Not Ready To Let Go

It blows my mind, every year without fail on Nov 1st out goes fall and in comes Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as the next person but please stop trying to rush my life away! I still want to savour fall and all it’s wonderfulness, the weather seems to agree with me, today it hit almost close to 10 degrees out and not a cloud in the sky. Absolutely perfect fall running weather, of course I had a treadmill/elliptical workout on the schedule (thank you IT band) and I was tempted to ditch it for sunshine but I stuck to the plan. I am hopeful that tomorrow’s weather will be just as good as I have an outside run planned.

 

I worked out today over lunch for the first time ever in hopes that I would discover the answer to my problem. When the days are so short how do you find time to workout in the sunshine? I work 9-6 most days, so it’s pretty much impossible. I think I have tried every option and found no answer I am happy with. Today I tried out the lunchtime thing and though I showered I was running 5 minutes late, rushed, felt gross, and did not have my post run relaxed feeling. I felt like I was in a race against the clock so that option has been killed. So after much thought I have determined that running in the dark as close to sunrise as possible is going to have to do. I’m a morning runner but getting up to pitch black darkness is brutal on me and I have no idea why. I guess because my body feels like it should be still asleep, I will have to teach it otherwise. The long days of summer are behind us, we have just a few more weeks to enjoy fall, before the cold winter is upon us. Perhaps as I hang on to fall for dear life a bowl of pumpkin oats will be the right amount of encouragement to get me up in the dark to see the beautiful sun rise.

 

Pumpkin Oats (serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp carob powder
  • 1 tbsp nut butter

 

Bring water and milk to a boil. Add in oats, pumpkin, and chia seeds and cook until desired consistency. Top oats with nut butter, almonds, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and carob powder. Just as a side note carob powder can be found in Canada at Bulk Barn, it is a replacement for cocoa in any recipe and has lots of fibre, iron, and calcium (source).

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What time of day do you usually workout? How do you fit your life around it?

What’s your favourite season?

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6 thoughts on “Not Ready To Let Go

  1. Thank you for remembering my blog even when I neglected it for a while! I hear ya – today at the mall they were playing Christmas music! A little too soon, I think.
    I love working out in the mornings, it gets me on the right track for the day!

  2. mmmmmmmmmm making those oats as soon as I get me some more pumpkin 😉 hehe YUM!

    I must workout in the morning or else I just don’t feel it :p On Wednesdays I have to hit up the gym over my lunch hour, but I have just kind of made myself enjoy it haha

  3. I agree, fall goes by WAY TOO FAST! It is my favourite season and I would love for it to stick around for a few more months 🙂

    Unless I run at lunch the only runs in the sunshine I get in this time of year are my weekend runs, so I have no advice for you! I LOVE my lunchtime runs though and really enjoy how they break up my day! But yes, it can be kind of gross to go back to work without showering sometimes!

    • I wish it would, our Canadian winters are so brutal!!

      I think with daylight savings it may be brighter earlier after this weekend, I’m hopeful anyways. If not I am going to have to just suck it up!! haha

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