Run Fogboy Run!

The vista from my bedroom window was akin to looking through a glass bowl full of pea and ham soup, but I decided to go out for a run anyway. Showing such dedication, I broke free from the warm and comfortable confines of my lovely living room, complete with big TV and the Man Utd. v Real Madrid match, to pound the pavement. I reasonable 5k in under 30 minutes with a few hills. Nothing too demanding and my pace is still slower than it should be, but its slowly progressing. Hopefully if I keep at with within a few months I’ll be back on track and managing hour + runs without ruining myself (so I then can run for longer and actually ruin myself). Incidentally I was running to a soundtrack of the most fantastic band I have discovered in months, The Oh Hellos. You should check them out, you really should, they are incredible.

Its only Tuesday, but I’m managing to eat well so far this week. Chicken and pepper fajitas last night and for lunch and chicken breast with a mound of kale. Kale is apparently quite the nutritional wonder veggie. I don’t pretend to know a lot about vitamins and stuff, but the Wikipedia entry sounds impressive:

‘Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Kale is a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss. Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. Steaming significantly increases these bile acid binding properties’

A fellow gym-rat kindly recommended this odd looking bag of leaves along with this rather tasty recipe:

Wash 80g of kale then dry in a salad spinner. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle a little sea salt. Spread out across a baking tray and stick in an oven on 180 for 10-15 minutes until the leaves start to go crispy. Take out and sprinkle a little parmesan cheese and voila, tasty kale.

Gym again tomorrow for more circuit training. Bring it on!



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