Another review

The weeks certainly seem to be flying by at the moment!

Today was a much needed rest day- I was not stiff but my legs did feel tired today. I did some foam rolling last night, and hada gentle walk today (although in the wind it was still hard work!).

The day started with some porridge in a jar! Using small jars of peanut butter has it’s advantages- they run out sooner!

(I had to leave some in the bowl as it would not all fit in the little jar!)- I added some carob powder to the bottom of the jar and then mixed it in- topped it with some cinnamon- yummy πŸ™‚

I cannot think what the carob reminded me of (carob topped 9 bars/ seed stacked bars?)-Β I like the flavour but it is slightly different to cocoa powder. A nice change anyway.

I also unpacked my shopping from yesterday!

Holland and Barret were having another “buy one get one half price” sale, so I stocked up on PB. I love the meridian stuff (as it is 100% peanuts- no oil, salt or sugar)- once crunchy and one smooth for variety! I also got some mollasses (although later I found out that it was not black strap which has the most iron, grrr) and some blackcurrant fruit spread. In the health food shop I found date syrup (I was looking for rice syrup which I got last time and have used it all, but they didn’t have any), the carob powder and some scrummy orange chocolate.

So hereΒ is the weekly review;

Monday I did a 6 mile run with some intervals in the middle- these went ok but I think they tired me out for the week! Aerobics was busy on Tuesday, and on Wednesday I was very tired after such a busy day at work, and so my planned 6 mile was cut down, in the end to 5 miles so not cut down too much. Thursday in body pump I managed heavier weights for a bit longer during the back track, and on Saturday I managed the 12 miles just fine, even with the wind. In fact I think I may have gone too fast. IΒ totalled 23 miles this week, my most so far (and I got onto blue level on Nike+ which means 1000km since May!). I do weigh myself each week, and although at the moment I am focusing on maintaining, I did lose 1lb this week, which may also explain why I was more tired than usual. (I am in the mid range for my height so losing some will not hurt but I did know this week that I probably was not eating enough and so I want to keep an eye on that as often after a longer run I lose my appetite and I want to have enough protein, carbs etc to recover properly from the training). On the whole I feel positive about this week- I know I was annoyed on Wednesday for not completing the allotted mileage, but that is me and my obsession with ticking things on lists! I know in the long run it won’t make any difference. I am pleased with how the 12 miles went, as again it is the furthest since my half marathon (in the summer I think my furthest training run was 11.5 miles or something) so I am pleased I managed it without totally wearing myself out.

The next 2 weeks are going to be hard, as I have a couple of late staff meetings and parents meetings on different days, so my routine will not be the same as normal. I have planned when I am going running, to fit around work but it is not ideal. Fingers crossed I will manage it.

Hope everyone else had a good week/ weekend πŸ™‚

PS I have also added a page; my race calendar to show how I moved from my 5k race for life to my races now. It was quite satisfying to see how far I have come πŸ™‚

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15 thoughts on “Another review”

  1. I love those big tubs of peanut butter, I have one thats almost empty but I think using one of them for oats in a ‘jar’ would be taking things too far πŸ˜‰ Hope you manage to get everything done that you’d like to in the next couple of weeks, I know how much late night meetings can mess with your schedule! x

    1. Taking things too far, eh? Sounds like a challenge to me. I have just started on a crunchy one of those tubs…there will be OIAB (oats in a PB ‘bucket’ soon hehe)

  2. I also love those big tubs of Meridian PB, I bought one before Xmas for Β£4.99 and it’s really good value. I spent ages reading the ingredient lists on every kind of PB in Sainsburys today and couldn’t find one that didn’t have palm oil/sugar/other weird stuff in, so Meridian all the way for me. I’m tempted to go to H+B to stock up in the sale, you can never have too many giant tubs of PB lying around!

  3. Wow LOVE those huge tubs of nut butter! And no added stuff?! Must get those! I just bought some Whole Earth today, but it won’t be around for long knowing me! πŸ˜›

    Awesome week for you!! You’ve done amazingly, and have come SO far! πŸ™‚

  4. Fab week as always.

    Love your H+B haul. I discovered Meridian PB last week and would never go back to PB&Co: the former tastes so natural and moreish without being overly ‘fatty’ or indigestible. Plus, for someone that gets through as much PB as I do those tubs are fantastic value.

    Enjoyed reading your race progress page: the marathon will make a nice addition to that methinks πŸ™‚


  5. Oh dear, I’m terrible around those tubs of peanut butter. I get through them way too fast!

    Congrats on the weekly mileage pb: I think you can let that 1 mile go in light of that πŸ˜‰ Like you say, losing a little bit of weight won’t hurt, but perhaps slow it down a bit so you don’t get tired?

    Good luck this week — it sounds like you’re well prepared!

  6. Wow that’s great how far you’ve come πŸ™‚
    And LOVE those buckets of Meridian pb; it’s the best! The H&B near me doesn’t stock it but I might have to go on the hunt for one that does if they’re doing that deal!

  7. I love how popular the big tubs of PB are! Get to Holland and Barrett guys- at the mo even better value!
    Janae- thanks so much πŸ™‚
    Bronagh- I do get whole earth or sometimes own brand organics (as I dont want the un-sustainable palm oil) but meridian is the best. The tubs last for ages, I just need bigger cupboards!
    Emma- yeah look out for them- literally just whizzed up peanuts (skins on I think as the smooth has flecks of darker tuff in it).
    Jessica- thanks- now if only Meridian made their own version of dark chocolate dreams! Thanks for stopping by the other page too.
    Alison- you are right and I think with the busy weeks coming up I am going to pay more attention too.
    Eleanor- thats a shame they dont do the big tubs- maybe you can order online? I am sure I saw an advert the other day…
    Jemma- At least when it’s not opened it lasts for ages.

  8. I’m going to have to buck the trend here as I HATE Peanut Butter! Funny really as I love peanuts so you’d think I’d like it.

    Thanks for the H&B tip off though. Was intending to go our local Health Food shop on Saturday but didn’t get time. Will wander down to there instead. I also need echinacea so can kill 2 birds with one stone!

    I’m sure that you’ll manage this week. You are always so organised and dedicated to your running and classes. Just remember that it nearly always makes you feel better to get it done, even when totally knackered!


  9. Fantastic achievement with your running calender, I find it always good to write down achievements otherwise they seem to get lost amongst the goals. Well done πŸ™‚

    ps the H&B buy-one-get-one-half price meant I nabbed a jar of cashew nut butter as well as the almond this month …. must say almond is still my favourite nomnomnom

  10. Rose- I am always surprised when people dont like peanut butter! Although Andy loved PB flavoured things (eg cookies, ice cream, cereal bars) and peanuts, he isnt a massive fan of it on its own. More for me πŸ™‚ And thanks for those words- you are right I will get it done in the end!
    Lara- I love it when they do the half price thingy, esp as it is everything (although I try to get things of a similar price to make the most of it!)- I love cashew butter so creamy πŸ™‚
    Laura- no probs- :)Its not as catchy as BOGOF though is it ?

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