A New Running Strategy + Ice Cream Replacer
Good Tuesday morning!
Although I woke up to a howling cat and a growling dog, I woke up feeling awake and refreshed this morning. Then, as I always do, I turned on the morning news and did a little happy dance when the weather segment came on.
Um, mid-fifties at 6:45 in the morning after nearly a week straight of temps in the 90’s?!?
That’s when the urge crept in. I needed to go for a run. You guys know (and if you don’t, now you do) that I’ve taken a break from running. It’s been probably two weeks since I’ve laced up my sneakers and headed out for a run – due to my hip pain.
Against my better judgment, I decided to go for a short, 3-ish miler. However, I took some precautions first.
I always try to remember to foam roll (self-myofascial release=relaxed muscle b/c of the signal from the golgi tendon) after workouts, but I’ve never tried it before, despite claims that it really helps the muscles loosen up. This morning, I took about 5 minutes before heading out to really massage the sore/tight hip area.
Then I headed out. Although the run was surprisingly tough despite the nearly perfect running weather – I had a hard time keeping pace and my hamstrings were tight – 3.5 miles later I returned 99% pain-free! And then I promptly foam rolled again and then did my stretches (hip flexor, periformis, soleus and gastrocnemius calf stretches.)
iced french press coffee w/ cinnamon and coconut milk. This coffee almost tasted dessert-like because of the cinnamon – plus I whipped it all up before drinking.
Speaking of dessert –
It’s no secret that I have a raging sweet tooth. It, like the freaks, comes out at night, and it usually finds itself satisfied in a bowl of ice cream – at least during the summer.
Last week, I found myself sitting down to a bowl of ice cream one too many times.
Instead of not having anything sweet at all, I switched it out with a much healthier option:
Last night I even got a little more creative and whipped the cottage cheese in the Vitamix for a froyo effect
Add cottage cheese and stevia to a blender and whip until smooth. Add the berries, and pulse a couple more times to incorporate them. Top and stir with almond butter or almond meal.
I like having cottage cheese before bed if I’m feeling a little hungry because it’s rich in the protein casein. Casein is a slow-releasing protein (your body breaks down the amino acids and absorbs them over time) so it keeps you fuller longer. About a half cup with the works keeps me full until it’s breakfast time
Are you a nighttime sweet snacker? What’s your current favorite?
I also want to try out Lisa’s "coconut cookie dough" that she’s been making!