Hasn’t it been a beautiful day here? Sunny skies, golden leaves- shame it gets dark at 4 o’clock eh?
Today I had a long run, and as next week I have a 5 mile race on Sunday, I knew I would not be doing a long run for a fortnight, so I made the most of it and went a bit further than recently. My Nike+ said nearly 11 miles, but on the map it was a little over 9.5 miles (must need callibrating). I took it very slow and finished in one hour and fifty minutes on the dot. My pace started slow, evened out to a steady pace, but the last 2 miles were quicker. So I suppose that it is good that I still had energy left towards the end. I did make me worry about the marathon though- I haven’t started proper training or anything, I just want to keep the level of fitness I have, but I was thinking I would have to do todays run nearly 3 times in one go. Hmm. I wish I had started this blog when I first started running, as I had days like that when I felt that my 5k was unattainable, and I think reading my thoughts about it would help me see how far I have come, and help to change my mindset. The 6 hour limit is worrying me a bit, as I told myself that I can walk if I want to, but with the clock ticking I won’t be able to walk for long. Anyway, best not to dwell on those thoughts.
I got to try out my new running top ( I did decide to use the 20% off voucher in the end)- I got a top and some running tights (they came in a weird dry cleaning bag or something).
The top is lovely- it has the proper zip cover thing (last year I had a normal hoody and when I got back from my run the zip had made a nice dent in the skin at the bottom of my neck- not making that mistake again!), and an mp3 player pocket in the arm. It was lovely and soft, and perfect for this weather with a vest underneath. Not too hot, not too cold.
Anyway, once home it was time for another lovely american clif bar, this one was chocolate almond fudge.
And some chocolate milk- I forgot to get more coconut milk duh- so had to have it with normal. Still nice. The clif bar was good- I loved the real chocolate almond flavour- not sure if I could taste any fudge though.
This afternoon I spent alternating between watching TV, pottering on the internet, and coking up a storm. Well, cooking a few tasty morsels.
I made pumpkin pie for Sunday tea, using the Hummingbird recipe. I confess I used ready made pastry as I am not great at pastry, plus I thought it would take ages. Without having to make the pastry, it was super quick. Blind bake the pastry, then mix together pumpkin, evapourated milk, sugar, tbs flour, an egg and spices. Pour into the pastry shell and bake for ages.
Then sprinkle with cinnamon. I am really looking forward to trying it tomorrow- I hope it tastes nice as everyone else will be eating it too!
I also made some maple spiced nuts- I copied the recipe for the candied walnuts on Oh She Glows, only I used almonds.
There are the nuts having been baked for ten minutes in the oven. In the pan is the maple syrup+brown sugar+ spices combo. When I mixed them in it went super sticky- almost like peanut brittle mixture, and they were hard to get out of the pan and onto the baking sheet. If only I had to make spun sugar for something….
Now they have hardened, so if you want one you have to break them apart. They are pretty tasty though. 🙂
We were having pizza for dinner (home-made) and so I made some dough balls to go with it. I experimented with these last week, and they turned out really well. It made loads- next time I would use less flour! I used 100g strong bread flour, 1tsp yeast, pinch of salt and pinch of sugar in a bowl. Then I added 60ml warm water, mixed it all up and left to rise. After an hour or so, I punched the dough once (knocks the air out) and then pulled the dough and rolled it into little balls. They took 10 mins to bake at 200c.
I made a bit of garlic butter as Andy likes that- a few tsp Pure spread with some garlic paste. Easy peasy!
We decided against a firework display as I am very tired. Plus we can see some out of the window.
I loved going out for my run this morning, and in the holidays I always find I run better in the mornings than in the afternoons or evenings. It sets me up nicely for the day, and it is nice to come home, shower and have the rest of the day to do what I fancy. E.g. I would be up at half 7, and then go out at about half 8 or 9, for an hours run, and still have some morning and all afternoon left! In term time I could get up and manage a 3 miler before breakfast, but that is about my limit- any further and I would need breakfast, then an hour for it to go down, and so I would be getting up at silly o’clock. So I get a run in after work and before dinner, which is still good as I still have the rest of the evening to relax. So what time of day do you prefer to exercise?