Heya! It’s hump day here in Australia, which means that tomorrow is my Friday because I am having a long weekend, baby! Yep, I’m taking Friday off this week to go to Sydney and visit my best friend, Bonnie. I can’t wait!
In the meantime though, I’m still here in Radelaide and it’s business as usual. On MondayI started my training plan (first four weeks below) for the Mother’s Day Classic race, and the first workout went well.
As you can see, the plan called for 2km of running, with a warm up and cool down. A and I pushed through it and managed to make it to the end of 2km without passing out or falling over, so I call it a success! We put about 15 minutes of walking on either side of the run to ensure we had a proper warm up and cool down. Today’s workout was a fast session: 1km running fast, five minutes of walking to recover, and another fast 1km. More on that later.
This morning’s breakfast was new! I had a serving of Be Natural cereal: Cashew, Almond, Hazelnut and Coconut. How’s that for a name?! this stuff is cereal-isly (sorry, couldn’t resist) delicious, and each serve has 4g fibre and 5g protein. Sadly, a serving is a scant 2/3 cup and packs nearly 200 calories, as well.
I topped mine with half of a banana, sliced, and added a cup of tea.
I was looking forward to lunchtime all day long because I knew that some of my favorite foods awaited me! I don’t know about anyone else, but knowing that I have a great lunch waiting for me makes my morning that much better.
I heated up a fajita on a whole wheat wrap
(sautéed green and red bell peppers, onions, carrots, mushrooms with spinach, fresh tomato and salsa)
And made a spinach salad with strawberries, red onion and homemade honey mustard dressing.
Together, they were a filling, delicious, and nutrient-rich lunch!
Since I knew that I’d be doing a running session nearly straight after work, I snacked on a cup of vanilla soy yogurt with a chopped apple mixed in.
I wasn’t sure how this mini meal would keep my energy up when Andrew and I hit the treadmills, but it did surprisingly well!
Let me tell you, this workout was a hard one for me. Everytime I’ve run, pretty much for as long as I can remember, I’ve focused on running for a certain time or distance and not stopping. That’s it. That means that even if my run was barely more than a walk, I was happy if I reached my goal of minutes or kilometres. This is probably why I’ve never gotten very far with my running and the only skills I’ve improved over time is my distance.
It was really good to have to add in some "speed" work to my run today. It hurt like hell and I felt horribly out of shape, but it was the kind of pain that means you are improving. Each of my kilometres today were 25-30 seconds faster than the ones I ran Monday, which is a huge improvement! I felt that effort in every step, and I’m glad I did it. I’m even more glad I have a break of a few days for cross training and some strenght work before my next run!
Recap: we warmed up for 10 minutes of walking, ran our first "fast" km, walked for 6 minutes, then ran our second km.
Normally we would cool down after that with more walking, but we busted out of the gym to go meet Andrew’s sister Heather on the basketball court for some shots.
It was a good, but tiring day!
When was the last time you got out of your comfort zone while exercising?