So……hills are HARD! But I loved it! Unfortunately my left shin does NOT love it, but nothing a little ice and ibprofin can’t solve. I did Chandra/Melissa’s incline interval routine this morning on our home treadmill and I was shocked at how tough it was. I basically followed their directions and it went something like this:
5 minutes warm up walking
7 minutes steady pace
1 minute 2% incline
1 minute 5% incline
2 minutes 8% incline
5 minutes steady pace
**Repeat as many times as you want.
This didn’t SEEM to be very intense but I guess because I’m totally not used to running with any sort of elevation it was hard for me. I really really liked it though because I felt like I was working really hard and it made the treadmill a lot less boring. Even when this race is over and done with (phew!) I think I’ll still do this routine once a week because I feel like I got a kick butt workout in. I repeated the intervals 3x and went about 3 miles, including warm up and cool down. + 90 crunches on the stability ball. I’m only going to do this little sequence once a week because it does bother my shins but I’ve already iced twice today and I’m not too worried about it.
After I ran, I ate a kiwi but forgot to take a picture! Then, I made lunch about an hour later.
Yum! I LOVE these new marinated tempeh strips. I heated up 5 of them (one serving) and stuffed them into an Ezekiel tortilla with some hummus and hot sauce. + another kiwi! 🙂
So….as it appears on the blog, I do maintain a very clean diet. However, for the next month I’m going to step it up a notch. This does not mean I’m on a “diet” because I don’t want to lose any weight; I just want to crank up my nutrition for the rest of my half marathon training since it plays such a crucial role in both training and recovery. Over the past month I’ve consumed my fair share of WINE (muhaha), chocolate, white pasta and sweets. Because I’ve been eating so much of these things I feel like my sweet tooth has gotten a bit out of control. Truthfully, I do drink wine most nights with dinner but lately instead of a small or normal sized glass (which there’s nothing wrong with!!) it’s been more like a glass and a half. Every night. And I’ve been getting in the habit of having more chocolate than what you see on the blog….we’ll leave it at that. 😉 And I feel like I haven’t really eaten too many veggies either.
For the next month I’m going to focus on (and you can do this with me!):
whole grains (Ezekiel products and oats!)
beans, lentils and soy
raw nuts (and almond butter obvi)
more green smoothies
more whole fruit and veggie juice
less wine (sniff sniff)
less cheese (sniff sniff sniff)
less chocolate during the day time
less white pasta and flour
more herbal tea
And I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DIET. I AM NOT TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT. I feel like everything I say on the blog can possibly be twisted around but the main point is I’m just going to try to eat as healthy and clean as possible and I know this “plan” works for me.
That all being said, I went to the store to get some “supplies”
- organic spring mix (family sized)
- baby spinach
- frozen broccoli
- frozen stir fry veggies
- 2 cucumbers
- organic garnet yams
- balance gold bars (I LOVE these!)
- pear barley
- plain Oikos
- organic extra dark chocolate
I’ve got a big batch of steel cut oats cooking on the stove for the rest of the week and am planning a yummy dinner for tonight!
Back to work!