As I started putting together this post I realized that I kept coming up with thoughts about food and drinks…so I will just go with that theme today. Although there will be a little talk of running, too.
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1. The Starbucks addiction continues.
However, I’ve started making iced coffee to drink before I work out in the mornings. I used to just get up and go running with no food, just a little water, and hardly any warm-up. Now I get up about 30 minutes before I work out, turn on the Keurig, eat something small, and have water and coffee while I warm up and do core exercises. Now that it’s been so hot out, I’ve been making coffee the night before and putting it in the fridge so it’s ready to go when I get up.
Now I just need to keep drinking my own coffee after my workouts instead of swinging by Starbucks.
2. I’ve been making my own hummus for awhile now- maybe 6 months? Or more? I mainly started making it because it saved money. This weekend my mom gave me a container of hummus when I was at their house because they had an extra one and didn’t want it to go bad.
After eating this hummus with veggies this week I realized I like my homemade version better. This is great news and may allow me to keep justifying my Starbucks purchases. Also, hummus is one of the easiest parts of my weekend food prep. In a food processor I toss: garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed), a little water, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp lemon juice, a clove of garlic, and some spices (usually Mrs. Dash- whatever I have around). My coworkers always request that I make it when we have potlucks or parties.
3. This has been my go-to lunch lately:
Flank steak with spring mix, tomatoes, slices almonds, craisins, and a little parmesan. Salads with chicken were really starting to bore me and its amazing how much more excited I can get to eat a salad when I change it up a bit. I do need to find more ways to get creative with salads. Any suggestions are welcome:)
4. I am scared to eat avocados. I started thinking about this as I was writing about salads above and realized that someone would probably suggest that I add avocado. Trust me, this is one of those foods that I really wish I liked. To be honest, its more of the texture that I don’t really like, not the flavor. So I am working on it. I have never even tried guacamole because of this fear. I know that it doesn’t make sense. There are a lot of foods that I have learned to like in my adult life so hopefully this will eventually be one as well.
5. Ok here’s the part about running. Not every run will be perfect. Not every run will even be good. Some may be quite terrible, and that’s all a part of the process, right?
Lately I’ve been writing about how I’ve felt so good and running has been awesome and my leg was feeling better and I ran 2 races that went really well. And then I felt like this week I took a huge leap backwards. After the race I took Sunday as a rest day and then did easy runs on Monday and Tuesday. Neither were great, and on Tuesday things felt off again. Part of it may have been mental (it was gross and humid out) but I was worried I had reinjured myself somehow (even though I felt fine running in the race).
I went to my chiropractor last night and told him my sob story. “Is it unusual to feel so good for a month and then have the same issue again?” He calmed me down by reassuring me that it was part of the process…but he was also jabbing his finger into my leg and I was literally sweating and could barely talk. We talked about how his philosophy is that he wants his patients to run during the treatment process, and due to that there may be steps backwards at times. As I was nearly in tears from the pain I managed to ask what the heck muscle he was working on…he said it was a tendon and that there was a large knot in there. Hopefully after whatever he did there will be some improvements over the next few days.
The best part of my appointment was getting advice from his 8 year old daughter on how to race: “Just run your own pace. Don’t go out to fast, or you’ll get tired and the end will feel really hard”. She is a wise child. She was also the winner in her age group in a 5k last month, so she knows her stuff:)
Tell me about the last bad run you had.
Do you like avocados? How can I teach myself to like them?
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