Good to see ya again

Breakfast was the return of an old fave:

Quinoa bowl 2

Quinoa bowl!

Since I usually make a giant batch of quinoa and lentils for the week, I figured I’d leave the quinoa plain since it would be more versatile that way, and didn’t season it so we could do sweet or savory versions.


I picked up a bag of the tricolor quinoa at Trader Joe’s and prepared it the usual way: rinsed, added it to the rice cooker with water (2 parts water to 1 part quinoa) and put it on the brown rice setting.

This morning, all I had to do was take the quinoa out of the fridge, scoop it into a bowl (I had about a cup and a half) and added berries, honey, hemp seeds and almond milk:

Quinoa bowl

+ a pop egg on the side

Another recent reunion:

Workout summary

A date with the ex-boyfriend! He looked niiiiiiiiice. We’ve been on and off for the past couple of years and lately, it’s just been short and quick rendezvous. 

I ran a few weeks ago with friends while we were in La Jolla, but last night it was just me, the treadmill and my iPod. Lucky for me, Michele stopped over to chat for a while, too. I didn’t have a goal as far as distance or pace went, but figured I’d do 2, 3 or 4 miles, depending on if I felt like running, if I was dying, if my music was good, or if I wanted to do a combo jog/walk. To my surprise, I felt great and the iPod did that magical thing where it seemed to pick the songs I wanted to hear. I ran 3 miles straight and then walked for 8 minutes to cool down.

The reason why I decided to treadmill it up is because I’m doing a race in the fall. I’ll post all the details when they’re finalized, but hopefully some of you will be there! You may see me on the sidelines trying to Zumba the pain out of my legs 😉 The good news is that there are different distances, so I don’t have to decide how far I want to go until I get there, which is perfect since my workout time and schedule is limited these days. I’ll probably only run once a week to train, on Sundays, which is what I did for my first half marathon and it didn’t end up being too bad. Michele said to train like I want to run the half, and then if I get there and decide I don’t want to, I can smoke the 10k. I like that idea. I’m not sore at all today, but I got a massage right after my workout… can’t all runs be like that? Heh heh .

While I was on the treadmill, I was thinking about the fact that some people prefer to run long distances, while others, like me, like short bursts of energy followed by recovery (interval training and sprinting). I think I’ll always be an interval girl, which is why running is a good challenge for me. By interval training, my steady state workouts feel easier (even though the time seems to drag on sometimes) and it’s a great idea to alternate intensities. If you’re a distance runner, it’s beneficial to add in some cross-training and tempo work to your routine. 

Some things to remember: steady state workouts can be done more frequently and will burn more calories than short, interval workouts. Interval workouts have a higher afterburn affect, and should only be done max 3x per week on non-consecutive days. (Your heart is a muscle- remember that it needs rest, too!) For more info on my favorite types of intervals, check out this post on HIIT and this one on Tabata.

Do you prefer steady state or interval training? What’s your favorite? Anyone else signed up for a race this fall?

Hope you have a happy Monday! See ya later today on the family page and tonight with a recipe.

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  1. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on July 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I’m a big fan of interval training – I feel like I’m getting a lot accomplished in a short amount of time, plus it definitely makes the time go by faster.
    At the same point – a long steady state run is nice once in a while when I just want to zone out.

  2. stacy seratt on July 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Got 45 mins of cardio in today on bike. Had to take a nap first, but i am very glad to have it done.

  3. Jenna@redheadrunningwild on July 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Interval Training all the way!! And that is coming from a long distance runner! HA! While I love my steady state cardio I feel I get a better workout and more results from the interval training!! I guess they both have their place 🙂

  4. Sarah on July 17, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I just ran my first 5K this past weekend! I was the girl in middle school and high school who despised running. I was super skinny and my teachers assumed that made me fast, but running made me miserable. Now I’m proud to say that I’ve finished a race, even though I don’t think I’ll become a real runner anytime soon.

  5. @pluvk on July 17, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I’m totally an interval type of girl. The first time I tried a HIIT workout on the treadmill (1st week of summer shape up!!), the time seemed to fly by much faster. 🙂

  6. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 17, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I much prefer steady state cardio. It’s so much more relaxing! But I like doing intervals once a week just to challenge myself. 🙂

  7. Melissa (Better Fit) on July 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Like you, I prefer intervals, although from time to time I can really get into a long run. I think there’s something truly therapeutic about a long cardio session sometimes. A good long run can really make me feel better when I need it!

  8. Rachel on July 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Gina, how do you cook your eggs to make them turn out so good-looking and consistent? I love eggs and want to include more of them in my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners-for-one, but I find them difficult or time consuming to cook! Any advice please!

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      thank you for the egg compliment 😉 i cook the egg while i’m making whatever else i’m having with it.
      i start the pan, put butter in it, crack the egg and will either pop the yolk to make it over hard, or flip it after a while for over easy
      usually by the time i’m done getting the oats started or heating up the tortilla, it’s done- they don’t seem as time consuming if you do something else (make coffee or the rest of breakfast, or grab lunch stuff/snacks) while the egg is cooking

  9. Katie @ A Full Plate on July 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I’m signed up for 4 races this fall! Including my first 10k 🙂 I looove tabata and try to do it at least once a week plus yoga while training. Def nice to mix it up in between run days. Congrats on making a running comeback!

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