A Personal Goal & Papaya Salad

So, I decided it’s about time I gave this running malarky a go. I swing from the rafters during my aerial classes twice a week but I find that is a lot of strength and conditioning. So I know I am strong but I can’t see it as well as I would like to. I I felt I needed to do something else to shift some of the softness so the muscles can shine bright like perfectly chiselled diamonds. I was thinking of committing to more classes but at the moment my wallet won’t allow me to try anything new. Something free and available anytime of day is what I needed.

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Thus begins my journey into stomping the pavement. I did what I always do when I am interested in giving something a go… I read a shit load of articles on the subject: How to breath properly, how your foot should land so you won’t get injured and motivational pieces that push you to just get out there. I really have to credit Steph’s sister Aoife for the beginning of these stirrings. She wrote an amazingly honest article about her running journey and it made me want to start my own. Have a read HERE.

I have known for a while now too that I should be stretching more. Flexibility is so important, for aerial and in life. So knowing that I HAVE to stretch after a run is another reason for starting. I found my hamstrings have gotten incredibly tight from cycling everywhere and I am finally addressing it.

I am starting off very easily with the Couch to 5k app so I am alternating between running and walking. I also downloaded Runkeeper which is great for tracking and recording your distance. Topped off by a delicious running playlist. I had so much fun making it. There is one song that just SPEAKS to me when I’m running. From the lyrics to the pumping bass, everyone needs to add it to their list. I have NO shame in saying it. Have a listen for yourself:

One other amazing tip I found for just getting out there was to put on your running clothes. Get dressed and getting out there is half the battle. It is for me anyway. If you’re dressed like a couch potato, you’ll feel like a couch potato. But if you’re all sleek and shiny in your new sports shorts, then you’ll want to show them off. I was hesitant about heading out today but I got dressed and then I had no excuse.

Now back to what the blog is really about. FOOD.

I made the most refreshing salad the other day. I spotted a papaya in Lidl and remembered having an amazing Vietnamese salad when I was last in London so I decided to give it a go myself. Well, if you haven’t tried it, then you need to get out there and get a green papaya. The key to this dish is using unripened papaya. Mine was already a little ripe but it still worked perfectly. Usually you have it with green beans but I’m not a huge fan so I added julienned carrots instead. It is so fresh and sweet, really gorgeous.

Ingredients

  • Half a Papaya, julienned (thinly sliced if you don’t have a peeler)
  • 1-2 Carrots, julienned
  • 1 Spring Onion, Chopped
  • Half a red Chilli, Chopped
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, Crushed and Diced
  • Juice of Half a Lime
  • 2 Tablespoons Miso Paste
  • Crushed or Whole Cashews
  • Chopped Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe

  • In a cup, whisk the lime juice, miso paste and garlic together. Add a drop of water. Another option is the add in some nuts and blitz it together in a food processor.
  • Add the Papaya, Carrot, Cherry Tomatoes, Spring Onion and Chilli together in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Pour over the dressing, mix then top with Cashew or Peanuts
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