Wednesday, 18 January 2012

New blog

I've decided to try something new and move my blog to wordpress (mainly because of their pretty iPad presentation!) and also because the blog never ended up being about food, so the name of the blog doesn't seem to fit. I may still ocassionally post here (not that I think anyone reads this)

Anyway, read :)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

An epic Sizzler meal

I'm not good at blogging about things as they happen. In any case, this was dinner last night. I think I've said it before (or have I?) that Sizzler is great when travelling. Ok so it's not as cheap as it used to be, but it's fast and sort of fresh! I ate soup, 2 half slices of cheese toast (you can see it in the background), a giant plate of salad plus a small dessert, and I was finished in 30min! Plus you don't have waiters hanging around, and everyone else is so busy filling their plates that it's not all that obvious that you're alone. Well it doesn't feel that obvious!

Are you comfortable eating by yourself?

Long runs

Posting about today's run made me realize I hadn't made any mention of Monday's run!

It was the longest run I've done in a long time. I always mentally struggle with long runs, so lately I've been making an effort to increase my mileage in other ways. It's easier for me to run 18km with a 5km race in the middle, or to do a long warm up/cool down. I've also been making an effort to do midweek longish runs of around 15-16km.

In any case, I planned out a 20km route, left my watch at home and headed out the door. It was a nice route, running by the river at UQ then over the Indro bridge, through Tennyson and then home. I didn't know that there was tennis on (the Brisbane International), and when I realized I was too stubborn to re-route! Needless to say, the crowds were massive and it felt very strange running through there in a skirt and sports bra... Plus I got spotted by someone I know!

I made it home in one piece, and even treated myself to a vanilla powerbar gel at 17km. Warm, white, runny substances aren't all that enticing in the middle of a run...

I don't normally do gels, but sometimes I need something to look forward to in order to make it out the door. If I have anything it'll usually be honey, or chews. Much tastier than a gel! I Aldo figure that because I don't plan on racing longer distances yet it doesn't matter if I use something that takes longer to eat. I don't eat something on every long run, I'm undecided if I think you should train your body to be more efficient on empty. I usually just use the energy stuff for motivation!

What session do you find the hardest to get out the door for? And are you a believer in gels?

Just get out there

Sometimes there is no point making excuses. Today was one of those days where I was really hungry when I got home from work, so while I was checking FB and wasting time I ate way too many honey wasabi peanuts (delicious!) and then decided while I was at it to scoff down some chocolate. I can be good at self sabotage sometimes!

Normally I wouldn't run on such a full belly, but today I decided to just suck it up and go. It wasn't fast, but I was out there for 90 min and it felt good!

When have you proven yourself wrong about whether or not to exercise?