It feels amazing to be back at my apartment for consecutive weeks. I'm finally back in the rhythm of eating cleaner and cooking more! Yay for summer. My work schedule isn't too demanding either, so I've been having lots of time to meal prep and relax, isn't that what summer is all about? Summertime also has me craving shrimp. I bought a bag of about 100 small sized frozen shrimp at Trader Joe's a couple of weeks ago. It was great because the bag had about 4 large servings of shrimp, so I was able to stretch my dollar a little more. I made shrimp scampi last week, and this past week I marinated the rest of the shrimp in a delicious, random concoction.
Orange Sesame Shrimp
3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 1/2 oranges
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger
*Marinate shrimp overnight, cook in a hot pan to heat through-mine were already pre-cooked so I didnt want to overcook them, just warm them up. You could also grill or bake these in foil packets as well.
I served my shrimp with a quick and easy slaw.
-Big handful of shredded cabbage
-1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-1 tsp sesame oil
-squeeze of fresh orange juice
-sprinkle of ground ginger
-sesame seeds for garnish
Yes, that's all I put in my 'slaw'. Pretty boring, but I consider this simple and delicious.
Throughout the whole week, I was trying to stick with whole foods and minimally processed foods because it would make me feel better before running my half marathon. I meal prepped turkey burgers, seasoned with one package of Trader Joe's onion dip mix, and seared the burgers on a grill pan. Next, I also prepped brown rice with black beans, red onion and lime for a bit of a kick. Lastly, I prepped some lettuce to wrap up my turkey burgers. It's so important to stay focused and motivated during the week for optimal performance.
Needless to say, I completed my first half marathon- The Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon! I'm pretty sore today, but yesterday I felt pretty hyped while I was running and somehow hit runners high at mile 9. I truly felt like I was running on air and my breathing was smooth and controlled. I felt relaxed and pushed through the last 4 miles with ease. I was so proud of myself! Now, I start marathon training! The most miles I've ever ran before the half was 8, back in late April. Before I left for Europe, I ran 5 miles. Since coming back, I did a couple 3.5 mile runs and some shorter ones. I was incredibly nervous before the race because I had no idea how my body would feel. I ate a breakfast of a large serving of watermelon, a banana, and a packet of Justin's vanilla almond butter. I drank about 3-4 bottles of water before the race as well- starting immediately when I woke up. I wasn't too uncomfortable during the race (I ate 4 cherry honey stingers after the halfway point in order to carb/sugar up), but after stopping, the soles of my feet were aching, and so were my knees and hips.
After I ran, this is how I replenished..
LOTS of water...
1 Vega vanilla protein shake, 1/2 almond milk 1/2 water mix
2 slices of ezekiel toast, topped with avocado
1/2 mango, lots of grapes
Napped for 2 1/2 hours...
Turkey burger in a lettuce wrap, pasta/coleslaw, more watermelon, 1 orange, green tea latte with soymilk
Popcorn as an evening snack
I had so much water in my system that I literally didn't feel like eating, but I knew that I had to eat in order to keep energized.
Running the half marathon was one of the most physically challenging experiences that I've endured in my life! It was surreal to finish in 2:13 as well! Thanks to my friends and family for the endless support and shoutout to my roommate Makenzie for being a great motivator before and during the race!