Monday, April 04, 2011
It's going to be one of my rambling blogs - you've been warned!
It was a really nice weekend, weather-wise & otherwise. Yes, it was chilly & VERY windy, but it was also sunny & not snowing, so that was good! Even warm enough to just sit outside & soak up some sunshine - as long as you had a coat on.
Saturday we went out to lunch at a cafe I've wanted to try & used up my group on to the vegan bakery. I had a veggie panini - which didn't have much cheese, which is probably a good thing cause I got a great big honking piece of vegan chocolate peanut butter cake. That, an apple, a few almonds & some popcorn was dinner.
I gave DH a sliver of the cake. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite, but I swear I felt like my thighs, of all things, had expanded 5" the next day. Must've been the sodium, not to mention the fat & sugar.
Yesterday I ate great. My throat has been bothering me for a few days, so I have been taking it easy. Just a long walk with the dogs & DH yesterday.
Today was swimming & the forecast was for sleet & snow but thankfully it didn't get that cold so it's just rain. I had to get up in the middle of the night & my throat was worse, but not so bad when I got up so I went for my swim.
Glad I did, too, cause it was a great swim - unlike the last one, I got fast songs & slow songs in almost perfect order. And since it was just drizzling when I got home I was able to coax the dogs out again - good thing cause now it's raining pretty good.
DH has a business dinner tonight & I'm really looking forward to my pasta with white beans & garlic again. In fact, it's a day of leftovers & I plan to mostly take it easy since I did just sign up for the 5 mile race this Sunday. The cookbook that recipe came from is now waiting for me at the library.
So for now I'm just chilling with my little doggy blanket on my lap, and since I've already had first & second breakfasts I'm gonna go catch up with what's going on in the world. Here's to a great Monday, even if it is raining. Spark on!
Saturday, April 02, 2011
I like to take a week off from running every month. I feel it actually helps me come back fresher. I still exercise, I just don't run. I usually go much lighter on weight training on the weeks I don't run, too.
The idea is that you shouldn't always be working harder - if you do, you're not giving yourself enough time to recover. No recovery will lower your immune system and leave you vulnerable to injury. If you find yourself more tired than usual and not recharged by exercise like you usually are, you might be overtraining.
So this week I haven't run at all, but I have swum. I did longer, more intense yoga sessions.
Unfortunately, I plan to run a race next Sunday - potentially my longest race to date. When it's race week, I usually do lighter ST sessions too. So that means 2 weeks of little ST in a row. But it's about balance over time, not how any one week goes.
It's ok to do light exercise on a rest day - I almost always am walking the dogs, even on rest days. We are meant to move! Have you ever felt more tired after a weekend spent on the couch? I know I have.
What do you do on your rest days? Do you take rest days? Do you find you start getting tired if you don't take rest days?
Friday, April 01, 2011
Got this link to a free ebook on barefoot running:
I was able to download it, but when I went to copy the URL it was down due to too much traffic. Supposedly it will only be available til tomorrow morning, so just wanted to share.
And yes, I did get us tickets to Michael Buble - first concert in 2 yrs! No, we actually don't get out a whole lot. DH doesn't like crowds.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Not much yet, but I think it started much later than expected. Much to DH's chagrin -- he didn't get a snow day since it hasn't yet begun to stick to the roads.
My other title: How Target & a Clif Bar saved me & a dilemma
We'll get to that in a minute. I have been sooooooooo hungry lately. No idea why. None of the usual culprits. I've been doing my best to try and make healthy choices when I do eat more than planned -- which has been almost every day -- and was happy to maintain this week. And I never maintain, I'm always either up or down!
So yesterday was my meeting. I took a snack & some water with me as usual. I had a lot of errands to run, and knew I would be out for quite some time. And even after my snack & drinking my water, I was starved. I knew I would never make it through all those errands.
One of the errands was at the mall. Yes, an actual errand -- I needed to get a ring I bought in Hawaii sized down. It seemed to fit there, but when I got home to the cold of winter it was falling off my finger. Pretty much any finger! Turned out I needed to get it sized down a whole size.
Visions of Auntie Anne's pretzels started to dance in my head. I haven't had a treat meal in a while, I told myself. I haven't had a pretzel at the mall since I don't know when. Love, love, love Auntie Anne's but they're such empty calories. And do nothing to fill me up.
Armed with the motivation that my meetings always give me, I knew I didn't really want that pretzel. Since my first stop was Target, I stopped in the protein bar aisle. Thank God they sell single bars.
I always carry protein bars in my pocketbook, but I'll admit I didn't want the Pure Bar that had been sitting in there for months. I wish I had brought some roasted edamame with me as I often do, but I didn't.
Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar to the rescue. I do so love me a Clif Bar. These days the vast majority of the protein bars I eat are home made, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
It did the trick, too. While not the best thing in the world, they're not horrible (other than the ingredient list a mile long) and OMG did it taste good. And kept me away from the pretzels.
Now my dilemma: next Sunday there are 2 races. One is a charity race that I was planning to run, but the other is 5 miles. It's not for charity, but I've been slowly working on upping my mileage. The charity race is at the park I run at frequently (and walk the dogs at), and it's a little later in the day.
The other race is heavily attended by my running group, but so was my last race & I never did hook up with anyone at that race. It's also a bit more expensive.
There is also a race coming up in June, I see, that's an 8 miler. Will I really be ready for an 8 miler in June? It can get very humid here by June. But again, it's upping my mileage. I have figured that I need to add a half mile to my long run each month to be ready for my HM next Feb. (God willing), and that means I should be doing 8 miles this month (which means by June I should be up to 9 miles).
But I've been doing my long runs on my treadmill so I have a more accurate idea of how far I'm running (altho Galloway claims that treadmills are notoriously inaccurate, so far it seems to work well for me). And we all know running on a treadmill isn't the same as running outside.
Which race should I do?
And on a totally unrelated subject, I had hoped to go see Celine Dion while we're in Vegas, but wouldn't you know she has no shows while we're there? So I'm hoping to get some Michael Buble tickets today (assuming I remember to log on in 2 hours & do that).
Here today, gone tomorrow. That should be our snow -- supposed to be back into the 40s by tomorrow, so while it might not all disappear overnight, it shouldn't stick around long. I am still really hoping we actually get some Spring this year!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Or is that you just have to be stranger?
If anyone had told my teenage self I'd be contemplating signing up to RUN a HM by my 50th birthday, I'd've died laughing - literally! Walking would've been within the realm of possibility, but running? Never.
But it gets better! DH has been going thru a real rough patch at work lately. He called me as he was walking to lunch yesterday. He said he needed to walk the stress off. How could that possibly be the same man who has to be cajoled into walking the dogs every single freakin' time!?
I was so happy that he'd made the connection between fresh air, exercise, & feeling better. At least this time.
We HAVE to become strangers to ourselves. We must change, & in some fairly significant ways. You cannot change your habits without changing yourself. How to change? Well, that's a blog for another day.
Glad we grilled yesterday - the weather is looking grimmer here by the minute. Showers by the afternoon, and not only are they predicting snow for tomorrow, they're predicting a fair amount of the white stuff. I'm still hoping they've got it wrong like the last time. But in the meantime I've been visualizing myself going to swimming tonight in the rain - or maybe snow.
Have you become a stranger to yourself?
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