My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

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I Did It Again!

on March 24, 2013

I ran again today! And it didn’t suck!!!

I ran the same route I did yesterday, and it was a much better run. I am still slow, but I was able to run much longer before stopping. Today I ran 25 minutes straight before I stopped and walked. I still felt good when I started walking, but I didn’t want that damn hill to kill me, so walked it, caught my breath and got my heart rate down a little bit. I’m pretty sure my heart rate is still way too high when I’m running. (Does anyone know how to tell what your heart rate should be? I’m pretty sure my Polar knows, but I’m not sure how to read it!)

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So, my run today felt much better, but it wasn’t much faster overall. Still, I’m pretty happy with it. I actually didn’t hate it? Maybe, just maybe, my run mojo is coming back. Checkout this haiku that Charla of runninghaiku.net wrote to help me find my lost run mojo…its awesome, and it worked!!! Thanks Char!

Here’s yesterday’s and today’s breakdown side by side.

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I planned my week of meals, snacks and workouts. With 3 CrossFit classes, 2 hockey games, and trying to squeeze in 2 runs, my week is pretty busy! Ideally I would like to get one more run in. It’s the Easter long weekend, so maybe I will be able to find time…if not, I’ll live!

I made some healthy snacks today – dark chocolate no bake coconut cookies and dark chocolate date bars. I’ve made both of these before and they are both delicious! These will give me some good snacks for work. Plus, with the chocolate in both, they seem like a treat as well! Bonus!

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Finding meals for the week that would fit into the hectic schedule was a bit of a challenge. On CrossFit nights I don’t want to eat a heavy meal before I go to the gym, so I need quick meals those nights. Still, I was able to plan another week of great, clean meals – and I’m hoping some of the, give me leftovers for lunch the next day! Here’s how the upcoming week looks:

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I still need to figure out breakfasts for the week. I’m sure I will have microwaved eggs a few days, and maybe I will make some overnight oats for a few days. It’s been a while since I’ve had those.

Dinner tonight was a simple, light, and tasty meal of dumplings and edamame. This was quick to prepare and a hit with the while family. Jacko just loves the dumplings and Nick is a huge fan of the edamame. I like them both!

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It’s a short week ahead and I’m already looking forward to next weekend. Friday is a holiday for Good Friday so we’ve only got to make it through 4 work days! Wohoo! With all the things I’ve got on the schedule for this week, I’m sure it will fly by. Lets hope so anyways!

Now, it’s late (when will I learn?) and I need to spend some quality time with my foam roller before I go to bed. My hips and hamstrings are killing me. That’s one part of running that I didn’t miss. I don’t hurt like this after CrossFit or hockey…just running. Hopefully as I get a few more miles under my belt, it won’t be so bad. Until then, it’s Advil and foam rolling for me!

How was your weekend?
Did you run? Do your hips and hammies ache like mad after you run?

And finally, I’d like to give a shout out to a few of my running friends who ran the Around the Bay 30k run today. Kathy (aka JackRabbit) had a killer PR of 2:41, my friends/cousins Lianne and Susan also ran great races with times of 3:03 and 2:54 respectively, and my friend Suzanne ran her first ATB finishing in 4:11. Congrats ladies! I am in awe of you all!

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4 responses to “I Did It Again!

  1. Doing awesome on your training yay! πŸ™‚
    My husband and I love edamame too. We usually get huge frozen bags from Costco πŸ™‚

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  2. I love your weekly organizer. Meals & workouts. I may have to borrow that from you! My husband is always asking, “Are you working out tonight?” “What is there to eat?”

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    • cathyo says:

      Thanks, it really helps keep me on track. I have it on my fridge and check off my dinners and workouts as they go…makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something and just makes having a hectic life a little more manageable.

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