I have to things to share with you all. 1) – I look absolutely disgusting after I run/work-out. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, you’re being too hard on yourself, everyone does.” No really, I do. I’m not one of those people who “glows” and looks all cute and fresh. I get quite sweaty, red-faced and disgusting. 2) – I am absolutely terrible at taking self-portraits. Given those two facts, it is against my better judgment that I post the picture to the left (I was going for a more abstract/artistic look, not looking into the camera 🙂 ). See those beads of sweat? I earned them in 11 miles/over 2 hours!
I was SO THANKFUL that I could do my long run outside this weekend….wasn’t sure if I could take another long treadmill-fest. The weather was fairly mild…I opted for slightly less layering than my last outdoor long run (no headband and I switched to my lightweight lulu gloves over the heavy-duty fleece ones I wore previously). Not long into my run, it started to snow…now it wasn’t blizzard conditions or anything, but it was quite a wet, heavy snow, and it was blowing right into my face! I prayed for the strength and endurance to make it, and also that the snow would let up! Thankfully, it didn’t last too long and the weather was totally clear by the end of my run.
I had one moment of slight panic – when I came across a sign like the one in this picture with a warning underneath that there was water on the road! 😦 I wondered what I would do if I encountered a big puddle – would I be able to go around, would I be forced to go through, would I have to turn back? Thankfully, the water in question didn’t materialize – needless to say, I was quite relieved! 🙂 Although it was kind of a soggy run – my feet were a little more damp than I would have liked when I got home! 😦 On the audiobook front, I got to hear all about 9/11 and the goings-on surrounding it from President Bush, so that was interesting. I finished in about 2 hours 10 minutes, which is pretty much what I expected, given that I seem to average about 5 mph. As usual, I did the run 10/walk 1 method.
When I got back, I stretched, then had an Epsom salt bath and put Rub A5-35 on my hamstrings. I also iced them a couple of times. I tried this combo last week and it really seems to be doing the trick! 😀 No muscle soreness at all for the rest of the weekend…I don’t know why I never thought to try a muscle soreness cream during my marathon training….better late than never, I guess.
My post-run lunch may not look pretty, but it was yummy…it felt super-healthy and hit the spot after a long run. I roasted some chopped eggplant, broccoli, onion and red pepper with 1/2 tsp olive oil, salt and pepper and some random “pizza seasoning” in the oven at 400 for about 40 minutes (I would have gone about 10 minutes less though, they were a bit crispy…but I was soaking in the tub)! I made a quick tomato sauce by sauteing a clove of chopped garlic and some red pepper flakes in half a tsp of olive oil, then adding 5 or 6 frozen plum tomatoes (I had a bumper crop in my garden in the summer, and my mom suggested I freeze some and use them like stewed tomatoes…great idea, thanks mom! ;)) and a blob of frozen tomato paste (since you almost never need a whole can of tomato paste, I like to put it in blobs in a ziploc bag then stick in the freezer, then I can just plop one out and add it to recipes as needed), and seasoning with salt and pepper and letting it simmer together for a few minutes. To the tomato sauce, I added 1/2 cup partially thawed soy crumbles (I use Yves meatless ground round), the roasted veggies, some thawed frozen chopped spinach (squeezed dry) and half a cup of my leftover cooked quinoa. I let everything cook together for a couple of minutes. Then I topped it all off with an ounce crumbled goat cheese…mmmm….I heart chevre! Such a flavourful, creamy, delicious cheese, and actually fairly light! I made a HG raspberry mocha for dessert…no pic, but you’ve seen it before (note, I used skim milk though for mine). So glad I found more sugar free raspberry syrup at Winner’s last weekend! 🙂
tropical oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
pina colada cupcakes
fruit with tropical dip
tropical Real Fruit gummies
chips and salsa
HG pina coladas!
…recipes to come soon (I promised my guests)! But it was all delicious, and the night was super-fun!
After the horrific photo I opened this post with, I feel I need to put another one in just to prove that I can look normal (and maybe even nice) with a little work and when I haven’t just run 11 miles (Megan…hope you don’t mind being featured too)! Like my tropical shirt? Definitely went with the theme of the evening (thanks to Megan for the fancy lei and flower clip). I would love to be going someplace warm, but for now, this party is as close as I can get…and it was not bad at all!