This bowl has the most amazing textures and flavors.
It was so good, that I ended up eating it so fast that I was surprised to suddenly scraping the bottom. Shouldâ€™ve used a tinier spoon for maximum savorability (not a real word).
My bowl contained:
- 1/4 cup Grape Nuts
- 1/2 cup raw oatmeal (yes, you can eat oatmeal raw)
- 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
I thoroughly enjoy raw oatmeal with yogurt. Iâ€™m probably never going back to granola!
How to Not Hate Your Long Workouts
Note: â€œLong workoutsâ€ are entirely subjective and relate to YOUR current abilities and fitness levels. So, what might be a long workout to one person is a short workout to another. Furthermore, sometimes our fitness levels change (due to injury, work, stress, pregnancy, laziness, whatever) and what was once a short workout is now a long workout. Point is that Iâ€™m not just talking about 15 mile runs or 50 mile bike rides. Long workouts are subjective!
If youâ€™re training for a race â€“ whether its a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Triathlon, or Century â€“ thereâ€™s a day each week called a â€œlongâ€ day. Thatâ€™s the day you seriously step up your mileage, working towards the ultimate race distance. Sometimes I look at my training plan for my Century race and think, â€œOhmigosh, how the [bleeping] hell am I going to ride 80 miles?!â€ I did a similar thing when I was trying for the Disney Marathon â€“ I would peek forward in my schedule a few weeks and say, â€œI cannot ever imagine running 20 miles.â€
But long days are possible, and although your fitness level is important, a major component of making long days achievable is your mental attitude. Training for a new or longer distance is more of a mental exercise than a physical one. If you head into your long day dreading the workout, I guarantee you it will be a horrible experience.
Hereâ€™s how to make it FUN!
- Build It Up in Your Head: Think about your long day all week long in a positive light. Fake the enthusiasm until itâ€™s real. Repeat after me: â€œI cannot wait to try to run 4 miles this weekend! It might be hard, but itâ€™s going to be EPIC!â€ If you catch yourself constantly ruminating over your long day, you need to flip your thinking ASAP. Also, try to imagine the workout going really well â€“ visualize the location, how it will feel, and how nice it will be to finish strong.
- Tell Everyone: Tell anyone and everyone who will listen about your long day. Tell your best friend that youâ€™re going to attempt Week 3 of the Couch to 5K plan on Sunday and ask her to call you around noon to see how you did. Donâ€™t tell other people you are scared â€“ keep spreading the positivity. If you say it enough times, youâ€™ll start to believe in your ability, too.
- Trust Your Plan: This is a big one. Itâ€™s hard to imagine going from a 5K to a Half Marathon, but if Hal Hidgon says you can do it, you can do it. Trust the process. Trust the plan.
- Break the Distance into Smaller Goals: Youâ€™re not running 3 miles, youâ€™re running 1.5 miles out and back. Itâ€™s a simple Jedi mind trick, but I swear it works.
- Do It With Friends: Find a friend or a running group to do your long day with. Even if your friend cannot run the entire distance with you, ask if sheâ€™ll meet you for 5 miles of your 10 mile long run.
- Schedule Races: If possible, build races into your training plan. For example, if youâ€™re training for a 10K, do a 5K at the half-way point in your training. If youâ€™re doing a marathon, do a half when youâ€™re ready. Races break up your schedule and are a sneaky way to get in long workouts (this is exactly what I did with Sundayâ€™s Metric Century! Instead of riding 60 miles solo, I did it in race conditions!).
- Make It Fun: Download new music for your iPod. Sing aloud. Pretend youâ€™re in a music video (I do this all the time). Run to your favorite movie soundtrack and pretend like itâ€™s a new scene (I do that with the Twilight score â€“ nerd alert!). Dress in all black and pretend like youâ€™re a running ninja. Whatever. Do what makes you LAUGH! Exercise should be fun!
- Reward Yourself: When you reach your mileage goal, do something FUN for yourself. Watch a movie, refuel at your favorite healthy restaurant, paint your nails, jump in an icy cold public fountainâ€¦ just reward yourself! You deserve to pamper yourself after your hard work.
Do you ever dread long workout days? How do you make training FUN?