I know, I know, it’s Spring. Tell that to MN. This week was so incredibly foul weather-wise until the weekend — endless gray, pouring cold rain on Monday, and I felt kind of meh for much of the week. I’m blaming the lack of sunshine (and yes, I take a Vitamin D supplement).
- Monday: Rainy 1.25 Training Group Run, YFPR Strength
- Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB 10 min Standing Strength + Finisher
- Wednesday: PB Total Body, Dogwalk, YFR Foundation
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 3 easy treadmill miles
- Friday: Dogwalk, PB Total Body Kettlebell, YFPR Flexibility & Flow
- Saturday: 2 miles-ish with training group, 4 miles easy, PB Standing Cardio & Strength, YFR Foundation
- Sunday: Short Dogwalk, Visiting the folks
Mileage: 15ish (-2)
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It was a cold pouring rain. We were a small group. We channeled the Boston runners and we ran (although we did our warmup in one of the pavilions). I would never have run at all today if not for the group; I was have stayed cozy at home. But I don’t think anyone regretted this run.
I was really tired and feeling kind of meh and seriously considered not running at all this day. But something told me to run . . . I’m glad I listened. I wasn’t able to get out to basically lunch time, so I ate the banana I brought and figured I’d try to be quick so I could get home and eat lunch (a very late lunch). I was quite surprised to have a speedy pace (even though I was hungry and wanted to be done!).
I still remember running that first mile, not believing I could run a mile. If you’re just starting out and you see things like “I pounded out 4 miles” don’t be discouraged. If you want it and you do the work and do the work smartly — someday 4 miles will no longer seem like such a long distance at all.
I struggled with what to do — still feeling more tired than usual — was it better to run 2 days in a row and rest before my no-so-long run, or take an extra day of rest and then run 2 days in a row? Since it was just a 3 mile run, I decided to tough it out on the treadmill (rather than get all chilled in the cold drizzle . . . again).
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I think I made the right decision on Thursday, pushing through despite feeling meh. Friday was a rest day that was totally unrestful. Saturday dawned with bright blue skies and an odd yellow thing in the sky. I had a good run with the training group, completely forgetting to start my watch, and a nice 4 miles afterwards, running into a running acquaintance a few times & finishing up at the same time & chatting for a bit.
Favorites of the week
I forgot my post race snack for my run on Tuesday, but since I was stopping at Whole Paycheck first, I figured I grab a protein bar. I tried this one, which was one I haven’t tried before. Only one gram of sugar! I actually like the chocolate peanut butter flavor. Now, with just 1 gm of sugar, as you might expect, it wasn’t at all sweet, but it worked for me.
I have tried the peanut butter chocolate and the chocolate fudge — I like both but the peanut butter chocolate was better, IMHO. There is also a smores one — I totally need to try that one!
I also tried the Baked Breakfast Tofu from the No Meat Athlete Cookbook (Amazon Affiliate link). I really liked it! Of course I am used to tofu scrambles, so it may not be your cup of tea.
Then I also made the chocolate pecan bars, which were good. And the Basic Dal, which even Mr. Judy dubbed a good side dish (his term for anything that contains no meat).
So far I’m enjoying all the recipes I’ve tried from the cookbook!
Blog posts that caught my eye this week:
Let’s get the conversation started:
What’s your favorite protein bar?
Tried any cool recipes lately?
Tried a new cookbook you liked lately?