What’s this title all about? You’ll see…
Monday was indeed meatless! I had a very vegetarian apple as an afternoon snack, a cheese and lettuce sandwich (with mayo) and tomatoes for dinner, and a buttload of chocolate chips plus a yummy shake as my post workout meal today!
It took two tries to get my shake right. Attempt one (which was decent) had soy milk, cocoa, chocolate protein powder, and ice cubes plus some yogurt (this is where I went wrong–it made it too sour but it did help the consistency). Attempt two (the winner!) had peanut butter (always helps, ya know?), ice cubes, cocoa and protein powder. I want to eat it again.
I wanna do it again. 🙂
Today marks day 23 of my 23 day running streak! No big deal, but can I call myself a runner? This end comes just in time for me to rest my oh so angry hip flexor. And by rest I mean foam roll and stretch the crap out of. Teaching spin hurt like heck today so I posted tomorrow’s class to a friend who is so nice for helping me out! I am really grateful to work with some of the nicest girls ever. I’m going to go for a swim in the morning and just instruct my bootcamp class without actually doing anything to aggravate my hip. Luckily my 2 mile run on the treadmill didn’t bother my knee, so it’s just one thing to deal with!
According to daily mile, I ran 150km in the last 23 days. I did it by committing to at least 1 mile a day and NOT putting any pressure on myself to run at a certain pace or a certain time or in a certain way. I realized I really like running when I’m with a group and that I can find enjoyment on my own, but I really prefer to be outside. Half the time I forget my iPod (which is weird because when I first started running I said I “couldn’t” run without it) so I end up having plenty of good me time to think.
This amount of running is insane for me, kiddos! I really impressed myself. Besides some aches and pains that went away with some TLC (which I am hoping will help this new hip issue), I did okay! In the past any little injury has scared me out of running. I think being able to take it easy on other workouts (i.e. not swimming my face off or spinning to make up for an easy run) gave my body some time to recuperate and maybe is the answer to my running issues. I think a big part of it is changing my perspective. I haven’t had such a healthy outlook on training or running or on finding balance before, I don’t think. Now a one mile recovery run is just that–a recovery run. NOT a lame workout or something I feel guilty for. Now that I run to be healthy (and exercise to be healthy), I see the merit in easy days, hard days, and rest days alike. Ohhhh, balance and learning and the only way to get here was to work through all those icky emotions that go along with trying something new.
I know signing up for the Calgary 70.3 race was HUGE in terms of commitment. I am going to try to get some kind of rough plan together on my own, but I think a coach is going to be necessary! I really don’t want to get hurt or burnt out and to be honest, I’d like to kill it. You can go hard, or you can go home. Stuck in my head from tonight’s playlist. I want to race Around the Bay injury free, add some regular swims into the mix (I’m trying my hardest to get into the coached masters program at Western but it’s full right now so I’m wait listed) and keep spinning to maintain/build a base and then come April I hope I can get more specific with my training. At least it’s all going to coincide with warmer weather (I’m a whimp).
So, if you want to be a runner, run. I guess that makes me a runner! 🙂
This month also brought my love for smoothies out. I never used to like them and in fact used to question why anyone would want to drink their recovery stuff instead of chewing it. Oh, how times change!
In honour of my big brave decision to register for the race today and for completing the running streak, here’s some inspirational cheese (your fav!). Remember, I couldn’t even do the mile run in high school. I also used to exercise compulsively for hours a day. I think finding a happy place where I can train for fun and feel good and strong and proud and all those happy emotions I wouldn’t let myself experience for so long is a HUGE deal.
And kind of random, but I love:
What have you done to impress yourself lately?
What’s one thing you’d like to do but could never see yourself doing?
Have you ever tried a running streak or something like it?