I awoke with intense cravings for pancakes this morning. I am not sure why but a lot of things have been bringing pancakes to the forefront lately. It started on my trip to Wisconsin where I did have bit of a childhood favorite (baked Finnish pancakes). I decided that I would indulge in a few things so as not to be overwhelmed with the feeling of deprivation. It worked well on my trip.
Friday, we went to breakfast after a long run to a place I have heard about from several people. I knew that choosing an appropriate menu item was going to be a challenge but I made a plan for a poached egg dish with some pico de gallo. I did order as planned. BUT the pancakes called my name. It did not help that the people sitting next to us at the bar had an order of sweet potato pancakes with ginger and pecan sauce. Still I made it through that day and did really enjoy my poached egg dish.
Then this morning, I awoke with intense cravings for pancakes. I picked up my nook and started to read a running magazine. Wouldn't you know that there was an article about pancakes and how many runners use them as a pre or post workout meal? I assure you that this article just brought all those pancake cravings to the forefront again.
I KNOW however that pancakes are not the answer to anything. I also know
that consuming them will lead me some not so good feelings and
intestinal distress....so I am choosing NOT to eat the pancakes.
I have been eating these paleo zucchini muffins of late. It is the first time I have baked a "paleo treat" of any kind. I did use less than half of the raw honey that the recipe called for and I have been using them as a pre workout meal in the mornings. I do know that they have given me a bit more energy on my morning run. I also know that at yesterday's stair climb, I kept moving and did not take a break until over 2/3rds of the rounds were done. Even at that point, the break was just a few seconds. I made it through in good fashion....not fast but consistent. It is possible that the high amount of cardio yesterday added to the cravings this morning.
So, I am still trying to figure out the right combination of cardio and carbs to balance my lifestyle. I know that as I train for the half marathon, I need to think about this in order to get the most out of my training. For now, I will stay away from the pancakes and that's okay.