Saturday evening run.
Five miles just over an hour.
Not breathing hard.
Last week, at the pinnacle of frustration, I stopped running. I mean that I quite literally haven’t ran since last Tuesday. That’s the longest period (five days) consecutively that I haven’t done anything fitness related in well over a year. I spent the time with my wife, explaining to her why I just don’t want to run, how the fire just burned out.
it’s a strange sensation. It wasn’t that I was tired of running, and personally I was enjoying the results. However, to be honest, it’s hard to keep moving when you’re trying to impress one person…and they don’t always notice. I simply shared that to Darco, because I want her to be proud that she’s married me. The hope is that she got a guy who doesn’t play video games (usually), stays in shape, cooks, cleans, etc…Most of this stems directly from a previous marriage where my existence was debatable at best.
I suppose what I learned from all of this was a few key pieces:
With all of that said…
I’m ready to hit the gym*.
*It’s nearly 100 degrees outside, I’ll be training inside where it’s safe.
Already, I’ll confess, I’m counting down the days until summer vacation begins. It’s not that I don’t love the children, or that I’m sick of school, it’s just this whole ‘teaching thing’ caught me off guard and I’ve struggled to appropriately acclimate to the environment. Continue reading
I ran out of casual runners…
Today, a day early in my head, I ventured out into my first 5K race of the ’15 year. The course was flat, the air humid, and the sky cloudy. Really, the weather was perfect.
I’m still learning how to recognize physical exhaustion while training. There’s such a huge difference between running with energy and running on empty.
Felt heavy in the legs during training this afternoon, after a smooth 5K yesterday this sadly makes sense.
Fell asleep at Starbucks waiting for Darco later…
Fell asleep heading home after Darco got off work…
It’s a good thing this is a light wweekeek heading into a racing weekend.
I was trying to figure out what to cook this evening, and I found a fun recipe involving quinoa and black beans (two of my favorite foods).
What’s the odds that I’d actually have all the ingredients without going to the store?
Yes, God is good.
Complete proteins are a huge part of the repair process for the body. Today was a rest day for me, a chance for me to hydrate and get off my legs. It’s also a chance to cook up a massive meal since my night is free.
Here we go…
I sauted onions and garlic in coconut oil, afterwards I added quinoa and vegetable broth to the sauce pan and let it simmer. At this moment I added cumin and cayenne pepper. Quinoa cooked for fifteen minutes, afterwards I added frozen corn and let it simmer again for five minutes. Finally I added rinsed black beans and cilantro.
Huge, huge serving and very filling. It’s gluten free, vegetarian, and in this case was organic. Total prep and cook time took about an hour.
Total cost of this dish is in the $6-$8 range due to pending quinoa pricepricess.
It’s 9:00 PM and I’m just now rolling into homebase.
I’m already struggling to stay awake. Continue reading