Oh, running. So much fun to be had! I spent some of this week gathering together bits and pieces for trail running. I'm getting prepared for the upcoming Hillary Trail run (next weekend, I can't wait!! Not the whole thing, just 20km. I'm not completely crazy), January's Tussock Traverse, and depending on how these runs go (I'm optimistic) I really do think I'll be signing up for some, or all, of the XTERRA series runs over winter. What a way to stay motivated during the colder months! I received my mark for the last Statistical Analysis assignment earlier in the week, and discovered to my delight that I had achieved another A+ paper (woohoo!! Two in a row!) so decided to reward myself with a new trail running pack from Wiggle (btw thanks Rachel for the recommendation in your blog post - that site is awesome!) and a Road ID bracelet, which I think will probably become a near-permanent accessory. You never know what can happen, and I have to admit I have run out in front of a car/bus/truck on more than one occasion. I have no excuse because I don't even wear headphones!! Of course, I'm so special I don't even need to be running apparently... If you're a spaz like me and think that easy access to your contact details would be helpful for others in an emergency because you're an accident-waiting-to-happen, use this link and I'll score a $10 credit ;) These ID bracelets would also be really useful for kids when you're at an event or out somewhere with large crowds where you can easily get separated. You can have the child's name, and your name and cellphone number on the bracelet so people can call you and return your child in one piece. I've only lost a child once and it was a bloody scary experience. Add to that my kids don't know our phone numbers (yes I know, worst parent ever right here) and T's tendency to panic when he can't see us, an ID bracelet makes perfect sense ::end sales pitch:: Other purchases have been little things like first aid essentials, a thermal top (required for Tussock Traverse), emergency poncho, electrolyte tabs, etc etc. I am well and truly prepared for all things trail-running. I'm a freakin' Girl Scout ;)
I took my new trail shoes out for a test drive on Saturday. I had planned on running the 5km ParkRun then continuing on around Cornwall Park and up One Tree Hill, taking the sheep trail speed-descent option to give the shoes a real workout and trail test. However I found myself a little disorganised that morning and ate breakfast only 40 minutes beforehand. This meant my body couldn't decide whether food digestion or exercise was the more important task, and about halfway through the run chose digestion. I felt like I was trying to run through superglue. Surprisingly though, it was a course PB for me, so yay. I decided not to keep going and called time at the 5km mark. My trail shoes didn't get quite the outing I had planned, but I ran enough to know they're comfortable and sturdy, and will likely serve me well for future adventures. And I was wearing a pair of my new favourite socks which made it even better ;) I think I'll do the same for next weekend's trail run. And in case you're wondering, the breakfast was totally worth it:
Fronch toast from PPK - 100% vegan, 100% awesome
The kids ate it too, oblivious to the fact that it wasn't 'real' french toast. This morning's breakfast was pretty awesome as well - caramelised cinnamon pear waffles with maple syrup (using this recipe but with pears instead):
Also 100% vegan/awesome
X had requested waffles for his birthday breakfast (OMG MY CHILD IS ELEVEN!!!) and I wanted waffles too. These were ridiculously delicious and the subbed pear instead of apple worked beautifully. The down side? They stuck to my waffle iron rather horrendously:
Winners of the world's ugliest waffle competition, no question.
Deane enjoyed it too, although he added extra agave syrup to his. I've added the recipe to my recipe page if you're keen to try something a little different. It's fun trying new and unusual combinations - yesterday's lunch was a tofu and tabbouleh wholegrain sandwich with carrot and hummus. Weird perhaps, but rather tasty. As for tried-and-true foods, I have recently come to the realisation that I am completely irresponsible when it comes to chocolate and cannot be trusted with it in the house. I'm not sure whether eating copious amounts of it is a good thing or a bad thing, particularly when I'm seriously considering training for and entering next year's Tough Mudder. I don't know why I want to do this, I just... want to do this. I think. I'm pretty sure. The whole electrocution/small spaces/fire thing is kinda freaky, but then people are always saying you should face your fears. Yes? No? Which side of the fence are you on? Will you be encouraging me and cheering me on, or telling me I'm being ridiculous and talking me out of it? Wanna join me? Huh? Huh? C'mon, it'll be fun ;)