It’s a new year- and that means a lot of new year resolutions have been made. One of mine (and I’ve made this resolution for a few years now) was to get in shape. I am not out to lose a ton of weight but just to tone up and be able to withstand climbing the stairs without losing my breath. A friend of mine posted that she was taking part in a few 5k runs this year and I’ve always wanted to do the same but never knew how to properly train for one! So I asked her and she sent me the link to Couch to 5k!
The program is specifically designed to train you in 9 weeks to run a 5k. There are a variety of workout routines available- including the treadmill and outside running. With the cold weather upon us, I opted for the treadmill program which shows basic interval training as the key to success. Another thing is the consistency- 3 x a week for 9 weeks and I’ll be in shape for a 5k! In addition to this program, I know that I need to eat healthier in order to shed the extra weight that I’ve accumulated. I’ve been checking out some good, healthy recipes, and trying to drink more water (than soda… I’m addicted) during the day! Here is a recipe that I cannot wait to try:
Fig and Lemon Chicken
(found on allrecipes.com)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 pounds dried figs
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 12 chicken thighs
- salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, brown sugar, vinegar and water; set aside.
- Place figs and lemon slices in the bottom of an 11×16 inch baking/roasting dish. Arrange chicken thighs on top, then pour vinegar mixture over chicken. Finally, sprinkle with salt and dried parsley to taste.
- Bake/roast at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 50 minutes, basting frequently (turn figs if they begin to brown).
- With a slotted spoon, remove chicken, figs and lemon slices from baking dish and place on a warm platter. Skim fat from cooking juices, then pour over chicken as sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.
So, who’s with me for this program? I’ve already recruited my husband to join in – although I know he could outrun me any day! I even told him that while I am on the treadmill doing my interval training, he could lift weights or do whatever else he’d like but we ARE doing a 5k together!