Hi guys! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, though I’m definitely slightly depressed it’s already over. I woke up on Saturday feeling kind of sick with a sore throat and runny nose, so I took a lot of Dayquil, relaxed, and drank tons of fluids. Luckily, I woke up Sunday feeling quite a bit better, but still not 100%. This morning I was actually supposed to go up to Philly for the day to see my nephew and sister, but I can’t go since I’m still feeling a little sick and can’t risk giving it to either of them!
I had a 10 miler on my training schedule for this weekend and really didn’t want to miss it, so I made myself do it yesterday even though I still felt a little off. The weather was absolutely beautiful and perfect for running, but the run was SO tough mentally. Normally before a long run, I really try to sike myself up for it and look at it as an exciting opportunity rather than an obligation (fake it til you make it, right?). Yesterday though, I had to literally force myself to go even though I didn’t really want to, and it made the run tough. One thing that’s great about a run, no matter how long or short, is that I always come back feeling so happy I went, even if it was tough getting out there and during the run itself.
Something that didn’t help was that I completely overdressed for the run. I had on a thin long sleeve running jacket, and about 2 miles in I was so hot that I was sweating like crazy and still had 8 miles to go! I was running pretty much directly in the sun, so I tried to roll the sleeves up to elbow level. That worked, except it kind of cut circulation off to my hands since it was to tight around my elbow, so I had to keep putting my hands by my sides to get the blood flowing again. So annoying! But, I made it.
My first double digit run since my half marathon in September – so over 5 months! I finished the 10.0 miles (exactly) in 1 hour, 38 minutes, 52 seconds, or a 9:53 pace. Here’s the breakdown:
- Mile 1 – 9:35
- Mile 2 – 9:47
- Mile 3 – 9:45
- Mile 4 – 9:37
- Mile 5 – 10:06 (very uphill)
- Mile 6 – 9:42 (very downhill)
- Mile 7 – 10:18 (was fading)
- Mile 8 – 10:07 (shot blocks starting to kick in)
- Mile 9 – 10:03
- Mile 10: – 9:55
As a reward to myself, I went to Trader Joe’s. Sad, no? I love Trader Joe’s, but it’s not the closest grocery store to me, so I don’t make it my regular grocery store. It’s always a treat when I make the trip out there.
I had been trying to do a $50 weekly budget for eating, but that proved really hard, so I’ve upped it to $75 a week. This includes breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for me, and sometimes dinners for Wil. Most of the time I don’t spend the whole $75, but sometimes I go a little over, especially if I make a few trips to separate stores. Yesterday, I spent $68.97, and I was out of a lot of staples that I needed to replenish so I think I did quite well. I haven’t showed you guys what is in my shopping cart for a while so I thought it’d be fun to do. Let’s take a look!
- Bell Peppers
- Green Onions
- 4 Fuji Apples
- Baby portabella mushrooms
- 4 lb bag of oranges
- 7 bananas
- Goat Cheese Medallions (2 pts+ each)
- Light Shredded Mozzarella (1 pt+ per 1/4 cup)
- Mini Whole Wheat Pitas
- 100 Calorie Dark Chocolate Bars (3 pts+ each)
- 2 tubs nonfat plain greek yogurt
- 2 blocks Organic Tempeh
- 2 containers organic tofu
- Liquid Egg Whites
- Cooked Brown Rice
- Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Sesame ($3.99 at TJ’s, which is a lot cheaper than other places. 2 pts+ a slice)
- Frozen blueberries
- Frozen Strawberries
- Frozen Mango Chunks
- Frozen Pineapple Tidbits
- Organic Fire Roasted Tomatos
- Sweet Kernel Corn
- Chunky Salsa
- 2 cans Organic Kidney Beans
- Taco Seasoning
- Frozen Organic Sweet Corn
- Vanilla Meringues (3 pts+ for 4)
I think I did quite well considering how much stuff I got and that most of it was organic! Menu ideas for dinner this week include:
- Tempeh Chili
- Mexican Corn Tortilla Casserole
- Soba Noodles with Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
- Quinoa Burgers on Whole Wheat Pita
Tell me what your absolute favorite grocery store is! I love Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but I also adore Wegmans (even though I’ve only been there once!) and occasional trips to Asian grocery stores (like H-Mart). I just love grocery shopping, so I can’t pick one.