I hate rain. I used to love rainy days, curled up on the couch, eating…. everything. It reminds me of how lazy and unmotivated I used to be. Now when I have days off, it’s the weekend and there’s nothing I want to do LESS than be lazy! Even if it’s rainy, I love to walk around the city with my big umbrella and a trench coat, duck into a coffee shop or Barnes & Noble and catch up on magazines. The one thing I AM lazy about is running in the rain. I actually really love running in the snow because it’s a whole different work out. Your thighs burn like crazy the next day, and it’s a super core workout because you are trying to balance and not slip. But rain? How do I dress? My shoes get wet and gross, I can’t bring music or my iPhone (which doubles as my Garmin, i use the mapmyfitness app to track speed and distance) and what about my head? It’s a whole production.
I mention running in the rain because I didn’t get my 4 miles in this morning after doing 30 Day Shred at the gym because all of the cardio machines were taken. I am actually now dreading the treadmill since I fell in love with running in Central Park on sunday! So my plan was to go run in Central Park after work tonight. It’s hard enough for me to commit to a workout after work, but then you add in rain and I feel like the girl 110 pounds ago who would sit and eat Dorito’s and McDonald’s all day when it rained (or snowed, or the sun was out…). This is another reason I am dying for a running buddy. Motivation on days like these do not come easy, but if I knew someone was waiting for me at Central Park at 7:00 PM, my ass would be there.
Speaking of my ass, 30 Day Shred is killing it again. I was so afraid that it would be too easy for me this time, but I’m using my heart rate monitor and working HARD plus switching between 5 lb and 8 lb weights for different moves. My butt and thighs and shoulders are sore and I’m so in love with that feeling. The plan right now is to Shred on level 1 3x this week (we did yesterday & today & will do Friday) and tomorrow we work out with Justin who loves to make me lift weights that make my arms want to break off. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday we will do level 2 and then probably again once Thanksgiving is over. After that, I want to try one of her other DVD’s to get in bad ass shape to end the year! Either 6 week 6 pack or Ripped in 30. Ouch. At least I’m motivated for strength training at the moment!
The running/cross-training plan is (probably not) 4 miles tonight, elliptical tomorrow, 5-6 miles Friday, rest Saturday, 7 miles Sunday. My 4 mile race is Sunday, but I want to do some miles before hand to loosen up my legs, or to validate my craziness. Whichever helps me sleep at night.
I’m loving having a plan for each week in terms of workouts. If I get to the gym and try to “wing it” I end up doing a few minutes on the elliptical, a few minutes running, a few minutes spinning and then I’m bored and leave. Always have a plan at the gym or for your runs, and you will feel more motivated!
My legs are really, really sore and I keep realizing that the more I type this. I think a nice easy run would help and then I’m cross-training tomorrow. I never know when enough is enough, especially when I throw in 30 Day Shred. Okay, on to the more important stuff… food.
Yesterday was another great day of clean eating, and I am really finding out what works best for my body. I had green monster protein smoothies for breakfast Monday + Tuesday, and have realized that my protein oatmeal is a better fit for me. So this morning I had my delicious, biblical oatmeal mess. I am using a new protein powder since I ran out of my first tub ever, and I am LOVING it. It’s GNC brand and it’s the banana cream flavor. Seriously, I could eat it with a spoon. My oatmeal had a very strong banana flavor after a scoop of that and banana slices on top. I was full until lunch at 1:30, where the protein smoothie had me full for about an hour before I needed a snack. It’s a keeper! Greek yogurt, apples and peanut butter for snacks are also keepers. Horseradish flavored hummus, tuna, goat cheese and mustard are my current obsessions. Sweet potatoes, butternut squash cubes, broccoli, green beans and spinach with garlic have been on the menu and absolutely delicious.
Last night after dinner I made a healthy dessert, even though I have been trying to get away from having anything after dinner. When I was stress eating, it was bowl after bowl of cereal after I already ate dinner and wasn’t actually hungry. But, I was genuinely somehow hungry after eating 8 pounds of vegetables last night, so I created a very random mug of ingredients that I hoped would taste good. I guess you can call it a pumpkin protein cake mug? I was hoping for more of a muffin, but it was mushy like cake.
In the mix:
– 1/2 cup pumpkin
– 1/2 scoop protein powder
– 2 tbsp wheat bran
– 2-ish tbsp almond milk
– sugar free pancake syrup
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– cinnamon/ pumpkin pie spice
Throw it all in a mug and microwave for about 4 minutes. I surprisingly topped mine with peanut butter. It was really good and I definitely met my protein quota for the day! The later it gets, the more I know that run is not going to happen tonight. I hate you, rain!
Do you like rainy days? Do you have any tips for running in the rain and better yet, motivation to do so?