Another successful summer day on the books here at home! I am loving life right now.
I was awoken much too early by my brother’s alarm in the bathroom…he apparently sets one while he’s in the shower but doesn’t listen to it. It was going off for a long time and I had to yell at him.
Luckily I managed to go back to sleep and woke up again at 7:45. Breakfast was simple because I had my long run planned:
It was pretty overcast in the morning, and I had planned to leave the house around 10 for my run. It started pouring down rain at about 9:30, though, and I got really nervous! Luckily it stopped pretty quickly. I guess we’re into summer rains now!
When I got to the park, the sun had come out, so I’m glad I wore sunscreen. It was quite the scene: the ground was still wet but the sun was warming everything up, and I could actually see water vapor coming off of the pavement in the parking lot and on the path. It was crazy humid!
I ran with a fuel belt with two little bottles: one with water and the other with an improvised sports drink of Trader Joe’s mango lemonade, water and a bit of salt. I ran a 3.5 mile loop and stopped at my car to swap out the almost-empty, warm drinks for two fresh ones from a small cooler I packed.
My run was long, hot and sweaty, but based on my splits, I think it was a good one. I ran negative-trending splits and really felt strong at the end. But I also felt sore, and bought a bag of ice on my way home for a nice ice bath 🙂
After my run, I headed home to stretch and had a snack of a tortilla and some chocolate milk to hold me over to lunch. I took a 5 min. ice bath and then showered and made lunch!
- Chop one carrot, a quarter of a bell pepper (I used red) and one scallion. Later on in the summer I will also add the kernels from one fresh ear of corn!
- Drain a can of Trader Joe’s smoked trout and mix it together with 1 tsp. dijon mustard, 2 tbsp. mayonaise of your choice and the veggies. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Stuff a pita pocket half with spinach or greens, then spoon in half of the salad mixture. Add some avocado pieces throughout the pita pocket if you like (I usually put a few at the bottom with the spinach and then add the fish and then put a little bit more avocado so I get some throughout.)
During lunch I got to watch The Chew, which is one of my favorite daytime shows but I’m never able to watch it. After lunch, I ran a few errands: I picked up some stuff at a local Asian grocery and got some new soap from a natural foods store:
It smells amazing, and it’s really concentrated so I’m sure it will last a while. I’m not sure what I’m going to use it for other than handsoap at the apartment. I might try it for cleaning too! I used it for dishes tonight and it went pretty far.
After I got home I was a little hungry so I made a smoothie snack:
Dinner tonight was really really good. I started with this sauce as my inspiration:
And on the side, some really yummy veggies:
Tonight I don’t have any plans other than watching some baseball. The Cardinals are on the west coast, so they don’t play until 9:10 tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. Can’t believe I have two weeks at home! Feels like a lifetime.