|November 4, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Friday Favourites|
Happy Friday friends! Hope you’ve all had a great one! Just a quick post tonight…I’m bringing back the Friday Favourites!
1. Oats in a Jar!
Banana oatbran in an almond butter jar, topped with raspberry preserves. The jar was teeeeny, so there was a LOT of overspill haha!
2. Having a no-race weekend! Ok, I am actually a LITTLE bummed about this, because this weekend I was sposed to be running in the National XC Relays, and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages!
But sadly one of my team members has gotten injured, and obviously a relay wouldn’t be very good without the first leg! I wish her a speedy recovery (she has caught her tendonitis early, so hopefully will be recovered soon!) and in the meantime I will cheer on the other age groups from here! Maybe a race free weekend is just what I need
3. Friday night baking. I am all out of muffins, so that had to be quickly rectified. I didn’t have much time (obviously muffin making was a priority though! ) so I made one of my all-time favourites…
Happy Herbivore’s Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins!
4. The Best Marriage Proposal Ever. I read about this in the London Evening Standard today, and this is the video of it. I love being a Londoner
I hope my future husband is reading this and gets the hint
5. I am going to see Phantom of the Opera in the West End tomorrow! DEFINITELY makes up for missing a race!
I am SO excited!! I love the music to this so so much!!
What are your Friday Favourites? Please tell me some!
Got any exciting weekend plans? Or just a chill one? Mine’s much more chilled this week, so I’m looking forward to a more relaxing one!
Are you a fan of musicals? What is your favourite one? Aaah I have too many! Les Misérables is probably my favourite (the book is phenomenal too!), although I’ve yet to see Phantom!
Have an amazing weekend! <3
|November 4, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
All this happiness and love has really got me into the Christmas spirit. Don’t laugh, it’s only 51 days away! To celebrate, I put on my Christmas socks.
I love them! And to make it even better, I threw in a matching jumper…
Michael Bublé, I love you. Your voice makes me melt inside. Marry me!!
I’m also in love with this breakfast. It would be a tough call between this and Bublé.
Banana oatmeal with a slice of crumbled chocolate chip banana bread. Sadly I am now all out of banana bread. And muffins too! This WILL be rectified tomorrow night
Just before training this evening, there was a MASSIVE downpour, but mercifully it stopped just before training began! The track was slippery though, which made sprinting round the bends fun!
Coach said he was impressed with how far I’ve come in the month and a bit I’ve been training with them, and so were the other coaches apparently! He said that as I was lying gasping like a fish out of water on the soaking wet track after the last rep, so I think part of that was to make me feel better haha! It was all worth it for the prize of course! Ok, so none of the chocolates are vegan-friendly, but it’s the thought that counts!
Since I got back so late, I ate my dinner (leftover rice and lentil stew) whilst working. And by work, I mean work for 2 minutes, then read blogs for 10 mins, repeat.
Darn you Google Reader! I need to go to Blog Reading Rehab.
Brag time! Tell me about something you are proud of, pretty please!
Do you get excited about Christmas? Extremely. I know Thanksgiving is first (my family is half-American, so we have a small celebration) but for me it’s all about Christmas! My family fly over from NY to spend it with us, and it’s the best time of the year for me hands down!
Do you do anything else while you are eating? Yup! I usually read when I am eating, but I am such a fast eater, I don’t get very far!
Have a great Friday and weekend!
|November 3, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Blogiversary|
One year ago today, I started this blog. Ok, to be precise one year ago and a week ago I started Sweet Tooth Runner! If you want to read my first post, you can here, but I wouldn’t recommend it! Not exactly what I’d call riveting content, and I don’t think I found my “voice” for a while, but it’s still me haha!
What my blog used to look like!
Looking back on this year
Reading over early posts of my “speedy 3 milers at an 8.30 min/mile pace” makes me realise how far I’ve come!
I got to meet and RUN with my running idol Paula Radcliffe:
…and got my first space blanket! Yup, for a 5k…!
I got injured and started yoga during my healing time, which is something I am so thankful for!
I started having Pancake Sundays, and haven’t looked back since…
I passed along my passion of running to some friends, and ran their first 10k with them to raise money for charity.
We are all running it again this coming year, and this time instead of running it with them, I am going to try and beat all 3000 runners! Bring. It. On!
Thanks to blog inspiration, I started to love strength training. It is making me a stronger, faster, better runner
I became part of a regional running team, and I LOVE IT. Especially the chocolate rewards for doing well in training
Best of all, this year I have made amazing friends from all over the world.
Who clearly know me well, sending packages of chocolate and nut butter!
I am SO THANKFUL to every single person who reads/comments/supports me! You guys are totally the reason I blog, and your comments, Tweets and emails make me smile every day! I can’t put into words how much it means to me, and how much this year of blogging has undoubtedly changed me for the better. All the positive feedback, support and inspiration has pushed me to do things I wouldn’t otherwise have done, and the friendships I have made are truly amazing. Here’s to an even better second year!
HUGS AND LOVE <3
P.S. As a extra thanks, I will be hosting a giveaway soon
|November 1, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under What I...Wednesday|
Happy NOVEMBER friends! So close to my favourite time of year now!! And it’s also WIAW, so double celebrations!
Love Jenn for hosting this!!
What I Ate
Yesterday’s bowl was banana-cinnamon oatmeal with a crumbled apple crisp muffin on top:
Crumbled baked goods on oatmeal is seriously the best topping ever!! I’m so sad those muffins are gone though- they were definitely one of my all-time favourites!
I’ve been eating SO MUCH squash recently! I love it and all, but I hate preparing it! Totally failed at cutting it in half…
AMAZING! It was so delicious, and a huge hit all round! This will definitely become a staple meal I think
I’ve been really bad at budgeting recently when it comes to food. I blame these packets of roasted chickpeas…
I am addicted.
I had gingerbread again today. Worth every penny
Today when I got back from training, I went to my go-to quick dinner:
Sweet tater with almond butter and cinnamon (best combo EVER!), plus veggie sausages and peas
Followed by chocolate-chip banana bread from Mama Pea that I made yesterday:
The second slice I had slathered in crunchy PB and microwaved until warm, and I was in heaven
What I Worked
Running on the track today! I love the track
I always start out slow, and then build speed, which is the opposite to everyone else! They all shoot off like rockets, but burn out a bit later, and THAT is when I make my move hehe! I was on such a high after this workout!
I have been really focusing on stretching/foam-rolling/recovery recently, and spent a good 15 minutes stretching after the workout.
With so many races and intense workouts at the moment (I am racing both Saturday AND Sunday next week!!), my body is feeling the strain more than ever before, so I am taking extra care to make sure it is recovering well. I took yesterday off, and did yoga on Sunday instead of another run, because my body was telling me to chill.
I am trying to focus on ALL aspects of recovery, from nutrition…
…to getting more sleep…
…to having ice baths…
I swear by them- I think they work GREAT! Yes, it could totally be the placebo effect, but I believe they are really helping with my muscle recovery. I am thinking of getting a compression onesie
What was the best thing you ate recently? Chocolate chip banana bread!
What was your last workout? 1000m track repeats!
What is your favourite way to recover? Napping on the couch whilst watching Gilmore Girls and drinking chocolate soy milk
Have a great day friends! <3
|October 31, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Happy Halloween! Having a good start to the week guys? Mine was good, but my legs aren’t feeling so great! Nothing serious, but I guess Saturday’s race effort took it out of them a bit, because after a very tough, hilly mile I had to stop immediately (throw up) and sit down, so I didn’t cool down or stretch! My illotibial band is a bit tight, so I’ve been resting it (just doing yoga) and stretching it gently. The foam roller has been my best friend.
It is definitely a proven fact that pancakes help with recovery.
Especially thick, pumpkin-caramel pancakes drizzled with syrup
Caramel-Pumpkin Pancakes (adapted from my pumpkin spelt pancakes)
Vegan, can be gluten-free, serves 1
- 1/2 cup flour (I used wholegrain spelt)
- ~1/2 pot caramel soya pudding (1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or mixed spice)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. The batter will be very thick (this makes thicker pancakes- if you want thinner ones just add milk).
- Make your pancakes over a medium-low heat, and ENJOY!!
These are so yummy, and totally worth being left with only 2 minutes to get ready for church. They’re used to me turning up with unbrushed hair or or once straight from XC training covered in mud! Yesterday’s episode involved me turning up with my PJ top under my coat cos I ran out of time…but we all know pancakes are more important anyway
Gingerbread soy latte…sooo good!
…I got some NON-RUNNING clothes and shoes! Don’t tell me that these aren’t the coolest boots ever:
They have REINDEER in the lining!!
I also bought these leggings, which I love and have pretty much been wearing day and night since purchase.
Ok, so now the mystery of why I am not a fashion blogger is solved, I can get back to my regular outfit of choice…
I want them all. And this was only half of them!
I also found these shoes on Pinterest, and I want them so badly!!
I know, I’ve got a great fashion sense
What is your current favourite item of clothing? Those boots, and leggings because they are so warm and comfy! And Nike Tempos always!
What is your favourite colour? Green!
Random Q: Did you get any trick-or-treaters? Nope! None at all! I had a bowl of treats all ready, so I guess I’ll have to eat them all instead…shame really!
Have a great day!
|October 30, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
The first thing I learned today was not to wear your spikes in on laminate flooring.
There is now a huge scratch in the floor…but I’ll just blame it on my favourite dancing buddy if anyone notices
The second thing I learned was not to try anything new before race day, and to read instructions!! Well today’s race was…uh…awful.
I was most worried that because I had to pull out, my team would be DQed, but thankfully we had one extra person running so it didn’t matter! I have learnt my lesson though and I’m glad I learned it in a race like this, instead of at Nationals or something!
After about ten minutes of feeling shaky and weak, I felt FINE again! I personally think it may have been this:
Because my race was at 1.20pm, and I had my usual pre-run breakfast at about 8.30am, I wanted some more energy before my race, but nothing that would cause an upset stomach, so I went for these! Well that plan backfired clearly! I think it was because I didn’t read this:
I actually didn’t drink anything all morning…well I’ve learned my lessons! Even though missing this race has put me out of having a chance of making the regional team, there’s always next year so I’m not too frustrated
Anyway, to make up for a disappointing morning, a friend took me for some retail therapy. Only we ended up spending the whole time chatting away over coffee instead!
Caramel soy lattes are my addiction
She also gave me a belated birthday card and present (my birthday was 2nd September!) because she had forgotten it last time we saw each other. The card was my favourite thing ever.
Apparently the reasons for it was because a) I have the mental age of a 5 year old (true), and b) because I look like that dog when I smile (also true). It was the best card EVER, made even better by the fact that it came with a badge!!
I wore it with pride
She then begged me to go out and eat pizza and doughballs with her.
“Pretty please Emma?!”
Grudgingly, I conceded. Man I hate pizza and these little balls of doughy heaven…
The lies actually hurt me to write. The doughballs were amazing. The pizza was amazing. I was in heaven!
At home, I had Happy Herbivore’s Apple Crisp muffins for dessert. HH’s muffins are seriously the best muffins I’ve ever had! I’ve yet to try a recipe of hers that ISN’T awesome!!
I don’t know why so many people hate the word ‘moist’ but these muffins ARE! Muffins make everything better
Have you learnt any race lessons the hard way? Yup, I learned at a race in April not to eat two cans of beans the day before a race…hello GI issues!
Coffee or tea? COFFEE! I am not a tea fan at all!
Does the word ‘moist’ bother you? Nope! But there are words I don’t like the sound of…’porridge’ and ‘breakkie’ spring to mind haha!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! <3
|October 29, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Recipes, Running Talk|
Happy WEEKEND guys! I hope you’ve all had a great week! I’m sorry about the erratic posting this week, but I’m back to my usual routine next week, so hopefully it should be all back to normal then:)
I am RACING again tomorrow, yaay! Actually, correction, I am tempo-running tomorrow’s race. I went to see the sports doc again today about my injury, and it is improving, but he is worried that I am working too hard in the short amounts of running that I am doing, and that this could set me back in my recovery. He is right, and I can see that. Although I’ve only been running twice a week normally for short periods of time, and usually on grass, it has still been hard efforts. Although I AM getting better, I want to continue to move forwards! I don’t mind too much, because tomorrow isn’t the most important race of the season, so I really will be squat-jogging up the hills this week, just like at the last race
So I need to keep this race, and the next few runs, easy-ish, and then we will assess how I am doing and if I can go back to running properly again! I can’t WAIT!
I am still excited about tomorrow, despite the ‘tempo-run’ effort! I have let my coach know so he won’t be screaming “POWER UP THOSE HILLS!” at me this time hopefully! I love running as a team, and hopefully we will still place highly without me giving it my all. Regardless, next week is the big one: National XC Relays!!
Bring. It. On. And HEAL QUICKLY RIGHT TIBIA!!
I was sad this morning because it was my last week of working in a hospital. No more talking to patients. No more
stealing borrowing cool latex gloves. No more NHS staff discount. Sad face:
But on the upside no more crazy hours means I can reunite with my hairbrush again. It was an early start in my defence, and breakfast > appearance.
Goodbye awesome salad bar.
But again, the lack of crazy hours means I have *slightly* more leisure time! So basically watching more Gilmore Girls and baking…and CORE WORKOUTS AND STRETCHING (in case my sports doc is reading this ). I got straight down to the baking side of things tonight:
Those were all demolished in a month and a half.
Problem is, it is an EXPENSIVE addiction! So when I can, I try to make my own. And when I saw this recipe for Homemade Luna Bars (one of my faves!) on Katie’s blog, I knew I HAD to make them! So I did, with a few changes…
Homemade Luna Bars (Adapted from CCK’s recipe)
Vegan, can be gluten-free
- 2 cups rice crispies (I used brown rice crispies)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup peanut flour + 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (or agave)
- 3 T protein powder
- 200g/7oz melted chocolate or chocolate chips
- Mix the peanut flour with the water until smooth. Add the brown rice syrup, vanilla extract, and salt, and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the rice crispies, oats, and protein powder. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and stir very well.
- Line a pan with non-stick baking paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of the paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Spread the melted chocolate on top, and freeze for at least a half hour before slicing. It can then be stored in a n airtight container at room temperature for at least 5 days. ENJOY!!
I LOVE these! I’ve wrapped them up individually so I can grab them on the go
Anyway, I’m off to eat my pre-race dinner…
Wholewheat noodles in soy sauce, teriyaki tofu, and carrots
…and then get an early night!! Or, more likely, spend more time on Pinterest. I am addicted. It is great for motivation though!
I will be remembering that one tomorrow
Have you got any races coming up? I have XC races most weeks from now until December! Crazy!!
What is your favourite Luna bar flavour? I think Peanut Butter Cookie!
Have you got any favourite running or general quotes? So many! “When your legs get tired, run with your heart” is one of my faves, and also “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever”.
Have a GREAT weekend! <3
|October 27, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Happy *almost* Friday! I didn’t post yesterday because I was so tired I just crashed out really. Well, that and I finally caved to peer pressure and signed up to Pinterest, and then spent far too long on there…the addiction has begun haha! I also loved your comments on my last post! I can’t BELIEVE how early most of you get up! You guys are my heroes:)
Anyway, this week has been so crazy because of my hospital placement! My breakfasts this week have been eaten on-the-go, but today I made time to chill and eat it at home as I usually do.
Chocolate overnight oatmeal (prepared CCK style) with peanut butter and choc chips
When I got to the hospital two hours later, I found out that rounds didn’t actually start for another hour. So my friend and I headed to the restaurant for some coffee, but I ended up having a second breakfast! The £1 price and the oatmeal toppings bar was just too tempting
The bowl of extra-clustery granola was calling my name
So breakfast #2 was oatmeal (again!) with as much granola as I could fit on. I did struggle to finish this one!
My friend went with a second breakfast of chocolate fudge cake…
She stole my pose
Second breakfast demolished! I’ve decided I quite like this second breakfast thing. Highly recommended.
I am LOVING working at the hospital! Seriously, who wouldn’t want this gal as their doctor?
Note to self: next time don’t choose a ‘large’ white coat.
I ended up not making it back in time in the evening for team training (I almost cried), so I hit up a gym on my way home for a treadmill run instead.
I think I was just being paranoid, but it’s better to be safe than sorry I followed it with four easy miles on the elliptical, and then called it a day!
On my way home, I swung by Waitrose to stock up on my seasonal addiction:
I think orange suits me
What is your favourite oatmeal topping? Nut butter and crumbled muffins, but pudding and granola comes in close after!
What is your favourite way to eat pumpkin? Pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin scuffins.
Got any good plans for Friday and the weekend? Friday=carbo loading for Saturday’s race (yup, all 3500m). Saturday= race. Sunday= recover from those 3500m by eating more carbs.
Have a great day friends! <3
|October 26, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under What I...Wednesday|
Good evening guys! How’s your day been? Mine has been completely exhausting, you’ll see why in a mo! Anyway, Happy WIAW!
I personally LOVE reading about what goes on in other blogger’s lives, so today I thought I’d give you a little look into my day!
6.45 am: Wake up. Get dressed and ready. Grab breakfast to eat on the train and GO!
CCK’s never-ending overnight oats in a raspberry preserves jar topped with crunchy PB. I couldn’t find a container OR an empty PB jar, so I used a mostly empty jam jar instead! Worked great!
8am: Arrive at the hospital where I am doing my work placement. Spent the morning doing rounds in the wards, and chatting for far too long to a runner who is having surgery for his compartment syndrome. Lend him the book Tara sent for a few hours whilst getting on with other things.
Come back to get the book, and then go again to get some tissues. This is one emotional book, especially for someone who can’t currently run! Bless him!
12.30pm: Break for lunch! The cafeteria salad bar was my home.
Also downed some DELICIOUS sweet potato and parsnip soup! Also loved the staff discount there. Wished it was more than 5% though…!
5pm: Commute home. Eat pre-run snack:
Note to self: pack more snacks! I’m used to being able to have my afternoon/pre-run snackage at home and have as much as I want, but by the time I arrived home it was too late to eat more! Lesson learned
6.15pm: Arrive home, and change quickly for running.
Sporting my new compression socks! Worn mainly for warmth (it was SO COLD this evening!) but I am still wearing them now and I have to say I think they are definitely helping with my recovery! My legs are feeling great! We’ll see tomorrow morning though I guess
6.45-8.15 pm: Running time! Warm-up 1 mile, drills, workout, cooldown 2 miles and stretching. This was today’s workout, and it was a toughie!
8.30pm: Refuel at home with ice cream.
In defence of the hair, it was very windy outside.
Leftover homemade vegan shepherd’s pie and broccoli
9pm: Make dessert! Chelsey’s pumpkin protein muffin and (more!) ice cream:
So so good!! Especially when paired with ice cream…mmm…! Next time, I am adding choc chips though to make it EVEN BETTER!
9.30pm+ : Chill. Read blogs. Write blog post. Sleep at some point. Yup, still working on the getting more sleep thing!
An exhausting day, and I am ready to crash now, but I am LOVING it! Life is good!
What time did you wake up this morning? 6.45am for me! Earlier than I normally would, unless I’ve got early morning spin.
Do you ever cry at books or films? Books no, films yes! Weirdly, I’ve never cried at a book, and I am moved by these so much more than films! Titanic gets me every time.
What time do you typically go to bed? At the moment, between 12.30am and 1am. My target for this week is 11.30pm though, so I’ve got some work to do haha!
Have an AMAZING day friends!!
|October 24, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Happy Monday guys! Hope you’ve all had a good start to the week! I thought, since I’m feeling super-inventive today, I’d do some random thoughts…
1. Even though it is now cold, I am still shop for Nike Tempos online. Apparently my obsession isn’t a seasonal one.
I can’t make up my mind whether I love these or loathe them…
2. In the last 3 days, I have eaten 5 Clif bars.
Yummy convenience food at its best Sadly, I am all out now! I will definitely be suffering from withdrawal symptoms soon. I can feel the shakes coming on already.
3. This morning, I made a return back to my beloved pudding oats. Oh how I missed you…
Dark chocolate soy pudding+caramel soy pudding+ PB make the best oatmeal toppings EVER!
4. I can’t stop thinking about my race this weekend. Have I mentioned yet that it is the Hilliest Race On Earth? Oh yeah, just every post, sorry. I have been checking the weather obsessively every few hours.
At the moment, it’s looking pretty good! *touchwood*
5. There was some leftover chocolate torte from yesterday. Well, not any more.
Demolished. Most of that by yours truly. It’s a talent I tell you.
6. I discovered today that I truly love working with people. Today was my first day working in a hospital (I will be all this week), and while I spent most of my day testing and *almost* mixing up blood samples, the best bit was rounds. Getting to talk and connect with the patients was by far the highlight of my day, and I spent my lunch hour in a children’s ward having fun with them. Guess what I am going to bring in on my last day to give them a laugh at lunchtime?
I know they will LOVE it!!
7. Today was a rest day. Partly because I was so tired from running around hospital all day (I have a whole new level of respect for doctors and nurses!) and partly because I did a very tough lifting session yesterday. I did a new core move that was so hard that I couldn’t really do it, and my core hurts from merely ATTEMPTING to do it! I challenge you to try it! It has been dubbed the hardest core exercise…the Dragon Flags move: http://www.dieselcrew.com/hardest-core-exercise-part-ii-dragon-flags-with-bruce-lee-son.
What. The. Fudge. I looked absolutely nothing like this.
Do you have a favourite item of exercise/running gear? Nike Tempo shorts all the way! I have them in so many different colours! I also have my favourite Nike top in three colours as well!
Clif bars, Luna bars, or Clif Z bars? I’m going to totally cheat and say all three. I can’t pick.
What is the core move you find the hardest? It was the Pike or the around-the-world plank. But they pale in comparison to the Dragon Flags move!
Hugs and love <3