Hazy Shade of Winter: 4/16 – 22 Weekly Wrap

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).

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I got out there (most of the time) and got active despite the dreariness.

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Workouts update

  • 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)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

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Smiling cause we haven’t been out in the rain yet

Monday
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.

Doesn’t it look like winter?

Tuesday
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.

Wonder Girl Tank in Shimmer; older Cascade skirt

Thursday
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’ve run under that bridge in the distance!

Saturday
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.

Nutrition Info

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!

Baked Tofu in a wrap with sweet potato home fries

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.

Basic Dal

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).

Chocolate Pecan Bars

So far I’m enjoying all the recipes I’ve tried from the cookbook!

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

What’s your favorite protein bar?

Tried any cool recipes lately?

Tried a new cookbook you liked lately?

 

15 thoughts on “Hazy Shade of Winter: 4/16 – 22 Weekly Wrap

  1. I don’t usually eat bars but if I do it’s fig bar. A banana is my pre-run fuel. Gu for long races.

    I ate out dinner every single day this week. 3 for work, one with tennis friends, one with the hubby and one with running friends.

    Obviously not much cooking going on here.

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  2. I’m a huge fan of Larabars and those Laraballs (I don’t know if that’s what they are actually called). They only have like 3-4 ingredients!

    Thanks for sharing my link. I hope to do more of that self-defense stuff. It feels pretty powerful!

    Here’s to hoping that spring is really here!

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    1. I like Larabars, but for whatever reason, they’re just not satisfying to me. Or maybe it’s the fact that they’re fairly high in sugar & that makes me hungry.

      I think spring is finally here. At least i hope we are done with the snow! It’s been a while (but I don’t want to jinx it).

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  3. My mood really slides with crappy weather too. We had the cold sleet/monsoons the weekend before Boston. Things seem to have turned around though. I’ve been really bad about trying new recipes lately. I still haven’t made a thing from Run Fast Eat Slow and I’ve got the Kefir Cookbook to crack still too.

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  4. LOL on your husband’s “side dish” comment. Mine has been a good sport about my menu changes — but I try to fix meals he likes once in a while. I prefer bars that are not too sweet – will keep an eye out for this one.

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  5. Good for you getting out in the inclement weather! Ditto comments about husband and food- mine asks for more healthy food then fails to enthuse about meals without meat!

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    1. I highly recommend it! I’ve followed his site a long time, and I’ve had the cookbook a while, but for some reason I hadn’t made anything from it. I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried so far.

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  6. I like making my own power balls. The tofu breakfast looked so yummy. I like tofu but can understand if it isn’t made right someone wouldn’t like it. I may buy that cookbook.

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    1. I definitely recommend the cookbook! Some recipes, like many nutrition books for runners, I find are just a little too many calories for me. Maybe when you run all the miles you can eat that stuff, but I rarely can.

      But I’m finding plenty of recipes I do like & can use.

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