Friday. This week flew by. I’m not sure I want my life to FLASH before my eyes like that.
Today I had an extra 45 minutes in bed and then Shane and I ran 5 miles. Last run before SHOW TIME! It was 46 degrees. I wore light gloves and a head band for my ears. A long sleeve shirt with a rain jacket to cover and long pants. Luckily, it had stopped raining. When we went to bed last night, it was falling in bucket loads. I noticed we must have lost power for a short time because the microwave and oven clocks were flashing “S E T C L O C K”. It couldn’t have been too long because the house alarm didn’t go off.
The Bike: I wasn’t able to pick up my bike yesterday because the person who was suppose to do my fitting was busy. BUT… he did have time to help Ted pick out his new bike. So we both are scheduled for our bike fittings on Saturday. I won’t ride mine until after my run but I was sure looking forward to bringing it home and staring at it.
Breakfast for today was standard weekday fare of oats, protein shake, and fruit.
I intend to be more careful about the foods I eat today and tomorrow so whatever food it is, I can justify it’s nutritional benefits in fueling my run. I’m not a dietician nor am I a nutritionist, but I’ve worked with trainers, I’ve read a lot about sports nutrition and I pay attention to my body so I can put some common sense into my eating.
Ted and I are attending a Benefit for a good friend tonight so, using common sense (snicker, snicker), I’ll be drinking red wine (more antioxidants in red), but one glass limit. Alcohol interferes with glycogen and carbohydrate metabolism in the liver. The result is depleted endurance. I’m allowing myself one glass tonight and (sniff, sniff) none on Saturday.
HOWEVER… the following was my Thursday morning activity and the last of “simply satisfaction” eating. I had a craving and I went with it. Not that an omelet is bad by any means, but the Italian Long Hots? ….not a good choice when intending to engage in aerobic activity. I won’t go any further with that one.
Thursday morning I changed things around in both workout and eating categories.
My workout was wishy-washy because I went into the gym intending to do a 3 mile run. I started with a very fast 1 mile, continued on to finish 10 minutes worth on the treadmill then changed my mind and decided I’d rather cross train. I ended my 30 minute aerobic session with 20 minutes on the elliptical. I doubled up the weight workout to complete back, triceps, shoulders, and abs and that took 45 minutes. Shane and I then went on a 3.3 mile walk/jog (pace 13 min. mile).
My breakfast was a treat.
It must have been the article I wrote on EXAMINER Tuesday that had me craving eggs. I created one of my HUNGRY MAN WOMAN omelets. I did eat all the eggs but just couldn’t finish the tortilla.
Hungry Woman Omelet:
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 6 asparagus spears – tough ends broken off and chopped up
- 4 grape tomatoes – sliced
- 2 pre-cooked Italian Long Hots (certainly not pre –run food!) – chopped
- 1 tsp dried, minced onion
- 1 cup Eggbeaters: Add pinch of salt and pepper and a little sprinkle of garlic
- 1 1/2 oz Fat Free Feta Cheese
- 1 Low Carb Tortilla
Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add the asparagus, tomatoes, long hots, minced onion and let cook about 3 minutes. Add the Eggbeaters and let cook until just slightly runny on top. Sprinkle on the crumbled Feta cheese. Flip the omelet over so it’s folded in half and continue to cook about 1 more minute.
Toast the tortilla if desired and serve with the omelet. Top omelet with salsa and serve with fresh fruit on the side (pineapple, strawberry, and raspberries).
Foods to limit two days before a race are high fiber foods. Beans, bran cereals, broccoli and other items may cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
Do you measure your food?