When Running Is Hard.

We’ll get into what to possibly do when running seems so hard in just a moment! (Why do I sound like I’m on TV?)

So after the half marathon Sunday which is utterly exhausting in and of itself, I went to work and then out to celebrate with John. We walked around for quite awhile after dinner and then I started to have an anxiety attack inside Trader Joe’s (I tend to have them when I’m overtired) so we knew it was bedtime for me! I am seriously an infant. I didn’t get much sleep and had to wake up at 4:45 AM to catch a 6:10 AM bus up to Binghamton for just a few hours to get my hair done. I got to Port Authority and found out that I stupidly booked both tickets LEAVING from Binghamton, not NYC. So I had to wait for 2 hours until the 8:00 bus left. Being exhausted and moody and sore and sweaty in Port Authority is probably the definition of hell on earth.

All was worth it though because I got to the salon where I love to go and was greeted with foils and wine.

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I don’t have an after picture right now but I went a lot blonder with some layers. If you are in the Binghamton area I highly recommend Friends & Company salon! If I travel 4 hours just to get my hair done, you KNOW it’s an amazing place.

I had just a minute to spare before I went right back so my brother and I went to get my favorite salad at Broadway Diner.

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Greek salad with grilled chicken, honey mustard on the side. The only thing missing was their french fries that are life changing but I figured I needed no more grease in my belly after the burger the night before.

It took me til today to feel caught up on sleep but it was well worth it!

So the other day on Facebook I saw this great quote posted from Competitor Running that I follow on there. It made all the sense in the world to why running seems difficult OFTEN to me lately, and I believe it’s from being a little too inconsistent and taking too many days off in between runs.

“I sometimes hear people say they don’t like running, but I think most people are never in good enough shape to really enjoy running. If you try to run consistently 30 days in a row — give or take a few days off during that span — there is something special that happens and all of a sudden you start feeling good and really enjoying it. But if you only run once or twice a week and are taking several days off, you’re always fighting getting in shape.” – Jenny Barringer Simpson

I would not suggest running 30 days in a row to anyone because you’re asking for an injury and for burn out, but I too often take 3-4 days off due to oversleeping and just plain laziness that my pace suffers and it feels like I can’t breathe well. This might not be the ONLY contributing factor, but I want to safely be able to run 5 days per week. This is also not just about pace but how I feel overall when running. There are definitely some days where a run feels incredible and “easy” but it isn’t often for me lately. I’ll admit my allergies have been the worst they’ve ever been for the last 6 months so breathing in general has not been easy, but I think I am also a tad bit lazy. I love sleep, what can I say!

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Of course you have to listen to your body and distinguish a real need for rest from just being lazy. This is where I fall short because by nature I am a lazy bum! No shame in my game. But consistency is really key in improving in anything, so of course this can be applied to any exercise!

So after this half marathon on Sunday, the rest of my races for the year are shorter except for a 15K in December. I want to run more days per week but keep them to 3-5 miles with a longer run on weekends, probably 8 or 9 miles max. I will also up my strength training and get back to Bikram yoga now that I won’t have to worry about severe soreness hindering a race 😉 Ready to switch it up!

How many days per week do you run or workout?

Random Rambling

Look at me posting twice in one month already! Woo hoo. How was your weekend? Mine was spent at work so… Yeah. I had a lot of school work to do so I didn’t go to a party I wanted to on Saturday night, and I had to mute the Super Bowl until Beyonce did her thang so I could finish a paper, but the important thing is I am really making school a top priority this time around. I did have dinner with one of my amazing friends Erica on Friday night at a tiny wine bar in Hell’s Kitchen called Gallo Nero . I had to sit out of the wine consumption part of dinner since I drank last weekend and my body really didn’t handle it well at all (due to my new medicine, I think) but we had the best time catching up! That girl is just great for the soul 🙂

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Saturday night after work I got some pizza slices and curled up with my date for the night: my big, sexy Accounting book. Too sexy for a picture, really. Don’t get too jealous ladies and gents; he is an asshole. He’s confusing and doesn’t like to talk or help at all. Typical.

Inbetween trying to understand journal entries and balance sheets, I watched The Switch on Netflix that I have been dying to see. I loved it! I am a sucker for chick flicks, and completely in love with both Jason Bateman (loved him in Arrested Development) and Jennifer Aniston. Yummmmm. This was my ideal Saturday night. Minus the homework of course 😉

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Were you an Arrested Development fan? It’s one of my all time favorite shows and it’s coming back for a season this spring on Netflix! My love for Netflix grows every day.

On a fitness related note: I continue to oversleep and not even hear my 20 alarms I set from 4:45 AM to 6:30 AM. So no work out since last Wednesday, but I am surely well rested and that makes it A LOT easier to eat healthy. Happy to report that my pants are fitting pretty great despite lack of exercise! I’ll be going to spin class tonight though since I finished some homework last night to make sure I could go! Beyonce really inspired me last night. She is SO FIERCE I can hardly handle it.

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Since I had no Super Bowl plans, I saved myself probably 4,000 calories and made some whole wheat pasta with lots of shredded cheddar cheese, a little butter, garlic powder, sea salt, crushed red pepper and jalapenos. No pic but it was SO GOOD. In no way is whole wheat pasta a “cheat” type of food, I just cannot stick to one portion of it so I eat it only when the craving really strikes. Cause I dominated like 1/2 of the box. No shame in my game.

And in my last ramble for the day, I will be eating oatmeal for lunch most days this week because I quite honestly have $7.71 to last me until I get paid this Friday. Last night I bought a few cartons of eggs (only $1.35 per carton at one of my ghetto grocery stores, flippen awesome) bananas and cheese and it will last me the week. Luckily I don’t get bored with food easily! I also have other food I will use up this week, like oatmeal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, enough peanut butter to feed a 3rd world country, etc so for breakfast I switched it up and made a protein PowerCake. This girl has awesome recipes that are really creative!

Dark Chocolate Banana Powercake

  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp Hershey’s dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 packets sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • Splash of almond milk

Mix thoroughly and microwave for 4-5 minutes, checking every few seconds after the first 2 minutes. These cakes can overflow your bowl quickly so keep an eye out and just pause the microwave and it will shrink again!

I also made PowerCakes strawberry chia jam for the topping. I used:

1 cup frozen strawberries with 1/4 cup water, microwaved for 2 minutes. Mash up the strawberries with a fork, and add 1.5 tbsp chia seeds and 2 packets sweetener of choice. Mix well and put in the fridge overnight. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and turn into a jam! I also topped it with coconut oil peanut butter. This was such a great alternative to oatmeal!

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It’s gonna be a busy week that will end in a fun filled weekend! I have a dentist appointment tomorrow and I am thinking I need to fess up to my wisdom teeth pain and try to schedule them to get taken out. I am literally PETRIFIED of surgery and I would almost rather be in pain than have them out. What is your experience with wisdom teeth removal?

Overnight Oats Success & February Goals

My second attempt at overnight oats was a success! This mixture looked pretty gross, but tasted amazing and refreshing. I forsee this combo being very popular in the hot summer months! Last night I mixed:

1/4 cup rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s multi-grain)
1/2 packet Vega vanilla chai powder
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Sprinkle of splenda + cinnamon

I left this overnight in a covered tupperware container and this morning I added:

Frozen blueberries + banana slices + 1/4 cup Kashi go lean + crunchy PB.

It was a big green and blue mush and was so good! Seeing as how it’s 60 degrees in NYC today, on February 1st, this cold bowl hit the spot.

I have failed this week at two things: waking up for the gym (except monday) and bringing my lunch. I feel well rested, but I never spend money on lunch like I’ve done this week. That stops tomorrow! Today’s buy was delicious, however.

Turkey + avocado + egg + sprouts + cuke + tomato on honey wheat bread with a bag of buffalo wing pretzel crisps. I was craving crunch, and I am proud to say that after 1 serving of them, I threw the rest away! 🙂 The bag is 2 servings and I usually eat things even when I don’t need more. The sandwich totally filled me up and that one serving satisfied my craving. That is a major accomplishment for me!!

Those pretzels were a lifesaver when I was first losing weight because I was addicted to chips. These days one of my many addictions are iced coffees with soy milk 🙂 The creaminess that soy milk gives is sooo much better than dairy milk! Yum-o. Iced coffees help me big time as snacks. Super low calorie and they take me a few hours to drink, not to mention I must pee out at least a few extra ounces! My snack before the gym tonight is a raspberry truffle Nugo bar. My gym plan is upper body strength + abs then spin class.

Being that it’s February 1st, I’d love to set out some goals for the month! Here are mine:

More strength training. I am really bored with 30 Day Shred and need to start Ripped in 30. I also want to add some moves after the dvd as Bess did! I love how she makes up her own strength/body weight moves right in her living room.

More running. I don’t have a structured running plan each week because I go by how I feel. But I want to actually train for my half marathon in May… Which brings me to the next goal.

Sign up for the Binghamton half marathon. I keep talking about it, but haven’t officially signed up! I also need to sign up for other races to keep myself motivated. I loved the group long run Sunday and want to go to those at least twice a month.

Have more fun. I pretty much do nothing but work and work out and I sometimes miss being more social. I don’t exactly love drinking because I get a horrible hangover no matter what, but sometimes it’s worth it for a fun night out.

Stop committing to so many things. At the same time, I also get burnt out fast because I want to do it all, but really can’t. It’s okay to say no and not make plans, and I need to work on that so that I’m not always having to cancel. Trying to wake up 4-5 times per week at 430 AM to not miss a workout is obviously not working for me, so I need to stop spreading myself so thin!

Stay within weight loss calories at least 4 times per week. For me, I lose when I eat 1400-1700 calories. I am consistently eating more than that which I can maintain on, but I want to lose these last pounds.

I feel more confident when I put my goals out there. I will do a weekly check in, and then a month check in and see what I accomplished!

Pics of my eats at the bottom courtesy of this app not adding pics where I want them. Boooo!

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