Listening to my body

OK, so with the view of eating more regularly and healthy as discussed in my last post, I picked up some bread the other day.  We’re all out of cereal, and hardly ever have bread in the house.  I tend to buy fresh rolls from the bakery as and when we need them otherwise I find we either overdose on bread so that it’s all eaten up before it goes bad or the bread starts to turn either hard or mouldy before we can finish a loaf and we end up throwing it away.  I decided to pick up some fresh sun-dried tomato loaf as a treat and it has encouraged me to grab a proper filling breakfast in the morning the past few days.  Beans on toast.  Protein and carbs – big requirements for a runner!

Beans on toast

After eating breakfast I’ve tended to pop back to bed each morning for a quick cuddle with Bella before getting up and ready for work.  She has been super cuddly this week and I have no idea why!


This week has ended up being really busy and on a day when I rushed round and headed out of the door without lunch I told myself off sternly then made myself stop at the garage by my school and pick up a prawn salad to munch on for my break.  Expensive but tasty.  I shall be recreating prawn salads of my own soon for much less as I really enjoyed eating this and realised just how much I missed the regular prawn salads I used to eat when working at Frankie & Benny’s.


Last night I headed out on a 10.5 mile trail run with four others from my club.  All faster than me although I managed to hold my own on the run.  Last year I wouldn’t have had the confidence to invite myself along on these runs but I’ve learnt to accept how friendly and welcoming trail runners are and I spent the whole two and a half hours yabbering away and chatting races, times and other runners.  It wasn’t until we climbed a steep hill through a muddy field towards the end and talk died down that I realised how hard I’d been working my legs!  I was very proud of my body yesterday!  Everyone tried to persuade me to stay for chips and beer after the run, but at 9pm I felt I should get back and see a little of Dan as we’d not really had a chance to see each other again this week.  Tuesday night he had footy until 10:15pm and I was at club, Wednesday I didn’t get back from the school Parent’s Evening until 8:30ish and headed straight to bed with a migraine.  Thursday I ran at club and then stayed on for the club committee meeting (I’m on their website team) so didn’t return home until 9:30 and then running until 9pm again last night I felt a little guilty.  Especially as this morning I was due to head into school for our Open Day and he was going to be playing footy all afternoon!

My Oakley 20 number arrived on Wednesday.image

The race was cancelled last year due to heavy snow, and the year before I ran a 3:36:56 at a 10:51mm pace.  I’m using this Oakley 20 race as my Jantastic Predicted time race and have put down 3:48:00 but I don’t feel my runs have been consistent enough lately to really guess what time I will be coming over the finish line in.

Talking about Jantastic…Because I had a bad migraine on Wednesday evening I ended up hopping into bed instead of heading out on a run when I got home from work.  I’d already used Monday as a rest day so in order to keep to my five days of runs that I had set as my target at the beginning of the month I had to run a minimum of a mile this morning in order to keep my percentage up…


The things you do for Jantastic!  Last week I ran 0.3 miles around my car so that I could reach my target of 18 miles and not be even a tiny bit under goal!  Initially today I had planned on running 3-4miles, but after running 10.5 last night and with my long run due tomorrow, plus feeling super sleepy after lots of busy days at work this week I decided to listen to my body and just stick to the mile.  It was lovely to run such a short run with no worries about time or pace.

Dan has requested a curry for dinner this evening so after my run I popped down to the Co-op to find some vegetables to add to my dish and came across these.  The brown veg on the left are called ‘Cassava’ and the yellow green ones are ‘Dudhi’.  I’ve never seen or even heard of either of these before!


I ended up leaving both for the time being but plan on having an internet research to find out what they’re all about for future experimentation.  Instead I picked up a butternut squash and a tin of water chestnuts.  I’ve never cooked with either before so meals will still be exciting!  :)image

Any other one miler Jantastic wonders?!

Ever cooked with either a Cassava or a Dudhi before?

16 thoughts on “Listening to my body

  1. Haha, no one mile wonders for me, but I have a lot of quirks and compulsions about the distances both within a run and within a weekly mileage target…I will run up and down the pavement outside my driveway repeatedly just to get to my desired total, despite the stares and funny looks I sometimes get 😉

    Oh wow! I’ve been looking for Cassava for ages…as in, months! I am so jealous! I was just going to slice it up like chips and make baked ‘fries’ with it, because it’s a really great, clean source of carbs. Dudhi is a new one on me though I must say – I’m going to have to Google it now…

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    1. Yesterday on my 20 miler we ran twice round the car park of Waitrose until the Garmin ticked over to the magic 20.00mile mark. I did comment to my friend if there were any runners out there that would have stopped once they reached their car when they had planned 20 miles…I don’t think there would be!
      Co-op are doing some sort of five a day promotion at the moment in their stores, so if you have one near you it’s worth checking out to see if they have any Cassava. That’s a good idea to slice it up like chips. I think I might get one over the next couple of days and give it a try…

  2. I am sure I have heard of cassava being used as a sweetener in things- I wonder if it is gently sweet like sweet potatoes?
    I did top up my miles this week as I had run 4.5 miles so went up my road and back to make it up to 5 as I just wanted to, even though I shall do my actual long run tomorrow!
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  3. Breakfast is the absolute last thing I do in a morning so it blew my mind that you went back to bed for a little bit after eating!
    I’m going to have to use a joker this week. I’ve been really unwell today and it’s unlikely I’ll be able to run tomorrow either…hugely annoying!!
    Beans on toast…that used to be a meal I had every single week when I was younger. So I’m quite sick of it now hehe. I’ve kind of gone off baked beans a bit sadly. I did used to like them on a jacket potato as well.

    1. Haha! Breakfast is what gets me up in the morning, and then I put off getting ready for work for as long as possible! :S
      Hope you are feeling so much better now. Lots of children were off school this week. It’s so rubbish when you’re feeling ill.
      I love jacket potato with beans too – Dan doesn’t see a jacket potato as a dinner meal though – it’s just lunch or a side dish to him! :(

    1. Never heard of yams either! That’s interesting that’s it’s quite big in African cooking. I do love trying new things and will have to hunt out some recipes.
      I was exactly the same when I was a kid. I couldn’t have any of my different foods touching each other, otherwise they would go soggy, or curdle, or taste weird, or just wouldn’t look right!

    1. I love heading to the bakery for fresh rolls while they’re still all warm and soft! I can’t let myself buy more than two at a time though!

    1. Oh no, it’s never too late to get your mojo back! Especially now the weather has picked up again. I just want to spend all my time outside!
      I’m on the hunt for butternut squash recipes this week. It needs to be something I’m not going to get fed up of as I know Dan won’t even try it!

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