We did it.
I woke up this morning super nervous. With my training plan I’m supposed to do a long run Sunday, but because of my schedule Fridays are usually the only days I can go for a long run.
If I was nice, I’d wake up at the crack of dawn and get out of the house so I don’t disturb my men.
I’m not nice. I slept in a bit, made myself an Americano, STUFT Daddy a mocha, the boys their special “hot cocoa” and even took my time making a little banana cinnamon STUFT-rito.
I told you that STUFT egg-rito will be back. Since Brooke suggested nectarines and almond butter on my original post, I knew I had to do it up sweet style. Plus, bananas are one of my go to foods before longer runs so it just had to happen.
This little banana cinnamon STUFT-rito gem was cooked liquid egg whites with coconut oil. I attempted to wrap the banana and sprinkle some cinnamon on there, but it didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped. It wasn’t pretty, but it was delicious. I even saw STUFT Daddy eyeing it. Ha ha.
A couple of others were eyeing it too.
And how do you feel about cats (real or Flat Kitty type) on the counter?
I finally got all set to get out the door.
Oh and I had these amazing new JayBird Bluetooth headphones.
There is more to come on these and a GIVEAWAY coming up very soon, so stay tuned.
Obviously I got the proper send off for my first attempt at double digits since April.
I took it really slow. I kept an open mind to do anywhere between 9-11 miles depending on how I felt. I also told myself if at any point during the run things started hurting I would stop.
The only reason I think I could take this run on was because of all the cross training I’ve been doing while I’ve been hurt. Spin classes, etc. They are no joke and they help a lot. That in combination with the prolotherapy, resting properly and the PT. My PT did say way back when that when my hip finally got better training shouldn’t be that hard to get back into. Still though, I’m taking things one day at a time.
Anyway…… back to running.
It’s funny how great it feels to just be able to be outside running again. It made me think a bit. I wasn’t really in a good place when the whole injury thing happened. I wasn’t treating my body well. I was overtraining, fueling the wrong way with processed foods and way too much artificial sugar, stressed out, etc.
I’m in such a different place now. I’m trying not to worry about time or what I “have” to do to prepare for my upcoming races, but for what I “get” to do.
I’m really just so thankful for the ability to be able to run again.
If my speedy days are behind me, well, that’s the way it goes. I don’t think they are, I think I might just have a long way to go and quite a bit or work to do to get there, but I’m on it.
I was also thinking about how darn lucky I am to have such a supportive husband and family. They put up with a lot of my nonsense along with my training and running (Mom likes to call it my “hobby”). I it really inconveniences quite a few people. For them and their support, I am thankful.
I ran part of my usual long run. I got to see my little buddy who I’m sure has missed me over the past few months (even though he couldn’t see me with those blinders on).
I had to stop once to text Andrew and tell him I didn’t have house keys. Not that you care, but it was then that the GPS on my Polar GPS stopped working. Annoying. It never started up again so who knows what happened.
And, well, while my mind wandered, the time seemed to go by pretty quickly. Before I knew it I was home. Pretty much pain free. Things were a little uncomfortable, but not painful. It was pretty consistent the entire run. My hip didn’t start to hurt more or anything the further I went.
Check out that pace. Dang, I was fast huh? LOL.
That was NOT my average pace. The GPS never started back up so it said I only did 5 miles. It’s a liar.
Luckily I had my Nike+ app on my phone too so it was a bit more accurate.
First double digit run in the books. I could not be happier.
Hopefully many more to come.
The true test will be how I feel in the morning. I feel fine right now. No pain or anything. Hopefully tomorrow will be the same.
When I got home I had to feed my face as soon as possible. I stuffed a romaine heart with one of those Costco burgers, a tomato, Trader Joe’s Everyday seasoning and some Tapatio.
It was like a little romaine wrap. A little messy to eat, but it stayed together well because I left the butt end on while I ate all the good stuff.
That held me over while I did my PT exercises and stretched a bit.
Oh and while my sweetener free roasted kabocha was cooking of course.
I went the kabocha boat route and Good Earth tea with some apple cider vinegar in it to wash it down.
Oh, what? You want to have a closer look?
Inside the boat was coconut butter, Peanut Free NuttZo and that dark chocolate sauce.
What? You want to know what that unsweetened dark chocolate sauce is?
STUFT Detox Dark Chocolate Sauce
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
splash of almond extract
enough unsweetened vanilla almond milk to get desired consistency (2-4 tablespoons)
It is not sweet, but I’ve fallen in love with it. It can go on anything really, but the best is obviously squash.
Okay, gotta go.
Happy Friday! It’s date night tonight! Yippee! We’re going to drink some wine. That’s the only thing we know for sure and I feel like I’ve been waiting all week for it.
And hey, I’m all dressed up with my 110% Play Harder compression knickers complete with ice packs for the occasion.
Looks like they’re complete with a little dog or cat hair too. Lovely.
Anyone else have a date night planned tonight?
What kind of random things do you think about when you run?