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My First Track Workout + Corn

Posted Aug 14 2012 8:45am

This morning I ran my first track workout! I always thought that I hated speed work but I actually had fun today. I never would have thought that was possible.

My schedule called for an 8 mile general aerobic run with 10 x 200 m strides. The need for a track actually stressed me out (I didn’t know where any were in Chicago!) but after asking some other bloggers for help, I found a quarter mile track right near my office. Perfect.

I ran about 3 miles to the park, set down my water bottle, and got down to business. I started at one end of the track, increased my speed as I rounded the first corner, sprinted the straight portion, and then “floated” the last corner. The track was slick from all of the rain yesterday so I made sure not to take the turns too quickly. I decided not to walk between strides and jogged between.

I did the first 5 and then stopped for about 15 seconds to get some water. After the second 5, I walked for 30 seconds before running the 2.5 miles home. I wanted to get my pace back up in the sub 8′s but my legs were definitely in recovery mode. Oh well. I completed the run in exactly 1:04.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I can start testing corn and soy to see if I have an intolerance to them. Unfortunately, testing a food doesn’t mean you can eat it when you want, you are expected to eat that food multiple times a day (ideally throughout the day) for a week and watch for any symptoms like stomach aches, acne, fatigue, trouble sleeping, etc. I decided to test corn this week so if you see a lot of corn on this blog, you know why ;) .

I also threw together a great salad (with corn of course!) last night though and wanted to share the recipe with you guys!

Mexican Broccoli Slaw
(serves 4 or 3 for big meals)
3/4 bag broccoli slaw
1.5 cups corn
1 can black beans
1/2 pint grape tomatoes
1/2 jar salsa
1/2 lime
salt & pepper to taste
cilantro to taste

If using frozen corn, thaw so that corn is not frozen but is still cold. Drain and rinse black beans and cut grape tomatoes into small slices.  Mix broccoli slaw, corn, beans, and tomatoes in a big bowl and toss. Add salsa and lime and stir to coat. Garnish with cilantro and season to taste.

You can serve this immediately or place it in the fridge for later. I found the salad much better the second day!

Does anyone have any good corn recipes? Do you do speed work?

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