I have fantastic news! For the first time in seven days, it was finally cool enough to run outside. I don’t think I realized how much I missed running for real (i.e.: not running on a treadmill) until I headed outside this morning. Running on real hills, actually moving somewhere, seeing changes in scenery: it was infinitely better than plugging away on the treadmill. According to the forecast, last week’s INSANE heat wave has broken (now we’re just in a super-uncomfortable-but-not-quite-as-death-inducing baby heat wave. You know it’s bad when 90 degrees sounds comfortable), so hopefully more outside runs will happen soon.
Yesterday I managed to squeeze in my strength training for the first Friday in a month. It was a great way to pass the time while waiting for my barbecue sauce to cook. While it felt good at the time, I battled a little post-workout soreness this morning, which made my stride all sorts of unattractive on my run this morning. I ended up getting in 2.5 miles in 30 minutes (five of which were warm-up walked, per usual). That’s still a bit slower than I’d like to be going. Race day is exactly two weeks away, which puts me in a slightly difficult position. I want to push myself in these next two weeks so I have a good race, but at the same time I don’t want to do anything to hurt myself before race day. Ah, the dilemma. Thankfully, since this is my first 5K, I’m guaranteed to PR so my time isn’t too important…at least, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself.
In other news, yesterday wrapped up a week of housesitting I just put in. The housesitting itself was a pretty easy gig. The only reason I’m mentioning it is because of my payment:
Ohhhhhh yeah 😀 . Honestly, this is better than money as far as I’m concerned. When I lived in Chicago, I developed a serious obsession with everything Trader Joe’s. I am wholly in love with that store. This wasn’t a problem when I lived in Chicago, because the nearest Trader Joe’s was a mere 2-3 L stops from my apartment. No thang. The nearest Trader Joe’s now is at least a 2.5 hour drive away. PROBLEM. I stocked up on TJ’s nonperishables before I moved out of Chicago, but those only last so long. Needless to say, I was thrilled to receive two beautiful trek mix bags. Oh My Omega always makes me feel good about myself and is so satisfying, and Cashew Macadamia Delight…there are no words. Obsessed doesn’t begin to cover it. Dried pineapple is in my list of Top 10 Best Foods Ever, so that alone makes Cashew Macadamia Delight one of the best trek mixes possible, in my opinion. Plus Clif Bars are the jam, and as we already covered today, I love me some blueberries. I actually had three of those Clif Bars, but one became part of dinner tonight. I’m also pretty excited about the grocery bag, because now I can show off my superior taste in grocery stores when I’m forced to shop at my local options 😛
What do you do to prevent post-workout soreness?
What’s in your list of Top 10 Best Foods Ever?