I began this Friday like last Friday with a pancake breakfast before working through the morning and taking Sadie for a lunchtime run.
I’ve been taking the time to drive about five minutes away from our house and run in a new area and it makes such a difference. When Ryan and I were training for the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, we did all of our long training runs inside of our neighborhood. We meandered in and out of various cul-de-sacs which got to be a little mind-numbing after a while. At least I had Ryan to keep me entertained!
Without a person to talk to on my long runs, driving a short distance to find a new running route gives me new things to look at and invigorates my run. I’ll do whatever it takes!
Today’s run started out on a rather annoying foot. I wore a pair of black spandex capris that I found tucked away in the back of a drawer. (Our washing machine bit the dust a couple of weeks ago and we have yet to purchase a new one, so some throwback clothes are coming out of hibernation this week.) I now know why the capris were relegated to the back of the drawer… They have issues staying up. Yikes.
Less than a mile into my run, I thought about turning around and heading home to change but decided to roll up the legs of the capris and turn them into some funky looking shorts. (Maybe I should call them my shants? <—Modern Family, anyone?)
I hiked them up as high as I could and finished my run feeling a bit like Steve Urkel.
“Did I do thaaat?”
Sadie and I finished 11 miles in 1 hour and 38 minutes (8:57 minute mile pace). I was pretty psyched to have my average pace per mile be less than nine minutes and arrived home feeling rather pumped until Sadie schooled me by running laps around our house and bringing me a ball to try to coerce me into a game of fetch.
Having a vizsla as a running buddy is a very humbling experience! While 11 miles may be no biggie for this little lady, I plan to park my butt on the couch when I’m done working for the day and not move an inch until bedtime.
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
Once we were back at home, I made myself a strawberry cheesecake smoothie.
Oh gosh, it was good. The perfect post-run treat!
Into the blender went:
- 1.5 frozen bananas
- ¾ cup frozen strawberries
- 3 wedges Laughing Cow Light Strawberries & Cream cream cheese
- ¾ cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla
- 1 6-ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt
Gotta love the graham cracker crumbs on top!
I hope you guys are having a great Friday out there and enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend!