Jess Finds Balance

My journey to finding a healthy balance with eating, exercise, and life in general

The Little Runner that Could September 14, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Food,Opinion — jessfindsbalance @ 8:44 pm
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With my day off from exercise yesterday, I knew that today would be the perfect opportunity for a long run with my fresh legs. On my way home from work, I picked up a small iced coffee. I find that having some caffeine before my long runs makes them infinitely easier!

I also ate a slice of whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread right before heading out.

Dave came home from work early today (he still has a bad case of the sniffles) and took this picture of me before my run, with all my running gear! Getting ready for a run is quite the process for me. I wear a Camelbak that has a 1.5 liter capacity for hydration, my armband with iPod for motivating music, my Garmin Forerunner 305 and then my knee braces, too! Before heading out, I also take two puffs on my inhaler and rub anti-chafing goo all over my legs.

I think that my sporty Oakleys make me look like a mean army commander.

These are my knee braces.


I bought them both at Walgreens and are similar to one that I bought from a sports therapist years ago, which got old and icky so I threw it away. These are awesome for people with knee problems because they lift up your patella (kneecap) so it doesn’t rub, causing you pain. Of course, please take the advice of a specialist over mine! I can only speak from my personal experience.
My run was pretty awesome, overall. The first four miles were a battle and it felt like my legs were never going to get warmed up. Several points along the way, I considered turning my planned nine mile run into a shorter run, but with a little motivation and peppiness, decided to go for the 9 miles. Luckily, about halfway through, my legs felt much looser and the running became easy. When the end was in sight, I somehow found the energy to run at a 7:45 mile pace for a few minutes! I ended up finishing it all up in 1:25 and ran at an average pace of 9:24.

Still managed to smile after all that!

I spent a good 25 minutes stretching out my legs in my living room while watching an episode of Say Yes to the Dress on DVR.

For dinner, I decided upon a recipe I’ve been thinking about for the last few days. I made it up myself and it turned out to be delicious!
Roasted Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Black Beans in a Honey Mustard Sauce

I started out with a kabocha squash as big as my head.

I cut it in half

and then scooped out the seeds and icky stuff. Afterwards, I sliced them and tossed them in a bit of olive oil and sprinkled some salt and pepper on them. Next, I arranged them on a cookie sheet sprayed with lots of pam (to prevent sticking).

I roasted them in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes on one side, and then 15 minutes on the other. Ta da!

I also roasted some brussels sprouts while the squash was cooking. After washing them, I cut off the ends and quartered them, and then tossed them in olive oil, salt and pepper. I roasted those at 425 for about 30 minutes.

I added a can of drained and rinsed black beans to the bowl. To make the sauce, I mixed dijon mustard and honey (2/3 part mustard, 1/3 part honey), making enough to coat everything lightly and evenly. The ingredients themselves are so flavorful, it didn’t need that much sauce.
All mixed up.

My serving:

For some reason, I lose any appetite after long runs and eating can make me feel sick to my stomach. I managed to eat a few bites of this and then had to stop. I’m learning that it’s better to pay attention to what my tummy tells me. I’m not hungry today, but know that I will be ravenous tomorrow!

I am spending my evening by myself, since Dave’s at class. I have some piano playing and reading on the agenda!

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One Response to “The Little Runner that Could”

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