Hi guys! Happy Friday to all of you! Big plans for the weekend anyone? Nothing crazy for me, last weekend was skiing and next weekend is Vegas, so I plan to take it easy.
Thanks for all of your great comments on yesterday’s post! It looks like the healthy blogging community is pretty divided on whether to refrigerate their nut butters haha! Who would’ve thought?
My Training Plan
So today I want to talk a little bit more about the training plan I’m following. There are a few reasons why I decided to do this.
1. I like planning and having a routine to follow.
2. I want to see what I’m capable of pace-wise in a 5k.
3. I want to be a better runner.
Through some very sophisticated Google searches, here is the rough plan I decided to follow:
In terms of strength workouts, I plan to stick with my favorite Jillian Michaels workouts and will try to do them 3-4 times a week. They’re pretty long workouts though, about 35-40 minutes so when my runs get longer I’ll probably only do half of a video. Working out for an hour and a half on a work day just seems excessive to me.
I didn’t get around to a strength workout today because Matt’s coming over and we have dinner plans, but I checked off my “tempo run”. This was my first attempt at one of these. I’m supposed to warm up for 5-10 minutes, run at a “comfortably hard” pace for 15-20 minutes, then cool down for 5 minutes. Here’s what I ended up doing.
I basically did random things for 10 minutes to warm up, then ran at an overall pace of 8:59 for 15 minutes. It felt great!
HA. Just kidding. This was hard for me. I’m not a natural runner, especially on the treadmill. I felt okay for the first 10 minutes running at the faster pace, but after that I had to talk myself into finishing. Exhibit A:
“Do your legs hurt?”
“THEN KEEP RUNNING.”
That pretty much sums up my workout.
First Thing Survey
I saw this survey over at Blueberry Smiles a couple weeks ago, and I thought it’d be a fun Friday thing to share with all of you!
1. First thing you do when you wake up in the morning.
Hit snooze and go back to sleep. Repeat. Finally convince myself to get up. Make my bed, go to the bathroom, wash my face.
2. First thing you reach for when you open the fridge.
In the morning? Eggs, cheese, and almond milk.
3. First thing you do when you get to the gym.
Head to the locker room and change out of my work clothes. If it’s a weekend, I still go to the locker room to drop off my purse and hang up my coat.
4. First thing you do when you get home from work.
If I worked out after work, I usually go upstairs to finish my workout with a Jillian Michaels video. If I’m not working out, I’ll grab a snack or make dinner, then see what the DVR has to offer.
5. First car.
A 1996 Nissan Maxima. Otherwise known as Max the Maxima. I loved-hated this car.
(not my actual car, mine didn’t have a super cool spoiler)
6. First car accident / traffic violation.
My first car accident wasn’t until I was 23, I got rear ended on the highway when I was driving home from work one day. My first traffic violation was a speeding ticket I got when I had just turned 20. I was going 88 in a 65, woops!
I don’t drive that fast anymore, promise
7. First thing you wanted to be when you grew up.
I always wanted to be a vet when I was growing up because I loved animals and wanted to work with them. As I grew older, the reality of having to put animals to sleep and being unable to help some made me change my mind.
8. First beverage of choice.
Coffee. Good coffee.
9. First choice breakfast.
Egg and cheese breakfast sandwich, can’t go too long without those. Then pancakes.
10. First choice dessert.
Cookies. I’m a cookie monster.
11. First song that comes to mind.
I hate myself for this, but Gangnam style. Wish I knew why…
12. First major purchase.
Does an education count? Haha, paying off $35,000+ in loans was definitely my first major purchase. Or maybe my car, I bought a new Toyota Corolla when I graduated (after Max died on me).
13. First job.
A Subway sandwich artist. Eat fresh!
14. First time you flew on a plane.
I was 14 and traveled with my grandparents to Minneapolis. I had a blast during the flight, but my grandpa later told me it was one of the worst he’d ever been on (lots of turbulence). I wasn’t scared though, I love flying!
Ok guys, have a great weekend!!
Questions: Pick a survey question and answer! First thing you do when you get to the gym? First major purchase? First job?