Seriously cannot tell you how good it felt to be sitting in the car driving back home from school Friday afternoon knowing there was a full weekend ahead of me. Both mum and I sort of just let out a sigh of relief that it was Friday and it's times like this that I thank my lucky stars I am given this break every week, because I do not know how I would cope just going and going and going non-stop (it's like a rest day... for your mind/soul :P)
Anywho, today definitely wasn't a restudy for my body (mind and soul were quite content with a little extra sleep-in however before the sweat-session commenced) seeing the return of my beloved long-run-Saturday! *Squeal!*
So I woke up naturally at around 6:05am (soooo much better than the typical 5:25-5:30am weekday get-up) sauntered around a little, put on my running gear, did some dynamic warm-ups and then headed on out.
I was in a positive mood all of yesterday arvo and night and thankfully that seemed to carry through to the morning and to my run.
It was one of those runs where I legit could have just kept going and going and going. I felt strong, powerful, fit. My breathing was steady basically the entire run and when the thought of turning back around for the loop back home crossed my mind, I just wanted to keep going. So keep going I did!
15.45km keep going that is!! That's probably the furthest I've run since my glorious (hint: not) days when I over-exercised my way up to 20+km every second day. But have no fear, this time I'm working up slower, doing just one long run a week, and going as far as my body seems to feel good (sometimes the body just did not want to run 22km- can you blame it- and yet it was long-run second day and I would force my body to do the run anyway- no wonder I became extremely fatigued!!)
I was super chuffed with myself and still felt good as I walked into my house and immediately needed some sustenance (I prefer to work out on an empty stomach; draw-back= ravenous monster upon finishing exercise!)
To make the oat balls I simply threw 3/4 cup rolled oats, 4 pitted dates, 1 teaspoon maca powder, 1 HEAPED tablespoon almond butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and around 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk into the vitamin (any blender/ food processor will work) and whizzed until smooth and combined. Rolled into balls and popped in the freezer for 20 or so minutes whilst I made the smoothie and foam rolled and stretched and drank water!
The smoothie was simply 1 large frozen banana, 1 handful chopped, frozen zucchini, 1 handful spinach, 3 big scoops greek yoghurt and water- whaz and serve!
I just quickly want to emphasise how much of a big deal it is to eat enough each and every single day, because if I compare how I felt on this run compared to how I felt on my Wednesday morning beach run, the differences are paramount.
Tuesday (day before Wednesday :P) I didn't eat a sufficient amount of food- for me, my body requires a lot!- and my dinner just didn't have the fuel I needed to power through a fasted-cardio session on the beach. Come Wednesday morning, my legs were tired and heavy, my breathing rough and off-pace, I struggled immensely and pushed myself harder than I usually ever have to. Sure, I felt super-powerful and amazing after ward, but comparing it to today where I felt like I could run and run forever??
The difference was on Friday I ate. And I ate enough to fuel my body, to fuel the amazingly efficient, energy-burning machine that it is. I ate a big breakfast. I ate a substantial lunch. My dinner contained complex carbs, fibre, protein- and even the 2 big squares of dark chocolate after dinner were just as essential!!
So yes, my friends, eat today to fuel for tomorrow- you will notice the difference; especially in your workouts!
What was your best workout from the week?
Do you feel a difference when you eat substantially less the day before a big workout?
Fav food to fuel your body to smash a workout? Bread/ pasta and heaps of veggies usually do it for me the night before a big session!
That's it from me today folks; I have a MOUNTAIN of homework to get done for the week to come and it's not going to get completed with me enjoying myself blogging all day!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, take some time out to just enjoy yourself, do something you love, move your body in the way that feels awesome and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!!! Bye for now friendly friends! :D