Morning runs are back! Kind of…
I woke up early and ran a 1.5 mile loop before I went on my Mom walk and intended to complete another loop when we were done. Well…the weather had other plans.
While running my first loop, it was kind of misty out and I could see lightening in the far distance…ugh, not good. Thankfully by the time I made it home, the misting had stopped so my Mom and I headed out for our walk.
About 1/4 of the way in it started sprinkling so we turned around, but by the time we got back to my street, the rain had stopped! Gosh! We continued past my street a little while and by the time we turned around and got back home, it had started sprinkling again and there was lightening in all four directions. At that point I just threw in the towel – the second running loop was not going to happen. Oh well, it least I got a little somethin’ somethin’ in there!
Breakfast went better. Guess who was patiently waiting for me? An overnight Green Monster!
That’s 1/4 cup of oatmeal in the bottom, followed by a cup of skim milk, a scoop of almond butter and two big handfuls of spinach. Blend, add a couple handfuls of ice + a frozen banana and enjoy 😀
I added a splash of water to my smoothie today because the oats soaking in the milk overnight made it so deliciously thick, that my little blender blade couldn’t handle it!
I actually looooved what the splash of water did. It came out to the perfect smoothie consistency. I chugged this baby!
Served in my sweet Iowa glass, of course 🙂
Today for lunch, I packed a big salad with spinach, fresh corn on the cob and some leftover tomato, cucumber, basil & red onion salad.
Cutting the corn off the cob makes it so much better, don’t you think? I love eating my corn in “sheets” if you will!
I’m packing some olive oil based Italian dressing + a splash of balsamic vinegar for my salad dressing.
So last week I stumbled upon an amazing, motivating article/tip list on WomensHealthMag.com that I wanted to share with you all. It’s titled: Beginning Runners Guide: 101 Greatest Running Tips. While the article is intended to motivate runners who are just getting into the sport, I thought the tips were applicable for runners at ALL levels!
I went through the list and picked out the tips that really spoke to me and want to share them in increments. Today’s tips come from the “Starting Out” section of the article:
Tip #2. Shoot for this (at least): Running 8 to 15 miles per week significantly increases your aerobic capacity, and positively effects many of the coronary risk factors.” –Dr. Kenneth Cooper, aerobics pioneer
– Running 8-15 miles/week is totally doable. They don’t necessarily have to be “runs” either – go ahead and jog it if you’re new to running. The point is to just get moving!
Tip #3. Be a minuteman: The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments–1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles.” –Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach
– I always think in terms of miles when I’m running, but if makes so much sense to think in terms of minutes if you’re trying to build up your stamina and mileage. Tack on a few minutes each week or every other run, and you’re on your way!
Tip #8. Relax to the max: When running, let your jaw hang loose, don’t bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed.” –Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist
– This is really important and something I struggle with. I always seem to tense up the right side of my body when running, which expends so much energy. On Sunday’s run, I really focused on relaxing my body and checking in every few minutes to make sure I wasn’t tensing up.
So those are today’s tips! Hopefully you guys will find these worthwhile, I know I definitely did. Looking forward to sharing more with you!!
Have a great day everyone – oh, stay tuned this afternoon for a fun announcement!
Do you follow any of these three tips? Which one can you identify with?