Wanderers of the night

Last night I signed up for the A Midsummer Night’s Run before I went to sleep. It was my favourite race last year (sorry to cheat on you, Scotiabank), mostly because the race itself had this great intimate feel to it, the technical shirts we got were really cute, and I loved my purple and pink medal. I also felt really great throughout the race, and it got me really excited for my Scotiabank goal race. When I got the email reminding me to sign up, I didn’t hesitate. If I know that I want to run a race, it just makes sense to me to sign up for it and save some money. If things change later on, there’s always the option to sell my bib, but otherwise, I’ve spent less than I expected and I don’t have to stress about signing up before it’s too late. Done!

This morning, I had every intention of making another bowl of Red River hot cereal, but I was impatient to start my day (and also hungry), so I went for my go-to bowl of Kashi cereal. This time I mixed in some Fibre 1 cereal as well, because I want stretch out the remaining Kashi cereal that I have left. Since I was out of strawberries, but I still wanted to add something sweet in my cereal, I chopped up some dried cherries and added them into my cereal. It was perfect!

A few hours later, I headed out to the gym, where I worked on my lower and upper body. I probably should have done some core exercises too, but I wasn’t feeling it and it took me an hour to get through the various machines. I did two sets of 12-15 reps on the following macines:

  • leg extension (60lbs)
  • hamstring exercise (70lbs)
  • hip abductor (70lbs outward motion, 90lbs inward motion)
  • chest press (65lbs)
  • seated row (70lbs)
  • shoulder press (45lbs and 50lbs)
  • pull-ups (60lbs assistance)
  • tricep dips (50 lbs assistance)

After that, I went to the grocery store that’s within the same building, and picked up tons of goodies for myself. I’ve been craving smoked salmon for weeks, so I finally decided to indulge myself and pick some up for my lunch today. On my way home, I ate a banana and a dried fig to tide me over. Lunch consisted of cucumber, baby carrots, and two mini whole wheat bagels toasted – one with herb cream cheese, smoked salmon and dill, and the other with some aged yellow cheddar cheese.

I also picked up another box of peppermint, ginger, and fennel seed tea, so I had two huge mugs of that as well on the side.

A few hours later, I snacked on half a cup of green tea vanilla yogurt, some Sweet Chili crispy minis, and a few Sweet Chili Triscuit Thin Crisps. You might have noticed by now that I will pretty much eat anything with a Sweet Chili flavour.

Tonight, I’m celebrating a close friend’s birthday and the hope is that I’ll be able to make it to tomorrow’s 8:30 LSD run. Will keep you posted. Happy Saturday, everyone!

Breakfast cookie

Before I forget again to post about this, I wanted to post about the breakfast cookie, which will likely become a regular in my breakfast item rotation list. I first heard about the breakfast cookie from the Runner’s Kitchen who referenced the original recipe which can be found here.

As soon as I read about the ingredients and incredibly easy prep involved, I knew I had to try it. So off I went using the following:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tbsp rice milk
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp organic honey
  • 2 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

The verdict? A-MAZING! The espresso powder gave it this lovely coffee flavour, and the honey helped sweeten it a bit. The only thing is that this cookie wasn’t as firm as I thought it’d be – I’m not sure if that’s because of the added honey, or if it’s because this breakfast cookie isn’t baked. Either way, it was a really nice departure from my regular breakfast and it kept me full right up until lunch. I highly, highly recommend this breakfast cookie. All it takes is a few minutes to assemble it the night before, so there should be no excuses for skipping breakfast from  now on!

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