Saturday, June 15, 2013

Treadmill Miles

I've really been struggling with my running since I came to Florida.  At first the problem was the rain, and then when I finally got outside I couldn't handle the heat.  I kept telling myself to just run on the treadmill, but for some reason treadmill miles have always been harder for me than running outside.  Plus I didn't have the optional foot pod for my Garmin so that I would have a record of my treadmill miles the way I have a record of my outdoor ones.  But with half marathon training officially beginning soon I realized I was going to have to do at least half of my 12 week training plan in Florida--on the treadmill.  So I bought the foot pod this week and broke it in this morning with a 3 mile run.
I still hate running on the treadmill, but it was nice to be able to rely on my watch for the mileage instead of the treadmill.  The treadmills in my building are programmed to go into cool down mode after only 22 minutes.  Since I have to restart the treadmill when I hit the 22 minute mark, the mileage on the treadmill screen starts over at zero.  I hated having to calculate how far I had gone in my head as I ran and I really appreciated being able to just glance at my watch and know how close I was to being done.  I worked up a good sweat and was proud of myself for getting in a good run, especially since I didn't head to the gym until after I ate a huge breakfast and went to the grocery store.

I saw a picture on Instagram of a sweet breakfast tofu.  Tofu doesn't really have any taste on its own and it pretty much takes on the flavor of anything you marinate or dip it in.  So it occurred to me that if I  marinated the tofu in almond milk, egg whites, cinnamon, and splenda, it would basically taste like French Toast when I cooked it.  I tried it this morning and wound up topping the cooked Tofu French Toast with reconstituted PB2 and sugar free maple syrup.  Even my demanding diva of a sweet tooth was satisfied with this and I didn't feel even remotely bad about eating an entire block of tofu because, well, it's made  from soybeans.  Does it have the texture of bread?  No, of course not.  Does the flavor make you think you've had French Toast? Yup, and I felt full for way longer than I would have if I had made regular French Toast.  This might be my new go to weekend breakfast.  

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