A Month Is A Long Time

This morning, I was very quickly reminded of how long it’s been since I last went for a run on the treadmill. After a quick glance at my workout log, I realized that other than a couple quick sessions of HIIT during the challenge, I actually hadn’t completed any sort of run since September 20th. Ohh boy. A month is a long time…

Unsure of how things would go, I laced up my sneakers and prepared for my Pyramid Treadmill Run. Even though I finished, well, let’s just say that I basically got my butt handed to me. Yowsahs, that was one tough run. Looks like it’s time to start working that running endurance back up again.

Post run, I came upstairs to get my stretch on and was not at all surprised to notice a visitor shortly after. I’m telling ya…he’s got a special radar.

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Code-man also made sure to stretch out the limbs this morning.

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He may not be a typical workout buddy, but I’ll let him join me any day. Winking smile

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Breakfast

Today’s morning meal had been waiting on the stove for me since last night…

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Voluminous Pumpkin Oats seriously rock my world. Basically, if I could get my act together, I would probably never make oats (or buckwheat) any other way. I mean, there’s basically double the amount here compared to yesterday’s buckwheat bowl. However, remembering to prep them the night before sometimes becomes an issue…because I’m either too lazy or I don’t know yet if I’ll want oats in the morning.

Toppings for today’s oats included half of a crumbled Honey Graham Clif Z Bar (I ate the other half before my run), some granola, and a tiny scoop of cinnamon raisin PB.

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Ooop, can’t forget the coffee!

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A fantastic way to start off a Tuesday, if ya ask me.

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Originally, I was planning on sharing a quick, tasty little recipe with you all this afternoon, but my baking experiment yesterday turned out a little, ummm, unattractive. They’re still quite tasty though, and there is chocolate involved…should I still share?

Questions for the Morning:

What was the last form of exercise you took a hiatus from? How difficult was it to get your stamina back?

Comments

  1. Lindsay says

    Share it! Share it! Usually the ugly recipes taste the best! I think we can all find the beauty (and taste!) in a new recipe no matter how it looks :-)

  2. Karla says

    I love your blog! My hubby and I are looking to buy a treadmill, because while I want to become a runner so badly, the horrible winters here (that start in October and end in May) prevent me from running outside. Yep I am a total baby and refuse to freeze outside. I know nothing about treadmills. Do you like yours? What brand/model is it? What do you think is tops when picking out a treadmill?

  3. says

    I haven’t taken a spin class in a YEAR! I want to get back into in soon and am scared haha.
    I took a fairly good hiatus from weight training this summer and am just getting back into it, but let me tell you I am one sore girl these days!
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  4. says

    I think cats are very good in figuring out our routine. I did not even realize I had one before I had cats! But what can you say when your cat already waits in front of the exercise room when it is time for a run (and her to chase the laser pointer at the same time)?
    Silvia @ skinny jeans food recently posted..Easy Italian plum tart

  5. says

    I don’t mind feline workout buddies except when they use the mat as a sleeping area in the middle of my workout. And honestly, I doubt whatever you made is as ugly as the dinner I posted last night. So I say have no shame and share away! 😉
    Krissie J recently posted..Ugly and Delicious

  6. says

    I haven’t practiced yoga in months, and I have a bad habit of ‘forgetting’ to stretch! Good luck to me when I bring it back in my life! I have your pyramid run planned for Thursday, it’s been a few weeks so I am nuuurvous!
    Khushboo recently posted..How to get rich QUICK

    • Nicole says

      DITTO that!! Plus, if it’s really unattractive, and it involves chocolate, I’m sure you can always add a little bit of ice cream and it will solve everything. Ice cream is the answer.
      😉

  7. says

    I still need to try out the voluminous oats trick!

    I remember this past spring when I started running outside again – it was pretty challenging to get back into it. It’s definitely much different than running on the treadmill, which I had been doing all through the winter. After a couple weeks of pushing myself, I got back into it pretty easily.
    Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries recently posted..Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  8. says

    Strength training! I feel like I could lose my muscle in 2 days if I didn’t keep it up. I started the Jillian Michael’s “get ripped in 30 days” program this morning (I bought the DVD at chapters for 12 bucks!) .. It consists of 4 different 30 minute workouts. It’s a different workout for each week, but you need to complete the same workout 6 days the first week, then move on the the 2nd workout for 6 days the second week and so on.. I actually found this morning hard.. on the first day… I haven’t done the types of workouts in her program for at least a month now… and she kicked my butt in only 30 minutes.. haha! I’m terrified of what’s to come, but it’s only day 1 so I’ll built up the stamina quickly I hope!!

  9. says

    Does Cody ever try to jump ON the treadmill with you? I imagine him near you at ALL times, including you getting your cardio on!

    This morning, at approx 4:07 AM, I looked Benson straight in the eyes and informed him…. “I am sure that your friend Cody is MUCH better behaved between the hours of 3 and 7 AM, than you are. Please stop trying to get me to play with you. I am SLEEPING.”

    In which case, he decided it was a good time to jump onto the other side of the bed, waking Nicholas.

    I feel like Cody may need to have another heart to heart with my Ben-ben-benny and the jets.
    Heather recently posted..Orchard Day 2011 – Day 2

  10. says

    Running is by far the hardest for me to get my stamina back! I also find that once I start running again, if I run consecutive days in a row I end up having one of them being a REALLY bad running day. This happened to me yesterday..I ran 3 miles two days in a row, and yesterday I tried to go out for another 3 mile loop and I literally COULD NOT run. It was so frustrating. I ended up running probably 2 of the 2.8 miles I covered..but it was so annoying! This is why me and running have a love, hate relationship!
    Chelcie of Chelcie’s Food Files recently posted..Choco-Coco-Nut Cookies

  11. says

    I am taking a break from weight lifting and doing more cardio/running because I am training for a half marathon! Your breakfast also looks great! I will have to try oatmeal that way!
    Siena recently posted..Chipotle!

  12. says

    Since I’ve been focusing more on running lately, I hadn’t done yoga in a long time. I went to my first class in months a few weeks ago and holy junk, some of the “easiest” poses were crazy difficult for me! Yoga is one of those things that you can definitely see a lack of practice in super quickly.
    Faith @ For the Health of It recently posted..Carbs > Sweat

  13. says

    I am currently on a hiatus from pilates, which when I’m on a roll, I’m going 3 or 4 times a week. I haven’t been since AUGUST. First there was the honeymoon, then I started rehearsals for a show so it’s been incredibly difficult to get to class. I took a 2.5 hour intense dance class this weekend and man, am I feeling it today!! My hamstrings are soooo sore (along with a lot of other muscles!)!!

  14. says

    Yes please!! I’d love to still see the treats…hey appearance doesn’t matter as long as they’re tasty and chocolate is involved 😉

    Running is definitely the bane of my existence…I haven’t ran in forever because of my hip and I don’t even want to know what it would be like if I tried, ugh!
    Shayla @ The Good Life recently posted..A Weekend of Firsts

  15. says

    Wow, that bowl of oats look incredible. Love volume! 😀 I’m just getting back into yoga after a little break – just a natural break because of summer holidays and other priorites – and while I was a little stiff and less balanced than I used to be, it feels wonderful to be back on the mat and redevoted to my yoga practice! <3 xyx
    Yolie @ Practising Wellness recently posted..Super Speedy Supersets & Blue Fingers

  16. Shannon says

    Your cat is adorable! :)

    I used to bike ride, and ice skate in the winter. I haven’t done those things in over a year. That’s not good. I hope I can get to HVCC in the winter and try to ice skate again. I will probably stink but, hey, it’s worth a try!

    Yes… On the chocolate recipe!! I looooooove chocolate.

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