It has been quite a while since I have posted some food on the blog, and I actually have a really good post for Foodie Friday tomorrow, but I thought that I would share my breakfast in all of it’s glory. I was craving pumpkin today like no ones business. I made some standard oats with:
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 banana
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and flax seed
- topped with 1 1/2 teaspoons of pb mmm.
Since flying home to Germany from Baltimore, I have not gotten that much sleep at all. All of this travel has left me exhausted and dehydrated. I always have a problem coming back from the states. My workouts are always a little harder, and I’m a mess for the first week back. However, being that I haven’t run ALL week, I felt the need to get out and run 4 miles this morning!
Per my usual potty break before venturing out, I noticed my urine was dark yellow. This will be an interesting run.
So, I left the house wearing my FitBloggin’ T-shirt that I also was given this past weekend from Thriv with my ipod and garmin turned on and ready to go. (Sidenote: I was actually really impressed with how this shirt held up compared to my synthetic moisture wicking shirts especially b/c it is made from cotton and bamboo. The website claims that it is just as effective at wicking as your usual synthetic clothing brand.)
It felt so good to get outside after being inside like a hermit for the past few days trying to work on school and not pass out from exhaustion.
About 5 minutes into my run, my ipod stopped working. I looked down and found the headphone wires were almost completely severed.
Lovely. Well, I’m not turning around now. Not having music is not a good excuse not to run especially outdoors. Then, my garmin went on the fritz. Neither is not having a working garmin.
So, it was just me and the trails… for a while.
Since the weather has been nice, the insects are procreating making them highly abundant where I run. A few flew into my face as I was running. Hmm, maybe I should close my mouth while I am.. BAM. Right in my mouth. Actually, I started choking on the large insect and had stopped running. Just then, a man with a walker came up on the paved part of the trail. No, I’m NOT kidding. The Germans are highly active people even in their later years. I managed to get out a “Guten Tag!” and he just started laughing. He was probably wondering why I was the one hacking on this trail when he was the old guy walking just fine. Once I got PART of the bug out, I started running again.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time that I had swallowed a bug. Last spring during a bike ride, a huge yellow fat bug flew directly into the back of my throat, and I almost crashed. Nasty. But the ride went on, and so did this run.
Besides feeling tired during the run, it went slowly, and no more bugs were harmed for rest of the time. I was just happy nothing else went wrong. The bug, ipod, garmin, and slowness was enough to handle for this run alone.
I try not to be so hard on myself after I get back from a visit from the states because I know how it affects my body. Once, I tried to run like 2 days after getting back with my husband, and it was bad. Really bad. So, like I said before, I expect that it is going to happen and not beat myself up over it. I need to get over it by this weekend though because I’ve got a 20 miler planned, and it will be a long painful run if I’m not hydrated!
Going back to when I first arrived to my house, I noticed the insects have taken over my house completely! It is amazing what happens to a house when left unlived in for 3 and 1/2 weeks. The Germans don’t believe in bug spray, so the upside is the spiders have been doing their job at killing everything else in the house. The downside: As a result, there are lots of spiders. Oh well, at least they are killing the centipedes. Nasty. And yes, I still have yet to clean it up. I plan on sweeping and mopping tonight, thank goodness.
For the first two days of being back, I lived strictly off of lara bars and a homemade chicken pot pie that I had made before I left to the states for a month. Homework was more important than taking the time to grocery shop unfortunately, and with the hubby gone, it is not like I could of had him shop for me. This is what my fridge looked like upon arrival. And, it was like this until Wednesday afternoon. Nothing but condiments, Bisquick, sun dried tomatoes, butter, beer, and olives. Oh, and some Gluhwein in the back.
Much better. FOOD!!
My fruit bowl was happy. I actually would have gotten more fruit, but if you’ve ever been to a commissary, you would know that the produce selection is less than to be desired. I will actually have to wait a week for these avocados to get soft enough to eat.
Upcoming workout: 8 mile speedwork run followed by a 1 hour spin class tomorrow plus maybe some weights.
How do you deal with jetlag? It doesn’t even phase my husband!
Got to go! I‘ve got pumpkin chocolate chip cookies waiting for me in the oven.
Oh, and one other note: Notice my new header?! Cory from Zesty Blog Consulting did a fabulous job on my header! We must have exchanged around 43 emails to get this baby done. He was so patient! I’m so happy!