So this morning when I woke up I was feeling fine (I was yesterday evening too) so I went for the 8 miles (8.5 miles the route is)- decided I had better not push it and just finish strong.
It was cold out there- the temperature was nice in the sun but cold in the shade. Anyway, I think I run much better in these cooler temperatures and for the whole run I was feeling strong and good. I left my Nike+ on the pace screen, and whilst running it seemed pretty consistent. When I got home I was amazed- my miles were 10.17, 10.22, 10.24, 10.22, 10.24, 10.23, 10.47 (one road to cross) and 10.23- they were all so close to the same pace. It made me happy anyway. I was glad to finish strong and not too wiped out. While running I was feeling so good that I was considering running further, or going out tomorrow. But then I did decide that I am supposed to be taking it a little easier, and if I went out Monday and Wednesday, my next rest day would be Friday (which would be a whole week without a rest day) and I know this is not good for me. Some people can do that, but I know it gets me a little run down. So tomorrow I might do some yoga when I get home, or have a walk. Hold me to that!!! I watched some of the Great Manchester run stuff while I did a load of stretches (I cut out a page from a magazine that has loads of different runners stretches- they are ones we do at aerobics and body pump but there are some I always forget so I thought I would keep them to remind me).
Then I tried my almond milk (I got it ages ago from the mini Wholefoods in London)-
Oh man this was like drinking marzipan (which I love!)- it was so good. But very sweet- I don’t think I would like it all the time. Alongside some oatcakes with meridian smooth pb and morello cherry spread. Mmmmmmmm love that pb & j theme.
I have been loving this Rachel’s coconut yoghurt- seriously it is so amazing. I had it as a snack with some chocolate alpro, but actually this was not my best idea as the chocolate overpowered the coconut a bit. It is much better on its own with muesli.
Last night I also had some yummy chocolate
This was an alternative to milk chocolate, and it was ok, but not as nice as the dark stuff. I suppose that is because dark chocolate is supposed to be without milk, so it doesn’t have any substitutes in there.
Anyway, back to today. I made some chocolate pb swirl brownies (from the pb&co cookbook I got for my birthday)
Yum. You basically made 2 mixes- one normal choc brownie mix, and then one with pb instead of chocolate, poured it on top and swirled it about. They were good (and luckily Andy’s family always take the left overs!).
We also planted some of the plants that we got yesterday, and I went to pick up my food processor. The size of the box made me panic rather a lot, but they just over package it something chronic. OK so I should have put something in the picture to compare it to, but I reckon the box is easily 2 foot long, 3 feet tall and 1 foot deep. Seriously it is ridiculous.
So anyway, I have gone so far as to get all the bits out the box, but I am very excited about using it for all the recipes I keep seeing. Plus when I next make pumpkin tofu pasta I will be able to do it all in one go, instead of about 4 batches in my mini chopper!
Onto the weekly review (this is such a long post!)
Monday- 6.7 miles
Tuesday- Easy aerobics due to a different instructor
Wednesday- 3 miles
Thursday- Body pump- used lower weights for squats, lunges and back, but normal for all the arm stuff.
Friday- 40 min walk (rest day)
Saturday- Run cut short to 5 miles due to pains
Sunday- 8.5 miles nice and strong and very steady.
So total miles = 23 miles
Less than 2 weeks to go now, I feel like I need a little countdown now! Time is ticking!
Also I was lucky enough to review some Food Doctor products, and you can see my whole review here if you would like.