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Hey friends!! It’s FRIDAY TOMORROW and I can’t WAIT! Friday’s are the BEST!
Thanks for your lovely (half!) birthday wishes on my post yesterday!! You are the BEST! And guess what happened today?! My AMAZING best friends surprised me with a half-birthday celebration!! They had baked a chocolate birthday cake, peanut butter cookies, dark chocolate and chocolate chip muffins! Seriously, how well do they know me?! I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, but I got to take the leftovers home so took photos then, and trust me they won’t be around for long!
They baked it all themselves and it was their first time baking vegan goods and they tasted SO delicious!! I had so many cookies and muffins, chocolate and two slices of cake. Hey, it’s my birthday!
All that sugar actually fuelled me SO well for a speedwork run! Based on Page’s Shreadmill run post today:
1 min at Distance/Long Run Pace (7.50 min/mile)
1 min at Goal Pace- 30 secs faster (7. 20 min/mile)
2 mins at 5k pace- (6.40 min/mile)
1 min at fast/hard pace- (6.10 min/mile)
+5 min warm-up @ 7.55 min/mile and 5 min cooldown @ 7.40 min/mile.
I did a Page and got my last interval down to in the 5 min/mile zone!
This was so FUN and it was great to change things up! Repeated the intervals five times and felt GREAT the whole time. Also did 30 mins on the elliptical afterwards. I am going to be fuelling all my future runs with cookies and cake methinks!
Day 29- Goals for this month
So I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers post their March goals, and I have a few of my own!
1. Train well. NOT overtrain of course, but stay focused, stick to my plan (which I’ll be talking about on Saturday) and this way I’ll be able to do well in my 5k race. This includes doing a lot of cross-training and at least one rest day– both my body and my mind need to chillax sometimes!
3. Do a yoga session at least once a week. I do a few yoga stretches every day before bed, but since my yoga class got cancelled in January, I haven’t done a full session! I want to do at least a 40 min session once a week– I miss it!!
4. Rehydrate properly. I am seriously lacking in the rehydrating area. I drink a LOT of water but never replenish my salts, so I get a lot of muscle cramps and headaches as a result. I’m going to try to work on this this month and hopefully see results.
5. Join a gym. I quit my gym a few months ago because I felt it was getting too expensive for me, and have been using it on a pay-as-you-go basis since then. But I calculated yesterday that I am paying almost DOUBLE what a membership would cost me! So I think it’s time to sort that out!
6. Perfect my cinnamon-raisin peanut butter recipe. So many of you requested the recipe after I made it on Tuesday, but sadly it was only okay…not raisiny enough and too dry. So I WILL perfect it so we can all bathe in the nutty-cinnamony-raisiny goodness.
7. Help others more. I want to start doing something that will benefit others, because sometimes I feel so self-centred, and I would really love to do something that will make a difference to other people!! I’m thinking of helping out with the youth group at my church or at a care home or something like that.
8. Wash my hair more often. No elaboration needed.
Do you have any goals for this month? I could list hundreds to be honest, but I don’t think I’d be able to acheive them all!
Are you a gym member? What is most important to you when looking at gyms? Price, classes, location, facilities, etc…for me, price is a big deal, but location and classes are also pretty important.
What is your exercise/run fuel of choice? Mine is Clif bars or PB+banana on toast normally, but now it’s cookies and cake!!
ENJOY your Friday lovelies!!
Today is a day for CELEBRATION!! Not just because of my exciting news yesterday (tangent: you are all SO amazingly lovely and I felt so much love from your comments that I hugged myself…yes I’m sad…) but because today is…MY HALF BIRTHDAY!!
Half birthdays are *almost* as important as the Big Day for me. Possibly because it’s another excuse to eat cake…but birthdays are just the BEST!
Triple Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal. Made with coconut milk, and cocoa powder, and topped with coconut butter and unsweetened coconut. YUM!
I love cookies. Especially giant oatmeal-raisin ones. Can you believe I haven’t had one of these bad boys since I became a vegan?! Well I sure made up for lost time! They were DELISH and many of them were enjoyed…
(Recipe from the Happy Herbivore book). I had forgotten how much I LOVE oatmeal-raisin cookies! Never again will I go so long without these in my belly…
Birthdays are for chillaxing, and having a rest day, whilst watching your fave TV shows:
(Excuse the slightly dodgy photo- taken halfway through eating! )
My mum’s homemade Chunky Vegetable and Bean soup, with mashed potato and broccoli. Comfort food at it’s best.
Katie’s Banana Muffin for One, with chocolate chips. And I wished really hard and blew out that candle. Can’t tell you what I wished for of course, but I’m sure you can guess…! (hint: yesterday’s post!)
Birthdays are the BEST!!
Do you make a big deal out of birthdays? I LOVE birthdays!! Presents, cake and everyone you love around you…what’s not to like?!
Do you have any birthday traditions? My mum always makes me a nice dinner of my choice. Nothing beats your momma’s food, right?
Where would be your dream place to go on your birthday? New York to see my family, or Hawaii because it’s hot and I’ve always wanted to go!!
Have a great rest of the week friends!!
P.S. THANK YOU for the responses I’ve had to the Featured Athlete posts I’ve had so far! I will email you all back on Friday, k?
HAPPY PB LOVERS DAY friends!! I only found out about this a few hours ago through Julie’s post, otherwise I would’ve celebrated it more, but I DID make a good effort with the little time I had…
I will officially taste-test it tomorrow, and if it passes, then expect the recipe!! And from what I’ve tried so far, it is gooood stuff!!
1/2 cup oat bran, 1/4 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1.25 cups water, a TON of cinnamon and lots of raisins! I added a lot more raisins to stir in and then finished off the packet. I am a dried fruit ADDICT!! It was delish!
So you may have seen earlier that I Tweeted about some exciting news I have to share! Even more exciting than that peanut butter!! Get excited you guys!!
Exciting news #2: You may know that I have been doing a LOT of speedwork over the last few months, as I had entered a 5k trial for this Saturday that is competing for the chance to represent my London Borough in a national junior race. I filled in the application form, where you had to write down details such as a predicted race time, current top speeds for the mile, etc., have that checked and confirmed by someone, and then they would invite you to come to the trial.
In some ways, it’s a shame, because I sorta did want to prove myself in that trial…but I now get to compete definitely and I am SO darn excited!! This means training HARD…race day is April 17th…I can’t WAIT!!
And I got my priorities straight as far as fuelling goes!
Yeah the Lindt choccie wasn’t actually part of the fuelling, I just had to get some because I finished my last bar (in 3 days…) and I’m addicted. Priorities people.
They are the bomb. If you haven’t tried one, DO IT NOW!
…Team Poverty!! I will be a runner for Christian Aid’s Team Poverty! I really felt called to apply join the team, and God answered my prayers! Although fundraising a lot of money won’t be easy, I knew it was something I have to do, and I’m so excited for it!!
I can’t wait to raise money and hopefully run a sub 1.40 (maybe even sub 1.35…?!) half! Ambitious, yes, but I’m sure I can do it with a lot of hard work!
Have you had any exciting news lately? Or are you hoping any news comes your way? So much exciting stuff is happening, I don’t know where to start!! Tell me some stuff and make me even MORE excited!!
Did you know it was PB lovers day? Did you celebrate it? I didn’t know, but hey I celebrate it every day anyway!
Have you ever run a race as part of a charity team? What races have you got coming up? I’ve never run as part of a charity team before, but I did run the Cancer Research Run 10k and raised money through that. And I’m going to be doing a half before that, and a 10k Race For Life with some friends. Exciting times people!!
Love you friends!! Have a great day!!
*Edit*: Sorry to anyone who had problems getting to my site (it was down for 10 hours!)!! Stupid self-hosting switch…I did warn you I would do it wrong!! 😛
Blue sky?! At 7.30am in London in winter?! Seriously, I haven’t seen blue sky for months, especially not at this time in the morning!! It made me so HAPPY!
First half of the pre-set ‘Hills and Valleys’ hill workout done in 7.47min/mile pace, then upped the pace to 7.30-7.13min/mile for the last half. Then I continued the hill theme on the Summit Trainer, which seriously kicked my butt!
And no, my hair is not that wet because I sweated THAT much, but because I used the gym showers for the first time! Usually I wait till I get home…gross or normal?
I topped mine with more unsweetened coconut and drizzled with agave. It was DIVINE. I love Pancake Sundays! I did end up eating the last one as I walked ran to church. To be honest, I think my neighbours are used to the sight by now…
I spent the rest of the day in my battle with self-hosting, reading blogs and recipe books, avoiding all work, and working on my project which will be revealed soon! I also made more balls, because apparently I can’t go more than two days without them in ma belly…
Balls make me happy
It’s SO easy you guys! 1 can of chickpeas, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp maple syrup (or agave), cinnamon and salt combined, then spread out on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 mins, turning once. And THIS will make YOU happy, trust me!
And clearly, chocolate makes me happy too! Chocolate for breakfast, snacks, and dinner!!
Another thing that makes me happy is YOU guys! I think of you all as my friends, because I’m cool and not at all sad…
ANYWAYS one thing I LOVE is ‘meeting’ new friends or finding out more about you guys who are already my buds. SO I’ve come up with an idea to let us get to know each other a little better. On Mondays starting from next week, I want to run a little ‘Featured Athlete’ guest post. Here’s how it will work:
Sound good? Please drop me an email if you’re interested! Even if you’re not interested, pretend you are for me and offer to do it anyway, k? It will make me very happy!
So what has made you happy today? Other than the chance to be a Featured Athlete of course!
Are you a person who showers at the gym, or do you wait till you get home like me? I like using my own shower! I think people might throw things at me if I did my usual shower karaoke in public!
What are you looking forward to this week? Tell me some exciting things por favor and make me excited for you!!
Have a great week friends!!
I started my morning restraining myself from throwing my computer across the room in frustration at all this self-hosted confusingness. It was okay, I took some time out to cool down with some comfort food…
Now you all understand and so there is no excuse not to join me in my geekiness– you know you want to really!
More chickpea and socca loveage with ANOTHER socca pizza! Yes, that is two days running!
Can’t beat it- too easy to make and too darn yummy!!
And finally, the hummus I’ve been promising since The Dawn Of Time:
Basic Hummus recipe (adapted from The Barefoot Contessa)
This is my favourite hummus recipe! I love it and it is so simple to make! If you have the time, or are slightly insane like me, shelling your chickpeas is a worthwhile task! Makes it much creamier, but isn’t necessary.
A Puy Lentil burger (sans mayo+relish) from the Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Went out with the parentals for lunch, and I wolfed down ma burger- very yummy!
Chocolate, pizza, and a burger? The three main food groups of a healthy diet right there, right?
Tomorrow I’m going to share something quite personal to me- a project I’m working on at the moment… So stay tuned guys!!
Do you rely on comfort food in times of stress? There’s a reason I keep chocolate on me at all times you know…aside from the fact that I’m addicted, it keeps me stress free and on a constant (sugar) high!
What is one food you’ve been loving lately? Chickpeas, like every day. Chocolate, always. Do chocolate covered chickpeas exist…?
Got any good plans for the rest of the weekend? Tackling my Sunday Hills in the morning, Pancake Sunday, church, then gluing myself back to the computer to try and work out my blog issues!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend friends!!
Hey friends!! Hope you’re having an amazing day!! Today, it’s a Thirty Day Thursday!!
Day 30- Highs and Lows of this month
Seeing as this is the last Thursday of the month, I thought it’d be a good time to tackle this one!
Low: That first day my ankle issues also resurfaced. Damn ankle.
Low: Having ‘Aunt Flo’ visit, but not ACTUALLY visit. An oh-so-subtle period reference there! So spending that day feeling bleugh.
High: Getting a FOOD PROCESSOR! Highlight of the year so far probably!!
High: Making homemade Dark Chocolate Dreams!!
Low: Having a bad run.
High: Powering through that bad run thanks to all my inspirations (which includes YOU guys!!) and turning it into a GREAT one.
Are you seeing the chocolate theme there too?
High: Discovering balls and babies.
...to name just a few! I love balls.
…but the most fun ‘race’ of my life:
High: Having an AMAZING day in London, hitting Whole Foods, a hummus bar, and having the most delicious vegan dessert I have ever had.
Chocolate Raspberry Torte, you WILL be replicated in my kitchen. And SOON.
High: Going to the BEST talk EVER on Sports Nutrition by a specialist who has WORKED WITH MY HEROINE, PAULA RADCLIFFE!
(By the way, Monday’s Reader Request post will be some of the things I learned from the talk, as a LOT of you asked about it, and I can’t wait to share!!)
High: Tomorrow!! Early morning spin class, then I am going BACK to my beloved Whole Foods Kensington (3rd time this week!!) but this time I am going with my momma!! It’s only right that she gets to see my second home (and by that, I mean pay for all my goodies…! ) and I’ll also be taking her to the giant bookstore and maybe to the movies too to see Black Swan…we’ll see! Looking forward to it though!
Going to share some great recipes with you tomorrow too, which I WOULD have done today, but this post is kinda long enough as it is! So keep a lookout for my Friday Favourites tomorrow!!
What are YOUR highs and lows of this month so far? I’d love to hear what’s made YOU happy so I can celebrate with you, and what’s made you sad so that I can send you virtual hugs.
Have you got any good plans for tomorrow or for this weekend? I think my weekend will be more chilled, but I’m so excited about my busy day tomorrow!!
Have a great Friday tomorrow lovelies!!
P.S. Go check out my guest post on Jemma‘s blog! My Top Ten Training Tips 🙂