It’s officially spring, but apparently some of your northerners are getting a bout of winter-like weather. Below freezing? Seriously? Also, why is the weather such a bonding thing? This is your official invite to come visit me in Florida because, as I mention below, there is a short window left before it becomes a 24/7 sauna.
Now that we have that intro out of the way (shout out to the weather for always being there), let’s catch up with what’s going on fitness, food and life-wise.
I’m running the Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon on April 10 (I’m a race ambassador!) and, let’s just say that the race has snuck up on me. I ran 8 miles on Saturday and will do 10 this weekend but I’m still on the low-end of the preparation scale. What’s new? Part of me has a desire to train for a goal race but the other part is just loving “sleeping in” and running 4-5 miles a few times a week. As the weather is getting hotter I’m (literally) running out of time and races available so I will probably wait until fall for a goal race.
As for regular exercise, here is a rundown of last week’s workouts so you get an idea of where I am fitness-wise and/or for some ideas if you’re in a rut:
Sunday: 3 mile run
Tuesday: 4.5 mile run with my dad
Wednesday: Megaformer class with my mom
Thursday: 4.5 mile run with my mom
Friday: Upper body weights (see below for workout)
Saturday: 8 mile run solo. It took me, no lie, 5 miles to find my groove. I was running 9:15 min/miles until mile 5 and then I settled into 8:45 min/mile for the remaining 3 miles.
Here is (what I can remember from) my weight workout. It had a chest + tricep focus:
3 sets of 12 reps each
Tricep extension (on a cable machine)
1 minute plank
Overhead tricep extension
Russian twists (w/ KB…I did 24 instead of 12)
I used to do a workout recap every week and while I’m not bringing that back yet, I might include a few random weeks like this. Thoughts?
Recent food “obsessions” that I just have to share: cedar plank salmon (my mom bought a cedar plank and it is life changing), grilled foods, strawberries and roasted carrots. You know, I like to be as random as possible. After eating out for every meal in California, it feels good to be cooking at home.
We are in the “Goldilocks” months of Florida life. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too buggy, muggy or humid. Just freaking right. I’ve been spending more time outside, eating, sitting, reading, walking, running, etc. Eating meals (comfortably) outside is such a blissful thing for me. Reminds me of summers growing up when we would eat outside after long days of playing in the backyard. The dog loves it too!
However, Daylight Saving Time. File it under: things that throw me off my game. My parents have made fun of me because I’ve complained about the time change and its effect on my energy. But, man, that ish did some serious damage. The red-eye flight the day before the time change didn’t do me any favors but I’m all sorts of off when it comes to sleep. Anyone else? Or am I just a baby who needs a solid sleep schedule? I don’t like that it’s still dark at 7 a.m. but I know as it gets closer to summer that will change.
I want to share two posts from two of my favorite bloggers. Both struck a chord with me.
Food, Fitness and Feeling Good via Jen @ Peanut Butter Runner
How a Blogging Break Saved My Blog via Margaret @ Young And Rungry
One last thing….March Madness IS madness. Shout out to Utah for ruining my bracket.