Spring Salad with Watermelon, Orange & Feta + Track Workout

This week, the sun was shining, the breeze was warmer and I ate all the fruits and veggies. Something about the change from winter to spring makes me crave salads with lots of crunchy, delicious toppings.

I initially wanted to make this salad with blood orange and grapefruit, but while I was perusing the Whole Foods aisles earlier this week, I kid you not, there wasn’t one blood orange and not one grapefruit that wasn’t rotting. WTF, Whole Foods? Really? Not impressed. So I looked around for a replacement and found some cute baby watermelons all lined up and decided to go with that instead, along with a navel orange.

The combination of watermelon, citrus, avocado and feta is delicious, and truly tastes like spring or summer in your mouth. I used bibb lettuce and added arugula to give a nice peppery bite to rest of the mellow ingredients. The crunch of the radish and buttery sunflower seeds was just divine. And all that goodness tossed in a simple champagne vinaigrette makes my heart sing. You must give it a try (recipe below).

I have a feeling I’ll be doing several spins on this salad throughout the next several months and use whatever looks fresh and delicious at the store.

In addition to eating all the wonderful things this week, the spring weather has also encouraged me to get my butt out of bed in the morning and workout. Last spring/summer I was so good about setting my alarm and not snoozing. After the cold, harsh, dark winter we’ve had, mornings have not been my friend, but I’m hoping the spring weather helps out and I get back into my morning workout routine. I feel so much better when I get up and at it — it’s just the actual up and at it part that can be sooo hard.

On Tuesday, I ran a nice 4 miles (my longest run post-marathon) and it felt great. I think the legs are finally back to normal. Thursday, I made my way over to the Washington & Lee track for a little interval workout. I knew I wanted to do some arm toning, so I used the bleachers as my bench for tricep dips and incline push ups.

This workout really got my heart pumping, especially the sprints at the end since I’ve been focusing on endurance for so long and not speed. It was nice to switch it up, and over the next few months I’d like to do more speed workouts to (hopefully) become a faster distance runner over the next year.

Give it a go and let me know if you like it!