… and by rough I mean a tad boring. After running my last few runs outside (click here , here , here , and here ), the treadmill seemed harder than usual.
At least it was my last super long run on a treadmill. I’m very happy about that after yesterday.
The downside to running long runs on a treadmill is that you don’t have mile splits to see where you slowed down or sped up, everyone looks at you like you are nuts, and, unless there is a good show on the tv, it can get monotonous. All the above happened to me yesterday – sigh.
It’s all good tho. The one good part is that it helps you keep a certain pace – since long runs are supposed to be at a slower pace than normal where you could talk if needed, the treadmill helps you stay at this pace without speeding up.
Lets just say I have a love hate relationship with the treadmill for long runs
Before I headed out, I had one of my typical pre-run snacks..
1/2 a whole wheat bagel with some almond butter and 1/2 banana (don’t worry, the other half got used later )
This was perfect and gave me the fuel I needed.
Here is how the run went…
Oh yea, the treadmills max out at 1hr so I always stop and reset it before so I can get some sort of time for the run.
All together, it took me ~ 1hr 53 mins to run it at ~ 9:30pace (between 6.3mph and 6.5mph).
Once I finished, I drank some lowfat (lactaid) chocolate milk since I knew it was going to be a little while until I was going to have breakfast/lunch.
The night before I made a batch of my Proatmeal Pancakes so they were ready to cook post-run
I got the griddle ready …
And made my pancakes …
Topped them with some peanut butter ..
…and the rest of that banana with some maple syrup
Can you say YUM!? I thoroughly enjoyed these
After some fuel, I headed to the grocery store for a quick trip to restock my fridge with some of my staples.
A few of you have asked me for some sort of grocery list for when I go to the food store. Well, it changes pretty much every week depending on what I plan for meals; however, there are a few things I buy just about every time I go since I eat them practically everyday, or they don’t have a long shelf life (i.e. fresh veggies). So, I decided to snap a quick pic of my grocery store pick-ups this week.
[My list always includes fresh veggies and fruit and yogurt]
(Since next weekend is Easter and I will be heading home, I planned for 4 nights of dinner (sunday-wednesday) and I thought logically of what I would need for other meals/snacks for those few days.)
In the above picture:
Fresh veggies: asparagus and brussel sprouts (a 2 lb. bag was on sale! – I eat them enough that they will be gone before the end of the week hehe) as my veggies for this weeks dinner and some spinach for omelets and smoothies.
Baby Romaine for salads and sandwich toppers
Bananas (6) — I LOVE bananas and eat them literally all the time so I buy them all the time — depending how ripe/not ripe they look determines the amount I buy
Silk Almond Milk Original Unsweetend(I usually buy the Original one at costco since its cheaper for three cartons; but, at school I don’t have access to costco and I ran out of my milk, therefore, I had to go with what the store had)
FAGE Total 0% plain greek yogurt – my fav – I eat one pretty much everyday, sometimes multiple times in a day, so I ALWAYS buy yogurt (They now sell a case of the 6 oz. plain kind in costco!! This was a great discovery by my mom. Like my milk, I will usually buy these at costco)
Sweet potatoes (2) – I need three for my dinners this week but I could only find 1 small one – the others were MASSIVE so I just bought one and will cut it in half
Tomatoes (2) – for sandwich toppers – tomatoes really aren’t that great this time of year – I’d much rather a summer Jersey tomato
1/2 dozen large eggs – I always like to have eggs on hand for random omelets
3/4 lb. container fresh chicken thinly sliced (I usually keep some in the freezer, but I ran out. I restocked and bought some fresh for this week.
Strawberries (2) – They were on sale – buy 1 get 1 free – so I did
Many of the above are my staples that I eat practically every day/week, but my list changes a lot depending on the week. Also, my number 1 suggestion is NEVER go food shopping hungry – I can be guilty of this at times and you end up buying more than you need or things that you probably won’t eat.
Now, I always browse the frozen veggie isles for deals and buy them when they’re on sale so I always have a veggie that can be ready in a minute if I ever run out of fresh. My freezer is STOCKED with frozen veggies, nuts, seeds, and portions of fresh fish, chicken, shrimp, and meals that I had made in a big batch - i.e. soup, chili, and pancakes. Also, I have some bread in there as well to prevent it from spoiling.
With a couple weeks left of school, I will be clearing out my freezer each day by preparing my meals from what I have in there.
Lastly, I will leave you with my meal plan for the week to give you an idea of how I plan things out.
I first go through my schedule to see what my days will be like and then I sit down to organize my meals around it.
Sunday: Flounder with white wine sauce, maple roasted sweet potatoes, and brussel sprouts Monday: BBQ glazed Salmon, left over maple roasted sweet potatoes, and asparagus Tuesday: Flounder with tomato basil, quinoa, and left over brussel sprouts Wednesday: Grilled chicken, baked sweet potato fries, and left over asparagus
*The above are just dinner meals – I don’t usually “plan” my other meals, I just have tentative ideas, but go by what I feel like
I’m off to study for the rest of the day. Any questions about my lists or meal planning don’t hesitate to contact me