First things first: my vibrant breakfast from this morning.
That’s a smoothie on top of soaked oats, with a dollop of plain yogurt. The smoothie was half a frozen banana + blueberries + strawberries + a splash of almond milk. Oh, and if you look closely you can see sneaky evidence of the sunflower seed butter and peanut butter that are sandwiched in between the oats and the smoothie.
Now we can move on…
Sunday I did my long run on trails with Julia. We went to Seneca Creek State Park and ran on the Greenway together, then she ran a mile of the lake trail with me before turning back (she wasn’t planning to run the whole thing since she has a bunch of school work to do), and I finished the lake trail. The whole run was about 14 miles, and I was only starting to feel tired at the end, so that’s a good sign!
I even felt good at work that night, even though I closed. I started feeling really hungry around 9:30, but I had some almonds & dried fruit in my bag, so that helped me through. My energy was probably sustained by my post-run feast:
I really love sweet potato on salads. I topped it all with my new favorite speedy salad “dressing”: tahini and plain yogurt mixed together, with a little salt and pepper.
I also tried an ice bath for the first time after my run. I was motivated by my experience in the Sierras: we swam in an alpine lake after a long hike, and the next day was the first day since we began the trip where my legs felt completely fresh. Though the bathtub is way less cool (in both senses of the word) than an alpine lake…but it definitely felt good on my legs, and I haven’t had any soreness, so it seems to have had a similar effect! (Of course, mere hours later I read in Runner’s World that ice baths decrease the storage of glycogen in your muscles during recovery… so it sounds like you can’t really win).
I went for a 4-mile run this morning and felt pretty good, so I think I recovered well from that run.
What I would really love, though, is if the weather would recover from this rainy/humid/blech system. Bring on Fall!