It’s July!!!! You know what THAT means?! It’s bIrThDaY MONTH and I NEED to stick with my workout schedule so that I can actually use all the food coupon/emails I’m getting. The Hus has lots of date nights to plan! 😉
So how ARE my workouts going?! Well, I haven’t totally fallen off the bandwagon, but I have been struggling with motivation. But to be honest, “monthly female issues” don’t. help.
Last Wednesday morning I was able to get up early, meet up with MIT, do a speed workout, and feel great all day. But by Thursday morning, I turned my 2 alarms off at 4:55am, rolled over, locked the cats out of the bedroom, and got up when The Hus’ alarm went off. At 6:20.
And then I felt guilty for not going to strength class.
So I swam ½ mile that night while The Hus and my mom did their run with the No Boundaries training group. Did I tell you about them joining Fleet Feet’s No Boundaries 5k training group? It’s for beginner runners, and they train for a 5k. They do a Thursday night run, and a Saturday morning “long run”. I’m so proud of them. I just need to make up a couple strength workouts for them to do as part of their training…
Ok. Back to my morning workout fail. What happened after I woke up at 6:20, was this: I realized I didn’t have to be to work until 9:00 now, and after my sister and mom got me hooked on ‘How I Met Your Mother’, I spent my morning watching episodes from Season 1. Ya. True story. So since I enjoyed that morning ritual so much, my morning workouts have been replaced with sleeping in for an extra hour, then getting up, getting my coffee, sitting in bed with the furkids, and watching ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
I know. It’s 100% ridiculous and it’s not even wintertime when this is happening! I even skipped my Saturday morning long run with MIT. Not for that same TV addiction reason, but b/c it was supposed to be storming with scattered thunderstorms that morning/day, and I just did NOT feel like running in a downpour again. Especially considering what time of the month it was.
So I slept in.
And then never got my long run in Saturday.
And didn’t get it done on Sunday either…and Sunday was PERFECT running weather! But I was just so “blah” and unmotivated, that we literally just bummed all day. And I fought the guilty conscious the ENTIRE 2 days I didn’t run.
So on Monday night, I ran. There was still a chance of rain, but at this point, the guilt was so strong, I didn’t care. I just didn’t have time for the 14 miles on the schedule, so I switched THIS Saturday’s 10 miles and LAST Saturday’s 14 miles, and I did 10 on Monday. So this Saturday, I’ll do 14. That’s ok right?!
I DID at least do a strength class on Saturday – C9 – that left me sore for DAYS! My glutes are pretty much always in pain anymore. And then Monday was my 10 miler. And it didn’t even rain.
Tuesday – um, this day has been my rest day just due to the training schedule, and when strength classes are, so I kept it as a rest day this week too even though I had already had a LOT of rest days lately. 😉
Wednesday – well, I turned off my alarms again and woke up an hour later…does that set the tone for what I did before work? Coffee, bed, cuddling with furkids, ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Do you see a trend? I’m enjoying these mornings more than I care to…But I DID do the MIT speed workout on my own later that evening! It was a timed 2 mile run, so I headed to the track, did a half mile warm up, then an 8:45 mile, a half mile recovery, then I tackled the next mile in 9:18, and then did a mile cooldown for a total of 4 miles.
I’m kinda learning, with these shorter runs and speed workouts, that sometimes less is more….whoda thought?! I’ve noticed that having a rest day the day before a speed day, is GREAT for that speed workout. And the speed workout doesn’t need to be super long to be effective – just a bigger effort. And those slower long runs? They seem to be working wonders too as far as being speedier on the shorter runs.
When I got home, The Hus wanted to go to the pool, so I went with him and did a ¼ mile swim. Took me 15 minutes, and by the end, I was tired!
Thursday, I actually got up at 4:55 and went to the 5:45 am strength class! Woohoo! And then halfway through the class, I realized that I had time to come HOME and shower before going to work, and then I could watch 2 episodes of….uh uh….‘How I Met Your Mother’! It was a great day friends.
I know, this is a long post with hardly any fun pictures… I guess when you don’t post very often, and not much is going on, this is the result. Sorry. But I’m not done yet.
I need a maid.
I never knew this, but I LOVE cherries! Amazing what you find you like if you just TRY it! <pic>
I love this wine app – Dryc. You can take pictures of the wine label and it will save it in there and you can put notes in there – where you found it, price, etc…
I THINK that is all. For today. Have a great 4th!
P.S. Have you ever seen PLAINTAIN tortillas????? I saw them advertised SOMEWHERE (now I can’t remember where I saw them….), but I haven’t seen them in a store…