Thankful

Ahh, Saturday was close to perfect. I got a solid 8 hours of sleep and then woke up to this:

The usual coffee, 2% Fage Greek yogurt, a few tablespoons of PB2, and a sliced banana.

Breakfast

After an hour or so of stretching and foam rolling, I hit the road for a run. I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go, but I kept the pace easy and hoped for the best. The weather outside was great – sunny and 75 degrees without a trace of humidity. My stomach felt light, my legs felt loose, and I was feeling energetic. However, this run was by no means perfect. I had some twinges of pain in my upper hamstring and my endurance isn’t what it used to be. Fortunately, I stopped to stretch twice and it really helped my hamstring. This leads me to believe that my body needs some frequent stretching/foam rolling rather than more rest. Van Cortlandt Park was my turn-around point and the crisp weather and tree-lined hills made me feel nostalgic for cross-country season. I could almost hear the crack of the gun and the stampede of feet as I circled the wide fields. As I neared my nieghborhood, I picked up the pace a bit and burst from the shaded side of the street into the sun. As I headed down the last block home, I couldn’t have been happier!

Distance: 7.25 miles Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes Pace: 9:10 (approximate)

Sometimes running is painful and uncomfortable. Sometimes you do a run and all you can think about is how tired, hungry, or sore you are. Sometimes running is boring and there are a million other things you’d rather be doing. However, after 8 months of being injured, being able to go for a run is something I am incredibly thankful for. I never realized how much this activity meant to me or how much it is tied to my identity until I couldn’t do it anymore.

I refueled with an iced coffee (with milk) from Dunkin’ Donuts. I may have offended the employees with my sweaty self + sports bra.

Post-Run

I came home to batch #3 of olive oil granola, a pan of homemade peanut butter brownies, and all the dishes washed. Thanks to Nate!

Olive Oil Granola

Nate used the suggested amount of spice in this recipe and instead of using 3/4 cup pure maple syrup, he used half lite pancake syrup and half pure maple syrup. I think this was the best batch yet! I’m not sure what made the difference (I’m guessing it was the lite pancake syrup), but this batch was AMAZING! The oats and fruit and nuts clumped together more – the consistency reminded me a lot of the Bear Naked brand.

Obviously, I had to have a handful of granola right away!

Olive Oil Granola

After more stretching and some core work, I refueled with Powerade and some cherries.

Cherries and Gatorade

And then a PowerBar recovery bar that I’ve had since April. This bar has 12 grams of protein, but it could easily pass for a candy bar 🙂 It’s yummy, but probably not something you want to eat on a daily basis.

Power Bar

I met up with Nate and his family around 4:30pm and we took the sky gondola from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. This is such a cool place! The island sits between Manhattan and Queens, but it feels like a small town. The main street is full of little restaurants and shops and the slow pace is very different from New York City. Check out the Roosevelt Islander blog for more info!

We stopped at a restaurant called the Trellis for dinner. The menu had so many options, but the stuffed avocado really caught my eye. My plate was piled with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and red onion and then topped with 1/2 an avocado and egg salad. The creaminess of the avocado and egg salad made dressing unnecessary. It was delicious! My stomach thanked me for all the veggies, protein, fiber, and healthy fats I consumed 🙂

Egg and Avocado Island

Alongside, I enjoyed a piece of italian bread with buttah.

Egg and Avocado Salad

We walked around the water and enjoyed a break from the city’s frenetic pace.

Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island

Squirrel

Once we got back to midtown, we paid a visit to Dylan’s Candy Bar. This place made me feel like I was in the Wille Wonka movie!

Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan's Candy Bar

Gummie candies were encased in the steps!

Dylan's Candy Bar

It was fun to explore!

After we said goodbye to Nate’s fam, we headed back home. Around 9:30pm I was STARVING. Today’s run and all the walking I did later in the day really revved up my appetite. I topped two Wasa crackers with a pile of feta cheese. A little messy, but it hit the spot!

Wasa and feta

Later on I had one of Nate’s homemade peanut butter brownies with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream. Mmmm…

Homemade brownies