Oh man! This 3-day weekend was a much-needed one. Every Sunday, I always have this feeling of needing just one more day to recoup after a long week, and today I finally feel like I’m caught up. And the 2nd best thing about a long weekend? The next week always seems so short!
So what did I do with my 3 days off?
I woke up uncharacteristically early at 8AM for a bright and early run. It took a lot for me not to go back to bed, and I was a little more motivated because I wanted to try the ENERGYbits I got in the mail last week.
I wasn’t sure how many to take, but the instructions said 20-50, so I ate around 15-18 just to try them out. I also chugged a bottle of water and ate 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt with granola to fuel my run.
Unfortunately, I think all the food and water so early and right before a run was a bad idea. I did my first mile in 9:50, thinking I was pacing myself, but just after mile 2, I got cramps in THREE different places. Around that time, the sun had fully come out, too, and it was really beating down on me. It just got so tough and I did my best to breathe through it, but my time really suffered. I ended up doing 5K in 35:40, which is about 2 minutes over where I need to be to stay on track in my training.
As for the effect of the ENERGYbits, I definitely felt more focused and had more mental energy, even after my body was pooped. In my head, I could keep going, but my heart, legs, endurance, and temperature were all telling me to slow down.
I noticed that it’s definitely easier for me to run in the evenings, when my body has been nourished and hydrated throughout the day, and when I can give myself a few hours after eating to digest. Thankfully, my 5K race is at 6pm, so I think I’ll be well-prepared to avoid cramps and give it my all.
After my run, I came home and woke Troy up, who had a craving for pancakes for breakfast. Easy enough, right?
Well, up until this weekend, I had never made pancakes. Not from the box, not from scratch. Ever!
I’ve been on a baking kick, so I figured pancakes wouldn’t be that hard. I really wanted a vegan recipe because we were already having eggs as a side, so I hunted for one that used applesauce in place of eggs. I stumbled upon this recipe from What We Eat Is Laughable, and I modified it a bit for my tastes.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (not pictured)
- 3/4 cup almond, soy, or hemp milk
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.
- In a small bowl, combine the milk and applesauce.
- Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine until it reaches a thick, doughy consistency. I don’t have a mixer, so I did this step my hand.
- Heat a large non-stick pan or cast iron pan sprayed with non-stick spray on medium heat, and use a ladle or tablespoon to drop dollops of batter into the pan.
- Since this batter is a little thick, use a spoon to spread the batter into a circle and cook on each side for a few minutes.
- Cook one at a time, stack on a plate, and top with a combination of butter, maple syrup, or peanut butter.
The first pancake I made came out square, but after a few tries, I finally got this!
Not bad for my first try, right?
These pancakes came out sooooo good! I was actually really surprised by the taste, considering they were whole wheat and vegan. They didn’t come out as fluffy as regular pancakes, but they had a great flavor and made for a hearty, satisfying breakfast.
After breakfast, Troy and I headed to the pool, where I laid out and caught up on Fifty Shades Darker. It’s not normally my choice of literature, but it makes for a great poolside read.
When we got back, the Gator game was starting, so we relaxed for a few hours while we watched the Gators beat Bowling Green 27-14.
On Friday, I bought a Groupon for one of my favorite local restaurants, Tasty Buddha, and Troy and I decided to stop by there for a late dinner.
Tasty Buddha is a Gainesville staple. It’s a pan-Asian restaurant with lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Their most popular dishes are their curry and fried rice, ranging in spiciness from 1-5: mild to “no refunds.”
I ordered the chickpea and cauliflower tempura curry in level 3, which was absolutely heavenly. There was just the right amount of sweet and spicy curry flavor, and the veggies were grilled with just the right amount of crisp. The cauliflower tempura went amazingly with a side of creamy dill dressing, and the dish was a steal at $8.95!
I love Tasty Buddha because they use fresh, locally-bought food, and I can stand behind a restaurant that supports the community and puts out fresh, delicious dishes at awesome prices (less than $10).
Sunday started out being a pretty lazy day, but Troy convinced me to go to the gym, and of course I didn’t regret it, even after all the complaining I did before getting there.
I did the plyometric circuit Insanity video for a little cross-training, and I decided to bring out my old Saucony Pro Grids to play, since I noticed all the jumping and lunging in Insanity had really been taking a toll on my running shoes.
Insanity actually seemed a lot easier this time around, probably because of my increased endurance from running, but boy, am I sore today! It was nice to get back into it after two weeks and really see the progress I’d made.
While we were at the gym, Troy worked his magic to make sure our fantasy football draft was set, so at 4:30 we rushed home to get ready for our 5 o’clock draft.
Everyone on our team had all these clever names, so I texted Whitney for her naming expertise. We put our thinking caps (helmets?) on and she suggested “Let’s Huddle,” from which I came up with “Huddle Puddle.”
It’s cute, it rhymes, and I’m a girl so I can totally pull it off, right?
For the entire draft, I tried to get Troy to help me, but ultimately went with my gut instinct and the rankings for my picks, and ended up with a decent team. Aaron Rodgers is my QB, so all is right with the world.
After Hurricane Isaac came through last week, we got lucky with a weekend of beautiful weather. I headed to the pool after breakfast and laid out for a few hours, reading my book.
I know the weekend isn’t over yet, but the rest of my day will be pretty laid back and boring. I’m going to work out at home a little, then enjoy my last night of freedom before going back to a hectic day at work tomorrow.
I hope you had a great weekend!
Did you do anything special this weekend? Do you prefer going out and doing stuff you normally wouldn’t or just hanging around and relaxing on long weekends?