Hiii there! Having a happy weekend? Over here I’ve managed to make mine busy, while still being low key. It was really nice for a change. Just kind of layed low and got a bunch done.
Saturday morning I woke up to an alarm of 6:30 a.m., munched on some Millet bread toast:
and trained one of my clients. Then, it was time to tackle my 7 miler. Dun dun dunnnn. This is the most I’ve run since probably last September, so I was a bit intimidated. I was supposed to run it outside, but it started snowing. So I stuck around the gym after training and got about a half mile in on the treadmill before I noticed the snow had stopped. Although it was only 22º I said, screw it, hopped off the treadmill, and was determined to run it outdoors.
So outdoors I went. The first mile was a little rough because my Garmin couldn’t find a satellite signal, and my body was trying to adjust to the cold, but after that, it was smooth sailing. I was just so grateful to not be running on a revolving belt. Praise the lawd!
I held a good time of between 9:30-10:00 and was feeling great. Well, that is until I turned on the street that was the last two miles of the run. I was directly facing the wind, and it had picked up a bit. Then with only one mile left, it started snowing again. It was so cold that each snowflake felt like it burnt my skin. I tried to close my eyes or just put my head down, but obviously, that didn’t last long. So I just started repeating different running mantras that I turn to in times like this.
“One foot in front of the other.”
“Run strong, finish strong.”
“You’ll be in the warm house before you know it!”
“Mind over matter.”
“I am a running machine.”
Sometimes just tapping into a few signature running mantras can really help you get through a challenging leg of your run/workout, don’tcha think?
Anyway, I did indeed finish the run, and was back in the warm house before I knew it.
Mile 1: 9:45
Mile 2: 9:38
Mile 3: 9:42
Mile 4: 9:58
Mile 5: 9:55
Mile 6: 9:35 (thinking, oh sh!t, that wind sucks!)
Mile 7: 9:37
That last mile was easily the most difficult mile I’ve ever run. Total time: 01:08:10. Woot woot! Gonna show that half marathon who’s boss! haha
When I got home from the run, I was absolutely famished. I made my favorite post-run breakfast…whole wheat pumpkin pancakes – with a twist!
Who put Tempeh in my Pancakes?
That’s right. I wanted to use the tempeh I got the night before, and this is what came to mind. A pancake tempeh sandwich!
It’s just the pancakes, tempeh, and maple syrup! SO good. I was really surprised how well the tempeh adapts to whatever flavoring you pair it with.
After breakfast/lunch, I was off to get my hair done – thank God! It was beginning to get thick, unruly, and outta control!
While getting my hair did, I sipped on a Kombucha and snacked of some sweet, salty, and crunchy trail mix:
Had to run by Pet Co to pick Clarabelle up some kitty food, and got my heart broken by Mr. Chandler:
I wanna take you hooome!!
Unfortunately, the cat we already have is emotionally unstable, or I else I would have done my best to convince the hubski. Random fact: when I moved in with the husband, he told me the only thing was that we weren’t getting pets. He caved, obviously:
Got home, made another snackie:
Cereal and “milk” courtesy of this trifecta:
And kicked it for a while, reading the workouts in the New Rules of Lifting for Women:
I like this book, though I don’t agree with all of it. But I can’t deny that there’s some great exercises in there.
After a while, the husband asked if I wanted to go bowling. Of course I did!
It was super crowded with kids’ birthday parties, but we had a blast regardless…even though we both sucked it up pretty big time!
We worked up an appetite getting our bowl on, and decided to hit up a new Mexican restaurant in town. I think it was called Hurradurrahs? It was just like the other bagillion we have in town.
I stuck with the ushe and got veggie fajitas with corn tortillas:
It was kinda late when we got back, but I had a baking itch. I haven’t baked anything in a couple weeks, which is a long time for Paige’s kitchen.
Recipe de jour was the Almond Butter cookies from the back of this month’s Clean Eating magazine:
My friend, Missy, made me some the other day, and they were SO good. I had to give it a go myself. For the almond butter, I used TJ’s raw unsalted version.
However, I skimped on the baking soda and they ended up being pretty flat.
Flat, but oh so delicious
Watched a little 24 and passed out in the recliner without thinking twice.
I slept in and woke up without an alarm to the first time all week (!!!) and got a delicious 8 ½ hours of sleep. However, I quickly got dressed and met my girl, Heidi at the gym, to crank out a back/biceps workout and get in a three mile recovery run. We had to get it out of the way early because Shane and I tried a new church this morning! We’re not 100%, but we like it so far:)
We ran some errands after church, got some groceries, and came home to make lunch:
Bell pepper w/ hummus, pancake and tempeh sammie, and a green monster.
frozen banana, Amazing Grass SuperFood, ice, 2 handfuls of spinach, and almond milk.
It was a good, filling lunch, and hit all the taste buds!
Just got done cleaning the main floor, and am about to create some training plans, and the reeeelax for the night.
I hope you all had a great weekend, and have a kick-butt Monday! (is that an oxy-moron? :-P)
Sorry for such the lengthy post!
What was your toughest workout to get through ever? After yesterday, it was definitely that last one mile. But before that, it was during a 5K last year that I full out sprinted the whole way, and paid for it with a stabbing side pain the last 1/4 mile!