Yesterday I tried a new tactic to get my mind into the speed-work zone; we ran early! Rather than doing my usual Tuesday morning yoga class and saving the mile repeats for after work, I got up and didn’t give my mind enough time to process the idea.
I am not a fan of mile repeats, but my legs and mind tried to convince me otherwise.
I reached the trail and told the muscles to G-O. Within a minute my iPod died (fun!) and for the rest of this day it would be my voice singing Lady Gaga in my head (also fun!). Between “Bad Romance” on repeat and the countdown system I use (count down from 10 very sloooowly), I got through 2 miles – 7:07, 6:57.
That #3 is always trouble; halfway through I stopped and immediately wondered if there was somewhere nearby for a bathroom stop (Not. Fun.). After realizing what I already knew (no bathrooms here!), I went for the second half –
6:58 (0.5), 6:59 (0.5).
A breakfast shop saved the day on the way home. Thank you for being in the middle of a residential area, breakfast shop!
Now for the fuel! Apparently I’m on a burger kick, and my taste buds are not complaining. The Basil Black Bean Burgers were a household hit last time; this is one repeat I can get behind.
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup Red pepper, chopped
2 leaves fresh basil
Seasonings: garlic powder, pepper
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/4 c whole wheat flour
Pulse everything together in a Food processor (or you could mash the black beans and chop everything else very finely, then mix together). In a separate bowl, scrape the mixture out and add seeds & flour. Stir until all mixed together; form patties.
Bake at 400* for 10-12 minutes on one side; flip for 5 minutes on the other.
Prepare some crunchy lettuce & BBQ sauce to top!
And with that, I’m off to Qi for the some strengthening. It is much needed this week!
What’s your I-needed-a-bathroom (on a run, hike, ride…) story?
Yup, let’s go there.