Yesterday I ran outside for the first time since…I’m not sure, at least the fall. Since January I have only been running on the treadmill, and running outside again actually felt a bit harder. I was feeling the lack of momentum (and the hills and the wind), but the weather is finally warming up and the sun felt SO NICE beating down on me.
Not the most beautiful scenery but it sure beats the treadmill. I felt like a new woman. It was harder (especially the first 20 minutes), but it was so much more enjoyable. And I like that I can better track my distance and pace with my Runkeeper app — I don’t feel like the treadmill is totally accurate for that.
I am still doing my 10k runner app (unofficially known as Couch to 10k) three times a week. I am even surprised that I’m keeping up with it, and I know it’s probably still only because of that 10k I signed up for in June. I finished week 9 day 2 yesterday and last week I officially finished the 5k portion of the program, so I am now onto the 10k. My final run last week had me running for a full 35 minutes (about 5k), and my two runs so far this week have been run for 20 minutes, walk for two, run for 20 more minutes (sandwiched with five minute warmup and cool down walks), slowly building my endurance up to 10k.
I still find running more boring than anything, so I was reading my own blog post on how to not hate running to remind myself why I enjoy it.
I came across a Reddit thread earlier this week titled “does running ever get enjoyable after you build up endurance?” and I eagerly clicked on it hoping most of the responses would be a resounding “YES!!! Once you get good at running it feels so easy and AMAZING!” but alas, no. The general consensus is that running sucks forever and you do it because it’s good for you. I guess some people get a runner’s high, but I certainly do not get that during a run. Or at least I haven’t yet. Generally when I am running I prefer to not be running, even though I can tell that I am building up endurance. But I do feel really great afterwards so I think that’s keeping me going. Okay, and it is motivating to see results, with my stamina, and also in my bod.
Not that running is going to make me babelicious, but several people have commented lately that I have lost weight (hurrah!). It’s definitely the eating too (I am still tracking my calories and macros in MyFitnessPal), but the running is part of it. I’m hoping to keep it up with the running in Cuba too (we leave on the 23rd for a week), so hopefully I can stick to that. I’m hoping that I might actually enjoy running on the beach.
Speaking of eating, I have a new overnight oats recipe I have been eating nearly every workday for past few weeks that I’ve been meaning to talk about.
It’s not the most photogenic but it does taste delicious. I can’t take credit for it, I got the idea from my friend Amy (thank you Amy!). I honestly look forward to it every morning. I have tweaked her recipe slightly, here is what I do:
- 1/3 cup oatmeal (I use quick oats)
- half a scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla)
- half TBSP of chia seeds (or one DSSP which I think is a dessert spoon)
- 1 TBSP of natural peanut butter
- Cinnamon to taste
Mix that up until it’s crumbly, then add:
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (or I’ve actually been using Skyr lately, which is creamier and has a bit higher protein content)
- 1/3 cup milk
I mix it together and then top with coconut ribbon and frozen fruit (or instead of frozen fruit I’ll add a sliced banana in the morning). I leave it in the fridge overnight and in the morning when I get to work I eat it cold. I LOVE IT and it solves the lack of protein in my oatmeal without using egg whites (which was okay but I wasn’t loving). Amy uses keffir instead of Greek yogurt, which I haven’t tried yet but I may branch out, and she also adds a half TBSP of ground flax seed. I know overnight oatmeal doesn’t sound the most appetizing sometimes, but it’s super good and filling. J’adore.
Alright, I’m out. Have a great weekend. I know I will, it’s supposed to be sunny and nice!!!