Training for a 10K

Yesterday I received my fancy new Belkin EaseFit armband for my Iphone, so I simply had to take it for a run. I downloaded an app called Runkeeper which has a lot of different training plans to choose from, so I signed up to train for a sub 60 minute 10k.

imageI was scheduled to run 3 miles at a slow pace (between 11:15 and 11:45) yesterday. Since it was so bloody hot and humid out, I had no trouble keeping to the schedule.

Mile 1: 11.03 min/mi

Mile 2: 11:02 min/mi

Mile 3: 11:21 min/mi

Total miles: 3.02. Duration: 33:42. Average pace: 11:10

I paid $15 for the Belkin EaseFit on Amazon (it was $30 at the Cellcom store), and I was very pleased with it. It didn’t slip or slide around very much, and it was very comfortable. My Iphone was firmly stuck in the pocket, so I didn’t have to worry about it falling out. Plus, I got to hear my average pace while I was running, so I knew if I had to slow down or speed up. Now I just have to learn what ‘strides’ and ‘intervals’ are. Any of my runner friends out there know?

After I was done with my run, I walked the last mile to cool down and took some pictures of the trail.

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It’s a beautiful trail, isn’t it? I had some fun with Instagram, too.

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I stretched for a few minutes after I got back to the park and then drove home. I think I’m going to get a bike lock and find a place to keep my bike at the park so I don’t have to drive there. It’s only about a mile or so away, and I only have to cross the street once to get there.

During the week, Dave and I usually take one or two days where we’re on our own for dinner. Dave had a sandwich last night, so I got a chance to try out one of my new Morning Star products and cook some delicious cauliflower (which he hates).

I made Faux Mashed Potatoes with my cauliflower.

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These are incredibly easy to make and so good. Just add cauliflower to a pot with a small amount of water (I did 1/3 of a small cauliflower head with about 1 inch of water). Let water come to a boil, turn heat down, and let the cauliflower simmer until tender, about ten minutes. Drain water, add a splash of milk, butter or olive oil, and seasonings, then puree with a stick blender or mash with a potato masher. I added a tsp of butter, a splash of skim milk, fresh basil, garlic powder, feta cheese, salt & pepper to my mashed cauliflower.

On the side, I tried out a Hickory BBQ Riblet from Morning Star.

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Because I was lazy and didn’t want to turn on the oven for one riblet, I cooked it in the microwave.

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It looked kind of strange, but it was surprisingly good. I’m not a huge bbq fan, but even I thought the sauce was pretty tasty. I think I will try the next one as a bbq sandwich. Still, I don’t really like fake meat products that much, so I’m not sure if I would buy them again. But I would definitely recommend them as a low cal alternative to ribs, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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I had a piece of sprouted rye bread on the side to soak up the rib sauce and cauliflower. Rye is one of my favorite types of bread, and the sprouted rye has so much flavor. Also, I love how huge that pile of cauliflower looks next to the tiny riblet. It was a big serving, but it worked out to be about 150 calories altogether with the butter and cheese, which is pretty darn good.

On the side, I had my newest obsession: frozen grapes.

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These are the perfect hot weather snack. If you are a grape-lover, you must try these!

I was really tired last night so in preparation for the upcoming weekend, I went to bed at 6:00pm. Time to prepare for an awesome weekend with friends!

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