I’ve reached over 100,000 page views since I started my blog!! HOORAY! Granted, it’s taken my since January to get there, but who cares!? Plus, 91,000+ of those 101,000 have been as Brit Chick Runs, the name I changed to in March (before, I was Food, Fitness and Freya). One small step for Blog Kind, one big step for Brit Chick Runs….
I officially had the BEST dinner last night! Remember the mystery meal I’d been prepping? Well, this is what I made:
Butterbean and beet burgers!! The beet was only there to give some colour really, cos I wanted something pink :p
I started by mashing a 1/2can (125g ish) butter beans with some rosemary and garlic seasoning (I added in lots):
Then I mashed in about a 1/4c. grated beetroot:
And mixed it together somethin’ silly:
A scant tbsp of vital wheat gluten and 1/2 a flax egg were added (1/2 tbsp of flaxseed allowed to sit for a while with 1.5tbsp water):
Mash mash mash, add a bit more smoked garlic:
Then leave to chill 🙂
When it came to cooking, I fried them in a pan – technically I could have done it for a lot longer to get a crispier edge, but I was not feeling patient :p
Alongside, I had the BEST durum wheat/lentil mix! 20g durum wheat cooked with 30g lentils, with 1/3 veggie stock cube, water, smoked garlic, thyme and wholegrain mustard (and a few random edamame beans):
For my veg, I AGA(!)-roasted beets, kabocha and parsnip, with garlic, rosemary and agave. All together –
A freaking fabulous and colourful delicious (and very, very large…) meal!!!
Weirdly, it was the burger I was most looking forward too – yet it was the durum wheat/lentil thing which was the tastiest! Definitely something I want to do again 😀
I had a 7mile run on the cards today..it felt like such a long way this morning! I decided to stoke up on the carbs before I left, eating 4 little rice cakes, some Bear granola nibbles, and my usual 2tsp wheatgerm:
The rice cakes and the granola came in at about 42g carb, which I felt was pretty impressive 😀
Whilst I was eating, I was catching up on blogs – a post on Tina’s caught my eye, which mentioned the walk-run method of running; I pricked my ears right up! See, back in the day (aka when I was still a loony :p), I used to see walking as forbidden territory. If I walked, I felt like a failure. Now however, I allow myself the odd little 30second walk if I need it during a run. I find it helps me mentally and physically. I’ve thought about the walk-run method before, but I always thought it would mean my pace would be really slow and it wouldn’t really work..but after glancing over these three articles:
….I decided to test it out on my 7miler!
You know what? It was brilliant! After reading the articles, I decided to do 5mins running, with 1minute walking. I think my splits speak for themselves:
1 – 8.41
2 – 8.49
3 – 8.35
4 – 8.20
5 – 8.22
6 – 8.31
7 – 9.08 (I think I ran out of fuel at this point. Note to self: Any more than 7miles, and I need more food! I’m learning so much….)
I didn’t lose pace at all! In fact, I was faster than I normally am!!
In the 5mins-running-bits, my pace was about 7.40 or so, and it was easy and fine, cos all I could think was ‘ah it’s only for 5mins’. I loved it!
I was quite dubious at first about the whole walk/run thing…after all, I read blogs like Meghann’s, and she’s a distance demon – she goes so far so easily it seems! And I’ve never read that she walks..but then I thought, so what? That’s Meghann! If that works for her, brill. But maybe this method is for me? I’m going to do the walk/run thing on my Sunday 15miler and see what happens 😀
For breakfast, I had a lovely Epic Green Monster, with a few strawberries thrown in for good measure 😀
Yes, I just wanted a chance to show off my half marathon medal 😛
Filling and fabulous!
However, my eating schedule is so out at the moment..I get up at 7.30am, but I don’t seem to get round to eating breakfast til about 10.15 or so (even later today!) due to my morning snack/digestion, running, cooling off, and lack of appetite post-exercise. It’s very frustrating! Cos then I end up having a late lunch, I’m not then hungry for a snack, I have later dinners…it’s very weird :s
When I did get round to lunch (at about 2.50pm!), it was delicious!!
I had three parts – a chunk of this sprouted bread:
A roast veggie mix of bbq-salted summer squash, kabocha, gran-grown cherry tomatoes, parsnip and broccoli:
And the rest of those sprouty bean things from yesterday, roasted with bbq-salted kale (so much iron today!! Phew):
It was all really, really yummy! Well, 90% of it was. The bread took some getting used to – at first, it tasted kind of alcoholic (!?), then like something else, then really delicious, and then like something else again. It was quite the taste journey!! I’m still undecided as to how much I like it….I think next time I eat it, I’ll love it 😀
Other activities – walking the dawg, riding (Chika was very good today, though somewhat spooky again! She blates has the wind up her knickers), sorting out clothes and baking my mamma Tina’s oatmeal raisin bars (except I added up pumpkin seeds, dried figs and apricots :D):
Sehr gut! I also made myself some energy bars for running:
Dates, oats, carrot, maple syrup, salt, mixed spice.
Fab nutrition stats (minus the carrot and salt)!
About 180cals, with 40g of carb!! YAAAY!!!
And now, as usual, I’m going to go and find something to prep for dinner. Alas!! It’s a tough life at the moment :p though I feel entitled to relax, after my hell-like spring/early summer of crazy revision….plus, I worked out that on Wednesdays, when I start uni again, I’m gonna have to be up at 5am to fit in my marathon-plan run before lectures!! Meep!!! (Ok, if you’re Jess or Kath, that might not be a big deal…but I go to bed at 12am, so it IS a big deal to me!! :p)
NOT looking forward to that….my mum is going to lend me a head torch for the run 😛
Question – do you use a walk/run method of running, or know anyone that does? What are your thoughts about it?
What time do you get up in the mornings? What’s your daily routine like?
PS – I’m going to a wedding tomorrow! Which will be interesting, considering the vegan catering is going to be very, very difficult…I’m stashing my handbag with Clif bars 😛