Everyone hates mondays, myself included. Even something about the long awaited warm weather was wrong because, well, it’s Monday. After feeling so accomplished on my hill heavy run yesterday, I decided to go for it again. When I stepped outside it was (what felt like) 20 degrees hotter, and it made my run feel more like a death sentence! It’s amazing how just a change in temperature can so drastically change your pace and performance. Despite feeling like an overheated oven, I finished my run. When I got back all I wanted was something COLD. I remembered one of my recent smoothie pins and decided to give it a try since it had only a few ingredients and I needed something asap. The so called “Paleo Wendy’s Frosty” called for 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1/2 banana, 10 ice cubes, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1-2 tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder. I didn’t have a banana, so I decided since my chocolate protein powder is decently sweet it would have to do to replace the banana and the cocoa powder. I also added a handful of spinach because, why not? While I can’t say it tasted like a Frosty, per say, it was delicious. It was desserty, refreshing, easy, low cal, paleo, and poolside worthy. If this heat keeps up it will become a regular post workout snack. I use Nature’s Bounty Complete Protein and Vitamin Shake Mix. I love this protein powder because not only does it have a great flavor, but it also packs way more than just protein in two little scoops: 5g fiber, probiotics, enzymes (I will have to do a whole other post on why I love papaya enzyme), and tons of vitamins.
Breakfast was leftover Banana Apple Crisp minus the coconut creme because I’m just lazy. I paired it with a couple links of Applegate Farms Natural Maple Chicken Sausage because last time the crisp left me feeling a little hungry since it’s pretty much just fruit. Lunch was a turkey burger atop some lettuce with the Maple Shallot Vinaigrette I previously made a big batch of. For dinner tonight I went vegetarian in an odd twist, and made portobello mushroom “pizzas” I guess you could call them. Basically I just grilled the large mushroom and topped it with some sautéed spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and goat cheese. So yummy and so easy! I also made a kale salad to go with it. This kale salad wasn’t as successful as my favorite kale salad recipe, probably because I didn’t follow a recipe… I started to, and then I just ended up adding all the things. I’m not saying it was bad because I definitely finished it off, but it definitely needs a few tweaks before I share the recipe.
So as my runs get longer, I am constantly trying to find new places to run. Seems as though I can’t avoid the hills though, thanks Georgia. But if you, like me, are experiencing a case of the Mondays, or your runs have become mundane, or your training is just not where you want it, here are a few links you might find helpful, or at least motivating 🙂