Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WIAW Returns! {Long Run Eats}

hi guys! i haven't participated in WIAW in awhile (mainly because i've been lazy and haven't captured a full day's eats in quite some time!) but i'm excited to be back this week!!

these meals/snacks are all from monday, when i did my long run of the week for my half marathon training plan.

before i left the house, i had my usual pre-run breakfast of toast with almond butter and coffee. i let it digest for an hour or so while reading blogs and then started to get ready to go. i couldn't find my usual sour jelly beans that i've been using as fuel on long runs, so i stole one of my dad's cappucino hammer gel packets (he bikes a LOT so we have lots of fuel-type things around the house!).

i set out not sure what to expect on my run. i just recently spent 3 days at college orientation and didn't work out any of those days, and i had done BodyPump the day before (i originally hadn't been intending on doing my long run on monday, but that's just the way my schedule worked out).

but, despite my doubts, i had a great run! i did a big loop starting at my house with a few water stops planned out along the way. around mile 6, i took the gel and drank a bottle of water. i honestly was expecting it to taste disgusting, despite my love of coffee, but i LOVED it! it tasted kind of like a mocha frosting or something, and didn't mess with my stomach one bit. new favorite running fuel!

(the overall run was at 9:07 min/mile, i just finished with a pace of 8:44, in case you were wondering!)
i finished my run feeling on top of the world, and like i could've added those 3.1 miles without too much more trouble. i'm feeling really confident and i think i'm going to do my solo half marathon sometime in the next week! WOOHOO!

yep, i'm a crazie. :)
when i got back, the first thing i did was blend up a green monster. (i think i need a shirt that says 'will run for green monsters' because it's SO true!) in the mix was a few fresh strawberries, a cup of plain greek yogurt, a cup of frozen mixed berries, ~1/2 cup frozen spinach, and almond milk.

i also had one of my mom's homemade bran muffins, warmed up with some almond butter. YUM!

then we got to work on making my brother's and my tshirt quilts! ever since we were little my mom started saving tshirts from important stuff once we stopped wearing them, and i've been adding to the pile of favorite tshirts ever since. the plan was to make my brother Jay and I tshirt quilts for college, and i'm SO excited that it's finally actually happening. i spent most of the afternoon picking which shirts i wanted, helping my mom cut them, and laying them out.

here's what my quilt/blanket is {hopefully} going to look like!

i love all of the color and happy memories all of those shirts hold, so i can't wait for it to be finished! (also, my mom is the BEST! i got home from work today and she was already starting to sew my quilt!)

while we were cutting the shirts, i had an unpictured bowl of cookie dough ice cream as an afternoon treat. then, we headed to target and whole foods for some fun shopping! i got sheets, pillowcases, and a mattress pad for my dorm room (more on that later, i'm planning on doing a big post with everything i'm bringing next year further in the future!), in addition to lots of fun foodie goodies! while we were walking around i got one of the new starbucks refreshers berry drinks. it was pretty good!

here's the {food} loot from both target and whole foods:

  • peanut butter panda puffs
  • 2 jars of Barney Butter
  • a box of truvia packets (new love!)
  • a big container of vanilla chobani
  • coconut m&ms (guilty pleasure)
  • a few luna bars, a balance bar, and a PureFit bar (new whole foods find - so good!)
  • 3 bars of dark chocolate
so yeah, basically just lots of fun treats! i was one happy camper :) 

i had a bowl of the vanilla greek yogurt with almond meal and sprinkles when we got home (major long run munchies kicking in!) to hold off my hunger until dinnertime.

we had whole foods hot bar for dinner - i got fried rice with tofu, a few roasted potatoes (underneath), and a sesame noodle salad thing. it was all delicious!

dinner was enjoyed while having a family movie night watching the dark knight! i'm super excited for the new batman movie to come out on friday!!

dessert was a bowl of coconut and pretzel m&ms, and a LOT of unpictured kettle korn.

*random tangent* looking back, i probably could've had a few healthier things to refuel, but lately i've been trying to not worry so much about whether something's healthy and just enjoy it if i'm craving it. i'm trying to 'let go' a little bit, i guess you could say, and just relax and ENJOY myself more. so what if i have a little extra sugar one day? everything balances out in the end. i know that overall i have a VERY healthy diet in comparison to many people my age, and splurging every once in awhile (as long as it is making me happy) is a good thing. *tangent over* haha :)

and then i faceplanted in bed. twas a good day.
what's your preferred long run fuel? 
favorite thing from the whole foods hot bar?


  1. I think that is a great mindset to have, you just kind of have to go with what seems like it will taste good. I am all about it! Nice job on the long run, you really had some obstacles before but you nailed it.

  2. After an amazing run like that you certainly deserve to treat yourself!!! And you're diet is awesome! Just like you said....SO much healthier than most people out there! And all your choices look well balanced ( and DELICIOUS!) to me!

  3. I love your attitude,and YES,it's true: Everything balances out in the end,and if you crave a littl more ugar now and then,go with it - you'll probably feel less sugar-y the next day or so. Plus,your diet is actually very healthy and a few treats now and then don't need to be justified at all!
    P.S. Your yogurt bowl looks soooo good! I love sprinkles! :D

  4. Mmm all looks so tasty! Good for you letting go a bit as well :), need to have some treats now and again!

  5. i LOVE coconut m and m's and pretzel m and m's are amazing too!

  6. That attitude is so impressive! Much as I love reading healthy-living blogs, I feel like people are really hard on themselves over the occasional indulgence... there is no perfect diet, and honestly, I wouldn't want to live my life that way. Balance is totally key! I'm headed off to college in a few weeks too, and like you, I feel like I have an extremely healthy diet compared to most of my peers- but I know that it's going to be an adjustment once I'm at school. I'm not going to have my own kitchen space, or the same food resources, and I'm sure that I'm also not going to want to miss out on pizza nights in the dorm, or fro-yo runs with friends. But I know taking it day-by-day, a little more here, a little less here, and things will all even out in the end. And from reading your blog, I know you'll be totally the same! Much better to be healthy AND healthy (a girl's got to have some chocolate) than to micromanage everything that goes in your mouth!

    Good luck next year- I can't wait to read about your adventures at UCLA! (I almost decided to go there, actually- I was so torn between three schools!)

  7. *healthy and HAPPY!

    not healthy and healthy! haha oops, my mistake :)

  8. That quilt is such an awesome idea!!! I'm sure when you are off at college that will be your favorite thing to snuggle up in when you are homesick. It's great that you put a UCLA shirt in there too :) P.S. Love your food girl!

  9. Yayy for long runs!! You will have to let us know how the half marathon goes! I haven't gotten the chance to try Barney Butter but it looks so delicious:) The quilt is such a cute idea, too!

  10. Congratulations on your 10 miler, Julianna! Don't you just love the runner's high you get after a long run? I know I do! I especially love getting to eat lots of food to refuel. When I ran 12 miles in preparation for my half marathon I came home and made myself pancakes with vanilla glaze and blueberries on top. Not the healthiest thing, but hey, I earned it! ;)

    Good luck on your upcoming solo half! You'll do amazing!

  11. Looks like a day of delicious eats and I love that you are trying to relax more about what you eat and just enjoy it! I think that is a great mindset to have!

  12. That quilt is so cute, I wish my Mom do that for me!
    I also love your philosophy. Sometimes it's the unhealthy stuff that's healthy...maybe not nutrition-wise but definitely soul wise

  13. great time for your run. :)
    your foods always look delicious but also healthy. That's great, especially since most people our age don't eat healthy. It's always a good idea to give yourself a treat once in a while. the greek yogurt looks delicius!

  14. Way to go with that run!! Also I LOVE pretzel m&m's and coconut m&m's... definitely a great choice of treat! That quilt is really cute too. I want to make one with my cross country shirts!

  15. Oh my gosh -- I've heard of cutting shirts and making them into quilts! That is so cool! What a wonderful mom you have. :)

  16. Coconut M&M's? Why have I not heard of these?!

  17. OK, you just made us reaaaaally jealous with that yogurt bowl + sprinkles picture. Good thing we have both on hand and can recreate ASAP.

    Shoot me an email at amy.keefe[at]chobani dot com. We'd love to get some CHO sent out to ya!


  18. I'm SO going to add sprinkles to my yogurt sometime. Great idea! The T-shirt quilt will be a great keepsake. : )

  19. Aren't Purefit bars amazing?! I discovered them at a fitness expo last year and I've been addicted ever since! Up until recently I couldn't find them in stores so I had to order them online (totally worth it) but now that they have them at WF it's much easier to stock up! You should definitely try the Peanut Butter Crunch flavor- I think you'll love it!

    And yay for your awesome long run! What a fun-filled day. (:

  20. I am soooo with you on that "tangent" hah. Especially now that I have found out that I'm not lactose intolerant I want to eat things that I crave (enter ice cream and pizza!). I'm so jealous that you have a whole foods bar near you! That's so funny that you had that espresso Hammer Gel because my dad is really big into biking too and I had one the other day to refuel for my tri training. I loved it but I'm not sure how I'm going to do this whole refueling thing during my tri...hmm, it's so hard to eat while biking.

  21. I once started making a tshirt quilt but then i dropped the sewing machine on my foot and it broke :( luckily my foot didn't break, too! haha