It’s been about three weeks since the last time I blogged. I’ve been working a lot of very strange shifts and schedules at work lately which has thrown me for a loop, but now I’m back on track!
I have some good Friday Favorites today, but first, there’s something I want to share.
A few months ago I wrote about how I will be running in the Sioux Falls Half Marathon. Well, about a week ago I made the decision to sit this one out. Honestly, throughout my entire training I was pretty unenthused about the race. It never really felt right, but I wanted to push myself through training and run a strong race.
A few weeks ago, about a month out from the race, I started dreading my runs. I was so unmotivated during long runs and it definitely showed in my times. I knew I didn’t want to go into a race feeling unmotivated and unprepared, so I made the decision to just not participate in the race.
I never actually paid for the race, since the price stays the same until the day before, unlike most races where the price goes up like crazy as the date gets closer.
I am a little disappointed in myself. I really wanted to beat my PR and run a sub-2:00 half marathon. However, I just knew something was off, and I know there will be plenty of other races in the near future. I don’t like the idea of quitting, but I think when it comes to fitness, you have to be motivated and you have to be excited about your goal. I was certainly not excited about this race.
Well, glad that’s out of the way! In other news, Mike is coming this weekend! Woohooo!!!
1. Wild Game Meats
The photo above is the moose & rice casserole I made the other night. Yes, moose. My dad is a big hunter and it seems every time I visit him lately he insists on giving me pounds of wild game meat. Currently I’m stocked up on ground moose, moose steaks, elk steaks, and venison sausage. I know moose might not sound like the most appetizing thing in the world, but it’s actually quite good. It’s also one of the leanest meats out there. I found a website that lists some of the leanest wild game meats, and Elk and Venison are also on the list.
2. Finnish Coffee
One of my best friends recently took a trip to Scandinavia and was kind enough to bring me back a few souvenirs! I am actually 50% Finnish which is why she brought something from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. This coffee is amazing. Not too bold, nice medium blend. Just the way I like it! Those Fins must know how to brew a good cup of coffee.
3. Weekend Breakfasts on Weekdays
One nice thing about having Wednesday and Thursday off each week is I have time to make traditional ‘weekend’ breakfasts midweek! This week, I whipped up some protein pancakes one day and protein french toast another day. I think the added chill in the air as fall gets closer adds something special to a nice pancake breakfast.
4. Miss Poppy
I took this photo while lounging with the pups, Alfie and Poppy, at my parents house in Minneapolis last week. This is sweet Ms. Poppy. She’s the smallest full grown black lab I’ve ever seen and is just a big ball of affection. I could hang out on the couch with her all day, but she’s quite an athlete so I doubt she’d be able to sit still for that long.
That’s a wrap! Hope everyone has some exciting weekend plans!
Good morning! I have a lot running through my mind that I want to fit in this post, so here it goes! Last night Mike and I had moose burgers for dinner. That’s right, moose burgers. How does one come by ground moose you ask? Well, you actually can’t buy it anywhere. Turns out it’s illegal to sell, and the only way to get your hands on this extra lean meat is to catch one yourself. Lucky for my, my dad is a pretty big hunter and actually went moose hunting this past fall. While I was home over Christmas he gave me about a pound and a half of ground moose, and 4 moose steaks to try out.
Moose meat is naturally extremely lean at only 1% fat, and the meat is slightly darker than ground beef.
- About 3/4 pound ground moose
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp dried savory
- salt and pepper to taste
- cheddar cheese (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl
- Form patties using about 2/3 cup of meat per patty (makes about 3 patties)
- Grill on a heated skillet for about 4 minutes per side, flipping once
- Top with cheddar cheese and any other toppings you see fit!
Wrapping burgers in lettuce can be a challenge. We were lucky enough to have nice, big lettuce leaves that worked perfectly. We also enjoyed some baked rutabaga on the side. My favorite!
That’s another recipe I have to share on here. As for the moose burgers, they were very tasty. Most people expect moose to taste gamey, similar to venison. It really tastes just like extra lean ground beef or bison. If you’ve had a bison burger before, it’s much like that. I definitely recommend it if you ever get the chance!
Power Sculpt Fitness
Last night before the moose adventure, I tried out a new fitness class. As a member of the DePaul Spirit Squad, I am required to take one 1-hour class per week at a fitness studio called Power Sculpt Fitness in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Power Sculpt combines many aspects of fitness such as cardio intervals, weight training, flexibility, and core. While I am more of a traditional heavy weight lifting, treadmill running kind of girl, it’s nice to try something different every once in a while.
I chose to attend two 30 minute classes last night: PSF Express & Barre Express. One of my fellow dance teamers actually teaches these two classes, so that was a plus! I’d have to say my favorite of the two was the Barre Express. I love barre workouts in general. After completing an extreme leg workout two days ago, my legs were killing in the barre class last night. I was feelin’ the burn! To add a little extra cardio, I chose to run to and from the studio, which is a little under two miles each way. I thought this was a great idea, until I realized that it’s January in Chicago and that equals extremely cold wind slapping against my face the whole way. OUCH!
I have to say that I toughed it out and actually enjoyed my run AND the PSF classes. I plan on attending the same two next week since they are, unfortunately, the only ones I can fit into my class schedule. If you live in the Chicago area, I highly recommend checking out Power Sculpt Fitness!