Hello there friends! Sorry for the hiatus…again. I promise I was not hibernating. Although, the weather here has made me want to lately. 😦 I’ve just neglected blogging after a busy month of graduate school, work, observation hours (for my graduate program), working out, and occasionally socializing. 😛
Anyway, I was somehow convinced to run a 5k race this morning with my boyfriend outside, which is not my idea of hibernating! Luckily, today was the warmest day of the week at a whooping 20 degrees and I only needed two pairs of gloves to run outside. You would think after 8 years of high school and college cross country and track I’d be a pro at cold weather running, but that is not the case! I still dread it and sometimes don’t know how to properly dress for my runs…
Fortunately, I survived the race, had a bit of fun in the process, and only my face, hands, and feet lost feeling from the cold. 😛 I ran the race unofficially in 20 or 21 pain free minutes, which is great considering I haven’t run more than 10 miles per week or done any speed work since December because of my darn IT band…unfortunately my IT band hurts post race :(. On a happier note, my boyfriend who has been training more than me won! We thought he missed first place by a second or two because he was out kicked, but we were wrong. The race was chip timed and since he started further back he won. 🙂 This race has me excited for running again and yearning for my faster glory days in college. Maybe with some actual training I can prove to myself that my faster days are ahead of me, not behind me. Finger’s crossed that my IT band heals soon… I definitely need some time off and more strengthening and stretching because that race aggregated it. 😦 Hopefully a week or two does the trick so I can increase my mileage and train for races again.
Now, I have a short recipe to share with all of you. Looking for a snack that is sweet, healthy, tasty, easy, and quick to make?! Look no further! Banana bites are your answer. You most likely have the ingredients on hand at your house. They are full of healthy fats, protein, and just the right amount of sweetness. They will keep for a few days in the freezer.
Yield: variable depending on how many bananas used (I made 8 bites)
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1-2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1. Mix the peanut butter and Greek yogurt together on a plate
2. Chop the banana(s) into slices
3. Spread the Greek yogurt/peanut butter mixture onto half of the banana slices
4. Form sandwiches by using other half of the banana slices as the top slices
5. Put the banana bites into the freezer in a covered container and let freeze for approximately 2 hours.
6. Enjoy! Keep any leftovers in the freezer. They should keep for a few days.
Have a wonderful night friends and I hope you enjoy this simple, healthy snack! 🙂
Question of the day: Have you been running lately? If so inside or outside? Any fun races?