I stupidly decided to run 10 miles on Sunday morning the day after the half marathon. The run actually felt fine, weather was perfect and I was with a few friends. Now fast forward to yesterday I attempted to run to the gym to add an extra 1.5 miles to my group run but quickly turned around to join Matt and O for the short drive. My calf was tight so I figured I could just use a longer warm up and take it easy. Not really the case I headed out with my group aiming for 4.5 or maybe 6 miles if all went well. I took it easy running 8:45-9 pace which wasn't terrible but achy and tight, boo! They decided to continue on for 6 miles and decided to be smart and go shorter. I made it about 2.5 miles and started walking. Walking was luckily pain free, but running was not. I had no choice but the finished the 4.5 miles but it was not speedy or involving too much more running.
I thought this injury was behind me and now it creeps back in! I already plan to take June as an easy, low mileage month where I will refocus my training but didn't want this to happen until after my marathon. Now I am strongly considering dropping down to the half instead. I have time to decide, but in the meantime I am icing, taking time off running (except the 1 Mile Race tomorrow). Guess it is back to cycling and the pool.
For now I can talk about my baking fun from last week. Another example of how one left over ingredient leads to another recipe. I saw similar muffins at the store and decided to make my own healthier version, they were a little dense but still good. The protein bars have been a great addition to my work snacks.
Pineapple Coconut Muffins
2 cups flour (I did 1 1/2 whole wheat + 1/2 coconut flour)
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Agave (more if you want extra sweetness)
1 cup dates (I added some apricots since I ran out of dates) soaked in water
1 ripe banana
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
Juice/zest of 1 lime
Puree banana and dates in food processor, add lime juice and agave combine, add 1/2 pineapple and mix. Mix flours, oats, soda and powder. Add wet into dry and combine. Add remaining pineapple and shredded coconut. Pour into muffin papers and top with coconut. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350F
Tropical Protein Bars
1 cup crushed pineapple
2 Tbsp Cashew Butter (could leave out)
2 Tbsp raw honey
1/2 cup dates soaked
3 cups oats
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
1 cup dried apricots chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Combine dates/water, cashew butter and honey in food processor until puree, add in 1/2 pineapple until mixed. In separate bowl mix oats, protein powder, coconut and apricots then add date mix and remaining pineapple to dry. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and press down. Bake 40-45 min at 325F.
What can I do next? Need to think of more fun food combinations, oh and some actual meals!