You know how I always say the bad runs make you appreciate the good ones? It seems like I say that kind of a lot on CNC, so I was actually starting to wonder when I'd finally have a good run. Well, today was the day!
This morning, I ran eight glorious miles and felt amazing the entire time. I never felt winded, my legs never got tired, and I never felt crappy (at all), so I cruised right along. I made sure to enjoy every single minute of it since those good runs don't happen all that often for me! I finished eight miles in 1:07:53, which was an average pace of 8:29.
While I ran, I listened to the Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Station on Pandora. I bookmarked the songs when they started to play, so I could share them on CNC. I'm always looking for new workout music, so I figured you guys might too.
Here are a few more playlist ideas too!
Before heading out for my run, I snacked on some sliced strawberries with a big scoop of almond butter. Additionally, a second scoop of almond butter went directly from the jar to my mouth.
When I got home from my run, I quickly showered, watered the lawn (Mal put down grass seed yesterday, so we need to keep it moist), and then I made lunch, which was a salad with tomatoes, cucumber, pineapple chunks, sliced deli turkey, a hardboiled egg, balsamic vinegar, and truffle oil.
Speaking of pineapple, did you know eating it might counter colitis and thus play a role in preventing colon cancer? Duke University researcher Laura P. Jale, MD, PhD has show that bromelain (a mixture of enzymes found in pineapple) can decrease some of the faulty immune responses that cause colitis [source]. I already love pineapple, but this is a great reason to eat even more of it”” like in the form of pineapple juice in a Skinny PiÃ±a Colada, right?
Alan Schachter, the author of CrohnsDad.com.com, is a regular guy, whose daughter has Crohn's. Basically, he has gone on a relentless quest to dig up as much info as he can about Crohn's and autoimmune diseases, in general, and share it with the world on his website. The site is well-organized and puts complicated/scientific studies into easy to understand content. I poked around on CrohnsDad.com for a good 45 minutes the other night, and it's really amazing. Definitely check it out if you haven't already!
- Sunday: Off
- Monday: 8 miles
- Tuesday: CrossFit
- Wednesday: CrossFit
- Thursday: CrossFit
- Friday: 3 miles
- Saturday: CrossFit
Mal went to play golf with some of his buddies after school today, so I was on my own for dinner tonight. I was craving Sweet Potato Wedges cooked in coconut oil with ketchup, so I whipped up a batch and added a couple of hardboiled eggs and cashews to my plate for some added protein and healthy fats. It was kind of a random meal, but it totally hit the spot!
And for dessert: a Wicked Good to Go chocolate cupcake in a jar. Oooh, yes!
Off to enjoy my cupcake and watch my newest television obsession!
P.S. Did you know today is International Sushi Day? (Who comes up with these crazy holidays?!?) Since I love fun facts, here are some about sushi from Benihana (many of them I didn't know):
- Many Americans mistakenly believe sushi means “raw fish.” Sushi actually means vinegared rice.
- In fact, sushi does not need to contain raw fish at all. Sushi is first and foremost a rice dish, which can include vegetables, cooked fish, raw fish, poultry, or other proteins.
- The original sushi dates back to Japan over 2,000 years ago and only used pickled seafood.
- Rice was only added in the 17th century to aid the fermentation process and was actually discarded before eating.
- By the 19th century, seaside street stalls in Japan offered finger sushi for bite-size treats to customers on the go. Competition spurred the street vendors to turn sushi making into an art form with color presentation for stand out pieces.
- Between 1988 and 1998 sushi bars in the U.S. quintupled and the numbers have only continued to grow.