Another late night and early morning! I didn’t fall asleep until past 1 this morning, and was wide awake at 7:45. Actually, that’s really late for me! I couldn’t fall back asleep, but I had no energy to go to the gym early, like I planned. Instead, I made myself wheat bran apple pancakes topped with peanut flour butter and warm apples. No picture, which is just as well because they were a little
burned well done 🙂
Before I worked out, I had banana soft serve with a special ingredient on top… cashew butter! My cousin gave us this for Christmas. A few months ago, we were all at a grocery store in Arizona that had a ‘grind your own nut butter’ station. We were able to sample all of them- almond butter, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, and cashew butter. I wasn’t a fan of the cashew butter at all. The texture was off and I thought it was tasteless. My cousin used honey roasted cashews and added a little bit more honey, and the taste is amazing! I can honestly say this is the best nut butter I’ve ever had.
I finally managed to drag myself to the gym some time before noon. Now that I have clear fitness goals, I feel like I have a purpose when I’m at the gym. I decided today would be a strength training day, and only planned for 30 minutes of cardio. I ended up doing an easy hour on the elliptical, as well as some weight machines. Not only am I sore from my run yesterday, I’m in pain! The left side of the back of my calf hurts, and so does my hip. I know better than to run with any injuries, so I’m going to wait them out and hope they go away with rest.
I came home and made myself a quick lunch-
That would be one cup of egg product (I know, I know… but it’s cheaper!) I think the reason I haven’t been feeling as full lately is because I haven’t been eating enough protein. I used to eat beans and tofu every day, which are a great vegan source of protein. Now that I can eat eggs again, I’ve been having them more often. Mixed with spinach and kabocha, this lunch had 32 grams of protein!
Instead of pumpkin yogurt, I mixed Fiber One with some apple yogurt I found on clearance at Target. To be honest, it didn’t taste any different than the pumpkin flavor I had from there. I guess fake foods all taste the same when one of the ingredients is ‘apple cobbler flavor.’
My dinner involved two things that have been notably absent from my diet- quinoa and black beans!
I mixed quinoa with green onions, cilantro, and a little plain yogurt and put it over spinach and black beans. I was really burned out on quinoa for a while when I was vegan because I would eat it every single day. After a hiatus, I’m loving it again!
Speaking of running (were we? We are now!) I thought I share my favorite. When I started running last year, the only decent music I had on my iPod was Styx’s greatest hits. (Long story- my parents used my iPod all the time and deleted all of my music on it and I couldn’t figure out how to put music back on!) Now, every time I hear one of their songs, I’m instantly transported to one of my earliest runs.
I spent a ton of time coming up with a playlist for my half marathon and full marathon. ‘Suite Judy Blue Eyes’ was playing as I crossed the finish line at the half, and literally two seconds later, my iPod took its last breath and said goodbye to the cruel world. I’d like to think it wasn’t ready to run that far yet 🙂 I honestly don’t remember what song was playing when I finished the marathon. I was too tired to see straight, and definitely wasn’t focusing on the music!
I had to use my sister’s iPod for the marathon, who majorly judges the music I listen to. I normally like classic rock, like Pink Floyd, or something more mellow, like Joan Baez, on an everyday basis. But when I run, I need something catchy! I’m not too proud to admit that any running playlist I’ve made is almost entirely cheesy 80’s music. Hey, when you’re running for almost five hours, you need some seriously upbeat music! Sorry, Bob Dylan. You know you’re my favorite, but there’s no room for you on my marathon playlists.
Without further ado, here’s my top ten favorite running songs in no particular order:
- ‘Mr. Roboto’ by Styx. My cousin and I had an impromptu sing along in the car on the way to the marathon, so this has fond memories for me 🙂
- ‘Boys of Summer’ by Don Henley. I also like the version by The Ataris, but nothing beats the original.
- ‘Man in the Mirror’ by Michael Jackson. I heard this at mile 3 of the marathon, and even though it’s slow, I love it.
- ‘Land Down Under’ by Men at Work. This also makes an awesome karaoke song!
- ‘Baba O’Riley’ by the Who. Do I even need to explain how amazing this song is?
- ‘Renegade’ by Styx. Color me nostalgic, but this song reminds me of when I first started running 🙂
- ‘If and When We Rise Again’ by Streetlight Manifesto. My friend, who introduced me to this band, said he was listening to this song when he was learning to drive and his mom was in the car with him. It starts out slow and gets louder and faster, and apparently so did his speed! The same thing happens when I run. You can’t help but run faster when the song picks up.
- ‘Right Now’ by Van Halen. This has been the first song on my playlists for both long races, and it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it!
- Pretty much any show tune. I love me a good musical number! Anything from Tarzan, especially. Stop judging me, I love Disney movies!
My number one song is ‘Jump that Rock’ by Scooter vs. Status Quo. I hadn’t even heard of it until the summer, when my mom started doing Jazzercise. Apparently they do a routine to this song, and she loved it so much she found out who sang it and played it for me. I put this song on my marathon playlist three times- it’s THAT good!
What are your favorite running songs? I’m always looking for new inspiration!