Tuesday – 6 miles + Strength Training
- 6.02 miles, 1:04’ 39” minutes, 10’ 44” min/mile average pace,
- Kettlebells – Warm Up, The Grind Workout & Cool Down (27 minutes)
I woke up this morning and decided to get my strength training workout down before work. My workout scheduled for today was The Grind Workout on the Volume 2 DVD. This workout is 20 minutes long and focuses on several of the new exercises while mixing in some of the basic ones. This workout is not like the Volume 1 workouts because it is not based on time intervals. Instead this workout is about the number of repetitions that you do. Between the Turkish Get Ups and the Windmills, my arms were worked over. My hope is that these exercises will help me tone and firm my triceps and get rid of the persistent flabby arms that I can’t seem to fix.
After my workout, I got ready for work. I ate my breakfast at my desk this morning because I was running a little late because I chose to do my workout first. I am ok with that. I would like to get in the habit of waking up earlier than I am so that I can get more things done before work. My breakfast this morning consisted of non fat plain Greek yogurt from Chobani (my favorite yogurt brand) and chocolate delight granola from Back to Nature.
Work today did not go very well. After submitting the proposed design last week, the owner came back with several questions that has forced me to do a complete redesign of the project I worked so very hard on the last month. Not to mention the fact that I have to get this done by tomorrow afternoon! I think I am going to need a lot of coffee in the next few days! Yesterday before going to school, my sister made dinner and even made enough for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that and ended up stopping at Panera on my way home. So I ended taking what was supposed to be my dinner for lunch today. It was absolutely delicious even though it may not look it.
For lunch today, I had Thai Coconut Curry Chicken with Cauliflower Rice. (As soon as my sister posts the recipe, I will let you know where you can find it on her blog.) My sister’s diet doesn’t allow her to eat starches. Instead, she gets her carbs from vegetables. One of her tricks is use things like cauliflower and tofu to make things like mashed potatoes, rice and noodles. If you haven’t tried this type of substitution yet, let me tell you that you can’t tell the difference!
As the day wore on, I realized that this redesign was not going as smoothly as I needed it to. By 4 o’ clock, I was totally ready for my afternoon coffee. I ate my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif® Bar and then walked across the street for my daily caffeine fix. Today, the bold pick of the day was Espresso Roast. Normally, you can only get this if you order and espresso beverage such as a latte or a cappuccino. This is actually one of my favorite brewed coffees at Starbucks. Trust me when I say that it is well worth it to try this if you enjoy brewed coffee. I ended up staying at work much later than I wanted to but I made a lot of progress on the redesign. Thinking that I still might be able to get my run in before the #FitBlog chat tonight on Twitter, I quickly rushed home and changed into my running clothes. When I got to the fitness center though, all of the treadmills were being used. I considered for about a minute going for my run outside when I saw a bolt of lightning and heard the clap of thunder. I love Florida weather!
I decided that I would work on my post for today and great ready for my first ever #FitBlog chat. My sister was working on one of my favorite dishes for dinner and was very adamant about me staying out of the kitchen. For dinner, she made Indian Saag Curry Tofu with Cauliflower Rice. She really loves the Cauliflower Rice. This dish is super easy to make and really yummy. While eating my dinner, I participated in my first ever #FitBlog Chat. I am still pretty new to Twitter but I am catching on slowly but surely. What a really inspirational chat tonight! When it was done, I was more excited than usual to tackle my 6 mile run.
So my run tonight was scheduled to be another 6 miler. In fact, most of weekday runs are scheduled at 6 miles and that is a little daunting t me. I feel like this will ultimately help me when it comes to pushing past my wall, which has preventing me from running the entire distance on my long runs. Knowing that I was going to have to get another 6 mile run done on the treadmill, I started off at a faster than usual. After the first mile, I felt really good but my pace was quite fast enough to finish the distance in the allotted time. I increased the pace and finished the last five miles at steady pace on the belt. I had progressed leaps and bounds since I started running.