Old Susan, Meet New Susan

Wow, I’m actually surprised so many of you are bakers! Averie gave me the idea that maybe I am good at baking, but they may just have to be raw goodies ;) No heat = no problem.

After spending so long in the kitchen yesterday, I didn’t feel like preparing complicated food for work this morning. Let’s welcome back egg white pillows shall we?

Been a while! I think I accidentally threw out the little containers I made these in when I moved. So I had to microwave them in a giant container then hack them up to fit on the english muffin (with laughing cow cheese). Some unpictured yogurt went with this.

Lunch was a new product experiment for me: Yves Roast without the Beef slices.


On whole grain bread with some swiss cheese, mayo and mustard. Now that I know what roast beef tastes like again, I can confidently say they tasted nothing like it. Still good though! I like the spices Yves uses in their products, more so than Tofurkey.

Remember summertime when melons were cheap, plentiful, ripe and juicy?


Sigh. I think I just need to move on and accept these may have to wait till next year…

The cantaloupe & cottage cheese did make a good pre-run snack though! It was supposed to be sunny and 12 C (54 F) today. But come 2pm, it was 6 C (43 F) and overcast. I knew it wasn’t going to get any nicer, so I just sucked it up and went out.

There are three conditions I do not like to run in: cold, rainy and windy. I’ll do just one of these, ie I don’t mind the cold if the sun is shining, or the rain so long as it’s warm. But put two, or worse, all three together, and I won’t do it. I’ll resort to the treadmill in my climate controlled gym.

Anyways, 6 C isn’t that bad of a temperature, but it felt extra cold without the sun shining! Even my feet were cold! It took me a reeeeally long time to warm up, and I just felt like I couldn’t get up to my usual speed. My heart rate remained low, and I could feel myself tensing up from the chill.

There are definitely a few cold-weather running items I still need to pick up. Namely, long pants, a vest, and a headband. Maybe those will help, especially on the overcast days. I plan to run outside so long as there’s no ice on the ground!

Oh yes, and I did 45 minutes. Probably 4.5-ish miles give or take a little. Despite the cold, it was quite enjoyable. Lots of friendly people on the trail today :)

Regardless of my chill, I refuelled with a cold smoothie when I got home.


  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Meal
  • handful ice cubes

As if the cold drink wasn’t enough, I paired it with some ice.


Icing after runs changed. my. life. When I started running again after my hip injury, I was constantly nagged by ankle, knee and hip pains. I got really frustrated and convinced I was just not cut out to be a runner. Then I discovered that icing virtually removes all lingering pain for me. Even after a 4-mile run, I apply ice immediately after stretching, for about 15 minutes on each “trouble spot.” It makes a world of difference! For me, it’s the difference between not feeling 8 miles later in the day, and hobbling around for the three days following.

And yes, even my running socks don’t match. Another lifesaver for me are running socks. Not so much for how they deal with sweatiness, but for the cushioning. The extra padding on the bottom helps a lot with any ankle pain as well.

For dinner, I made my “beefy man chili” a little more green.


I love hot/cold salad combos! Anything tastes delicious on a bed of spinach :)

  • spinach
  • tomato
  • mushrooms
  • green pepper
  • carrot
  • leftover chili
  • salsa
  • chopped up cheese string (Cheestring Ficello, the good kind)

One thing about being back on The Daily Plate tracking calories again, is that I’ve been looking back on what I was doing this time last year when I was religiously tracking every day. I didn’t start blogging until January ‘09, but I was writing online diary entries on the website starting in July ‘08.

As I was running my four miles today, it was hard to feel bummed about being sluggish. I still had this recent entry from November 11, 2008 on my mind:

I ran four miles today!!! All on my own, no part of a program or anything. I just hopped on the treadmill feeling good and decided I was going to run an extra mile today. And I did it!! So my usual 30 minute run turned into a 40 minute run. I bet I could have done 5 miles if I really pushed myself, but I’ll save that for another day. I think I may increase my usual 30 minutes to 35 minutes, and try to go further on days like today.
Anyways, I just had to celebrate my small accomplishment. Just made reservations for dinner tonight :)

I recall finishing the Couch to 5k program sometime in October of last year. I’d started by doing it outside, but quickly moved to the treadmill the second it got remotely cold. Running even 30 minutes straight on the treadmill was a big deal for me at the time, so doing 40 was like a may-jah accomplishment.

As I was running down the trail today, I was thinking back to me this time last year. I would have never believed that 1) I’d be doing 4 miles as a “short run,” outside, in the middle of November and 2) I’d have two 5k’s, a 10k, a triathlon and a whole weight lifting program under my belt.

This is a technique I often use when I’m having a sub-par workout. Sure, I may not be performing to my usual standard, but in the grand scheme of things, just being able to do anything is still an amazing accomplishment. For example, I know I may whine about how much strength I’ve lost recently. But I’ll never forget that this time last year, I could barely squat a set with a 10 lb body bar. Now I can heave 60 lbs on my back no problem, despite it being down from 80 lbs several months ago. 60 lbs is still something to be proud of!


Question of the day: What is one thing you do today that you could never imagine yourself doing a year ago? There’s also no way I would have believed I’d be eating red meat again (and using beef in my chili!).


Posted on November 14, 2009, in Lessons Learned, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Oh good for you refueling with a collllldddddd drink after that cold run! Eeek you’ve got the cajones.

    Q of day: Blogging :-)

  2. Um, buying wedding bands. Holy cow!

  3. Ick, I HATE running in the rain. hate, hate, hate. The only times I’ve ran in the rain were when it started raining in a race. And during track practice in high school. It was awful every time ;) Great job getting out there for the run!

  4. So far, I’ve been lucky to not have any really cold weather to run/walk in, but I think my luck may be running out. I seem to be able to run better when I’m running outside, but it gets a little tricky when I’m not able to in the morning b/c it’s too dark, and then the extreme weather too. Sometimes the cold air gets a little hard for my lungs, and I’ll start coughing. Not really sure how to manage that either. I would like to be able to get up to 4 miles as well!

  5. Since I have begun to run again, I have been stretching like crazy! But I never thought of icing after my short runs…all of my runs are short right now :)

  6. Thanks for the shout out girl! And yeah, enough dates, nuts, and agave….you really can’t go wrong, it will all come together without heat, just a food proc or Vita. Go for it!

    Something I am doing now and wasnt a year ago? Living in a new city, in a new home that I own, with a child that speaks in ridiculously full sentences to the point people think she’s 6, not 2. My life is wayyyy diff now than it was even 6 mos ago!

  7. i never imagined i’d have a cupboard FULL of snacks, including binge triggers like peanut butter and cookies. so grateful to have overcome my eating disorder!!!

  8. Boo to cold running conditions!! That sounds tough!

    I love the fluffy egg whites! I think that fake meat just allows me justification to consume mass amounts of salt and spice – I love me some fake meat slices ;)

    A year ago I thought I was going to be a PT and now I’m going back to El. Ed. Couldn’t be happier though!

  9. Ha! Love your mismatched socks girl–cutie patootie! OMG, sooooo many things have changed since this time last year–I never thought I would have the courage to start my own food blog,become a runner OR be eating as “healthfully” or adventurously as I am now (as opposed to not eating at all). What a great question! xoxo

  10. Egg white pillows! How I’ve missed seeing them on your blog :)

    I would say running to answer your question, but I kind of started and stopped doing that all in the same year. Hmm…probably using protein powder. For some reason last year I thought the idea was absurd, and now I’m totally into it :)

  11. Great idea to add a bed of greens to the chili!

    The one thing that I I do today that I could never imagine myself doing a year ago would have to be…probably be so much more outgoing and more confident in myself and going after my dreams more aggressively :)

  12. Wow what a great blog!!!! Kudos to you! :)

  13. Good for you on getting out in the cold. It’s not so bad once you get started anyway, right?

    For me it was all about the endurance events this year. Last year at this time I was thinking crazy thoughts of trying for a triathlon, and then to see all that I accomplished this year just makes me so happy!

  14. I think I’m worse off this year than last honestly. :(

  15. it is awesome to see how far you have come! yay!

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