This morning I ran above the clouds and it was exhilarating! Well, at first it was hard, then it was brutal, and finally it was really great. Getting to the top was worth the pain, and running down with my team was fast and fun. My week ended much stronger than it started. For the first time in a very long time I came down with a cold! As much as I wanted to sweat it out with a workout, I knew this was the real deal and I skipped my personal training plans. As much as I wanted to turn a deaf ear, my body was telling me rest is best! I hope you don’t get sick, but if you do come down with a virus, the general guide for exercise and illness is that moderate exercise is usually okay if your symptoms are “above the neck.” With a common cold, those would include a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or minor sore throat. I would recommend a walk and skip the intense run or gym workout. Do not exercise if your symptoms are “below the neck,” such as chest congestion or upset stomach. Do not exercise if you have a fever or total body muscle aches. Take a break, hydrate, get extra sleep and know you will come back stronger!
I was fortunate that my cold only lasted a few days. One of my favorite weapons for a cold virus is homemade chicken soup. With my next few races less than a month away, I wanted to get back to training as soon as possible. I call it my Superhero Soup because it helped me feel better and stronger almost right away!
HIP HOP RUN
If you are looking for a run that is also a party, join me for the HIP HOP RUN on September 24th! This event benefits Make A Wish and Loaves & Fishes. The Hip Hop Run brings entertainment to running in a fun family friendly environment suitable for all ages. Enjoy DJs throughout the course, playing all of the songs you know and love. If you attend any of my classes, you know I love old school hip hop. Participants will have the option to take part in the 10K run, 5K run/walk, or the 5k challenge race. Be entertained after the run with a star-studded lineup of musicians and DJs at their main stage finish line. Be a part of an exciting blend of competitive exercise and stellar music. www.hiphoprun.com
CUSTOM FIT BOOT CAMP
I’m so happy to be back leading 6AM boot camp! We have an awesome group of all fitness levels, and it’s a great way to start the day! Check out any class for FREE!
Monday – Friday 9AM
*2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
*2 quarts low sodium chicken broth
*1/2 cup uncooked white rice (optional)
*1 large onion, peeled and chopped
*(Organic Girl Super Spinach blend at Whole Foods)
2 cups baby spinach
2 cups baby bok choy
2 cups sweet baby kale
*2 1/2 cups sliced or diced carrots
*2 cups chopped celery
*5 fresh garlic cloves, minced
*5 tablespoons fresh thinly sliced or grated ginger
*2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
*1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
*1/2 or 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
*1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
*Salt and pepper
1. Set a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onions, celery, ginger and garlic. Salute for 5 minutes to soften. Add the chicken breasts, broth, rice, carrots, apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, turmeric and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
2. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20+ minutes, until the chicken breast and rice are cooked through. The chicken can be shredded with 2 forks. Stir in the spinach, bok choy and sweet baby kale.
The following day I added additional broth and 2 cups of diced sweet potatoes.
To your health!!
Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you soon!!