It’s Friday, my friends! And it’s a beautiful one, too. 🙂
Love those gorgeous fall leaves!
You know what I really love about running? It gives me the chance to get outside and enjoy the day and some fresh air first thing. And if it’s a little chilly, that’s fine, because I’m running!
I met up with my bud Sokphal this morning for some fun and chatty miles along the water.
Sokphal is a running fiend – she just ran the Marine Corps Marathon and is doing a half marathon tomorrow – good luck on that PR, girl!
I forgot to charge my watch, so I snagged a shot of Sokphal’s so I remembered what we did. A little over 5.5 miles at an 8:25 pace. Sweet! I was feeling rather sluggish during the run and was pumped to see that the reason why was because we were keeping up a good clip! I didn’t realize we were running that fast. Yay!
The other excitement of this morning’s run was a brand spankin’ new pair of my favorite running shoes, the Brooks Ravenna, which they sent me as part of my Run Happy Ambassadorship. Hooray! My old Ravennas were REALLY dead – perfect timing. Aren’t these cool looking? I love the black – so unique!
November is National Running Safety month (yes, there is a month for everything), and these fun black and pink Ravennas are part of the Brooks “nightlife” line, which is uber-reflective gear made for running in the dark and being seen by cars! (High visibility nightlife apparel is available for both men and women, and here is the brand new Nightlife line of shoes.) Using motion capture technology and the principles of bio-motion, Brooks has strategically placed contrast fabrics, retroreflective detail and active lighting to heavily increase not just visibility, but also recognition. This is important for runners who don’t just want to be seen – but want to be recognized as a person vs. a traffic cone!
I was rocking a new Brooks nightlife shirt on this morning’s run, even though it wasn’t dark out – just because I LOVE it. It’s the Women’s Nightlife LS. SO comfortable, and I really love the fit – nice and long and loose so it doesn’t ride up, but still fitted nicely/hugs the body so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a sack. Add this to your Christmas list! It has a cute hood, too (although sadly doesn’t have a pony tail opening – love when hoods have that). I think I’m going to buy it in an additional color – gotta stock up when you find perfect running shirts, right?! In terms of thickness, it’s pretty light – good for 40 to 60 degree weather, I’d say! And runs true to normal sizing, too.
On to the food front, here is another easy packed lunch idea! I worked at a corporate health fair yesterday (I was there to answer nutrition questions anyone had) that took place over lunchtime (10:30 – 2), so I knew I needed to pack things I could easily shovel in my mouth in between people coming up to the booth – e.g. no complicated salads. The choice was clear: peanut butter sandwich FTW. I used my fave Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast and slathered it on.
For sides, I packed a pre-peeled orange, some leftover string beans and assorted veggies, and a Nourish Snacks roasted chickpea/edamame thingy.
I ended up eating everything except for some of the celery/carrots. Worked out well!
As for today’s lunch, I’m working from home so I think I’ll be doing a repeat of the lunch I made on Wednesday because I need to use up the last of the barley sitting in the fridge. I simply mixed some greens + barley + microwave string beans (obsessed – so easy and tasty) + some beautiful From The Farmer peppers + tuna salad (made by mixing tuna, hummus, and gauc – that guac pictured kind of sucked, though, so don’t buy it – I’m officially only buying Whole Foods fresh guac from now on, it’s epic) + lemon juice + macadamia oil.
Aaaand now I’m hungry. Might be an early lunch sort of day!
Have a good one, friends – anything fun on the docket this weekend? Anyone else enjoy any beautiful fall runs recently?