It started when I was having mega back issues and couldn't bend over to tie my shoes. So on warmer days (50ish+) I started wearing sandals since they were so much easier to put on than normal shoes. After getting a taste of wearing sandals, I wasn't about to look back! Pretty much every day that the temps have reached 50, I've worn a pair of sandals. Clearly I can't wait for the summer days ahead.
My back has recovered even more in the past week and is feeling really good this week. I've been doing so well that my PT at Body Mechanics said I can move down to 1 PT appointment a week. So lots of progress! As a result, I get to add a little more to the training load this week:
Monday: 5 glue miles w/strides + YC3
Tuesday: 8 mile workout, inc. 400s, 800s + 1.5 mile strength interval
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles
Thursday: 5 glue miles w/strides + PT
Friday: 8 mile run, inc. 45-second pickups
Saturday: 4 glue miles
Sunday: Rest Day
Total: 34 miles
Although I didn't include it in the plan, I also intend on doing core work every day, including planks, hip lifts and my PT homework. One thing I'm super excited about this week is being able to add a group exercise class back into my workout mix. Since YC3 is lower impact it's a great way to get back into things, and hopefully I'll be able to add back my favorite Y-Fuse and Y-Blitz within the next few weeks.
These past few weeks I've been a bit lazy with food prep. I've chopped up veggies and fruit but that's about it. So I've had to rely on eating things like Trader Joe's frozen meals and - gasp - Lean Cuisines. This past weekend I got my act together and did a bit of food prep so my fridge is well stocked with veggies, fruits, quinoa, beans, etc. Here's a sample food day for this week:
Breakfast: Oatmeal (1/3 cup oatmeal, 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 cup strawberries + dash of cinnamon) + Plain, Non-fat Kefir
Snack: 6oz Greek Yogurt + Raw Veggies
Lunch: Burrito Bowl (quinoa, black beans, zucchini, salsa, queso fresco, black olives) + 1 Banana
Snack: 3 cups popcorn
Dinner: Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash (grilled chicken + pesto sauce + spaghetti squash + shaved Parmesan cheese) + Spinach Salad (spinach + cucumber + pepper + clementine orange)
So things are looking up this week! And it's a good thing since my next race is less than two weeks away. It's called the First Call 5k, which I find pretty appropriate since it will be my first race in 2016 and my first race since getting injured in January. It may not be a fast race for me but I plan on putting forth the best effort I have for the day just to see where I'm at right now.
And to wrap up today's post, here are a few things that made this past week great:
A new book - It's back to nonfiction for a bit with my newest book. This one should be an interesting read!
Ordering new running clothes - Now that I'm finally feeling more like myself again, I decided to treat myself to a few new items. Coming my way are Oiselle Lori Shorts in Denim, a Oiselle Roga Visor and two Nike tanks!
Easter lunch - I love getting together with my family and our holiday meals are always a delicious time. This year's Easter meal included ham, lamb, scalloped potatoes, roasted carrots, peas, salad and buttermilk biscuits.
I promise I also ate plenty of veggies ;)
My questions for you:
- What's on your training plan this week?
- What's the last book you read? Why or why wouldn't you recommend it?
- What running/workout gear are you loving right now?
- What do you love most about summer?