Happy Saturday Night! You can tell I am partying it up big time, blogging on a Saturday night 😉 I am actually “away” for the weekend up by my parents to enjoy the pool and feel like a mini-get-a-way from Hoboken.
This was my Friday Morning. Pro-compression socks, coffee, ice on the ankle and magazines. I am living the life!
After lounging for a little I decided to experiment by making “energy bites/balls.” I see so many recipes all over the internet and decided to make some with the ingredients I had on hand. A lot of recipes call for wheat germ which I didn’t have so I made some switches. Now I would say they taste delicious and are great to have a quick bite after or before a workout, however these have to be stored in the freezer otherwise they kind of are falling apart. I’ll share my recipe, but just know that there are definitely better recipes out there. I will def experiment again!
- 1/4 cup chopped up raisins
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tbsp chopped salted almonds
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 3 tbsps of melted honey (I feel like this was too much and that is why they aren’t staying together)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsps. of Peanut Butter & Co. Honey Peanut Butter
- 1 tbsp of almond flour (I put this in at the end when I felt like it was too melty)
Combine all in a bowl and keep in the fridge for an hour, then take out and make them in small balls. Like I said, my recipe, you have to store in the freezer. I had one after my Friday night workout and it was a great hold over for the train ride home!
After making my energy bites, I got my free slurpee with my friend and we enjoyed them with our lunch in the sun by the pier.
They didn’t have Pina Colada so I got a Mango one!
Later on I headed into the city to meet up with my friend for a fun and crazy Friday night workout. We took Body Pump then Spin! I worked up quiteeeee a sweat! I made sure to have an egg in between the workouts just so I wouldn’t die haha. I had fun working out really hard on a Friday night. It felt so invigorating!! We had a really great time and we are hoping to continue to do it on Fridays when we can! My how I have changed in a year. I never would have seen me go to “happy hour” at a gym last year!
After my “happy hour” I headed home had dinner and later for dessert…
Strawberries, PB & Choc Arctic Zero and one of my Energy Bites. Yummy Combo! After that I passssssed out from exhaustion!
This morning I woke up early on my own and was actually pretty hungry when I woke up. I knew I wanted to get a long run in so I had my usual Quest Bar and apple but decided I may need a little more since I had worked out a lot the night before. I remembered that I had bought a Honey Stinger Waffle and decided to try it out (and to kind of test if I wanted before a half or something).
Now I have to say, these taste freaking amazing! It felt like I was eating a really yummy cookie. I don’t think I will continue to buy them because I can always have a Kashi Bar if I need a little more before a race/long run. All the ingredients were organic but they were basically what you would use for a cookie recipe. Just because it has organic on it doesn’t make it healthier. I think the Kashi bars have better ingredients (chia, almonds, flax, etc.)
I also experimented with a Honey Stinger Organic Vanilla flavored (sorry no picture) Gu and I enjoyed the taste. I like the Salted Caramel Gus better, but I didn’t mind this flavor. Again, the ingredients on this are organic but I don’t know if there is much of a difference between regular Gus.
10 miles at my easy pace. Some splits were longer than others because my ankle was acting up a little. But all in all it was a gorgeous run and my farthest run without any music! I brought my iPod but never felt the need to turn it on! Just enjoyed the beautiful weather!
This came up on my Mile Post Quote of the Day App and I truly love it. There is nothing wrong with therapy (I’ve gone and loved it) but running is just a little cheaper 😉
I then relaxed my worked out legs by the pool:
Still not done but hopefully will be finished with it this weekend!
Because why not take a selfie before going out to dinner?
My mom wanted to go to this Diner and I wanted Greek food. She won. But I am glad she did because I got the best of both worlds. This amazinggg salad: arugula, almonds, feta, grilled chicken, cucumbers and watermelon with a feta dressing. It was SOOO good. Since I still wanted Greek food I got a side of grape leaves to help fulfill the craving. You can still make healthy choices when eating out and it tastes great!!!
Afterwards we got frozen yogurt (not fro-yo) from an Ice Cream place with my fav candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top!
I am looking forward to yoga, food shopping/meal prep, and hopefully the pool (as long as it doesn’t rain) tomorrow! Is it okay to count yoga as part of your rest day? I feel like it’s an hour of good stretching?
This week I have two 5ks one on Tuesday night in Hoboken and on Sunday the 20th in Giant’s Stadium! I’m not sure which one I will try and really “race.” I am thinking the Giant’s Stadium one because it’s a NYRR, however it might be fun to just run it and take cool pictures! We will see??
What do you do on “rest days”?
What toppings do you get on your fro-yo/ice cream?