Am I the only one who thinks Grumpy Cat is hysterical?!?!?!?
So today, I did pretty good with my eating plan.
If you read health/fitness blogs regularly, you will know about this delicious breakfast scramble. If not, prepare to be wowed. Mash up one banana, 2 egg whites and a dab of vanilla extract. Cook like eggs. Then I usually put almond butter and fresh berries on top.
Lunch was an awesome tuna sammie. I made the tuna with a dab of light mayo and 1/4 of smashed avocado. I put it on a Flatout (90 calories!) and topped it with spinach, tomato and shredded carrots. Man, that thing filled me up!
My afternoon snack was greek yogurt with some granola
Dinner was this awesome stuffed sweet potato that I found on one of the blogs that I read…Can I just say: AMAZE-BALLS. You MUST MAKE THIS!
I worked until about 9:15 last night so I was sure to squeeze in a workout this evening. I’m still battling knee pain so I’ve decided to (more or less) stay completely off of it for a couple more weeks. If it’s still hurting, I’ll see a doctor soon. My workout looked a little something like this:
30 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 3 sets of the following (all with 10 lbs weights where applicable):
Reverse fly x 10, 30 second plank, bicep curls x 15, crunches on the ball x 40, front rows x 15, arm pull/straight leg crunch x 15, push-ups (on knees), 30 second plank.
I capped off my night by snuggling with these little guys.
So I ran my first 10k!!! Woooo…sort of. Let’s start from the beginning.
Pre-race, I made sure I laid out all my gear and had coffee ready. This blend rocks!!
I got there about 30 minutes early so I could be sure I had enough time to check my gear. The weather was PERFECT (about 55 degrees) so it got started off right. Well, then they announced that the race was going to be 30 minutes late because of Chicago parking issues…Duh! Of COURSE there is going to be issues, this is Chicago, GET HERE EARLY! Anyway, I digress…
As you can see below, there was a good amount of people running the race but apparently, a lot of them didn’t get the memo to line up in your pace corral. This made it SO hard to pass people (and I’m SLOW)!!!
I started off ok and was feeling good, until my knee started to bother (around mile 2.5). My knee hurt the whole time (I sprained it about 2 months ago and it hasn’t really been right since) so I spent most of the time thinking about that. But I was not going to be deterred into stopping! So, I did end up running the whole thing with a pace that is great for me (about 9:55) so all-in-all, it was a success.
I look soooo
miserable happy! (Side Note: My eyes LOOK closed but they are so small that believe it or not, they are actually open)
My knee has been bugging me since the race so I am going to take about 2-3 weeks off from running (waaah!) so that it can heal. I bought this ice pack for $4.35…bam!
Even though I’m not running, I am still working out. Today I did 5 sets of the following:
7 minutes on the elliptical (various levels)
10 jump squats
It was a good one!!!
Workouts this week:
Saturday: 5.6 miles outside (it felt good)
Monday: 3 miles on the treadmill
Tuesday: .6 miles on the treadmill + half of a step class
Today: 45 minutes on the bike + arms & core
Yesterday during the step class my ankle started KILLING me (I broke it a few years ago and it hasn’t been the same since). Normally, I would just reduce the intensity and power through the workout but, with me running a 10k on Saturday, I didn’t want to risk it. This is how I felt walking out of the class before it was over:
Because of said ankle pain, I chose to keep my workout to a minimum for today. I am going to figure out the rest of the week depending on how my ankle feels.
In other news, my friend Indira has convinced me to run a 15k in the spring/summer and a half marathon next fall. The farthest I’ve ever run is 6 miles so this is quite the goal for me. I must say: I am excited!
Naturally, I started to peruse the internet for some good training plans. I thought I would share this one (click link for more info)
I am not wild about sticking to strict training plans so we shall see how it goes. In the meantime, I am just going to work on bettering my pace and increasing my distance over time.
Any good/fun Chicago races I should look into?