Long time no type! Well at least it feels like it :p Thank you for all the lovely comments on my post yesterday – they meant a lot! It’s so strange how such a short period of time can change someone so much.
Anyway, enough waffle – onto the past two days.
Wednesday aka Whole Foods Day
I had to get up super early to fit in my run today! Before I left for the scheduled 4miles, I had an apple, wheat germ and 1.5 rice cakes. The run itself:
I’d decided to do the first mile fast 😛 However, I spent the last mile feeling very, very sad.
Since I reached my goal weight, I’ve been listening to my body more – mainly concerning hunger cues. However, there’s been a knock-on effect with my running too, meaning I’m more in touch with my body. Before, if I felt leg pain in a run, it was just that, ‘ouch &%$T&^ my legs hurt!’. Buuutt the past few weeks I’ve narrowed it down..to my shins. Cue ALARM BELLS!
I had horrific worries about shin splints! After much research, I discovered that shin splints mean your shins hurt running, and are also sensitive/painful to touch, which mine are not. It’s literally JUST running. A teary-me spoke to my mum when I finished the 4miles, and she reckoned that it was my worn-out trainers, basically not giving any cushioning (to horsey folk – I suppose much like trotting too fast on a road with a shod horse = concussion). She suggested I do a few more runs in my *new* trainers, and see if there was a difference….
Anyway! Before I left for the station, I had a half cup of yogurt with some Grape Nuts:
Proper breakfast was a very portable Vega chocolate banana smoothie (a serving of the Vega stuff, with water and a banana, all blended):
Oh my! Tastiest thing ever! It tasted like the most sinful & rich chocolate milkshake ever..yet it had 3 portions of fruit! Increds. I also had some cereal (pictured alongside some snackage for the day :D):
The sandwich would be part of my lunch – oh it was good….
Seedy bread, homemade hummus with added nooch, and raw almonds:
Amaze! If you haven’t had almonds or nuts in a sandwich yet, do.
Before I had lunch though, I bought me some new running shoesssss!!! The
weapon shoes of choice:
Brooks! I forget which sort though :p but gah, it took a lorra lorra fuss to get those babies. See, I have a problem. I have abnormally big feet! And, apparently I’m an overpronator (which I didn’t know, and have probably not spelt right). I had to try on about 6 or 7 pairs before the lady found some that were OK – I probably ended up running a good 1/2 mile on the treadmill!!
But the embarrassing bit – as my feet are so big, they didn’t have any ladies in that size…so I’m the proud owner of men’s Brooks trainers. Agh. Oh, and to get hold of them, I actually had to go halfway across London to a different store, cos the original store I went to didn’t stock them 😛
So much fuss for one little product!
In between all of that lot, I had a tremendous fruit craving (despite the big juicy fresh fig I bought at Liverpool St), which was settled by a quick Boots stop. A pack of mixed fruit, baby carrots and my Luna bar later, and I felt much more settled 😀
Before I got to Whole Foods, I also ate my delicious sandwich – gotta fuel up for that place!
Aaaah Whole Foods…no pictures! I tried to take one of some Vermont made maple syrup (purely to show Jess!!) but it was forbidden! I got some great stuff though, which I’ll show you as I go 😀
I finished in there pretty early, so I wanted to go home – but sadly I missed the last pre-rush hour train, so my ticket wouldn’t have been valid 😦 Alas! And to top it all off, I started to feel pretty skank and weak and virus-y (my mum has a virus atm). Sooo I bought a lovely soya milk cappuccino from Whole Foods, and drank it standing under a shelter, watching the heavy rain and listening to a storm…and debating whether or not I’d risk wet feet to hop it across the street to Top Shop 😛
Not getting the earlier train meant I had time to meet my sister for a quick chat (and some watermelon for me :D). It was good to see her again, cos she’s been living in London for 3 weeks or so 🙂
When I did get on the train eventually, I tucked into a beautiful Whole Foods dinner – tons of amazing cooked veggies, grains, sweet potato, tofu….oh it was good!
At home, I had 2tbsp Grape Nuts mixed with a bit of yogurt:
And then had a blissful 8hr sleep 🙂
8miles on the cards today! Fuel = wheat germ, 2 rice cakes, and a serving of Grape Nuts:
And then I was off, with the trusty new Brooks!
9.09 – after this mile, I stopped to eat a small handful of raisins – for once, I didn’t feel like I needed them! Hooray for Grape Nuts, they fuel well!
It was a strange run. For the first 4miles, I used the run/walk method. However my pace was all over the place during the miles, so I decided I’d do the last 4 slow and steady. I actually felt really good, going slower. Marathon training is exhausting, and it has totally zapped my speed….I think from now on, I’m a 9 min/mile runner!
However, in other news – My shins DID NOT hurt!!! (Though I had tight calf muscles today..you win some, you lose some!). I think my mum was right! I felt quite springy in the Brooks, so I think the cushioning + proper support is making a difference..the real test will be Sunday’s 16miler!!
Breakfast was very, very late. I let myself sleep in today (til 7.50) cos I really needed it, but it threw my schedule off! Anyway – breakfast.
1 c. cereal
A large amount of peanut butter
2 tiny tiny leaves of swiss chard
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. yogurt
1.5 frozen bananas
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
Topped with the usual 🙂
Verrrry good! It was nice to have an EGM, with just banana…I should do it more often 😛
Oh – note the return of my favourite bowl :p
After a super schooling session with Chika and a loooong read of Horse and Hound magazine (plus tidying, washing, dog walking….), I eventually had lunch – at 3.10!
Hummus and nooch coated roast parsnip *LOVELOVELOVE*:
With a few chunks of squash (or pumpkin, I don’t know what it is):
That was GOOD!!! Hummus + nooch + salt + parsnips + roasting = a freaking delicious dish 😀
I also made a thickie – hand picked blackberries, a soft pear, milk, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, agave nectar, a heck of a lot of cereal:
LOL it was SO thick! I probably could have tipped the bowl upside down and it would’ve stayed put 😛
Oh yeah, on the side, I opened up yet more cereal…but not just any old cereal – My FAVOURITE, which I found in Whole Foods:
LOVE that stuff!!
All in all, a super lunch 🙂
I now realise I’ve written rather a lot..so I’ll leave it there 🙂 Dinner will be Whole Foods inspired! Have a good evening 🙂
Question – favourite cereal? And don’t tell me you don’t like it; EVERYONE loves cereal!
Ps – in the next few months, I may well be looking for US foodie swapper people….you guys have Clif bars, Luna bars, Arnold thins, amazing peanut butter…I can offer 9Bars, chocolate, coffee, loads of other stuff and Natural Balance Foods bars (Gabriela tried a Nakd Cashew Cookie bar, and proclaimed it BETTER than a Larabar! High praise indeed :p) If you’re interested, send me an email! 🙂