Seriously, all I could think about all day long, “I WANT A DAMNED CUPCAKE.”
Hahaha…I found it quite hilarious…I never crave cupcakes, or anything close to that like cake. It’s just not my thing. Instead I sufficed by craving with some other new and flavorrrrrrrful things!
Like trying out a new nut butter on my breakfast oats:
I have basically banned almond butter from my diet since trying Barney Butter and absolutely despising it! It was far too sweet and just downright bleck! Anyhow, I bought this individual packet in hopes that I wouldn’t be disappointed again. I drizzled out 1/2 the packet on my 1/3C old fashioned oats, cinnamon, banana, and frozen blueberries…
I am in love. Now I just need to convince myself to buy a jar…or con Mom into sending me another Valentine’s Day Package with a jar in it…LOVE YOU MOM. [[wink wink]]
My old fashioned oats didn’t hold me over well like my quick ones do (isn’t it usually the other way around?) so I snacked on a carrot and two celery sticks with my new Spicy Sabra Hummus.
Holy moly that hummus is HOT! And FANTASTIC!!!
I seemed to have been a bottomless pit today and was ready for lunch by 11.30…leftovers!!! I had two pieces of tofu from last night on a piece of Dave’s Killer Bread with spinach and tomato. I also had a pear, and three of my Super Charge Me Cookies.
I loved this picture…something about how the first piece was so in focus…so pretty on my windowsill (where most of my pictures are taken during the day!)
I had a snack later on of a homemade Vegan Energy Bar, and then some Honey Sunshine Cereal…again. Bottomless pit. And to tell you the truth, I don’t like feeling hungry. It makes me feel anxious. Boo.
I did some strength training and calastinics in the evening and started on dinner while I got that done. I really wanted sweet potato fries but then really wanted some refried beans…so, why not use them as the dip for my fries, eh?
Oh yeah…heaven on a plate. And in a bowl. With salsa mixed in.
And to finish it off, three Chocolate Sandwich Cookies by Newman’s Own Organics.
This portion of the Ask Me Anything! is running focused!
What kind of running clothes do you wear? Brands? Bras? Shoes?
I am pretty cheap when it comes to running clothes. I have actually just started to replace my high school old sports bras and shorts. What can I say, if it still fits and works, why replace it!?
I’ve been wearing the same brand and type of sports bras since I started: Champion Double Dry Sports Bras.
I love these bras because they have great support (even for what little I have!) and they wick away (most of) my (very copious amounts of) sweat. I have four pairs of these bras in several different colors. They are a bit expensive, but actually right now they are on sale on the website for $19.99 instead of the original $36.00! Yes, they’re expensive!
My current new shorts purchase has been from Lucy and their Impulse Shorts. They’re the first pair of booty shorts I have ever known and the only reason I’ve never owned them before is because well, my mindset is against anything skin tight. Still sadly afraid of how my body looks…but those answers will come in another post.
Otherwise I own quite a few pairs of Champion shorts from Target I’ve had for years. They’re the wick away fabric, but really, they don’t wick that well. Especially with the amount that I sweat! I get some chaffing in between my legs if I’m running over 8 miles, but otherwise they’re great shorts!
How would you recommend someone to train for 5K for the first time?
Very slowly! I highly suggest taking your time and finding a plan that increases your mileage slowly. There are several places you can look for training plans like Runners World Magazine, Self Magazine, Fitness Magazine and many more! I’ve never used any of them myself, as I just improvise when it comes to my training for short races…which I actually haven’t done in a very long time!
But, I suggest taking at least 6 weeks to build up, if you’ve never run a race like this before or have just started running. Otherwise you’d probably be able to get away with 4 weeks of building up your miles and integrating intervals and speed workouts!
You’ve talked about your knee bothering you before. I have knee trouble as well, so I can’t run at the moment but I do other things to compensate. Do you have any special exercises that you do to help it? Any stretches to ease the pain?
I just started having knee problems at the end of January and am still trying to figure out how to remedy them. I have been icing them often, and working on strengthening my muscles along the inside and out of my leg. I have also been doing a lot of hip strengthening moves, and hip flexor stretches, along with squats and lunges to help build up the strength in my lower body. I’m still a bit lost at what else I should do to help remedy it, but I will be sure to let you know as I travel along the road to recovery!
What’s the most challenging race you’ve ever run?
Oh boy. I would have to say it’s a tie between the Wild West Relay I ran from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the San Antonio Half Marathon. WWR was difficult because it was my first high altitude run, along with needing to run three times in about a 24 hour period! It was intense but super fun to participate on a team with 11 other runners! The San Antonio ½ Marathon was challenging because it was my first ½ marathon! I had never run one before and to do my own, by myself and in a city I didn’t know, was very difficult. My dad was there to help cheer me on, but I’ve always run races with a lot of friends, so this was a different experience.
What kind of music do you listen to when you run? What do you use to run with? Do you have a Garmin?
I run with an Ipod nano which I wear on an arm band. Most of the music I use for running includes very upbeat and techno-like music, but some slower tunes that have an emotional connection and can usually get me going when I need it!
And I do not use a Garmin. I had thought about buying one after Christmas for myself, but then decided against it because A) I didn’t have enough money and B) I knew it would take the fun out of running for me. I like to know how long it takes me to run an entire run, but I get very discouraged when I know how long I have gone on a long run (ie what mile I’m on) and what pace I’m going. I’m very competitive with myself so I feel like if I knew these things while I was running, I would believe I’m not going fast enough and push myself, not enjoy the run, and potentially get hurt. One other reason I don’t want one is because of the calorie count these gadgets provide. I’ve had tried long and hard to step away from calories and numbers and believe that having one would make that harder than it already is.