AM- ran 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym
taught 45 minute spin class
PM- taught Y50X class (HIIT type class) and step aerobics at the Y
It’s a gloomy day around here which fits my mood perfectly. I’m just kind of “blah” today. Does anyone else have those days?
I’m ready to feel better and get back into running, but I know I have to be smart and take it easy while I’m getting over this darn cold. Poop on winter colds. They’re not nice.
Some happenings from the day yesterday.
I had the best savory breakfast STUFTwich on my favorite bread with a little Trader Joe’s turkey bacon.
I paired it with a green tea juice drink I concocted. I thought I was miraculously going to feel better after I drank a green drink. It didn’t happen, but the drink was pretty good.
In the mix (or actually, in my Vita)- kale, lemon juice, Yogi brewed Kombucha green tea (2 packets), 1/2 pack of CocoaVia summer citrus, a tablespoon apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and a couple drops of Stevia.
I didn’t have time for my usual big bowl of roasted kabocha squash with all the fixings in the afternoon so I took my squash on the road to the gym and ate it like chips.
I sucked down a dark chocolate peppermint mocha with Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
May not have been the best idea to consume that much squash before teaching a high intensity class, but oh well.
After the gym, I wanted to experiment for dinner with a little variation of a cauliflower pizza crust. I suckered the boys into helping me with the “magic cauliflower machine”.
The end pizza result came out pretty well.
It didn’t stay together though, but the recipe I used is worth sharing so a follow up post will be on the way later.
I finished off the night watching the first half hour or so of The Biggest Loser (just waiting for my friend Bob to wear those darn Pro Compression socks I gave him) eating the entire pizza and then having a little Chobani bite cup for dessert.
They have these new cups out and every flavor sounds delicious. We were lucky enough to get the Raspberry with Dark Chocolate Chips and the Coffee with Dark Chocolate Chip, but I pretty much want all the new flavors. Ha ha.
The Boston Marathon is in 10 weeks. Yeah. That’s pretty darn soon.
Here’s the thing.
I want to train for it and train well, but not let training take over my life. Does that make sense? Just like I said in this post, I want to race to be a better person and inspire others, not to be the fastest. Yeah, I get competitive, but racing is more than that to me and right now, I need to make family duties come first.
When I first started working with my coach, I told him I wanted to break a 3:00 marathon. That’s pretty nutty. Who knows, if I trained hard enough and long enough I just might be able to do it, but I’m not sure if right now is the time.
There were a couple of weeks not too long ago where I was training too much. I was tired, irritable, my body wasn’t happy, I wasn’t patient with the boys, etc. I don’t want that to happen again.
I was talking to Coach Jason the other night to kind of figure out the plan for Boston. He asked me how serious I was about getting better and my answer was “eh, I don’t know”. That’s the truth. I’d honestly rather be a better mom right now than a faster runner. That’s actually harder for me. I told him I had to put my boys first.
So, that’s the plan over here. I have a lot of races coming up in the next few months that I’m doing for fun. I just want to stay healthy and enjoy them. I’m going to try to keep my mileage up, do some speed work at least once a week on my own and somehow attempt to find the balance between career, running, motherhood, etc.
Good luck, huh?
I’ve got my little training notebook ready.
I’m using Jason’s book Running a Marathon for Dummies to map out a training plan for the next 10 weeks, but I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself about it.
The book has some really easy to follow plans (three different levels- beginner, intermediate and advanced) if you’re looking for a training plan to do on your own.
I’m doing a modified version on the advanced plan with decreased mileage. I’m trying to take things up right about here this week depending on how I’m feeling (minus a few runs and extra miles, etc.).
Okay, enough about that. Just had to share since that’s where my head has been the past couple of days.
I’m trying to get my priorities figured out over here.
Here’s a really cool video of Coach Jason talking about running. I love it for so many reasons. If you’ve experienced that “inner runner” feeling, you know what he’s talking about.
I fell in love with running just a couple years ago. Running might not be your thing, but I believe you can have the same feeling with anything you’re passionate about.
Have a wonderful day!