Oh what a day we had on Sunday. After a long run up and down the coast, I met Geoff at the Del Mar dog beach. As hard as it is to drag myself out of bed at some early god-forsaken hour on a weekend morning, I’m glad that I did.  As Bob Corey and Larry the Cable guy say, “Git R dun!”

Local Habit's Grilled Corn with Spring Hill Sweet Butter----YUM!

Long runs can be deceptive and as you can go through some ups and downs.  I might feel great at mile five, only to find myself slogging through miles ten through twelve and then feeling much better, lighter and faster by mile seventeen.   Executing a long run is not only an exercise in physical endurance, but in mental fortitude as well.   Starting the run, I was in a Zen-like state on the first few miles, clipping north up to Encinitas at a pretty good pace. Then along came the part where I made a couple of bathroom stops which halted my flow.   Just over halfway through the run, I stopped at our car where I had planted some bars and drinks. Honestly it was quite the smorgasbord: 6 energy bars, a container of dates, 2 recovery drinks and a GT Kombucha (what’s a girl to eat?).  I drank part of a recovery drink (it looked tasty) and half a bar. The next three miles (and hopefully some of you will identify with this squirrely behavior-especially when you are 1:30 into a long run) were full of adjustments of the Ipod; stopping and stretching; feeling a little tight and lethargic; shoving the remainder of the half eaten bar down one side of my sport bra; moving said bar back to pocket of shorts; moving bar AGAIN back to sports bra, retying my laces, etc.  I was like the runners’ prototype for “the princess and the pea”.   I finally got my focus back and even managed to pick up the pace on the last two miles and felt absolutely FANTASTIC.  Long run was finished by 8:20 a.m. and we grabbed some breakfast with friends at the Kook’s Café in Cardiff.  Later, we spent the day cruising the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market (best in San Diego in my opinion).

Sample of a Green Drink at the Hillcrest Farmer's Market

Coconut-Rice Flour Pancakes at the market--isn't this the coolest pan?

After the farmers’ market, we hit a few places in Hillcrest and settled upon lunch at Local Habit.  For those of you not familiar with Local Habit, it is an unpretentious TRUE local “Farm-to-Table” restaurant.  The even tap their house made Kombucha and sodas out of a refurbished vintage refrigerator.

A 'frig full of Kombucha at Local Habit

My new favorite best pizza

I had a terrific rendition of a Caesar salad and a sweet-as-the-East-Coast ear of corn slathered with Spring Hill Dairy butter. Geoff ate an entire thin crust Bolognese pizza and washed it down with one of the many craft-produced San Diegian beers represented on Local Habit’s ever-changing draft list.  I nibbled on the crusts and had to say that hands-down it was the best pizza crust that I’ve had in San Diego County.

Foot Massage....YES! Could you get any happier?

From there we headed up to Convoy Street for a no-frills foot reflexology massage at the Happy Buddha Reflexology Spa.

Training was light on Monday.  I managed to strike a balance between mostly veggies, salads, green juice and GT’s kombucha.  Along with one too many energy bars (ugh).

On Tuesday, I headed out for an early 1.5 hour ride with Meredith.  I like to ride with Mer because she keeps the pace going (she’s way faster than me) and keeps me honest (When with her, I don’t stop at open houses in Rancho Santa Fe; dawdle at bathroom breaks or stop to respond to emails).  After the ride, I concocted the following smoothie:

Here are some Cliff notes on the ingredients:  Chocolate is full of antioxidants; Maca powder, which tastes a little like powdered sweet potato, is full of phytochemicals and is a natural energy booster. Chia seeds are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, and Green Magma is a powdered barley grass (read: mega concentrate of chlorophyll).

Fueled for pending swim workout with a Chocolate-Maca Smoothie

Chocolate-Maca Smoothie

  • 2 Tbsp Raw Chocolate Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Maca Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Green Magma
  • 2 Tbsp Chia
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Dates
  • ¼ Cup Truly Raw Almonds
  • ½ Cup Ice
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

I’m officially in crunch time getting ready for the Lake Placid Ironman (Holy S$%& that is, like FORTY EIGHT days away….)

-LM