Guten Abend/Afternoon my lovely readers 🙂 All having a wonderful weekend? I’ve had a tiiiirrring one!! I was gonna run 10miles today…but I ended up running the scheduled 13miles, like the badass runner I am :p But more on that later. Saturday first!
I managed to drag my mum out this morning for a 35minute power walk with me (running day off) which was swell 😀 Walking with a book is good; walking with my mum is great! We covered just over 2miles 😀 Before I left, I had 2 tsps of wheatgerm, but by the time I got back, I was mooorree than ready for an EGM 😀
I was different today though – I cut down from my normal 1.5 bananas, to just half – and replaced the missing banana with some little plums (making good use of the huuuuge amounts we have growing in the garden). The result was pretty little purple specks amongst the green:
Gorjuz 😀 Toppings were as per usual along with more plums:
It was a mighty fine and thick beast. (Random side note – do you often make smoothies without banana? I’m scared to without! Banana adds SO much thickness and flavour and creaminess and sweetness..I think I need to branch out :p)
Straight after breakfast, I went into town to have a word with my new work and to pick up some essentials (tempeh and yogurt, to be precise). While I was there, I passed by a little local grocers…and check it out!
YES! A kabocha squash!! I ended up buying FOUR of them, along with a massive yellow-y pumpkin type thing, and this guy:
Gross right? NO idea what sort it is..anyway, the squashes were all local and for sale at 99p per kg, which is a complete BARGAIN. I was a happy camper!
When I got back home, I basically turned round and went back out again, cos we went for lunch for my Grandpa’s birthday (I had an ‘issue’ with this – Monday’s post maybe?). The restaurant was lovely – but there weren’t many vegan choices (aka none!), as is the case where I live –
I ended up having a piece of bread to start, which was DELICIOUS:
Verrry soft, warm and doughy 😀 And then the tomato, orange and fennel salad, with no dressing (it wasn’t vegan):
The little truffle potatoes were great! I also asked for some veggies on the side – imagine my sheer JOY when I got presented with a big old parsnip:
Again, I was a happy camper 😛
For dessert, they made me a little fresh fruit salad:
Tasty 🙂 Despite the 40min wait for the meal, it was delicious 😀 Mine was somewhat light on the..well, everything!…but was really good 🙂 And they even gave my Grandpa a candle in his dessert:
SO sweet! And just for the record, here’s my mum and Grandpa (he’s 89!):
And Hannah and my gran:
(Fun Farm Fact of the Day – I call my Grandpa ‘Grampy’<- I think my sister and I misunderstood the word when we first heard ‘grandpa’ so that’s what he ended up as!)
By the time I got home (at 4pm) I felt I should eat a bit more fuel, so I had some cereal and yogurt:
And a bit later on, a cracker.
Dinner – lentil stew baby :p Lentils, toasted and then cooked with chopped tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, water (which I parboiled parsnips in), salt, 1tsp cocoa powder & rosemary/garlic:
.,..and lots of parsnip (1/2 was boiled, 1/2 roasted to test..), KABOCHA (!!) and broccoli:
Simple and delicious 😀
Later on (ie after X Factor :p) I had a Trek bar for some carb loading fuel 🙂
LOONNGGG run day. In fact, I did my fifth 13miler! 2 in training, 2 in competition, plus today’s one. And you know what?
I WAS A BEAST!!!
It went REALLY really well! As in, no-aches-could’ve-done-5-more-miles kinda well. And I enjoyed it and the time flew by, and for the first time since I started marathon training, I felt like I could really rock it!! YYYAYAAAAAYYAYAYAYAY!!!!
Pre-run – 2 tsps wheatgerm, 1 rice cake and a new flavah Clif bar:
LOVED it. My favourite flavour!
While I was running I added 330ml coconut water to the Camelbak:
(Still foul, still hate it). During the run, I ate these (which actually have the non-vegan beeswax – something I didn’t realise til AFTER I’d eaten them!):
At mile 8. My splits:
- 8.19 (WOOP WOOP!)
- 8.58 <- I did walk/sprints whilst eating the sports beans
- 8.17 (WOOP WOOP!) <- the mile after I met my mum for a water top up. LOVE HER!
- 0.1miles – 48 seconds.
I met my mum at mile 10 so she could give me some more water. Well, that was the plan – she passed me at mile 9 on her way and stopped. I shook my head and kept on going, cos I wanted to stop at mile 10, so she drove back past. At mile 10 (where I thought we were going to meet), she wasn’t there! I had been looking forward to it SO much – I actually crouched down and cried my eyes out for 3mins, cos I thought she’d gone home!! When I started running again, my legs hurt 😦 As it turns out, she’d stopped just 1/2 a mile away (where she thought we were meant to meet) – oops! I was SO relieved to see her (running seems to bring out emotions…) 🙂 I actually almost cried again :p Anyway, we chatted for a few mins while I re-filled my water, and then set off home. Weirdly, all the aches I’d just had totally vanished after that…I saw her again when I’d done my 13.1, and we walked the last mile home together 🙂
I love my mum! And the post-13.1mile glow:
Ninja-style, a la Caitlin 😛
Breakfast was – obviously – a huge old Epic Green Monster, with all the usual suspects – 1c. cereal blended with milk, yogurt, 1tbsp flaxseed, vanilla extract, spinach, a tiny pear, frozen banana, and topped with dates, granola, homemade jam and the ends of my Fru-Grains!
I don’t think I can refer to it as tree bark, looking at that picture 😦
It went down a treat 😀
Afterwards, I went for a short walk to stretch my legs and pick some blackberries <- I ate WAY too many and felt so sick after!! Nothing a good gallop on the stubble won’t solve though :p I made my mum take some pics, which I’ll show y’all on Horsey Humpday 😀
As per usual, my appetite packed its’ bags and left – but made a rapid turnaround at about 2.45pm thank goodness 🙂 sOOO I had – a wholemeal English muffin, half with white chocolate dreams PB, 1/2 with cinnamon raisin swirl PB:
As well as roasted parsnip, squash and broccoli, baked with seasoning and balsamic vinegar, and 2 of these:
Simple ingredients..But I wasn’t hugely impressed. Good meal though!
I finished off lunch with some So Crispy bites and a small apple – apparently once one’s appetite after an awesome long run kicks in, it means business!!
Riittio, that’s the end – this is already a super long post so I’ll save whatever I eat later til tomorrow 🙂 Hope you’re all having a good day!
PS – LOL – it seems every single one of you who commented on my last post eats breakfast whilst blog reading! Love it 🙂
PPS – Does anyone know of any bloggers who do really good headers? I need a new one quite badly…..let me know!
PPPS – If you’re a runner, or anyone who does hard sport, do you find you’re extra emotional during a tough workout?