In every training cycle there are workouts and long runs that feel nearly effortless, inspire confidence, and make you feel like you’re a bad ass.
Saturday’s 14-miler was definitely NOT one of those runs.
It could have been the gin gimlet and Corona I drank the night before. The accumulation of the previous week’s mileage. Or maybe the warmer than usual temperatures. But whatever it was, the run was difficult and I more or less felt like crap. The first 8 or so miles were run on the dirt bridle path in Central Park and then I headed West to the Hudson River Path. I was feeling sort of fatigued at this point, but figured I could bust out the last 4 miles at half-marathon pace. Meh. That didn’t quite happen. I ended up running miles 11 & 12 at a pace about 15-20 seconds slower than half-marathon pace and decided to just take it easy on the final two miles. I was mad thirsty, my legs were tired, and I was generally feeling cranky about my run. I’m not going to lie – this run was not a huge confidence booster. Unless some drastic change occurs over the next 2 weeks, I think I might need to run Brooklyn as a tempo instead of racing it at full speed as I originally intended. Ah well. At least I know I’ll be able to finish the race!
The splits weren’t as bad on paper (on screen?) as they felt at the time:
Anyway, enough of the womp-womp! This past weekend was generally awesome in many other respects. Sunshine, 70 degrees, Pancakes.
I’m usually not a huge pancake fan, but after reading about Gweneth Paltrow’s recipe in the latest issue of SELF magazine, I had the urge to whip some up. However, I made a few changes (1/2 whole wheat flour, skim milk, etc). And chocolate chips! The pancakes had a nice fluffy texture which was surprisingly considering the whole wheat flour that I used. I would make these again, for sure.
Sunday Morning Pancakes (serves 3-4 OR 1 Megan and 1 hungry Man-friend)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 organic eggs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I made my own buttermilk by adding 1.5 Tbs white vinegar to 1.5 cups of skim milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes)
- cooking spray for the pan
- chocolate chips, strawberries, maple syrup for topping
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
- Whisk eggs, meltedbutter and buttermilk in another bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Don’t overmix or the batter will become tough!
- Put batter in the fridge. Go for a 4 mile run.
- When you come back from your run, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and spoon batter onto pan (I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to ladle out batter).
- Cook until surface of pancake is covered with bubbles, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
- Top with maple syrup. Devour.
The pancakes were just the beginning of my Sunday, however. After months and months of cold, windy, snowy, dreary weather (have I mentioned how much I dislike winter?!?), Warmth has finally returned to the Northeast and I am determined to enjoy it to the fullest. Leslie and I made a pact that no matter how hot and sunny it gets this Summer, we.will.not.complain.
I frolicked a bit in Central Park while drinking an iced coffee (a.k.a. life blood).
And then ate Bloomingdale’s frozen yogurt with granola for lunch. It tastes just like plain Fage 2%!! I’m convinced it is a nutritious meal choice. Don’t try to convince me otherwise.
The man-friend prefers his froyo to be of the chocolate/coffee variety. I had to help him finish his dish. (Someone needs to step up their froyo game, ahem).
The day of good eats continued at a guacamole recipe contest at The Bell House in Brooklyn. My lady friend Sofia whipped up a crazy delicious Indian-inspired guac and a big group of us congregated to show our support. I drank Brooklyn lager, sampled at least a dozen different kinds of guac, and hung out with a mix of running buddies, blogger friends, and college pals. Plus the man-friend. If I could pick an ideal way to spend a Sunday evening, I’m pretty sure this would be it.
Even better news?? Sofia and BT’s coconut-curry-raisin guac (don’t knock it till you try it) won the People’s Choice Award.
What are your thoughts on confidence boosting workouts/runs? Are the weeks leading up to a big race an indicator of how you’ll actually perform? Help.