I had time to make myself a more involved breakfast this morning, but not the inclination. Applesauce breakfast cookie it was!
I have a feeling this is going to be my standby school breakfast. It’s ready in a few minutes and it keeps me full. What more could I want?
School dragged by, but I’m happy that it’s Thursday and my classes are over for the week! Only 3 hours of work and a speed workout tomorrow stand between me and two days off. Um, other than homework. And let’s be honest- that speedwork session may or may not happen. I’ve worked out every day this week- if I want to take a rest day tomorrow, I’m not going to deny myself 🙂
Lunch was also a repeat of a lunch this week- but soooo good!
I tore up a black bean burger and put it on a bed of spinach with some refried beans. I’m out of plain yogurt, so mustard sufficed for the dressing.
I actually went to Target this morning specifically for vanilla yogurt. I can’t go a day without my pumpkin yogurt! I had granola around, so I used that as a topping instead of Kashi or Fiber One.
My pre-workout snack was an apple with an unbaked bean brownie. At first, I was going to make the cinnamon hummus I made yesterday, but I decided to add cocoa powder. I thought I was making chocolate hummus- until I realized that it is 1/4 tsp baking powder away from being a bean brownie 🙂
I know, I know… it looks even more disgusting than most of the food I post, but I promise you it is as good unbaked as it is baked!
Before work, I got in 60 minutes on the elliptical. I have serious delayed soreness from my run yesterday. I woke up feeling fine but I’ve felt stiff as the day progressed. It felt good to take it easy on the elliptical!
I still had some time before work started, so I headed outside to study. Sorry to keep rubbing in the fact that it’s so warm here! I feel kind of guilty that everyone is getting snowed in. Console yourselves with the fact that you get changing leaves in the autumn 🙂
I pulled out my notebook to study…
…and realized I didn’t have the right textbook with me.
Then I realized I had forgotten my flats and was wearing my running shoes with jeans. Not a good look!
Isn’t that carpet horrible? You know you work in a daycare when the carpet has letters and stars on it.
Speaking of shoes… I am going to admit something that will probably give every runner a heart attack.
I bought these shoes in the end of July. Now, I’ve heard conflicting advice about when to replace running shoes. Every three months, 500 miles, 1,000 miles… I don’t know what to think! Technically, I’m long overdue for a new pair. I did the bulk of marathon training in these shoes, so they have some serious miles on them.
I’ve never been fitted for shoes. I did no research on this pair- I bought them at Sports Authority because I had a coupon, they were on sale, and they were pretty comfortable when I tried them on. I didn’t break them in properly so when I tried to run 12 miles in them, I ended up with a foot injury that prevented me from running for two weeks… but I digress. Overall, I’m happy with them! No injuries after the initial one, which was my fault. Lesson learned… no long runs in new shoes.
Which explains why I have no plans to replace them any time soon. My reasoning? I’m poor, they’re broken in, I run about 10% of what I used to… and did I mention I’m poor?
To me, these shoes are still new. Do you know how old my last running shoes were?
I’ll give you a hint… if I enrolled my shoes in school, they would be getting ready for the fourth grade by now.
Yeah- my shoes were 8 years old when I retired them. I got them when I was 13- right before I started cross country in high school. Now, I consider my ‘running career’ as having started last year because when I did cross country, I maybe ran twice a week. I did my best to get out of every practice, and I didn’t even run in all the meets. It’s a long story, but I HATED running then and did not consider myself a runner at all.
I only did cross country the first two years, and quit after my sophomore year. So, my shoes didn’t have that many miles on them at this point. I kept them around when I exercised sporadically throughout high school, but mostly they remained hidden in the closet.
Finally, when I started exercising again, I dusted off the shoes and took them to the gym. Then, when I started running last year, they were with me every step of the way. They’ve traveled with me to different states, different cities- even to Europe for three weeks!
(That’s in Estonia. My friend and I literally walked 17 miles in Finland the day before in flats… which is why we are wearing comfy shoes here.)
My shoes also carried me across the line of my first half marathon. But when I signed up for a full, I knew it was time to give them up. So, I said goodbye to the old faithfuls and got a new pair. And by saying goodbye, I mean they’re sitting in my garage. I am seriously attached to these things!
How often do you replace your running shoes? Are you as attached to them as me? I have a feeling I’m in the minority here… I get attached to weird things!