This morning I pulled myself out of bed at 6AM and hit the streets for an OUTDOOR RUN. Yes, I actually ran outside. I have just gotten so addicted to the predictability of the treadmill. But it was 60 degrees and clear this morning – perfect. I ate about a quarter of a Clif bar to get a little fuel and off I went.
I didn’t really have a plan but wanted to run for about a half hour. I looped around my neighborhood and tried to keep a decent pace, stopping once to walk up a hill. The run ended up being closer to 25 minutes and according to Mapmyrun.com, I did about 2.6 miles. Seems I kept an OK pace. I have plans to run the Run Around the Square 5K in August and the Pittsburgh Great Race 10K in September.
I have been ‘running’ for around 3 years – my runs are always about 3 miles in a half hour or so. I run for most of that but might walk a little here and there, including a warm up and cool down. I view/viewed running as a good way to get my heart rate up and get a little sweat on. I have never really trained for a race or anything, so 3 miles seemed sufficient for a normal cardio workout. Well, I guess its time to step up my game a bit. The blogging community has really inspired me to pursue these upcoming races. I realize running can be a great workout and a means to a sense of achievement and success via races and personal goals. Yay!
After my run, I did a teeny bit of abs and got on with my day. Breakfast was more of the Trader Joe’s Lowfat Granola with almonds (and strawberries) and…
yes, a green smoothie.
I started doing the smoothies about a month ago and am enjoying them. A little internet research tells me green smoothies are good for the following reasons:
-You get more greens in your diet. Greens are full of antioxidants, phytochemicals (cancer fighting) and other good stuff.
-Many greens are not usually consumed raw b/c they are tough to eat, bitter, and chewy. The smoothie fixes that and you get the benefits of the raw greens.
-Green smoothies can be very tasty when you put other good stuff in them that covers up the ‘green-ness’. You can add berries, bananas, etc.
-Blending the greens releases more of their benefits and allows your body to absorb them more easily (not sure I buy this one – seems like it could be a stretch)
My ‘internet research’ wasn’t highly scientific or thorough, but I tried to hit upon the main points I saw in various articles and blog posts. I think the green smoothies started as a raw food thing and have now spread a bit.
Now, I am not very hardcore. My smoothie included spinach, the most mild and least offensive green for sure. I blended it with half a banana, some skim milk, a small scoop of protein powder, and a tablespoon or so of almond butter. Spinach contains iron, calcium, vitamins A,C,E and K, and a host of other valuable nutrients. I may try to step it up and use kale soon – generally, the darker and heartier the green, the more intense the nutritional value.
The consistency of the smoothie was off a little today, but it was tasty. I am still learning what works in this somewhat odd concoction.
The rest of the day was quiet and work filled. I had the rest of my Clif bar later in the morning. I also had a serving of the ‘Bananas-Flattened’ from TJs. Its kind of a dried banana that is still chewy? Like a fruit leather type deal.
For lunch I did half a whole wheat pita with hummus, mixed greens, and goat cheese. There was also supposed to be half a veggie burger on there, but it was forgotten at home. Oh well. I had some baked tortilla chips and TJ’s pineapple salsa on the side.
Later in the afternoon I had a Clif Z-bar and a few dark chocolate squares. Hmmm, lots of bars today…
We had the arugula and prosciutto pizza. The Boy also ordered a dish of pasta. I had 2.5 pizzas of the thin crust pizza…mmm. Oh, and some pasta 🙂
I sometimes wonder if eating out can truly fit into a healthy lifestyle. I eat out about 2-4 times a week. This includes lunches and dinners. I love trying new restaurants. However, I don’t always make the ‘best’ choices at restaurants. Going out to eat is an indulgence in itself – why would I want to counteract that by ordering something lame, like steamed veggies? I primarily manage my eating out habits by watching portion size. This seems to work for me – I try not to eat past being full or satisfied. Do you have any other tips?
Sigh – everything in moderation!
After dinner, it was time for relaxation and reading. Still trying to finish Wicked! Did anyone else think this book was a tough one to get through?
Thanks for hanging in there for another Total Tuesday!