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Running and a Recipe

Posted Oct 27 2010 1:44pm

This morning before I set out on my run I remembered that I had yet to try the last item of my MuleBar stash…

I really enjoyed the other MuleBar products, but I am not sure about this one.  This gel is super sweet, kind of like having a shot of glucose.  Also the texture didn’t sit too well with me either it was quite thick and sticky.

Although it really fuelled me up for my run this morning.  I managed 3 miles in under 30 minutes, which since restarting my running routine is my best time yet.  There was no walking or breathless episodes either.  This isn’t a product that I would try again, but it really is a natural source of a load of energy.  It seriously was like I had taken a dose of rocket fuel.

I have really been trying to push myself every day with my running.  The first time after a long break was painful, but after a few weeks I think I am finally getting back on track.  I’ve totally fallen in love with running again and its never too late to incorporate running into your fitness routine. 

Running has many great health benefits:

  • increased energy levels;
  • reduced risk of heart disease;
  • better sleep patterns;
  • weight loss;
  • improved sense of well-being.

As a beginner the best advice that I can give from my experience is to listen to your body. When I first started running I pushed myself way too hard, running too fast and choosing a lengthy route.  My body became tired fast and I always had to take a few days off in between each run due to re-occurring injuries.  When first starting out it is better to start with a low intensity training program.  Start off slow as paradoxically the slower you run in the beginning the faster you will run at the end.  Eventually you will be able to go on longer runs at a low intensity and build your endurance. 

After my run this morning I was ready to eat…a lot! :)

I still wasn’t feeling satisfied so I decided to have a small bowl of Nature’s Path Blueberry and Cinnamon cereal with a chopped peach and soya milk…

Lunch was a mammoth spinach and watercress salad with smoked tofu, sweet corn, carrots, tomatoes and cucumber.

Tonight’s dinner was very tasty and healthy.  I devised a healthy meatball recipe to add to the quinoa fusilli that I bought a few days ago.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of turkey mince,
  • 3 cloves of smoked garlic,
  • 1 chilli,
  • 1 tbsp of chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp of rosemary
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp of fine ground polenta

Simply mix in a food processor until well combined and then shape into meatball size portions.  For the meatballs to hold there shape I usually leave them in the fridge to chill for a few hours before cooking.

Cook in the oven for 25 minutes at gas mark 5, until the meat balls are fully cooked through and firm.

To serve I heated through favourite tomato pasta sauce and poured over the meatballs to place alongside the quinoa fusilli and roasted vegetables.

The qunioa fusilli was a little bland in flavour and reminded me of rice noodles, however when teamed up with the meatballs and tomato sauce it was delish! :D

For dessert I feasted on two mini chocolate chip and pecan cookies that I baked earlier today…

Well I’m going to finish my exercise for today with some Tracy Anderson webisodes…ouch!

What is your favourite form of exercise?


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