Fight Runner Boredom

A few weeks ago I was on a long run with my boyfriend, Alex.  The planned distance was 10 miles.  Prior to this, 5 miles was the furthest he had ever run.  I’m not sure I advocate for jumping from 5 to 10 miles just like that, but that’s a whole other post!  Point is, he was not used to the excruciatingly longer distances.

At mile 6, he took his headphones out and said, “I’m bored.”  I replied, “Just let your mind wander!”  He responded, “I did!  I have nothing left to wander on!  Can we talk now?”  Mind you, I’m someone that needs to run with my headphones in, and that’s it.

On my most recent run, I found myself getting bored, and I reminded myself to just let my mind wander.  We really don’t get to ever just let our minds wander and go wherever they want to go in this crazy, connected world we live in.  We always have to be “on.”  Sometimes it’s nice to just let our mind go to wherever it needs to go.

If you’re the type to get bored on your longer runs, I’ve decided to put a list together of things to think about while you’re running.

  • What you’re going to eat after
  • What you’re going to make for dinner
  • Meal plan for the week
  • A conflict going on at work or school
  • A relationship conflict
  • Things to go on your grocery list
  • Christmas presents for people
  • Your plans for the upcoming weekend
  • Goals you have for yourself and how you’re going to achieve them
  • If training for a race, imagine yourself in the race and crossing the finish line
  • Finances – How to save money etc
  • Decorating ideas for the house

What are some of things you think of when you run?

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Weekend Recap

Hello Monday!  Here’s to a good (and fast) week ahead!  This weekend was filled with some good, old Halloween and Fall fun with some fitness and meal prep mixed in!

Friday night the bf, Alex, and I spent working on our halloween costumes.  Okay…okay…so maybe Alex was doing most of the work.  He says I was just sitting on the couch or just standing and watching.  I call it supervising.  After a good two weeks of serious contemplation on costumes, we settled on being Google Maps.

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The finished product

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I know, stereotypical couples costume…feel free to vom now.

The costumes were for a costume run we did with some friends on Saturday night, called Run Like Hell.  The distance was 6K.  Since we obviously had no chance at winning for the fastest time, our only chance at winning was the costume contest.  We ended up winning for “Most Original.” I”ll take it!   And yes we did run the whole race with the big red points on our head.

image5We came home from the race hungry for din, so we quickly reheated some chicken from the night before and steamed some broccoli, put some Liquid Aminos on there for some Asian flavor and boom…Asian Chicken and Broccoli.

image7Sunday was a gorgeous Fall day, so after going to spin class, doing some work around the house and work for school, Alex and I headed out to a local outdoor mall, “The Promenade,” to walk around and do some browsing in stores.  image10

 Snapshot from our ride to The Promenade

Afterwards we got some dinner, and I treated myself to some crazy loaded fries, followed by pizza.  It was obviously ah-mazing, but now I’m back on track for the week!

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Alex was haaangry.

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That’ll teach him to make stupid faces. I’m sure he didn’t think this was going anywhere.

All day we were waiting for it to get dark out so we could head out and check out some of the houses voted best decorated for Halloween in the area.

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Some things I prepped this week in terms of food…

Shredded chicken in the slow cooker.

image18I put 6 chicken breasts in a slow cooker and covered them with a low sodium and fat free chicken broth.  I put it on high for about 3 hours and then shredded them with two forks.  I plan on mainly putting this on my salads for lunches this week.

I also prepped a batch of my butternut squash soup.  I had a small bowl for lunch on Sunday and saved the rest for lunches during the week.

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And that was my weekend in a nutshell!

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Bars

You didn’t think I would let Fall pass without putting out at least ONE pumpkin recipe, did you?!  I came home from work Monday evening feeling super ambitious for some reason, which is odd considering I spent the previous three hours teaching off-the-wall children.  After dinner, I got out my canned pumpkin puree and went to work creating a sweet, pumpkin concoction.  Into a bowl went some pumpkin puree, oat flour, pure maple syrup to sweeten it up, chocolate chips, some spices, eggs and voila…chocolate chip pumpkin pie bars!

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I have to admit I was expecting the bars to come out with more of a bread-like texture, but they ended up coming out with more of a pumpkin pie texture, which is totally fine!  They were still delish, just not what I expected to happen. Ahh, the joys of experimenting in the kitchen. :)  But they’re so much better than pumpkin pie because they have joyous little chocolate chips in them. They also lack the crust, making it automatically healthier and less calorie-dense.  They’re a little bit gooey, moist, and sweet (but not too sweet) with some spice.  Damnit, I love Fall!picstitch-5

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. oat flour (simply ground oats in a food processor if you don't have oat flour)
  • 1/4 c. + 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ginger
  • 1/4 t. cloves
  • 3/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 baking dish with coconut oil, ghee, olive oil, PAM, or whatever else you prefer to use.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Pour mixture into the baking dish, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Insert a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean before removing from oven.
  4. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Serve chilled and store any leftovers in refrigerator.
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