Today was just what I needed. A fabulous long run, delicious dinner and some quality time in with the boy :)
I actually managed to sleep past 7am today. I had one thing on my mind – pancakes. (aka flat waffles)
I used my protein pancake recipe. For dipping, I mixed up a 1/4 cup fake syrup with 2 tsp peanut butter.
After a big mug of coffee and some digestion, I set out for my longest running distance yet – 9 miles. I was actually nervous for this one!
I did my usual 9 minutes running, 1 minute walking that I do for most long runs. The first 3 miles went by quite easily. I was going at a steady pace. The weather was brisk, 5C (41F), but the sun was shining and the scenery on the river trail was gorgeous as always.
I was pleased when I hit the halfway point at 45 minutes on the dot. I wasn’t checking on my Nike+ because I wanted to go at a pace that felt natural (I tend to push myself faster when I see the numbers!). So I was happy I was naturally holding up 10:00 minute miles with the walk breaks.
I had to run into a cold and gusty headwind on the way back. I wished I’d worn gloves. After an hour I took one Clif Shot Blok in cran-razz flavour.
In the past, I’ve tried to get all my mid-run nutrition in one go so I get a quick burst of energy. This works really well when biking, but it cramps me up when running. So today I opted to spread out the bloks, taking one every 10 minutes for the last half-hour. It worked really well! The bloks themselves were much easier to chew than Sharkies. And breaking them up like that sustained me better to get home :)
Honestly, the run wasn’t that hard. No reason to worry at all! The last 20 minutes, as always, were the hardest. I’ve run that route so many times now, I think I tend to pick up the pace when I know I’m getting close to the end. My heart rate goes up and I start huffing and puffing. Then there’s the mandatory sprint to the end that totally tuckers me out :P Oh, and I finished in 1:29:11!!
Today was one of those days where I needed immediate replenishment after walking in the door.
- 1 box pure coconut water
- 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
- 1/2 a banana
- big scoop plain yogurt
- 2 tsp peanut butter
- ice cubes
After lotsa foam rolling, stretching, icing and beautifying, I was then off to Chris’ parent’s place for thanksgiving dinner. I never take pictures over there, but here’s what it kinda looked like :P
White turkey meat, cranberry sauce, mashed squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a whack of gravy and carrots. Then cherry pie for dessert!
Looks delicious, doesn’t it? :P
Chris and I decided to go for a drive after since it was such a beautiful fall day. Then I got the idea that we should drive to an apple orchard!
I’ve never been apple picking before, but apparently Chris is a seasoned pro! He knew how to spot all the good ones and about “twisting” it off the branch.
I love apples!! Even more, I love honeycrisp!! Favourite fruit ever.
The orchard itself is beautiful. Up on a hill that overlooks the river.
I just filled up a small bag. I have no plans to bake with these gems, so I didn’t want more than I could eat up before they go bad.
Chris and I continued our drive to Mactaquac. It’s gorgeous down there this time of year. The dam…
The turkey dinner obviously held me over for a looong time. We ate at 2pm, but I was feeling like I needed something at 8pm.
PB + honey sandwich.
HUGE honeycrisp apple.
Also incredibly crispy and juicy. Soooo good!
Okay, that just about wraps up this beast of a post. I’ve got a (hopefully) quiet week ahead. Just what I need after last week’s craziness! See ya tomorrow!
Posted on October 12, 2009, in Fun, Workouts and tagged apple picking, apples, Clif Shot Bloks, honeycrisp, long run, pancakes, running, sandwich, smoothie, thanksgiving. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.