Smoked meats
My husband built this smoker earlier this summer. Yesterday we smoked a whole bunch of ribs and two whole chickens. I wasn’t sure about how the chickens would turn out but they were awesome. I’ll post my tricks later (hint: it’s all about the brine).
I need to get back to my regular routine this week, kind of detox from a few weeks of slacking. After the 10k I ran in July my running workouts have been few and far between, and all the backpacking trips have interrupted my climbing training and I can tell my strength has slipped. That’s okay though - I did get on top of two big ol’ Sierra peaks which is why I do this stuff to begin with. I’ve been going out a lot and eating poorly and I can definitely feel it, ugh.
So this week will be all about focus and getting back into my running, climbing and paleo groove. I feel so much better when everything is in sync.

Smoked meats

My husband built this smoker earlier this summer. Yesterday we smoked a whole bunch of ribs and two whole chickens. I wasn’t sure about how the chickens would turn out but they were awesome. I’ll post my tricks later (hint: it’s all about the brine).

I need to get back to my regular routine this week, kind of detox from a few weeks of slacking. After the 10k I ran in July my running workouts have been few and far between, and all the backpacking trips have interrupted my climbing training and I can tell my strength has slipped. That’s okay though - I did get on top of two big ol’ Sierra peaks which is why I do this stuff to begin with. I’ve been going out a lot and eating poorly and I can definitely feel it, ugh.

So this week will be all about focus and getting back into my running, climbing and paleo groove. I feel so much better when everything is in sync.

Pupusas

Meeting friends for dinner at a local joint. Sometimes a girl needs a greasy Salvadoran treat. I will run an extra mile as a sign of contrition.

I will also eat a ton of curtido. Which is wonderfully paleo. And yummy. 

Fresh thai chiles

A friend gave us some from his garden. I’m going to make a flaming hot curry for dinner. I have tons of veggies around to slice up, some chicken, some red curry paste, and some coconut milk settling. Bring on the HEAT.

Off on another Backpack

I love August.

Gonna hike in to a lake and let the guys relax and fish while I go back a quadruple peak. 

I also love that this is the first time I’ve really been able to sustain my trail-fitness level while back at home for a week +. Climbing + running + paleo seems to be the perfect recipe for me.

Hi: I’m still alive

Been in the mountains climbing them and such. Lots of good stories and adventures. Back to normal for a few weeks at least. Hope to get back to posting here.

One of the best things about spending nine days carrying everything you need on your back, walking over mountain passes and climbing to mountain summits? The loss of 10 lbs and 3% of body fat. And I’ve sustained it thanks to the Paleo diet (I usually gain it all back when I get home).

The second best thing? Catching wild trout for breakfast and dinner nearly every day. Fried up with some wild onion, salt, and pepper it’s SO GOOD.

Dehydrating melon. If I’m ever craving something sweet one of these will shut it down faster than you can say “gummy worm”

Dehydrating melon. If I’m ever craving something sweet one of these will shut it down faster than you can say “gummy worm”

Wharf to Wharf Race results

Overall: 4318 out of 11013

Women: 2007 out of 6727

F 30-34: 303 out of 949

Finish: 1:03:54

Pace: 10:39

Tag Time: 1:03:54

Gun Time: 1:05:02

Weird since my GPS had me crossing finish line 3 secs short of an hour, but I looked at the data and somehow I bumped the start/stop during the first mile. I thought my pace was oddly fast that first mile considering it was crowded and had to half walk it. It’s nice to be in the top 1/3 of my division considering I don’t train for racing or time.

I wolfed down half a pizza after the race. Food rewards are something I don’t really believe in, but I was having a HUGE pizza craving (haven’t had one of those in a long time) after the run, so I figured what the heck. It was really yummy yet oddly unsatisfying. This morning all I could think about was getting back to some healthy fresh foods in my fridge. So egg and fresh cherries it was. One thing I love about settling in with a paleo lifestyle is that the foods I now crave are the ones that are good for me. The pizza thing yesterday was really a fluke. 

Pre-Race Dinner

Running a 10k in the morning. First race longer than a 5k on paleo. Dinner tonight was a baked sweet potato, a salad with a whole avocado and homemade paleo caesar dressing (seriously the best caesar dressing ever, so happy to know it’s paleo), and baked seasoned chicken thighs. 

Earlier I ate roasted beets, hard boiled eggs, and lots of almond butter with fresh sugar snap peas and carrots. And a fruit-only smoothie from jamba juice (the only kind of smoothie I’ll order there - the other smoothies have so much extra sugar, ugh). 

The run I’m doing tomorrow is a fun-run more than a ‘real’ race, but I still want to feel good. I know my time will suck because I tend to slow and listen to the live bands along the way. Ha!

It ends at the beach so we’ll be meeting friends there with a cooler full of picnic food (I have guac, veggies, fruit, and paleo chicken salad packed) and we’ll spend the day lounging around. Can’t wait!

Off to bed for a good night of sleep!

Awesome timing, summer cold

Running a 10k this coming Sunday, and today I woke up all congested and cough-y. This will not end well. *sigh*

A reminder why I love living a paleo lifestyle…

…working from home today and food options were limited so I ate my husband’s leftovers from his dinner out last night - a cheesy chicken pasta thingee. I have a longer run planned this afternoon so I figured I would at least use the carbs…

But now I feel so crappy and bloated and feel like my run will be more of a waddle. Ugh. I never feel like this unless I eat crap. Note to self: then stop eating that crap!