Another INVINCIBLE saturday.

RUN: 10+ miles outside (-3 windchill. brr. but SO worth it)

EAT: After my run, all I wanted was something WARM.

So I hit up Einstein’s and got a Winter Roast Coffee. Or Two. Or three? That’s what I love about the place- you get free refills! So as I sat there catching up with some friends, I kept going back for more! If you have never had the Winter Blend there, OH MY., you MUST try it. (Assuming that you like coffee, of course)

Here’s a description:

Winter Blend Coffee –One of our special seasonal coffees with a
special mix of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

P.S. I’m a wimp and mixed each cup with sugar and milk. I was tempted to try putting honey in my coffee but had never done that before so opted not to. Anyone try this before?

Delicious, no? I think I got so wired on the caffeine though, no sleep tonight!. Haha 🙂

Do you guys go to Einstein’s Bagel Co. too? What is your favorite??

OK , so Matt wanted to know how I made the Super Chewy, Super Hearty Oatmeal Pancake from the other day and this is how:

3/4 C. Oats

4 Egg Whites (Or Two Eggs)

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

1 T. Ground Flaxseed

Splash of 2% Milk

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

Mix together in a bowl (WELL), Pour into a hot Nonstick pan, flip after lightly browned-a few minutes, then transfer to plate. Top with your choice of Warmed berries, some more cinnamon, and my favorite: A little bit of Full Fat plain yogurt!

I also like to mix about 1/2 diced apple into the batter for more sweetness. (PS: THIS MAKES ONE HUGE, HEARTY PANCAKE, which I’ve grown to like better than a ton of wimpy small ones)

Here’s another favorite concoction of the past few days:

Lowfat cottage cheese, ground flaxseed, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, honey, fresh strawberries, ezekiel original cereal, and my FAVORITE, kashi heart to heart honey toasted cereal.

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Good Food as of Late…

Here are my eats today:

Breakfast: Oatmeal and flax Pancake topped with Warmed Berries & Cinnamon. (Steamy!)

A Chai Tea Latte and some Banana Chips In-between.

Lunch: High Fiber 100% Whole Wheat Tortillas with All Natural Ham, Alfalfa Sprouts, Tomatoes. Spicy Vegetable Stir-fry on the side.

Just throwin’ some good eats up there. Enjoy!

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Busy, Busy, Busy.

SO. I’ve been pretty busy as of late.  Winter break was fun but I guess life is called “life” for a reason, right; time to go back to studying non-stop. Hah!

So why don’ I just do a recap of this entire week?

Monday I had a GREAT workout in my Newtons.  It was a 6×3 minute, with a 20 minute warm-up and 20 minute-cool down. roughly 9.5 Miles or so?

I also received an entire loaf of PANERA WHOLE GRAIN bread from a good friend! (Isn’t it gorgeous?)  It’s so so good toasted with some peanut butter or just used as sandwich bread.  You can even make it into cinnamon french toast!

Tuesday was an easy 60 with 4 strides at the end.  It was -16 Degrees Out. Brrr.  This meant two pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves, a face mask, and uhh…how many layers was I wearing?

Wednesday I had a two-a-day.  The morning run was negative temperatures outside but still managed to squeeze in around 5.5 Miles.  The afternoon run was a little more relaxed, did about 4.5 or 5 miles there and 4×100 strides.

Thursday I could NOT run outside.  The windchill brought the temperature down to -40 degrees for most of the day so I did a modified hill workout on the treadmill 🙂 this was about 70 minutes total, average 7:30/mi pace.

Recovered with my Homemade Banana-Chocolate Vivanno

1 banana, 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey, 1 c. skim milk, 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (and opt: 1/2 tsp. cinnamon)

Today (Friday), same deal as yesterday.  Windchill of -40 (how long is this going to go on???).  SO I did about 4.5 miles on the treadmill, 7:45/mi pace with 4×100 strides at the end.

And a few random other food pics from the week….

I’ll try to post a little more often, but if you don’t hear from me for a while, I’m probably somewhere under a pile of books!

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Newton’s = LOVE.

The Newton’s (see previous post) are WONDERFUL.

I did my first run in them yesterday, an easy 4, and I felt like this was how I was supposed to run my entire life!  And then I finished it up with 100 strides and man, my legs have never had such a fast turnover. ever.  Today it was very snowy, we got around 5″ so I decided to take back out my Nimbus X’s and not risk ruining the new Newton’s.  Even running in the X’s on the long run, I emphasized a mid-foot strike and it seemed to come more natural after a while.

RUN: 10.5 miles, conversational pace.

EAT: Went back to Starbuck’s for my Saturday ritual of a Vivanno with Espresso Shot.  Then I browsed by Jamba and noticed…

STEEL-CUT OATMEAL??? WHAT???  Yeah, this stuff trumps whatever “perfect” instant oatmeal that Starbuck’s offers.  That’s right, straight up Steel-cut Oats with Blueberries, Blackberries, and a Brown Sugar Crumble from Jamba Juice <– That is where it’s AT.

Today, a perfect snowy Saturday is also a joyous occasion to bake.

Banana Bread, anyone?

Here’s what I did (adapted from allrecipes.com):

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons apple sauce
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 16 ounce plain yogurt (or low fat sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 C. Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • In a large bowl, mix applesauce and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, yogurt, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Very moist, as you can tell!  I added diced bananas on top before baking for an extra flair…you can add chocolate chips or whatever into this recipe if you want to.

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TWO announcements!

OKAY. I could not wait another day after this wonderful happening occured so right away I came home and am posting this up right now.

RUN: 9 miles with hill intervals. (2 miles in-between @ 7:00 pace, rest was averaging 7:45 pace)

EAT: I have seen this recipe float around…you know, here and there. I’ve been looking for something like it and realized that it’s basically some type of no-bake protein bar that tastes like an oatmeal cookie! Delicious???

So after my run I fueled up with THIS.

I made it to be Pumpkin Chocolate – So it was 1/3 Scoop of Rolled Oats (Uncooked), 1 tsp. ground flaxseed, 1/2 Scoop Chocolate Whey, 1 Spoonful of Canned Pumpkin, 1 T. Smart Balance CHUNKY peanut butter, 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon. Since this was a little dry, I kept adding skim milk until just wet enough to mix together but NO wetter. Then I wrapped it in foil, flattened it a little to more of the “Clif Bar” shape, and threw it in the freezer overnight.

It’s DELICIOUS! And so portable! I needed something I could carry and eat away from the house right after my run and I think I’ve found it. Next time, I will increase the proportions a little. But, this little oatmeal bar (oats softened with the liquids by absorbing moisture in the fridge) and a banana right after the hill workout…priceless. 🙂

PS: Variations are like adding chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, raisins, etc. etc…(think clif bar flavors?)

BUT THE HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT…..IS…..

HOLY CRAP.

I GOT NEWTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Known for being a pricey shoe…

They are so well worth it…fits like a glove on my feet. Since I’m a natural forefoot runner, this is such a good thing for me. At least they come with some instructional pamphlets and CD’s…

So I may seem a little rushed today but I can’t wait to try these guys out! I will be posting updates soon on them to tell you how they feel! Experiences, anyone?

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It’s starting to look a lot more like winter!

So there was this strange “Warm” Phase that we just went through and I thought winter was OVER…until today. That’s right, snow storms left and right. I don’t even feel safe leaving my house!

But i did.

RUN:

TWO A DAY!!!!!! (Another one of my “i feel invincible” days)

AM: 6 Miles @ 7:15/mi pace. Abs & Other Strength Work.

PM: 5.6 Miles @ 7:20/mi pace. Stretching

EAT:

Okay today during class I made the best discovery in the WORLD. So Kashi sends an e-mail saying that some free goodies are coming in the mail and all that runs through my head for the next few weeks is “free kashi samples. free kashi samples. free kashi samples.” I swear to god, I could LIVE off of that brand…I have not found ONE kashi product that I will not eat.

SO HERE IT CAME, YESTERDAY IN THE MAIL. (a little too excited)

A blackberry graham SOFT-BAKED bar. I always see these in the grocery store but have never picked them up. WOW. Can you say tasty??

Of course, Kashi sends me great coupons to go along with (which I may be using and sharing VERY soon…)

And an “ingredient decoder”.

Pocket sized…perfect!

I’d say this bar has the soft texture of a Nutrigrain bar, and overall taste of one too. It is much sweeter than other Kashi products that I have tasted before, but the nutrition and ingredient profile still are just as impressive. What I especially liked is that they did not skimp on the “fruit filling” at all. There is a layer that runs through the entire width of the bar. This flavor is very good! If you are looking to a healthier alternative to Nutrigrains, this is your route to go. They also come in Apple & Strawberry flavors too.

What a perfect mid-morning pick-me-up that’s light yet filling!

This is my second Kashi sample that I’ve received in the mail. I first actually got a tote bag from them, then a VIVE sample (keeps the digestion regular.), and now this. Super!

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Rest, Recovery, Food.

Don’t those three go so well together? I took a nap. I ran a little. And I ate!

RUN: A much needed RECOVERY RUN after the progressive tempo yesterday. Legs are still feeling sore but what can you do? 7.01 Miles (7:35/mi pace on hilly terrain, 7:30/mi pace on flat terrain)

Conditions: Very snowy and slick, but warm. I’d say it was the upper 30’s.

EAT:

Snack: My attempt at an Oatmeal “Cookie”…which fell apart when flipped. PS: Anyone have a good recipe for something like this? Where you make it in a skillet but don’t blend the oats. I’m not even going to SHARE what I did. It was a disaster (a good-tasting disaster at least)

My actual breakfast: Pumpkin Oatmeal (Two eggs on the side, already eaten.)

Mid-morning snackage was my homemade Chai Tea Latte (prev. post), and a piece of Flax Toast with Peanut Butter and cinnamon.

Had lunch, which was an open-faced sammy with all-natural ham and american cheese on it. A handful of dry kashi heart to heart… obsession?, Some strawberries, and a large Cameo Apple!

After the run, I stretched out and cooled off with this frothy guy:

I will always stand by this recovery shake when I don’t NEED to use Endurox, aka, almost every run. My Endurox is still sitting in the cabinet have un-drank and I really never have found myself truly needing to “recover” with it.

Chocolate Berry Recovery Smoothie

1/2 C. frozen berries (or more)

1-2 Tbsp Honey (depending on sweetness of the berries)

1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 C. Skim Milk (Soy or 2% makes it creamier, so whatever I have on hand)

1/2 Scoop Protein Powder (Whey, Soy, Whatever)

4 Ice Cubes

I throw this all in my magic bullet-type blender and it comes out great every time. For more carbs, I’ll throw in random fruit juices or a frozen banana when I feel up to it. I also like substituting chocolate milk instead of skim milk when I need something extra creamy.

Well, tomorrow starts the new semester schedule so we’ll see how it goes! And here’s a little quote to give us a strong kick into the next semester.

So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.
Og Mandino

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