This morning’s smoothie turned out smooth, creamy, icy, and sweet. Just the thing to make me feel like a champ.
Combine in a VitaMix or blender:
1 small ripe banana
3/4 cup frozen pitted cherries
1 cup of ice
1 or 2 handfuls of spinach
1 cup of almond milk
I’m not sure if it was the smoothie, the egg sandwich I had after, or just the right combination of things, but I had the most incredible jog today. It really couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been feeling pretty down the last few days. I found out last week that I have high blood pressure. It was a huge hit to my psyche. I really identify as a person who values my health and works hard to maintain it. So it was a bit of a blow. More than likely given that I’m 34, and live a healthy lifestyle it’s probably genetic. I also have two immediate family members with hbp. Still, it sucks, and it’s taken a few days to sink in. I’m under good treatment for it now and it’s already gone down a bit.
Today’s workout really lifted my sprits. My favorite place to run (and favorite park) in Seattle is Discovery Park. I highly recommend you visit if you’re in Seattle. It’s a beautiful place even if you don’t hike the entire Loop Trail. I love the constant changing scenery, the perfect amount of hills and the fact that it’s quiet in the morning and during the week. I did a combo of walking/jogging to finish the 2.8 mile trail in 44 minutes. This is a very good time for me given that it’s a trail with some big hills and I haven’t jogged in over two weeks. Back when I did triathlon I think my fastest ever time jogging the entire trail was 33 minutes. Or 11/mile. My fastest ever average mile on flat surfaces was 9/10 minutes. So I’m very pleased! I didn’t really plan to jog at all but I had so much energy I just went for it. My main goal was to keep my heart rate between 125-150. I burned 450 calories according to my hrm. I just felt so GOOD. I finished and nothing hurt, I didn’t feel wiped out. I think the key is yoga. When I was a jogger in the past, I always did yoga twice a week as well. For some reason I just stopped the yoga. After that I was plagued by injuries. I was also running at that magic time of the day between 9-11 am which is my peak fitness time.
I’m hoping to stay on this path of yoga + jogging because it seems to work for me.
I also made some granola bars today which I’m calling Champ Bars because today has been a Champion day. I’ll post that recipe later in the week. 🙂