I also have to learn how to get rid of extra thoughts during yoga, I am still easily distracted by worries, cares, and distractions while I practice yoga.
Today is a music packed day (gig, practice, rehearse, perform, watch a friend’s recital) BUT I’m glad to be back on a Sunday Grubday!! My computer is working alright…for now…I’ve still got some work to do on it but for now I can get the important things done.
The cold front and bad weather hitting everywhere else has settled on Texas today, I read that it is going to get down to a chilly 19 degrees tonight! I have a feeling I’ll be doing my recovery run on the treadmill tonight – at least it’s not very far and I got the long run done in the warm but cloudy weather yesterday morning.
As I was looking at my calendar, pintrest boards, and meal planner this morning I realized that Lent begins this week, which means no meat on Fridays. That along with concerts, tests, a festival, and a few other crazy things made meal planning for this week a little troublesome but I got it all figured out. Lent aside, there will be lots of seafood this week since my alone dinners will be shrimp and avocado salads and when Ben joins me we’ll be eating BBQ salmon cakes! The new recipe for this week is Italian Crock Pot Soup which I will be making for most of my lunches this week. I’m making my soup without the ground turkey and just using sausage because I don’t want to spend the extra money on 2 meats.
I’m so looking forward to next week because it is SPRING BREAK. I will get more time to cook so everything doesn’t have to be crockpot/1 pot/3 ingredient type recipes – which means I will have some delicious new recipes to share!
Stay WARM everybody!
Mileage – 3 miles
I really love doing my long runs on Saturday morning. Many training plans make Sunday the long run day, but as a musician and a Catholic Sunday long runs just don’t work for me. Aside from just the time available there are quite a few reasons why I love Saturday runs.
1) I don’t spend the whole weekend thinking about the run. I get it out of the way Saturday morning and I feel like I have so much more time to run errands and have an open weekend schedule that can be flexible.
2) I normally don’t have anything to do Saturday mornings. Very rarely are there gigs, performances, rehearsals, or hangouts going on early on a Saturday morning which means I don’t have to reschedule my long runs very frequently.
3) There are tons of families and people out and about on Saturday mornings. The local Striders club runs their long runs on Saturday mornings, the park is full of people so the bathrooms are open if I need them, and I just enjoy being around other people while I’m running even if I’m not running with them.
4) It keeps me healthy on Friday nights! I can’t drink too much, over eat, or eat anything super spicy/fatty because it ruins running for me. I used to be able to run long distances to stave off my hangovers, but as I creep towards my mid-20′s my ability to wake up and run anything more than 6 miles after a few too many drinks the night before has greatly diminished. Eating healthy on Fridays is important too, I used to give myself a free pass to eat whatever I want Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast and that just doesn’t cut it.
5) A little reverse than most people, I’m motivated to eat a lot healthier after my run too. I’m not a super sweets lover and my stomach can get pretty upset when I start running over more than an hour and a half, so I haven’t really ever been a “reward yourself” kind of person except on long race days. Race days I’m motivated by the clock so I know I’ve pushed myself harder than average and a small treat is deserved. AND I normally get pretty dehydrated so I don’t drink as much the night of a long run. Don’t get me wrong it’s definitely nice to be able to get the side of fries instead of a side salad and a good glass of wine the night of a long run, but it’s not a whole day affair for me – I keep my breakfast and lunch the same as always usually.
6) It means my Sunday workout is a short recovery run and I have more time to grocery shop, cook, do homework, and most importantly practice. That’s the day where I just get everything ready for the week so only having a short run makes it a lot easier to fit in.
Saturday long runs RULE.
Also I’m sorry I missed Fitness Friday. Sunday Grubday will happen, I promise. My computer will be fixed soon!
Mileage – 10 miles, Yoga for Runners, foam roll
QOD -Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
Okay, I know I complain about treadmills whenever I run on one, but this time I’ve tried to research WHY it is so much harder for me. Last night I ran (on a 2.0 incline) 2 miles, walked a few minutes, ran mile 3, walked a few minutes, and completed mile 4 as speed increasing sprint intervals. It was exhausting and barely tolerable.
Today I typed in google “why is running harder” and then it completed for me “why is running harder outside” OR “why is running harder on a treadmill”! I know runners have very different opinions on this subject but it surprised me how equal both sides seem to be and that there seemed to be science to support BOTH sides. Treadmill running appears to be more of a mental challenge, however there is also some evidence that running on a treadmill utilizes different muscles than running outside which may present challenges for those who run outside consistently. Part of the mental challenge is the physical feeling of propelling yourself forward while running outside, rather than staying in the same place on a treadmill.
Running outside can prove more difficult to those who run on a treadmill because of the elements. Wind resistance and hills are difficult to replicate on a treadmill, which is why you should always run on a treadmill on at least an incline of 1%. This article HERE on Runner’s World even says that the treadmill is easier. I guess this just goes to show that my treadmill struggle, while shared with many others is not the same across the board and I’ll have to keep fighting the mental challenges whenever I have to run on a treadmill.
Mileage – Rowing, Elliptical and upper body weights tonight, Yoga for Runners
QOD – Running on a treadmill shows me why hamsters are so crazy.
So for the last few days I’ve been sans computer due to the fact that it is running at incredibly slow speeds! I was so excited to post things since I’ve been cranking out the workouts this week. I’m finally posting tonight from my phone!
Sunday – 8 miles with Ben! (Our longest run together so far) and I did some serious yoga to stretch it all out!
Monday – 2.5 mile recovery run, which was actually rather speedy and my legs felt phenomenal! Plus a chest and triceps workout
Tuesday – Elliptical with a biceps, triceps and delts workout.
This week feels like it is moving at a glacial pace because spring break is just around the corner!!! While I’m not going home this year I am looking forward to just having 9 days of freedom to practice, clean my apartment, do some crafts, work on papers, and of course GO FOR RUNS!
Food isn’t very exciting this week, tomato soup and salads mostly because I felt very uninspired on Sunday when I was looking for recipes.
Hopefully I’ll have some time to hop over to library tomorrow and post something more exciting and get a post cranked out for Fitness Friday!
Mileage – 4.5 miles
QOD – Technology…
Here’s a new category for today:
(I mean really who doesn’t need a few good ab workouts?)
2 Week Crunch Challenge – I’m starting on Monday and it will take me all the way into Spring Break!
Planks – The BEST way to get your abs into shape (I know I also just posted a crunch challenge but V-ups work you HARD)
As someone who has had surgery on both wrists, I feel like there is always some risk of wrist injury in everything I do. Articles like this need to be out there for EVERY activity. How to Protect Your Wrists in Yoga
Now that I’m not doing CrossFit for the time being I’ve been saving these kinds of workouts more often! Here’s a Chest and Bicep workout from Peanut Butter Fingers!
And here’s more reasons to strength train as a runner – I swear it’s made a huge difference for me!
Mileage – Rest Day! (light yoga and foam roll)
QOD – Make each day your masterpiece.
Here I am!!! Alive, significantly healed, and completely done with TMEA tour. TMEA was great – but going as a graduate assistant was rough, I actually only got to see 2 concerts (they were both AMAZING). I missed out on all the classes and clinics because I was in our extra rehearsals, hunting down places to return keys, and manning our storage room. But the symphony’s performances were all wonderful and had a great impact on our audiences from what I’ve heard. I thoroughly enjoyed performing in the theater there (it was probably one of the largest audiences I’ve ever performed for with an orchestra!) and I had an overall positive musical experience even if I was exhausted by the end of the week with all the additional work.
Although I spent most of the tour recovering from two infections, a stomach bug, and a cold (medicated with a Zpack, dayquil, nyquil, and a Vick’s inhaler) I did manage to get in 2 easy workouts at the hotel gym! Thankfully I didn’t miss more than 7 days of running so I won’t have lost any progress I’ve made towards the half marathon in March that I’ve been training for under the radar. I haven’t totally committed to the race yet because I need my recital to be my priority right now, however if I can get up to 11 miles by the first weekend in March I think I’ll be in good shape.
Last week I missed Fitness Friday and didn’t have time to catch-up with Sunday Grubday either – although this week I only have 1 new recipe I’m trying. I went back to my new favorite tomato basil soup for lunches, my usual eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, and simple salads for my solo dinners. It will all be revived and then some this week! I have some great post ideas brewing.
Last night I wanted to watch the Bobsledding and Ice Dancing Free Dance but I have recently rid myself of my horrible cable service. I decided to go to the gym (it was a cross training day anyways) and workout on the cardio machines while I watched the Olympics. I didn’t realize how LONG I was going to have to be working out to be able to watch Meryl and Charlie’s program which was last! I ended up on 3 different cardio machines, totaling 1 hour and 46 minutes of cardio. During commercials and a longer break from the competition I managed to get in a deadlift and calf raise cycle, bent-over rows, and an ab workout. That was between the treadmill and the cycle-fit-thing-I-don’t-know-what-it-is machine. But after 2 hours and 15 minutes in the gym I had seen the Americans win the bronze in bobsledding, listened to the Jamaican bobsled song, and watched some amazing ice dancing!!! I had forgotten my water bottle so I was really thirsty but overall I really enjoyed my workout and being able to watch the Olympics – I’m just one of those people who enjoys multi-tasking.
Mileage – 3-4 miles (later tonight), yoga
QOD – Just do it.
I’ve had a few people ask recently how I get/stay motivated to work out and I have to say, there is never a single reason that motivates me. It varies from month to month down to day to day. When people specifically ask me what they can do I take it on a person by person basis by evaluating other parts of their life to see what I think would do the trick for them.
For example: A good friend from school is incredibly budget conscious, one of the ways I motivate myself is by paying for a race early on in my training. For me the financial commitment was enough to get me training and training well. This logic applied to CrossFit too; “I paid for that class I will wake up at 5:45am no matter what.” So I recommended my friend incorporate fitness into her budget to keep her motivated.
Other ways I stay motivated are:
1) Setting time, distance, or weight lifting goals
2) Writing down a schedule on a calendar (I love checking/crossing things off!)
3) Having an outfit or dress to fit in in the future.
- I’m not talking anything crazy here, just 1 size down or something I’d like to better in.
4) Reading other fitness blogs regularly
5) My massive stash of motivation pictures and quotes
- I have 2 folders of them on my computer, Used and Unused Fitness Photos, the used are ones I’ve put up on this blog before and I
keep them to keep motivating myself and the unused are ready and waiting to be put up here!
Mileage – Elliptical, Rower, weights workout
QOD - Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
I’m not cooking much this week because I’ll be in San Antonio for 4.5 days this week for the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) Convention. I am so excited to finally go to this convention and doubly excited to be going as a performer as part of the symphony orchestra! TMEA’s convention is the largest state music educator’s convention in the USA, over 25,000 people attend, and there is an INSANE amount of things to do and see. It’s definitely going to be an awesome musical experience.
Thankfully unlike our tour last year most of our meals are not provided with limited options or from fast food choices. We receive a per diem to pay for our meals throughout the trip so it’s up to us to budget accordingly. That being said, I made homemade granola bars for breakfast everyday so I could save my per diem for healthy and delicious lunches and dinners. I’m also bringing bananas and apples to eat for breakfast/snacks. I used Peanut Butter Fingers recipe as my base but changed up the mix ins! I used fresh pressed peanut butter from HEB as my nut butter and chia seeds, raisins, and craisins as my “toppings”. I used extra oats and a little extra peanut butter and honey to make my bars a little more substantial.
Despite being cold and drizzly during the week the weather always seems to cooperate and give me perfect weekend running weather! And when I came home I had this delicious tortellini soup/stew concoction waiting for me:
Find the recipe HERE. I used Neufchâtel instead of cream cheese as always and this was delicious. Ben loved it and there was enough for leftovers for both of us for dinner tonight as well! (Thank goodness because I have
zero almost no food in the house!)
Time to log some mega practice hours because there won’t be any way to practice from midday Wednesday until midday Sunday!
Mileage – 3miles, abs, Yoga for Runners
QOD – To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.