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itching to run

I woke up this morning feeling pretty good, so I figured it was the right day to give running a try.  I wasn’t expecting much due to my week off, but I just wanted to get out there.  Me and the road…and everyone else out their running too!

It was wonderful!  My legs were itching to move, which made this a pretty great run for me.  I covered 5.6 miles in 51 minutes, which definitely isn’t too shabby.  I would have loved to do some light weights, pushups, planks, etc afterward, but my left arm is still sore when I move it a lot and the last thing I want to do is injure it more!  Baby steps. 🙂

Before my run, I just had some tea and a granola bar.  We are meeting some friends for brunch, so I never really know how to eat before brunch!  I am always hungry, but don’t want to ruin my appetite.  I figured due to the run, I needed to fuel properly.

After my run, I made up a smaller version of a protein shake that included 1 frozen banana, 1 scant cup frozen cherries, 1/4 cup hemp protein powder, 1 cup frozen spinach, 1 cup coconut water.

I love protein smoothies after a good workout.  They give your body the protein that it craves and needs and gets into your system quickly and efficiently, allowing your body to feed off of the protein, instead of the lean muscle that your workout helped to create.  The protein also helps to repair and restore your muscles from your workout.

Finally, it was time for brunch!

We headed over to Flour Bakery in the South End.  They have the best motto:

Yes, please!

Flour offers a variety of specialty sandwiches, pastries and coffee/tea for breakfast and lunch.  It’s a great spot to hang out and catch up with friends for a low-key meal.  We love it there!

I went with some iced tea and a raspberry/rhubarb bran muffin – yum!  It had a brown sugar top.

We are off to a wedding this afternoon/tonight.  In order to be prepared, I packed a small suitcase bag full of snacks because I never know what I am going to find to eat at events like this!  My thoughts are that it’s better to be prepared than starving. 🙂

Enjoy the gorgeous day!