9 mile run + Foam Rolling

Happy Friday! I tackled a 9 mile run this morning and am pleased to report that I survived :)

I was originally going to run 7 miles as a stepback week, since I did 8 miles last Friday, but I was just too excited to increase my mileage. I will make sure to take a stepback week next week, as I want to make sure I don’t get injured!

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I ran a 9:19 min/mile pace with negative splits, so that was pretty great. I definitely didn’t fuel enough though. I woke up not hungry at all and not wanting to eat anything, so I drank a cup of coffee and ate a date. I figured I would just eat more during the run and be fine. I stupidly only brought 4 more dates with me to eat during the run, though, thinking that would be enough. (I’m trying out dates as fuel during a run, since real food with some nutrients is better than those pure sugar gels/blocks!)

It was not. I started feeling hungry 3 miles in and had to ration my pitiful amount of dates (2 at 3.5 miles, 2 at 6 miles). Luckily, my lack of fuel didn’t appear to impact my performance much, but I generally don’t enjoy feeling hungry on a run. Oh well, lesson learned. Eat breakfast before a run even when I’m not hungry.

Just to be clear, I’m not actively training for a race yet, but am doing kind of a free-form pre-training to see what races I think I could handle training for in the summer.

In other news, I have another article posted on The Fitness U today about foam rolling. If you need a refresher on this important fitness trend, head on over to read it!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Blueberry Almond Butter Muffins + It’s So Hot I’m Dying

Summer is officially here and I don’t like it. I stupidly waited until 10am this morning to run because I got distracted by trying out a new recipe (more on that in a second!). I set out to run 5 miles and quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen and decided I’d be happy with 4. The temperature was about 75, which is manageable, but it is so humid out. I made it 4 miles with a few walking breaks thrown in but it was the least enjoyable run I’ve had in a very long time.

If you have ever run with me or seen me after a run, you know that I sweat a ton. I like to call myself a sweat monster. Yes, I know, pretty gross. Sweating can actually be a sign of fitness, though, as fitter people start sweating sooner so that their body can more efficiently maintain a cool temperature. In any case, when it’s humid out, that sweat cannot evaporate and cool you off, so for somebody crazy sweaty like me, this is NO FUN.

I’m hoping I’ll start to adjust a bit to the heat as the summer goes on, because as it is I have to take a cold (yes cold, not cool) shower after my run to cool down my body temperature and I still have a bright red face for the remainder of the day. Anyway, no more starting a run after 8am.

In better news, I decided to try out a new muffin recipe because I needed something simple to post for a new article on The Fitness U. I went with an almond butter blueberry muffin and it was great!

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The base is a combo of oat flour and whole wheat flour and the muffins are sweetened with only 1/4 cup of maple syrup, making them a healthy breakfast choice. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until the recipe is published on The Fitness U to make these, but I promise to let you know when that happens!

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I wanted to eat this batter straight out of the tin raw!

Sorry for the lack of recipes this week. Just thinking about turning on the oven or the stove for an extended period of time in this heat makes me exhausted. I’ll have to start cooking in the middle of the night when it’s cooler. (Joking but maybe….)

Massaman Curry Attempt + Fresh Berry Smoothie Recipe

Good morning! I hope all of you had a nice Memorial Day. While I didn’t do anything particularly celebratory (besides a run?!), I made sure to take a minute and think about how thankful I am to the brave men and women who have served our country.

Last night I attempted an original Massaman Curry recipe. I had been meaning to try adding a bit of vegetable broth to the coconut milk-curry paste mixture, but I discovered that the box of broth I thought I had was actually almond milk….I’m really not sure how that happened.

Anyway, I decided to add a bit of water and some soy sauce to the mix instead. All this did was make the broth taste watered down and soupy rather than creamy. I think the only way to increase the amount of broth and have it still taste good is to just add more coconut milk. I’m not opposed to coconut milk in general, but it is very high in fat, so I don’t necessarily want to use more than one can. We shall see…

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Besides that, I liked the vegetable combo I used: sweet potato, onion, green pepper, pineapple, tatsoi (like spinach). I also decided to add tempeh triangles instead of tofu, which were pretty good, although I will cut them into smaller pieces next time.

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Luckily, although that recipe attempt was not successful, I had a surprisingly delicious smoothie this morning post-run!

I had a bunch of fresh berries in the fridge that I wanted to use up so I threw together a cup of almond milk, 3/4 cup blueberries, and about 1/2 cup raspberries in a blender.

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There are raspberries underneath that pile of blueberries!

I then added 1/2 a scoop of Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (my fav protein powder yet!), 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, and 1/2 Tbsp almond butter.

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I threw in a few ice cubes at the end…

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…and blended everything up! My blender has decided it will only work some of the time, but luckily today it was compliant. A new blender is arriving soon!

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What a great way to use up some fresh berries :)

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Fresh Berry Smoothie Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cup assorted fresh berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plain or vanilla
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, such as Sunwarrior brown rice protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 3-4 large ice cubes
  • 1 cup greens, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a glass and drink!!