On modifications…

So today I’m all about modifications. Three of them, specifically (and somewhat random, I must say).

Modification #1: mustard greens
My husband and I are giving the whole farm-share thing a whirl this season and so far it’s been awesome. Lots of leafy greens have been coming our way – in the form of bibb lettuce, red leaf lettuce, mixed greens (I’m in salad heaven over here), Kale (I have yet to experiment with) and…mustard greens. Huh? What the heck do you do with mustard greens? As it turns out, you can use them like you would swiss chard (which we actually just got in our pick-up last night, woo!) or spinach.  Last night’s dinner included mustard greens – made this way, but with two modifications: no sesame oil and the addition of red pepper flakes for some kick. In a word – YUM.

Mustard Greens (of course all of these items we eyeballed, there is no measuring in the Sutera household!)
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound mustard greens, washed and torn into large pieces
2 to 3 Tbsp chicken broth or vegetable broth (vegetarian option)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
red pepper flakes, to taste

In a large sauté pan, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until the onions begin to brown and caramelize, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more, until fragrant. Add the mustard greens and broth and cook until the mustard greens are just barely wilted. Toss with sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. (and red pepper flakes!)

Modification #2: 4.5 miler vs. the planned 6.5 miler this AM
It was juuuust a titch on the muggy side this morning and I knew the minute we set out on our run that 6.5 miles would be rough. Aside from the mugginess, my legs were feeling heavy from last night’s barre n9ne workout (which ended up being a double – arms & abs followed by lean & tone, a nice combo I must say). So rather than push myself to get the planned 6.5 done (merely because it was “planned”) – I listened to my body and ran 4.5 and was totally happy with that. Even though the run itself was really hard all around, I got ‘er done and that’s all that matters in the grand scheme of things. Yeah?

Modification #3: I’m free! 
Yes friends, I finally went free, as in commando (TMI much, haha) on my run this morning. My fab friend Juliana at barre n9ne urged me to give it a whirl, telling me I’ll never go back after I run without those undies getting in the way of a good run. And you know what? My running shorts with the little built in undies worked like a charm. I wasn’t distracted by the uh, “bunching effect” if you will and could focus on the run instead. I know, I’m weird and just told you about my underwear issues right here on the blog but hell – it’s my blog, right?? Plus, I”m a giant dork and couldn’t resist including this little nugget of info in today’s post. It fit into the “theme” so well and all. 😉

So there you have it – on modifications. Work ’em into your routine, mmk? Any good modifications, tips or tricks you care to share (TMI or otherwise!) on this fine Wednesday morning?? Do tell. 😉

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22 thoughts on “On modifications…

  1. There’s nothing worse than getting 5 minutes into a run and realizing that you’ve worn the wrong underwear. Been there, done that, many times!!! I’ve gone commando before (if I’m wearing the shorts with the built in undies) and you’re right – it’s SO much more comfy!!

    • Haha, phew – someone else that gets the no underwear thing and doesn’t (necessarily) think I’m a goof for owning up to it on the blog. 😉
      Same goes for running with the wrong sports bra – I’ve grabbed my sports bra that’s for yoga or barre n9ne classes and tried to run it and it did NOT turn out quite so well. The girls need more support than that!

  2. Great post! I loved seeing your modifications. This morning I too listened to my body and didn’t go as far as I had planned. I came home feeling discouraged but this has uplifted me! Thanks!

    • Hey thanks for stopping by! I’m glad I gave you a little bit of a boost- because you’re right, sometimes the best laid plans just don’t jive on some days and that is OK. We’re all human, right? Keep at it!

  3. Hahaha!!!! I always used to wear underwear with my running shorts and then last year I tried it without one time (don’t know why!) and haven’t gone back. I always feel a little scandalous…….. 🙂

  4. I’ve yet to try mustard greens – they scare me. I love kale though. Good job for listening to your body this morning. I probably should have cut yesterday’s run just a tad shorter myself.

    As for going commando – welcome to freedom 😉

    • They scared me too – but sauteed up like this (you could use veggie stock instead), they were SO GOOD. Full of flavor!! I need to figure out kale, maybe I’ll experiment this weekend. I’m really excited for the bibb lettuce – totally making lettuce wraps this weekend! Mm!!

      Haha, yes – freedom, feels good!! 🙂

  5. I need to go freeeee for our run tomorrow!! 🙂 and I LOVE KALE! Lindsay totally turned me on to it and it is so versatile! Good with eggs, for example. Who knew?! And in stir fries and such. Tasty. Can’t wait to try the farm share stuff too! And uh yea, I am totally with you on modifying my run, given I did a paltry 2 miles – TWO! – because my legs were that heavy. But I managed, right? 😉

    • Yes you do – in your cute (I”m so jealous) lulu run shorts!!
      I have yet to try Kale – will have to experiment, was thinking of mixing them with the beet greens we have and sauteeing them up. Yum. I love me some greens!!

      And yes, you listened to your body and you at LEAST got 2 miles in – tomorrow is a new (hopefully dead-leg free) day, yeah?? And besides, it’s rundate Thursday. 😉

  6. Um completely agree with #2 and #3 – I have yet to experiment with Mustard Greens but I LOVE Kale so I think I may have to branch out! Aside from the fact that it’s totally awkward changing at the gym while going “free” if you will… it seriously decreased the uncomfortable running factor! I’m with you!

    • I have to get into kale, haven’t experimented with it yet, can’t wait to though!
      LOL going “free” and changing at the gym – that must require some stealth moves, huh?

  7. Heh, I’m a “free” runner, too (most of the time – depends on the shorts). TMI? Nope! It’s running-talk; never TMI.

    Modification for this week: walking (vs riding) to work! Give me a lot more time outside, but requires better time management while I get ready in the a.m. 😉

    • I’m so jealous that you have the option of walking to work – that must feel so good vs. the regular boring driving style of commuting. What an awesome way to start the day!

  8. i have started bringing a salad with my lunch and this week it’s been bib lettuce with cherry tomatoes. it’s my favorite kind of lettuce! but what is “farm share?”

    • It’s through a local farm where you can basically sign up to “own” a share of their crops. We go to the farm each week to pick up our “share” of their crops for that week. So right now it’s mostly lettuces and greens but we’ll be getting stuff like beets, carrots, snap peas, etc. as the crops grow. It goes from now until the fall. How cool, right?? Seriously, lettuce never tasted this good!!

  9. Well. LOL That was a funny post, I must say…and shoot, talking undies is always fun! It’s funny that you mentioned the commando thing, because right now, I’m finding running in capri leggings to be my thing. BUT. The undies sitch is still a problem. So I took up wearing cotton thongs. LOL I thought I was weird considering working out in my “built in undie”-ed shorts. Turns out, we’re all in favor of some freedom.
    Might have to try it out!

    PS: It’s all eyeballing in the Durham house, too! I never measure. I have to “guesstimate” when writing my recipes.

    • wow, you have me beat – there is no way I could run in a thong, that would drive me BONKERS!! I love that even my comments are about underwear in this post, hehe

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