Do you ever wake up with that confused feeling on Monday morning trying to figure out if it’s still the weekend or if you have to go to work? I definitely did this morning. Fortunately, I had a satisfying, relaxing weekend to hold me over until next Friday.
After work, Troy and I did this 550 Killer Reps workout from BodyRock. I love the old BodyRock workouts where they only use body weight and hadn’t started using equipment like sand bags and bars yet. My time was around 28 minutes, but I didn’t do all 50 walkover pushups. I did maybe 10 that way, and the rest on my knees.
When Abby invited me to go to :08 (pronounced 8 seconds) Friday night, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s been forever since I hung out with my bestie, and even longer since I had a night on the town. Win-win.
Of course, I made Troy conduct a photo shoot before we left. It’s not every day I get to wear my awesome Western boots (Ariat- $80 on RueLaLa).
This week was a Gator home weekend, so Troy and I watched them dominate Kentucky and hit the gym and sauna afterwards.
I went for a cross-training session, and ended up staying for almost two hours. I’ve been failing at cross and strength training since I started running, so I’m trying to transition back into well-rounded fitness. My workout looked like this:
It was a great change for my body to do something different, and it was low-impact enough that my legs didn’t get too tired before my long run Sunday.
When we got back, it was time for dinner, and it was one of those “eat what’s in the house” (EWITH) nights. Fortunately, we had charcoal, so I whipped up some honey BBQ dijon chicken marinade and threw whatever else we had on the grill.
- Honey BBQ sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Italian seasoning
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
I also threw some sweet potatoes and a sweet pepper (the yellow thing, leftover from my farmers market finds) on the grill, and topped the chicken with yummy sweet onions, which you have to try for yourself.
Grilled Sweet Onions
- 1 sweet onion
- Salt, pepper, paprika to taste
- Olive oil
- Chop onion thinly and place onto large piece of aluminum foil.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika to taste.
- Toss the mixture with your hands in the foil.
- Grill over low heat/ flame for 15 minutes.
Breakfast followed in the EWITH tradition of Saturday night’s dinner.
We had oatmeal with bananas, raspberries, and Fuji apples, topped with cinnamon and a bit of almond milk. I also made drippy egg sandwiches on half a bagel, a slice of pepper jack cheese, over easy egg, and scallions, which were the highlight meal of the day.
Football started at 1pm, so Troy and I tuned in and followed our fantasy teams. Lunch was another EWITH meal, a whole wheat pita stuffed with tuna salad, arugula, and cheese.
My fantasy team was doing terrible, and we were completely out of food, so I made a quick trip to Ward’s Supermarket to stock up on the basics.
Ward’s is an amazing health food store unique to Gainesville that sells fresh, local produce at a fraction of the big grocery store’s cost. I got all these fruits, veggies, and eggs for around $23!
Ward’s has its own butcher shop, sells artisan bread and baked goods from local bakeries, and has a huge bulk wall with everything from granola and at least 5 different types of rice to nutritional yeast and quinoa. It also has every type of flour imaginable, it’s own brand of fresh-ground nut butters, and tons of natural soaps and herbal remedies.
I got back from Ward’s a little late and geared up for my long run right away. The goal was 3.1 miles to see if I’ll be able to push myself through my 5K Friday. I did great, but I’m not quite at the time I’d like to be at. My previous goal was under 30 minutes, but it’s my first race, so I think a more realistic goal will be 32 minutes.
You may know, I’ve been taking ENERGYbits before my runs and keeping track of the split times. I ate 30 bits 15 minutes before my run, and tried not to drink too much water with them to avoid cramps.
The ENERGYbits keep me focused on the task at hand and give me the mental clarity I need to push myself when I think I can’t go further. The nitric oxide in them increases the flow of blood and oxygen to my muscles, so they don’t get tired as quickly.
Unfortunately, I must’ve had too much in my system, because I got some intolerable cramps around mile 2 and had to walk for 1.5 minutes, which is reflected in my time.
Still, I’m averaging just over 10:30, and I’d be ecstatic if I could shave that down to an even 10. I think if it weren’t for my cramps, that would be a breeze. One of my readers recommended calcium supplements, which I’ll have to look into since I suspect I’m not getting enough.
For my post-run dinner, I threw a bunch of veggies into a pan for a stir fry consisting of squash, carrots, onions, garlic, broccoli, yellow bell peppers, and eggplant in a coconut oil, ginger, and garlic sauce. I served it with a side salad and leftover grilled sweet potato.
After dinner, Troy and I watched the Ravens- Patriots game, and I was glad to see my fantasy team come back a little. Now I need Aaron Rodgers to pull through today, and I’m golden.
Some more runner questions: What do you do to prevent/ fight cramps? What are the best prep runs or exercises to do in the week before a race? Mine is on Friday, so what should my schedule look like?
Lots of questions, I know, but I REALLY appreciate your feedback. Thank you!