Good morning! Happy Saturday!
This morning I hopped out of bed like an Easter bunny at 5:15 (I’m corny…what can I say?) to get ready for my weekly long run. My pre-run snack of choice was, as usual, a piece of Ezekiel toast with almond butter and half a banana:
Works like a charm every time 🙂
I worked on some emails, FINALLY got caught up on the blogworld (hi!), put on my running skirt and was out the door. I had to pick a new route this morning for my 5 mile run because there was a local 5K going on downtown. Originally I had planned on running this race with my mom but I really want to work on controlling my speed, especially on pavement, and with a trip to the physical therapist on Monday I didn’t want to try anything risky for the shins. It made me sad though to know a fun race was going on not even a mile away and I was running by myself! 🙁
The first mile was tough, of course. It was still totally dark out and I wasn’t 100% warmed up yet. I turned up my ipod though and thought about my girls— Meghann, Caitlin and Abbie —running MUCH longer races at the same time as me, and was filled with endurance to keep on going. Here are my final stats:
I really tried to control me speed today because the majority of my run was on pavement down neighborhood streets (there was no grass). Sometimes I would look down at my Garmin and it would say 7:30 or even 8:00 and I would force myself to go a little slower. It sorts of stinks a little bit because I KNOW I have the ability to go fast but my shins just won’t cooperate with me right now. Oh well, shins, I will give you all the time you need and then I can unleash my true speed in San Fran 😉
When I got home I stretched and made a big bowl of oats for breakfast! 🙂
Oh! It was sooooo good today. Here was the amazing combo:
- 3/4 cup oats made with 1/2 cup almond milk + 1.25 cups water
- 1/2 banana
- tons of cinnamon + pinch of sea salt
- big scoop of almond butter
- heated up frozen blueberries!
It was so pretty, too, and took me a good 15 minutes to eat….perfect timing for me to ice my shins down!
I desperately wanted a green smoothie this morning, but I’m at Ryan’s and he doesn’t have spinach OR a Vita Mix so I guess I’m out of luck. I think I will ask him if he will take me to the health food store to get some fruit/veggie juice though when he wakes up 🙂
I’m off to hit the showers! Today I think we might be going out on a friend’s boat to relax and soak up some sunshine. I’ll catch up with you at lunch!