Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend
Mine consisted of work, volunteer preparation, and a very chilly run.
I got up bright and early Sunday morning to get in a quick run before I started my day. I woke up tired and questioning my run, but knew that if I just got out there and started I would be fine.
I fueled up with my usual pre-run snack of 1/2 a bagel with a small amount of PB and honey.
I toyed with the idea of running at the gym since it was SO COLD outside. Then, I remembered how my shin has been sore lately and decided it would be better to head outside in the fresh (cold) air.
The run started out pretty good. I was dressed perfectly for the weather and there was no wind (win!). My mind was clear and I just kept moving forward. I was shooting for 8 miles, but around mile 3 I wasn’t feeling like 8 was going to happen. My legs started to get heavy, the hills were annoying me, and the run totally changed. The mental part started to become more important to get me through the remaining miles. I focused on getting up the hills so I could “relax” on the way down. “What goes up, must come down”
At mile 5, I decided to cut it short and headed home. Half marathon PR training starts this week, so I didn’t want to push myself to any limits. I knew my body is tired, so I decided to give in and give it the rest it needs.
I covered 6.5 miles and am happy with it. I know that these tough runs set you up for great ones in the future, and I’m ready to get that PR!
Mile 1: 9:11
Mile 2: 9:11
Mile 3: 9:09
Mile 4: 8:53
Mile 5: 9:06
Mile 6: 9:12
Total: 6.51 miles in 59:30 – avg. pace of 9:08/mi
I quickly warmed up in my house and took my time stretching out my muscles and foam rolling. It. Felt. Wonderful.
I then made my usual post-run food: OATS!
After a quick shower and some cleaning, I made myself a Blueberry-Banana smoothie to take with me while I ran errands. It consisted of 1/2 a frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 6oz container Fage 0% greek yogurt, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed. I also had a few saltines on the side because I wanted them
After being out with Mom for an hour, grocery shopping, and blogging, I was ready for lunch! I was craving a pepper and cheese sandwich since my Mom had made Nana’s roasted bell peppers, but knew I had other leftovers to eat up first.
I compromised by making 1/2 an [open faced] sandwich and paired it with the scant leftovers we had left. Some tuna, hummus and peppers, and spaghetti squash with sauce. Very random but oh so tasty
Once I finished lunch, I spent sometime organizing lessons for my volunteer work and decided I was going to take another go at the cauliflower pizza crust
I knew it took some time to make, so I started early. I followed the same recipe as last time .
It turned out pretty and super tasty, but still not crispy like the recipe says it does. I was kind of upset that it was a fail yet again in the crispy department, but the flavor was awesome and I eventually got over it