Motivation needed!

Evening all.

Nearly half way through the week already!

Just a quick one before I watch “Don’t tell the bride”- car crash TV but I love it!!

I had a new snack today; Andy picked up some cinnamon malt loaf the other day (I love cinnamon!) so I had a slice this morningfor my snack.

I would love to make malt loaf so if you have a good recipes please let me know!  🙂

(I didn’t take a pic of the slice as it looked very squidgy and more like a blob than a slice!)

Work was so busy and the traffic was awful, so once home I didn’t have long before aerobics. I had a peanut clif bar;

But the traffic was still awful, it was raining, my friend was not going so I was seriously considering not going to aerobics- shock!

But I made myself go and in the end had a fab time. I love the aerobics class. We have a short warm up, then we do a little routine (it changes every few weeks and each week we are shown it from the beginning), then after that we get into lines and do really high impact stuff- one line does it (for example star jumps for 30 seconds), then the next line does that while the first line does something else. It is very organised and I love the high energy in the room. I felt sooooooo much better after!

After a shower and tea it is time for a baked apple I think 🙂

Good news- I got an email from the lovely local health food shop; I asked them if they could get hold of some Carley’s organic sunflower seed butter, and they emailed to say they have some ready for me! I am pretty excited to try it as a change from nut butters. Sunflower seeds are my fave seeds!

So….Any tips when you are flagging with your motivation?

Trying nuun

So today was my long run day. I had some porridge (more yummy rude health porridge) and then pottered around, did some cleaning and things to make sure I didn’t go out too soon after eating. I even put my water bottle in the fridge to cool it down!

I also loaded up my mp3 player with some podcasts; the latest marathon talk one, plus some radio 4 ones for after.

When I started running I was feeling pretty tired with heavy legs, but I wanted to go slow and steady so I decided I would keep on and see how I felt. In fact I ended up really enjoying the run; the sun was out, there was a nice breeze to keep me cool (er), there were loads of people out walking, cycling and running by the lake, and I really enjoyed the podcast. They had an ultra runner on there who did 100km! Crazy stuff! 

I managed the run in 94 minutes, and it ended up being 8.5 miles or so, and I think the fact that I was running slower than previous runs was partly why I enjoyed it. My pace was really consistent, which I was also super pleased with.

Once home I was excited to try my new nuun hydration tablets.

The instructions are to put one tablet into 500ml water, wait 2 minutes and then drink. No stirring or anything.

So I did not stir at all, just watched the tablet fizz around and mix with the water.

And right before I had it:

It really did not need any stirring or mixing, so would be ideal if you were out on a really long run- you could easily carry the tablet tube and add one in to a normal bottle of water.

I tried the tri-berry flavour and it was nice, not too sweet, and not fizzy either (which is good). I really feel that I need to have some salts once I get back, as my face is always covered with a thin layer of salt. These little tablets have :

Sodium (carbonates) 360.0
Potassium (bicarbonate) 100.0
Calcium (carbonate) 12.5
Magnesium (sulfate) 25.0
Vitamin C 37.5
Vitamin B2 500mcg

and citric acid, sorbitol, sodium carbonate, natural colours flavours, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, polyethylene glycol, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, calcium carbonate, acesulfame potassium, riboflavin-5-phosphate. They are also vegetarian (and vegan).

Anyway, so far today I have not got a headache, which I generally get after a long run, so I am hoping that one will not arrive.

I am looking forward to trying the other flavours now too.

I had a nutty 9 bar with that, then after a shower it was some bread, almond butter and cherries.  Am looking forward to a cookie with sunday tea later 🙂

On the marathon talk podcast they were talking about routines following long runs (immediatly after e.g. what to eat/ drink, but also the following day)- to help recovery, so what do you do following a long run to help your body recover and to make sure you are moving on in your training?

Brew-ming marvellous

Is that title too pun-tastic? Guess what I had this afternoon!

But last night first- we went out for dinner to a steakhouse (yes not the first choice for a veggie but all my friends are meat eaters!) but they have a daily veggie special so I was hoping it would be something good. It was a lentil moussakka served with green beans, and it was lovely. It was a good evening all round.

This morning I woke up to grey skies, drizzle and cool air, so I decided to try the Rude Health porridge.

It was gooooooood! I have made a proper review page here. The apple flavour was lovely, and the bits of dates and apricots meant that each mouthful was different. Totally filling and perfect on a cold day. Great running fuel too 🙂

Today for my baking I fancied something like oatmeal raisin; my clif bars came from wiggle yay- So I sort of combined the flavours. I used the base of the Hummingbird oatmeal raisin cookie, but I subbed a few things. In place of the plain flour I used wholegrain spelt (gives such a lovely flavour, kind of nutty), and instead of raisins I used some plain chocolate chopped up, and a handful of walnuts and brazils chopped very finely.

Here they are baking in the oven:

They look so lovely and chunky and tasty- am looking forward to sunday tea tomorrow.

I am also making some sundried tomato bread to have with dinner later, so I might add in a picture.

EDIT- here is the bread waiting to go into the oven:

To make it I put 150g malthouse bread flour, 1tsp yeast, pinch of salt and pinch of sugar in a bowl. Then I added some sundried tomato paste and 90ml warm water. I kneaded it all together, and then added in about 4 chopped sundried tomatoes (I used the merchant gourmet ones). Then I put it in a bowl covered by a tea towel. After an hour of rising (approx) it went into the preheated oven (220Cish) for about 25 minutes.

Here it is fresh from the oven:

And here it is on my plate with some vegetable and bean bake:

Now to the brew-ming marvellous part. I tried some of my teapigs tea- this time it was Darjeeling Earl Grey.

This tea is also good (I expect nothing less)- it has black tea, cornflowers (!) and bergamot flavouring, and it was very perfumed. A lovely light tea, perfect for the afternoon. I had it while I listened to Just A Minute- I used to love this and by chance heard some on Sunday, so I decided to listen to it on the website. Very funny as usual.

I had a walk this afternoon as the rain had stopped (it actually got really warm) and have been catching up on TV. I saw some of the e-numbers story and I found it pretty interesting. For example they talked about vitamin C, and how it was disvovered to stop scurvy. It was in fact trial and error; they gave sailors loads of different potions, and they found that citrus fruits stopped it. We have all heard of anti-oxidants, and the program had a good way of explaning it. Basically, oxygen destroys certain things that it comes into contact with- when you cut open an apple pretty soon it goes brown. But if you cut an orange in half, it won’t, and that is because of the high levels of anti-oxidants- they stop the oxygen doing it’s damage.

I also saw some more of the bake off and it got me thinking- what would your signature bakes be?  So far they have made their signature breads, cakes, biscuits and puddings.

For me I think I would choose maybe cinnamon and raisin bread, banana bread for the cake (as it is really a cake), and peanut butter white chocolate cookies. I have no idea what pudding as I don’t tend to make those. They made things like suet based puddings, treacle sponge and so on. Actually they did have to make one bread-based pudding so maybe I would make bread pudding with hot cross buns and marmalade. That is always good in the winter!

Over to you- any signature dishes you would love to bake?

More teapigs tea and your ABC’s

Last night I decided to try another teapigs tea (keep getting the moonpig theme song in my head); this time it was spiced winter tea.

Again it comes in the cute tea temple, and as soon as you pour the water in the colour changes dramatically- you don’t need to squeeze the bag or anything as the water circulates so well (you can see in the picture how deep the colour is, and that was as soon as I poured the water in).

The tea is made of:  Rooibos tea, flavours, orange peel, ginko, orange blossom, cinnamon, ginseng root, cloves and safflower.

I had it with milk, and it was still a strong reddish brown.It was much nicer than plain rooibos which I have tried before. The spices really came through, lovely and warming, with almost a liquiorice hint. As it was caffeine free it was probably better to have in the evening too. It’s not like I normally lay awake at night but I slept like a log last night for the first time in ages and I suspect this played a part. 9/10 cherries. Pretty close to perfect!

Today was a normal work day (so busy and I had some of my squash and carrot soup for lunch which is never good when I am in a hurry because I have to heat it up and then wait for it to cool- not an efficient use of my time!).

After work I went to the waffle house to catch up with some old friends, which was fab. I had a waffle with sliced banana and toffee sauce (no ice cream though!).

Later on I had some toast with half almond butter, and half rainforest butter (brazil, macadamia and cashew). I read somewhere (maybe runners world or womens running mag) that ABC nuts have all the amino acids for complete protein (almonds, brazils, cashews) so a handful of those would make a good snack. Well I can confirm that those spread on toast is also a delish snack.

Body Pump was not on tonight (the instructor is away and they have no replacement boo) so I had a nice walk in the evening instead and now it is TOP CHEF time yay!!

I love clif bars

I had my last baked apple last night (sob)- the last batch I made with some blueberries stuffed in the core, as I ran out of blackberries. They worked just as well but I didn’t take a picture. I will be making them again soon (once I get more apples that I can cook with).

Today has been uneventful really- but later on it is aerobics (yay) so once home from work I had my last oatmeal raisin clif bar;

It was a long time since lunch (roasted pepper and cream cheese sandwich, cherry toms and peach) and it will be a while before dinner!

I might pop over to wiggle now and order some, as they are cheaper in a big box and they are scrumptious 🙂

Have a lovely evening all


PS I think I would also love Larabars, and over on chocolate-covered-Katie she is having a giveaway here:

Fingers crossed as they look yummy- carrot cake flavour- imagine!