Running and Biking Sandwich

When I woke up on Thursday morning, I was treated to a sauna-like spa treatment in my own apartment. Although the forecasted high for the day was 75 degrees, the super had the heat turned on full blast. And nope, we don’t have an adjustable thermostat.

I had the usual coffee (half decaf) and then did a mini strength workout: 30 pushups, 30 tricep dips, 20 bicycle crunches, 20 regular crunches, 20 crunches with lifted legs, 40 reverse crunches, and stretching. Pheww. The sweltering heat in the living room really helped me to work up a sweat.

When I got to the office, I sliced up a banana (it’s hiding in there, I swear!) and topped it with some plain chobani and a drizzle of honey.

Chobani

With a generous amount of Kashi Honey Sunshine. Straight-outta-the box. Yum.

kashi honey sunshine

Lunch was leftover Octoberfest veggie chili and a cornbread vita top.  I added a dab of butter and it paired well with the corn muffin’s sweet taste. 100 calories and 6 grams of fiber – you can’t beat it!

Leftover chili

I was running around to meetings all afternoon, but I made time for a cappuccino and some homemade trail mix (pretzel nuggets, spiced almonds, cranberries, chocolate chips).

 cappuccino and trail mix

And then I went to the gym for a run-bike-run sandwich. I started off with 2 miles on the treadmill (~9 minute pace), then transitioned to a 6:30pm spinning class in the cycling studio. This instructor was TOUGH. We did a lot of standing hill intervals (the longest lasted for 9 minutes, ughhh) and my quads were feeling pretty trashed by the end of the 45 minute class. Once I hopped off the bike, I ran back over to the treadmill and ran for another 2 miles (~8:30 pace) and then I was done!

I’ve been liking my run-bike combos so much, that I have exciting news to announce! I signed up for my very first triathlon!! The triathlon is a bit unconventional – it’s in January and it’s indoors. Each participant swims in a pool for 10 minutes, bikes for 30 minutes, and then runs on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Rankings and places are determined by how far you go in each event. Now that my leg is feeling better, I’m getting excited about training for races again. I’m still bummed that I have to defer my NYC Marathon entry this year (the marathon is all anyone can talk about this week…) so being able to focus on something new is a really positive thing for me. Yay!

I don’t always do such a great job with re-fueling immediately after workouts, but I knew I needed some protein after my 1 hour and 20 minute Run + Bike. I had a McDonald’s gift card floating around in my bag for the past few months and I finally discovered a healthy use for it. I stopped by Mickey D’s and ordered up a child’s size low-fat chocolate milk jug. The 8 oz container contained 180 calories, 30 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of protein. The carb-to-protein ratio is nearly 3-to-1 which is ideal for muscle recovery. Bonus: it cost less than a dollar!

Chocolate milk

Once I made it home (I walked the mile or so from the gym – it was such a beautiful, warm night!), I was ready for FOOD!

I wrapped up a black bean veggie burger, hummus, hot sauce, mozzarella cheese, and arugula in a big whole wheat tortilla.

Wrap

And then for dessert: Fage 0% greek yogurt topped with dried cranberries and a big scoop of peanut butter. I felt like this dinner re-fueled me well!

yogurt

Despite a somewhat-restless night of sleep (mosquito bites!) my Friday started off pretty great – with coffee, 1/2 spiced pumpkin clif bar (love the holiday flavors!), and a 5 mile run with Alma. The weather was Autumn perfect – 50 degrees and dry. Also, highlight of the run – I caught a leaf!

leaf

The rest of my eats today have been pretty boring (leftovers, leftovers, leftovers), but I promise to be more creative this weekend!

This recipe for Almond Pear Muffins sounds amazing! I might need to test it out soon 🙂

Check out this article which details the Pros and Cons of the Elliptical

What if the alarm clock doesn’t go off on race day?? The NY Times talks to runners who experience bad dreams before the marathon. The good news? Those scary dreams are totally normal.

Question: Do you ever remember you dreams? I do! And mine are always really crazy….

  • I always remember my dreams and mine are usually pretty crazy too! If I’m stressed out in my life I always have dreams that I have tests that I have forgotten to study for!

  • Congrats on signing up! That’s awesome.
    I thought the cornbread vitatop was way too sweet the first time I had it, but then I had it with a creamy dish and it went better.

  • I did my first run/bike workout on Wednesday morning – a 45-min spin class followed by a 3-mile run – and I LOVED it. I will definitely be doing it more often and, hey, maybe I’ll even do a triathlon in 2010! I do love swimming!

  • Lizzy

    o i totally remember dreams, but they always seem to be the bad ones. last weekend 2 nights before my half marathon, i had a dream my sister passed out while running. not a good dream to have!

    Congrats on the decision to do a triathlon! Thats so awesome

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  • Tay

    Your first yogurt creation really looks like a to-go froyo creation! Could’ve fooled me!

  • Ada

    I’m doing an indoor tri as well! Are you doing the one at the JCC???

  • Ugh, NYC radiators and thermostats are something fierce when they want to be. The last apartment I lived in was a ground floor (Right on top of the boiler room), it was sweltering and downright tropical in the winter. It was such a shock to my system to walk outside and get blasted by the harsh, cold winter air. Good luck with your adventures in indoor heating!

    Sounds like you warmed up further with an awesome strength training sesh though. Kudos!

  • Kashi Honey sunshine, YUM! I tried it, using chocolate muscle milk and it tasty like chocolate goodness! I highly recommend it…

  • Yay Triathlons! I did two this summer and absolutley loved it! I would reccomend the LI Gold Coast Tri or the Staten Island Tri, if you’re ever interested in something more conventional.

    Side note – I made your Pumpkin Swirl Bread for the 2x yesterday evening, and it was DELICIOUS. The only thing I changed was more brown sugar and cinnamon in the swirl!! 🙂

  • glad you liked the pumpkin swirl bread! i bet it was delish with extra brown sugar and cinnamon. my fav way to eat the bread is covered with pumpkin butter or peanut butter 🙂