|May 30, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
1. I WAS going to write a WIAW post, but I’ve forgotten to take photos of pretty much everything I’ve eaten. Except this photo which documents my recent obsession with ice lollies:
the scariest thing is that this photo has not been edited/filtered…I clearly just naturally give out an alien-like glow
2. I raced on Monday, and I absolutely LOVED it!! I have to admit, I was nervous for it all day, as it was the shortest distance I’ve ever raced, but I really enjoyed it! I don’t have the official results or any photos from the race yet, but I think I got around 5.25 for the mile…? I’ll confirm the time when I find out It was weird running such a short distance…it was over before I knew it! I just LOVE racing though, and dropping down in distance was definitely a good test for me! I need to learn to push more over short distances though, as I still felt that I had more left in me.
3. My race was the latest one I’ve ever done (gun went off for my race at 9pm!), so by the time I was done, I was starving and ready for dinner! I went straight to the nearby supermarket afterwards to pick up dinner, and I got a LOT of funny looks! Is it not normal to wander around a supermarket at night in racing gear…?
4. It is the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations this weekend, and the green just across from us is having a fete and a picnic to celebrate! How cute is that?! Sadly, I should be in Crete then, but it looks SO FUN.
5. I discovered that I prefer cold partly-frozen cookies to warm ones. I’m sure you’re so happy you made the decision to read this post and find out all these fascinating facts about me I made PB choc chip cookies and then froze them, and they are SO GOOD from the freezer!
6. I just saw the movie The Dictator with my friends. I have an embarrassingly loud laugh and I don’t think my friends will ever invite me to a comedy again. Also, I am The Dictator’s spitting image:
twins. all I need is a beard and I could be his doppelganger
What is your favourite hot-weather food? Right now I am in love with ice lollies…I am such a child!
What is your favourite genre of film? I think comedy, but I really should work on making my laugh less scary before I watch them in public
Random: Do any of you guys like iced coffee? I LOVE regular coffee, but iced coffee sounds weird to me! I want to try it though!
Have a great day!! <3
|May 27, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
HEY friends! Thanks for your comments on my last post! It feels so good to be able to relax after weeks of stress, and to be able to blog properly again! I have so much to catch up on with you guys…seriously my Google Reader is overflowing right now!
Saturday involved summer shopping! I am leaving for Crete in FIVE DAYS(!!) so I just had to go out and buy all the essentials….and by essentials I mean giant floppy hats and summer dresses
After shopping, I headed over to a friend’s house for a barbeque. I was excited because this was my FIRST ever barbeque! And my friends were excited because I was there. Obviously.
See? So excited to see me
Barbeques are totally my new favourite thing. We all brought some stuff, and I was in charge of bringing the meat-free options for us vegans/vegetarians. I brought veggie sausages, veggie burgers, and vegetable kebabs, and had about a thousand of each.
Also, I discovered that pita chips are my latest newest foodie obsession. I brought them to share but ended up knocking everyone else’s hands out of the way any time someone tried to take some. Mine.
This morning began with a short shakeout run (I’m racing tomorrow), which was hot and sweaty, and then I headed off to church. Just so you know, dry shampoo is a lifesaver after a morning run!
It was a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon for sure, spent walking the dog in the sunshine and lying in the grass reading one of my favourite books…
I can’t WAIT for the film to come out at the end of this year!! And the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio is Gatsby just makes me the happiest girl on earth
What has been the highlight of your weekend? Spending time with the people I love whilst eating delicious barbequed food:)
Your fave barbeque food? The veggie kebabs were SO goood!
What is your favourite book? I have so many! My favourites are probably To Kill a Mockingbird, Les Miserables, and The Great Gatsby!
Have a great week!! <3
|May 26, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Finally, after exams every weekday for a fortnight, and after a month of living in the library…
“THIS IS SO CONFUSING”
…I am finally FREE! All my exams are done, and it feels good to be out in the sunshine relaxing, and to finally have clean hair again
The weather here has been so hot and sunny recently, but it sure made my decision to run late morning a very bad idea!! I headed to the trails for my easy run to try and avoid the heat. but I was still boiling! Six hot miles later I called it quits and jumped straight into a cold shower.
This is actually my first summer of proper running! This time last year I was injured with bad shin splints, so spent most of the summer not running, or making my comeback. This is my excuse as to why I am not so great with running in the heat
I also had a TOUGH workout in the muggy heat on Thursday evening. I hadn’t done a workout in a couple of weeks because of the exams, so this tough session on slow legs was interesting It was 400’s at 800m pace (2.24 pace = 72 sec 400s) and then 30s rest before a 200m at the same pace. And then that repeated a lot of times. My legs sure met the lactic yesterday!! As usual recently I was doing the workout with the middle-distance girls to “challenge me”. I feel SO slow when I train with them haha! It was tough, and I had to keep reminding myself of the quote that’s written above our track door:
Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today? ~ Peter Maher
Love that quote. And I chose STRONG.
Apart from my run, I spent most of my day today lying on the couch watching TV doing absolutely nothing, and it was BLISS I caught up on everything I’ve recorded in the last four weeks, including the coverage of the Great Manchester Run. Can we just talk about how AMAZING and inspirational Haile Gebrselassie is for a sec?
I LOVEthat man. He has the sweetest personality too!!
I am writing this post whilst demolishing my third bowl of (non-dairy) ice cream. I am obsessed. As soon as the sun comes out, I go crazy with the ice cream.
ALSO I am dropping down in distance to race my first 1500m on Monday night! My coach thinks it will be a good test of my (non-existent) speed, so it will be interesting for sure
What is the shortest distance you’ve ever raced? As of Monday, it will be 1500m! I love 5ks and 10ks the most I think
Running in the heat or in the cold? Cold I think, because I run faster! In the eat I run slower usually haha!
Are you an ice cream fan? What’s your favourite flavour? Chocolate, obviously! I hope someone starts selling cookie dough vegan ice cream…that would make me the happiest girl ever!!
Have an amazing weekend friends!! <3
|May 17, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under WIAW|
I started my morning with my favourite hilly 7 mile route. Much as I am now loving running in the morning, I am not liking being hungry on my run!! I hope I get used to it, because I REFUSE to get up at 5am to eat first! THIS IS WHY I NEED YOU RYAN GOSLING!
So as soon as I ran through the door, I inhaled some chocolate soy milk and breakfast!
wholewheat english muffin with crunchy PB and banana x2, and a punnet of blueberries
Mid-morning snack of my new favourite cereal! I love anything bran and this new one is so good!!
At lunchtime, I hit up Starbucks. Since I currently spend 90% of my awake time in the library which is conveniently situated right next to a Starbies, I have been going through a bazillion soy lattes a day. I will be taking full credit for the dramatic increase in Starbuck’s profits this month.
Part of my afternoon snackage included a toasted seeded WW pitta bread and cucumber sticks with red pepper hummus for dippage
Also I am in LOVE with mini Lunabars!! Although I completely defeat the point of the mini size by having two or three at a time, but they are so CUTE!!
And for dinner…my favourite bean enchiladas!!
Of course, copious amounts of fig rolls/newtons and Starbursts were consumed. During exam time my diet consists almost entirely of sugar and caffeine…totally healthy and balanced I know
p.s. I got that giant Powerade water bottle free today, and I love it!!
What was the best thing you’ve eaten recently? Mini Lunabars. I am obsessed.
What is your favourite time to run/work out? Really, mid-morning! In summer when I am free, that is usually when I get my run in, but right now it has to be early morning or late evening!
Tea or coffee? Both is not an acceptable answer It’s all about COFFEE!
Have an amazing day!! <3
|May 13, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
HAPPY WEEKEND friends!! I hope you’re having a great one!! And thank you for those of you who enlightened me in my previous post on the whole Starburst situation in the US…now I that I know you don’t have a purple one I have had to change my plans for next year a little. Staying in the UK with my favourite purples is my only option Yes, I am that person whose life revolves around food. Also…
…I am that person who LOVES mud and splashes in every puddle on runs. Clearly I’m a cross country girl at heart
after a PERFECT trail run in the sunshine
SIDETRACK can we just talk about how much I miss cross country and racing in general right now?! Stupid exams getting in the way of my running.
I was sposed to be running my county track championships today, and I definitely would’ve medalled (I’m not being cocky…so few people in my age group race today= definite medal!) but instead I spent 9 hours in the library…fun times
…I’m that person who reads the magazines off the shelf, and dies slightly inside when they put it in plastic covering. They are clearly on to my sneaky cheapster ways.
…I’m that girl who lives in a hoody and hasn’t seen a hairbrush in too long. I blame studying Give it a week and I won’t be able to see any more…haircut needed!!
oh hello lonely left devil horn
…I am that person who is just obsessed with carrot cake. I paid almost four pounds for that slice…crazy and clearly the reason why I am broke, but so worth it
…I am that person who is just a bit “off”. Or as my bro puts it, “special”…
casually napping/planking on the floor in the library
Your turn! Fill in the blank: “I am that person who _____”
Do you love racing? When is your next race? As soon as exams are over (they start Monday, and then I have one or two every weekday until the following Wednesday), I will be back to racing every week pretty much, and I can’t WAIT!! I love racing!!
What is your favourite kind of CAKE? Ok, chocolate fudge will always have my heart, but carrot cake comes a close second!!
Have an AMAZING rest of the weekend!! <3
|May 8, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
*ETA*: I thought I posted this yesterday, but apparently it went to drafts instead! My intelligence never fails to stun me. So this is yesterday’s post
After 10 hours spent studying in the library today, this is what I looked like:
For some reason, sitting still for 10 hours makes me a thousand times hungrier than being active. Today, these crisps were my best friend. Hello caramelised onion and balsamic vinegar…
And Starbursts are a study essential. I only like the green and purple ones, and thankfully my study buddy only likes all the other ones. Clearly we are a match made in heaven and I need to try the Starburst Test on future dates to find my soul mate.
Anyway, let’s talk about RUNNING! During my last workout, my Garmin died after only two miles (maybe I should start charging it more than once a year), so this was all I got:
After those two miles, there was two miles of fartlek and then two miles cooldown:)
Recently, EVERY run has been in the pouring rain. On my early morning Sunday run, I got absolutely drenched. Seven hilly miles in the pouring rain, but I LOVED it!! I did my long run on Saturday, but felt surprisingly good today!
I discovered that I am not a fan of energy gels. Usually before my longer pre-breakfast runs (anything around an hour or more) I have a couple of Clif Shot Bloks (my stomach can’t handle much else!), but I was all out of those, so I decided to try an energy gel that I got free from the LM expo. It was a bad move.
Gels are gross. How anyone can stand that slimy texture is beyond me. It is all about expensive chewy sweets disguised as running fuel (*cough* Shot Bloks)
In other news, my running club have put The Dinosaur Photo on the front of their latest newsletter. That was a nice surprise when I opened my mail. Not only is it from last season, but I look like I’m trying to impersonate a dinosaur. It’s this gem:
WHY?! Just why.
What running fuel do you use? Do you like gels? It’s all about the Shot Bloks!! But I find them really hard to eat on the run, and I don’t tend to take in any fuel for my long runs, but then they’re not marathon-long, so I don’t feel like I need to!
Do you use a Garmin/GPS device on all your runs, or a HRM for your workouts? I use a Garmin for my workouts and long runs, or if I’m exploring a new route, but for my regular routes on easy days I leave it at home and just run by feel
Since I forgot to ask on my last post, tell me about YOUR summer plans! I told you all about mine, now I want to hear YOURS!
Have a GREAT week! <3
|May 3, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
These past few days have possibly been the most stressful of my life so far. Money worries and exam stress (they start in just 11 days!) has been taking over this past week! In-between endless studying, I have been working every free hour I have, and much as I love my “job”, I need to stop taking every one I can get and take a bit of a step back!
don’t worry, I’m not pimping out my quartet, I’ve fuzzed out our details! and the grammar error on there is killing me.
BUT in less than a month’s time all my stress will be over and I will be in CRETE with my friends! We are going there for a week and I am more excited for a week of fun with my favourite people than I can say
this isn’t Crete FYI (I think this was in Spain…?) but I’m guessing it looks something like this!
And then a month after that I am off on a music tour to France (it was previously Russia, but there was a problem flying back with the Olympics on here), which includes a trip on the way home to Disneyland Paris (aka, my home), and then I am spending most of August in the mountains in the Lake District! Running and trekking all day every day will be bliss, and hopefully give me a great base for the cross country season! Needless to say, I am SO excited for this summer!
Running obviously makes me super happy and unstressed, even though I’ve actually had to miss a few runs for the first time in ages! I’ve done a couple of difficult workouts this week, including a 12 lap measured fartlek on Monday, and then the Kosmin Test and some 400s on Tuesday. The Kosmin Test predicts your 800m time, and this is how it’s done (from here):
I did it more for a measure of fitness and speed than anything else, as I’m not an 800m runner! My coach is having me do this a few times a year just to see how I’m improving, and I can’t wait to find out what my predicted time is when I see my coach next week! I’m not very fast compared to most of the people in my team, but I felt pretty good that day, so I hope the result is good!
My comfort food of choice right now are Fig Rolls (or fig newtons), which are my latest addiction. You don’t want to know how many of these I am consuming daily at the moment…it’s not pretty
30% fruit=healthy, right?
amen to that!
So here’s to a more stress-free and worry-free weekend filled with running endorphins!
Tell me: what’s your #1 stress reliever? A run, followed by couch time with hot chocolate and a good book or The Big Bang Theory
Have a great week friends!! <3
|April 29, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Q+A|
HEY friends, and happy weekend!! I hope you’re all having a great one! And thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last post! Something funny is going on with that post (apparently it went ‘private’ for a while?!) but I have no clue what’s happening so I’ll just cross my fingers that it sorts itself out! Anyways, here’s a quick Q&A for you (all questions from my Formspring), with a few life updates thrown in there too
*ETA* I have been totally open and included some numbers in this post, because I have no problem with sharing them! But if you aren’t ok with that, then please feel free to skip this post and come back tomorrow to read all about my amazing Pancake Sunday instead:)
HI Emma! You have such a great personality <3 anyway..I was just wondering if you’ve chosen where/ what you will be doing at uni? Are you starting this year or next? Also if you could choose 3 places to travel to where would you go? (Random fun Q :p)
HEY and thank you so much!! I’m going to uni next year, and I haven’t 100% decided where and what I’m going to study yet, but most likely Human Biology/Kinesiology or something related to that! And oooh fun question!! I’d pick Hawaii because I went last summer and LOVED it, New York to see my family and run in Central Park, and New Zealand because I’ve always wanted to go there!
was treated to my favourite food in the world (aka a Triple Choc Cupcake) from Ms Cupcake today. the frosting is insanely good and about 10 inches thick…just how I like it
what is your height and weight?
Last time I checked (aka at the doctor’s in Feb), I was ~5’9 and 126lbs. But since Easter’s been and gone so that’s almost definitely changed
I have spent almost all my free time at the library this week, so this book was clearly written for me. p.s. I have no idea what expression I was trying to go for here, so don’t ask.
How many calories do you eat a day?
I don’t calorie count or even keep a rough estimate, but at a guess I would say 3000 on an average day?
this has been my late-night love for the last couple of weeks. hot chocolate+dark chocolate for dipping. doesn’t get better than that.
why did you stop posting your workouts on Dailymile? i miss following your training! what does a typical week look like for you now?
I actually kinda miss posting my workouts on there, so I think I’ll go back to it soon! It was nice to have a break from it to be honest, and I stopped for a variety of reasons…laziness being #1 Each week is so different for me, depending on races and extenuating circumstances, so I can’t really give you a ‘typical’ week, but here is the running plan for next week (doesn’t include strength stuff etc.):
Monday: AM: 25 mins easy
PM: Short track session
Tuesday: PM: Long session (either on track or on grass, depending on the weather!)
Wednesday: 60 mins easy
Thursday: AM: 25 minutes easy
PM: Short track session
Saturday: Long run 75-90 minutes
Sunday: 50 mins easy
Short track sessions are shorter rep stuff to work on speed, and longer track sessions are usually tempo or longer reps/fartlek. This week’s plan is the most running I will have done so far probably, so I’m excited for that! I will listen to my body though and if I need to, I will back off!
rainy runs! note to self: the riverside trail route is not so awesome after heavy rain. you will almost fall in at least a dozen times.
when are you going to do a vlog?!
Lame as it sounds, I have big plans for an awesome vlog! Sure, you’ll have to wait a few months for it, but it will be worth it…I hope!
tons of greasy Chinese takeout food+good TV (Criminal Minds+Big Bang Theory)= perfect Saturday evening
Okay, those are all the questions I got in the last few days! If you have any more, feel free to ask away below, through email, or on Formspring!
What is your favourite food in the WORLD? All baked goods from Ms Cupcake. Cupcakes, cookie sandwiches…I am drooling just thinking about it!!
How tall are you? I don’t know how I am tall, since both my parents and grandparents are pretty small! My momma is only just over 5 ft! My bro is tall too though so we are the freaks of the family
How have your workouts been this week? Anyone racing this weekend?! Monday’s session was the hardest I have ever done EVER (split 1500m, done with the middle distance guys!) and I wanted to give up about a thousand times. But I didn’t and ran some pretty good times in the end! And Thursday’s session I felt AWESOME and kicked butt. I chose not to race this weekend because I have a ton of exams in a couple of weeks and need to get some serious studying done!! Much as I love racing, it’s nice to have a week or two without a race to recharge!
Have an amazing rest of the weekend!! <3
|April 22, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
The highlight of my weekend by a long way:
A full recap to come once the pics+results are up, but for a little bit of added suspense, I will leave my race talk with this panicked Tweet from yesterday…
p.s. sorry for being a tease!
My last session before the race was on Thursday evening. It was a race sharpening workout of 300’s and 200’s to prime us for Sunday! All my 300s and 200s were new PRs for me, so that was a good sign!
All of us Brits have been hearing non-stop recently about England’s drought, but after a rainy week and that hour’s session out in the pouring rain, I no longer believe it is true. Good thing I love a rainy run!
Totally drenched. And a very classy bathroom shot
I warmed up afterwards with a mug of hot chocolate, and some dark chocolate for dipping
On Friday, a teammate and I headed to the London Marathon expo!
I am quite the photographer
I absolutely love the expo. The atmosphere is so awesome! So many excited, happy runners! We wrote on the famous wall, and the other messages were so inspiring! I spent a good 10 minutes reading them before being dragged away!
But obviously, the best part of the expo was the samples and free stuff. Okay, the runner’s goody bag this year wasn’t as good as last year’s (can of lager and some rice anyone?), but the expo samples more than made up for it! The Clif/Luna bar table was my home. I successfully managed to consume about a bars worth of each flavour in tiny cut-up samples.
I am a pro at it. Yes, I am a shameless cheapskate
I hit up Whole Foods/Whole Paycheck for dinner (which literally cost me half of my food budget for a week!), but there was vegan cupcake sampling which made me the happiest person in the world!!
Surprisingly, banana walnut > chocolate ! I am usually a chocolate girl through and through!
They also had a delicious new range of cakes that I was so tempted by, but having already spent more money on dinner than I have on clothes in the past month, I passed up. I have dreamed about them ever since though, so I know it won’t be long until I cave.
My Saturday was spent with the fam celebrating my grandma’s 90th birthday! We went out to eat and I was carb-loading for my 5k (so important obviously ) so I had three courses, the best of which was obviously dessert!
mango, blackcurrant (my favourite!) and pear sorbet. all so delicious!!
race recap to come tomorrow!
What was the best part of YOUR weekend? Did anyone else race?
Have you ever been to a race expo before? How big was it? I’ve been to two, a small half mary one, and the London Marathon one, which is HUGE!
Hope you all had a great weekend! <3
|April 18, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under WIAW|
Happy WEDNESDAY everyone! I have some pretty exciting things happening this week, so I’m literally counting down to Friday and the weekend!
I missed WIAW last week, so hopefully I’ll make up for it now with my Tuesday recap of eats and workouts!
I started my morning with a short easy run (in the rain…), and then quickly showered whilst my breakfast was microwaving away.
oatmeal with soy milk and banana, topped with almond butter and natural strawberry jam
Lunchtime involved a grilled vegetable and hummus sandwich…
…followed by a fruit salad and lots of veg
I always get hungriest in the afternoon, and since I train in the evening and eat dinner after that, I have a LOT of snacks! My current fave snacks include my favourite carrot cake loaf (getting my veggies in ) with PB…
…dry roasted peanuts (I am addicted)…
…and bowls of cereal with milk. I have become a cereal addict, and usually have about three bowls at a time!
Shreddies or Bran Flakes with soy milk, and Shredded Wheat or Weetabix with almond milk
My evening session began with a half-mile sprint through the park in an attempt to not be too late for training:
In case you fellow TBBT fans are interested, it was this episode that I blame for making me late:
So so funny!!
Monday’s session was on the track, with 10 laps fartlek with fast+short recoveries, and yesterday’s session was a mix of longer reps and shorter reps in the trails in the park and woods, which was so fun! We did it relay-style which always makes us faster because we’re all so competitive! Even the warm-up is competitive and fast…a 7.03 mile is not my kind of warm-up!
After the session, a couple of us older athletes did this running-specific endurance circuit, which was killer! With sections for arms, core, and legs, it was a great all-round workout, and so tiring!
Seriously, after that day’s training I was done!
After collapsing on the couch with a huge glass of chocolate soy milk, I managed to drag myself into the kitchen to make dinner. Tofu stir-fry was on the table in <10 minutes. Gotta love quick+healthy meals!
Followed by a whole punnet of blueberries and half a dark chocolate Easter egg:)
After two hard workouts in a row and then an intense strength session for the first time in too long, I woke up unbelievably sore! I am moving like the people in this video today:
I know a lot of you ran marathons last weekend, or are running one this week, so you can relate to that I’m sure haha!
Is anyone racing this weekend? Anyone doing the London Marathon?! I am racing the 5k Mini Marathon, which is my favourite race ever! I am so excited for it!
What was the last workout/run that left you sore? Yesterday’s circuits…getting back into a regular strength routine is definitely going to make me sore for a while!
What is your favourite cereal? Currently, it’s Shreddies!
Have a great day friends!! <3