Today, much like yesterday, I ping ponged from one activity to the next. That suits me just fine because I like being busy and occupied. I don’t like to sit around without anything to do. I like my days to have a purpose. The purpose of this day was to get my brother ready to go back to college.
I got an early jump-start to my day with a 15.6 mile run. My pre-run fuel consisted of a bowl of cereal, blueberries, and skim milk.
My usual Saturday running buddy was under the weather (she refuses to say she’s “sick”!), so I was a lone ranger. compared to the last LONG run I did by myself, I was more mentally focused. My mind was in the right place, even if my legs were a bit sore. As a newbie to the double-digit long runs, I am still trying to learn how to appropriately fuel myself during the run. Today, I mixed 8 oz of G2 Gatorade with 8 oz of water, and stashed it at the 1/2 way point. WOW! This was the first time I have consumed anything other than water during my long runs, and it made a HUGE difference! My time on the second 7.8 miles was much better than on the first 7.8.
1st 7.8 miles: 1 hr. 9 min
2nd 7.8 miles: 58 min
TOTAL: 15.6 miles 2 hr. 7 min
I was pleased!
By the time I got home, showered, and was dressed, it was already 9:40am. Meal #2 & lots of water were in order. Rather than take the time to make hot oatmeal, I whipped together “un-overnight” oats. The cool breakfast was just what I needed after a hot run.
3/4 cup greek yogurt
1/3 cup oats
1 banana, smooshed
1 tbsp chia seeds
After breakfast, my dad and I pinged up to Tennessee to pick up the U-Haul. My brother is moving into an apartment with some of his college buddies this year, and has to bring a bed, desk, chair,….lots of stuff. A bigger vehicle was necessary to transport all his “stuff.”
On the drive back, I munched on some carrots and a granola bar. I wasn’t very hungry (never am the day of a long run), so this snack hit just the spot. I drank 2 bottles of water during this drive because my run dried me out!
Took a pit stop at ISOM’s Farm and bought some DELICIOUS peaches! I can not begin to describe how amazing their peaches taste!
I was impossible to resist having one with some cottage cheese when I got home.
Then I pinged outside to help my sister cut the grass. Oh. So. Hot. I thought I might shrivel up into a prune the sun was beating down so hard. It looked like I had walked out of a sauna I had sweat so much. So I drank more water! While we were dirty and sweaty, we decided to pack the U-Haul with my brothers stuff. Things go much faster with teamwork, let me tell you! We got that baby loaded in about an hour!
I ponged into the shower and then pinged off to the grocery store with my sister to get stuff for my dinner. Presenting, my fresh Tomato Pasta Toss. Everything fresh. Everything chilled. Everything summery.
Tomato Pasta Toss
whole wheat pasta (your choice which type)
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tomato, diced
sliced Kalamata olives
shrimp, cooked to your liking (mine were grilled)
Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta cooks, place the cherry tomatoes and garlic on a tray and broil for 4 minutes or until skin on tomatoes shrivels. Remove the tray from the oven, and separate the skins from the tomatoes. Discard skins. Mash the tomatoes with the garlic, red pepper, and oregano, and set aside. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. To the pasta, add the mashed tomato/garlic mixture, diced tomatoes, kalamata, olives, shrimp, and basil. Serve and enjoy.
I had a spinach salad with mushrooms, zucchini, and tomato on the side. The pasta and salad was perfect for such a hot day! It came together very quickly and was quite healthy! Between all the running around I did today, I have not met my calorie quota. It is quite unusual for me to eat so light for a 15.6 mile run day. I will need to make sure I up the calories tomorrow! Off to drink more water,read, and make and AB sandwich for dessert.
QUESTION: What’s your least favorite summer activity? Mine is cutting the grass. Our yard is so big that it takes about 2 hours to cut the grass (we don’t have a riding lawn mower). Bummer, I know. Even worse is the heat! The only perk is you get a workout just by cutting the yard.