1) To start on a completely random note, I’ve decided to leave the HR monitor at home for all “easy” runs. I’m rarely one to religiously follow a training plan – some days a 9:00 min/mile may seem easy, some days it might have your heart working harder on hills, in the heat, or on an upset stomach. So, when my plan says “9:09” for all easy runs, and I try to stick to an easy HR (<150), they rarely come to terms with each other.
Run by feel; when a pace feels good and you can breathe easy, listen to your body.
This morning was an Easy 5-miler, at average 9:00 min/mile pace. Nothing exciting, just a preparatory run for the next 20 tomorrow. This worked last week (easy by feel, not HR), leading into an awesome 16; here’s hoping the same holds true for round 2!
2) A mid-afternoon picnic comes highly recommended, while the weather is still nice and the sun is still out there to be enjoyed! A few of you commented that this is a regular thing for you, too. I had a 2 hour break yesterday, D met me for lunch & a walk, and it could not have been spent any better than this:
Share a treat.
Enjoy that quiet coffee shop, caffeine & cranberry oat treat – especially before heading out to teach kids who have been cooped up in a classroom for 8 hours. Whoa.
Our group of kids are great! They are entertaining, kitchen savvy and usually willing to try whatever we have on the menu for them (lucky for us!). However, I do see the philosophy behind after-school Sports. I’m just sayin’.
3) One of my favorite sayings is “Sweat once a day.” Whether you choose to walk, run, bike, hike, stretch, pose in yoga, kick it out in Body Pump, or lift something heavy, you’ll almost always feel better using that body than letting it sit around.
Luckily, I work for a company that feels the same way.
The announcement: I’m now part of the Lululemon team!
In addition to feeding some of my Nutrition passions through Sticky Fingers – with a healthy dose of kids, nutritious recipes & cooking – I’m now giving my obvious passions for Fitness & Exploration a chance to shine.
I couldn’t be happier about all of the above; this Colorado life is coming together, piece by piece, and feeling more like Home every day.
Your turn – What have you done lately that scares/scared you?