This Week's Healthy Recap


Here's my fitness and food wrap-up for this last week.

Fitness

  • I've slowly increased my running, being careful not to run myself into an injury again after running the St. George Marathon in October. Must be patient!
  • I finally had a speed session one day this week, running two miles fast for a change. During a 5 mile run, I sped up for 2 miles and ran 9:19 and 8:51 per mile. My goal was about 9:00 for both miles. I'll get there!
  • I ran five times, sometimes in shorts and sometimes bundled up in gloves and a hat.
  • I went on a bike ride in the warm sunshine.
  • I strength-trained three times. Here's what I used today: Runner's World Glute Strength.



Food

  • I found a Cuisinart dutch oven at Marshall's for $60 (at Amazon, they're $100) and I roasted a chicken in it. I ate a lot of chicken avocado sandwiches and chicken with roasted vegetables this week. My red dutch oven matches the red plate that I found at Marshall's years ago. 
  • I baked a birthday cake and I didn't eat too much of it. Then someone gave us some Christmas cookies. They're so cute that I should save them for as long as possible and not eat them all up. Must resist the gingerbread cookie! 


Weekly Exercise Recap

S: 6 mile run with stops to cheer at a 5K race
S: 4 mile run
M: 5 mile run, strength training
T: 5 mile run with 2 faster miles
W: 25 min. bike ride, strength training
T: Rest
F: 6 mile run, strength training
Running Total: 26 miles

How do you make sure to get in all of your workouts? I put my workouts on my Google calendar, which shows up on my phone. That way I know to work them into my day.

Comments

  1. Way to go increasing your running! I'm not much of a baker unless it's gluten free, but enjoy that oven!

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    1. Thanks, I'd rather be running more miles now that it's cooler outside, but I'll keep the miles low and only slowly ramp it up. Gotta be smart!

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  2. That is a pretty great deal on the dutch oven!! I lover roasted chicken and now I'm sort of craving a chicken and avocado sandwich.

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    1. I think I could eat chicken every single day. It's nice to have the leftovers waiting in the refrigerator at meal time.

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  3. looks like a great week of workouts! I was sick ALL week, so this makes me a little envious!

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    1. Sorry to hear that. Hopefully, you'll be over it soon so you can enjoy your vacation and Christmas.

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  4. I love the red dutch oven! I have one too, by Lodge brand. Roasted chicken is so wonderful in them. I'm all about the glute strength now too :) Sounds like you have a really solid and well done running week!

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    1. I read good reviews on the Lodge dutch ovens. The day I found mine was my second Marshall's visit to look for a dutch oven and I was so happy to find a pretty red one.

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  5. Good job with the running! You're an inspiration to me - I'm coming off of a bad cold (that has sidelined me while on VACATION), and reading about your schedule has inspired me to really try and fit in a run, NO MATTER WHAT! 2014 is going to be the year of the marathon for me!

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    1. I read your comment just before heading out for a run in the rain. It was one of those need-to-run-no-matter-what times! Thanks for the encouragement to do just that!

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  6. I was just thinking today that I needed something like that dutch oven. It can go from oven to stove top, correct?

    I mark my work outs and runs on my calendar as well. I love looking at my calendar at the end of the month and seeing what all i've accomplished!

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    1. Correct, it's great! I like to look back on my calendar for that reason, too. It can be really encouraging!

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  7. Yay! Glad you are back to running, and happy you are being smart with it! Lessons learned! We all have to keep reminding ourselves of that....just like you mentioned on my post :) Have a wonderful week!

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    1. It's hard not to run more when you want to, but having been through times when it's absolutely impossible because you overtrained helps you to take it easy as you build up, for sure!

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  8. Great score on the Dutch oven. I love Marshalls, it's kind of like garage sale shopping though, you never know what they will have, but when you find something you need it's always a fantastic deal!

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    1. I never thought of it like garage sale shopping, but you're right. I used to go to garage sales. Now I shop at Marshall's! It's like a treasure hunt!

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  9. Looks like a great week of workouts! I like to write my workouts down for the week (when I can) and then cross them out when I do them. I love to do lists and crossing things off of a list makes me feel so good for some reason!

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    1. I don't know what it is about crossing items off lists, but yesterday I had a list just for that day and I was happily crossing items off my list, too!

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  10. Yum, chicken and avocado sandwiches sound good! I think I need a dutch oven.

    My running has been down lately, too. I jumped back in too soon after my full in November, but my shins lovingly reminded me (or forced me, rather) to take it easy.

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    1. Loving reminders - that's a good way to look at it! You're smart to take it easy!

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  11. I wake up before anyone else and work out - however, the nice thing is that my whole family is very active, so we all take the mornings to work out :)

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    1. That's great! That would make it a lot easier to exercise if everyone else was exercising, too!

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  12. Sounds like a great week! I cannot resist gingerbread. Hope you have better willpower than I!

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    1. So far, so good, but I'll have to keep working on it!

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  13. I use a calendar too, but the super old fashioned way with paper and pencil to cross off and add workouts.

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    1. There are some times that I use paper and pencil, too, like when I need to keep track of how many sets of some exercise I've done, like push-ups.

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  14. I love to use Training Peaks or an old fashion paper calendar :)

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    1. I've heard of Training Peaks, but never checked it out. I'll have to visit their site. Thanks!

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  15. I plan for the week......usually on Sunday nights. Seems to work for me.

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