Morning! I woke up early so I could go on one last run in Orlando – for now! (I’m sure I’ll come back and run races.) I was feeling pretty nostalgic as I ran my 3.0-mile loop. I wonder how many times I ran it over the last three years?
Unfortunately, it wasn’t my BEST run on that particular loop. My legs felt like molasses and I struggled to maintain a 10:00-minute pace, averaging about 10:20 over the course of the run. My head was totally in the game, but my legs were just NOT cooperating.
Mid-way through I realized the problem: I was running without coffee! Normally, I had a small snack + a cup of coffee before a morning run, but I didn’t want to wake up the Hus (we slept in the living room last night) by making a racket in the kitchen. I was still full from dinner last night, so I sneaked out of the house not more than 20 minutes after my alarm went off.
MAN – I could FEEL the lack of coffee BIG TIME. There’s a lot of research that suggests small amounts of caffeine (like one cup of coffee) can help your athletic performance, and I definitely believe it to be true!
Still, it was a great run:
- Distance: 3.0 miles
- Duration: 30:54
Came home and made a COLD breakfast for a HOT DAY!
Doesn’t look like much, but this smoothie packs quite a punch:
- 1 cup rice milk
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 1 banana
- 1.5 tablespoons Vega Shake and Go
- 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
You can put any “type” of oatmeal into smoothies, but I prefer the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (that instant oats container is just what I use to easily serve the bulk oatmeal I buy from Costco). Quaker is one of the Silver Sponsors for the Healthy Living Summit in August and will host an awesome OATMEAL breakfast bar! But I don’t think smoothies are on the menu.
Off to make some iced coffee and get this show on the road. Today is PACKING DAY.
Do you need coffee before an AM workout or does it cause *ahem* digestive issues?