Hello my loverlies. I hope that you all had an awesome weekend, because I know that mine sure had some great high points.

Of course, going to Trader Joe’s on Friday after my doctor’s appointment was a pretty good time, and I may get to go to a different one in 2 weeks after my 10K because the second closest one to my house is out there. Woot! Stock up some more 🙂 .

Saturday started out as usual, with a big bowl of oat bran; the pre-long-run fuel of champions!

Voluminous oats with Sunwarrior and almond extract, topped with chia seeds, flaxseed meal, blueberry preserves, almond butter, cinnamon, and a mixture of dried fruit.

I waited a couple of hours to digest, and then I was out the door with water bottle in hand. The weather was perfect. Low-60’s and just a hint of moisture in the air. I went what seemed like all around town:

Mile 1: 9:11
Mile 2: 8:41
Mile 3: 8:17
Mile 4: 8:27
Mile 5: 8:36
Mile 6: 8:21
Mile 7: 8:27
Mile 8: 8:26
Mile 9: 8:24
Mile 10: 8:20
Mile 10.1: 0:53
Total: 1:26

My longest run to date. And you know what? I really didn’t struggle that much! You know what else? I had forgotten to turn my iPod on when I headed out the door, so even though my earbuds were in, my music wasn’t playing. I ran my entire run without any music for the first time ever.

I kept telling myself that I would turn it on only if I really needed the music to motivate/distract me, but I didn’t end up needing it at all! I LOVED THIS RUN! I can only hope that I have more runs like this in the near future.

I ended up running errands for the rest of the day. Driving all around town and even to nearby towns to get done all that I needed to get done. But at least it all got done, right?

Then…. Pancake Sunday!

Gluten-free blueberry pancakes made with brown rice flour, topped with blueberry preserves, sunbutter and, of course, maple syrup

My stack wasn’t as high as it normally is because I wanted these babies to be BIG! I’m talking nearly fills the entire frying pan big. Thus, having 2 instead of 4 or 5. I love making blueberry pancakes because the berries pop and ooze their sweet juices in the process 🙂 .

Other than kicking it with Jillian and her Ripped in 30 DVD (Level 2, killer crow push-ups!) I pretty much just lounged around the house all day, and I’m totally okay with that! After the hecticness that was Saturday, I was glad for the change of pace.

Me still feeling cruddy probably contributed to the laziness. The doc said on Friday that I may have a virus and just have to wait it out, so, as long as it doesn’t interfere with classes/work/training I think I can deal with a little intestinal discomfort (TMI: doc says that I’m literally full of gas but just can’t get it out for some reason, would someone like to give me some of their intestines? I would love a new one).

And at the end of the day, a nutrient-filled Green Monster will always make you feel better. Or at least that’s what I told myself while I was making it and then proceeded to top it with chocolate, haha.

Mint Green Monster, topped with buckwheat groats and crumbled ginger cats

On to another week of classes and work tomorrow. Really hoping that this week flies by because my boyfriend is coming down next weekend to see me! We have a few little things in the works. Hopefully going to see Hangover 2 (loved the first!), catch some dinner, etc. Only 3 more weeks until the session is over!

Oh! And my mom says that we may be going on a girl’s weekend to Chicago in August between the end of my summer classes and moving me in to my new apartment! I haven’t been in probably at least 5 years, and the last time I went was on a school trip so all that I got to see was the museum.


What are your favorite things to do/see in Chicago? Where should I go/what should I do?


21 thoughts on “Unplugged

  1. OOOHH go to RAW in Chicago! I went there last year and it was INCREDIBLE! And Karyn’s On Green or something <— =ly incredible!
    Good job on the run 🙂 our paces are so similar!

  2. Ick. I feel that way sometimes too…I have horrible digestion issues. I am stil trying to get them all sorted out. I have gone to a GI doc, but he won’t run any tests. So, I went to an herbalist and I am taking enzymes, probiotics, and an herbal laxative to try to balance out my gut and ease my constipation. I wonder, “why me?”

    On another note, last weekend I did a long run (long is 4 miles for me!), and when I got to the trail head, I realized that my Ipod was dead. I ran the 4 miles without music…and enjoyed it! Glad you enjoyed nature’s music too. 🙂

  3. Ooh, Chicago! I’ve only been there once, when I was 15, as my Mum was working there, but I loved it. If I ever move to the US, it would be to Chicago or rSan Francisco, I think… (actually, it would probably be Chicago. No way am I dealing with earthquakes!)

    I’ve only done one or two unplugged runs, and I loved them. I tend to run pretty standard routes, though, so I can imagine I would get a bit bored if all my runs were unplugged.

  4. Congrats on that run girl! Awesome!

    Hitting double digits is so exciting! I did it a few weeks ago for the first time and it was truly such a BIG accomplishment! So good for you!!!!

  5. Very nice run! I’m still astounded that you were able to do it without music. Ten miles is a long way to be alone with your thoughts.. which can be good or bad, so I’m glad it was good for you! I’ve never been to Chicago, but it’s one of those places I’ve always wanted to see. I’ve been in the airport though and it’s actually a very nice airport!

  6. Hi there,
    GREAT Post! Of course I just must comment on the pancakes and toppings, since I blog for SunButter. Thanks for the fresh idea to change up pancake mornings at our house. Chicago? GREAT city! If you bring your running shoes, the lakewalk is an amazing run (even without iPod music ha). I’m into sports, so a Cubs game is mandatory (tix are easier to get than you may think.) Swing by Buckingham Fountain. The “bean” sculpture, Adler Planetarium and the Ledge at the top of the Willis Tower are some of my fav spots. Can’t wait to hear what you like in Chi-town.

    • SunButter is literally my new favorite nut butter. Almond butter and peanut butter have their places, but sunbutter is my numero uno.

      I’m pretty sure that the last time I actually went to Chicago as a vacation I was still young enough where going to the American Girl Doll store was cool to me, haha. So I’m glad to have a more “grown-up trip” this time around, without so many museums.

  7. Wow- GREAT job on you run! My long run this week is 10 miles and it is the farthest I will have gone since training for my last marathon over 18 months ago. It’s scary but also awesome and fun!
    I lived in Chicago for almost 5 years, but I was young (5-9) and don’t remember much. At the time, I would of told you to go to the American Girl Doll Factory and the cheese fry place. Things are different now. 🙂

  8. Hello dear!
    Chicago is such a wonderful city! I was born in Illinois in a smaller town, but we visited Chicago a lot for their wonderful food, museums, and city life. You’ll definitely enjoy it!
    Are you and your BF long distance?

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