[Apparently This Is A] RUNNING SUPER-POWER DRINK
1 1/2 cups So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
1 ounce raw cacao nibs
1 T. chia seeds
1 1/2 t. raw honey
1 overflowing, packed cup raw spinach
Blend for a couple minutes in the Vitamix (or however long it takes in another blender to make this smooth).
334 Calories, 20.3 grams fat, 18.6 grams carbs, 24.8 grams protein, 15.4 grams dietary fiber (!)
I'm calling this a super-power running drink, because this is what I had for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. yesterday, then I did not have anything else to eat before I went for a run at 1 p.m. And I felt so fabulous I can hardly stand it.
Since returning to running (under my doctor's orders, I might add -- she said she strongly disagreed with the orthopedic P.A. who advised against it) after the mysterious ankle injury, I have been stuck on Week 4 of the Couch to 5K running plan, seemingly unable or unwilling to move beyond that point. But yesterday when it came time to run, I felt so great that I decided to give Week 5, Run 1, a go. I also changed my running location to a sort of rustic (a packed small-stone surface), mostly flat recreation trail that is not far from my house. It's much more scenic than going around and around in circles like a hamster on a wheel.
The temperature was just perfect for me yesterday -- about 68 or 70 degrees, and mostly cloudy, but with some blue sky peeking through. I think the humidity was rather low (for Vermont) also. I'm sure that wonderful temperature had something to do with how well I performed, but I do think that breakfast drink had a lot to do with it too.
I started the run as per the instructions on the podcast, which begins with a five-minute brisk walk as a warmup, then moves into a five-minute run for Week 5. When the guy's voice came on for the first time after I started running, I assumed he was going to say, "You're half way through your first run." Boy was I surprised when he said, "OK, you're now done your first five-minute run."
Dayum. I was the loony on the Rail Trail yesterday afternoon going, "No way! No way! Really? Wow! What? No way was that five minutes! No way! Really?"
Week 5 in this program (I've done this already before, back before the ankle thing) is that wonky week where all three runs of the week are different from each other. I almost kept on going because I really wasn't ready to slow down and walk for three minutes after that first run (or the 2nd one, OR the 3rd one, for that matter), but especially since I was running on a new surface, I did not want to push it. So I did as I was told, because the point of this running exercise is to ramp up my running fitness, and to NOT.GET.INJURED. We'll see how the rest of the week goes.
I'm now using a different Couch to 5K podcast from the one I started with. I switched to the ones by this guy (I got mine on iTunes). I like his simple techno beat music -- I really go zen with it.
As you might have noticed about that drink recipe, it is quite high in fat. I don't have anything to say about that, really, because I'm no expert, and the information on fats (and other nutritional factors) keeps changing faster than even I can type. I am choosing to believe that the fats in these ingredients are good fats, though some of them (from the cacao nibs, for example) are labeled "saturated" fats. Whatever. All I know is, that drink provided me with the most amazing fuel I've ever experienced, and I'm choosing to believe that it's all not only good for me -- but excellent for me.