Toasty Tomato & Mozzarella

I had a meeting on my side of town yesterday, so I was able to work from home to save a little time in commuting. My absolute favorite part of working from home – having an oven at my disposal!

I knew I wanted to eat something that I can’t easily get when I am at the office. I chopped up a rutabaga before I started my work day, and decided I would pair some of Julie’s rutabaga fries with a salad of some sort. I went ahead and decided on a twist on a caprese salad – Toasty Tomato and Mozzarella!

I made the rutabaga fries exactly as the recipe says. Then, I took out all the ingredients for the salad:

  • 1 tomato
  • Mozzarella
  • 1 Tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small handful of spinach

Cut the tomato into 4 slices and put on an oven safe pan. I used a pie pan, since it was on the top of my cookie sheets ;)

Cut slices of mozzarella and place on top of the tomatoes. Then, divide all dry ingredients and sprinkle evenly on all 4 tomato mozzarella pairs. Place in the oven, during the last 2.5 to 3 minutes that the rutabaga is cooking (It cooks at 400 degrees). Take out when the cheese starts to look a bit softer. It really only took the 3 minutes. Do not leave in for longer, as the tomatoes will become very mushy and overdone.

Take the tomatoes and place them on top of the spinach. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar overtop of the toasty tomatoes, and you are done! Pair them with the rutabaga fries on the side, and you have yourself a tasty vegetarian meal!

This is a great weekend lunch idea, or even a quick dinner too! The best part is that I have plenty of rutabaga fries left over now for another meal. Always a fan of that!

Are you a fan of tomato and mozzarella? Have you ever toasted it real quick? And what about rutabaga? I loooovvvee rutabaga!

Getting Back to It

My 2 week post marathon break was officially over as of this weekend! I was able to get out and run a few miles Saturday morning. I ended up going 3 miles by myself and then took my dog out for the last two miles. It was great to get back out running – and even better – it tired out Winnie. I just started running her since she is around the year mark. I’ll go into why we decided to wait to run her for another post ;)

The best part… I did the whole run without a watch! I didn’t care how fast (or slow) I was running, so I ran naked – aka, without a watch. It was fantastic! I will slowly be getting back into the swing of regular exercise again, but for the past 2 weeks, it was extremely enjoyable to not put a big emphasis on it. I needed a little me time, and I took full advantage of it. I will not be getting back into speed work or anything quite yet. My legs are happy with the slow, fun miles.

Other than running this weekend, I was able see one of my best friends get married! My husband and her now husband were in the same fraternity in college, and she and I were in the same sorority. She looked absolutely stunning on her big day! Just see for yourself!

Congrats Azra and Angel! We were so excited to celebrate with you on your big day! Enjoy your honeymoon!

Are you usually excited to get back running after a break, or do you dread it? Do you care about your pace after not running for a couple of weeks?

Wicked Workouts

Now that it is late October (What??!!), it means time for the start of the holidays, which also means holidays indulgence! Instead of becoming less active at the start of the holiday season, I plan to ramp up my exercise a bit, to avoid some holiday stress and all some of those sugary treats. Here are a few fun events in the Tampa area to stay active at the holiday season kickoff!

Wicked Yoga

Lululemon of Hyde Park Village is at it again! They are hosting a frightfully good time at a Halloween specific yoga event!

Witches and devils and scary things

Yoga in costume is what this night brings

On a tall rooftop in Hyde Park Village
Lots of spooky treats for you to pillage

Bring your mat and your freaky friends
We may Monster Mash before the night ends

Come in costume, frightening mask or toga
Let’s get down with some WICKED YOGA!

This is for all ages and as always, this event is complementary. Healthy refreshments will be provided.

  • When: Friday October 26th
  • Where: Hyde Park Village
  • Who: Everyone!
  • How much: Totally Free!

peerFit’s Fitness Party

Enjoy an outdoor workout overlooking beautiful downtown Tampa led by celebrity fitness trainer Fitz Koehler. The workout will include circuit training, ropes, yoga, and more. This is also a great time to meet some local trainers from the Tampa Bay area, as they will be providing training and information.

Haven’t heard of peerFit? It is a new mobile app that makes fitness fit your life! From their website – It offers digital triggers and easily accessible fitness information on-the-go, including text-message reminders and calendar integration. The website and the app provide local fitness information including fitness class locations (no matter the gym, studio or fitness center), times, intensity levels and reviews.

  • When: Sunday, November 11th from 3-5 pm
  • Where: Hyde Park Village, on top of Garage C
  • Who: People of every fitness level!
  • How much: Free!

Pretty Muddy Women’s MudRun

The all new Pretty Muddy Women’s Only Mud Run is coming to Tampa! That’s right – no boys allowed! This event is a non-timed, adventure 5k Obstacle and Mud Course that is open to absolutely all women. It is a great time to leave the guys and home and get a little dirty.

The obstacles look like an absolute blast – I can’t wait to try them all. And don’t worry, if you want to do the race but just aren’t sure about the difficulty of obstacles, you are not forced to do them. All of the obstacles can be bypassed, so you don’t feel pressured if you are uncomfortable. Sign up before October 27th and get $10 off when you use the code Foodandfunontherun. I am running in the 8:30am wave if you would like to join me!

  • When: Saturday, November 10th
  • Where: Little Everglades Ranch, Dade City
  • Who: Girls Only!
  • How much: $59.50 if you use my code (foodandfunontherun)

And on a side note –  I can’t wait to get back to running this weekend! I think I am finally ready to ease back in to a few easy miles this weekend. Woo hoo! Break time from the Chicago Marathon is over!!

Do you have any fin fitness events in your area at the start of the holidays? What do you like to do to stay active when the holidays creep up?

Zooma Florida Kick-Off Training Run

I am a huge proponent of training plans – I have never completed a distance race without one. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was chosen as a Zooma Florida Race Ambassador. I am teaming up with Rachel, another ambassador from Tampa, to host a group run in order to kick off Zooma Florida!

 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be signed up for the race to participate! If you are on the fence about signing up, this is a great way to find out more about the 5k and half marathon race distances. Don’t forget, if you do sign up before November 4th, you will receive an awesome training care package mailed straight to your door! Use my discount code FLAMB8 to get 10% off your registration!

There is no set distance to be covered for the kick-off run. It is completely up to you as to how far you would like to go. Rachel plans to do 6 miles, and I will be doing between 8-10. If you would like to do more or less mileage, feel free!

Here are all of the important details:
  • Date: Saturday, October 27th
  • Time: 7:00 AM
  • Location: in front of the Lululemon Store in Hyde Park Village (Note: this is not being hosted by Lululemon. We are just meeting in front of their store)
  • Address: 727 S. Dakota Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606
  • Cost: Free!! What are you waiting for… Register now!
After the training run, Zooma will be providing all attendees with Muscle Milk, Tshirts, and water to fuel back up! Feel free to stick around post run for Lululemon’s complimentary yoga class. It is a great way to stretch out after we run a few miles on Bayshore!
Not in Tampa on the date of the run? You can participate from anywhere! If you go for a run during the weekend of October 26th – 28th and write a blog post or share photos on the ZOOMA Facebook page, you will be entered to win some awesome prizes for the virtual kickoff run!

I hope to see lots of awesome ladies there! Please let me know if you are interested in the group run! :)

 

 

WOD in the Park

I took a solid 6 days off after the Chicago Marathon. I slept in all week, and did no exercise, other than walking my dog. It was glorious! I personally do not like to get back in to the swing of things too quickly. I take a full rest week, and then do various cross-training for the second week. Then, come week three, I’ll start getting back to running again.

Sunday I had the opportunity to catch a free Cross Fit Class, hosted by Lululemon and a CrossFit 813. Lululemon likes to host different fitness events one time per month, and this time happened to be a CrossFit workout – WOD in the Park. We set up in the park by the store, and the people from CrossFit 813 brought plenty of equipment for everyone to use.

First, we completed a quick warmup. Everyone jogged about 400 meters, and then we went through some quick arm swings to loosen up, then did some air squats and pushups to get our blood moving. We were set up with a partner of similar ability, and then split up into groups of 8-12 people. We went around to each station, and learned the exercise that we would be completing. Then, after everyone was taught how to do the exercises injury free, we started the workout. It was set up like this:

  • Complete as fast as possible with good form
  • Do the exercise for 3 solid minutes
  • If one partner gets tired, the other partner takes over
  • Count all reps

The directions were very simple. I was happy to have the 3 minutes broken up – it doesn’t seem like a long time, but it feels much different when you are in the moment! Here are all of the stations:

The only exercise that I modified was the situps. The flexion of situps messes with my lower back, so I do not practice any of those. Instead, I did planks for as long as possible for my portion of the abs. It worked just fine! in total, the workout ended up being close to 30 minutes – at least that is what I said when I could get a photo of it ;)

As my first workout back after the marathon, it was very nice to change it up a bit! I am not a huge fan of cardio machines, so I am thrilled that i didn’t even have to worry about heading to the gym today. I live super close to the location of the event, so I was more than happy to start off my Sunday with a good sweat! Looks like I wasn’t the only one…

Ever done a WOD like this with a large group of people? How long do you normally take off after big races? A couple of days, a couple of weeks, a couple of months?