Well, not really how I am feeling right now. Although as it turns out, being a teacher on such days allows you to extend the weekend and all its glory one more day! I like that. Yesterday as I was doing dishes I told my husband that it was nice to be able to see the grass out back again. And today, it looks quite wintery out there. Oops...spoke too soon!
Today was a great day though. I got some extra zzzz's that I'd surely long for if I were to get up when the alarm went off at six on any other typical Monday. I enjoyed a second cup of coffee....mmm. My best source of fuel for running, work, crankiness...lol. My bfff ,(best furry friend forever <3, lol ), and I also got to have a nice morning walk that wasn't rushed as it often is. I managed to go back and fill in some missing data into my training log. I am now at 220.55 miles since Jan. 1! That's 352.88 km. It is very motivating to see that number and compare it in terms of driving distance. There was also a bit of shovelling to be done since the wind was blowing the snow all over the place out there....boo! And of course, I got to do some cooking, which is another love of mine.
I was determined today to embrace the cold stormy weather outside by making a hearty soup. I had read in a recent Runner's World mag. that soups are great fuel for runners during the winter. After digging through the fridge I came up with the following ingredients to include:
- Green, orange, yellow and red bell peppers
- Sweet potato
- Pasta noodles
- Chicken broth
After some stirring and simmering it was ready to be sampled. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be having this for lunch this week at work. :)
Another power food I've been using as part of my recovery is grapefruit. I love them! Grapefruit leaves the room smelling so fresh. They can be quite messy though...lol. I am hoping the vitamin C packed fruit will help stave away the cold.....I Do NOT want another one of those! Citrus fruits are apparently great to help speed up muscle recovery after a long run. I did not know that until recently. I don't think my mother understands how I can eat them....lol. I wish you could have seen her face when I was peeling one this summer. She asked disgustingly, "Are you going to eat that Heather?!" LOL.
What's fuelling you these days?
Cut to the Core? ;)
A part of my Marathon training schedule calls for 'cross-training,' which, to be honest...I do not actually enjoy. Except for biking the trails in the summer...I do enjoy that. Very much. I feel that teaching 45 kids within three different grades each day in a school that has 60 stairs from top to bottom is great cross-training! haha.
One thing I do to maintain my core strength is to do various ab workouts. I also like to have strong arms too. I feel like it helps me propel faster especially during up hills. My husband taught me 8 different ab exercises in 2009 in a series that I still do now. We even have names for them, i.e. 'the breakthrough,' 'row your boat,' lol...etc. I do 30 of each type for a grand total of 240! Unless I'm feeling totally ambitious and add in a few extra.....super rare! lol. I haven't been as diligent this year with abs :( but I'm working on it. I am mostly blaming Lola because when the yoga mat comes out..............this is what happens!
Someone thinks it's for her to play/stretch on. When I do get down to workout I usually get things like a squeaky gorilla, teddy bear, or tennis balls plunked onto my chest, which is assumed I throw for her of course. Oh Lola.....you are too cute!
For my arms I usually just use my 10lb dumbbells. I do bicep curls and front shoulder work. I like front shoulder lifts and the one where you bend over and lift your arms in a 90degree angle....not sure what it's called, but it kills!
Tempo tune to tryout!
I have stumbled upon a new song from the UK....they have all sorts of great music over there! It was suggested by David Guetta, so how could it not be good?! Here it is:
I Could Be the One (Nicktim Radio Edit), by Avicii & Nicky Romero.
This song is great for running a speed session, tempo run or just for working out! Give it a listen. :)
Thanks for dropping by!