Thursday morning started off with a quick 4.5 miles up the Promenade. I really noticed the difference between the Park and the river run – WIND! Even though I was dressed appropriately, the wind really made the run challenging. I refused to let myself quit though and was so proud of myself by the time I’d finished.
I’ve been honing in on the negative thoughts I’m prone to having while running lately. A few weeks ago, I headed to Central Park for an 8 miler and, when I got to the beginning of the big hill at the top of the Park, I just refused to let myself give up. Sure, I slowed my pace a bit. But I ran that entire hill! I felt like Rocky at the top of the stairs in Philly when I finished and it was fantastic.
Thursday’s run presented similar challenges. Between the wind and the sparse population (thus adding to the sketch factor), I wasn’t really feeling it. Instead of giving up, I told myself to just go a little further, to the next lamp post or garbage can or wandering vagrant guy. Well, I told myself to keep running past them, actually, no stopping!
When I reached the turnaround spot, I was pretty tired. I’d pushed my pace, the wind was whipping across my face, and I couldn’t find any good music on my iPod. Again, though, I told myself not to quit. I’d run a marathon for crying out loud, and I could handle another 2+ miles. Sure enough, as I sprinted up the incline by Gracie Mansion, I knew I’d won. I’d beaten the mental demons and could tack this run onto my list of successes.
How do you break through negative thoughts in your life?
The only downside of my run was that I was running late for work so I had to speed walk the 2 miles to the office. Somehow, I made it to my desk with email open and reviewed by 8:56am. Another success!
My meals for the workday included:
For breakfast, I tried the Iced Pumpkin Pie Clif bar. Meh, I was not so impressed with this. It had a strange smell before biting into it, and didn’t really taste like much of anything. Certainly not pumpkin pie, that’s for sure.
Since I’d worked out in the morning and raced through a pretty light breakfast, I was famished by noon and happily heated up another big mug of sweet corn soup. There’s something so comforting about eating soup out of a mug!
Served with two portions of soy crisp rafts, my stomach was warm and happy by 12:30. Success!
Sadly, since I’d never eaten one before, I didn’t know my little persimmon wasn’t quite ripe yet so it was the most tannic, unpleasant bite of food I’ve ever had. Honestly, one small bite sucked all the moisture out of my mouth. Bizarre! Since I didn’t have my afternoon snack, I was starved on my walk home. I stopped at a cart and bought a baggie of mixed roasted nuts and ate it in about 5 seconds. I also picked at some food once I got home, but I knew I needed to save room for the dinner festivities. Lindsay is a VEGAN GODDESS! She and her beloved invited us over to sample some of her cookbook recipes and we were so impressed with everything. 4 recipes tested, 4 delicious, delectable successes!
1. Enchilada casserole made with sprouted corn tortilla
2. “Cheeze” dip – Lindsay informed me this was her FIFTH attempt at this recipe. So glad I was around for this one and not the previous four. It was smooth, a touch salty and fabulous with some blue corn chips!
3. Unpictured desserts (I’m a bad blogger) included fresh gingerbread and a mexican flourless chocolate cake. Yum and double yum! Lindsay wished the gingerbread was more moist, but I thought it was perfect just the way it was. Spongey and spicy!
I wish I could eat at their place every night and I can’t wait to do some recipe testing this weekend (and, most of all, for the cookbook to hit the shelves next Fall!). I love knowing that Lindsay’s recipes aren’t full of obscure or processed vegan ingredients. They’re accessible and delicious!
Not only did she fill my belly and provide great conversation, but she also sent me home with one of the first vegetarian cookbooks she and her husband ever used – Entertaining for a Veggie Planet, by Didi Emmons. I’ve only gotten to flip through the book for a few minutes, but I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!!
Even though I wasn’t vegan for the day, I was vegetarian and almost entirely organic. Still a success, right?
Okay, off to work I go! TGIF!!