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Running, Relaxing, Red Mango and Pizza

 

 

Running, like most things in life, tends to have a cumulative effect. You know, the whole day after day of doing something thinking you have got it all under control until one day you wake up and it hits you like a ton of bricks.

Friday morning’s run is best described with bricks. In my legs.

I shouldn’t have been all that surprised considering I have increased my mileage a bit over the last month or so without really feeling it. Until Friday.

I knew it was a lost cause in the first mile and since I preferred to save myself for Saturday’s long run, I didn’t push it.

Saturday was slightly better which may or may not have had to do with my midrun snack of choice:

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I had stopped bringing jelly beans with me on long runs in favor of raisins but for whatever reason, went back to jelly beans on Saturday. I can’t really say though if they do much other than give my mouth a refreshing burst of sugar around mile eight.

With the half marathon now in less than two weeks, I am already cutting back my mileage, especially after the bricks on Friday and feeling a bit more tired than usual after running on Saturday.

In fact, I did something I rarely do over the weekend – relax. Rather than run from errand to store to errand, I made sure to sit down a bit more on the couch, catch up on television under a blanket and keep the computer screen as far away from me as possible.

I even let the whole concept of relaxing carry over into Sunday morning when I slept in well beyond my usual get up and go time.

May I just say that I enjoyed every second of it.

Of course I still got out of the house for the important stuff.

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With only a spoonful of Mighty Maple left in the pantry, I wasn’t about to choose rest over my favorite peanut butter.

Now, talk to me about this sign posted in Red Mango:

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Clearly Red Mango has felt the cumulative effect of giving those cute little cups that allow us to sample our way through the store.

While I understand why they want to keep us from eating away at their profit margin, I can’t help but feel annoyed by such a limitation.

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My parfait was delicious though.

Whenever I started to get too mental during Saturday’s long run (you know, when your head starts calculating miles and telling you that maybe you aren’t enjoying yourself and should stop) I quickly turned my thoughts to how much more delicious my  food would taste in the hours following my long run.

I wonder if there is science to support my theory. Laugh if you want, I am truly convinced that something happens to the taste buds that helps to enhance the flavors of everything my mouth comes into contact with for about 12 hours following any hard run or any run over seven miles.

And this pizza from Saturday night was no exception.

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I need more pizza in my life.

With three pizza places to choose from every quarter-mile on Long Island, my vegetarian heart goes out to Villa Monte because they make a seriously massive whole wheat crusted vegetable pie loaded with asparagus, broccoli, spinach and I don’t even know what else since I drown it all in an extra side (or two) of marinara sauce.

In fact, I love this pizza so much that I may declare one night a week pizza night and pick this up for dinner.

Normally I buy Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough and we make pizza ourselves. I cook most nights of the week and truthfully, it can get a bit exhausting.

I monitor all of the sales at the grocery stores and stock up to save money where I can but the more I calculate things, the more I realize that certain meals, such as my favorite pizza, may come out to the same cost or even less than if I were to make dinner for us at home.

If only I could figure out a way to rationalize the Whole Foods Food Bar.

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What do you carry with you for long runs – jelly beans, gels….?

How many nights a week do you cook?

Favorite pizza place?

 

 

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  • IHeartVegetables March 31, 2014, 7:26 am

    Haha that sign at red mango made me laugh. Your parfait looks excellent though!!

  • pickyrunner March 31, 2014, 7:40 am

    You certainly know how to fuel for a run! I’m all about the jellybeans/swedish fish during my runs, and pizza/froyo after. Whenever people ask me at work what I recommend for a long run, I’m honest and say candy. I hate gels and they do the same thing as straight sugary snacks, so I don’t see why I should pay for something that tastes like crap. This week I’m not even going to the grocery store since I won’t be home a single night. This life gets crazier by the minute.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 31, 2014, 10:57 am

      Totally agree – I don’t see the point of paying for specialty candies and gels when you can get the same benefit from real versions of jelly beans, other candies or even raisins. Not to mention, a lot of the sports versions have ingredients I really don’t think are so great for you anyway.

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 31, 2014, 7:52 am

    I had a pretty killer weekend of snowboarding, so I’m definitely relaxing today. If I can get off my couch, I will consider that a success. Sometimes those lazy days are just needed, ya know? And the same goes for pizza. We have a really awesome artisan pizza place here called Famoso that I absolutely adore. And luckily, it’s about a 10 minute walk from my place 😉 I think I know what might be on the menu for dinner tonight…

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 31, 2014, 10:55 am

      I never sit down all that often to relax but once I do, I realize how necessary and enjoyable it can be.

  • Tina Muir March 31, 2014, 8:08 am

    Yum! You did have a great weekend! Lots of yummy sweets in there I see! I used to use jelly beans, but now I am more fot gels, but still havent found my perfect long run fuel. I am going to keep searching.

    Pizza seems to be on everyones mind right now, I would love a slice….mmmm! Favorite pizza place, Giordanos in Chicago. SO good!!!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles March 31, 2014, 10:54 am

      OMG Giordanos!!!! I loved that place and used to eat there all of the time whenever I was in Chicago! It’s funny – back then, as in 1998, I was still a sheltered New Yorker who thought no pizza was as good as New York pizza but over time, I learned to appreciate and love Chicago style pizza! Oh and Gino’s East. Boy do I need to get myself back to Chicago…

  • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 31, 2014, 11:19 am

    I LOVE that there is asparagus on that pizza! Yum, yum! 🙂

  • jumpeatrun March 31, 2014, 1:29 pm

    I miss NYC pizza so badly…and I didn’t even have any while I was there! Love the mid-run jelly beans – that’s my fave too!