Weekly Workout Wrap-Up

Workout Wrap Up  

Aug 23

Thankfully I've had a great week in workouts! I've been using my trigger point kit 1-2x a day and my achilles/shin issues are virtually non-existent. I still have some tightness there but it goes away after 15-20 minutes of running. I skipped out on the group long run on Saturday as I wasn't sure if I'd be able to complete the 11 miles and keep up with their pace. I ended up running it on my own and was able to stay on track! {In the pouring rain no less!}

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We got our schedule for the next 4 weeks and I'm slated to run 149 miles. I honestly can hardly comprehend it. Just last October I was running my first 5k and now I'm doing 149 miles a month! If I can do it, anyone can. A lot of my runs are still ugly - and a few times this week I saw the alarm going off at 4:40 a.m. and almost said 'eff this' but I kept with it. When I'm out on runs and things get tough I'll literally say out loud, "Dude, your training for a freaking marathon!" and that reminder of why I'm out there really helps motivate me to finish.

I"m also still working on abs 2x a week and trying to do a set of push-up's and planks to keep my upper body strong until I can start doing some heavy strength again! 2013-08-22 07.13.16

Aside from channeling my inner badass the other highlight of my week was receiving this granola from Mix My Own.

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Their lovely owner, Klara, asked if I wanted to try it out and I loved the idea so I spent some time crafting my own little mix and it arrived super fast! I think it will be gone by Day 3. I ate some with milk but I actually prefer snacking on it raw as I can taste the flavors much better. I think a gift certificate there would make a great gift for the health nut in your life. I added banana chips, strawberries, sunflower seeds and almonds to mine - goodness it was tasty!

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Classes started this week and this term is going to be amazing. I have a few ... unique cases in my classes and I can tell just by the energy on the first night that we are going to have a blast. I honestly *love* teaching. I don't mean to brag but I think I'm pretty good at it as well (I love my RateMyProfessor ratings!) Now that I'm getting into my 7th year of teaching I really feel comfortable in front of students and know how to break concepts down so they can understand and relate to the ideas better. Side note: If you search google images for 'erica house college instructor' one of the first results is a naked baby photo of me. Ummmm....wth? I promise I teach fully clothed - here's me just before going in the first night!

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I forgot to share my food prep for the week with you all on Monday so here's what I've been chowing down on. I made a southwest salad to bring to work for lunch and threw together a totally random sweet potato, butternut squash and lentil salad for dinner. IMG_7042Since it's to hot out for me to turn the oven on to roast things I just peel, chop and steam the squash/potatoes in the microwave for 8-10 minutes (cover the bowl with a damp cloth and stir halfway through.) I added coconut oil to each for some healthy fats and seasoned the sweet potatoes with cardamom and the squash with cinnamon. I threw lentils on the salad as well for protein. I was shocked and how good it tasted! I'm definitely making this again regularly.

2013-08-19 16.31.06So - there you have it. Another week gone and I'm promising myself I'll actually do more than work this weekend but, as usual, I'll probably fail miserably. With classes going again and SO much going on at work I  basically go on auto-pilot from 4:40 a.m. until I go to bed at 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and use the weekend to catch up on writing/blog work (and do my long run, grocery shopping, laundry and meal prep.) I really need to get into the habit of taking more time to engage in new, meaningful activities. I feel like I already spend to much time 'relaxing' when I veg out in front of the TV for 2ish hours each night but honestly it's not so much relaxing as it is me going into a vegetative state where I'm just to tired to do anything else but stare blankly at the idiot box. I miss doing things that enrich my life - walking, reading, learning ... I feel like 2013 is going to come to a close so quickly and I don't want to look back on the year and think "Well, I worked a lot."

/end random existential rant.

What do you do to reconnect with yourself?