Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Special delivery

As soon as I opened my eyes this morning, I thought, "Wow, my calves are so sore!" I was hoping that my thighs would be sore from yesterday's workout, but I mostly just felt it in my calves and triceps.

Today's scheduled run was the same as last week--15 minutes easy, then two repeats of (10 minutes tempo pace, then 3 minutes easy), finishing with 10 minutes easy. A total of 51 minutes. I chose to do the treadmill again. The treadmill makes doing tempo runs much simpler. When I run outside, I tend to daydream and totally forget that I'm supposed to be holding a particular pace. On the treadmill, you just set the pace and forget about it.

I did the "easy" pace at 6.0 mph and the tempo pace at a comfortably-hard 7.0.
I watched Season 9 Episode 3 of The Biggest Loser while I ran, and it wasn't very interesting today--which made the treadmill very boring at times. I need to find a show that I can get really interested in so that I don't even mind that I'm on a treadmill. Especially when I have to do some of my long runs on the treadmill, which is bound to happen sooner or later.

I had set the calibration to 900 on my Garmin foot pod, and found that that was pretty close to what the treadmill was reading, so I will leave it at that. But I really don't believe my treadmill is properly calibrated, as I've mentioned before. Even the timer on it is off--I started the Garmin's timer just 5 seconds after the treadmill timer, and by the end of the run, the treadmill timer was off by 12 seconds instead of 5!

It doesn't sound like a big deal, but it makes me wonder how off the speed is, too. I'm glad I chose the marathon training program I did this time around, because the runs are based on time rather than distance (except for the long runs). So it really doesn't matter how fast or slow I go, because I'm going to be running for a specific time regardless.



For breakfast this morning, I decided to make the same thing as yesterday--but cold oatmeal, this time. When I ate the Banana Cranberry Oat Bars, I always ate them right out of the fridge because they tasted the best that way. So yesterday, when I recreated the bars with hot oatmeal, it was lacking that one little element. Today I combined 1/2 cup quick oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, and 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup in a bowl, and then let it sit in the fridge for 20 minutes while I showered and dressed. When I took it out, I topped it with 1/2 a sliced banana, and a sprinkle of coconut and dried cranberries. It was heavenly! The cold oats made it perfect:
I didn't put almond butter on it this time, but I didn't miss it at all. I think I actually preferred it without the almond butter.




I had a dentist appointment this morning, just for a cleaning. I despise going to the dentist, but I really do like my hygenist and my dentist. My dentist is a runner, so we usually chat about that--today I told him about the Ragnar Relay Florida Keys team. I get butterflies in my stomach every time I think about the race! Of course I'm way more excited to meet my team than I am about running the race, but I'm just nervous and giddy about the whole experience. Nervous in a good way, of course!




So I started reading The Glass Castle yesterday, and I was right--I knew I had read it (or at least started it) before. But I have no idea why I didn't finish it, because this book is so good!! I had planned on making myself read 20 pages per day, but I found I didn't want to stop reading, and I'm already halfway through it (meaning I've been reading ALL day). I really do love a good memoir.



I got a very special delivery from Fitness magazine today. I was super excited when I opened it:
Some awesome fitness gear and my "official" Fitterati award!

23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your award!

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  2. Love your blog. just read post about your marathon. I am considering running one. so inspiring!! Congrats on the award!! What issue are you in??

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    1. You should go for it!!

      The magazine issue is the current June/July one. It's not a huge deal, just a short blurb ;-)

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  3. Katie, congrats on the Fitterati Blogger award and what a great swag bag!! I LOVE that water bottle and the "official" award is pretty snazzy!!

    Bridgette

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  4. What a beautiful and very deserving award, Katie! Congratulations :)

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  5. The fiterrati stuff is so fun! Congrats again!

    I'm excited for the documentary on the ragnar! It will be so interesting, and more importantly, inspiring!

    I did suggest this in the post that you asked about books ... but Nicholas Sparks memoir is really good. It's Called 3 weeks with my Brother. I wasn't excited to read it (even though I do like memoirs), but I really enjoyed it. :) I know you said you requested a ton already at the library, but just a thought. :)

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  6. Shiny award, congrats :)

    I second Shans37's comment re: Nicholas Sparks' memoir, it's great! I wish I could read all day, but I find when I'm studying I read non fiction much less than usual cos I have so much study material to read!

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    1. I will definitely look into the Nicholas Sparks memoir. I've never even read one of his books, though, so hopefully that won't matter. Thanks!

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  7. I make those banana cranberry oat bars and love them right out of the freezer! But you are right, they are *too good* so I want to try the cold oats version. And how good would a fitnessista breakfast cookie be with some cranberries and coconut mixed in?!

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  8. That rocks! Congrats on getting your award!

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  9. Congrats on your award!!!

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  10. Congratulations!

    Also, have you ever tried the oatmeal trick from chocolate covered katie's blog? It works really well for when you want cold oatmeal! You cook it the night before (but add a little extra liquid) and then leave it in the fridge overnight, and during that time that oats absorb the extra liquid. It works really well.

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    1. I know that's how most people make cold oats, but I think it gets too "mushy" that way. I like the oats to keep their texture :-)

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  11. I've been watching The Tudors on my Kindle Fire while on the treadmill. Makes the time fly by. :)

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  12. Congrats on the cool trophy AND the other stuff they sent to. You deserved that award. I appreciate your daily blogs and hope you never quit writing. The oatmeal looked wonderful, HOT or COLD!

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  13. Congrats & thanks for being so inspiring!!

    Curious about the journal - I love anything mind, body & spirit fitness related?

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  14. Wow, cool award! Congrats; you definitely deserve it! I've been reading your blog for many months now, and you are easily one of the top reasons that I started (and have slowly continued) to run! I think you were doing marathon training when I decided I wanted to try it out 4-5 months ago. I'd think "Okay, Katie just ran 11 miles on her SHORT run... so surely I can manage ONE mile without walking!" Seriously, thank you!

    Also, I think I had a similar experience with The Glass Castle. I started it ages ago, but didn't get into it, and it's been on my to-read list ever since! Maybe I'll take your word on it, and try again :)

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  15. Thanks for the kind words Katie. Even though I still run I bike much more. (Mountain bike) Glad to see you have one it will eventually save your joints.

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  16. That award is really awesome. For a really awesome person!!

    By the way, I love the picture of the oatmeal, banana, cranberry thing. It's beautiful!! Well-presented. :)

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