Yesterday was an unexpected Rest Day because I am having a groups of allergy symptoms: swollen burning watery eyes, constant nose drip, head fog, fatigue like whoa.
I did no unnecessary physical activity. Literally. None.
I also discovered that toast with Earth Balance leaves me hungry 1/2 hour later, I forced myself to wait until 10am to have my lunch but it felt like FOREVER.
A salad with 1/2 c black beans, spinach, onion and barbecue sauce on the other hand…. That kept me full for awhile.
I don’t know what will happen today with training- I’m still in a pretty dense fog despite the heavy combo of coffee/non drowsy allergy medication I’ve been relying on…
That had pretty much been my day- probably shouldn’t be driving or operating heavy equipment.
On school/work days, I’m pretty much the worst breakfast planner in the world, I prefer to rely on simple things that I can eat while moving and that do not require me to cook. In the past, I have been a huge fan of left over pizza/thai food/whatever from dinner the night before or yogurts or muffin/bars. Occasionally, I can handle making a smoothie for breakfast which I tried yesterday.
Yesterday was a Rest Day so I didn’t think about needing a heavy breakfast so I thought it would be a good day for experimenting. I found this recipe from the Lunch Box Bunch which looked awesome: Vanilla Berry Smoothie + Walnut and Cayenne which has some of my favorite ingredients in it…berries, vanilla, walnut and cayenne. I didn’t have frozen raspberries so I used a frozen berry mix which included raspberries but also strawberries/blackberries/blueberries. The taste was great although its probably better with the raspberries only but I didn’t find it filling for very long. I think the next time I make it, I might add some banana or a vanilla protein powder to thicken it up.
Also, I made these Honey Hazelnut treats for Russ to take to work for a staff meeting tomorrow, I’ve made them 3-4 times and really, the better quality dates you use, the better the treats. They are so easy and super quick to make.
For my rest day, I kept it simple- 3.5 mile walk on the treadmill for an hour while I watched this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, followed by about 15 minutes of various core work. I can’t say enough about how much I love this show-
From Pinterest, of course.
Also, I found this…. which I’m totally going to do next week while I watch the show on Monday which is my constant rest day.
Mileage is going pretty well although I hit a moment of OMG- We’re almost 3 months out!
I better run.
That alone motivated me to do a speed workout at 9:30pm on a Saturday night- my life- I know..so exciting.
Speed: 5 minute warm up, 10x 400 meter sprints at 8:00/8:30 with 1 minute walking in between, 5 minute cool down.
Distance: 5.25 miles today, very slow- my legs felt beat.
But I love it.
And then Russ came home and surprised me with presents!!!!
I’ve been thinking that I really want to focus more on writing about clean/healthy vegan eating while training, from my own perusal- I’ve had a hard time finding blogs that do that from a vegan perspective. Also gratuitous training notes plus Kevin! So in the next week, you can expect more frequent posts…now that I know what I want to write about…
…and boy, are my arms tired. Ha ha…
Had some time to do some thinking, some writing and some aimless wandering…
Things have changed since I started writing this blog- I’m two years older- it feels like forever.
In that way, I think this blog will change again, organically into something else.
but beautiful, so beautiful-
Kevin and I have been taking long walks through the little forest by our house, Kevin hates water but he’s been pretty fascinated by the ice. Although as soon as he steps on it, he wants off of it.
Back to school, back to really early mornings, really late nights and complete sleep deprivation. Days like this call for a special prescription:
Early Morning Ska!
also, really strong coffee.
1/2 Marathon Training Update:
1 week off of serious running, mixed with rest and ice.
Miles: 8.63 divided across 3 slow runs
Last week of Pre Training started yesterday!!
New Challenge: Holidaze throw everyone off with their food routine, but I feel like I’m really feeling some crashing energy levels and fatigue. More than expected. So starting today, I am going to do two weeks of clean vegan eating and make sure I take my vitamins and drink enough water.
**And hopefully, it becomes a permanent habit.
While chasing after Kevin last week, I got tired/dizzy of running in circles to grab him and so when I got closed enough, I dove. As if after a volleyball. On a hardwood floor. Not brilliant.
I thought I was fine until I noticed that anytime anything touches my left knee, I am struck with a feeling of having a glass shard dig into my knee.
Fearing the worst, I went in today to get it looked at and gratefully, it’s just an inflammation of a bursal sack.
So, um, yeay! And wear knee pads.
Also, I am loving this Smart Wool base layer half zip that I paid way too much money for on clearance at Athleta. See here-
So light- so warm and surprisingly flattering.
Also- loving this Blue Beats nail polish.
This little blog is two years old today. Admittedly, I haven’t been as prolific as I was in the beginning- I had doubt. Self-doubt. Who wants to read this anyway?
Then I remembered, I started doing this for myself. And my mother.
I had 30 Goals I wanted to reach before I turned 30, in a nostalgic moment, I thought I’d revisit some of them that I accomplished like getting on top of paperwork/documentation, creating vision boards, reading a book a month and cooking more often. Then the others that fell off at some point, like learning Mandarin, losing 10 pounds, taking vitamins, eek.
I was building my 2014 Vision Board last weekend, and I looked over the parts of the 2013 board that I could happily check off as Manifested, like entering a doctoral program, buying a house, and meeting my pug love. Others that did not manifest include: learning to do a handstand, running a sub 24 minute 5K, dressing myself like a reasonable adult and self-care.
So, when I look at what I want to manifest this year- I see things like:
- Heart Break Hill 1/2 Marathon!
- Downward Dog with my heels on the floor!
- Water! Veggies!
- Learn Mandarin!
- Learn the Ukelele!
- Learn Chess!
- Present at national conferences!
- Build my little business
- Learn to Quilt
- Be Easy. Be Happy.
What about you?
- In my ears tonight: Beyonce’s Secret Album
- On my plate:
Dreaming Tree: Crush
Garlic Roasted Leek, Red Onion, Brussels
- On tonight’s Agenda: Toss in another laundry and soak in a bath with some good magazines.