So I started this post on Sunday, February 12. And I am finishing it on Thursday, February 16. Things got a little busy. I started off my Sunday post by sharing one of my favorite post-run snacks. Bananas with peanut butter.
My Hubby thinks this snack is disgusting, but I find it just the perfect mix of sweet and sustaining after a run.
What is your favorite post-run snack? Another of mine is Chobani with cereal.
So after I bragged in my previous post about the fact that I was totally sticking to my training plan …then I went ahead and missed a run last week and had to regroup. I missed my Thursday run last week, so I had to make it up on Sunday. As I trudged out for four miles on Sunday morning, I remembered why I hate missing runs – because then I don’t get my much-needed rest day on Sunday after my longest run of the week. My body was pretty mad at me.
In an attempt to appease my body, I made a delicious soup on Sunday night. I wanted something warm and yummy, but also healthy. I turned to CookingLight.com for some help, and ended up making this quick and easy modified-version of their soup:
I used this recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-pasta-pea-soup-50400000115796/ with a few modifications…
Spinach, Pasta, and Pea Soup
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 thinly sliced green onions
- 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
- 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of frozen spinach
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic and onions; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Add orzo and chickpeas. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until orzo is done. Stir in oregano and next ingredients through spinach. Ladle 1 3/4 cups soup into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 4 teaspoons cheese.
It was just what I wanted. And to add a little more to the meal, Hubby and I shared a plate of crackers and cheese.
Sunday night ended with us watching the Grammy’s and me heading to bed early.
And then my body decided it hated me again when I didn’t take a rest day for another four days. I have 30 miles on my schedule for this week, with a 13 mile long run this weekend. To many runners, this mileage is nothing. To me, just getting back into the swing of things, this is a significant bump up.
The rest of my week in running has looked like this:
- Monday: Ran 4 miles at the gym. My gym has a 30 minute time-limit on the treadmill at the peak hours after work. So I ran faster on the treadmill than I think I ever have before and finished my four miles in 31:05. Phew! I was also dripping with sweat and a little wobbly getting of the treadmill.
- Tuesday: I ran 5 miles outside after work along the East River. It was Valentine’s Day, but I had to get some miles in. Done and surprisingly felt decent!
- Wednesday: I ran 4 miles outside after work along the East River. My body threw a temper-tantrum and I had to go super slow. This whole run was painful.
- Thursday: I ran 4 miles outside before work along the East River. Again, my body was very angry about this arrangement and protested the ENTIRE way. It was a brutal run and I felt a slight twinge in my hip. I hear you body, and yes, I am planning a rest day. For tomorrow in fact!!
This week four or marathon training has been pretty painful. I really hate conflict, so my body needs to get over this anger stuff pretty quick. Hopefully tomorrow’s rest day will help. Something else that eased a little of the pain was the nice bouquet of flowers I received from Hubby at my office on Valentine’s Day.
So pretty! Nice job Hubby!
And now I am happily looking forward to Friday as a day of rest and recovery. But I’m gonna need to have a serious chat with my body about what’s going to happen on Saturday. Hopefully with a rest day on Friday, maybe the 13 miles I have planned on Saturday won’t be too painful. 🙂
How do you cope with the pains of training? Do you scale back your mileage or push through it?
I don’t really have a post-run snack fav. Mostly because my run happens usually before breakfast or before dinner… so uh, I guess that would be it? ha ha
I wish I could do that – if I run before breakfast my stomach will go a little crazy. Or I feel totally lethargic.
I never even thought of bananas and peanut butter! What was I thinking?!?!
You MUST try it. AMAZING!!