Good afternoon/Happy Thursday/TGIT/Good morning (if you’re in the US)/HELLO!!
Well I don’t know about you guys, but I’m in a pretty good mood today 🙂
Lots of reasons: a good run, a nice ride, beautiful weather, lots to do in my day – it all adds up. What things put you in a good mood? I think the weather has SUCH a big effect – there’s nothing like looking out of the window and seeing some SUN to lift your spirits!
That’s exactly what happened to me this morning:
It looked so beautiful outside! I totally couldn’t resist a run 😀 I was going to do about 4miles, but as soon as I started running, my legs felt fresh and my lungs were clear, the roads were quiet and the sun was shining, so I changed my route and did 6miles in about 50minutes. It was fabulous 😀 I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be running without any pain in my legs – my 10 days off from proper running did me the world of good (and now I’m reminded what running SHOULD feel like!). My advice: if you start to be get aches and pains on every run, or it’s not as enjoyable – STOP. Even a short breather does wonders for motivation and recovery 🙂
Before my run, I had the other half of the Nakd bar from yesterday:
After my run, I wanted a delicious refreshing breakfast, but something slightly different from what I normally have. Soo I melted 1/2 a frozen banana in the microwave, then added it to a pot of natural yogurt, along with a very very big tsp of peanut butter:
Then, like the talented DJ that I am, I mixed it up goooood:
I topped it off with 1/2 cup museli, 1/2 a banana (plus a few Quinoa O’s) and a big blob of my aunt’s homemade dark plum jam – all washed down with a glass of vanilla soya milk:
A very continental/European style breakfast methinks!
Aaah it was so good 😀 It would have been even better eaten outside! I can’t wait for the sun to come out proper, so my stepdad can move the garden furniture back into the garden where it belongs, and I can eat outside! YAY!
After breakfast, my sister suggested we take the horses out for a hack, cos it was such a nice day. Bah, who am I to refuse?
We did about 35minutes with some lovely canters, and both horses – FOR ONCE! – behaved perfectly 🙂
I took a whole bunch of photos of Chika cos….well, do I need an excuse!? She’s my baby and I love her 😛 [If you don’t like horse pictures, you can skip a lot of this post!]
Isn’t she gorrjuuz!?
(That’s my car, Erica, in the background :))
Of course, Hannah and Tig got jealous of the photos, so requested I take some of them too – sadly, they’re just not such super subjects as Chika 😛
Tig wasn’t in the mood to pose – there was A CAT around (heaven forbid), which was WAY more interesting:
Hehe, you’re probably bored of animal photos now right!? Well, screw that – cos I have a few more 😀
Hehe, Hannah looks so maternal :p
Ok, now I really will stop with the animal pics – I’ll move onto lunch instead….(oh, and btw, pre-lunch I did 10mins abs/core work – Carter assisted me in side plank by balancing on my side…I have core muscles of STEEL now!)
Yesterday, I marinated some tofu in soy sauce, oyster sauce and garlic – but I tried some of the oyster sauce, and it tasted of mould…(gross huh?) – my mum said it would just get cooked away if it was mouldy, but I was too scared to have it last night 😛 HOWEVER, I am not one to waste food! Instead, I just fried it for an age today with some mushrooms to make sure that mould was burnt away gooooood:
I also roasted some squash (with a little left over parsnip) in cinnamon, which I then fried with some butter, walnuts and agave:
Some roasted sweetcorn also made an appearance :) I hate sweetcorn, but I’ve never had it roasted…worth a shot!
Added together, it was served with spinach and olives– delicious!
The squash/parsnip combo with the butter, agave and walnuts….oh my gosh! That was to die for! I know I do say it a lot, but that was the BEST tasting thing I’ve EVER had!! SO SO SOFT! Wowza 🙂
The roasted sweetcorn was eatable too 😛
For my carb, I had an Eccles cake (hot from the oven) – I sent a batch of these over to Jessica, but I’d never had one myself, so I figured I should try. They are really really good! Packed with dried, yet verrrry moist, fruit, and made from only real ingredients.
Ok, seems I’ve written a pretty long post…so I’ll leave it there! But just quickly, thankyou to all the lovely comments yesterday in support of my marathon – you guys rock! I can’t wait to start training, knowing I’ll have everyone’s support 🙂