Early Early

Tuesday night’s dinner was satisfying and very low in calories. I made salads from our garden (with a touch of gorgonzola). I can’t wait for our tomatoes to be ripe enough to eat.

Also, our cilantro is out of control. I planted it thinking it was something we’d use a lot because we love Mexican food. But I’ve yet to use any. What should I make with the fresh cilantro? (Keep in mind once we have jalapenos and tomatoes we’ll be making salsa!)

Dinner was an old favorite that we haven’t eaten in awhile: pork chops and steamed broccoli. It’s been ages since I had my Goddess Dressing!

Michael and I were both blah Tuesday. Michael was blah because his bike tire popped when he was trying to get in a workout on the bike trainer. Poor guy! He spent more time fixing his bike and swapping out tires than he did working out. I said we both deserved some ice cream therapy.

It helped. 😉 I went to bed kinda early, feeling tired and run down. Plus I had an early morning ahead of me.


It was so early. My alarm went off at 6am and I laid in bed for 20 minutes whining internally about getting up. I had an early appointment before work. I had just enough time to go for a run but I had to get out of bed to do it.

I grumbled to myself and got up, changed, ate a quick bowl of cereal and headed out into the cool morning.

I walked down the street toward the track. I wore a hat and a jacket because it looked like the sky was about to dump rain on me at any moment. I got to the track and was finally awake (or more awake than I was at 6:00).

The track was empty. I had it all to myself. It was so nice and cool out but not cold. I ran a lap and then took off my jacket and continued running.

I ran a medium paced 3 miles (running between a 9’45-10’30 mile) and was feeling really good. Since I’m definitely not a morning person I’m surprised at my stamina for the run. After running 3 miles I walked a little bit after each lap.

I was feeling really good until the last few laps of my run. My left ankle started to bother me. Enough to make me walk. That bugged me. I’m sure it’s just bursitis in my ankle (which I’ve had before). I finished up the lap and jogged/walked home.

My average pace was off because of the walking breaks I took. But that’s alright.

Run Stats:
Time: 54:08
Distance: 4.54 miles
Calories Burned: 485

I had just enough time to stretch, foam roll, shower and eat a snack before heading out for my appointment.

Even though my ankle bugged the last half mile, it was a good run. I didn’t get rained on. I felt happy to get my workout out of the way for the day. I hope that I can make the early morning run something I do often this summer…but we’ll see.

QUESTION: Does your workout schedule change at all in the summer?

10 Responses

  1. Great run! I’ve been doing the morning run thing as well and it’s definitely an adjustment for me.

    As for the cilantro–I have the exact same problem! A coworker recommended chopping it up into really really small bits and making a sort of mush out of it and then freezing it. Then you can just take a spoonful at a time to add flavor to items. I have so much that I think this is what I will have to do!

  2. Great job on the early morning run! I hope your ankle is ok and nothing lasting. Please keep us posted.

    What is your Goddess Dressing! I want to eat it just for the name!!! 🙂

    1. I get it at Trader Joe’s. It’s soooo good!

      I think the ankle will be ok. 4.5 miles is a lot for me right now, and I was okay for the first 4 miles so I’m guessing it was just too much too soon.

  3. I haven’t run on a legit track in SO long! I wish I had one close to me. My schedule does change a lot in the summer. It’s usually SO hot out that I have to get out first thing in the morning, or else workout inside at my gym.

  4. For cilantro, you can always make it into pesto (with or without basil!). Also, look at Indian recipes. They often will use a lot of cilantro (I have a cookbook, 660 Curries, which is fantastic – although uses lots of ingredients and some recipes take time to make – but some of the recipes are fantastic!).

    You can also add them to bean salads. I’m a vegetarian and eat A LOT of bean and bean/grain salads. Like, black beans, corn, red onion, lots of cilantro and then a little lemon juice, olive oil and fresh garlic. Add quinoa to that and it’s a great lunch. (Also avocado!).

    I’ve also seen cilantro just added into salads with some other herbs – dill, basil, etc. So it’s a really fresh and tangy salad. Hope that helps! If I wasn’t in VA I’d take some off your hands.

    PS: I really enjoy reading your blog. I’ve personally lost about 50 pounds in 5 years and while it’s not 110 and counting, it’s great to see other people learning to live with a weight loss.

    1. Thanks Dina. I’m saving this email for ideas. I love bean salad. Never thought to add it to salad.

      Thanks for reading my blog too and congrats on losing 50 pounds!

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