Not such a great run

I was really looking forward to my run this morning. I had my normal breakfast of cornflakes and raisins, but I think I may need to think of something to add to it because I got really hungry. I was also have sort of stitches, but not quite, and at one point I had to stop because even walking didn’t let it go away. At first I wanted to “power through” but then I thought about why I am running. At the moment I am not training for any races, but would like to do some 10K runs in the autumn so want to keep my long run to above that distance. I am running because I love it, not to get quicker, or to beat my time. So I decided that stopping for 2 minutes in order to enjoy the rest of my run was ok. I did enjoy most of it- I saw a load of geese by the lake (cue me running at a sprint past them!), and as the sun was out but with a strong breeze I stayed fairly cool. In the end I did around 7.5 miles in 73 minutes (I took off the 2 minutes I stopped for). Ah well I am sure my next run will be better. Perhaps I should try having a different breakfast. When I first started running I didnt lile porridge before a run, even though I love it at other times. But I think my stomach is stronger now, so perhaps I might give it a go before a run one day. Watch this space!

When I got home I was so hungry so straight away alongside a big glass of water was some cherries and a cocoa orange Nak’d bar (after yesterday remembering how good they are!). MMmmmmmmm it was so good.

I am also excited about my sweetcorn- I have finally worked out how it is going to grow. There are some fluffy bits appearing along the stalks, and the seedy bits from the tassles are the pollen bits which need to drop down onto the tassles. So the actual corn will grow half-way up the stalk. Now I just have to wait πŸ™‚

I have potted onΒ some foxgloves (pretty flowers that seed everywhere) for a friends’ garden, tied up my little bean plants and also put one of the tomato plants in a bigger pot. I have spied another courgette growing- it won’t be long before it gets picked πŸ™‚

I nearly forgot- for lunch today I tried some of the dark chocolate peanut butter- wow that stuff is amazing! Like eating a snickers bar, only the best bits, and with dark chocolate instead of milk, and smooth………. so much yummy stuff today! I had it on a wrap with a sliced apple, although I am thinking next time I will try it with sliced banana instead.

I also made some white chocolate peanut butter cookies (mostly for giving away) and some sundried tomato bread for dinner.

But then disaster- I was going to try my frozen watermelon today, but my mini chopper stpped working. The motor was going but the stick that goes up in the blades is not turning. Hmm. I rang them up but bizzairly their phonelines are open until 4.50pm Mon-Thurs, and til 12.20 Fridays. Phone-call on Monday it will be! So I had some watermelon from the fridge instead (boring) but might try the frozen stuff in my blender tomorrow.

I had a nice walk this evening too, so many birds about at the moment. Now I am waiting for my dinner to finish cooking- bean and veggie bake topped with the leftover mozzerella from yesterday, served with the sundried tomato bread. Yum.

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4 thoughts on “Not such a great run”

  1. Were the peanut butters from PB & Co., homemade, or another brand? I’m just wondering cause I know PB & Co. makes dark chocolate and white chocolate peanut butter. πŸ˜› Personally I loooove the dark chocolate- the jars go empty within the week!

    1. Yes it was from PB and co. It was the only “flavour” that I could get in the UK- saw all the other ones like maple- the white chocolate sounds amazing as I am a sucker for white choc and PB- made some white choc PB cookies this weekend. (I could get the smooth and crunchy stuff here too but not sure it’s that different from the regular brands anyway). Dark chocolate stuff was so good so will be stocking my suitcase on my next usa holiday!

  2. Hey Maria
    I agree that a different breakfast is a good idea, at least on your long run days. I find adding yoghurt and fruit a good way to boost a bowl of cereal, without being too heavy on the stomach. It depends on how long you leave it between eating and running of course, but the other great option is toast and (chocolate) peanut butter! It took me quite a lot of experimenting before I found some things that work for me though – so be patient πŸ™‚

    1. I normally leave it around an hour. For some reason yoghurts do not sit well before a run- no idea why, but then milky cereal is fine. Weird. Next week I will attempt some porridge and see how I go. When I did half marathon training I dod have half a banana on my cereal and that was ok so I might add that too after a few weeks.

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