Twosday LXXXIV

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Jul 222014
 

Nervous About A Big Day Tomorrow?

  1. Spend 5 minutes prepping tonight what you usually spend time doing in the morning. If you make your lunch before work every day, try making it ahead of time and keeping it ready in the fridge overnight.  Lay out your clothes, pack a bag, or get the coffee pot ready to brew when you press “start!” upon wake up.  Future you will thank you for the time you take today!
  2. Plan something to look forward to for after your big event.  Ice cream date with your BFF, a movie you’ve been wanting to see, a trip to the beach chair for some leisurely reading.  Having something to look forward to AFTER I’m done with my important responsibilities for the day always seems to keep my anxiousness and stress at bay.

When Was the Last Time You…

  1. Tossed out expired products; from the fridge, pantry, cabinet, freezer, or body product stash?
  2. Replaced the air filters in your home?  Give yourself the gift of less-dust!

potassium

Produce I’m Choosing Because of the Potassium Content…Beyond Bananas

  1. Avocado
  2. Tomatoes 

Recipes I’m Loving to Use These Potassium Rich Ingredients

  1. Sweet Potato Avocado Salad from Ari’s Menu
  2. Balsamic Caramelized Onion and Cherry Tomato Grain-Free Tart from Nourishing Flourishing

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How I’m Hydrating These Days

  1. Water with lime slices.  It just makes it feel so much fancier, ya know?
  2. I’ve been drinking so much water lately that I now fill two water bottles at a time, one 16 ounce with a straw, and one 32 ounce that I use to refill the straw-filled one when empty.

How-to #make1healthydecision NOW:

  1. Decide on a bed time for tonight.  If needed, set a “get ready for bed” alarm on your phone to remind you of the healthy intention you set for yourself.
  2. BONUS points: Can you unplug for 30 minutes before bed? Make it happen!

NUDGE

Apps I’ve Been Digging on My Healthy Living Journey

  1. Nudge.  Nudge is great because you can connect your other health tracking apps, like fitbit, runkeeper, and the like, to get one health score overall.  I love competing against myself to watch the score rise [I started at 19 when I first logged in!] and the colors turn from red to yellow to green!
  2. RunKeeper.  I just started experimenting with this app after hearing several people raving about it and being reminded of the raving via IG a couple of weeks ago. I like that the app speaks your pace audibly as often as you set it, so you don’t have to look at the app constantly.

Recent Podcast Subscriptions
both from Nerdist Industries, naturally

  1. Today We Learned.
  2. Humans from Earth.

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#THS13point1 Week 2

 Posted by at 6:00 am  fitness
Jul 212014
 

A few months ago I registered for my first half marathon.  I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong.  This is week two.

running

Monday July 14 – Sunday July 20
Total Miles Planned:
15
Total Miles Ran: 15

Favorite Run: Thursdays 3 miles felt perfect.  My Garmin and phone were both low on battery, so I simply ran a one mile loop three times, taking about 30-60 seconds rest in-between each mile.  I can’t forget how awesome it feels to run without a GPS or app telling me my pace.  Definitely going to make that happen more often this summer.

Least Favorite Run:  Did you know that you use completely different muscles walking as you do running?  This is explains why my ass was so flipping sore after the 9+ mile walk I took with Nick’s mom last Sunday morning. I also realized that when you have a really long, hard training run, you can take off X amount of days from running for rest and recooperation, right? YOU CAN’T DO THAT WITH WALKING.  I still had to walk everywhere: from the bedroom to the kitchen, from the car to the office, from my office to the copy room.  There was no “rest day” from walking… there was just walking REALLY slowly and refusing to do anything “extra.”

Which explains why I didn’t run AT ALL Monday through Wednesday and saved all four of my planned training runs for the last half of the week.  Because of this, I decided to merge two of the shorter runs on my plan together for one mid-sized workout.  Saturday morning I did the 1 mile of hill repeats on the plan, followed by 3 miles of speedy intervals on the plan– 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking.  I didn’t hate this run AT ALL, but by the end of it, I was feeling woozy.  I think I was just a bit more dehydrated than I expected, and after some water and stretching I felt much better.

Other Workouts: One walk. One 7 minute arm workout. Goal for this week: MORE non-running workouts!

Listening Notes:  Thursday and Saturday were podcast-filled runs: The Because Show Ep 122 – Period Piece on Thursday, and Pop Culture Happy Hour’s 200 Episode on Saturday

On Sunday, my iPod refused to do anything I wanted it to.  Instead of listening to the podcasts I had loaded for my 8-mile run in the “Run & Stuff” playlist, I could only get the “shuffle all the songs” feature to start.  Way better than silence, but I’ve had several instances of my Nano refusing to respond to touch-screen requests – has anyone else had this issue?  I used to think it had something to do with humidity, but now I’m not sure that’s the problem.

Fueling Notes:  After the way I felt finishing Saturday’s run, I made sure to pay attention to what I was putting into my body all day Saturday and Sunday early morning to be as prepared as possible for the 8-miles on the plan for Sunday.  I drank lots of water throughout the day and knowing that I likely wouldn’t be up for eating anything in the morning before my long run, I made sure to eat dinner and snacks a little later in the day Saturday than normal.  I packed a few Sharkies in my spibelt for if I was feeling weak part-way through, but didn’t end up needing them.

When I got home from the run I drank lots of H20 and made another awesome Coconut Juice smoothie, this time with some PB2 added for flavor and protein power. SO TASTY!

#THS13Point1 Reflections:  I love running.  I feel at peace when on the road.  We’ll see how long this lasts ;)