Today’s Mini Goal: Conquer this week’s speed workout. I can tackle this baby! I was supposed to do it today but my legs were still tired from my killer weekend (40 miles in 4 days). Speed work totally overwhelms me, but I have a plan and I will stick to it tomorrow morning! It’s gonna be Janetha-inspired. 🙂
I have been up since one AM paper-writing, so I apologize if this is a bit incoherent. I had a really interesting, but challenging, assignment to examine some of the possible negative outcomes of human rationality. Oh, homework-land. Such a happy place .
I wrote the paper from one till almost six, so I figured there was simply no point going to sleep (I had slept for about five hours in the evening already). I made good use of the wee hours by blog-reading and eventually heading out for a rainy 9-miler. The Reservoir Loop in CP was covered in puddles, mud, sticks, ice, holes: basically, just how I like it! I adore running on tricky trails, and it was like I had my own personal trail in the center of the city today! Only three other people were braving the Loop. Are you a standard streets-and-sidewalks only runner or do you like to get wild with your terrain choices?
In the latter half of the run I had an icky stomach cramp that never really went away. I had had a giant bowl of yogurt while I was writing the paper, and a lot of dairy the day before too. I am not positive, but I think this might be the tummy/digestion culprit. So I am having a dairy-free week! I am not doing it to restrict or deprive; this is merely an experiment to see if my tummy is happier and less bloated. Many, many people have dairy issues, and while I have never had a problem, I think my consumption of the stuff has increased a lot lately.
Exhibit A (and B and C…):
The top two photos are from lunch yesterday, which was a throw-everything-into-a-bowl-and-call-it-cereal mess. I believe that warm cinnamon h2h, skim milk, pb, peanut butter pretzels, trail mix, and coconut are all hanging out in there. The photo on the bottom left is banana cream pudding (with a sweet potato pie smudgin). It was the Black History Month dinner at my school, which is one of my most favorite events of the entire year. I had two bowls of the pudding. On the right is a bowl containing macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, and cornbread. I also had such delights as yams, green beans, catfish, black eyed peas, pulled chicken, and more cornbread. Mmmmm. Needless to say, my evening involved quite a lot of dairy! Actually, it just involved quite a lot of (tasty) food in general. I left feeling a bit too stuffed.
BUT today’s clean, lighter eats probably balanced it all out. Despite the nine miles in the morning, I wasn’t super hungry all day. I guess my body does really know what it’s doing after all. I think I actually recorded all my eats today. I know you are so totally thrilled by this fact and that you can’t wait to see them…
Breakfast: banana chia cinnamon oats with a tall Awake Tea Misto made with soy milk. Served with a side of philosophy textbooks.
Lunch: giant salad bowl with mixed greens, chicken, cucumbers, peppers, corn, and an oregano EVOO dressing. Lunchtime perfection.
The apple was consumed with lunch and the randomly thrown together trail mix was my afternoon snack. It did a great job of keeping me full, actually! It included chocolate animal crackers, walnuts, macadamia-cashew trail mix, dried fruit, and a little h2h.
I got out of class at six and was feeling snackish, but knew I wasn’t really hungry for my dinner. Solution?
A few sips of coconut water! I figured the electrolytes couldn’t hurt. It did the trick and cured my snackiness. I don’t actually really like coconut water all that much, but whatever. Do any of you guys love the stuff?
Dinner consisted of piles of yumminess. What’s that? You want to know what said piles of yumminess contained? Oh alright. Fine. The bowl was a spinach salad topped with leftover crumbled lamb burgers, onions, and hummus. These flavors worked really well together! On the side we have roasted/steamed squash slices and steamed broccoli. I like veggies, don’t hate.
And the most important meal of the day?
Dessert of course! This was a chocolate mint Luna cookie with DCD frosting. I know I’ve tried one of the Luna cookies before and I didn’t love it, but this was pure deliciousness. It tasted wonderfully decadent. Noms all around.
I’m one tired little pumpkin seed right about now (my dad used to call my pumpkin seed!), so it’s off to bed for me. What did your parents call you as a kid? I was (and, I will admit, still am) variously called pumpkin seed, cupcake, and bunny rabbit.