Good morning everyone!
True life: my cat is Spider-Man. Two minutes ago he burst across the room on two legs and then proceeded to climb on the underside of my bed, upside down. Then I started singing “spider cat, spider cat, destroying my bed wherever he goes.” If you haven’t seen the family guy episode where Peter sings about Spider-Man then I suggest you YouTube it to get the tune down.
Ahh I feel so refreshed right now. I just made a juice with my first mango of 2016. Remember when I was obsessed with them? Well it turns out that my local co-op has a shelf for discounted less than perfect produce. Usually there are a couple mangoes on there, which make for perfect smoothies. I was going to add spinach and super greens etc. but I couldn’t get over this orange color! Just mangoes, carrots and flaxseed meal in there folks!
Well, it’s that time of the week again! Week in In Review hosted by Meg is my favorite link up of the week. Why not cross my T’s and dot my I’s and check off the boxes of what I did last week.
I published four original posts and one Click Bait post featuring the best stuff I’ve read this past week. Check out my two running related posts:
Fast Friday #9 chronicling my weekly running
Running Rambles #9 where I talk about how hard is good
I also wrote a post about my vegan journey instead of WIAW. I reflected on the fact that I don’t come across too many obstacles now that I’ve been vegan for a while (lapses included) and how I wish more people talked about how normal you still are going plant based. If more people had told me that when I went vegan, I wouldn’t have felt like I was going to war just to make this compassionate change.
What I learned from this week is to trust my body to recover appropriately from high mileage workouts and weeks. I think timing a post-workout meal is helping my legs to turnover quickly and (fingers crossed) I am recovering well.
My favorite workout this week was Monday because I hit some speeds I hadn’t felt since January. It was great to do that again! I also can’t lie, running 19 miles on Wednesday felt awesome too. I was bargaining with myself for the last 3. My mind told myself I could stop, that the last mile didn’t matter.
However, at the same time I was listening to the Marathon Training Academy podcast in which Trevor, the podcast co-host, recounted his recent New Orleans marathon. He literally took his tape recorder and gave a tip for each mile of the race. When I was running the last few miles, he was finishing up his race and it motivated me to finish.
On Sunday, I was able to run with a couple friends from my Cornell Running Club days. They are both AMAZING runners and I have been wanting to get together with them for a bit now. Even though I usually don’t run on Sundays, I felt like this might be my only opportunity to get out with them, so I jumped at the chance. It was great catching up!
Next week I hope to stay injury free and recovering well…but I guess we all say that 🙂
Other Life Stuff
Juices and smoothies reentered my life. I normally don’t choose them, not because I don’t like them, but I simply am attracted to other food. I’m the person at the end of a run who wants a tick bowl of peanut butter or waffles rather than a smoothie. To each their own.
In addition to my lunches this week, I made a smoothie to go along with them. Number one was blueberry, orange, beet and number two was mango, carrot. I usually add a tablespoon or so of flax meal as well because I think that’s an easy, nutritious way to get those nutrients.
First mango of the year!!!
When I don’t want to fire up the waffle maker in the morning, I’ve found that the waffle mix I bought last week is also great in bowl form. Since it has no eggs or dairy in it, it’s perfectly acceptable to be eaten raw. Just a mashed banana and a scoop of the waffle mix, topped with PB of course and easy cold breakfast (for after those sweaty runs)
I’ve been collecting some great stickers lately. I’m not sure where I am going to put them, but they are putting a smile on my face 🙂
Last Sunday I saw my brother and we played cards for a while (he was on Spring break from college) and on Wednesday he and my mom stopped over so I could give him my swim goggles. He used to run the hurdles for Brockport, but recently has taken up swimming because after a couple miles of running his knee starts to hurt. Good for him! I can not swim a lick.
I worked four shifts at CTB and three at FLRTC this past week and each had their own highs and lows. I love the way my boss at FLTRC works with customers. He is so good with them and can talk all day. He also always answers all my questions in a way that makes me feel smart, not like I am burdening him. That is a great quality for a boss or manager. I want to be able to do that some day!
I used up the last of my smallest container of peanut butter by mixing in the rest of my millet granola. It was quite delicious!
I was asked out by the local homeless drunk. Celebrity status: 100%
I put my tax return check in the bank and got a tub of peanut butter with it. Coolness factor: 100%
That was my week!
What are you doing with your tax return?
Tell me a good smoothie combination (no milk/bananas, I like mine almost like juice)