Another weekend has come to an end. I seriously need to start scheduling relaxation time because otherwise I get no downtime on the weekends… and then the next week begins! I wanted to share with you my new “obsession.” I’ve decided that I want to become a real runner! I’ve been running on the treadmill a few times a week for a few years now, and I think I’ve built up a good endurance level there, but I’m still scared to death of running outside. That’s not good! Anyways, in my new year’s resolution post I mentioned that I wanted to stop being scared of running outside and even wanted to run a 10K sometime during 2009. So yeah, nothing new here. However, after watching Spirit of the Marathon a few days ago, I decided that I really want to run a marathon. Now I’m not crazy, so I’m not planning on running one next week, next month, or most likely even this year, but I have decided to make running not just a part of my cardio routine, but rather a more central part of my life. I really want to be a real runner and training for an eventual marathon will surely make me one 😉
I’ve been totally obsessed with the thought of this since watching the movie on Thursday (on the train to NY). I’m very excited and scared at the same time. My friend Katie is running a 10K race in 5 weeks, so I think I’m going to join her! This is a bit rushed. The plan was to start running outside when the weather gets better, then schedule a 5K and eventually do a 10K. But I know that I can finish a 10K (I’ve run up to 9 miles on the treadmill) so I think I should just dive right in and go for it. I even set up a little training schedule for myself, and will be running about 5 times a week (instead of the 2-3 I’ve been doing). You can check it out here if you’d like I also want to join some running groups. That will come when the weather gets a little nicer 😀
Oh, but I’m still not sure how to incorporate strength training into the routine. My training in the past has been more boot camp like (so lots of cardio spurts in between lifting). I don’t know if that will put too much pressure on my running legs. Should I switch to pure lifting? I feel like this is a whole new world I’m not familiar with. Do you runners do hardcore bootcamp classes on top of your running? I’m totally confused 😀 For the last 2 days, I’ve just done the Shred dvd. I’ll figure it out as I go I guess. Any comments on the subject are MUCH appreciated!
I followed my schedule for the last 2 days. On Saturday, I did Shred level 2 and then 55 minutes of cross trainings (25 minute run, 15 min stationary bike, 15 min elliptical). Workout stats:
- Duration: 1:20 (+stretching)
- Calories burnt: 746 (40% fat)
- Ave HR: 153 (79%); Max HR: 169 (87%)
And today, I started with a 0.15 mile walk on the treadmill to warm up, then ran for 5 miles at 6.2-7.0 mph, and walked at 4.3 mph until 55 minutes were up (I was watching Sopranos and wanted to finish the episode). Then I came back home and did level 2 of Shred. I took it easy on the cardio intervals as my legs were feeling quite weak after the run. Workout stats:
- Duration: 1:20 (+stretching)
- Calories burnt: 688 (50% fat) – interesting that the run burnt less than cross training…
- Ave HR: 146 (75%); Max HR:166 (86%)
I didn’t count calories but I tried to make healthy choices. I feel like I did pretty well despite having many meals out!
It was beautiful in Boston so we went to Harvard Square to walk around. My husband wanted pizza from Oggi (their pizza is fantastic!) but I went with a poached pear salad – poached pear stuffed with goat cheese, baby spinach, candied walnuts & cabernet savignon vinaigrette. I added grilled chicken to it for some extra protein. The chicken was nice and the pear with goat cheese was great, but I didn’t much care for the dressing so I left most of the spinach undressed (and I find that spinach needs a strong dressing since otherwise it just tastes like grass) and the candied walnuts were basically nonexistent. I think I found 2 walnut crumbs in there. Yeah, I’m not going to lie… I was definitely jealous of Adam’s delicious looking pizza (ok I had 2 bites )
And the best part of Harvard Square is BerryLine – the best frozen yogurt place EVER! 😆 You know me guys, if there isn’t chocolate in it, I’m not typically impressed, but I swear they put crack in it. It tastes SO creamy and fattening but has no fat! I went with the coconut flavor today. And their toppings are super fresh. I always get the mango + pecan combo. Next time I’ll branch out 😉 Oh and I got a pint to go so you’ll be seeing it a few more times this week
Me met up with our friends Kyle and Tiffany for some Saturday night drinks at Boston Beer Works in Kenmore Square. They brew the beers right on premises and the place is very cool. The blueberry beer (with real blueberries!) is awesome. My other favorite is the watermelon beer (comes with a huge fresh watermelon wedge) but they only brew it in the summer. I started with the blueberry beer…
And then got a sampler of the Bambino, blueberry, Patriots pilsner and Belgian amber (4oz each).
I hated the Patriot pilsner (actually most of us at the table thought it was strange tasting), the Bambino was nice and light so I enjoyed it and the Belgian amber was sold to me as being kind of close to a wheat beer which it wasn’t – definitely very much like an amber beer (it was nice but I wasn’t it the mood for it, so I probably only had 1/2). The blueberry was my favorite of the bunch 😀
Oh and do you see those cheese fries in the background? Tiffany ordered them but we all ended up kind of picking at them throughout the night. They were SO good! I tried to behave but my hand reached for the plate a few times. Oh well
We had so much fun! I love Saturday nights 😀
I started the morning with an unconventional breakfast for me – a smoothie. I saw Ellie Krieger make this peach pie smoothie on a show a little while ago and thought I’d give it a try one day. I had all the ingredients on hand, we were kind of in a rush (perfect – smoothies are super portable!) so I gave this baby a go.
Half way through, I knew this wasn’t going to fill me up, so I made a toast with Barney Butter. I can’t live without the stuff. Seriously, I’m addicted. I actually went to Whole Foods today and wrote a note to them asking them to start carrying it. I’m not joking!
Oh and the smoothie was quite nice, but it didn’t fill me up. I was hungry after this breakfast earlier than usual and that’s even with the BB toast!
[Breakfast calories: 426]
What do we do every single Sunday? Go to open houses. Another bust today I did grab this cookie at one of them. It was from a bakery and I had a feeling it was going to be amazing… and it was! Thank god I had it after we left that condo, because I would have totally grabbed another one if I knew just how amazing these would be.
The salad was awesome but I knew I had to finish lunch on a sweet note. The So Delicious coconut mini sandwich was killer (in a good way 😉 )! I think I’m becoming coconut obsessed! This was creamy and super satisfying… and for only 100 calories!
[lunch calories, including dessert: 354]
The rest of the frozen peaches came alive in this pork chops with bourbon-peach sauce recipe from Cooking Light. I used pork tenderloin instead of pork chops for a leaner entree. Pork tenderloin is one of our favorites meats! It’s just so tender and lean. And for those of you who don’t like pork (I typically don’t!) – it does not taste porky at all! Give it a try, if you haven’t already. Oh and this recipe is great. Pork + fruit is a match made in heaven. I’ve made it before and loved it, and this time it didn’t disappoint I had a tiny bit of whole wheat couscous on the side…
More BerryLine! I had 4 oz with blackberries and pecans. I just couldn’t stay away…
[~470 calories, including dessert]
I also had 3 Girl Scout peanut butter patties (unpictured – 225 calories) and sample a chicken dish at Trader Joe’s.
And that should do it! I sure had a lot of food this weekend!
Let me know your thoughts on running + strength training please!