Fitness Friday: Is it Over Yet?

April 18th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap UpApril 18

My miles have started to go down and my pace is starting to slow – I love taper! After the back-to-back 5k and half marathon this weekend my legs were exhausted. The last thing I want to do is to go into my marathon with tired legs so I’m trying to be careful about not going to far or to fast, even if I feel like I want to. I woke up with a major case of the blahs on Monday so I had to think of a way to entice me out of the house and into the fresh air. I grabbed some chalk and went out for a walk.

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I immediately felt 10x better. Thinking of how medicinal fresh air can be reminds me that I need to finish the book Nurture Shock that I started …. last year. Hey, I’ve got book ADD and like to start 7 at one time and never finish any of them.

Like most of the country we had this bizarro cold front move in on Tuesday so I waited until that afternoon to do my run. It was a gorgeous day!

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That night I went over to my friends house to have my first taste of miso soup. He add’s veggies to his which is not like traditional miso but it was delicious! I even got tasked with going out to his garden and grabbing a few things to add to it. It’s unfortunate how disconnected most people (myself included) are from the whole process of growing food. Being able to literally pull something out of the ground, clean it up, and make it into a delicious meal is surreal. It’s sad that it’s surreal.

2014-04-15 18.34.24In somewhat related news I had this awesome tea tag this week. I’m glad to see Yogi finally added some new mantras to their repertoire.
2014-04-16 10.06.03-3In less fun news my old blender busted and I had to find an affordable replacement. I went with this Ninja after hearing great things about it but after using it a few times I’m not in love. I add ice to my smoothies and protein ice cream and it doesn’t blend the ice very well. It leaves little chunks of it – anyone know a trick to fix that? 
2014-04-15 14.09.16Even with the chunks I’ve been downing my perfect runners drink like a boss.
2014-04-16 11.42.39This week was the last week I’m teaching in-person for the term. My online class still has a few weeks but my in-person classes stop meeting early as they will be turning in final papers electronically to me on Monday. It was a stressful week. Like, this was basically how I felt every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2014-04-14 17.18.00One thing that kept me going was thinking of the amazing girls trip I have planned to New Orleans this weekend! I haven’t been since last February and I’m so excited to be going back to explore the city some more and make some new memories. Be sure to follow me on Twitter or Instagram as I’ll be sharing a ridiculous amount of pictures while I’m there.

If you had one weekend to spend in New Orleans what would you do?
When was your last girls only vacation?

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10 Responses

  • Rach says:

    this is going to sound so creepy but your eyes are gorgeous in your stressed out photo (the last one!)

  • Kat says:

    You’re going to do awesome girlie!

  • I have the Ninja and have the same issues with the ice cubes. I can never get a creamy smoothie out of that thing. I do keep a Magic Bullet at work and it’s amazing!! My smoothies come out so creamy – and no ice chunks!
    You could always make smaller cubes or get an ice tray with smaller cubes. That should help. :)

  • Taper time always makes me so cranky – I’m glad I only have a 10-day taper for my next race!

    I’m still super jealous of your weather – it snowed here today. Boo. :(

    • Erica House says:

      I’m doing a very light ‘taper’ since the only thing I really did for this training cycle was up my LR’s. My weekday runs stayed the same and instead of running 5/6 miles TR next week I’ll just do 3. Also slowing pace up a bit. I’m not going into this marathon thinking I’ll PR at all given how hilly the course is – I just want to finish injury free and have fun! Get back and start working on some speed work to dominate those 5k’s ;)

  • I’ve never used a Ninja before. I just have a smoothie blender by Oster. The blade isn’t very strong so I usually add the ice last.

    My last girls trip was to Vegas for Halloween! I love girls trips!