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A great long run with low-carb breakfast and a half mint brownie

Monday, February 06, 2012

I knew it was time for another long run today. This whole week I did not do that much running. It was partly difficult to find the time and my energy levels felt a little low so I only did a short mid-week run of about 3 miles.
Since I knew that training with the Maffetone method for several months now had prepared my body to burn more fat for fuel I decided to eat a fairly low-carb breakfast of yogurt, 1/3 banana, some cranberries and nuts.
I went out for my run about two hours later on a nice country road with wheat fields on both sides that only have stubble on them this time of year (looks like some of the farmers are doing the no-till method now). The road surface was chip-sealed and there were some hills. It was a beautiful run in sunny weather and it got warm enough that I could take my windbreaker off and run in just a t-shirt. I felt like I had a good level of energy today. On the way back I saw a Bald Eagle soaring overhead, the first time ever in our area and about a week after someone saw one in our town, and I could not take my eyes off him, making me run backwards for a little bit to watch.
My half-marathon is now just under 4 weeks away and I ran 10 miles today.
It took me 2hrs. 20 min. exactly, average speed about 4.3 mph, average heart rate was 135 bpm, but most of it was lower than that. I felt so good at the end that I decided to speed up a little for the last mile and let my heart rate slowly increase until it was up to 153 bpm at the end of my run. I was still not tired nor out of breath when I finished which felt great.
Later in the day I ran a few more miles with the dogs so I know I've done about a total of 13 miles today and I still have no soreness in my legs at all, I'll have to see how I feel tomorrow.
I burned around 1400 calories through exercise today.

My eating has definitely shifted away from grains/starches this week. I've included several servings of vegetables/day, about 2/3 of it raw, and to my surprise have not missed bread. My husband likes some more grain and probably needs the calories but I've really never liked plain-tasting foods.
Today I had some great salads for lunch at our co-op deli: kale slaw, cabbage/sesame/nut salad and a chicken-mango-veggie salad, all grain free. Afterwards I decided that after all that running I deserved a little treat and bought a small gluten-free mint brownie. Of course it still had a fair amount of sugar in it. It was delicious, but the amazing thing (for me anyhow) is, that I really enjoyed it but was quite happy to eat only half of it, saving the other half for my daughter. I can't remember ever not having finished a really good brownie. emoticon
I did not get too hungry for dinner, either, and had some spiced ground beef and an arugala/tomato salad.
Tomorrow is my day off and hopefully we'll be able to go ice skating and if the weather is good I'll try to take my horse out for a ride.
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    What a completely need day. Isn't it weird to lack a compulsion to finish something, even as you realize, "This is delicious!" It's like the littlest kids eat.
    2206 days ago
    WOW! I guess I had the opposite type of day, as i scoffed a fair bit! yet I am realisingthat my taste buds seem to have changed, as I find manythings too sugary. I will be back ontrack tomorrow, as I have now removed (by eating sadly) the temptors! I think there are a few more lurking around, i shall not hunt them down, and if I findthem, i shall send them packing!
    Great news on your run, enjoy the next 4 weeks of training!
    2206 days ago
    Wow, you had great workouts and a wonderful day.
    2206 days ago
    Nice job, this is all really coming together for you!
    2206 days ago
    you make such a good point about doing reruns of good days. I guess we just need to make good plans for future days and hope for the best, LOL.
    As far as appetite I have really seen a huge difference with giving up wheat. It did NOT take any willpower to stop eating that brownie. A truly new experience for me that will work as long as I eat slowly and enjoy every bite I do have. emoticon
    2206 days ago
    I really enjoy your blogs and the imagery of this one's run was so lovely.
    2206 days ago
    Great blog. Don't you just wish you could frame days like the one you just had and pull it out for a rerun whenever it's needed? It's so amazing on those days, when your appetite seems non-existent and only requires the bare necessities! You made some great choices! emoticon
    2206 days ago
    This was very motivating to me. That was awesome on the brownie...I give you great credit on that one!

    Bald eagles are awesome...we have a few around here and when we were in
    AK they were EVERYWHERE! You have to be very careful with small animals out there because they swoop down and grab them for food! emoticon

    Great going today!
    2206 days ago
    YASYAYAYAYAY! on the brownie and the run!! good going!
    2206 days ago
    It must be the day for treats. I had some almond butter toffee. It's wonderful to just be able to really enjoy a small treat.
    2207 days ago
  • GLC2009
    hello fellow horse and dog lover.
    the weather here has been wonderful too. i went for a ride yesterday for the first time in a few weeks (i'm not a die hard anymore, so, when it's raining or really cold, we just do ground work or a good grooming).
    tomorrow i will get my excercise by going to pick up a load of hay. throwing those bales is always a good way to burn a few calories.
    i've stopped eating bread and pasta and such too. although this weekend i indulged cuz i found some low carb tortillas and had to try them. they were delicious.
    still wading through 'good calories, bad calories' and looking forward to 'wheat belly'
    2207 days ago
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