Ouu it was a chilly morning in DC today. It was a whopping 46 degrees outside when I started my run this morning. Not cool for running…not cool! I really had to make sure to layer the clothes today. I woke up pretty quickly this morning, and I was very happy because I am scheduled to go into work an hour later than I normally do today. That gives me an extra hour in the morning to get my stuff done..woohoo!
So I started the morning with my morning routine.
Then I bundled up for my chilly morning run with Target compression pants, a long sleeve running shirt, and a running jacket on top.
It was cold when I first started, but my body quickly got warmed up, and then I realized it was not as cold as I thought and my body was literally hot. I set out to complete 7 miles, but after mile 2 I just didn’t think I was going to make it. My right leg was killing me. It felt tight and was making it so uncomfortable for me to run. I had to stop at least 4 times within the first 4 miles to stretch my leg. It would hurt, I would stretch it, and then it would feel fine, but then it would hurt again. I just couldn’t win!
I also hated these compression pants. They were uncomfortable and hot. Definitely not as good as the Under Armor ones (obviously), and I was so disappointed with them. I really wanted to complete 7 miles and work on my speed since this is the last day I really have to work on speed before my race on THURSDAY! But I was in so much pain with my leg. I kept meditating and praying that the pain would go away. I kept stretching and trucking along and finally by mile 5 I felt normal. I kicked it up a notch and finish 8.11 miles strong! And to think I was going to stop at mile 2. HAH! I can’t believe I have a race on Thursday!!! I’ve been completely slackin’ in the ‘practicing for race’ area. I’ve been continuously running, but I haven’t been working on my speed as much as I should be. I hope this doesn’t end up hurting me in the race. Here are my stats for today’s run:
Distance: 8.11 miles
Average Pace: 8:39
Mile 1: 8:40
Mile 2: 8:43
Mile 3: 9:05
Mile 4: 9:01
Mile 5: 8:54
Mile 6: 8:24
Mile 7: 8:20
Mile 8: 8:19
Last .11 mile: 0:40
When I got home I made some breakfast. And you guessed it…it was another Green Monster! I was debating doing oats or something warm, but I challenged myself to drink and Green Monster everyday for 2 weeks, and my body needs it right now. So I made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Green Monster. My smoothie included:
I think this Green Monster and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Green Monster are my favorites. I guess everything is better with a little Peanut Butter, or should I said Almond Butter, in this case.
I don’t know what it was about the Green Monster combination this morning, but it kept me full for hours! I didn’t eat lunch until 2pm!
Since it is the week of Thanksgiving, work is going to be absolutely insane. So I prepared easy lunches and snacks for today. Lunch was leftovers of this unique and awesome dinner I made last night.
Last night for dinner I diced up an eggplant and tossed it with some olive oil and then laid them out on my grill pan to get all nice and grilled. Then I added some frozen artichokes to grill up as well. While those were grillin’, I made some quinoa on the side. When the quinoa was finished I added the eggplant and artichokes and then some Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce. Mixed it all up and called it dinner! It was pretty darn good. There are so many other ingredients I could have added and will definitely have to try in the future.
So lunch was basically just the leftovers, but for some protein I added some black eyed peas to the mix.
I also had 2 carrots on the side for some more veggies. I was pretty full from the quinoa mix that I saved my carrots to snack on later.
And because it is so cold in the store today, I enjoyed a mug of hot Pumpkin Spice Tea with my meal.
Ok work is calling. I must stretch my leg today because it is actually still feeling really tight. I’m not sure what is going on. Have a GREAT Monday! YAY for the short work/school week!