HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY! It is absolutely beautiful outside today! This weather makes me so happy! I wore flip flops on my way to work this morning! Glorious!
I had some extra time this morning so I ate with an old friend.
Doesn’t that just look like a million bucks? Don’t Irish people eat oatmeal? Maybe that’s Scottish… well, I’ll eat potatoes sometime today and cover all my bases. This was the usual mix of:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup oats
- pinch fine sea salt
- mashed ‘naner
- big dash cinnamon
- splash 1% milk
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- dollop almond butter
There is NO better way to start the day. Seriously. I love being able to sleep a little later, but if I get my oats in the morning I stay full for hours and hours and have so much more energy! When I got to the office I had snagged a piece of Irish Soda Bread to have with my morning cup of joe from a St. Patrick’s Day spread someone had put together. Unfortunately, it tasted like doo-doo. I threw it away after a couple bites.
Around 9:30 I ate these two goobers.
Then, my lunchtime workout… I mentioned recently that I wanted to switch up my strength training routine. I was really excited to see a strength routine geared towards runners in this month’s Runner’s World! Click here for a description of the routine. I did:
- Single lunge deadlifts to shoulder press 2 x 15 x 10 lbs
- Lunge with overhead triceps extension 2 x 15 x 10 lbs
- Pushup to jacknife 2 sets of 7 and 5 (this one is going to take some work)
- Ball squats to bicep curl 2 x 15 x 10 lbs
- Ball pullovers with hip raises 2 x 15 x 5 lbs (1st set) and 7 lbs (2nd set)
This routine was tough! It’s good to struggle, though. My old routine had gotten too easy. You have to change it up to get results! After I lifted I did a 40 minute tempo run. I started by running at 5.5 mph on the treadmill for 13 minutes, then increased my speed to 6.0 mph and bumped up the speed .1 mph every minute until I hit 7.0 mph, then decreased the speed slowly until I was at 31 minutes. I walked at 4.0/3.5 mph for the last nine minutes. I think the hardest part of tempo runs are decreasing the speed. You get excited to slow down, but it’s just a tiny bit and you need more of a break. It’s definitely a challenge. My run totalled 3.72 miles.
After my workout I dug into a very familiar lunch…
Salad with arugula, raddicchio, endive, parmesan, and white beans, tossed with oil and vinegar plus two Italian bread sticks and an orange.
For my afternoon snack I had half a cup of Greek yogurt with a sliced kiwi, mixed together in my coffee mug.
Of all the fruit that compliments Greek yogurt well, kiwi is not one of them. I like something sweeter to compliment my Greek yogurt. Kiwis are great, but a little too tangy themselves. Bananas and berries are better.
Ok, out to happy hour! Let’s see how I like St. Patrick’s Day without drinking… at least I’ll feel better than all my coworkers tomorrow morning!