Overall, today was NOT a change of routine. It was a very typical Saturday, beginning with sleeping past 11 when I had sworn up and down that I would get up at 9 at the LATEST. French toast for “breakfast” at noon, followed by an afternoon of reading blogs, shopping for patio chairs and looking at pictures cute kittens Brandon want as a pet instead of tackling the to-do list I promised myself I would take on today. What can I say, I go all out on Saturdays.
What has been a change of routine is getting back into the rhythm of traveling for work during the week. Our laundry, grocery, and apartment upkeep in general has steadily deteriorated since just before I went on vacation to LA. I still haven’t put all my laundry away from my trip, and while we did wash all the dirty laundry today, it is currently in a giant heap in the downstairs closet. We gathered together some of the non-perishables we still have in the cupboards and freezer for dinner, along with the last of the lettuce. I combined mine into this Mediterranean-ish salad featuring Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains and baked chicken (mmm):
What makes it Mediterranean is the hummus, obviously. This dinner struck me as pretty funny because growing up, I would NOT let my different groups of food touch on my plate, and to this day, when dishes are separate on my plate I go around my plate and eat them one by one. I guess if I can combine it into a “salad”, my funny plate tendencies don’t apply.
Evidence of just how bad it’s gotten:
Yes, friends, that is an entire box of spiral mac ‘n’ cheese being consumed out of a German beer mug. Sweet t-shirt, too.
My half marathon training routine got completely jacked up this week, too. Ugh, I’m really disappointed in myself, but I really could not bring my exhausted self to do a hotel room workout this week without shoes. It was a complete business travel/life balance fail, both in forgetting to pack my running shoes and in getting so wigged out about my change in routine that I skipped ALL of my workouts.
I got back from the airport pretty late on Thursday, so no time to workout there. I went to work and took care of an afternoon appointment yesterday, which resulted in me feeling sort of frazzled from running around (walk to work, walk home, drive to the appointment, drive home, rush to log back into work..). I had planned to run 4.5 miles after work, but when my best friend called to say she and her boyfriend were going to happy hour at the restaurant on our block, I was more than happy to say we’d join in. I had a mini-win by doing a quick TurboFire HIIT 15 workout before a speedy shower and change of clothes to head out.
It is amazing what a small change in your workout routine does to your body. Even though I’m bummed about skimping on my weekly workouts, that 15 minute high-intensity workout yesterday left me gasping for air, and today my body is more sore than I’ve been in weeks. Somehow, my upper back is the most sore and I can NOT figure out what worked it so hard! The workout included lots of jumping jacks and punching moves, so maybe just the upper body movement? Who knows. The funny thing is, back in August when I had been doing TurboFire for a few months, I went for a run with coworkers. I was so sure it was going to be super easy since I had been doing cardio and high intensity interval workouts 5-6 times a week, and the run kicked my butt. Just goes to show that changing up your routine once in awhile is good to keep your body challenged, plus it always helps me keep my mind from getting bored.
I ran 4.5 miles today, no problem, and I’m getting up at a normal time tomorrow to do my 7 mile long run. I swear, before 10 am, really. Ahem. I’m afraid this week of slacking off isn’t going to be noticeable for a few weeks when my mileage starts to ramp up and even my weekly runs are a bit longer (5 miles on Tuesday/Thursdays in the weeks leading up to the half). I also signed up to do Goldy’s Run in 2 weeks.
It’s a 10 miler, which I am REALLY scared about because that’s more miles that early in my plan than I had been planning on. However, I’m happy that I will get a chance to participate in a larger organized race before the half, since my only previous race experience was a small 5k in my hometown. Plus, there’s a finisher’s medal – nice!
I’m about to go cap off this day of avoiding non-lazy activities with a margarita and a batch of cookies. Hope you are having a similarly lazy weekend!
- Did you have any funny eating habits growing up? I’ll never understand the no-crust-on-sandwiches thing, but I know it’s so common!