It’s almost official, in six months I’m going to run my second Marathon. I just have to decide whether it will be the OC Marathon in California, or the Wisconsin Marathon in Wisconsin. My decision will be predicated on whether or not my son moves to Los Angeles after he graduates in December. If he does, I’ll run the OC, because, CALI, BABY! If he doesn’t, then I’ll run the Wisconsin, because it’s only thirty minutes from my house and I grew up in Wisconsin. One will be gorgeous and warm, the other will probably be cold, gray, and maybe even snowy. Guess which one I’m hoping to be at?
Regardless of my choice, I’ll be starting my training program in a few weeks. YAY! You really don’t know how excited I am to be getting back to it. One marathon on the books and I’m planning two for 2017. The spring marathon and the Chicago Marathon. I’m going to run the Chicago with Alex, her first. She’s going to run for PAWS and I’m running for the Alzheimer’s Organization again. I can’t say enough about the Chicago ALZ Stars coordinator, Sharri Scott. She is so organized, full of energy, positive, enthusiastic, and fun. I also love the runners who are part of that group. Everyone has a story to tell about that wretched disease and everyone’s passionate about the cause. We get each other, and it’s motivating to be a part of something bigger than yourself. That’s why I love running for a charity.
Speaking of motivation and inspiration, I think I can safely say that I’ve inspired my entire family to start running. My son and his girlfriend started running this summer and send me Snapchat videos of them running all of the time. My husband has started doing a few miles on the treadmill before his weight workouts. And, like I mentioned, Alex is back at it and has some serious goals planned for herself in the next year. Best of all, we’re all going to run the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 10K that takes place in our hometown. This is something that I’ve wanted for years! #happymomhappylife
Now that I’ve mentioned Thanksgiving…. Have you planned your menu? I’m almost finished with mine. The hubby and I gave Field Roast’s Celebration Roast a trial run this week. I’m not a big fan of fake meat, but I’m having guests so I wanted to have a “turkey” option on the table. The Celebration Roast was actually pretty good. The texture and flavors were nice, although it reminded my husband and I of Field Roast’s sausages in the form of a roll. It comes with a packet of powdered gravy that you add water to and heat on the stove top. It wasn’t bad, but I like my gravy a whole lot better. I’m going to try Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast and Tofurkey’s Veggie Roast next week. I’ll let you know what we think.
And now for what I ate. Let’s do this.
Vegan Food That Has a Lot of Protein
I started the day with a glass of lemon water and a cup of coffee with almond milk. I ate a banana and two pieces of whole grain toast with pumpkin butter and a tablespoon of chia seed sprinkled on top.
I had a green smoothie with spinach, frozen pineapple, a tablespoon of hemp seed, and water.
I made a big spinach and tomato salad and sprinkled it with sesame seeds and sesame crackers. The dressing was a simple balsamic vinegar. I had an apple for dessert.
I had a cup of tea and two chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
As I said, I made the Celebration Roast and added potatoes and carrots to the pan. I also made my spicy green beans.
How Much Protein Did I Consume on This Day?
Coffee – .3 grams
Banana – 1.3 grams
2 slices of whole grain toast – 10 grams
1 tablespoon of chia seeds – 3 grams
2 cups of spinach – 1.8 grams
1 cup of pineapple – .9 grams
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds – 5 grams
3 cups of spinach – 2.7 grams
1 cup of tomatoes – 1 gram
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds – 2 grams
Apple – .5 grams
2 oatmeal chocolate chip cookies – Approximately 5 grams
1 slice of roast with gravy – 23 grams
Potatoes – 6 grams
Green beans – 1.8 grams
64.3 grams. The daily recommended allowance is 46 grams. Plant Power!
Activity for the week:
Friday – 2 hours of doubles tennis, 5 mile run, 2 mile walk, 1 hour of kayaking.
Saturday – 6 mile run and a 2 mile walk
Sunday – 2 hour singles tennis match and a 2 mile walk
Monday – 2 hours of doubles tennis, weight training, 2 mile dog walk.
Tuesday – 5.5 mile run and a 2 mile walk.
Wednesday – 2 hours of doubles tennis and a 2 mile dog walk
Thursday – rest day
Friday – 5 mile run
Total miles run – 21.5
Total miles walked – 12
Total hours of tennis played – 8
Have a great weekend. Get out an enjoy the beautiful fall weather before winter gets here!
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