weekly workout recap, casual work environment, summer salads
Posted Jul 13 2012 10:42am
Howdy! Happy Friday the 13th. Is it just me or do we have an awful lot of Friday the 13ths this year? I feel like every 13th falls on a Friday. Okay anyway. Three things are making me super-duper happy pants today. I know, I know you are sooooo curious. Here they are: 1) my workouts this week (after my self-declared worse run ever!), 2) casual work environments, and 3) summer salads. And I shall elaborate.
1. Weekly workout recap. Here it is:
Sunday: Super-duper awful, bathroom break filled run. 14 miles done. Let’s not talk about it ever again. Hmmm k?
Monday: My stomach was still…umm… liquidy (TMI) and unsettled but I managed to do an awesome 50 min spin class + 15 min elip + arms (I used resistance bands and I was sooooore)
Tuesday: Run. It was a comeback run ‘fo ‘sho. 7 miles. I was averaging somewhere around 8:40 minute miles but it felt right. And I hopped to the gym to strengthen them legs
Wednesday: Another spin day. 50 mins spin, 15 mins elip, abs
Thursday: 7 miles! Good, good, good miles! I was pacing what I was a couple of months ago before my legs funktified (I say this a lot but not sure I’ve ever attempted to write it) and the Chicago heat happened. My knee is a little achy breaking and boy I am tight. Icing and foam rolling. Should be more. Note to self. I also did some arm machines. And them after work I hopped to the gym for a 30 minute core class. I need to take advantage of my classes at the gym more often. They get me out of my routine. I love spin! But I should try some others.
Friday: It was an elip kinda day. With the Hills. Does anyone else love that MTV is ‘retro’ (makes me feel old) and shows the Hills at 6 am. I also read Fitness Magazine. Lately those magazines make me angry. Perhaps I’ll discuss that in another post. I did 20 minutes of the stair mill (so intense that machine!), 40 minutes elip, and 20 mins laps/ water jogging.
These workouts make me pretty happy. They were good. I felt good. The runs especially felt excellent. I am sore and stiff though so that isn’t good. Perhaps I rest day coming sooner than later. For this marathon training cycle I am starting out with only three days of running due to the funkiness my legs have been giving me. Two 7 milers in the middle of the week and one long run on the weekend. I think my long runs are going to be pretty high mileage with perhaps 2 20 milers and one 22 mile run. We’ll see. Geeee am I really training for a marathon without a plan? Who am I?? I might add more mid-week miles sometime but not for a while. So I’m doing a lot of cross-training. With that said, my rest day plan is to take one when needed. Or if my legs feel exhausted focus on my arms and core for a day or two. I’m also re-teaching myself to swim so I hope to incorporate that more in my workouts.
So I’m thinking about 16 miles tomorrow. Might be a bit aggressive but I’m going to run with the 9:00 minute/mile group and listen to my body. I did 14 last week so 16 isn’t really that big of an increase. Originally I was planning for a cut back week with 10 miles but my parents are coming next week soooo I think I’ll attempt (while listening to my body and being smart!!) for sweet 16 tomorrow and do a 10-miler when my parents are here so I don’t have to spent toooo much time running.
2. Casual work environment. The place I am working this summer is very casual. One guy stays in his bike clothes all day unless there is something special going on. The CEO wears flip-flops. You get the idea. I am probably the most dressed up person in the office a lot of times! It takes a lot of pressure off with the casual attire. I didn’t need to buy anything new. I would LOVE to buy new things! I am so jealous of all the cute looking ladies on the L every morning. Alas, I have no paycheck.
3. Summer salads. The other day a co-worker asked if I like lettuce and radishes from gardens. Hmmm, YES? Why, YES, I do. So I’ve been eating wonderful fresh amazing salads. I add other veggies (summer squashes from the farmers market last weekend!), spinach, kale and mushrooms. I always add healthy fats: FULL-FAT dressing, avocado, nuts, or olives, cheese. Oh and a protein source like eggs, shrimp, salmon (canned works great), tuna, chicken, or beans. I’ve been digging the Green Goddess Dressing from Trader Joe’s:
Here is the beauty from last night:
Your turn: Do you have a causal work environment? Do you prefer a more formally dressed work place or casual. I like casual. Especially in the summer. Are you a swimmer? Can you teach me?