Having a good weekend so far? I am!
After my work event yesterday, I met my friend Annie at her gym to use one of her visitor’s passes. It was a gym date. I was so thankful to get to go- because I could get in a serious weight session. My workout room is adequate, but it’s nice to have a variety of free weights (versus two sets- neither of which are a good weight for me to do much with). I got to use quite a few different machines- the hip abductor machine is one of my favs. It’s also extremely awkward-looking to use (in my opinion). One of the things I never understood was the placement of that machine in my rec center at college. It was right next to a huge glass window. So here I am, legs wide open on this machine, and here comes a tour of high school kids and their parents. Classy. The machine belongs in the far corner, slightly hidden. But maybe that’s just me…
It was really fun to workout with Annie through most of it! We did a warmup mile on the track together and settled down to do abs at the end. She also taught me a little about how to use resistance bands. I think they’re awesome, but had never really been taught how to use them. I looked like a nerd, but now I want one for myself. Does anyone use them often? Do you feel like they’re better than free weights?
Afterwards, we came back to my place and I cooked for her since she’s always been pretty awesome about inviting me over for dinner. What did I make? What else? Healthified pizza!Well. The mozzarella didn’t do much for our “healthy meal”. But calcium and protein are important after a workout. And the spinach and mushrooms cancel it out. Right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I’ve gotten much better at the crust for the pizza. My first one was a little underdone in the middle and stuck horribly to the pizza stone. Now I’m much more liberal with the flour and bake the crust for 5 minutes or so before adding everything else. Perfect-o!
We also paired it with a salad:More peas, please! The peppers were Annie’s idea. And I loved it because I rarely have them unless I’m eating out. I think I found my new obsession of the week? Move over broccoli…
We chit-chatted the rest of the night and caught up with each other after the crazy week we had both gone through. Way better than my typical Red Box night. Obviously.
My early wakeup calls have ruined me. I’m a ruined woman. I’ll never be able to sleep in again. Ugh. Today? I got up at 6:00. WTF??? I wanted to get up early for my run, but seriously? Please- feel free to make fun of this. Because I deserve it.
Today was the big 8-mile day. It was a bit muggy, but only about 75 degrees when I left my house. Not bad. I’ve decided the first mile for me is and will always be crap. Yep. You heard me. Crap. No wonder I did so horribly on the mile run in gym class when I was 10. I never find my stride until half way through the second one. After that, it went pretty smoothly. I had a group of little girls cheering me on everytime we’d meet each other on the 2.8 mile loop. Even strangers helped to make my run a little better. Nice…
My pace was at 8:56. I really think I need to pick it up a little more in the beginning of the run. Instead, it’s like I’m nervous to wear myself out before I get halfway through, so I hold back. One of these days, I should actually pay attention to my pace on my Nike+ before I’m actually done. I know that’s half the point of wearing it. But I feel I may lose motivation if I continue to monitor the whole run. So I don’t know. I think for now, if I’m having fun doing it the way I’m doing, I should probably not worry so much about time. I know my opinion on this matter changes every other day. Bear with me.
We had lunch club today (which I’ll expand on at another time) and I spent the rest of the afternoon lounging at the pool. The sun has sucked out of me any of the energy I received from the five hours of sleep I got last night (or maybe it could have been the long run?). Lame. So I’m gonna go nap it up and go over my options for tonight. Stay in… go out… stay in… go out… life is full of hard decisions!
Oh and if you get a chance, feel free to go check out Andrea’s blog, Can You Stay For Dinner?. She did a feature on me Thursday and I do want to say thank you Andrea, for such a wonderful introduction! If you’ve never been to her blog, definitely check it out. Especially if you’re hungry- every post she does is drool-worthy (if it’s not the pictures, it’s her descriptions of the food that will get ya’!).
Have a good Saturday!
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