Thursday, August 30

Paddle Boarding is a GREAT Workout + {Healthy Banana Nut Muffins}

I've been trying to get this post up for two weeks now! I participated in my first paddle board race on the Aug. 18 and IT WAS SO FUN! The race had a 6 mile elite race, as well as a 3 mile recreational race. I opted for the 3 mile since I've only paddle boarded a handful of times. I didn't train for the race at all since I decided I was doing it 3 days before the race. Ha! Gotta love being spontaneous!I finished the race in 1 hour and 2 minutes. That's my benchmark now... If I do another race I will have to beat that time.

Seriously though, the weather couldn't have been more perfect that day. Florida has been a very rainy state lately, at least where I live in the panhandle. After weeks of rain nearly every day, it seemed there wasn't a cloud in the sky that Saturday morning. {Blessing}

Just the beginning of my first lap

Post Race... AMPED!
Since I'm training for a half marathon I went for a run each of the following 3 days. On Monday and Tuesday, my back was soooo sore from paddling that I had to ice it (couldn't find my heating pad). It definitely made my runs anything but comfortable, that's for sure. Paddle boarding uses so many muscles in your body, so it's an awesome workout. If you don't have a board, research local places that may rent them and get on the water! Wanna learn more about paddle boarding techniques? Check out SUP Magazine's (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) How to SUP: 4 Steps to Standing Up.
REI also has a great video with Laird Hamilton (pro surfer) about basic paddling techniques. Super helpful!

And now for Healthy Banana Nut Muffins recipe!

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy and delicious! These muffins will keep for a few days at room temperature and up to a week in the refrigerator. Pair your muffin with a glass of milk or almond milk and a piece of fruit for a complete breakfast.

TOMORROW IS FRIDAY! As you can tell, I'm very excited. It's been a chaotic week it seems, so I'm ready for this three-day weekend ahead. Anyone have any fun plans for the holiday weekend?

Be Strong. Be Healthy. Be Balanced. 

- Lauren 

1 comment:

  1. You look like a total stud in your paddle board pics, love it. And, love those printable recipe cards - adding this to my list. I never bake, like hardly ever, but lately I've been wanting to (mommy hormones? lol).


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