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Rough Run…

November 6, 2011

Ahhh it’s not already Sunday, is it?? Are you all enjoying the weekend?! I am, haha other than all all the school work I’ve been doing. But remember, it’s one of my November Goals to make school a number one priority!

I also had my last long run before Chicago’s Perfect 10 next weekend. I am not happy to report, however, that it went very, very badly. At about mile 2 my hip and ankle were really hurting. Honestly, I should have turned around at that point. However, I am very stubborn when it comes to setting my mind to something and sticking to it. It was not a comfortable run, and at mile 7 my Achilles tendon started to really hurt. I tried walking, but it hurt just as badly walking as it did jogging. Basically, I had no way to get home but my own two feet, so I jogged it back.

I ended up finishing in 1:24:40 for a pace of 9:25 min/mile. Not bad for walking parts of the run!

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Splits:

Mile 1 –> 9:13

Mile 2 —> 8:50

Mile 3 –> 8:46

Mile 4 –> 9:07 (really starting to feel it…)

Mile 5 –> 9:43 (pain setting in)

Mile 6 –> 9:16

Mile 7 –> 9:41

Mile 8 –> 10:23 (several walk breaks)

Mile 9 –> 9:42 (as fast as I could move my butt!)

The good thing about the run though? I’ve finally hit a point where mentally, a long run feels like nothing! I guess it’s the runner’s high, but long runs are a breeze to me now when just a year ago I thought I could never be a distance runner because it was such a mental challenge.

One other good thing: I wore my new Superhero CW-X pants!

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They kept my legs really warm! My fingers were numb (hence the awkward attempt at a picture of my superhero outfit), but my legs were fantastic the whole run! About a mile in, I did have to awkwardly stop and pull them up a bit around my thighs so running was more comfortable. My only other complaint is the one inside pocket. An inside pocket on those very tight pants made getting my GU out a little difficult!

When I got home I threw together some oats, and about 2 hours later it was time for lunch! Normally I have zero appetite after a long run, but today I’ve been eating constantly!

I was so proud of my lunch, I never cook fish and I finally decided to buy some salmon! All I did was wrap the salmon in a foil pocket and broil it for 10 min. It was a little overcooked, and I probably should have marinated it… but I tried.

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On the side I had some kale and eggplant mixed with… you guessed it, hummus and nutritional yeast! Perfection.

Some of you may remember that two weeks ago I attempted to make myself some gluten free protein bars… but after an epic fail I realized they were not gluten free. The protein powder I ordered finally came on Friday, so I decided to go ahead and re-make the bars!

I found the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars on Mama Pea’s blog, Peas and Thank You. I eat a lot of granola bars for afternoon snacks at school, and I figured this would be a much less expensive alternative!

The recipe called for oat flour, so I used my food processor to grind up some oats!

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I have to say, I was a little disappointed with the final product. I mean, they still taste fine but they do not look anything like Mama Pea’s protein bars!!! I wonder if it’s because I didn’t mix my liquids in a blender first? Or maybe it was my “oat flour”?

I’ll definitely be trying it again though, I like a challenge and a money-saver!

I wrapped up the bars in plastic wrap and they’re ready to go for the week!

Are you stubborn like I am and push yourself too hard?

Have you ever made your own protein bars? I’d love more recipes!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2011 8:21 am

    i am the same way as you! I normally just run through the pain because I try to make myself think that it doesn’t exist haha which is probably not a good thing
    And I have made no-bake protein bars recently that turned out really good! But I also love all of Mama Pea’s protein bar recipes!

    • November 6, 2011 8:36 am

      Haha I always tell myself the pain will be gone by tomorrow and I’ll be ready to go again! Um… nope.

  2. November 6, 2011 10:00 am

    Great job on your run! I’m definitely stubborn…I tend to push myself to workout even when I’m really sore or a little sick. I know it’s not good, and I’m working on it!

    • November 6, 2011 12:13 pm

      I’m definitely working on it too, currently trying to distract myself from going to the gym today… Haha. Baby steps.

  3. November 6, 2011 11:22 am

    I used to be so stubborn with myself before I would ‘give up’ on a work out until I realised I would be just doing myself more harm than good, but its such a difficult thing to do when you have your mind set!

    • November 6, 2011 12:12 pm

      I agree, Laura! I’m trying really hard to not hit the gym today and take a rest day! Haha I can’t stop thinking about the gym!

  4. November 6, 2011 11:42 am

    My recipe is from Tosca Reno’s eat clean cookbook and it’s my favourite:

    – 1/2 cup agave nectar
    – 2 tbsp coconut oil
    – 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
    – 2 scoops vanilla whey powder
    – 3 cups rolled oats
    – 1/2 cup dried cherries

    You have to combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and melt them together, then stir them well, then add in oats until it’s well mixed, then dried fruit, then press into a square pan.

    I am pretty sure the secret to good bars is heating the liquid ingredients so they bind together!

  5. November 9, 2011 8:55 pm

    I definitely tend to run through the pain too. It’s like, I’m out here, I’m running, I’m not gonna stop. But I know it isn’t good. I kept running through some knee pain yesterday and the day before and then I googled it. Turns out you are supposed to stop your run when you have this type of knee pain or it will just make it worse. Bleh! But I can’t say I will want to cut my run short tomorrow if starts up again. I’m terrible!

    • November 9, 2011 10:16 pm

      Be sure to ice that knee as much as you can! One thing I do is if I know I might start hurting, I’ll run on the treadmill, that way it’s easier to stop (I’m not far from home) and I can always do the elliptical some weights in the gym to finish up my workout if I stop my run early.

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