that is Aldi. Where has this store been all my life? Surfing my most recent trip I manage to walk out with a buggie full of stuff and I only spent $40. Here are some things I found:

1. Ground turkey -$3.29 a pack ($5.99 at Harris Teeter)

2. Chia seeds- $3.99 a pack

3. Flaxseed- $2.49

4. Almond butter- $4.99

5. Coconut oil- $4.99

If you ever shopped anywhere else but Aldi you know these are the most expensive health foods out there. 

So all and all I managed to score two weeks of meal prep food for $100, which is exactly what my budget for food every two weeks! 

#3 Get the right equipment  

It’s hard to meal prep when you don’t have everything you need. For example, containers to put the food in 😊. So I found these great containers on Amazon for around $10. You get seven complete with a lid and they are on Prime so you get the two shipping. Well worth the price. Check them out here.

Now I was ready to start cooking. This past week made turkey burgers, brown rice and broccoli. Here is how it went. 

TURKEY BURGERS

2 packs of ground turkey

1 cup of diced jalapeños (Save time and buy the jar)

4 tablespoons of minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste. 

I measure my patties with a 1/3 measuring cup and then I push down to make a 90 gram patty. When I did this I got 12 patties out of the two packs of ground turkey. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot place your burgers on the pan and cook each side for about 3:30 minutes. This recipe was given to me by my two good friends Kristy and Brian Helms. Best burgers you will ever have! 

BROWN RICE

2 cups of brown rice

3 1/2 cup of water

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Put rice in the pot along with the water and coconut oil and cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, stir the rice and cover and let it cook until all the water has been cooked out. I usually add an additional 3 to 4 cups cause I like my rice extra soft. I usually measure about 100 grams of rice per meal which is a little under 1 cup. 

BROCCOLI 

2 or 3 broccoli crowns

Cut the florets off the crowns and throw them in a pot of water. Cover and cook until the broccoli is tender. Drain water and place back in pot. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and let it melt. Once melted toss broccoli around. 



There you have it. Meal prep is easy. After prepping my breakfast and lunches and snacks. I can say that it only took me about two hours to complete it. Well worth it to not have to fiddle around in the mornings to find something to eat. 

Let me know if you try any of the recipes and how they turned out for. I love hearing feedback from others and if you have any tips for me please leave the, in the comments section below. 

Hard Work Is Paying Off

  
This week I have not done a lot of running but have remained very active. My office has moved to a new building and I have taken full advantage of the free fitness center that we get to use. 

On my lunch break I have been going down and hitting the weights and practicing some crossfit moves. I am mainly working on my pull ups cause one of my main goals is to do 10 unassisted pull-ups by December. 

 

I was working out the other day and notice my arms are so much more defined then they were a year ago. It’s nice to see changes like these cause it makes me know I am doing something right.