Run Like You Stole Something

Speed work was on the agenda for this morning. I was hungry but didn’t want to eat very much because the likelihood of puking on a run increases exponentially during a speed work session.

Newman's Own Organics Raisins

A small handful of raisins ought to be safe enough. It’s kind of hard see but my little pile of raisins were in my hand underneath the Newman’s Own Organics carton there. It’s almost as if the perfect portion just dropped right out of the bottom like magic. That would be really “handy”, wouldn’t it?

I out the door at about 6:45 – it was only 55 degrees out! I did almost an exact replica of a track work out that I did a couple weeks ago. Except this one was solo, on Thursday morning instead of a Friday afternoon and it was not nearly as hot. Like I said, almost an exact replica.

A ran a slow easy pace for the mile warm up from my house to the track, and then jumped right into 400 meter sprints (one time around the track), 200 meter recoveries (half way around the track), repeated 5 times. I ran each 400 meter in about 1:35 and each 200 meter in just over a 1:00. There were handful of walkers on the track this morning, I was the only runner.

I took the long way home for a 2 mile cool down. I’m fairly sure my total mileage works out to be just under 5 miles and I was gone just shy of 40 minutes.

I realized this morning that this is such a great way to mix it up. It went by really quickly and barely felt like a “real” run. The warm up run there was easy and enjoyable. The speed work itself didn’t feel like running – it was more like short bursts of torture. The cool down run home was easy and enjoyable too and I didn’t feel like I was slacking with a slow pace after a 15 minutes of running like I was trying to escape the police. The whole run went by really quickly. I need to start doing this more often. Sprinting, that is, not escaping the police.

Back home and grateful my raisins stayed down, I decided today was the day to hack into the young coconut I’ve had in the fridge for a few days now. Except I couldn’t find the mallet I use to pound on the knife to get the frickin’ thing open.

So I tried the “hold the knife behind your head and WHACK down on it”. Umm yeah, do you have any idea how hard it is to AIM a knife when you do that?? I hit the coconut each time but never in the same place twice.

Whack whack whack

OK, this was going to take ALL MORNING at this rate.

I gave up went to look for the mallet again. I didn’t find it but I did find an acceptable substitute. I’m going to leave it “acceptable substitute” because Zak reads the blog occassionally and I’d hate to incriminate myself.

But let’s just say my substitute did the trick and I finally cracked that nut.


This one was loaded with water and it’s contents filled the glass to the very brim! Probably 12 oz, maybe a little more because some slopped out when I poured it into the glass.

Coconut Water

And per usual I scooped out the young coconut meat that I swear looks like squid and the only way I can possibly imagine eating this is pureed into a smoothie.Ā  I’m gagging at the mere thought of slurping this down my throat any other way.

Octopus Meat

After coconut water and came some body weight exercises – a couple sets of push ups and some yoga flows to stretch it all out.

And finally, a breakfast worthy of sprinting to.

Sprint Home For Oats

Buried underneath that pile of ground flax, sliced banana, spoonful of almond butter and sprinkle of homemade granola was chocolate overnight oats, believe it or not.

My overnight oat was typical mix of 1/2 c rolled oats soaked overnight in 1/4 c LF Stonyfield Farms vanilla yogurt, 1/2 chocolate unsweetened almond milk and about a tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Chocolate Overnight Oats

This breakfast makes me smile almost as much as all your comments and emails do. Almost.


25 Responses

  1. Overnight Oats are my favorite, but I have not tried them with coco so I must do that soon. Christina from mindful living and Mary from Food and Fun introduced them to me this summer.

  2. Your breakfast looks so delicious…I would’ve been sprinting to it, too!!!!

  3. yum overnight oat concoction i love how th clear glass bowls- makes the presentation looks so much better doesnt it

  4. Gotta love the baby coconut! good idea about ditching that squid like coconut yuckiness that came out from it! hahaha

    o and making chocolate overnight oats has made it on my breakfast to do list! lovin it girl!!! šŸ™‚

  5. Haha, I love how you are so mysterious as to what tool you used for your coconut cracking. You wacky nutcracker, you.

  6. Congrats on the speed workout. Sorry I couldn’t make it out but we’ll have to do it again next week. Maybe you can make it out to the Fleet Feet speed workout so I don’t have to do 2 separate speed workouts in 1 week. It has been making me faster though šŸ™‚ Sometimes I feel like I am back in high school track until I look down at my watch and see he time šŸ™‚ I don’t think I will ever be that fast again.
    As for the food you know I love my meat and potatoes. All that stuff Zak and you eat looks like well nevermind. I better keep my comments to my self so as not to get cruzified šŸ™‚ Yeah and you open the coconuts to violently. You scarred the crap out of me last week when you you opened one up. Lets get you a drill or saw or maybe even a tool that is made for opening a cocnonut. What do they call those things again, maybe a coconut opener. They exist, trust me I googled it. Ok I gotta get back to work.

  7. I hate speed work – Great Job!

  8. i love that your bowls are clear so you can see what’s underneath….

  9. I’m trying your overnight oats tonight!! Seriously, I want to eat my computer screen!

  10. You are such a fit healthy mama! Honestly, you WORK IT OUT! I’m always so impressed by your workouts. And the delicious food you eat afterward! Chocolate oats? You know I’m all about that one. But overnight? Ooooh with some mushed banana as well would be amazing!!

  11. Yum girl I could eat that bowl of oats through the screen!!! Beautiful pic! Still haven’t got my hands on a young coconut, dang it!!


  12. i can’t run after eating. definite barf mode. but if i ate raisins before running then i would puke before i even left the house, i hate those things šŸ˜‰ glad you finally cracked that nut, looks like the end result was worth the elbow grease!


    I’s jus sayin šŸ˜‰

  14. question- can you make banana whip with a juicer? or is it better to use something like a magic bullet? or food processor?

    • No, you can’t make banana whip in a juicer, at least I can’t imagine that it might work. Definitely has be done in the food processor or possibly a very powerful blender – not sure if the magic bullet falls into that category or not.

  15. I would gag over the coconut meat too…it reminds me of bottleneck clams. I could never eat those things. Blech. In a smoothie, on the other hand, I’m sure it’s amazing and I’m definitely trying that *soon.* The coconut…not the clams. šŸ˜‰

    I always forget about speedwork. I included it religiously last summer and loved the change it added to my running routine. But I haven’t done much–if any?–this year. I need to fix that! šŸ˜€

  16. I have not bought a young coconut partially for that reason! How the french toast am I supposed to puncture it?! Oh well!

  17. I’m so tired that after reading this post all I can think about is – squid, clams, seaaafooooddddd, so gooddd. The tiredness is unrelated to your blog, of course. Just thought I’d add that in there. I’m leaving now. Seriously.

    Way to go on the speed work Speed Racer!!

  18. Hi, new reader here! Wow, you are FAST! I’m a newbie runner (almost 3 months now) and I’ve tried my first speed work a couple weeks ago. Average of 1:55 was killer. Loved it though. šŸ˜€
    I love coconut meat! Maybe because I grew up eating coconuts from our own yard?

  19. I’m drooling over your overnight oats. I’m about to make my bowl right now. And way to finally get that coconut open. I’ve never had coconut water before. What are you going to use it for?

  20. I actually picked up a young coconut at the store the other day but then got scared (about how to open it) and put it back… Next time… šŸ™‚

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