Blanket statement: Running in the summertime in Texas is challenging.
Rephrase: Running in the summertime in Texas makes me want to pass out.
Real talk: I generally avoid running in the summertime here, but I can’t not run this summer.
Why, you ask?
I’m running three legs of a big relay race in September. It’s with the same group of folks I ran with last spring from L.A. to San Diego. And this year, we’re running from San Francisco to Napa Valley. It’s going to be gorgeous, and I am so excited. But to run this race? I’ve gotta train, and according to my coach, I should train up to 15 miles to complete my three legs with ease. Which means I’m fully intending on a half marathon in August, aptly named The Hottest Half. (YOLO?) And then 15 miles the week after.
I started getting back into my training routine a few weeks back, joining two of my friends on an evening social run with a local running club… and about halfway through, after we’d already detoured off the street a few times to be lightly sprayed by sprinklers, we began discussing our favorite smoothies.
For the rest of the run, we discussed smoothies. Our favorite fruits. What vegetables we liked to add. Where we liked to purchase them. What we liked to do when we made them at home.
And I got hungry. (Surprise, said NO ONE ever.)
So when I arrived home, I whipped up a sweet smoothie that I’m calling the Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie. It requires two ingredients and is kind of embarrassing to call a recipe, but it’s absolutely delicious and oh-so-chilly that you might get brainfreeze. (I did when I made my first one!)
- 1¼ cups orange juice
- 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- Measure the ingredients into your blender.
- Blend the strawberries and OJ into a consistency of your liking.
- Enjoy immediately!
What kind of foods do you crave when you’re running?