Hey friends! How’s it going? Good I hope! The weather has taking a turn today and I have the windows open and the breeze is blowing in! So delightful!
Today is my last full day off from both of my jobs until September 11th when I’ll be in class all day! Yikes!
The morning started of dark and rainy. Rather than risk getting soaked I decided to take my run indoors and headed to the YMCA. I had a 5 mile tempo run scheduled. The way my tempo runs work are as follows:
Run 1 mile at a comfortable pace (10:00 min mile for me)
Alternate running .25 miles hard (8:30-8:15 min. mile for me) and .25 easy (9:45-10:00 min mile for me) until you have 1/2 a mile left then run easy until you reach your goal of 5 miles.
I’ve done my previous tempo runs outside on the road and also on a track. I actually went my fastest on the track finishing 5 miles in 45 minutes. Doing the tempo run on the treadmill wasn’t too bad, it actually helped me to control my pace. I didn’t go quite as fast as I did on the track though and managed to do 5 miles in 47 minutes. I also did some core work and some major stretching afterwards.
By the time I got home it was almost 8:30 and I was STARVING. I made a nice cool green smoothie.
My smoothie contained
- 1 C skim milk
- 2 C spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 pear
- 5 ice cubes
It was pretty satisfying but about 2 hours later I was hungry again! So I snacked on an Arnold sandwich thin with almond butter on it.
Don’t you just love my decorative plate?
My hunger was pretty crazy today so by noon I was ready for lunch! Can you guess what this is?
It’s Pumpkin Quinoa. I got the idea from Angela a long time ago. It’s the perfect way to use up left over quinoa or pumpkin. Pumpkin doesn’t have to be sweet, in fact it should be a little savory. it is a vegetable after all! I added a little of the fancy olive oil we bought on vacation and it gave it the perfect flavor. It’s also very filling! On the side I had an apple sprinkled with cinnamon and a glass of skim milk.
In and effort to clean up my eating I thought I would start doing a few more posts on what I actually am eating!
I’m cooking dinner tonight, baked ziti and a big salad! I believe a bit of wine will be consumed as well! See! It’s all about balance.
Other than that I’ve been doing A LOT of homework for my grad school class starting in one week!
Hope you have a great day!
p.s. Last month by blog had over 1,000 visitors! That’s a new record, almost double my previous record! Thanks for visiting and I hope you come back for more!