Last week I heard the first advertisements for Starbuck's seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte. My heart may have fluttered with excitement! The official release date was set for September 6th. I, however, had a coupon for a free Starbucks beverage of my choice that expired today, one day shy of pumpkin greatness. In my sneaky ways and absolute requirement to enjoy a pumpkiny latte TODAY, I attempted to convince the barista to break out the pumpkin spice syrup one day early. Imagine my excitement when I was presented with this:
|Venti Nonfat Extra Hot 3-Pump Pumpkin Spice Latte.|
After prying myself off the couch and out of my pajamas, I took my caffeine-high self to the Y for a swim. Solid swim workouts are few and far between recently, but this was a good one.
Warm up: 400 swim, 300 drill, 200 pull, 4 x 25 single breath
Main set: 4 x 100 single arm with fins, 100 timed (1:21), 4 x 100 on 1:30, 300 timed (4:20), 6 x 50 (25 sprint, 25 easy)
Cool down: 200 (back/free by 25)
Then I hit Earth Fare to stock up on a few ingredients for my planned crock-pot meal. While I was there, I couldn't resist the salad bar that was calling my name. The combination of a grumbling belly and an empty refrigerator at home sealed the deal. I enjoyed a mix of curried "chicken" salad, soba noodles, slaw, sun-dried tomato pilaf, and a mixed greens salad. Paired with an extra-large farmers market peach it became the perfect lunch.
Since my workouts have been suffering with my schedule as of late, I decided to make up for it with a second workout for the day. I hit the indoor trainer and spun my way through one of the The Grind power + torque short-course workouts. Killer! 1 hour and 20 minutes later I treated my sweaty self to a much needed shower.
And then it was time to reveal the creation that had been simmering for hours.
The final product was Moroccan Vegetable Soup served with a side of Okra Fries. DELICIOUS!!
Can you sense the theme to the day - eat, swim, eat, lots of ortho reading, bike, eat. It doesn't get any better than that! While the cool-temperatures and all-day heavy rains didn't quite materialize, I enjoyed the day none the less. Great food, good workouts, and time spent on the couch = happy Crystal! And with that, the weather has now suddenly decided to get ugly. Tornado warnings in September . . . really?!?