Sunflower? Yep! SÅL is made from sunflower kernels. Cool, right? I thought so, which is why I wanted to try it out. The folks at SÅL offered to send me a free sample, and I happily accepted.
As you know, I drink soy milk in my iced coffee every morning. I've tried all sorts of “milk alternatives” over the years, but most of them just don't provide enough creaminess for my liking, so I'm always looking for something new and different to try, and I was excited to see how SÅL measured up.
Nutritionally, my soy milk and the SÅL were fairly similar. The soy milk had more calories (90 verses 70) per serving, but quite a bit more protein (7g versus 1). The SÅL had more potassium per serving as well as 50% RDA of Vitamin E, but the soy milk provided 50% RDA of Vitamin B12. Everything else was pretty similar.
I did a taste-test with Mal's iced coffee, which had soy milk added to it, and I have to admit that the SÅL surprised me. For some reason, I thought it'd be kind of watery, but it was creamier than I thought it would be, and similar to the consistency of soy milk. The flavor was also really great””sunflowery, but not overpowering and a little sweet too. I'm a big fan.
This morning's breakfast was a pancake topped with a thick layer of Teddie Peanut Butter and banana slices.
In the mix:
I love how perfectly round this pancake came out!
Three Questions Thursday
It's Thursday again! Here's the next edition of Three Questions Thursday!
I'm kind of confused about how to adjust the treadmill workouts to my pace since I know I'm slower than you. I recently ran a 5K at 9 min/mile pace. If I do your 35 min treadmill run, which you do at 7.5, 8, and 8.5, is level 8 what you could maintain the whole 3 miles?
An interval workout is different than going out for a steady pace 3-mile run, so it's not meant for you to maintain a fast pace for the entire time. With interval training, you spend a certain amount of time running fast (whatever fast is for you), and then recover for a certain amount of time at a slower pace. For the 35-Minute Treadmill Workout, I only run at 7.5, 8.0, and 8.5 for those short intervals, so I don't think I'd be able to maintain 8.0 for the entire 3 miles.
The great thing about my treadmill workouts is that they're customizable to your personal abilities! If the speeds are too fast, you can subtract 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0 from each interval, so 8.5 would become 7.5, 7.0, or 6.5, for example. You could also add 1.0 or 2.0 to each interval to increase the speeds.
What is the point of putting your oatmeal in the jar? Is it to use up those last dregs of nut butter left at the bottom, or just for the fun container? I got my first one all ready this morning and then realized my Teddie jar was in fact not glass.
Both reasons! To use up the last bit of nut butter in the jar and to eat it out of a fun container.
I'm running a marathon on May 6th, and started CrossFit about a month ago. I'm doing CrossFit twice a week, and running 3 times a week and I'm spent. My legs barely make it through the runs. I thought maybe after a month it would feel better but not having much luck. So not a good time to be testing new waters in the middle of marathon training! I've asked my CrossFit coaches advice as well as my running coach and get two different perspectives. But it would be nice to hear it from someone who's doing it now, ya know?
I experienced the same thing trying to combine long distance running with CrossFit. It's not an easy balance to achieve, which is why I created an 8-week half marathon training plan, inspired by the workouts from CrossFit Endurance. Initially, I thought this plan was exactly what I needed to combine the two, but as the weeks progressed, I found that I couldn't manage 3 days of running with 3-5 days of CrossFit. I was just way too much exercise, so I cut back quite a bit. Things were going pretty well, but then I experienced a colitis flare last week and didn't do any running at all, which means I have no idea how things will go next weekend at the Rock ”˜N' Roll USA Half Marathon. I'm feeling very unprepared, but I'll be sure to give everyone an update with how everything goes.
I don't think I really answered the question, but it seems like this kind of endurance training is gaining momentum, so, hopefully, there's more info out about it soon, and I'll probably have more answers from a personal perspective once I run the half marathon next weekend. I also might try a similar training plan for a second half marathon later this year””and, hopefully, I won't get sick this time, so I'll have better results.
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Question of the Day
What new product have you tried lately and loved? Or tried and hated?