Happy Weekend, Blog Friends!
Is the sun shining where you are? We’re on day 3 of gloomsville around here, and it’s seriously bumming me out. I need the sun!
It’s funny because I lived in the gray Michigan weather for 30 years before moving to sunny Virginia. In less than a year, I’ve totally acclimated myself to the sunny skies and mild temps. I think it’s cold when it’s 60* now! And one gray day will put me in a funk, whereas gray days were the norm back there. Crazy how quickly your body adjusts! I don’t know how I’d survive if I went back there permanently!
Yesterday afternoon was a busy one, with a 13 mile run on the treadmill and then dinner and drinks with Danielle and Bryce. Let’s discuss, shall we?
First, a quick update on this.
And I didn’t even ask—which is such a win because I hate confrontation. Thank you to whichever neighbor of mine took care of it!
Before these 13 mile runs, I find myself really anxious, and I’m not sure exactly why. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t done this before, right? But I guess I worry that I’ll have trouble breathing, or my knees will hurt, or it will just be really hard!
At any rate, I always get through it, and it’s always fine, so I need to stop worrying about it! I don’t get nervous before races, so I have no idea what this anxiety is surrounding my training runs. What it boils down to is that I need to knock it the heck off and just do it!
I prefer to run outside for the longer runs just because I need a change of scenery to keep me interested, but the sky looked pretty threatening, and I didn’t feel up to getting caught in the rain in the middle of a 2 hour run.
Yep, I slogged through 13 miles on the treadmill. It wasn’t the best; it wasn’t the worst. I just did it. However, because I don’t do hills on the treadmill, I wanted to push my pace a little. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it!
These are my stats from my Nike +iPod. I love how it’s a girl running! And check it out—9:43 pace! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!
To make it bearable, I had Ellen and The Wendy Williams Show on the TV on my treadmill, but I ended up listening to my playlist for most of the run. Music pumps me up like no other!
Afterwards, my hip flexors and calves were both pretty sore, but I’m taking it easy today and plan to get in a good, long stretch with some yoga!
PS—I was completely disgusting after this run. The humidity is so unbelievably out of control right now, and when I brushed out my hair after, it looked as if I had just gotten out of the shower. Ew.
I made myself presentable, and headed out for dinner and drinks at Bar Louie.
That’ll be about enough out of you.
The Happy Hour specials at Bar Louie are fantastic, so we got in on some half-priced appetizers!
The hummus plate is the best! Tabbouleh, tzatziki, and hummus with soft, pillowy pita and thinly sliced cucumbers. We always get this to share!
I also ordered a California Chicken Club with fries—gotta replenish that salt I lost on my run!
Not the most attractive presentation, but it tasted great! Served on multigrain toast, the sandwich included a grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, and pepperjack cheese! I skipped the onion ranch sauce because my stomach was feeling a little funny after the run, and I didn’t want to push it. Admittedly, I could barely tell there was any trace of avocado on this sandwich—bummer. I liked it, but it would have been better with avocado! Do you hear me, Bar Louie??? Just saying.
As is typical the day after a long run, I woke up ready to gnaw off my own arm. Good thing I had the forethought to prep some ingredients for a Doughboy Smoothie a la Kath!
Last night before bed, I put 1/4 cup oats + 1/4 cup coconut milk into the blender. This morning, I added another 1/4 cup coconut milk, a giant tablespoon of almond butter, some spinach, and a frozen banana, and whiled away for a Doughboy-style Green Monster. A Dough Monster, if you will.
Dough Monster Smoothie
1/4 old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coconut milk, divided
1 heaping tablespoon nut butter
1 frozen banana
1 handful baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
handful ice cubes (optional)
Add 1/4 cup each oats and coconut milk to blender and refridgerate overnight. In the morning, add remaining coconut milk, nut butter and spinach. Process until very smooth. Add in banana and cinnamon and process again until smooth. If you like your smoothies a little thinner, stop here. If you want a really thick smoothie, add in the ice and process until it is fully incorporated—I give it a good 3-4 minutes. That way, it’s perfectly thick but not too icy. Plus, the extra ice helps to amp up the volume, which translates to a bigger smoothie.
That Kath really knows what she’s talking about! I don’t know how to describe this other than to say it really did have a great “doughy” quality to it. Coconut milk also seems to really take my smoothies to the next level—it makes everything so super creamy and almost frothy. I can’t seem to get enough!
Da-rip! This reminds me of when we were kids and couldn’t eat our ice cream cones before they melted! Mom would always tell us to “lick around!” to catch the drips!
Today is looking wide open. I am running a 10K tomorrow just for fun, so I need to pick up my race packet at some point. Otherwise, I’m planning on lots of fun randomness, like washing my sheets and painting my toenails. I also really want to make a nice dinner . . . I wish I had someone to cook for. Ah, well. What can you do?
Hope the sun is shining wherever you are and that you have a wonderful day!
Do you like smoothies? What are your favorite combos?