After taking over a week off of running (bc I’m lazy), I finally made my grand return! Woo hoo! I also decided on how I want to proceed training-wise for the next few months.
It took some convincing, but I finally made it out the door this evening. I ran about 4 miles, in an unknown amount of time. I can be a relatively competitive person, especially with myself. So, whenever I run with my garmin, I’m constantly aware of my pace. This sounds like it could be good, but what ends up happening is that I push each and every run. So, in order to force myself to calm the f**k down, I made the executive decision to leave my garmin at home. For this run, it worked out great! I was able to relax, and just enjoy the run. I’m going to start forcing myself to leave my watch at home for at least one run a week (maybe long run?)
Do you have this over-competitive problem?
I also thought a little about future training and races. Since I’m still experiencing some tightness in my IT Band, I think I will hold of on planning for any races until March. That way, I can focus on building a solid base, stretching and strengthening. Luckily for me, in the latest issue of Runner’s World, there’s a piece on base training, so I can make sure to do it right. The next 3-4 weeks (at least) will be my base training. I’m excited to begin “base-ing”! 🙂
And now, onto today’s breakfast:
Over the weekend, my sister and I decided to make some apple butter. Last time I made it, it was such a hit, but a tad too sweet for me (weird, considering my passion for refined sugars). So this time, I added less sugar and it was perfect! This morning, I decided to add the apple butter to my greek yogurt, along with some Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I promise, it was way more appetizing than it looks! The sweet and tartness of the apple butter complemented the yogurt perfectly, and the cereal added a little crunch!
While I was at my parent’s house this weekend, I also took advantage of my Mom’s grocery shopping. She went on a fruit & veggies run, so naturally I had to come along (with my own grocery bag too)! I walked away with tomatoes, bell peppers, grapefruits (breakfast tomorrow!), swiss chard, apples and broccoli. (Thanks Marie!) So needless to say, I was excited to come up with something to cook tonight.
I’ve never cooked swiss chard myself (i know, Marie treats me so well) so I decided to put that on the menu tonight. Plus, I had some leftover Buffalo Chicken Dip from the Super Bowl fun that I wanted to use.
I sautéed some garlic and red bell peppers with the swiss chard. And then I made a sandwich with sliced deli chicken, tomatoes and the buffalo chicken dip. I also mixed some ranch seasoning with greek yogurt to make a ranch dip for my sandwich 🙂 Overall a great and super filling dinner.
I feel very content with Monday. I got to work semi-on time (thanks WMATA for the 15 min delay), I did a good amount of work (thanks IT staff, for not getting the Intranet up ALL DAY), I went for a great run AND I made a delicious dinner! Obviously the second part of my day was better than the first. 🙂
Here’s to a great rest of the week!