Spinach and Ricotta Meatloaf Sandwich on the run

I think the extended runs are finally catching up to me. After getting back late from last night’s event and two days of tough runs, I just did not want to wake up this morning. I ended up sleeping in again, and so I had about 5 minutes to eat breakfast. Good thing I still had cereal kicking around. Breakfast this morning was a bowl of Banana Nut Muslix and Fibre 1 Honey Nut Clusters cereal with 1 tsp almond butter, chopped strawberries, and 1 tbsp flaxseed meal with organic vanilla soy milk.

It was a really busy morning, so I snacked on some butter popcorn Crispy Minis until it was time for lunch. I was too tired to prepare my lunch the night before, so I grabbed whatever I could in my fridge just before I dashed out the door. I started with a piece of Swiss Roll Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Meatloaf sandwiched between an Ezekiel english muffin with pesto and salsa.

See the swirls now (and the fact that I tried to pack way too much Ricotta cheese!)?

On the side, I tried to pack in more baby spinach with some baby cucumbers. Uh, I forgot to pack salad dressing, so I ended up using some leftover salsa and threw in some hot sauce for good measure. Not too bad, but definitely could have used a bit more flavour.

For dessert, I had about half a cup of Cafe Latte Liberte yogurt. I just love their yogurt.

I know that should have been enough, but I was still hungry so I heated up a piece of my High-Protein Banana Oat Bread and ate half of it (I gave the other half to my coworker).

I was off-site for the rest of the afternoon, so I snacked on the second half of my Cliff bar from yesterday and then ended up eating more (read: finishing the bag) of buttered popcorn Cripsy Minis when I got back to the office. It’s a little sad how little self-control I have when I buy those — that’s why I forced myself to stop! They are so addictive!!!!

There’s this grocery store that I always pass by on my walk home from work that has quickly become my favourite place to shop.  I get the sense that they carry really similar items (on a smaller scale) to Whole Pay Cheque – I mean Whole Foods, except their prices are really decent (I’ve done some comparisons and it’s actually cheaper than bigger grocery chains like Metro and Sobey’s). I always walk out with a new item I’ve never tried before whenever I go – I love it! Anyway, below is my latest find and I’ve been waiting for the perfect chance to give it a try (usually I’m too impatient to do any kind of cooking during the week though, as evidenced by my nightly salads).

For dinner, I used a small portion of Organic Black Rice Noodles and mixed it with grilled portobello mushrooms, baby spinach, roasted beef chunks (leftovers from the freezer!), and cilantro in chicken broth.

As if I’d eat noodles in soup without my beloved Sriracha! It blended very nicely with my soup, thanks for asking. 🙂

For dessert, I ate some green grapes and way too many popping mini eggs. Buying all of that discounted Easter candy was such a great idea….and a really bad one at the same time. However, I was feeling sorry for myself because my left shin continued hurting all day and like I said before, Chocolate will save us all.

And just before I relaxed on the couch to enjoy another few mugs of Peppermint, Ginger, and Fennel Seed tea, I prepared some Overnight Multi-Grain Oats which contained:

  • 1/4 c multi-grain oats
  • 1/4 c pumpkin
  • 1/3 c Greek yogurt (to finish the tub)
  • 1/4 c Organic soy milk
  • 1/2 smashed banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

I expect it to be very tasty – will report back tomorrow.

Question: What was the last “new” ingredient that you purchased on a whim at a grocery store and what did you do with it?

These shoes were made for…. only lasting a few months

Temperature: 10-13° C

Distance run/type: 1600m, 800m, 1600m intervals (plus 6k warm up & cool down)/ speed

Clothes: Capri pants, sports bra, technical t-shirt, Asics TrailRunners.

Feeling: Good – I probably could have gotten away with wearing a tank top because I ended up getting so hot.

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It’s been a looong day so I’m going to keep this entry fairly short.

Last night, I decided to change things up a bit and prepared a Multi-grain Breakfast Cookie with the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup multi-grain cereal (used PC brand)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 a mashed banana
  • 1/4 c pumpkin
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash cloves

This morning, I topped it with some frozen chopped strawberries, and heated the whole thing up for about 30 seconds in the microwave to have a semi-warm breakfast cookie. It was incredible. The multi-grain cereal and flaxseed added an extra depth of flavour that I wasn’t getting with regular oatmeal. I heard a rumour that the PC brand of whole-grain cereal has been discontinued – I sincerely hope not as it’s one of my favourites!

At around 11am, I started feeling a bit hungry but didn’t want to dig into my lunch just yet, so I ate a puffed spelt thin rice cake with a tiny bit of jam to tide me over until lunchtime.

When lunch finally rolled around, I heated up three slices of my Swiss Roll Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Meatloaf (I brought two extra slices to share with coworkers).

Then I had a salad with baby carrots, grilled portobello mushrooms, Roasted Chickpeas, and cucumber with a sundried tomato and basil salad dressing.

I followed up my salad and meatloaf with some green grapes. Yum!

Once again, my appetite went into overdrive and I basically snacked constantly for the rest of the afternoon until it was time to head to my group run. Snacks included:

One black jujube.

A toasted piece of my High-Protein Banana Oat Bread.

A handful of dried blueberries.

I also took a quick walk to Longo’s to pick up some crispy minis (it felt like it had been forever since I had indulged in a pack of them, and they were on sale!). Look what I ended up stumbling upon, as I browsed the produce section.

A package of bananas for $0.89. Seriously?? Seriously!!! I love it when I come across amazing deals like that! I LOVE bananas and have no problem freezing the overly ripe ones because I know I’ll find some use for them, whether it’s for baking, smoothies, sandwiches, the list goes on!

Oh, and I couldn’t resist picking up a package of jalapenos for $0.99. I have a few idaes of how I’ll be using these… stay tuned for more details!

When I got back from the store, I ate four crispy minis. I took all of my willpower not to keep the bag open and finish it in one sitting as I often mistakenly do.

A couple of hours before my run, I added some almond butter and jam (on one half) of a mini toasted whole wheat bagel.

Then I had a square of 86% dark chocolate.

An hour before my run, I ate a date roll with almonds (my last one!).

So yesterday after my tempo run, I was feeling kind of tired but generally okay… or so I thought. When I woke up this morning, my left shin was really sore and I initially thought that it was because I had slept on it funny. It’s funny what you will convince yourself when you’re half-asleep. I ended up sleeping for another hour because I felt so exhausted, and it was still sore when I woke up the second time. I tried to take it easy during the day, and almost considered skipping my run, but I knew I’d regret it if I did.

Let’s talk about shoes.

I ended up running the 1600m intervals well within my target range, but I ran the 80om interval slower than I was supposed to. Oh well, tonight was less about time and more about making sure that my body could handle it since my left shin was already throbbing slightly after the 3k warm up.

After consulting with several of my running friends and my running coach, I realized that the problem was most likely due to my shoes needing to be replaced. As it turns out, every single ache or pain that I’ve had so far has disappeared as soon as I get new shoes and break them in. It’s crazy how much of a difference running in worn out shoes can make. For the last half I trained for, I almost dropped out of my running group because my knees were severely hurting whenever I ran more than 7k. As soon as I got new shoes, my knee pain magically disappeared.

It’s just too bad that shoes will only last for a few months. My last pair of shows only lasted 2.5 months – but that was partially my fault because I was using those shoes to get around the city everywhere instead of exclusively for running.

It seems to me that the best way to gauge when you need new shoes is to gauge how you feel after a semi long LSD or a shorter but tough run, like a tempo or hills/speed work out. I know there are a myriad of rules out there giving mileage estimates on when it’s time to replace your shoes, but I’m much too lazy to properly track exactly how many kms I’ve put into a pair of shoes. I think going by how your body feels can be dangerous in some ways, but it’s been working for me so far, so I may as well continue doing it!

On my way home, I re-fueled with half a clif bar.

When I got home, I had 4 popping mini eggs, and changed really quickly to get ready to head back out to the H&M preview event.

On my way there, I ate some take-out sushi. I didn’t have a chance to take a picture, but it was yummy.

The H&M event was awesome. They gave everyone 25% off their entire purchase off anything in the store, the choice of a reusable bag or t-shirt, and they handed out drinks and small desserts for us to enjoy as we shopped. I ended up going a little overboard and I’m not going to tell you how much I spent, but let’s just say I left a very happy camper. 🙂

Well now it’s late and I’m utterly exhausted. Definitely not going to make it to the gym tomorrow morning, but I can live with that. I think I’m going to make skipping my Thursday morning RT workout and switching it to Friday morning instead a permanent thing. When possible, I’ll still attend the Thursday night yoga class.

And now I’ll leave you with a my question of the day: If you’re a runner, how often do you change your shoes and what do you base your decision to change them on?

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