If it isn't real, why would it be 85* today? I mean, seriously, it's summer in April. Yes, it'll be 57* on Saturday and back in the 60's next week, but this is crazy! Not sure about you, but I wasn't quite ready for such heat. I hope it's a little bit closer to 'normal' on the 19th for all the Boston runners!
The May issue of Runner's World finally showed up in my mailbox yesterday and I was reading a bit of it at the gym this morning. I love checking out the reader questions in the "Ask Miles" section because there is always at least one or two humorous questions. This month was no different and it made me think of the summer running season:
Q: Is there such a thing as too short when it comes to running shorts?
A: Oh, definitely yes. To paraphrase the old definition of obscenity: You know "too short" when you see it. And then you wish that you hadn't.
I hope the right people (both male & female) read this and take it to heart. For the sake of all of us out there on the road and path this summer!
There is also a great article on easy ways to boost the nutritional values of foods we eat often. One that stuck out to me is something I do almost every day, and will especially do this summer. You've probably noticed I tend to stick to two types of breakfasts - oatmeal or a yogurt mess. I do love omeletes, but only have them every once in a while. Back to the point, I find yogurt, fruit and granola to be very refreshing and cooling in the warmer months. Oatmeal just doesn't work for me when it's 80+ degrees outside and after I just finished a tough workout.
Runner's World says that chia seeds are the perfect boost for yogurt. A few weeks ago I picked up some chia seeds from the bullk bins at Fairway and since we've run out, I refilled yesterday. If you haven't tried them yet, I highly recommend that you do. They are rich in Omega 3's, calcium and fiber, but don't need to be refrigerated or ground like flax. With a nutty taste and crunch, they can be added to yogurt, cereal, baked goods, granola, and more. In both water and the stomach, the chia seeds swell and form a gel which slows down digestion. Some people add them to water before mixing with yogurt, but it's not necessary to do. Your call. Just give them a try and see what you think!
Do you have a favorite summertime breakfast?
Workout Stats -
3 mile walk
3x10ea side bends & weighted twists (each side)
long stretch and foam roller session