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Making a Comeback + Easy 5 Ingredient Nacho Recipe

Hey everyone! We’re almost to the weekend. After what has felt like the long-est week ever.

Last night I had planned on just doing one easy mile at the gym, and a few arm weights before coming home to relax. I’ve been taking it super easy lately since the marathon was just a few weeks ago, and the last time I tried to run post-marathon I experienced quite a few pains that I knew were marathon induced. So, I really had good intentions.

I hopped on the treadmill ready to crank out a mile and see how I felt. After just a few strides, I felt surprisingly good so I bumped up my speed a bit, to an 8:41 pace. And then I still felt good. What is going on?? I decided to go ahead and add a second mile. I bumped it down to my usual 8:49 pace. Still feeling good. I walked for a bit afterwards to make sure I wasn’t overdoing it and wouldn’t regret it tomorrow. Then I just REALLY wanted to run, and stretch my legs, so I did two quarter mile sprints – the first at an 8:00 pace, the second at a 7:35 pace. 3.1 miles run and done, and I was ecstatic to have felt so good. I couldn’t hold myself back, and for a moment wished everyone could experience the high and the pure joy that running brings. For an accidental run, it wasn’t too shabby, but I know I need to hold myself back still and keep myself from pushing just yet. I remember pushing things too soon after my marathon last year and I regretted it for several months. This year, I’ve got to be more cautious. Last night’s workout was a great reminder that just because you don’t run every day, you’re still a runner and are probably in better shape than you think. I’m trying to respect this marathon recovery time, and am looking forward to some “slower” weeks ahead.

working out at local gym

After my run, that wasn’t supposed to happen, I did some strength training. Man it feels good to lift a little again!! You’d be surprised at how soon you start to feel “strong” again, and how much better you feel throughout the day!

I did several machines – lat bar, ab crunch thing, leg press, leg extension, backwards leg curl, then headed to the free weights. I’d intended on it being an arm night, but with my legs being so warm, I decided to forget that plan and just focus on legs and abs. I did 3 sets of squats on the bosu ball with a 25lb kettlebell, then 3 sets of medicine ball twists, and 3 bosu ball planks. It was a solid workout, and I quickly ran home to eat ALL THE NACHOS.

medicine ball workout

Budget Meal Idea: Easy 5 Ingredient Nacho Recipe

easy nacho recipe for tight budget

This week’s grocery budget was a little tight, thanks to my mindless hungry wandering on Sunday night. (Never grocery shop when you’re hungry, you’ll buy everything you don’t need, and nothing you do. Oops!) So we’ve had nachos for dinner twice this week. They are super cheap, and can be made a thousand ways! This recipe I’m sharing is how we’ve been making them lately, and we’re loving them. I’ve blogged in the past about our love for nachos, so consider this a sequel. Also, I know you’re judging that iPhone photo. I forgot to grab my actual camera, peeps.

My husband introduced me to Tostadas, aka giant tortilla chips. Wow, where have they been all my life?? Here’s what we then added:

-Shredded nacho cheese
-Cooked black beans, mashed
Tapatio Hot Sauce 
-Chicken strips cooked in a skillet, with Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce and pepper
-Extra shredded nacho cheese on top

Placed on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven at 400* for 7-8 minutes until cheese was melted.

They are delicious! Perfectly spicy and filling.


Did you run or workout last night? Do you struggle with making yourself rest? Do you like nachos? What is your go-to cheap meal?

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  • Reply
    January 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Tostada night is a family favorite around here- my kids LOVE them!
    Yay for an accidental run that left you feeling great 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      February 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Jen!

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    Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
    January 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm


    Also, I’m so impressed with your speedy running comeback! I just did a run on my lunch break (haven’t run in over a week…slacker) and it is so HOT and WINDY right now that just holding a 9:10 pace felt so stinking hard! I need to get back into it. And I also need to cross my fingers that it will get cold again so I can enjoy a few more months of cool weather!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      So that running comeback, hasn’t lasted long, hahaha. AH!

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    Heather @ No Bologna Blog
    January 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    So awesome that you felt great on your run and ended up pulling out a 3.1 – very exciting stuff! I certainly wish I was feeling that running high at the moment, but I’ll stick to strengthening my bum knee before conquering too much! haha I certainly may try those nachos, except I’d switch out the chicken for some portobello mushrooms! YUM!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Good idea! Take care of that knee, Heather!! Ooh I wish I was a fan of mushrooms..they are so good for you!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    January 30, 2015 at 8:10 am

    So glad you got to run and it wasn’t a real injury. Yay! I’ve never thought about making nachos with tostados. Your hubby is a genius.
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      Sweet Miles
      February 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      I’ll tell him you said so 😉

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    January 30, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Yay for a “fun” post marathon run. I’m doing a half at the end of February, so I’m back into training mode now. What was I thinking??
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      Sweet Miles
      February 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      How is your training going?? Sorry I’m just now asking!!

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    Kylie Rose
    January 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I LOVE Nacho’s where all the toppings are on one chip. It’s so sad when you’re enjoying your nachos and you get that rogue tortilla chip that missed all the toppings 😉

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      Sweet Miles
      February 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Agreed!! So. so. good! And so filling!

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