Posts Tagged by Nuts
|March 19, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Great photo of me looking like a complete DORK. Not that you don’t see photos like that on this blog on a daily basis anyway! Be prepared to see many more in this post…
So I got up, and it was SUNNY!! And there were BLUE SKIES!! This is London we’re talking about, so it’s kinda rare! I was a bit disorientated…did I move to Cali in my sleep? But no…the world just loved me today. Actually, that’s a lie. I woke up to this sad sight…
PB on toast with dates, and almond butter on toast with sultanas. DELISH. And lets just pretend I haven’t gone through a whole 500g pack of dates in 3 days, k?
So then I put on my fave shoes- my racing flats that I hadn’t worn since the mud incident. I missed you Fire Shoes…
1 mile warm-up
6 x 400 metres at fast pace (avg pace 6.01 min/mile, best pace 5.36 min/mile) with a recovery jog lap inbetween
1 mile cool down
Track runs are definitely a new fave!
Okay, so tomorrow I’ll probably do a recovery run instead of my usual Sunday hill run…but other than that it’ll be my usual Sunday thang:
hill run, pancakes and church. If that isn’t a winning combo, I don’t know what is!!
Oh, and I have BIG plans for tomorrow’s pancakes, involving one of my main food groups…! You’ll have to wait and see!
If you’re a runner, what is your favourite type of run? I read a poll in Runner’s World that said that most people prefer long, relaxed runs, but I think track runs are just so much FUN!! So maybe that beats it for me…
What is one thing you’ll never get bored of? I’ve already said running, so chocolate. I am WAY too predictable!!
What was your highlight of your day, or what are you looking forward to tomorrow? Obviously my run was the highlight, and I’m looking forward to everything tomorrow!! I love my Sundays!
Have a great Sunday friends!!
|March 16, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
…or at least, that’s what I’m blaming all the craziness on today. (This post is a JOKE by the way, just in case you get the wrong idea! I’m not ACTUALLY pregnant! )
Hot chocolate-banana oat bran. Topped with shredded coconut and cacao nibs.
Sometimes, variety is just overrated!
This is the best crunchy peanut butter I have ever had. To be fair, I have only had one other (Whole Earth crunchy) but this stuff is AMAZING and totally ADDICTIVE. I had some good times with this and a spoon!
Pregnancy apparently makes you very emotional. A few days ago as I mentioned in a blog post, I volunteered to give a little recital (I’m a viola player) at a care home for the blind. It was amazing. They were all so appreciative and lovely, and some of them even cried!! Which obviously set me off too!!
I then hit the gym for some cross-training time. In my ‘pregnant’ state, I was very temperamental. So when I was almost at the gym and realised I had no reading material (for my reading-on-the-machines trick) I got very cranky. I NEED entertainment!! It had to be rectified immediately before I threw a tantrum.
I admit it. I went back home to get a book on Sports Nutrition (geek alert!!) and Runner’s World mag. I was that desperate. Made me happy though! These mood swings are insane!!
40 mins intervals cross-trainer
15 mins intervals rowing machine
I need to go lie down now. Pregnancy is tiring.
What cravings have you experienced recently? I was really craving a run too, but knew it was best to stick to my plan, and my shins needed a rest anyway!
Are you a smooth or crunchy PB person? Right now, I’m all about the crunch baby!!
What is the best ‘chocolate covered’ food you’ve had? These dark chocolate covered brazils were DELISH, but I’m also a HUGE sucker for chocolate covered raisins. I wonder if chocolate covered dates exist…now that really WOULD be dangerous around me!!
Enjoy the rest of your week friends!!
P.S. A serious post (a rare thing I know!!) tomorrow on my thoughts on something…so stay tuned!
|February 17, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Reader Request|
Hey friends!! Serious and uber-cheesy/soppy post today- be warned!
Usually, Mondays are my ‘Reader Request’ post days, but in all the Valentine’s excitement, it got side-lined until today! Today’s topic is: How to deal with a bad run or workout. Please note this is all just my own opinion/story! I’m not a professional!
Today, I had a bad run. A very bad run. It made me look like this.
I had a tempo run planned, but felt sluggish and bleugh the whole time, which happens so rarely! I had to keep dropping my pace down.
I really let this get to me. I knew exactly what the problem was, I just didn’t know how to tackle it. It wasn’t a lack of good fuelling…
…and it wasn’t tiredness. I had gotten a good night’s sleep, and taken two days off from running; a cross-training day on Monday and a full chillax day yesterday. So it wasn’t that either.
I tried to blame it on other things.
“The air-con isn’t working and I’m too hot”
“My playlist is too boring, I need to change it up”
“My ankle/leg/butt/back etc is twinging”.
But it wasn’t any of that.
It was a mental problem.
“Running is 90% mental, the rest is physical.”
When I woke up this morning, I realised I had less than two weeks till my trial. And I panicked. My first thought was “I’m not ready!”, followed by “I’ll never achieve my goal!”. Although I shrugged off these thoughts, the moment I stepped on the treadmill later, they all came flooding back. And it was tough.
But in the last mile or so of my tempo run, I decided to switch off my iPod playlist, and just hit the ‘shuffle’ button and see what happened. And this song came on.
This was the song that was playing when I ran my first ever mile. It was the song that was playing when I crossed the finish line of my first ever race. All the memories came flooding back.
I remembered why I began running in the first place- to raise money for Cancer Research UK following my aunt’s breast cancer diagnosis. I remembered crying with emotion as I began the race, knowing that I had made a difference. I remember the look on my aunt’s face when she saw the sign I had pinned to my back saying that I was running for her.
Just then, I turned around whilst running on the treadmill, and saw behind me a woman running wearing a Cancer Research t-shirt.
I cried. I must have looked completely mad running through my tears but I felt like this was a sign for me. I was inspired.
I then thought about my other inspirations.
My friends who put up with my insanity, always feign interest when I go on about running, and accept my complete inability to ever have a ‘normal’ face in a photo.
And most importantly, all of YOU, who inspire me each and every day with your comments, Tweets and amazing blogs to be the greatest person and runner I can be.
So as the last mile or so rolled around, my inspirations pushed me on.
And I got to the place I wanted to be.
Okay, cheesy soppy time over now, you can breathe!
So tell me, what gets you through bad runs/workouts? For me, it’s inspiration all the way!
What/who are your inspirations? I was also inspired after reading Katelyn’s post on a similar topic! I felt so amazed at the coincidence that she had written this after the run I’d had!! It’s an amazing post, so read it now!!
I love you all so much! And don’t forget that if you ever need anything or just want a chat, you can email me any time, kay?
Have a great rest of the week lovelies!!
|December 12, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
What can I say, I have regressed to my childish self! This was a common phrase I used when I was younger- everything bad was “a bum”. Well this cold really is! So I decided to give myself a head start in my recovery with my breakfast- a Recovery Green Monster:
Well, this was actually just a regular GM topped with Grape Nuts, but GM’s are chock full of vitamins, iron and all sorts of other good stuff, so bring on the quick recovery!
This is the Bluewater shopping centre- the second largest in the UK! I love it
I decided to look around the book store first, as one of the Christmas presents I opened last week was a gift card for Waterstones. I came across ‘The Kind Diet’…
It seemed really good- tons of good recipes and every one had pictures! I love recipe books with pictures!
I also saw the movie ‘Unstoppable’, which was really good! So exciting the whole way through! I may have consumed a fair amount of dark chocolate whilst watching…!
And a ton of other unpictured things! It’s just one of those days…
Because of all the snacking, dinner was light too, and was good old beans on toast (my homemade bread!):
My group of close friends and I do a ‘Secret Santa’ every year, which is great because it saves you money, is more fun, and you get a better present that you actually want! This is for my Secret Santa:
It’s a CD and a book that she requested, so I know she’ll love it! I can’t wait to see what I get!
So tell me, what are the best movies you’ve seen recently? Unstoppable makes my list, as does HP7 obviously! And what are your favourite snacks?
Hope you’ve had a great weekend!
|November 21, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Hello! Hope you’ve all had a great weekend!
Yesterday updates: I baked some more Apple and Cinnamon bread! I love this stuff!
I ended up having a lot of this! I guess something can be said for shop bought, in that portion control is much easier when it’s pre-sliced! One of the other snacks I had in the day was this:
….I have to say, I think this is possibly my favourite nut! Yummy! I could eat a thousand of these!
Last night’s dinner was whole-wheat spaghetti, and I used the spinach trick I mentioned a few posts ago:
In other news, I am trying not to consume much soya milk now. Recently I have been having a really dodgy tummy after breakfast, and I think that may be because of the soya milk I have. And that also explains my tummy troubles during my run on Thursday, as I had soya milk about an hour before I ran! So, I am now trying out different types of milk. This week, it is the turn of:
Oat milk! It’s no secret that I love oats, so we’ll see if I love oat milk just as much! Lets hope my stomach does anyway! I’m also planning on trying coconut, almond and rice milk, to see which I like the best!
I can’t wait to try this when it arrives! I’ve wanted to try a vegan protein powder for ages, and this was recommended by a friend, so I thought I’d give it a go! But am annoyed, because I literally just saw that they sell it on Amazon for the same price, but with free delivery! I had to pay over £3 for mine, which is quite a lot seeing as it’s only one small item!
Can’t wait to get my bake on!
What’s your favourite type of nut? Mine, as I said, is currently brazil I think, but almonds and pecans are pretty darned good too… And do you use protein powder? If so, what kind?