“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.”
– Hafiz of Persia
You know how the idea of taking on something is always way more difficult than actually doing it? That’s definitely how I feel about last night’s Social Work + the Law midterm. I’ve been having such a difficult time paying attention because I truly do not care about the subject matter – so I figured I’d just be screwed when it came to exam time (our Prof is only grading us on the two exams she’s giving us). When it came down to it, I was fine. More than fine, actually. I don’t wanna jinx it, cause I haven’t gotten my grade back yet, but I finished the test in 45 minutes. Thank goodness that’s over with and I can now focus on the research paper due tomorrow.
I also found that concept to be true with my run yesterday! I had an incredible run at the park in my Vibrams :). My main goal was to listen to my body and feel out whether I’ll be running the 5k or the 10k this coming Saturday. I was feeling great about 2 miles in when a downpour came out of nowhere! I decided I loved running in the rain and kept going for another lap, until my Vibrams started chafing in new places and I could feel brand new blisters forming. I decided to stop so that I don’t have to run with new blisters this weekend. Which means I’ll be doing the 5K!! 🙂 I’m actually really glad I went for that run yesterday because it was the confirmation I needed. I’m now 100% sure that I cannot run a 10k in my Vibrams just yet. And, like I said yesterday, a 5k will be the perfect first barefoot!
I’m excited to see how I do this year as compared to last year (I ran this event for my first ever 5K last year!). I haven’t been training much, and I’ve switched over to Vibrams, so we’ll see if I can hit what I did last year :).
It’s pretty amazing to think that my running journey started just about 15 months ago. It’s such a huge part of my life now, but back then, I never thought I’d be able to run in a million years! Or that I’d actually enjoy it! Come to think of it, the concept of something turning out to be easier than I’d expected is true for my entire running journey.
On January 4th, 2010, this is what I wrote in my SP blog:
Exercise is already going well. I think I’m either way too ambitious or I’m really ready for a big change because I think I wanna do the Couch to 5K program. My husband is a runner and I’ve always wanted to run but never found a good program. That one sounds doable! I’m in need of changing up my program a little, plus my mom’s agency will be holding a 5k in March, which just seems way too perfect.
The Couch to 5K program was perfect for me (as it has been for many). I felt pushed, but never like I wasn’t capable of doing the workouts. I finished the program in 9 weeks and went on to run my first 5k in 33 minutes :). It gave me such a different kind of workout, boosted my weight loss and got me out of a plateau.
With running in mind, I’ll leave you with a recipe Ben and I tried out recently after a longer weekend run (can you believe I can run with him now?) : Buckwheat crepes. We usually like to refuel our tanks with buckwheat pancakes, but I thought we’d try something new. These came out alright, but not exactly as I’d expected. I veganized the recipe, so maybe the use of “flax eggs” instead of real ones made it too thick? Or perhaps I just don’t have the technique right for crepes. In any case, if you’re going to make the recipe and aren’t vegan, I’d try it with real eggs. If you are vegan, be sure to add liquid until you like the consistency.
[Vegan + Gluten-Free]
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
- 1 c buckwheat flour [you could also use 1/2 c buckwheat, 1/2 c all-purpose]
- 1 c milk [we used almond, but you can use any kind you have]
- 1 c water
- 3 “flax eggs” [whisk 3 Tbsp flaxseed with 9 Tbsp water and allow to sit for 5 minutes] or 3 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil -melted
- 1/2 tsp salt
Make your “flax egg” mixture and set aside for five minutes.
[it ends up gelatinous – this is what will bind everything together]
Whisk together the flour and salt.
Add in the milk, water, coconut oil, and egg mixture and stir just until everything is combined (this is where you’ll want to add more liquid if necessary – the batter should be very liquidy).
Heat a frying pan (or crepe pan, if you have one) to medium heat, spray/coat it with a thin layer of oil, and pour in enough batter to coat the bottom. Once it bubbles, flip it over and cook the other side.
Add your fillings and enjoy! – Get creative! We tried spinach, tomatoes, and goat chevre, PB+J, and coconut butter + jelly. They were all pretty freakin amazing.
Happy Tuesday!! I’m teaching a great new Turbo mix at lunch before multiple meetings, then capping the night off with a research class. Phew!
What’s your favorite post-run/post-workout fuel? How did you first get into running?
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