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Runner's High (Finally)

Pizza & Pool Friday
Last night Jason and I had our typical Pizza and Pool Friday evening. I decided to get a little crazy with my pizza half for a change. Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking posted a recipe recently that reminded me of a fantastic pizza I used to get at this fun little place called Cafe D'Aroma (sadly long closed). So for my half I sauteed onions with a small bit of agave (trying to get caramalized flavor), portobellos, sundried tomatoes, and Quorn nuggets. I put down a bed of spinach then added my onion and mushroom mixture. I topped with small bits of goat cheese and walnuts. Jason's half was BBQ and hot sauce, Quorn nuggets and sauteed onions and bell peppers. The whole pizza was topped with Daiya Vegan Mozzarella.

I totally flaked on taking pictures, but I can assure you it was quite tasty.


Runner's High 

This morning was like a true fall morning. The air had a nice, crisp quality and was only 62 degrees at 8:30 am. I was so excited thinking about a pleasant, longer run down on the river trails. I ate my typical oatmeal and let that settle before we decided to get around to the run. Jason was going to bike after the run so he had to pack up his bike and gear as well. So, we didn't get started on the run nearly as early as I was hoping, in other words, it was warmer than I was hoping. But, it was still pleasant enough and super low humidity.

I set out with no expectations other than enjoying the change of scenery. I wanted to do at least 4 miles, but was hoping we would make 5. So we ran out 2.5 meaning 2.5 back. We were both feeling pretty good and ended up hitting 6.5. I thought, why stop now so close to 7 miles. So, we pushed it and made it a little over 7 miles. This was my longest run and it seriously felt great. I have never experienced runner's high, but I did today. On the drive back to the house I was simply giddy and even giggly.

The one major fail? I forgot sunblock. Thankfully, I did not get burnt, but this is something I am typically very meticulous about. I did remember to put the sunblock on my face, I just blanked out apparently. I guess I was just too excited thinking about the run. The second no-no of the day came after the run.

I had chest and back on tap for today, but started to think I shouldn't do weights after such a long cardio. Maybe it was the endorphins and runner's high, but after I got home and grabbed a snack - a Raw Revolution bar (see review below), I headed up and took on the weights. Mind you, this is NOT something I would recommend. Was it my best weight workout? Not at all. But I knew that it wouldn't be because I had used up my energy on the run. But it wasn't a bad workout either. I got it done. I did supersets of 3x8:

SS#1
Flat bench chest flye
Flat bench chest press

SS#2
Alternating dumbbell rows
Underhand rows

SS#3
Incline chest
Incline chest press

SS#4
Pullovers
Horizontal row

Staggered bench press - 16
Lat band pull downs - 16

I will say that by the time I was done, I was really and truly DONE. I was super shaky and couldn't get food fast enough. See, I know better. Do as I say, not as I do.

Post Workouts Patio Time
After shoveling a wrap down and sucking down a ton more water, I decided to relax with a book on the patio. I didn't stay out too terribly long though. I don't have a backup book and this one is just not grabbing my attention. Also, my knee was bothering me, so I went in and got cleaned up and iced it down and also rolled my arches on a tennis ball (Maddie gets so annoyed that I won't let her have my tennis ball). 

Tonight we're going to a baseball game with friends. It's going to be a perfect evening for a ballgame. I have no idea what I'm going to do for dinner. Might grill up some veggie burgers and sweet potatoes. That's sort of an appropriate meal for a ballgame night and for a holiday weekend right?


Raw Revolution Bar
First, I apologize for the Amazon link. I was going to link to the website, but it appears to be down.


I wanted everyone to be able to see the ingredients and nutrition and see a picture (yes, this is me being lazy too). Anyway, Jason snagged up some of these bad boys after his last triathlon. They are raw, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free. So they are awesome for so many different diets and those with allergies. This one was a Spirulina & Cashew. It's not very sweet, which is ideal (for me) after a workout. I can't stomach some of those sickly sweet bars. I don't recall seeing them at Whole Foods, so I am not sure where they are sold. Maybe their site will be back up soon. Have any of you ever tried this brand?

I hope everyone is having a great start to their weekends!

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