I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of joy. Happy holidays!
Christmas day began like no other. I woke up, put on my running gear, and headed out for a 13 mile training run. Before I left, I had some pre-run fuel in the form of a tiny sliver of a sandwich thin pocket and half of an end piece of bread topped with crunchy peanut butter and raisins.
This seemed to be just the right amount of fuel. I never felt depleted and never got headachey or felt weak. I also arrived home just as hunger was hitting. Perfect.
My run went well. The streets were pretty deserted except for a few random kids out playing with their new Christmas toys and there wasn’t much snow or ice (sad for Christmas but good for running).
1- 7:45 min/mile
2- 7:34 min/mile
3- 7:31 min/mile
4- 7:47 min/mile
5- 7:43 min/mile
6- 7:44 min/mile
7- 7:50 min/mile
8- 7:53 min/mile
9- 7:39 min/mile
10- 7:39 min/mile
11- 7:51 min/mile
12- 7:48 min/mile
13- 7:55 min/mile
I ended up finishing in 1:40:54. Not too bad for the holidays
When I got home I whipped up some banana custard oats but had to make some substitutions because I didn’t have all of the ingredients at hand. I also forgot to add the raisins so I used them as a topping.
They were still delicious and I wanted to lick the bowl clean
After breakfast we opened presents and I got the Nook Tablet I’ve been wanting (yay!). I also gave my mom some chia seeds because she always asks me about them and she was so excited! Haha, I loved it! She even went into the kitchen to make a snack so she could use them.
I also got my baking on this afternoon and made a pumpkin roll (recipe here) and some gingerbread cake.
It was a lot of work, think flipping the flat cake over, rolling it up with a towel, unrolling it to ice the cake, and then rerolling it, but I can only imagine its going to be delicious after our non-traditional Christmas dinner of chili .
Anyway, I’m off to relax a bit before prepping for dinner. I hope you all have a great Christmas and that it is spent with loved ones.
After Christmas shopping for a couple of hours, I was tired, hungry, and thirsty. Oddly, I was even craving a smoothie. It is December right?
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup oats
2 T peanut flour- more to taste
dash of agave
Blend and serve!
I topped mine with a little granola and some unsweetened shredded coconut.
I had the last of the asparagus to round out lunch
To back track a bit, this morning I woke up to this-
Snowfall in Chicago! You can’t really tell from the photo but the snow was actually coming in sideways. I wanted to run early but didn’t want to brave the conditions, so I headed to the treadmill to knock out four easy miles.
I had big plans to make oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast but when I opened the fridge and saw the cranberry orange spread I couldn’t resist.
Aforementioned spread on half and butter and apple pie preserves on the other side. I also had about 1/2 of a banana with sunflower butter and some iced coffee with soy eggnog.
While my breakfast might have been easy, heres what I made Ian
An egg sandwich with bacon and cheese on multigrain bread.
Well I’m off, plans for the afternoon and evening include starting a new book and relaxing. I hope you’re having a great Saturday!