Tuesday, October 07, 2008
So today's run went well. :) I kinda procrastinated it too long, just BARELY managed to shower and make it to work on time. (One more minute and I would have been considered "tardy" oooooh) Anyway...
My average Heart Rate was 158 which is ALMOST the lowest so far (157) not counting the day I did sprints that I walked in between to get down to 120-130's before sprinting again. That day's average was a bit deceiving. But yay for my average being low, and that is including a SPRINT to the finish!!! It started raining just after the 3 mile mark, so I pretty much sprinted the rest of the way back to my apartment, about 1/3 of a mile. My average time was 14min miles. So my Heart Rate would have been lower average had it not been for the fast run at the end, and I don't think the time would have been THAT drastically affected had I run more slowly for that last 1/3 a mile. :) So ... maybe I'm getting faster at a low heart rate? That'd be nice. But overall, just a very nice run. I did kind of get soaked at the end, but the rest of the run was beautiful. Nicely shady with the clouds and overcast, breezy and lovely. :)
Last night was sausages and sweet potato fries. :) Tonight I'm planning to make some veggie stew thing from Dr. Weil's cookbook from the library -- can't remember exactly what's in it, but I'm excited. (Hope it's actually really good...)
Work has been kind of weird this week. That's all I'm really gonna say about that. Some weird dramas going on...
I dunno what else. Need to practice my trombone during the week and not just play on Monday night. Gotta go by the library to pick up a book that's on hold. Gotta do some ST at some point this week as well. Kettlebells. Yes.
Monday, October 06, 2008
So, last week was a little up but it was TOM, this week is back to where I've been maintaining, minus a some ounces, so I'm pretty happy about that.
My run on Saturday went really well. I did NOT keep my heart rate as low as I've been trying to in regular runs -- I tried most of the time, but then I got very distracted by everything else on my run and excited and just let it go. :) I ran in a new area and also through all of the Alabama Game Day festivities. :D It was pretty fun to be running past all of the people tailgating and milling around before the game. The only bummer was when my MP3 player's battery died, but it was toward the end of my run and I actually started in a different place than I had mapped -- in the bottom of the elevation map actually -- so I ended on a downhill trend, which made the home stretch more enjoyable than it would have been going uphill without music. :) HAHA
After my run I was feeling pretty good until later that evening I just got exhausted and didn't want to do anything. I'm not sure if it was really the run, or if it was the fact that I didn't really get enough sleep the night before. I wanted to do the run so bad I just got up anyway and went for it, but I think it caught up with me later that evening. I drank water like a demon and ate ate ate so I don't think it was dehydration or refueling issues.
OH and I burned 1174 caloried and ran for about an hour and a half. :) WOOHOO.
On Saturday I cooked Curried Masoor Dahl and Naan for dinner. :D WOOHOO!! The recipes are both from SparkRecipes and delicious. I have leftover Dahl for lunch. (That's a lentil dish, BTW.) The Naan was AWESOME. My DH was in heaven. :D So I think next I gotta try making some of PSDAHRI's recipes wiht the naan and I'll be a regular Indian Dinner MASTER.
I did NOT finish my quilt. I finished the front part, organized the squares for the back... and then got pooped. (That was all on Saturday.)
On Sunday I was a total bum -- aside from doing our grocery shopping. I have to say I'm pretty excited about some of the recipes I'm trying this week. I picked up the Biggest Loser Cookbook from the library -- to be honest, it's not super exciting, but I'm gonna try a couple of things from it this week. I also picked up a book co-authered by that Dr. Andrew Weil guy... I don't know a ton about him, but I get an email every day with a healthy recipe so I decided to pick up the cookbook to check out.
Um... I think that's about it, except that I ate really kind of poorly in some aspects this weekend. Within calorie ranges, but I ate a relatively higher amount of sweets than I have in a while. My DH picked up some amazing mini-cupcakes from WalMart's bakery- - they were pumpkin spice with a cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD. 160 cal for two of them, too. So not too bad calorically speaking.
OH! And I DID NOT do the last day of MTC yet. I was just not feeling it on Sunday, and looking at my total burn from last week, I was over my goal by 441 calories anyway. So I decided to do it this week.
I have some goals for October. Nothing shattering:
1. Keep running 3x a week, working Heart Rate stuff.
2. Kettlebells 3x a week.
3. ST - back to muscle group rotation -- will be easier to fit with running than MTC with my Mon/Fri off day pattern. Might even do a body part of ST on those days since it won't take as long.
4. Eat within my range, maintain weight.
Friday, October 03, 2008
It's EXACTLY 6 miles. :) For some reason the one part says 5.9, but that's a lie because the other part says 6. But either way, close enough. :) And I actually mapped a 6.5 mile route along the same kind of path right before that so I know how I'm gonna continue extending my most favorite route here. :D
Friday, October 03, 2008
Been a good week.
Super stressful at work at the beginning of the week, but lots of good things ended up happening and productive overall, so yay.
DH is feeling better and I'm very happy for him on that. :) Still fighting the sicky stuff though -- said he was feverish while lecturing yesterday!!! But emotionally he's in a better place.
Today was an off day for workouts so not too much to write about....
- Last night was chicken breasts cooked with Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning (SO GOOD, people!!!!), brown rice on the side, and the microwaveable asparagus thingie. SO GOOD. :) I love asparagus and this was in the produce aisle, so fresh asparagus but had a like, lump, of a "Hollondaise" sauce that melts as you cook it in the microwave and it cooks the asparagus perfectly in the bag. If you see this in your market, it is a bit expensive, but give it a try!!! My DH was not feeling it, he though the sauce was too buttery (? he's feeling sick so food is not normal tasting right now ither...), so I ate his as well... only 24 calories per serving, 3 servings in the bag, I ended up eating about 2.5 servings. :)
Just wanted a new emoticon so that anyone wanting to skip the food can know all is well. :D HAHAHAHA.
I plan to go to the library today during lunch - YAY!
I finished "In Defense of Food" and I highly recommend it. It's a little... over the top I guess sometimes, or pompous, but definitely worth reading. Some good information and I like the food recommendations.
So this weekend I have planned:
LONG run tomorrow. Longer than before. Definitely partially on campus since it's a home game and it'll be fun to run around everyone tailgating. :)
Maybe farmer's market finally?
T-Shirt Quilt finishing.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
So this morning I went on my "speed work" run of the week. I decided earlier this week that I would do a tempo run to make sure I'm not just getting slower with all this slower running in my other workouts.
SO! Just over 2 miles in... ALMOST 21 minutes. :D YAY! An average pace of 10:19. SOooooooo that's good. :D Mapmyrun's amazing stats tell me that's about 5.81MPH. I'll take it! It's not my fastest run EVER or anything, but it's on par with what I was doing before I got sick and stopped running really and then putzed around and then started doing this new slower jogging and whatnot.
My AHR was 176, which is 90.25% of my MHR. Consulting my "running bible" as I'm using it here, the Competitive Runners Handbook, a "tempo" pace should have you between 85-92% of your MHR. If I was running AT my race pace or goal pace I'd ben between 90-95% at 5K pace and 90-92% at 10K pace apparently. Well, I was trying to run at a race-like pace, and MAYBE I could've pushed it faster but I'm happy that running at these paces should result in a heart rate similar to what I had. So apparently my level of fitness running at that pace is not bad for that level of effort, I just need to make sure I'm not putting forth that kind of effort in every run. (same jibber jabber I've been saying every run blog pretty much, but every time I do it I get a new reinforcing confirmation that I really think this strategy is sound.)
Work was better today. We had a really productive (I think) staff meeting, I got some other stuff done before that, trained someone on something. All good stuff. Much better than the headaches of the beginning of the week. :) And tomorrow is Friday so YAY on that.
Last night I cooked up a big batch of brown rice to use in dinners for the rest of the week, as well as last night's dinner. I cubed some chicken breast and diced some onions. Cooked up the onions till they were somewhat browned and awesome looking, added the chicken seasoned with Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle, and when the chicken was nearly done I added a cup of black beans and some cumin and another sprinkle of Mrs. Dash. Served that over the brown rice - SO GOOD. And so easy and just right up my alley. If I had any eggs I would've fried an egg to put on top and maybe added some salsa. :D But it was good with just the black bean/chicken mixture and rice. Tonight will be rice on the side with chicken fixed some kinda way and I bought a bag of microwave steaming fresh asparagus that I'm excited to try. I love asparagus.
AND I really like my outfit today. :) The part that I really like is that I'm wearing my houndstooth stockings with some pale mintygreen colored lace legwarmer things my sister bought me in Japan. How can I help but feel cute in legwarmers? I know it sounds odd... I'll have to take a picture even though my hair is total nonsense today and I don't have any makeup on.
P.S. -- this emoticon thing is kind fun. Also I watched the new episode of Pushing Daisies this morning. :) Such a cute show!
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