Friday, October 10, 2014

Running Check-in + Maple Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats.

I have an easy, fall-inspired breakfast treat to share this morning to add to your weekend list - Maple Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats.

Earlier last month, I posted a Hot Chocolate 15k Training Plan. It includes my nine week running plan for the Hot Chocolate 15k race in November, with 3-4 runs per week. Training for this race is at the halfway point, so what better time to check in?

I have been slowly increasing mileage week by week, keeping up with this plan for the most part. I have to admit I haven't been the best at running intervals {not my favorite}, but I know they're important so I'll make an effort to squeeze a few in before the race.

Here is the update, week by week:

Week 1: Ran 3; Ran 3.5 (morning); 2 hour bike ride; 4.7 mile trail run = 11.2 miles
Week 2: 1 hour Core/Barre class; Ran 3; Ran 4; Ran 5 (long) = 12 miles
Week 3: Ran 4.2; Ran 3; Ran 6 (long) = 13.2 miles
Week 4: Ran 3.5 (morning); Ran 3.1; Ran 7 (long); Ran 3.1 = 16.7 miles
Week 5: Ran 3; Ran 4 (morning); Ran 3.5 = 10.5 miles

I'm also trying a class at CrossTown Fitness in West Loop on Saturday, which I'll report back on next week. On to the breakfast!

I've been reading about overnight oats on various blogs for what seems like years but until this morning had never tasted it, nor tried making it myself. I'm officially on board with this quick breakfast.

Today's version combines a few of my favorite fall flavors, maple and cinnamon, and kicks up the healthy factor with chia seeds. I love how the chia seeds pop after the oats sit overnight.

Maple Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats
Serves one.

1/2 cup rolled oats or quick oats
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fruit topping {I used 1/2 a banana}

How to~
*Mix all ingredients.
*Cover and refrigerate overnight {I let mine sit for ~8 hours}.
*In the morning, stir and add a fruit topping.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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