I have never been so happy to see my own kitchen. After a week of fried and junk foods, vacation-burnout hit hard and I’m ready to make my own meals. Before a workout I try not to eat a full meal; most days I eat a snack of about 300 calories with plenty of fat, protein, and carbs. Today’s preworkout snack was a treat featuring my new Sunbutter. How is this new to my life? I love sunflower seeds! This spread has a savory flavor and slightly grainy texture: a refreshing change from my usual peanut butter. Sunbutter on a Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Thin-Sliced Bagel hit the spot and I watched Ruby with MamaDi for half an hour before hopping on the treadmill.
My workout could’ve been better. I’m fighting a lingering cough from a nasty flu/chest cold I had way back in February and today it reared its ugly head. I was feeling good for the first twenty minutes of my hill workout and then I was hacking and wheezing. No amount of water seemed to help so I cut my run short around the 3 mile/30 minute mark. Though I felt fine once I got off the treadmill (despite the continuing cough I wasn’t in much discomfort—mostly it was irritating and disruptive) I thought a healthy smoothie was in order.
Does anyone else experience a lack of appetite after running? I have trouble thinking about solid foods for an hour or two after so I normally stick to a smoothie to refuel. Lent’s hitting me hard in the smoothie department: I love a chocolate/banana/something flavor and the no-chocolate-milk-till-Easter is only getting harder.
This smoothie was no Green Monster (well, technically I think maybe it was…) but the nutritional stats weren’t too shabby. I threw in a couple handfuls of spinach, three ice cubes, 1/4 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of milk, and 1 giant frozen banana. Fruit does make a smoothie high in sugar, but there wasn’t any added sugar, so I’ll take it!
Afternoon update: I think I picked up a normal cold in addition to my lingering cough. There’s a chance my wheezing and now-runny nose are due to allergies, but it’s fairly unlikely since I have never suffered from sensitivity to anything besides lactose. I plan on cuddling up with a Robert B. Parker novel and a bowl of soup for the afternoon. Maybe even an attempted nap is in order. Hopefully this is a 24-hour bug, because I want to get back on track with my training after a week away. Cross your fingers!
Time for some Link-Love: