Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday.
We are officially half way through the Monday to Friday work week. Isn’t it weird to think that it is the first REAL work week back after the holidays? No stats off, no longer weekends, just a plain ol’ work week. Not only that, but we are already 11 days into the New Year!
For those who set resolutions or goals for the day, week, month, year – whatever – how are those going?
I wrote my goals down in two categories (personal and health) and I keep that piece of paper next to my laptop on my desk at all times. It is only a glance away, so there’s no excuse and “forgetting” what I want to accomplish! Of course, there are always things swirling around in my head that I want to do. I’m one of those people who has an ongoing to-do list that seems to never get done. That keeps me going, though! Keeps these wheels movin’ forward.
I must say, though, on the “foam roll after every run” goal, I am doing really well. Now when I am finished running it is becoming an automatic thing, which will pay off in the long term in regards to faster recovery. This will be especially helpful when my training kicks it up a notch in the spring!
On the note of training, I made it to the gym bright an early yesterday to get my workout in before the sun came up. There is something about an early morning workout that is a) painful because you have to leave your warm bed at an ungodly hour and b) great at waking you up. It also sets the tone for a good day, so why not. Monday night I actually made the effort to be in bed super early. I was sore from the race on Sunday, so I had a bath and was in bed before 9pm. It was GLORIOUS! Old lady life, you know? Seriously, peppermint tea and all. No shame! The sleep was much needed and it made waking up at 5am a little bit more bearable. While my gym technically doesn’t open until 6am, I spent some time reading my latest book, The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein (above) and making a pre-workout snack of a few dates with almond butter. Quick carbs and a little bit of protein to keep me fueled through the workout. It did the trick!
Then, I hopped in the car and drove to the gym, trying to force myself to wake up along the way.
Here’s what the workout looked like:
3.1 miles (5km) run at 9:20/mile pace. I started off slower for a fast finish.
Upper body work out:
3 x 12 alternating bicep curls
4 x 10 alternating hold shoulder presses
(keep one arm in the air with the weight while the other arm lowers down for the shoulder press, then repeat on the other side)
3 x 12 tricep kick backs
4 x 10 front raises
4 x 10 lateral raises
4 x 10 reverse flies
All exercises performed with a set of dumbbells! You can use different weight for each exercise. Use a weight that is manageable but still challenging for you : )
Post-workout breakfast was my favourite blueberry oatmeal and coffee. Nothing like the first sip of coffee in the morning, hey? So good, so good. Plus then the whole evening was free to do anything I wanted, even if that meant a whole lotta nothin’! The perks of getting your workout in early ; )
Have a great day everyone & I’ll catch ya tomorrow!