Sadie has been driving me a little crazy lately. Usually she is the sweetest dog, but lately she has been doing a few things that get under my skin. Every morning around 6:00 or 6:30 a.m., Sadie has been coming to our bedroom door and whining because she wants to be fed. I used to feed her at 5:00/5:30 in the morning when I got up to run before work when I worked my traditional 8:30 – 5:00 job, but now that I work part-time, I don’t have to get up as early, but she’s still in the habit of eating that early.
Secondly, when I have been taking her for walks, she has been finding all sorts of things to eat. Obviously, things she should not be eating: moose turds, old bones, leftover food, and who knows what else. I try to keep a close watch, but somehow she sniffs out things I do not see.
Normally I like to run on an empty stomach in the morning. Unless I wake up hungry, I will only have a few sips of water before heading out the door. This morning I woke up hungry, so I had a few energy chews. I prefer to have these energy chews over real food: peanut butter, banana, bread, oatmeal, etc. I think because they seem more simple and easier to digest.
I knew my run would last around an hour, so I also brought this GU packet that was half full for a mid-run boost of calories. This salted caramel GU flavor is awesome! It used to be solely a winter flavor, but I want to say I heard/read it was going to be made year-round now. I took this right before mile 3 and it provided just the right amount of calories to get me through the rest of my run.
Stats from my run:
Distance – 8 miles
Time – 1:05
Average pace – 8:08
Workout – Fartleks ~ I did 7 fartleks ranging in distance from 2 blocks to 0.5 miles. My pace was between 7:00 – 7:45 with the faster pace for the shorter distance, of course.
Weather – 40*F, sunny, very little wind
Comments – I have been feeling much better on my runs lately and my pace is finally coming back down. I have thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine and can’t wait until it warms up even more.
Then it was breakfast time. Every morning Craig makes a kale smoothie with a slough of goodies. I’m honestly not even sure what he puts all in it, but I think this one contained: kale, banana, crystallized ginger, protein powder, and orange juice. What ever was in it, it was very delicious.
I made homemade bagels on my day off on Tuesday. This was my second time using the recipe for this CHOW Bagel recipe that came up when I Googled “best homemade bagel recipe.” It definitely does take some time to form them into bagels, but they are so good! I made four different flavors: sesame seed, plain, salted, and cinnamon sugar.
I also made this salad last week but hadn’t gotten a chance to post about it yet. I really enjoy fresh salads with few simple ingredients. With little time and a few ingredients, it doesn’t take much to make a delicious wholesome salad.
Broccoli Slaw Salad (without Ramen Noodles)
1 – 12 oz. bag broccoli slaw
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1. Combine broccoli slaw, dried cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, rice vinegar, and sugar together. Whisk until combined.
3. Pour oil mixture over broccoli slaw mixture and toss to combine.
4. Store in fridge overnight or until broccoli slaw has absorbed some of the moisture.
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Tell me about your workout today.