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Amazing Apple and Blueberry Pudding

April 4, 2011

Well, it’s Monday again … how does it always come around so fast? I took a break from blogging over the weekend. I was really restrained and only spent about 45 minutes reading my favourite blogs and sorting out my Google Reader. Does anyone else have Google Reader OCD? I can’t stand to leave anything unread, so I have to go through the many many blogs I subscribe to marking them as read. Anyhow, I’m enjoying catching up on what everyone has been up to.

I’m particularly addicted to race recaps at the moment. I’ve got my first race (a 10k) coming up in 10 weeks and I find it really helpful to read through other bloggers’ experiences so that I have a better idea of what to expect. I’m not looking at hardcore racing tips – I’m simply aiming to finish the distance, but simple things like what happens at the start of the race and at water stations are a bit of a mystery to me. One of my friends is running the Leeds Half Marathon soon, so I’m hoping to go and cheer her on and see what a race day is like.

Over the weekend I’ve been progressing well with the 10k plan. It’s been pretty windy, so I had my first experiences of running into the wind. I actually enjoyed it as it gave me a challenge to work through. Having said that I was only running for 20 minutes … if I’d been going further I probably would have been cursing the wind. I did my Sunday run in Cambridge and it felt good. I think that running in more pleasant surroundings gave me a boost. There’s supposedly lots of nice running routes in Leeds, but I might have to get in my car to find them. Running whilst dodging broken glass and other nasties isn’t the most pleasant way to train.

Planned fitness schedule this week (I’m now on week 3 of the 10k plan):

Monday 30 min walk, yoga (at home)
Tuesday Swim
Wednesday 15 min run, plus core
Thursday Gym
Friday 10 min run, 3 min walk (x 2)
Saturday Rest
Sunday 25 min run, plus strength

My yoga teacher is on holiday for two weeks and the class was replaced by “body conditioning” so I decided to do some yoga in my front room. I only did half an hour rather than the usual class of 90 minutes, but I felt energised. It made me think that doing a little yoga more regularly would be really beneficial.

I had a brilliant weekend in Cambridge, and ended up eating out A LOT. I had a mega noodle craving when I got there on Friday night, so we headed to Wagamama. I had one of their massive noodle soups, which definitely satisfied the craving. On Saturday Peter and I went for a pub lunch with my parents who were passing through Cambridge on their way to Suffolk on holiday. It was nice to be able to give my Mum her Mother’s Day present, event though I didn’t see her on Sunday. I had a ploughman’s lunch at the pub (salad, gorgeous crusty bread, ham, pickles, mushroom soup and an apple).

On Sunday afternoon we made a return visit to the Rainbow Cafe, where I had my usual Libyan Cous-Cous, which is loads of different veggies and chickpeas served with cous-cous. The menu is really appealing, but somehow I always end up with the same thing because I know it’s very very good. The only photo I took all weekend was of the dessert I had. I didn’t need a dessert – I wasn’t hungry, but I couldn’t leave without having one and the apple and blueberry pudding spoke to me:

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This was completely vegan and gluten-free. The ice-cream was a delicious raspberry soya version. I didn’t really like the vanilla soya ice-cream I had last time, but the raspberry one was gorgeous. I’m neither vegan or gluten-intolerant, but I’m so impressed with how well the cafe makes this sort of stuff. A huge proportion of their food is vegan and as a dairy-guzzling meat-eater I don’t miss meat or dairy at all (cheese does feature in the menu, but it’s easy to avoid).

I was soooo stuffed after this, but only a few short hours later we met up with an old friend for a Turkish meal. I didn’t appreciate it properly because I had zero hunger. What I managed to eat was very nice and I would like to go back to sample it further. Lesson learnt – don’t plan to eat two large restaurant meals within a few hours of each other.

Any racing tips for an absolute beginner? Nothing is too small or too stupid … I have very little idea of what I’m doing!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2011 3:13 am

    That dessert looks AMAZING!

    The best advice I ever got regarding a race was not to start too fast. I live by it- if I feel too tired in the beginning of a race, it’s all downhill from there. Even if you feel like you CAN run faster, try to keep a moderate pace and if you still feel good in the last few miles, then you can pick up the pace.

    So excited to hear about your race when the time comes! You will rock it 🙂

  2. April 5, 2011 6:18 am

    Good running shoes is a must and a good training programme which you seem to have already. I’m not a running expert either but love to run. There are so many people in blog land that I know would love to help.

  3. April 5, 2011 6:34 am

    Racing- don’t try anything new on race day (food, drink etc)- get your stuff ready the night before- eg safety pins for the number, water, jacket etc. Turn up with plenty of time (esp if you will need the loo as they always have massive queues), if the line up is in “pens” or “sections” for estimated finish time, then try to estimate accurately- you will annoy a lot of people if you go in the 40 min 10k time when 50 mins is more realistic etc. You can always overtake.
    Also when it starts try not to go at the pace of other people- most people set off fast so if you stay steady you will get overtaken a lot, but then by the second half they will slow down (walk/ slow run) and you will overtake if you keep your steady pace.
    And have fun! Say thanks to all the marshalls and people who cheer you on! Smile at the end in case they take a photo of you!
    🙂

  4. April 5, 2011 7:26 am

    That couscous sounds lovely and the pud you have photographed looks delicious! I have far too many blogs on my google reader, I should sit and organise it some time but I never get round to it!

  5. April 5, 2011 10:40 am

    I am terribly OCD about blog reading, and with the 100+ I have bookmarked that can take up huge amounts of time when I should be thesis writing. I’m just so much more interested in nutrition and fitness though…definitely went down the wrong career path.

    In terms of racing, I think Maria’s said it all! Particularly her last comment. I think hydration is all-important too though, but water stations vary from race to race…it should be included in your race pack info though. I tend to go for every water station there is en-route, and practice drinking on the run beforehand by the way (I don’t like to slow down while drinking and two years back when I was running 10Ks for the first time I ended up inhaling most of my drinks! Not fun).

    xxx

  6. April 5, 2011 1:14 pm

    Yes, I also have google reader OCD! You know you can change the settings so that once you’ve viewed a post (even just in the reader view) it automatically marks it as read? You can then mark it as unread again if you want to remind yourself to go back to it.

    I am also greatly encouraged by your yoga experiences. You’ve reminded me I want to do some this afternoon as a break from work.

    Maria pretty much said it all, but extra safety pins (for your race number) can be a good idea. Also, if you want to drink while running (rather than stopping), squishing the cup so that you create a funnel is a good trick (though if you’re not going for a time then you might just find it easier to walk). Oh, and start off TOO SLOW. You’ll be glad for it later when you’re overtaking the people who shot out in front of you all excited!

  7. April 6, 2011 3:01 pm

    With the racing I would say to just make sure you are fully prepared! But it sounds like you have an awesome training plan sorted already 😀
    That restaurant sounds sooo good. I love places that specialise in vegan/gluten free, as that tends to be the type of food that i’m drawn too.

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