Sunday, July 15, 2012

Weekend Update!

I had four goals for this weekend:

  1. Run this 4 mile race in Central Park in under 40 minutes (basically, sub-10 minute miles)
  2. Try a new exercise class (maybe at Strala Yoga?)
  3. Get in two "Wow I'm sore" strength work outs, one lower body-focused and one upper body-focused (and post them on here!)
  4. Eat the foods that make me feel good all day, not the foods that make me feel good for a moment and leave me tired and cranky!

Here's a report on how I did:

1. I ran the race in exactly 40:00. I'm still happy with this time because unfortunately, my boyfriend got a terrible side stitch part way through (some helpful tips on stitches here). I didn't want to run ahead without him, and I thought he might be able to get back into our running groove, but he finally waved me ahead. I booked the last 1.5 miles to try to make up the time and made a 40:00 4 mile race. 10 minute miles aren't the most amazing thing, but it was my first race, so I was happy with it! I'm running another 4 mile race in September, so my goal is to to shave off 30 seconds to a minute for that race. 

I was running the race to support my trainer, Amanda, who runs the race with family, friends, and clients, to celebrate the memory of her father who passed away last year. It was such an honor for me to be included, and I hope to do it again with her next year!

walking to the start line -- I'm the blonde with the pony tail :)

2. Booo I failed at this one. I didn't realize how exhausted I'd be after running the race. I guess it's the adrenaline or going so hard for that last 1.5 miles, but I was left pretty worn out and it was all I could do just to fit in my strength workouts. But Strala's on my list of places to try soon...

3. I just got back from my lower body work out so I can't say for sure, but I have the feeling it'll definitely be leaving me sore tomorrow. My upper body work out was a bit less intense because I did it after the race and was pretty worn out, so I added extra abs to my lower body work out today. At the very least, I fit both of them in! I'll be posting both this week.

4. I was super successful here. I had a great weekend eating-wise, lots of whole foods with lots of veggies, and all my eating out was healthy as well (score!). I also discovered a new meal that I think will be a take-out staple (and I want to learn how to make it at home): shakshuka! Think bell peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, and eggs in a spicy tomato sauce  that gets scooped up with a whole wheat pita. 

so good!!

All in all, a pretty successful weekend. I'm about to post my plan for this week (as soon as I finish planning it out), and I hope I can meet all of my goals this time!

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