Running with Sneakers

Such a fun-filled day!  

First things first…

  • 1.5 c. Kashi Heart to Heart–Warm Cinnamon
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt + 1 T. crushed flax
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 T. almonds

You know how I always say that cereal doesn’t keep me full in the morning?  I’ve discovered that this is only true when it comes to having milk with my cereal.  If I mix in yogurt, nuts and fruit, then it keeps me as full as a bowl of oats would.  And I’m lovin’ Kashi’s Warm Cinnamon hearts. 😀

My usual cup of coffee this morning was so. very. frothy!  And I have no idea why.  I think it was the splash of soymilk. 😀

 With a belly full of breakfast and coffee, I wanted to sneak out for a quick workout before the day officially began.  I considered a bike ride, but my throat is still feeling soupy.  Then I considered yoga, but I knew my head wouldn’t be good for staying focused.  I decided to throw on my running gear, head out for a walk, and see how my foot felt.  I was out walking/running for 4 miles without much pain!  I’m knocking on wood, stretching my calves, and icing my foot—all in hopes that my foot is on the mend.  I ran like a granny the entire time, with three footfalls per second (I’m discovering that this is a good idea for staying clear of many injuries…it worked for my shinsplints and achilles tendonitis too!) but I honestly could have cared less how I looked.  What mattered was that my foot didn’t hurt and I was out loving every second of every step. :mrgreen:

Stretch…ice…rolling my foot over a tennis ball…shower.  Time to pack up my lunch and go! 😀  I made a veggie sandwich with whole wheat sourdough bread, 1/4 c. vegetable hummus, and some tomatoes + spinach. 

I also snagged an apple and some carrot sticks to eat along the way.

I always look forward to stopping by a shoe store and picking up some new running sneaks.  But I think I was even more excited today after my morning walking/running galavant.  😀

I stuck with the same exact brand as my current sneaks, the Asics Gel 2150.  Why mess with something that works?  They’ve taken their share of abuse and miles, and I love the support that they offer.  And I also love the color.  :mrgreen:  My other pair was blue & silver, but these with their hot pink and hot colored tie dye interior make me feel so girly.   

I also decided to make an extra splurge and bought some insoles for my current–albeit, worn out–Asics.  This cost me $20, but I figured it was worth it.  I still plan on wearing them for walking or running in bad weather, so I’d like a little extra support.

(p.s. these really do feel much more supportive then my current, worn out pair!  I went for a short walk in them, and felt as if I were walking on a cloud—super spongy! 😀 )

I honestly could have spent all day looking around at the running gidgets and gadgets.  In the end, it was my grumbling stomach that drew me away. :mrgreen: 

Digging around in my purse resulted in finding a stashed pack of almonds (about an ounce.)  These can be such a lifesaver when hunger strikes!

There was also a small latte lite involved in my afternoon excursion.  I hope Starbucks doesn’t see this, because I’m still devoted to their lattes and coffees over DD’s. :mrgreen: 

Aside from a new pair of sneaks and a latte, I also enjoyed meandering my way through a favorite farmstand.  They have an awesome selection of cheeses, produce and breads.  It’s such a feast for the eyes (and nose!) to walk around in there.  My family used to go all of the time, when we were on our way home from a road trip. Usually we’d make a meal out of an artisan bread, juicy grapes, and a block of extra sharp cheddar cheese.  It was heavenly to enjoy a meal like that while driving home.  I think that’s when my love affair for good breads and Paris first began. 😉

Straying away from the norm, the extra sharp cheese was left behind!  But a delightful block of Alta Badia cheese came home.  I sliced a few cubes with half a pear for a snack, and it was unbelievably tasty.  So smooth and soft, with an earthy flavor that had just a hint of fruitiness.  Mmm…

When I came home, my head was starting to feel stuffed up again.  I headed straight for the bubble bath after grabbing a handful of fresh pea pods to snack on.

Dinner was so quick, easy and delicious.  You could make it vegetarian by subbing tofu or tempeh for the chicken.  Or, if you enjoy seafood, you could sub in shrimp.  The possibilities are endless.  Have fun mixing in different veggies too (or even fruit, such as pineapple!)

Stir-fry Chicken and Broccoli 

This time we added red bell peppers, snap peas, and onions to the mix.  Major yumminess! 😀

So. Very.  Happy. that I have tomorrow off from school, since Tuesdays follow a Monday schedule after holidays.  This will give me another day to recover and focus on homework.  Plus we’re getting snow (and supposedly lots of it!) so I’d rather spend my day cooped up indoors where its warm. :mrgreen:

QUESTION:  “LOST”…love it or hate it (or don’t ever watch it)?  My sister and her husband stay up to date with all the current episodes, and they let us borrow the seasonal episodes as they come out on DVD.  So I have no idea what’s currently happening, but I’m deeply engrossed in season 5. :mrgreen: