What a weekend! When you fill your time with running, friends, blogging and awesome food, you can’t help but have fun, right?!
Saturday morning was my last long run before the Portland Wine and Country Half Marathon on the 5th! I am so freak’n excited you have no idea! I haven’t run a 1/2 Marathon since the end of January in Miami! Oh how I miss these long races! I’m so ready for it and going to try my hardest to break the 2hrs that I was so close to last time…only 66 seconds!
And I mean, check out the weather, what better could you ask for?
Anyhow, I started the morning off with my normal pre-race meal of an arnold’s thin, pb and an apple. I’ve had some people ask me why I don’t eat a banana instead like they see most others…and to be frank? It hates my digestive system after I start running…too much…bouncing, if you get my drift.
I had every intention of trying to run slower because well, that’s how you’re supposed to train…get in as much time on your feet, but my body simply does not like to slow down. It’s actually more painful for me to run slower than to run at a normal pace for a longer time. It may exhaust me more in a sense, but well worth not having the pain the afternoon and day after.
Anyhow, I proceeded to run 10.4 hilly miles while getting chaffed horribly on my bad from my Camelbak and only needing two Gu Chomps for the whole run. The whole liter of water was gone by the end though. Seriously, don’t know how I ever ran w/o water or fuel. I was seriously nuts. Absolutely crazy…or stubborn. Or diseased. Combo maybe? Yes… I finished the run in 1:37 and wasn’t pushing it too hard so I know I’m gonna break 2hrs next week!!! Now I just have to hope everything runs smoothly so it happens!
After a nice 1/2 of stretching and showering away the salt that caked my face, I was ready for some fuel! I mixed together a scoop of PB and Chocolate Spiru-tien, frozen banana, water, and ice and topped it all off with some cereal…freak’n tasty, thick and awesome!
I spent the afternoon chilling out and napping…with the intention of going to a park concert but ended up veg’n out and barely moving off my couch. No hate, cause I snacked on this all afternoon…yes, I ate the whole bag of natural popcorn and pluot.
After having so much sweet food throughout the day all I wanted was veggies! I roasted up a butternut squash, mini potatoes (red and purple), and two types of squash to go along with tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach and chickpeas to round out the dinner.
I had some TJ’s Chocolate pudding for dessert with some crushed cereal before crashing out for the night for an early morning of work!
Work came too early this morning…and it was COLD! Ok, it was 45F but there was a nasty wind chill and it was seeping into my core. So what better than to turn back to my nice, warm oats!!!??? Oh yes how you fill me so…pb, bananas and rolled oats. With cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I love adding different spices to my oats! Tasty!
Can you see the cold in my face? Oh yes…wind blowing over 40mph…ahhhh…only to have more tomorrow. Yes.
To keep my frozen spirits at bay and my stomach from eating itself I feasted on a Brownie Zbar, also while avoiding the red ants and wishing there was a Starbucks barista around to make me some tea…
I got home around 11 but my bestie and others arrived at the same time so I spent the next three hours chatting, sharing and trying to sooth my poor Honey from being batted in the face by my bestie’s cat Louisa. And now she’s terrified of laser pointers. Poor baby…she will still barely come out of my room she’s so scared.
You can bet I was starving by the time they left so I threw together leftovers for dinner to sooth my aching belly.
Cantaloupe and strawberries?! Oh yes…juicy and sweet.
But the wrap was the picture of the meal.
- Laughing Cow Cheese
- 1/4 Avocado
- 2 Slices of Baked Tofu
- Butternut Squash
I took a nap, finished up work and tried to convince her she wouldn’t be beaten up again. Oh and I went shopping for a foam roller and some more field pants. Why the foam roller? I’m afraid to say…but my calves are in such horrible pain today that I’m afraid for them. I had this problem years ago when I trained for the San Diego RnR Marathon which resulted in tears all over my calve muscles, debilitating my training and keeping me from running the race. It takes a very very long time to remedy so I’m hoping I just missed that area for stretching yesterday but I’ve rolled and fingers crossed it’ll be better tomorrow…I really hope it’s not as bad as I’m putting it out to be…((shiver))
I walked around a bit to stretch them out a little and ate a bowl of cereal…and three mini yorks for snack. Chocolate always helps the pain, right?
Dinner came all too late as I was hangry by then and ready for food! To begin with, the last farmer’s market plum I will get until next year…boo.
And then more vegetables! Grilled on the stove top!
Oh look at that steam…and the portabello mushroom, farmer’s market squash (you know what is the best thing about those squashes? No wax! I swear I can taste the difference!)…all paired with some Italian flavored quinoa, mozzarella cheese and a few pieces of leftover butternut squash.
I’m trying hardest to incorporate grains other than bread into my diet (sadly still a fear food) and I have two more servings of this quinoa to get me through the week…suggestions of what else to do with it? I’m thinking cold vegetable salad with some edamame and corn (like succotash, which I’ve never made myself but had a few times!) but that’s all I got…oh…patties would be good!
Dessert was some TJ’s cat grahams and chocolate chips while watching Princess Diaries…I love these cheesy movies!
[[Side Note: Mentality
This is a two part series about mentality and I want to talk about the dieting mentality today.
Yes, I just said “the D word” in that context. It’ll be a goo post though, something to provoke your comments!
I must confess, I still have that mentality. As hard as I thought I had kicked it, there are still things I think all the time that seem normal only because I’ve gotten so used to it, but they’re not. What are these thoughts you ask? Let me divulge…
- I still consider some food safe or unsafe.
- I still consider foods good or bad.
- I still consider days good or bad.
- I still count calories and worry about the number.
- I still worry about how thin I may or may not be.
- I spend too many waking hours thinking and worrying about food.
- Calories are not what fuel me, but what will make me fat.
- Exercise it to change my body for looks rather than strength, and burning calories.
- There is still the all or nothing strategy.
- Unhappiness is abundant.
Now as I listed this out I know there are many more, but many of them have slowly disappeared over the years. But it’s hard for me to realize that I still hold that mentality after so many years of believing I had gotten rid of it and recovered.
I realized though, as hard as I try to get rid of them, THEY SURROUND ME. I was going through some of my fitness magazines to recycle and they are covered in titles like, “Lose 8lbs in One Week!” “Reduce Inches with Three Easy Moves!” “Eat This and Lose Weight” “Are You Eating the Right Foods?” I mean, how do I walk away from it? As much as I could stop subscribing to these magazines they also boast ideas about how to improve your happiness, social life, fashion, etc. But even then, there is still the tv. Like those Reebok or Sketchers commercials about toning shoes? Please…Bobbi and I think they are fill of it…!
And even though there are so many commercials, ads and books about dieting and all these things included in this mentality list, there are also commercials by companies like Fruit of the Loom (Go to Our Day Job Tab for commercial) that seriously, almost brought me to tears. To me these were such real looking woman …the message gives me goosebumps. It inspires me too…along with the sweet messages, words of wisdom and courage all you blogger bring to the blog world. You help me believe I’M FLAWLESS.
What do you think about the diet mentality? How have you escaped it? What have you found ad wise that contradicts this mentality?
And because you are, tell yourself YOU’RE FLAWLESS!!! ]]