Today’s Happy Note: finding pomegranate tea again! Haven’t had any in so very long, and it is one of my favorite herbal teas. It was accompanied by lovely conversation, more importantly!
I have to be a speed blogger tonight (haha, NOT my forte — I like talking, in case you haven’t noticed) because USB is coming to visit. It is going to be such a nice night for a walk!
Marathon Training: I really wanted to do my speed workout and weights today, for some reason. I knew there was no way both were going to happen before work, since I didn’t go to bad until after 2 (bad Caronae!). I start work at 11 on Fridays. This is sad, I know.
I tend to become more of a morning person as the semester wears on, oddly enough. Anyways, I dragged myself out of bed at 10 and headed to the gym for a half hour of arm weights. Sometimes a half an hour is all you need to get your muscles nice and sore!
I followed that up with a delicious, steamy, spicy chai tea latte (made with soy — I was not feeling the dairy today) and an apple with honey PB:
A delicious bite of cinnamon roll from the guys at the mail room was also had 🙂
I am fully aware that the icing on my hands in this picture does NOT look like icing. It is, I swear.
I had a late afternoon lunch-snack of a chocolate chip muffin, in honor of Cookie Friday. Sometimes I think muffins are better than cookies. I think they *might* be my favorite baked good! Shhh, don’t tell the cookies that I told you that.
I came home after work and lazed around. I just did not want to start my run at all. I was feeling very grey, I suppose. I finally had a Luna Bar and got my butt out the door around 6:00, only because I knew that if I waited any longer it would be dark by the time I finished and I didn’t want to get mugged in the northern end of CP (which is a wee bit isolated/quiet at night).
The run ended up being wonderful! I felt really fast and strong and smooth. Some runs you just get into a rhythm and other runs…well, you don’t. I definitely found my groove today, which was nice after Wednesday’s sucky run.
2 Miles warm-up (10:00-10:30 min/mile pace)
4 x (1 mile “Cruise” Pace, 1/4 mile easy)
2 Miles cool down, easy
I don’t know what the difference is, necessarily, between “fast” and “cruise” and “tempo” and “speed.” And to be honest, I don’t particularly care. I have a few paces: 8:30, 9:00, 10:00, and slower than 10:00. I go based on how I feel. I think that the important thing for me is just practicing speeding up, learning how to move my legs faster. I definitely accomplished that today — I would say I was maybe running 8:45s? Hard to tell, but I worked hard and felt fast on the miles, so I was happy! 🙂 Nine miles in total.
Dinner later on was the giant burrito that I wanted yesterday but didn’t let myself have!
What, you don’t have your giant burrito with a side of steamed broccoli and roasted carrots/okra doused in TJS spicy peanut vinaigrette?
Inside the burrito: green peppers/onions, pinto beans, barbacoa meat (beef), corn salsa, a little cheese, lots of lettuce. It needed some spicier salsa, but other than that it was divine! If you ask really nicely at Chipotle, they’ll let you have the peppers/onions (which are normally for the vegetarian burritos) instead of rice. Rice+burrito+beans would be way too many carbohydrates for me to handle at once.
I love having the options of multiple fats at Chipotle: cheese, sour cream, or guacamole. Do not fear the fats ladies!
I had a few squares of plain TJs dark chocolate after dinner (which I learned form Averie’s post today might be Scharffen Berger????), followed by about five gallons of water — I can always tell when I haven’t had enough to drink throughout the day based on how thirsty I am in the evenings!
Now onto a little activity inspired by the lovely Janetha G.! A few days ago she did a list of her favorite food for each letter of the alphabet. I got really bored in Harlem Renaissance Literature the other day and started my own. 🙂
This is a really fun and oddly soothing thing to do. I might just have to go back and expand the list one day so that I can include all my favorite foods. For example, I feel like “avocados” and “almond butter” got left out on A. I don’t want to exclude anybody!
D: dark chocolate
G: gaz (a Persian candy made with rosewater and pistachio and AMAZINGNESS)
J: jumbo shrimp
P: peanut butter (duh)
Q: quinoa (blended, preferably)
U: upside down cake (it’s a tradition in my dad’d family — a tasty, tasty tradition)
W: whey protein
X: xantham gum
Y: yogurt (especially2% plain Greek)
Z: zucchini bread
Thanks for the idea Janetha!
What is your favorite baked good?
How do you know when a run (or workout) is good?