After a few days of rest and easy-easy miles, I felt ready for a longer run. A bunch of my teammates were running the Scotland 10K in Central Park on Saturday, so I planned to do a long run beforehand. I slept a little later than I intended, so breakfast was more rushed than usual – black coffee and a luna bar.
After a few miles solo, I met my friend Jacqui for the bulk of our long run. We paused after about 10 miles to cheer for the 10K racers. Cheering was almost as much fun as racing…maybe even more fun! We stationed ourselves at the top of the West Harlem Hill (2.5 mile mark) and had a blast cheering and screaming our heads off. I love how inclusive the running community is. I had no idea who most of these runners were, but at that moment they all felt like my friends. Hah, I know that sounds so corny, but it’s true! We finished up our run by running down the West side. At this point I had run 13+ miles, I was thirsty, hungry, sweaty, and tired. I decided to run just a little bit longer in search of a Starbucks. Finally, I spotted the familiar green logo of the ‘bucks. I pulled out my sweaty $5 bill (sorry about that barista….) and ordered a grande iced coffee with sugar and soymilk. Heavenly.
Rehydrating with iced coffee may not be the wisest of plans, but it tasted delicious. However, when I got to the 72nd St subway entrance my metro card was nowhere to be found. Normally this would only be a minor inconvenience – I’d just buy for a single ride. Unfortunately, a single ride now costs $2.25. And guess how much change I had left from my coffee? $2.22 – three cents short. %$#@^!!
I thought about asking a stranger for a nickle, but then I chickened out. Instead I began the trek uptown. I walked for 2 miles and while it wasn’t exactly pleasant (my legs hurt! I was hungry!), at least the weather was nice. Somewhere around 100th street, I couldn’t take walking anymore and decided to just run the rest of the way home (iced coffee in hand). Finally, finally, finally after 15 miles of running and 2 miles of walking – I was back at my apartment. Moral of the story? Don’t forget/lose your metro card on a long run.
The empty coffee cup.
3 cents shy of a subway fare….
Obviously I was a hungry beast after all that running. I toasted up some Ezekiel sprouted grain bread and topped it with almond butter, jam, and sliced banana. Plus lots more almond butter straight from the jar.
And greek yogurt.
After showering and folding the laundry that I had washed…errr 24 hours ago, I was ready for more fuel. I guess this meal would be considered lunch? I made a delicious smoothie using a banana, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 cup almond milk, 1 Tbs raw cacao, and 2 big handfuls of spinach. Unfortunately smoothies are 1) not very photogeneic and 2) I drank most of it before I remembered to snap a photo. It was good, I promise.
And a big pot of stovetop popcorn – made using 2 Tbs canola oil and 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.
If your roommate buys you some dark chocolate with sea salt, how do you show your appreciation? By eating some, of course. Thanks Alma! This is my all-time favorite type of chocolate 🙂
The remainder of my day was spent watching Mad Men Season 3 on netflix (!!) and babying my legs (esp. the right IT band). The living room resembled a physical therapy office – ice packs, foam roller, the stick, and arnica cream (love.this.stuff!)
Umm, I almost didn’t take a photo of my salad. It truly is what my blog friends Holly and Chelsea deem a “junk salad”. I just threw whatever I had in the fridge into a bowl and called it dinner. The mix involved: spinach, chopped celery, sauerkraut (yeah, I know…), dried cherries, pinto beans, feta cheese, kashi TLC crackers, and sriracha sauce.
And then some of this dangerous delicious ice cream – Edy’s girl scout cookie Tagalong flavor. 12 servings? Umm, this carton will maybe last me 4 days. Maybe.
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