Sometimes, you just have to listen to your body.
I am not one for naps (rarely will I breakdown and make time for one), but this evening was an exception. This week has worn.me.out.
The week consisted of three early morning runs of 5 or so miles each, plenty of group exercise classes, and two early morning lifting sessions (one of which was this morning following a 6AM rise & shine).
The workout today was kept to back, arms, and a bit-o-core since fresh legs will be most beneficial for the Honest Abe 14k Trail Run tomorrow morning!
A bit of #fitspiration for the back-side. #workforit
A portion of my workout was adopted from an Oxygen Magazine link that came across my Facebook newsfeed. And let’s just say…it will be making another appearance!
HAH! — #perfect
After the warm-up mile run (I always start my strength sessions off with a 1 mile warm-up run…I pop in the ear buds and listen to a current favorite song or two in order to get PUMPED UP!!), I did a series lift today:
* 4 front squats + 4 overhead presses + 4 split jerks = 1 set
Completed a total of 6 working sets at 75# & 80# with 30 seconds rest between. Even though the series/complex lifts at the start of the workout are tough (they make me SWEAT lots!), they are my FAV & I feel like I keep getting stronger because of them (whoop, whoop).
Workout/Running/Goal Notebook! – Do you keep one?
After the workout I refueled with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar and a Thrive BOOST shake (I just recently got a new shipment & I am EXTREMEMLY excited to have them back in my life each morning. They make.my.day).
Breakfast Le-Vel BOOST (superfoods mix) with Almond/Coconut Milk + Frozen Blurbs
After a full Saturday of go, go, go post the morning workout, I decided it was time to listen to my body and just STOP for a bit. I always know when I am in fatigue mode because I tend to get the munchies and just want to eat anything (and everything). Instead of eating late this afternoon when I arrived home, I decided to bypass the kitchen and head straight for my bed — fell asleep with my phone in hand before I had the chance to set an alarm. An hour later, I woke up feeling SO MUCH BETTER. Sometimes, naps are a good thing.
Dinner was a change-up tonight (Seriously?!…Yes, seriously. For once, I am eating something besides a chicken wrap!).
Baked Chicken topped with Pesto, Fresh Tomato Slices, and a blend of Italian Cheeses on top….it doesn’t look the greatest, but it tasted the greatest!
The above chicken bake was super easy to make. Started with a fresh piece of Miller chicken breast from the fridge & topped it with about 1-2 Tablespoons of Pesto sauce. Sliced up two fresh tomatoes to throw on top with a generous portion of an Italian cheese blend. Baked for 30 minutes on 385 degrees.
To go with the chicken bake:
Baked Sweet Potato topped with Low-Sodium Season Salt + Crushed Peppercorn.
Sweet potatoes…doesn’t get much better than a sweet potato! And, it is an excellent pre-race veggie to load me up with usable carbs tomorrow on the trails.
It should be a perfect morning for trail miles. I feel tired, but at the same time ready to run…because life is better when you’re running. 🙂
Time for a “home-made” pumpkin chocolate chip muffin (it is healthified, no worries) and compiling a tunes playlist for the trails tomorrow. Hoping for another blog post tomorrow evening if time allows…so until next time: Keep your eats healthy & your workouts sweaty.