7:15 a.m. Run 6 miles.
Yes, I am crazy for running in these temps, but it honestly wasn’t that bad. I wouldn’t have been able to go more than 60/75 minutes, but I thought it would be much worse than it was. My hip didn’t hurt, which I was happy about. It does not do well on fresh snow that is sand-like. The extra lateral motion and unstable ground really aggravates it.
8:45 a.m. Breakfast: gluten-free toast with avocado and egg + 1/2 grapefruit + 2 Peanut Chocolate Protein Bites (all that went unpictured)
10:40 a.m. Run 3 more miles
I would have run more outside this morning, but I had to get back to take care of Cullen, so I ran a few miles on the treadmill at the gym. Usually my hip hurts with anything over 8 miles, so I was really happy it made it to 9 miles for the day with no pain. I know there was a break in between the two runs, but I’ve done other runs with mileage in this range with a 12 hour break, and my hip has still acted up. I’m wondering if it did okay because I wasn’t running on slippery, unsteady surfaces for the second part. I need to test it out a couple more times with runs like this and see if it responds the same way.
11:10 a.m. Lift weights and do rehab exercises for my hip flexor
I spent a good 45 minutes lifting weights and doing exercises the PT prescribed for my hip labral tear, which is a lot of glute exercises. As I was leaving the gym, a reader of my blog said ‘hi,’ so whoever you are, thanks for saying something. Sorry I was too flustered to get your name!
12:30 p.m. Snack: string cheese
I usually try to bring a protein drink with me, so I can drink it in the car on the way home, but I completely forgot. I did have this piece of string cheese while shopping at Target to try and hold me over.
1:00 p.m. Banana + Coffee-Vanilla Peanut Butter
I was starving when I got home, so I grabbed the first thing I could think of. This Coffee-Vanilla Peanut Butter is from the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook, and if you haven’t made it, do it now! It is so, so, so good!
2:30 p.m. Lunch. . . finally: Lighter Asian Noodle Salad with chicken + tortillas and salsa
These were leftovers from last night, so it came together very quickly. I added sauteed chicken this time around, which was much better for filling me up.
3:00 p.m. Still hungry. . . .snack: goat cheese + crackers
I usually try to eat more calories in the morning, but when that doesn’t happen, I know I’ll be eating extra in the afternoon. Also, can I just say how much I love this combination!?!
3:30 p.m. The sweet tooth kicks in: tea + a handful of mini chocolate chips
5:30 p.m. Dinner: Bacon Kale Potato Soup + spinach salad + toast
I asked Cullen what he wanted for dinner, and he requested salad and soup, so that’s what we had. Luckily I had some Bacon Kale Potato Soup that I had taken out of the freezer, so while the soup was reheating, I whipped up this salad in no time, remembering to keep it simple with spinach, strawberries, shredded Parmesan, and a random dressing I had in the fridge from another packaged salad mix.
8:00 p.m. Snack: tea + English muffin with butter (that Cullen didn’t eat)