Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts

HM BrusselSprouts1We are all grownups here and brussels sprouts have a terrible reputation.  Well, get over it folks.  They are delicious, especially roasted.  While we are on the subject they are super healthy too.  We eat them easily twice a week.  Get them cheap at Costco and roast away!  If you haven’t tried them this way, please do and let me know what you think.

Well, I guess I delivered you guys a real sob story on Monday.  So many of you messaged/texted me to check on how I was doing!  You’re too sweet!  I am great, back to my old self.  Thankyaverymuch.  Seriously, I do appreciate it.  I’m sitting here listening to my Zydeco and happy about being a runner.

Coach Pep Talk

Pep talk. Summer, if this were a zombie attack you would have promptly been eaten.

Coach told me, “We never lose, we win or we learn.”  Yep, I learned.  I learned that racing sucks, oh and so does running.  Okaaaay, just kidding!  I realize now that I needed this race.  I don’t have another “race” until the full and if I didn’t have this one, I’m not sure I would have been prepared totally for the full.  First, like I said before, if I’m going to run distance my diet and cross training have to stay on course.  No excuses.  Secondly, and most importantly, races are HARD.  Running is HARD.  The marathon will be much harder than that half.  I need to work on my mental game.  I need to learn to use the tools we practice when the going gets tough.  Turns out crying and feeling sorry for myself is not a great game plan.  Surprise, surprise. 

Alright, enough about that.  I’m kind of in a mood today.  A goofy one, which is always fun.  I’m sure some little person is going to get out of school and ruin it, but for now it’s been a good morning.  I think I know the source.  My new gym has coffee.  So dumb right?  Well, I got there at 4am, lifted and then ran 5 miles at 5am.  It’s getting colder and there is coffee waiting there for me at the end!  It’s nothing fancy but makes me so happy!  You gotta enjoy the little things guys.

Try my brussels sprouts and have a wonderful weekend!

Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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Ingredients
  1. 1/8 cup yellow mustard
  2. 1/8 cup honey
  3. 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  4. sprinkle of salt and pepper
  5. 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  6. 2 lbs cleaned and halved brussels sprouts.
  7. 1 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl except the brussles sprouts and oil.
  3. Cover baking sheet with foil and pile up the brussels sprouts.
  4. Toss brussels sprouts with oil.
  5. Pour remaining ingredients over and combine well.
  6. Then spread out brussels sprouts evenly. Ideally each one should be touching the foil.
  7. Roast for 15 minutes until tender.
  8. Once tender turn heat up to 450 and stir occasionally until they have a dark color.
  9. Enjoy!
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DRC Half Marathon Race Report!

RRC Group Pic

Hi folks!  Boy, I don’t even know where to begin!  My Rockwall Running Club buddies and I ran the DRC Half Marathon and 5k yesterday.  I have so much to say about this.  What a race. 

First, we had some spectacular finishes.  Tons of PR’s, a lot of these speed demons placed in their age groups and a couple even placed overall.  Those who didn’t run, cheered and offered support like crazy.  We didn’t need any bag check, we had little Soky to hold 20 bags.  Bless her.  When RRC shows up to a race we do it BIG!  I love it!  I even heard someone say, “Those Rockwall people are everywhere.”  Yep…

Group Prayer100% of the people in this picture showed up and gave it their all.  No question.  We also give credit to the Lord for the ability to get out of bed every day, do what we do and give Him the glory.  Pretty stinkin awesome.

Prerace, I was a nervous nelly.  I don’t even know why??  This was not my “big” race.  Wait, I know why…I knew I had to run fast and dang that is hard!  I’ve had enough of these races I knew what I was in for.  Also, time change happened Saturday night and I knew we had to catch a shuttle bus to get to the race.  Logistics make me crazy nervous.  I don’t suppose I’ll ever get over that part.  Even through the nervousness I was excited.  My plantar fasciitis in my foot felt good and my training runs had been good.  I was ready.

I planned on breaking the sub 2 by starting around a 9:30 pace, at 2 miles dropping to a 9:00 and at 10 miles, 8:50.  Ha!  THAT didn’t happen.  Oh boy how it didn’t happen.  The first 4 miles were awesome.  Then, it hit.  I don’t know what it was exactly but it was there.  I was dizzy, faint, weak…basically full on belly aching inside of my head.  AT MILE 5!!  What???  Then at mile 10 my plantar fasciitis was screaming at me.  Unfortunately, that is still the case today. 

FinishwithAlishaI fought every step after that.  It wasn’t pretty.  I cried to a poor volunteer at the water station because I couldn’t get my water bottle open to fill it will that precious Gatorade.  I cried every time I saw one of our awesome cheerleaders, when the best support in the whole wide world, Alisha, ran me in at the finish I was crying!!  WHY DO I DO THAT??  Have you ever tried to cry and run?  It’s super easy…not!

Here’s what I did right.  I definitely abandoned some of the coping skills all of our training has taught me, I definitely made it harder on myself, but I definitely didn’t quit.  Yes I finished, and I finished running.  I stopped for a few seconds a couple of times but each time, I regrouped and kept going.  I am not a quitter…WE ARE NOT QUITTERS.  There were a handful of my buddies that had the same kind of race I did.  None of them gave up.  Not one.

DRC ResultsOverall, my goal was 1:59:59 with a 9:07 pace.  I ended up with a 2:09:14 with a 9:52 overall pace.  After struggling for 9 miles I’m not disappointed in that for one second.  I’m proud of that under the conditions.

Now it’s time to regroup and adjust.  I know exactly what I need to do.  Last year at the Dallas Marathon I got a 2:04 and I felt great.  That type of race is what I expected here.  Well in December of last year I was trained for a full, my diet was on point and I was staying on top of cross training.  Guess what?  None of those things are true for me right now.  This race was the kick in the pants I needed.  If I’m going to be a distance runner I need to act like it in the other areas besides just running.

So folks…join me in this little journey to Nola as I get back to my strict Paleo diet (goodness knows that hasn’t been the case lately!) take the cross training more seriously and run my tail off until Feb 28th!  Plus I have about 10 pounds to lose.  PLEASE HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE.  I’m saying it on the internet so I have to do it right??

The good news is, Paleo focused Summer will crank out more recipes…

See ya on the flip side friends!  Oh and thanks Greg MacInnis and Beth Davis for the pictures!