8 x 400m = Kombucha Reward

Happy Wednesday! Despite the rainy, cold weather I’ve had a fairly good week of training so far. I slept through my alarm this morning, but luckily Alma woke me up in time to run 6 miles before work. However, I did have to run pre-coffee. Oof, I am not used to that.

 Last night I headed down to the E. 6th Street Track for a Tuesday evening workout with the Central Park Track Club.

  • 1.5 mile warm-up
  • 8 x 400m @ 5K pace with 200m jog recovery
  • Splits: 94, 91, 90, 89, 89, 89, 89, 87
  • 4 x barefoot strides on the infield
  • 2 mile cool-down
  • 6.5 miles total

Technically my 5k pace is about 6:40 per mile (1:40 for 400m), but I think I’m in better shape than that, so I was happy to run ~90 second quarters (6:00 mile pace). The last 100m or so of each repeat hurt a bit, but all in all, I felt strong during this workout. Shout outs to Elgin and Shelby– great workout buddies! And doing barefoot strides on the soccer infield was fun! I’m trying to incorporate more strides and barefoot running into my routine – I think it will help me to focus on being a more of a mid-foot striker (vs. heel striker). Studies and books like Born to Run show that being a heel striker can lead to more impact and more injuries.

My camera situation is still in flux, so please excuse the camera photos, but I’ve had a few exciting eats to share with you:

1) An amazingggg “junk salad” that I ate on Tuesday: romaine, arugula, shredded carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, red onion, ratatouille, sweet potato salad, 3 bean salad, feta cheese, whole grain croutons, and sriracha sauce. Salad bar <3.

salad

2) After Tuesday night workouts, I reward myself with a trip to Whole Foods-Bowery. Last night I finally sampled the “on-tap” Kombucha. What’s Kombucha, you ask? It’s a fermented tea with a TON of health benefits.

“Scientific research shows the benefits of Kombucha, whose high concentration of probiotic-rich acids can provide a powerful energy boost, and detoxify and cleanse the blood of disease-causing toxins, allowing the body to alleviate a wide spectrum of ailments and conditions; from the mildest indisposition to the most serious diseases.” [Source]

The taste can take some getting used to (it’s fizzy and sort of vinegar-y), but I like it!

kombucha

3) After dinner last night, I dug into my newly-made Smitten Kitchen chocolate sorbet. Holy cow, I don’t even like chocolate ice cream all that much, but this was AMAZING. Deep and chocolate-y and even sorta healthy! This recipe is made from just a handful of ingredients: unsweetened cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, sugar, vanilla, salt, and water. The consistency was soft and not icy at all. I topped my sorbet with a big dollop of truwhip and some unsweetened coconut flakes.

The texture of the sorbet was much better than my peanut butter ice cream. I think the following factors contributed to its success:

1) I stored the ice cream canister in the freezer for 48 hours – it was VERY cold.

2) I allowed the machine to run for 30+ minutes (about 5 minutes longer than the suggested running time). This allowed for more air to be incorporated and thus a creamier texture.

3) I stored the sorbet in a flat, shallow container vs. a tall, skinny container. This makes it easier to scoop!

sorbet

Greek yogurt is a runner’s best friend! Check out my guest post on my friend Matt’s blog – Eat With Me. Don’t have time for your own blog, but love food? He’s accepting contributors!

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Today is “Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger Day”! Donate what you would normally spend on lunch (approx. $10) and feed 15 hungry children! Tickets are also still available for the Taste of the Nation event benefiting Share Our Strength. The NYC Taste of the Nation event is next Monday (May 17th) – I’ll be there! Fab restaurants such as Blue Hill, Gramercy Tavern, Dirt Candy, Telepan, and Pure Food & Wine will be providing the grub. Can’t wait!

Question: What’s your favorite type of protein? Chicken? Tofu? Eggs? Beans?

  • I just posted about why I don’t like kombucha.
    http://www.marcigilbert.com/?p=179
    I gave it a try for a few months about a year ago, and then stopped. Expensive, really fizzy, and I didn’t see any added benefits after a while. I wanted to like it!

  • Hannah

    Just read this article in the Times and thought you would enjoy it. A vegan Ultramarathoner!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/sports/13runner.html?hp

    I tried kombucha once and couldn’t stomach it. It made me feel all weird inside!

  • Nice fast splits there– awesome that you are feeling faster than the pace you have been accustomed to!

    I think my favorite protein source is probably beans, most specifically edamame. I find more ways to incorporate them all the time. But, in terms of something more “meat-like” I really prefer tempeh above tofu and other products. It goes great on sammies and in stir fry.

  • So, I love spicy food. Due to constant mentioning on your blog, I picked up some sriracha sauce and tried it for the first time on a quick dinner of scrambled eggs last night.

    Man, that is some hot stuff!

  • I work right by the Bowery Whole Foods, and whenever I’m picking up groceries there on my way home, I’m tempted by the on-tap kombucha. I always talk myself out of it, though.

    Yesterday, though, after my organic chem final and head-clearing walk, I treated myself to a bottle. I don’t it’s ever tasted so good—much-needed recovery.

  • Hmm I am a big fan of legumes and beans and I love me some eggs! Protein = my friend.
    Glad to hear you’re feeling fit enough to run such fast splits! You rule.

  • I’m a meat girl all the way. (Erm…that came out wrong!) But I am learning to enjoy tofu more lately because it’s so versatile and inexpensive.

    The tea sounds interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed it at WF…where in the store is it?

  • I love beans and eggs for tofu – quinoa too!

  • Awesome workout girl! I love chicken, but it MUST be properly prepared, no McDonalds fake chicken haha.

  • Barefoot running on grass feels so amazing! I wish I made more of an effort to incorporate it.

  • I’m more of a beans gal, but I do sneak meat in there!

  • LR

    I LOVE kombucha! I like GT’s Synergy kombucha because it has a little bit of fruit juice to add flavor. It makes me feel really balanced and energized. Too bad that it’s so expensive!

    I like chicken, eggs and sometimes tofu. Not so much the beans though.

  • I love that workout…awesome!

  • You just inspired me to pick up some Kombucha either tonight or tomorrow as a pre-race boost!

    Great runs lately woman! And I never drink coffee before I run, but it seems to work really well for you. I MAY try a little bit before my race on Sunday. Although that would go against the rule about not trying anything new on race day. Arggh!

  • I love running 400s. Sort of. Maybe not that many of them, like three. But y’all did yours nice and speedy!
    I used to buy kombucha, but realized that I don’t really like it enough to warrant the sticky explosion that usually occurs when I open the bottle. Never had it on tap…curious…I’d probably give it a go. Gotta love that essence of vinegar.

  • jess

    i spent 2 afternoons per week at that track in high school! and believe me the commute from west tribeca to east 6th street is not pretty… or quick. but the view of the water is nice during warmups and cooldowns =)

  • fave protein? DAIRY. preferable cheese and yogurt. i love.

    and i am getting used to kombucha. key words: getting used to.

    and you are a running machine.

    the end.

  • Yeah for barefoot running! I just finished a barefoot 5K at six months pregnant! yippee!

  • I am a huge PB person! I usually can’t get enough and I really love those machines like at Earthfare where it grinds them right there!

  • I love Kombucha. I know it taste somewhat gross but I am addicted to it. When I miss my daily dose I just don’t feel the same. It may be all in my head. I am glad to see the trend spreading though.

  • I’m also trying to incorporate barefoot running in my routine. I used barefoot running sandals that I made with the help of invisibleshoe.com.