I love waking up to the sun shining, it makes such a difference in the morning and is a sure sign that Spring is on the way.
This morning started with a variation on Chocolate Covered Katie’s baked oatmeal cake. I am usually quite impatient in the morning and hate to take time over making breakfast, usually I just inhale it almost as soon as I am out of bed, but today as it is Sunday I thought I would take a little time over breakfast.
Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal:
- 50g Oats
- Splash of Vanilla Extract
- Generous sprinkling of Cinnamon
- Swirl of Agave nectar
- 60g Applesauce (I just blitzed a tiny apple with some water in the blender)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 small grated carrot
I baked it in the oven for just over 20 minutes at gas mark 5 and then at gas mark 9 for 4 minutes. Then I got it out of the oven and realised that I forgot to spray the dish first #fail. I was never getting it out of the dish in one perfect cake shaped piece. I gave it my best shot, but ultimately it ended up in several pieces, but it was yummy all the same. I topped it with a large spoon of nut butter and tucked it. It was really good, very filling and held me over until lunch time. I think next time I will try cooking it with the nut butter in and maybe adding some flaked almonds and raisins.
The morning was fairly uneventful, I spent time catching up on blogs and planning this afternoons run. I had a light lunch of the last of the sweet potato falafel, some salad and hummus, I did not want anything denser as I hate running after eating a heavy meal. The lunch did not tide me over well, so I made a delicious smoothie for dessert.
Heaven in a glass:
- 150ml soy milk
- 1 small banana
- 2 ice cubes
- small handful of frozen cranberries
- small spoon of peanut butter
- tsp ground flaxseed
- 2 dates
So yummy and refreshing and just what I needed. As it was so beautiful and sunny I decided to enjoy it in the back garden:
This afternoon I took advantage of the great weather to go for a run. I was originally planning on over 7 miles but I knew as soon as I started that it was not going to happen today. My legs felt super heavy almost as soon as I started so I decided to run my usual route but backwards which meant killer hills This does not really do it justice, but trust me its a pretty big incline especially after 4.5 miles:
I plodded along round the route, it was super slow and super easy but I was just glad to get out there and get some miles in my legs after a week off. I did some stretching when I got home which is something I don’t normally do….terrible I know.
Error #1 : I never warm up
Error #2 : I never cool down
There I admitted it, I am a terrible runner! I think I will make it my goal this month to make sure I properly warm up and cool down before and after every run, especially now I am looking to increase my mileage. Any tips for warming up/cooling down?
I refueled post run with a massive clementine which was lovely, sweet and juicy. I hate it when they are all dry and have no flavour. I also tried out the apple pie nakd bar:
Apologies for the quality of my pictures. I have been taken them on my blackberry which is why they look so dark/fuzzy. My camera is on the fritz so I will have to get it sorted.
I really liked the apple pie nakd bar. It was quiet dense and seemed like a perfect post run snack. It is filled with all natural ingredients, is dairy, gluten free and raw. I kept the packaging as I might try and see if I can make something similar. I will have to try out some of their other flavours.
So that was my Sunday, I am now off to eat a massive plate full of yummy veggies.
Oh and I almost forgot to introduce someone:
This is my little buddy Humphrey. He is 6 months old and he adores fruit, veggies and exercise just as much as me!