This weekend I decided to lace up my running shoes and head out for a few miles. I haven’t been running as much as I’d like lately because I am busying trying out all sorts of fun new workouts for the blog. No complaints there! But feeling that pavement under my feet and the methodical in and out of my breath is sometimes exactly what I need to clear my head and settle back into life.
I will have to pick up my running routine soon enough to start training for March’s Rock and Roll half marathon. But until then, I didn’t worry about splits or distance and just enjoyed the journey. And it was easy to do with views like this one. Somehow, DC can make even the dreariest and foggiest of days look achingly beautiful. I just had to stop and capture it. And Instagram it. And share it. The blogger in me wins every time.
The run itself went really well. I aimed to complete five miles and somehow sailed through nearly seven. I hadn’t run in a week and think my body was just ready for a good old fashioned jaunt. On my way back I took a few moments to do ab work on parallel bars hanging out by the trail.
How did I take a photo of myself while holding this position, you ask? Well, for reasons that escape me, an older couple walking by snapped a photo of me with their camera. I thought this was mildly creepy, until I remembered the blog. The blog! I must have a photo for the blog! So, in exchange for allowing them to keep their creepy voyeur photo of me working out, I asked if they’d take one with my camera too. They obliged. And so ends the story of the photo of me on the parallel bars.
I rounded the bend and headed home for a good stretch. All of the barre workouts I’ve been doing have inspired me to work on my flexibility, so I was excited to set aside some time to really show my hips/hammies/glutes who’s boss.
And then it was time to eat! I tried my hand at making a flourless, protein-packed pancake recipe I had originally seen on fANNEtastic food. Shoutout to Anne for always having fun, easy, and healthy ideas for post-workout snacks. And she lives in the DC area, too! If you haven’t browsed her blog, go check it out.
The recipe involved:
- two whisked eggs
- one mushy banana
- 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- cinnamon to taste (I used pumpkin pie spice – tasted great)
Banana and eggs? I know, it sounds gross. But trust me on this one. I also think it’d make a great bring-to-work breakfast if made the night before. Try it out and let me know.
But back to the recipe. Combine all of the ingredients and throw them in a pan over medium heat for ten minutes.
Don’t touch it until at least 10 minutes have passed. It really needs to cook all the way through before you flip it. Once you do, it will only be a minute or so before the entire thing is ready to eat. Ta-da!
Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! Let me know if you try it out – I’d love to hear your thoughts.[line]
Tell me about your quick and easy post workout snacks![line]