A Love Affair with Carbs

 

Monday, Monday, Monday.

We are back on the Monday grind, but that’s okay, because we’ve got a fresh start to the week!

Fortunately we have clear skies now, so things have been a bit more FRESH on the running front. As in, I’m not stuck inside the shed in the musty air, if you didn’t catch that.

I took a bit of a break from blogging last week, not for any particular reason other than I didn’t want to post something just for the sake of posting. Since wedding week is over (and sadly that means my holidays are too), it’s a good chance to get back into the routine of LIFE and everything that comes along with it. We had such a fantastic time with our family, and I’m happy to have shared the experience with my mom and sister, too. It was their first time ever attending an East Indian wedding, and my sister came along to the reception on Saturday night, too!

The evening was filled with dancing, food, and drinking. Ooh, the drinking. I have to say that Ryan was HURTING on Sunday, and out of the three of us, I felt the most human. And that is saying something because I felt like garbage, if I am being honest! Open bars will do that to a person ; ) That being said, I was back on the hydration train first thing on Sunday, drank a green juice, and had an egg sandwich with turkey bacon from Starbucks en route to the ferry. The ferry was PACKED, as we had anticipated, but we neglected to make a reservation for the way home. Oops. Fortunately we made an afternoon ferry, and we were home sweet home before dinner time.

Speaking of dinner, I have been in a carb coma lately. I don’t know if it was all the naan bread, pakoras (heaven on earth), samosas, or what, but I found myself actually wanting things like PASTA and SANDWICHES, which if you know me at all, you know I really have to be in the mood for that. I find that my eczema flares up when I have too much wheat, which is partially why I avoid it most days, but I thought to myself, “Why the heck not!” So, after my run on Wednesday last week, Ryan whipped up this pasta dish for us to enjoy.

 

He used a simple marina sauce, added tons of fresh garlic, kale, onions, and a spicy sausage meat. It hit the spot after my run, and fueled me for Thursday’s speed workout!

My speed workout didn’t exactly go as planned. The thing is, when you want to do a track workout, you probably should have a watch to track your distance and time and whatnot, right? I mean, I have one, but someone (pointing at myself here) forgot to charge her watch. So, I woke up and immediately thought of a new plan. I took it to the treadmill and completed the speed workout from Hungry Runner Girl, where you warm up for one mile, then go through a series of easy running, marathon pace running, threshold pace (fast), interval pace (faster), and repetition pace (fastest), with recoveries in between. It was a great way to add some SPEED into my Thursday without throwing off the whole track workout altogether. Yes, I thought about switching the track workout to another day, but I knew I could make it work!

 

I printed the workout and it lives in my Believe journal for easy access : ) Gotta make things convenient otherwise they won’t happen! I enjoyed my coffee (and have recently been using hazelnut flavoured almond milk creamer — try it!) and post-run smoothie as usual, then got ready for the day. Places to go, people to see!


I hope you guys have all been doing well! Back to regular programming now : ) Have a great day!

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