Monday, August 2, 2010

Tough One

Whew! I had a tough workout this morning. So tough, I was hungry walking home from the gym.

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday are my walk/jog interval days. Saturday, because of bad timing with the bike, I had planned to do 2.75miles on the treadmill but ended up doing 3. So, today I was going to do the same and I did. Started at about 5:23am with a 3.7mph 1minute walk then bumped it up to 5.0mph for 3 minutes. (I told you, I'm taking it slow!). I did a few more intervals like that then moved on to 1minute walk/4 minute jog, adding the last minute at 5.2mph. After that I added another minute at 5.2 for the remaining intervals with the last minute at 5.4mph. My goal for today wasn't speed so much as distance and pushing my jog intervals a little longer. I definitely had to pay a little more attention to my breath but my foot (or sneaker) strike was feeling more comfortable and easy. I've been limping for so long, trying to keep pressure off my right heel that it's taken a bit of time to get an even gait back and recognizing how it should feel.

After the 37 minutes on the treadmill (yes, that's how long it took me to run 3 miles plus a little cool down) I got on the bike for another 13.5miles. I find my legs move quicker on the bike after I've been on the treadmill. I still needed to get in a little strength training, so I spent about twenty minutes on that before heading to the mat to stretch it out.

I got a great stretch yesterday during yoga at Lululemon. It was the third time I went there for class and loved it. To help support and promote local studios, they have a different teacher from around the city each week. I like that because it's never the same, you get to try different teachers (in case you want to take more classes during the week) and if you're not 100% sold on one teacher, you might love the one the next week. So far though, I've loved all three. Yesterday's class seemed to really stretch my muscles a lot more though, which felt really good as I was walking home from class. I still felt as though my muscles were lengthening! Next Saturday is Salutation Nation in Bryant Park and I'm definitely looking forward to it. I'll take advantage of Summer Streets on my walk there.

Back to today.... I was hungry after that workout so I made my traditional Yogurt Mess with Shredded Wheat! Totally satisfying and filling.

As I made my breakfast I enjoyed a little POM Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry juice that the awesome people at POM sent me! Woody and I have been enjoying the tart drink this weekend. I rarely drink juice because it is often very sugary and actually contains very little juice, plus, as a rule, I rather eat my calories than drink them, but POM isn't the typical juice. The taste is great, almost too great. This little bottle contains 150 calories, too much for me in one sitting, although I could easily down this very quickly. I've been enjoying it after my workouts.
Then it was time for breakfast:
6oz Greek yogurt
1 banana
1/4cup blueberries
1tsp maca powder
1tsp chia seeds
1/2tsp ground flax seeds
1tsp cinnamon
2tsp sunflower seeds
1/2cup Trader Joe's plain shredded wheat

I combine the cinnamon, maca powder, chia seeds, and flax seeds with the yogurt before dumping it on the banana and blueberries. Then top with the shredded wheat and sunflower seeds before mixing all together. It looks like a mess but it's delicious.

On Saturday I tried a slight variation of my original version, adding 1tsp of cocoa powder! It was a nice little twist but next time I do this I'll use a little more powder since the cocoa flavor was very light.

I added a few features to the blog over the weekend. I hope you'll check them out and let me know what you think!

workout stats -
3mile walk/jog intervals
13.5mile bike
3x10 cable pull twists
3x10 lateral bent arm raises
3x10 weighted side bends
3x10 hammer curls
3x10 hamstring deadlift, bicep curl, shoulder press combo


La Historiadora de Moda said...

It sounds like a great workout! I'm glad that your strike is starting to feel better again!

Molly said...

I noticed your NYC faves tab, love the list of eateries (shocker). Have a great week!

Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner said...

How do you get up so early? Do you take a nap later in the day? Glad the jogging is going well. Soon you'll be running full speed!

Tricia said...

breakfast looks yummy

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

Your blog updates and your yogurt messes look fabulous! :)