On Thursday it rained, and rained, and rained. Water sat on top of the fields with no where to go. So this, Steve decided, was the BEST DAY EVER to do some training army-style. Out in the cold and soaking wet field, in the dark (thank god...), we criss-crossed that field doing a series of belly crawls (flat on belly, on forearms and knees, keeping your pelvis glued to the ground), "caterpillars" (he can't remember what these were called, but basically on your belly, on toes and forearms, lift your weight in a half-push up and move forward about 6 inches at a time) and monkey walk (squatting, hands on ground, moving sideways--mega-hard thigh work!!) We came home caked in mud from head to toe. All I could think of when we were doing our belly-crawls was "there better not be any dog shit here..." Hopefully not, it being a school yard and all... Why do so many of my workouts involve mud? Because mud is fun, damn it! Get out there and get dirty!!
Then Saturday hit, and enter our Weekend WOD--Trail Running, Part II. We re-ran last weekends' trail section, in the opposite direction (to take advantage of the different ups and downs)--only this time, we added sprints! Yea, we did. It was -7 out there, so we took off at a jog with no warm-up. We jogged twice as much as last week, and added some great dashes (I love full-out sprints; you can just relax everything and let your stride take you along...) Oh, and did I mention we did it with weighted backpacks again? It felt like we were making incredible time, but in the end, shaved 4 minutes off our last timed run. Pretty impressive, but it felt like we were moving so much faster than that. Maybe we were having so much fun that it felt like it all went by in the blink of an eye. Maybe we weren't walking as fast on our "recovery" stretches so it wasn't quite as fast as it felt like we were moving. But wow, my legs were weak all day after that. The terrain is crazy-rugged. If I didn't know better, I'd say we were in the Oak Ridges Moraine, or the Niagara Escarpment, but we aren't either, so this conservation area is a fluke and a blessing for us.
|Look at all the juicy fat drippings!|
- 2 lbs chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp thyme
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- dash cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups cauliflower
- 2 cups turnip or rutabaga
- 1 cup carrots
- 1/2 onion
- clove garlic
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup strong cheese of choice (recipe called for gouda, but I used herbed havarti because it was cheaper)
- 1/4 c ground almonds/almond meal
- salt and pepper to taste
So there it is. Want a really neat new chili recipe? Check out the newest one Juli cooks on PaleOMG. It was the inspiration for ours this week--at least, the combo of spices was. We omitted the chocolate chips, but put in the coco powder and cinnamon for a truly unique taste. I always add a bit of pickled jalapenos and some juice from the jar for a bit of kick, and we only used ground beef, but it was awesome! For a truly hearty chili, add grated or cubed squash. We aren't particularly a squash kind of family, but it blends into chili just awesome.