Well, this week sure is taking it’s sweet time isn’t it? Or is it just me?
I started Wednesday with a planned tempo run – the goal was to warm up one mile, then four miles at ~7:45/mile and cool down for two. Here’s how it went down:
- Mile 1: 9:00
- Mile 2: 7:45
- Mile 3: 7:59
- Mile 4: 7:40
- Mile 5: 7:47
- Mile 6: 8:35
- Mile 7: 8:40
So 7 miles in 57:36, 8:13/mile. The legs felt pretty good, although they definitely felt the Central Park hills during those tempo miles!
For these types of runs, and the other speedwork I have planned during this training cycle, I’m trying to get more comfortable with being uncomfortable. Sometimes I tend to wimp out once the legs and lungs start burning and get too focused on not finishing strong. I really want to gain some confidence in my fitness and ability to push through the pain, which I think will help improve my overall speed immensely.
Now, with it being the New Year and all, I decided to spice up my usual lunches this week.
I always bring my own food to work, and for a looong time lunch has consisted of good ol’ PB & J, yogurt and a piece of fruit. While I think this is a most excellent combo, I’m a teeny bit sick of it.
(Shhhh, don’t tell PB&J that I’m cheating…)
So I made use of near-empty containers of PB and yogurt for some super-convenient and delicious lunches.
Greek yogurt, chopped pear, dried cherries, walnuts, raw oats, honey and cinnamon
Some good protein, carbohydrates/fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants and calcium. Yum!
And overnight oats! A delicious, way to use up an almost-empty jar of nut butter.
Overnight the oats soak in the milk/yogurt mixed in and are a great hearty consistency the next day.
It’s very important to clean out the jar completely…
This natural peanut butter jar was filled with:
- 1/2 cup raw oats
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 3 scoops greek yogurt
- Chopped pear
- Dried cherries
For some reason, I prefer sweet stuff for lunch, like fruits, nut butters and yogurts, rather than salads or sandwiches and like to get my veg on for dinner.
What about you – do you like sweeter lunches? Savory? Favorite go-to lunch?