More bean burgers!

Evening all!

Today was a long run day, and due to 2 classes at the gym, the wasted journey that we shall not speak of, and the awful weather it was my first run since monday- shocking!

I had some rude health porridge (yummy) and then sat around for ages reading blogs and updating on here. I have added a page all about how I came to start running here – if you are thinking of taking up running then have a read, I am hoping it will encourage people to start. I was never on the cross country team for sure!

Anyway, I wrapped up warm- big mistake. I had on my running tights

(their first outing how exciting!- before these I have ronhill tracksters- they are running fabric but bootcut so a little more flattering, but also they drag in puddles and get heavy when wet, and also let the cold air up) and also one of my lovely craft tops (the black one)

In fact Andy told me I looked like catwomen which I am taking as a compliment and thinking no more about it! I also had on my jacket, which is very light, shower proof, but adds an extra layer.

After ten minutes I was boiling and had to tie it around my waist. I never mind running with stuff tied around me, but as it is shiny fabric the knot kept working undone so I kept having to re-tie. Anyway, when I started I felt a little niggle in my left leg, but I kept on and it felt ok. I enjoyed the run (9.6 miles) but it felt much harder than the same route last week. During the last mile the pain in my leg suddenly got quite bad, in fact really painful when I lifted my leg. I have never had this pain before, but it is on the inside front thigh at the top, so possibly is that the groin? I only know the major muscles haha! Anyway getting upstairs once home was rather painful 🙁

But I walked around a lot, stretched and re-fuelled before my shower;

Coconut water with mango (yum) and a clif bar (double yum). We had run out of milk, and oat milk, so no nesquick for me.

I have spent the day pottering around the shops, in the garden for a bit (my little pumpkin is turning yellow in places eeeee! and my apples will be ready soon too!) and lounging around watching TV. My leg is less stiff now but still feels a bit sore when I move.

Then this evening I made some more bean burgers. In them was 1 drained tin of black eyed beans, one small drained tin of kidney beans, 1tsp garlic puree, 1tbs sundried tomato paste, 1tsp lazy chilli, a big sprinkle of paprika and a little sprinkle of chilli powder, 2tbs water, about 30g wheat gluten, and 20g quinoa flakes. I mashed it all up (I used the mini chopper for a bit- hooray for the return of the mini chopper), rolled it into balls and baked in the oven for 30 minutes. I had some for dinner with half a massive baked sweet potato (that is online shopping for you!) with cream cheese, and some spinach, courgette and tomatoes, and also a blob of caramelised onion chutney. Delish.

I am really pleased with the recipe. These were spicier than the last ones, in a good way as they had more flavour. The texture was lovely- they were not too crunchy, not too squishy; nice and firm and were super filling. The only annoying thing was that the recipe made 11, so I can’t share them out evenly between meals, which is what I like to do! Three was plenty, especially with the potato as well. I was very hungry though, which is strange as the last few long runs I have done, I have felt hungry, but not starving like I felt today. Perhaps I have eaten less- I had some squash soup (which when I worked out the recipe on WLR is about 80 cals per portion), one slice of wholemeal toast with sunflower seed butter, an apple, and a half a bar of conscious chocolate. Later on I had some so crispy bites, but according to my diary on WLR I still have over 500 calories left (this took dinner into account), so no wonder I was hungry really.

I have a lot of friends turning 30 at the moment (trying to forget it will be me next year!)- I keep telling them 30 is the new 20 anyway. I think I am much more confident now, and much happier than I was when I was 20, so thinking of the positives of growing older- what can I say to my friends when they turn 30? What gets better as you get older? And better than that, what did/ will you do to celebrate your 30th? (One friend is off to vegas for hers which would be amazing!).