Catching Up…and Signing Off!

Good evening!

And somehow it’s Tuesday night and I haven’t blogged since Saturday!

I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seats to hear about my most recent workouts. πŸ™‚ On Sunday I’d planned on going for a moderate run but, believe it or not, was pretty sore from my big workout on Saturday, go figure! So I went to yoga and had a great class and called it a day. Yesterday I went to a strength training class during my lunch break (it was great! really unique moves!), and today had one last yoga class for quite some time.

Because tomorrow I leave for nearly 3 solid weeks of travel!

I’m heading out to 5 different cities in 3 continents over the next 3 weeks. Luckily I come back to Chicago in between each, which gives me just enough time to do laundry and drive my car around a bit to keep the battery fresh. Each trip is a few days in duration, which is also good – gives me just enough time to adjust to a new time zone and weather before I head out again!

I haven’t traveled this much in such a short period of time in a long time – I think it’ll all end up being awesome, but I just really need to keep all of the logistics straight. I’m just taking it one trip at a time, and I’m definitely ready for the first leg of the journey – flying to DC early tomorrow morning to hopefully avoid snow here and storms there!

I created a workout schedule that I think is reasonable – some rest days are unavoidable (like when I fly to Asia in a few weeks and will literally spend a day in the air – as fancy as United’s business class seats are, you can’t really squeeze a workout into them!) – but I think I can manage the plan. Part of the reason why I didn’t run on Sunday is that I know several of my workouts in the coming weeks will be on treadmills in hotel fitness centers – no need to overdo it with running!

As far as food goes…I suppose that’s why I haven’t blogged in a bit; I definitely had a binge day on Sunday (and was embarrassed about it) and still had extra ice cream last night. So for this trip I really want to stay inside some parameters – I want to enjoy the local cuisine wherever I am (especially Asia), but keep it within reason. I’m trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time. My freezer here is stocked with foods I can easily reheat for the days in between each trip, so I think that’ll help me stay within my lane as well.

Anyway I am so tired and off to bed! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to write after each little journey, but if you want to track me…my destinations are DC, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Savannah (GA), and Cologne, Germany. Back on March 16!

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Superset Saturday!

The good news: I worked out for 4 hrs today! The bad news: UConn lost. 😦

Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you all had a great day. Today was gorgeous in Chicago – it really felt like mid-Spring and not late February! I told my parents it was the calm after the storm – we had absolutely insane winds yesterday so today felt like a gift!

I think I mentioned I hadn’t slept well this week, and on Thursday afternoon/evening I had a really bad sore throat. It’s very rare for me to get sick (other than tummy bugs and the occasional migraine), but I didn’t want to take chances. I took it easy yesterday – I had a really great yoga class (exactly what I needed), but stayed home instead of going to my dance class after work. That way I was able to rest a bit and got to bed really early – I ended up sleeping 11 hours!

I felt so much better when I woke up this morning – and no more sore throat to boot. So I went to the gym for my normal Saturday routine of the 20/20/20 class and Ballet Sculpt. Then, since I enjoyed it so much last week, I stuck around for Pilates. And then, since my friend J was subbing the next class, I stayed for that too (it’s just 30 minutes of upper body work, which I feel like I never get enough of compared to lower body stuff). And then…since Zumba was next…and I didn’t go to my dance class last night – I stuck around for that too. All told it was 3 hrs, 45 mins of work. I was definitely tired at the end of Zumba (and somewhat questioning my sanity), but the last real song (before the cool-down) was my absolute favorite, and one I had not danced to in years. So I took it as a sign that I made the right call!

I got home, made pancakes, watched some tv…and went back to bed. Yes, the girl who slept 11 hrs still needed a nap, apparently! I was only down for a half hour but it felt perfect – when I woke up I was ready to cheer on my UConn boys.It turned out to be a futile effort but it was fun watching them as always! At halftime I walked to the grocery store for my last pre-trip shopping – definitely would have been quicker to drive but a. I wanted to flush out my legs, and b. did I mention how beautiful it was here today?! I just wanted to be outside!

I got my normal groceries and also stocked up on some strategic travel purchases: apples, protein bars, and my favorite candy, Peppermint Patties. This way if I find myself craving something sweet, I’ve got the apples and the candy, and if I need protein, I can chomp down on a bar. PPs are an especially good candy for me because, while I do love them, the peppermint taste is so strong that I really can’t overeat them – a very good thing! I figure I’ll bring an apple on each trip and I’ll have some of the bars and some of the candy in my bag for a just-in-case snack.

When I got home I finished watching the game and made my lunches for the next four days – braised coconut spinach with chickpeas and lemon. It came out so well! And was supremely easy! For tomorrow and Mon/Tues, I’m going to make some quinoa to go with this, but I skipped it today because I ate my lunch so late (around 5pm) and still have dinner to eat (turkey burgers and barley).

I’m hoping to get in a good run tomorrow and get to the gym for an 11am yoga class, then I’ll head downtown for some pre-trip shopping. I don’t technically need anything new…but as my mother would say, what does “need” have to do with anything?! πŸ™‚ Then I’ll come back here and do some cleaning – I love coming home from a trip to a nice, organized house.

And that’ll be the weekend! Today flew by…I guess when your day doesn’t really start until 1, it’ll happen. Hope everyone is doing well – talk soon!

Back in the (Blogging) Saddle Again

Writing while watching my UConn boys again! Love this time of year!

I haven’t written in a few days but I have valid excuses…last night I had drinks with a coworker after work and the night before I had a lovely dinner with one of my dearest friends who was in town for a conference (thanks again, M, for a wonderful visit!).

Before I get in to why I didn’t write on Monday, a quick recap on the fitness front: on Monday night,Β  I knew all I really needed to do was yoga (I could have taken a rest day but wanted to move a bit), so when I got home I popped in the Runner’s World Yoga for Runners DVDs that I asked for for Christmas. I started with a 20-minute routine focused solely on core work and then did the usual 40-minute workout (and yes, in retrospect I absolutely should have warmed up with the regular one first, but I hadn’t tried the core one yet and wanted to give it a shot!). They’re both good workouts and there’s still one more to try, “yoga for recovery” – which I imagine is low in movement and focuses on easier poses. We’ll see! Anyway, I’m glad I did both and, considering I ran on Sunday, my legs felt surprisingly relaxed!

Tuesday was a rest day, so nothing big there, and then yesterday I was able to take my favorite HIIT class at my work gym during lunch (normally I go after work but I knew I had plans). The exercises were interesting – this was a different teacher and he had his own style (as they all do), so some of the movements I really liked and some I wasn’t too sure of – but I really feel it in my triceps and back today, so something definitely worked!

Today I made it to my favorite treadmill class, and once again it did not disappoint. We started with a 10-minute block of running (we usually don’t run quite that long) at a 1.0 on incline, adding one level every minute until we got to 10.0 We were supposed to maintain our speed but I did have to drop back around incline level 8 – no shame, I needed the break! At least I kept running! After that we had our more typical surges and recovery breaks and I definitely came out sweaty and gross – the sign of a good workout, even if it doesn’t look good!

So Monday night I started writing a post on comparisons, but I never published it. It just felt a little too dark for me to put out there (to all 3 of my readers, lol). I saved my draft so maybe at some point I’ll publish it, but for now, all I’ll say is that…I’m going through a rough patch. I think it’s a combination of work anxiety and loneliness. I wouldn’t say I’ve been binging…but I have been overeating, especially after a glass of wine. Thankfully I’ve kept up with exercise. That’s usually been my MO – even when my food is out of control, I’ve been able to maintain my exercise, which means a LOT to me and at least makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something. Hopefully tonight I’ll be back on track food-wise and I’m really crossing my fingers I keep it together this weekend.

The work stuff is two-fold – my big batch of travel starts next week and it’s just a lot of logistics to have in order, like making sure my hotels and flights are all set, making sure any presentations are done, and even just making sure I have all of my outfits picked out, as silly as that sounds. Thankfully I have at least one day between each trip, so I’ll be able to keep each trip segmented, but it’s just a lot to keep in mind.

The other half is feeling stuck. I had my annual review today and reminded my supervisor that I’ve been in my role for 4 years with no promotion – it’s getting really frustrating. I was pleased, though, that this afternoon when I got back from the gym, he had a bunch of ideas for ways to at least expose me to different elements of my department, and already I have a new trip lined up (not till April! I have breathing room!) and I think I’m going to invest in a certification program to make me more marketable. So…staying put for now but definitely with eyes on future opportunities.

The loneliness thing…eh it’s a constant, with some times being harder than others. It’s just so hard because I feel like I’ve worked so hard at upping my fitness game and working on food and I HAVE lost weight but it’s not enough. And I don’t know what will be enough. And it’s just like…god how much longer is this going to take?!

Or maybe this is just it, right, maybe it’s just me from here on out. I don’t know.

Anyway I don’t have the answers and if I think about it too much I just get super worked up, so I’ll just leave it at that. Haha and this wasn’t even the dark post I’d started writing on Monday!

That’s all I’ve got for tonight. Off to eat dinner and get myself to bed pronto – I am super tired!

Happy pre-Friday, friends! And my UConn boys are tied…fingers crossed we pull out the victory!

 

Sunday Matters

For those of you on the edge of your seat…our UConn boys did pull out a victory over Tulsa yesterday (and my caution was warranted…we were up 20 and only won by 2!) and our UConn gals demolished Temple today – lovely weekend for the Husky faithful!

It’s crazy that it’s already 5:30 – this day flew. I woke up around 9ish and got my dinner preparations together – am making pulled pork in the slow cooker and I had to get the sauce together ahead of time. It’ll be done in minutes and it smells so good! Can’t wait to make my polenta side dish, haha. πŸ™‚

After I got that going, I went for a run. Yesterday was just too cold to even think about going outside, so I promised myself that if it just warmed up a few degrees today, I’d get there. My phone said it was 23 or so, which is manageable to me, so I checked the Runner’s World guide to dressing for outdoor running (it is remarkably accurate!) and headed out in full-length compression leggings, a long sleeved tshirt, a light running jacket, fleece headband, and gloves. My core was definitely comfortable. What I neglected to factor in was…the wind. Rookie mistake!! It’s Chicago, dummy!

But I’m super proud of myself for sticking to my plan – I wanted to play around with different running speeds, so I intentionally took the first mile at an easier pace, sped up for mile 2, relaxed again for 3, revved up again for 4, and finished mile 5 on the easier side. And if you look at my splits, it almost worked perfectly – I had about a 30-second difference between 1-4. Mile 5 ended up being on the fast side…because I was so ready to be done! Good god the wind was strong…I purposely ran into it for the first 2.5 so that I’d have it behind me for the last. As soon as I turned around it was like running in an entirely different city – so much easier! So much quieter!

Anyway, after the run I had breakfast and watched my UConn girls, then decided today was the perfect day for a manicure and went across the street to do just that. When I got back it was time to make my lunches for the week – a coconut curry soup, courtesy of that adorable Pinch of Yum site that I’ve mentioned before. I think the soup came out really well! It’s basically just light coconut milk, potatoes, and tofu (as well as a bunch of seasonings), but then you can add whatever vegetable toppings you like, so I put in a ton of mushrooms and some asparagus and snow peas.

Otherwise I’ve just been catching up on my DVR and watching the snow outside – it’s not supposed to amount to much so hopefully it’ll just make for a pretty walk to work tomorrow and not be much of a nuisance!

Not much else to report from here – hope everyone is enjoying the end to the weekend! Tomorrow marks the start of my last full week at work until mid-March!!

Saturday Stuff

Written while watching my UConn boys demolish Tulsa! But I will maintain my typical game-day caution – on Thursday night they blew a 12-pt lead and lost by one heartbreaking point. Still plenty of time to go in this game!

Also written while shivering on the couch, despite wearing leggings, a long-sleeved t shirt, a running jacket, and a blanket – because it is freezing here. I live in a vintage condo unit and my heat is based on a boiler unit in the basement – so it’s either on or off, no moderating the temperature. And for the past hour or two at least, it’s definitely been off.

Happy weekend to you all! I started my day with 3 great workouts – the 20/20/20 class that I like (which blends cardio, strength, and core), then my ballet sculpt class, and I stuck around for a Pilates class as well. I used to really like Pilates (and preferred it to yoga), but I guess I lost my thing for it. It’s definitely a useful workout and I should do it more often – the way the current Saturday schedule is at my gym, it’ll be easy to stick around for the class from now on. Hopefully this means a stronger core!

Since I didn’t get home until 11:30 and didn’t start making breakfast (my favorite protein pancakes with chia seeds and milk!) until noon-ish, I wasn’t really hungry for the lunch I was planning on cooking – a coconut curry soup. I went grocery shopping so I have everything I need to make it, but I ended up just eating a snack around 5-ish and will have my usual dinner soon. My grocery store rarely has any fun finds, but today I bought “naan chips” – they’re kind of like pita chips but really light – and made naan nachos with salsa and some cheese. So tomorrow I’ll make the soup and I’m also making pulled pork in the slow cooker – with polenta, of course, given my months-long obsession!

Not too much else to report! I’ve otherwise spent the day catching up on all the blogs and articles I missed when I was on vacation. Oh and I watched the Olympic marathon trials! So crazy to think that the men can run an entire marathon in less time than it took me to run my half last month – speed demons!!

Yay! Halftime and we’re still winning, AND my heat kicked in. Oh and I will leave you with a pick of my surfing skillz in Hawaii, courtesy of the GoPro camera the instructor attached to my board. I think this pic is adorable!

Surf Girl 2

 

Awesome Surprise!

When I first got back into running last year, my very dear friend R told me about a blog that she loved – and it became the first running blog that I followed: The Hungry Runner Girl. Janae (HRG) is a 20-something year old runner and posts almost every day, sometimes more than once, and I absolutely love her stuff. I signed up to receive her posts automatically and I know they typically come in when I’m at lunch – coming back to work from my break to read her writings is something I always look forward to.

What I love about HRG is that, while she is an absolute cheetah compared to my turtle-like running, she is super down to earth and encouraging. And she has a ton of advice and helpful links, but her posts are never pedantic or condescending – it’s like – she’s rooting for you and you’re rooting for her simultaneously.

What’s more, she’s real. She’s been running a really long time and does not shy away from talking about her injuries (many) or illnesses (she had a pretty bad stomach situation a few months ago) or bad races (she just finished a marathon…first…but it was way past her goal time and she was really disappointed). I feel like if this girl – whose running is superhuman to me – can struggle from time to time, it’s okay if I do too.

Anyway, my point in writing all of this – a few weeks ago, HRG started saving her Friday posts to include little blurbs from other runners – a way to encourage her readers to share their own success stories and achievements. Well today…guess what…I was included in that post!!

My aforementioned dear friend R actually wrote to HRG with a little piece about me and linked to my blog and everything! SO sweet and such a boost! It was just the best surprise and made me so happy!

This is the link to her site (depending on when you click on it, she may already have another post up) – I’m sure you can scroll and/or click around to find what she posted today (2/12): http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com.

Thank you SO much to R for this – and of course to HRG for including it in her entry! What an awesome surprise – and what a way to feel like part of the running community for real!!

 

 

 

Aloha!

I’m back!

Well I made it to my tropical vacation on Saturday and spent 4 days in pure paradise. Drum roll – I went to Hawaii! Since I fly standby I never know if my travel plans are a sure thing, so I didn’t want to write anything and jinx my chances of making it! But Saturday morning, bright and early, my friend/neighbor P and I flew to San Fran, then onward to Oahu – with plenty of open seats to spare!

Wow – what a trip. Everyone says Oahu is the least gorgeous of all the Hawaiian islands; if this is true, I cannot imagine how it’s possible. The ocean was various shades of beautiful blue, the palm trees provided gently canopies, and the flowers were so fragrant and vibrant. And with the Diamond Head mountain in the background, the natural scenery was just gorgeous.

We arrived late Saturday afternoon, just in time to grab a walk on the beach, drinks, and dinner before crashing really early (it was a long day of travel!). On Sunday morning we were both up early with the time change, so we took a sunrise walk along the beach, then came back to the hotel for yoga by the pool. That was one of the best things about traveling with P – we have very similar travel personalities. We both crave a blend of activity and relaxation, and we definitely got it!

After yoga (which was great, by the way – I assumed it’d be really simple stuff since it’s catering to tourists but there were some great poses in there!), we ran to Diamond Head and then climbed the mountain. The run itself was challenging – lots of hills – and the climb was too. Not impossible by any means, but enough where we definitely felt that we got a great workout. And of course the views from the top were spectacular. Afterwards we ran and walked back to the hotel, grabbed lunch, and finally made our way to the beach – and spent the afternoon soaking up sun and relaxing. It was perfect.

Later that evening we walked to the only 5-star resort on the island to meet up with one of my colleagues and enjoy authentic hula music and dancing and the best mai tais on the island. Like, literally, the BEST.

The next day we rented a car and drove to Pearl Harbor – which was wonderful. Really somber, of course, and just really well done. You take a ferry out to the USS Arizona wreckage and it’s a timed entry, so you’re never overcrowded with too many other people. Afterwards we explored more of exhibits – we were there a good two hours, if not longer.

Then we went on an excursion to the North Shore, the part of the island where all the real surfers go because the waves are gigantic! We found some food trucks along the way and had fish tacos, all while sitting outside on picnic benches overlooking the ocean. The waves were a good 10-feet tall – there was definitely no swimming that day! The surfers were just incredible, and there were a ton of onlookers with us – people just packing picnic lunches and sitting on the sand and watching the show! Later we got back in the car and scouted out another beach – this one had much calmer waters so I could actually go swimming a bit, all with the same beautiful blue water.

On Tuesday morning I had a work call at 6:30 am Hawaii-time, so I got up at 5:15 so that I could get in a workout ahead of time. I believe I deserve big points for this. πŸ™‚ I needed to do weights and strength stuff, so I just went to the hotel fitness center and designed some Tabata exercises and it worked out really well. After my call we took another yoga class and then walked to the cutest restaurant for breakfast. So many of the places we walked by were crowded, but this place (P had a recommendation from a friend) was just a few blocks off the beaten path, and that made all the difference. I tried a pitaya (dragon fruit) bowl for the first time and LOVED it! Kind of like a tarter (and pinker!) version of acai – I would have that every day if I could!

Later that afternoon we boarded a bus and went to a luau! I cannot say it was an entirely authentic experience (or at all!), but it was definitely fun and we had our fill of pork. πŸ™‚

And finally it was Wednesday – our last day already. I went for a GREAT 5-mile run, we had breakfast, and then it was time for the piece de resistance…we went SURFING! Our hotel had a surf school on site, so after about aΒ  half hour of “land lessons,” we went out to sea with the instructor and another student. It was so much fun!!! I definitely thought I’d be terrible at it (and by no means was I actually good), but I wasn’t as bad as I’d feared! I got up on that board every time – at first only for brief periods but by the end of the session I was able to stay on there longer and ride the waves just a bit! Our instructor was awesome and I’d absolutely recommend this to anyone who wants to try something exciting!

Sadly after the lesson it was time to shower/change/pack/store our luggage/have one last lunch (and two last drinks) on the beach/and head to the airport. Luckily we quickly got seats on the direct flight back to Chicago, so that was great. Holy cow though – when we left Hawaii it was about 80 degrees or so, and it was 12 when we got here. We landed around 5am, so I had just enough time to get home, unpack, and go back to bed for an hour before getting up at my usual time for work. I don’t know if it was the arctic blast or settling back into my usual routine so quickly, but I honestly felt like those past few days had just been a dream. But as P said, we have the pics to prove we were there!

Now for the real-life details. πŸ™‚ In general I was super happy with my activity level – in 4 days I took 2 yoga classes, went for 2 runs, hiked a mountain, and surfed. Monday morning was the only day I slept in, which I’m chalking up to jet lag. I felt guilty about it that day, but now I’m thinking it wasn’t that big of a deal, or that detrimental. I was just looking at my spreadsheet, and I’d gone 12 days before taking my scheduled rest day for the flight over on Saturday, so having another one on Monday is hardly the worst thing.

Food-wise I am more or less pleased…I think I ate more at every meal than I typically do here, but I definitely wasn’t snacking, so I think it balanced out. And one night I was actually too tired to get dessert, which NEVER happens to me! I had my fill of fish tacos and pork and pineapple, which is exactly what I wanted.

I probably didn’t need as many tropical drinks, but hey, I very rarely drink cocktails and I was on vacation. It felt nice to live it up for a change!

And I went back to my treadmill class yesterday and to yoga and my dance class today. Already back on track. πŸ™‚

And there you have it -my super wordy vacation recap – I’m sure you expected nothing less! I actually have more to say but I’m going to save it for another post – yup – two in one day! Stay tuned.

Aloha!

 

Hawaii

Le Weekend!

Yay, Friday!

So tired but I wanted to get in one last blog post before I hopefully head on vacation tomorrow! Actually either way I’m off from work until Thursday, whether it’s in my preferred destination or just staycationing here in Chicago! I’ll fill you all in next week – don’t want to jinx my luck with the standby gods. Suffice it to say – I’m hopefully headed somewhere warm and sunny!

Since I don’t know what my schedule will be like over the next few days, I really wanted to get in two quality workouts today. I went to Chisel during my lunch break and it was GREAT – I actually was sad when class ended! – and went to my dance class tonight after work. Thankfully I wore a more flattering ensemble than I did last week so I was able to focus more on the moves and less on the mirror, haha. πŸ™‚

In general I’m feeling great fitness-wise. I hope that means my plan is working – cutting back on running and saving my energy for other classes/challenges. Assuming my trip does work out, tomorrow will be a rest day, but I’m hoping to spend the rest of vacation with a blend of activity and relaxing. I think it can be done!

No more blog posts for the next few days. Happy weekend and I hope the next time I write, it’s with a tan! πŸ™‚

Pre-Friday Once Again!

This week flew by – can’t believe the weekend is almost here!

Yesterday morning I got my butt in gear and went to yoga before work. It was a great class, with an instructor I don’t take very often – nice to change it up a bit. I felt a little guilty for not doing anything bigger (and had these grand visions of waking up earlier sans my alarm and getting in a treadmill run before the class – needless to say this did not happen!), but I reminded myself that the more I preserve my energy and legs now, the more I’ll have in reserve if/when I can start training for another fall marathon. So much better to take the long and deliberate path.

And I think my method is paying off; today I went to my favorite treadmill class at the gym and I felt INCREDIBLE. I ran at a speed faster than I’ve ever plugged into the treadmill and still had energy to burn when it was over. I actually want to replicate the format on my own and hold the sprints for just a bit longer, to see if I can! At one point when we were taking a recovery break it just hit me – I’ve never felt this good, fitness-wise. Even weight-wise. And I know there’s so much that I can do to improve, at least in the fitness game, and it actually makes me excited, not anxious.

I’ve been tracking my good eating days on my little Word document – for every day that I stick Β to my plan, I highlight it in pink. πŸ™‚ Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have a lot of pink on the document! We’ll see how it goes – my first round of travel will hopefully kick off this weekend (I fly standby so I don’t want to jinx anything!). I think I have a reasonable plan – get in some activity each day, enjoy everything I come across but don’t go nuts – so we’ll see how I do. I’m traveling with a friend that I vacationed with a few years ago and I think we have similar travel personalities, so I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to fully enjoy the trip without going overboard.

But that’s not till Saturday – still have to get through tomorrow! Have a great evening, friends!

Let There be Light!

Totally have a working hallway light fixture, half thanks to my contractor guy yesterday and half TOTALLY thanks to me (we’ll say he set up the play but I executed it!), AND a very bright light in my kitchen – I came home and flipped the switch and the thing just zonked out. But this one had gone before so I knew how to fix it – and fix it I did! So much light in this place now!

Also happy to report I took my spinning class before work this morning – definitely thought twice when the alarm went off but I’m so glad I got up. I told my co-analyst today that waking up is just the worst thing but once you get that workout done…you just feel so good! And it was nice walking to work sans my gym bag.

Work was nice too; I have a new coworker who came from the same office I did (but our paths didn’t intersect so I don’t know her all that well), and a bunch of us went out to lunch today. It was horrible weather-wise but my umbrella stayed upright and I had my cute little rain boots from Paris -a girl can’t ask for much more!

And I got in my foam rolling. πŸ™‚

I realized today that tracking all my workouts in January was great, but let’s face it – working out is not my issue; eating well is. So I think for February I’m going to track the days where I stuck to my plan, more or less. Yesterday was a great day for me eating-wise and hopefully I’ll keep it together tonight too. I already made one good decision – I was absolutely starving when I got home (which is rare – usually I’m on the hungry side but not like this; I think it was a combination of eating lighter than usual when we went out to lunch and getting home a bit later than usual because my bus was re-routed for whatever reason and faced a ton of traffic) – and rather than just grabbing whatever was in sight, I had a quick single serving of cottage cheese to get me through foam rolling and into my regular dinner. I think it was perfect – protein was exactly what I needed.

I think I wrote this once before but I’ll write it again – and it’s going to sound weird – but I love when I read my runner blogs and hear them talk about poor food choices or the need to get back on track. I feel like so many of them seem to have it all together, and when you read that they also struggle from time to time…it not only makes them seem more human, it makes me want to be a little less harsh with myself.

And with that I’m off to eat dinner. πŸ™‚ Good evening!