Category Archives: Running

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Run, unpowered

Last Saturday, I ran just over 7 miles in just under an hour, and it was a pretty great run. I felt like I was flying. I had lots of energy. I felt good, and strong. It was bliss and joy in motion.

This Saturday, if you look strictly at the numbers, it was a good run. 6.26 miles, 52 minutes, 8:18 min/mile.

But it was not a good run.

My legs were SORE from a tough, hour-long strength training video I had done the day before, and I definitely felt it when I first started out. Hard to move at first.

But it was also not a good week, food-wise. Part of that was due to having a stomach bug earlier in the week. I don’t usually eat a lot of carbs, I usually try to have lots of avocados, and green smoothies, and lunches with lots of beans and veggies. Some oatmeal, some pasta, but they aren’t the bulk of my diet.

Last week, it was pretty much all carbs, not a lot of nutrient-dense food. Again, part of that is due to being sick and only able to have carb-y, starch-y food. Part of it was due to Friday night – went on a date with Husband and got a gluten-free pizza from Mellow Mushroom that I devoured. It was delicious, and fun as I haven’t had pizza in a while, but not exactly high ranking on the nutrient and energy scale.

And oh boy, did I feel all of that. I felt sluggish. I felt heavy and slow. I had to take frequent breaks. Even my music wasn’t helping. When “Eye of the Tiger” and “Warrior” can’t get me moving, nothing else is going to work. I felt like I was fighting for the whole run, and I felt like it took everything out of me.

I know exactly the relationship between good, clean, happy eating, and great  performance. And sometimes, I fall off the wagon and don’t always make the healthiest food choices (of course, still staying within my limitations).

But knowing how not fun Saturday’s run was, I am much more motivated to get back to my normal eating, with lots and lots of things my body NEEDS, not what it tells me it wants. Looking forward to seeing how I feel on next Saturday’s long run!

Great run, fueled by carrot pineapple smoothie and amazing grass

I woke up to a chilly fall morning, rain falling down, perfect morning for snuggling on the couch with a pumpkin latte. Which I did for a while, enjoying my lazy morning, but my long run was calling me.

I find it so hard to get motivated when it’s chilly and gray out, but I knew I would feel great once I started on my run.

But I knew I needed more to fuel up for a long run than just my latte,

Into the blender went two cups of carrot juice, 2 tbsp brown rice protein powder, 2 tbsp flax seed, 2 handfuls spinach, and probably 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks. Good sugar for energy, protein and fat for stable energy, and of course all the benefits of a green smoothie.

Threw on my running tights (first time this season, but the nice thing about living in NC, the cold weather isn’t constant or long-lasting) and headed out the door. Unlike my usual approach to running, I didn’t check my fitness gps tracker (I love my iPhone, truly) for what my pace was, or what mile I was at, I just ran and decided to turn back for home at 30 minutes. On long hills, I repeated to myself “I am strong, I am a runner” and it definitely helped!

My strategy worked! I got home and checked my stats:
total distance: 7.17 miles – I haven’t run for 7+ miles in probably four years, go me!!
Total time: 59:22 minutes
Pace: 8:16 min/mile.

Super pleased with that!!

Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free mac n cheese? Yes, please!

Had a pretty good long run today, although I ran at noon and it was pretty warm in the sun (or, most of the run). Felt a bit tired, and stopped to have some water or walk for around 30 seconds a few times, but I was still happy with how I did.

Details:
Distance: 5.42 miles
Time: 46:12 minutes
Pace: 8:31 min/mile

I had my chocolate pudding for breakfast/pre-run fuel…but then I managed to go about the rest of my day without eating anything except two slices of gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread. Oops!

By the time I got home from grocery shopping a little while ago, I was a very hungry monster!

Mac N Cheese and Peas to the rescue!
3/4 package Tinkyada gluten-free pasta (this stuff is GOOD)
3/4 cup frozen peas, thrown in pasta water about a minute before the pasta is done

When peas and pasta are done and rinsed, mix up the sauce:
~3/4 cup Daiya mozzarella cheese – this stuff is a miracle. Dairy-free, casein-free, soy-free vegan cheese, that tastes great, melts, and gets all stretchy. They are geniuses.
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/2 – 2 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt.

Mmmmmm! And Husband approved – he liked it as much as I did!

Spice pudding and a good workout can fix a bad day

Yesterday was a bit frustrating, and I was majorly in need of a run when I got home. Running is many things for me – joy, health, it keeps me feeling good emotionally, it keeps me feeling like me…and it is one of the best ways for me to get out frustrations and anger. I have just always found that it is hard to stay in a bad mood after you pound the pavement and work up a good sweat.

Last night’s run definitely disc what I needed it to, and I came home very much looking forward to a yummy post-run/dinner pudding.

I was intending to make apple pie pudding, but it was more like a spice pudding. It was so very perfect!

Into the blender went:
1 cup almond milk
2 dates to sweeten
1 scoop amazing grass chocolate green superfood
2 scoops vanilla hemp protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 big spoonfuls of Trader Joes chunky apples
1 avocado
1 tsp maple syrup

Blend till creamy. I heated up a few little pieces of my mom’s pumpkin bread that she made gluten-free, dairy-free and made with date sugar to accommodate my food sensitivities. My mom is awesome 🙂 I topped the pudding with the pumpkin bread and drizzled on some macadamia nut butter. Perfection!

Run details:
treadmill – 2.08 miles
Time: 17:20 minutes
Pace: 8:19 min/mile

Run home from the gym
Distance: 1.17 mi
Time: 9:36 min
Pace: 8:12 min/mile

Total: 3.25 miles
Time: 26:56

Run with the bats

Unlike last night, when I had no motivation to run, tonight I couldn’t wait to go for one. The weather was gorgeous today, with temps in the low 70s by the time I got home from work. Dusk was settling in, and the country road that I ran on was mostly quiet. For most of my run, my only companion was the occasional bat. I was proud of myself – I didn’t freak out, or assume that they were going to attack me. Trust me, I’ve had both of those reactions before!

I felt like I was running a bit slow, and I had to stop and walk for about 20-30 seconds three times, but that’s ok. I still got in a great run, and I’m quite happy with my efforts tonight.

Overview:

Distance: 3.26 miles

Total time: 26:43 minutes

Pace: 8:12 min/mile

Running (music) confession

First off, let me say that I know lots of people will disagree with me.

I realize that this confession could have me shunned from society, or could incite otherwise nice people to throw things at my head.

But…I like Nickelback. Particularly, this song. I was doing some high-intensity intervals last night, I put this song on, and I could keep on pushing even when I wanted to collapse. This song is also really good for hill repeats, or running hard up a long hill.

Hate away if you must. But I’ll be having fun rocking out to my trashy Nickelback on some of my runs 🙂

Getting past the “don’t wannas”

Up till last Sunday, I was doing great on my running program. I was running 4 or 5 times per week, and had been for a few weeks. I could manage to motivate and go for a run even if the anti-run gremlins were out and about.

Then last week hit. I strayed from my strict dietary plan – I had fries with regular ketchup (high fructose corn syrup and sugar), and got some movie candy when Husband and I went to see The Social Network last weekend (more sugar and corn syrup). Now,  I know better, and I very rarely cheat, but sometimes, it’s hard to always eat a perfectly clean diet.

My skin started breaking out, like I knew it would. But I was out of my steroid skin creme, which will clear my skin when I have a flare-up. I don’t like using steroids in any form, but I do know that they will help me.

I didn’t have any refills left, and it took a few days for the pharmacy and doctor’s office to sort it out. By the time the prescription was finally filled, I’d had a flare up for about 4 or 5 days.

I can’t exercise when I have a flare-up, as the sweat just further irritates my skin. But the longer it goes on, the worse it becomes, till I have break out patches all over. After a few days, it starts to make its way further into my system, and I get run down and very drained. When I finally got the medicine on me, it took a few days to clear up and for me to start feeling better.

Which brings me to today. I missed my long run this weekend, and today is scheduled to be my high-intensity interval run. I didn’t get up this morning to go to the gym, and by the time I got home, I was tired and feeling definitely unmotivated. The LAST thing I wanted to do was go workout, even though I knew I would hate even more missing another workout.

Husband got me out the door tonight, by reminding me of how unhappy I would be to miss a workout, and how I would be glad that I had went.

He was right. I went, I pushed myself hard until I couldn’t go any more, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I beat back the “don’t wannas.” Sometimes, the gremlins are extra loud, but fighting them off feels pretty good 🙂

“Just do it.” – always good motivation from Nike.

Run:

24 minutes

2.89 miles

17 intervals (30 seconds as hard as I can, 30 seconds at a recovery run pace)

5 minute recovery pace run after the first 10 intervals

A good, solid interval run.