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Monoday: Run, HIIT, Grill

Running Into the Wind and HIIT
I was totally pooped last night. My assumption would be it was due to weight, run, and yard work. Just a guess... I was sound asleep by 8:30 last night. I did wake up twice during the night then again at 5 am. However, the thought of getting up out of that comfy bed was just downright I didn't.

Jason and I ran at lunch today. It was definitely a harder run than yesterday. I know in part it was because I did run yesterday, but it was incredibly windy too. You know how it feels to run into the wind - like running up hill both ways. My legs were moving but I was going no where fast! I checked the weather after the run and it was 15 mph winds with 23 mph gusts. After work I also did Shock Cardio HiiT 40/20 to make up for not doing plyo legs yesterday per my new rotation. I also added in abs from Cathe's Low Impact Circuit.

Too Nice to Cook Inside
When the weather is nice at the onset of spring, it's so hard to not want to spend every moment outside for fear that the weather will suddenly turn cold and dreary again. So tonight's dinner simply had to be on the grill. I made Grilled "Kielbasa" and Veggies over Tomato Quinoa.

There's no real recipe. I had some Kielbasa Tofurky that I put on the grill along with zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, red and green bell peppers, and asparagus. Sounds very similar to my Grilled Tempeh and Veggie Salad.

For the Tomato Quinoa, I simply cooked per package directions adding in a can of no-salt diced tomatoes (drained) to the quinoa and seasoned with garlic powder, parsley, basil, oregano, salt & pepper, and a dash of red pepper flakes.
I really enjoy grilled veggies just plain, no marinade or spices. However, an option would be to marinate them in an Italian vinaigrette. I love how versatile quinoa is. Jason is still not completely sold on it, so I don't use it as often as I'd like. How do you feel about it?


  1. I love cooking outside but don't do it often. I need to make a goal of that this year.

    I adore quinoa and use it every chance I get. It is such a good source of protein.

    talk to you later,

  2. We ate outside tonight too! It was just too nice. And is there any reason you have been doing runs and Cathe workouts? I know today it was to make up for something, but I have noticed you doing them on other days. I just don't know how you can handle it! LOL

  3. Yum!! We've been grilling a bunch too-- gotta enjoy this warm weather after such a long winter!

    Ugh-- I hate running into the wind. So exhausting!

  4. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean I sooo wish we had the funds to do more of a full outdoor kitchen. I adore cooking outside, likely because I spend almost all day every day inside.

    Tina @ Tina Bit of Faith Fun and Fitness sounded like you guys had some fantastic weather today too. When we run at lunch it's only 30 minutes so on cardio days, I like to get in 45-60 mins is why I sometimes add on a shorter Cathe workout. Probably overkill by most standards I'm sure.

    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg after being cooped up with winter weather, it's hard to resist being outside at ever opportunity. Exhausting is a good word for running in the wind (not like the wind)!

  5. quinoa is ok, i just dont love grains that much. i dont go for rice, quinoa, beans, etc...i am just not into it. But give me some fresh or grilled veggies, not loaded down in junk as you so happily noted in this post :) and im very happy.

    thx for your kind FB words :)

  6. I love quinoa!

    Your dinner looks awesome - it is at the top of our to do list to get a grill. I am so excited to "cook out" this spring and summer.

    I totally agree about running in the wind. It is so windy here in Oklahoma. I actually wimped out on my run today because of the 25 mile an hour wind. I totally regretted it later...I think I might go sneak in a quick walk right now actually!

  7. I love quinoa! I'm eating mostly raw now, but I'm not giving it up!!!

  8. i love quinoa! and i wish it was warm here. snowed today. blahhhh.

  9. Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga my hubby is very much that way - eh Ok nothing to write home about.

    Candice @ ChiaSeedMe We love having our grill, can't imagine summer without it. Yes, I can imagine running in OK could be difficult at times to say the least!

    Tess @ Tess loves food made from food I need to scour your blog for quinoa recipes if you have them posted!

    Janetha @ Meals & Moves SNOW??? I'd just die right about now if it snowed!!

  10. Grilled veggies, plain? YES, PLEASE! I'm a girl that usually forgets to add salt to anything. I like my food good and natural. I'm high maintenance enough on other things in my life! ;0)

  11. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. I don't think I have used any cooking appliances except for the grill since spring started. It gives veggies so much flavor and makes for an easy, quick clean up. Hope you have a good day! xoxo

  12. Hey Joanna Sutter @ Fitness and Spice LOL on the high-maintenance thing. Yep, sometimes food just needs to be simple.

    Hi Haleigh @ The Fashion of Life I agree about the flavors of grilled veggies. Yum. Hard to beat. Your Easter meal looked great by the way.

  13. Nice work on your run, despite the windy conditions - as Scott would tell me, the hard runs when you're struggling to get through make you a better runner overall. Makes the "good" runs that much better. :) Dinner looks like it was delish too! I still have to try quinoa!

  14. I love quinoa...the hubs is pretty non picky and he will basically eat anythng I give him! haha...lucky me!

  15. Love the recipe! I really like quinoa and I like how you added the tomatoes to it. Yum! Looks great!

  16. I love cooking dinner on the grill! We do it year round!

  17. Oh I completely feel you on the running into the wind thing. I had a long stretch of that yesterday. As if pushing a stroller while running isn't hard enough. The wind magnified that resistance by like 200%.

    I'm a huge fan of quinoa, but my husband doesn't care for it at all. He doesn't know what he's missing out on.

  18. Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat You seriously haven't tried quinoa yet??? And you're right about running after a wind run, it'll feel easy as pie, well maybe.

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly mine will actually eat anything too, he just doesn't love quinoa, doesn't mean he won't eat it though LOL.

    Kristen @ The Swanky Dietitian I thought the tomatoes would give it a slightly more Italian flavor. That and I like trying to use tomatoes when I can.

    Thanks so much for stopping by Tracey @ I wish the weather here permitted year-round grilling. Guess that's what you get for living where you do!

    Katie @ Up Fit Creek I can't even imagine running in the wind WITH a stroller. You must feel light as air after a run like that!


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