Monday, May 6, 2013

Not Quite a PR, But I'll Take It

I had big plans to go for a run yesterday, but then I made the mistake of eating a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and I felt too full to run.  I'm sure oatmeal works as pre-run fuel for some people, but sadly I do not seem to be one of them.  Other things that do not work as pre-run fuel for me include Lean Cuisine pizzas (which I am weaning myself off of anyway) and egg whites.  I got stomach cramps the last time I tried to run after eating either of them. On the other hand, I have done fairly well when I ate a Larabar before I ran so I guess that's another reason to continue my Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar habit.      

My weather app said it was going to rain, but when I looked outside it was just cloudy.  So I decided to go for a walk while I had a window.  It was basically epic.  

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Sadly this was not quite a PR in terms of my Fitbit stats, but it was very very close.  Plus I got to enjoy what is probably my last walk in non-sweltering weather for a while.


I genuinely prefer cold temperatures to the summer heat and I'm really not looking forward to running/walking in the heat.  

I have been trying to visit as many local parks as possible in an effort to find the best running routes available.  So yesterday I made my way up to Love Circle Park.  


I was a little disappointed.  It's basically a big grassy hill on top of a big paved hill.  The climb to the top was steep and while the neighborhood was pretty, sidewalks were largely lacking and the people who live in the neighborhood come flying around blind curves like so many bats out of hell.  I probably won't be going back to this one.

I kept walking and even though I was tired and sore, I made myself keep walking until I had made up for the impromptu rest day I took on Saturday and I had earned enough calories to try the multigrain baking and pancake mix I bought at Trader Joe's last week.


The mix required a whole egg, but I read somewhere that you can make a gel using flax seeds that works well as an egg substitute.  I bought some with the express purpose of using them with the pancake mix.  The pancakes were fluffy enough and the flax seeds added a nutty flavor and texture that I kind of enjoyed.  I ate them standing over the stove.  I guess I'm just that classy. 

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