The weather this weekend was finally conducive to getting out for a real run for the first time this year.
About 5 minutes into the first kilometer, I realised how out of shape I’d let myself get over the winter. Through the next 6km, I let my mind wander (as I love to do while working out) and learned the following 5 things:
- Not running during the winter kills me. My time is a full minute and thirty seconds slower than it was last fall. Running in rain and snow isn’t fun, so I’m going to have to come up with a (gasp!) gym plan for next winter. Yuck.
- I need to do more yoga. Maybe it’s just my body getting back into a rhythm, but I am sore in places I didn’t know running could affect. My once a week yoga workout is going to have to become a daily, or at least every-other-day thing.
- Somehow, Fall Out Boy found their way onto my running playlist. And they need to find their way off of it, right quick. Nothing ruins the mood of a good run like thinking “I hate this song” for 3 1/2 minutes straight. Twice.
- My lungs still hurt after a run. Maybe it’ll get better the longer I’m a non-smoker… but as of now, they were equally, if not more, painful compared to when I smoked a pack a day.
- There is nothing in the world that feels as amazing as a good workout. Seriously. Nothing.
Following my run, I made my favourite post-run snack:
Banana/Apple/Blackberry Smoothie (with Wheatgrass)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/3 apple (I prefer Gala)
- 1/4 cup blackberries (I used frozen, fresh are fine as well)
- 1 oz wheatgrass (Fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 cup yogurt (I prefer Almande Vanilla)
- 1/3 tbsp black chia seeds
- 1/3 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/3 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
1. Chop up banana and apple into blender-friendly pieces. (My blender is old, so I make sure everything is in small chunks. If you have a Vitamix or equivalent, feel free to skip this step!)
2. Add blackberries and wheatgrass to blender containing apple and banana.
3. Add yogurt to blender.
4. Add seeds. (I keep a 1:1:1 mix of chia, flax and hemp seeds pre-mixed in the cupboard so it’s just a one tbsp scoop.)
5. Blend well.
I generally keep a bunch of pre-made smoothie packs in the freezer so when I’m in a rush, I can just dump one in the blender, throw in the yogurt and seeds, blend and go. 🙂