There are three words to describe yesterday’s 12-miler: long, hard, and wet.
But, so worth it! (Even if I now have a cold. Boo.)
After procrastinating my morning away yesterday, I finally put on my running clothes around 11:45 a.m. and decided I was going to go out and get a run in. Since it was raining, I was trying to decide between running outside and running on the treadmill, and my husband made a good point: you can’t control weather on race day, so you might as well get outside. So outside I went!
Within about 0.2 miles, I was wet…but happy! As soon as I started pounding that pavement, I felt instantly better. I stopped at miles 5 1/2 and 9 1/2 to grab water and stretch out. I had grabbed a change of clothes before I left my house in case I wanted to finish the run on the treadmill, and although I considered it multiple times (especially between miles 6-8!), I figured I needed to just finish it out. And finish it I did…with no splits over 8:55/mile! My goal pace is about 8:45 for the marathon, and I did a pretty good job on yesterday’s training run…
I was incredibly sore and tired when I got home yesterday, and ended up laying on the couch watching Downton Abbey (so good!) for a few hours and trying to eat. Does anyone else completely lose their appetite when they do long runs?! After church, I was finally hungry at about 7:30 and whipped up a coconut shrimp & broccoli quinoa (recipe coming soon!) and then headed out to frozen yogurt with some friends. Always a fun way to end a Saturday!
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
- 1/3 c. flour (I used half oat flour, half whole wheat flour)
- 2 Tbsp. rolled oats
- 2/3 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 apple, finely chopped (I used a Pink Lady with skins on…you can remove if you prefer!)
- A few shakes of cinnamon
- 1/3 c. milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. agave
- Mix all of your dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and apple) in one bowl. Mix all of your wet ingredients in another bowl.
- Slowly combine wet ingredients into dry, mixing well. (Batter will be thick.)
- Spray a pan with cooking spray (or melted coconut oil) and pour batter into pan into three pancakes. Flip each one once until browned on both sides.
- Top with you favorite toppings and enjoy! I melted some peanut butter and topped mine with the PB, maple agave syrup, and flax seed.
How to “level up” this recipe:
- For added fiber and protein, add chia seed or ground flax to the batter.
- You can also substitute a different fruit (such as blueberries or peaches) if you desire.
How to “level down” this recipe:
- You can use regular white flour (or pretty much any other flour) rather than the whole wheat or oat.
- For some added sweetness, add 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar rather than the agave or even top with powdered sugar.