How funny is it that I spent all day yesterday thinking it was Wednesday? I posted WIAW thinking I was totally ahead of the game, then went for my Tuesday run. Yep. THAT kinda week.
Yesterday I hit my goal of running 5K in under 35 minutes! The best part of reaching a goal is setting new ones.
The 35-minute time was just my primary goal for my first month of 5K training. I have one more workout left in week 3 of Couch to 5K and my ultimate goal is to run the race in under 30 minutes on September 28th. I have 5 weeks to drop 5 minutes, and I think cutting down a minute a week is totally doable!
Yesterday was the perfect day to run. After it rained all afternoon, it was 73ºF and still overcast, so the heat and humidity didn’t have a chance to set in. Trust me when I say that any Florida summer day under 80º is a dream come true! There’s a good chance the weather helped me hit my time, but I don’t question good things!
The only negative thing about running in or after the rain is the toll it takes on my shoes.
Not a bad problem to have!
After my run, I made a yummy vegetarian dinner. We had sweet potatoes cut in half topped with cream cheese and cinnamon and a side of quinoa veggie stir fry.
The veggie stir fry was so good! First, I sauteed some garlic and onion in coconut oil, cumin, black pepper and garlic salt. Then I stirred in carrots, baby portobello mushrooms, eggplant, and yellow squash. Last, I mixed in cooked quinoa and spinach and let it all cook for a few more minutes. I topped it with some fresh lemon juice and Troy and I ate it with the creamy sweet potatoes. It was a perfect mix of sweet and savory for a quick, healthy dinner.
Today I’m taking a rest from running, but Troy and I plan to hit up the gym to strength train, something we’ve both been neglecting. I’m really happy with my legs at the moment, but my arms and core could use some work, so I’m doing this arms and abs circuit as a warm up for the weights.
Check out this playlist for instructional videos!
There are a few cardio moves worked in to help keep your heart rate up throughout the circuit. I’m really excited to try this one since I haven’t been giving my abs nearly enough attention lately. Now that I’m falling in love with running, I have to remind myself that strength training is equally important. And that’s exactly what I plan to focus on today!
What were your greatest fitness goals that you’ve accomplished? What are the new goals you’ve set for yourself?
My greatest accomplishment: Running a mile outdoors in under 10 minutes
My new goal: Running a 5K at a 9:30 pace
My existing goal: Do a pullup from a dead hang