My day was redeemed – with a 9.5 mile run!!!!!!!
Emily + Michelle and I had planned to run together today. Emails were flying through cyberspace around 10:00 questioning whether we could do it (Emily is a wee bit sick and Michelle had a fancy breakfast in bed and I had my hangover).
But we stuck to our 11:30 meet-up time with the attitude “Let’s just see what happens.”
We started out on the greenway in pure muck. Tons and tons of slippery mud. We hoped it would clear up when we got a bit further out. We really have had the worst running conditions since we started our Sunday runs!
However, when we came to the first boardwalk we were greeted by the White Wizard who declared:
YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!
A sheet of ice was over the boardwalk, so we said to hell with the Greenway and headed back out through the parking lot and to the sidewalks of regular streets.
And we ran 9.5 miles!!!!!!!!!! They weren’t fast, and we stopped a handful of times to close gaps between us or tie shoe laces (or walk over a patch of ice) but we made it.
Hard to believe because it was so easy! It took us about 1.5 hours, but the first 7 miles FLEW by. The last 2 was where I started to feel it in my ankles and feet. But my legs and lungs never really got tired. I probably could have ran the whole half marathon right then 🙂
We said our goodbyes back at our cars and I hydrated with a little Clif Quench. I mixed this with a little water in my water bottle. Gotta buy a camelbak or something similar ASAP because I’m really thirsty and can tell I really need to hydrate during these long runs. Which Camelbak would you recommend???
But after finishing this (which tasted AMAZING after 9 miles) I took a swig of Emily‘s homemade orangeade and fell in love. She’s going to be posting the recipe this afternoon!
When I returned home, I knew I wanted to make a SIAB like I did last time.
I had this salad after 8 miles and felt awful.
And then this lunch after my first 9 miles and felt great.
So I repeated the SIAB method.
I got this free sample of hemp protein in the mail so I decided to throw that in
Along with some cocoa powder to replicate Chocolate Amazing Meal. I LOVE the Amazing Grass Amazing Meals not because they make me feel magical or anything but because I love the taste and texture to give to spinach smoothies. I only have one packet left and then I’m going to order a tub!
Sadly, the hemp protein was not as delicious tasting as the A. Meal.
LOVE LOVE my Vita-mix!!
Into the VM:
- 3/4 a frozen banana
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup soy milk (had to add more liquid)
- 1/2 a cup pumpkin
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 packet hemp protein (the green stuff)
- 2 handfuls baby spinach
You know, these green smoothies look like they’d taste like vegetables. But they are so sweet!! Like banana. Try one.
Topped with the last of some Mix My Granola
Trust me when I say that this stuff is perhaps THE BEST NUT BUTTER EVER.
It was a gurgly lunch, but filled me right up. Hopefully filled my muscles with replenishing glycogen too!
Afterwards I iced my foot on both sides and watched a Biography on Julia Roberts 🙂
Now I have to clean the kitchen top to bottom and then Matt and I have a date at Barnes + Noble!