Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you all ate too much and relaxed even more.
My little Thanksgiving break from work started Wednesday afternoon with a quick and hard workout at the gym. I felt like I severely pulled my hamstring after the gym on Tuesday so I started the day off on this new stretch machine at my gym. It looks a lot like a luggage cart so I felt awkward on it the entire time.
I finally made it back to the gym for a hard workout and it felt great! I haven’t had that feeling in a while after a workout, but I’m glad it’s back because it definitely makes it easier to get back into a routine.
Ran on the treadmill for 35 minutes (3.75 miles) at different speeds/inclines.
I like to change things up to make sure the treadmill doesn’t bore me into a walk. It’s happened more than I’m proud to admit.
After running I did a 10 minute stretch routine and an ab circuit that I mostly just made up as I went. Which means it definitely needs some tweaking before it makes a regular appearance in my routine.
I received my New Balance 890v4′s in the mail last week but today was the first time I was able to wear them. I will have a full review of them later – they still need to be worn on a longer run, but as a trial run today I absolutely loved them. They felt much lighter (6.64oz) than my other pairs of New Balance but still kept that cushion feel in the heel. They are also sportin’ an 8mm heel to toe drop which is one of my favorite heel drops.
The nice post it that came with my shoes Don’t mind the peanut butter stain…I couldn’t stop myself from digging into the jar after my workout.
My plan is to make it back to the gym in the morning so I have 0 obligations after work tomorrow! Tomorrow evening is decorate the house in Christmas day and I need my schedule cleared for that!
How do you stay entertained on the treadmill?
Favorite time of day to workout?
Well, helloooo! Is it the weekend yet? Just kidding! I hope you all got some good, long runs in this weekend (especially if you’re some where that had this beautiful weather) because I did not. Not 1 run. Notta. Didn’t even snowboard. I did however get in a 7.5 mile run during my lunch on Friday and another 2.5 at the gym after work and I guess I just decided that was good enough for a couple of days. I finished the run (7.5) in right under an hour, which was a faster pace than I anticipated. By the way, my race is in about 2.5 weeks and I have not run more than 8 consecutive miles in 2014…so things are really looking good for that.
I woke up today with a super, super sore calf so logically I went out and ran 4.5 easy miles. I came home and did a lot of foam rolling and stretching. I don’t have anything calf specific as far as foam rolling goes, so I just used what I had and hoped for the best! It’s still pretty sore, so instead of going out for another run (which was my original plan) I opted for an at home workout from the Sarah Fit book. I pretty much just mashed about 3 workouts into one and skipped the ones that made my calf hurt. I also gave myself a nice little pat on the back for getting in some strength training. These arms are looking prettyyyy ripped. Just kidding, I can barely lift a piece of paper.
Lately, I haven’t been minding Monday’s as much as usual because I have a lot of stuff going on (traveling wise) and they are somehow the day’s that I get the most done. However, a Monday during the last week of April when I wake up and there are inches of snow on the ground is not my favorite thing in the world. Talk about a buzz kill. Luckily the rest of the week is supposed to gradually get nicer and eventually end in Spring-like weather. Now to cross my fingers that it actually sticks around this time.
I had a pretty uneventful weekend given the amount of rain/snow/ice we were getting. Saturday morning I woke up and laid in bed all morning reading my book (finally finished Divergent) and I did not mind it one bit. The afternoon was spent car shopping (in the rain) and then a quick pizza and salad dinner at an Italian restaurant near the house. The rest of the evening was spent reading and watching TV. Told you, very uneventful
Sunday was supposed to be as gross as Saturday, but I lucked out and got out early enough to beat the snow. I went into town and did my own little version of a hill run. I did a 5ish mile loop that ended up being around a 900ft elevation climb overall. I found a 1.5 mile loop that climbed and then had a really nice downhill (I wanted the downhills for my upcoming race). Right after I finished my run, it started snowing and continued to do so until my drive into work today. Yayy. I took a detour for a quick rest after one of the hills and found this neighborhood I never knew existed. I could live there. Yep.
I conveniently ended my run next to the bookstore on Main Street so I could pick up some goodies.
Books not sold on Amazon are really expensive, for anyone not aware. Probably just me. But I couldn’t resist, the bookstore atmosphere is awesome and I hadn’t been in one in a really long time. I’d say it was worth it (kind of:))
Although the weather slightly made this Monday morning a downer, I stopped by the grocery store on my way to work to pick up some fruit for the day and LOOK WHAT I FOUND! 2 packs of Halo’s!
I sincerely hope someone was promoted for this genius idea.
Today’s planned run is an easy but longer run. During my morning routine of watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, I threw in a little bit of stretching and core work. There has been a significant drop in my workout routine that is anything but running since ending my gym membership so I am trying really hard to get back into a routine that includes it again. I have a few random P90x cds that I hope can help me out.