It’s my second last Summer Summary, as fall is on its way… I can’t complain, as it will be nice to get out and about for even more walks and runs in the cooler weather, and once winter comes hopefully I can put these allergies behind me once and for all… for this year at least 😉
Here is my week of fitness and food:
This Week’s Workouts –
Rest day – It was important to schedule in a recovery day today after yesterday’s five mile group run. I did do some much-needed yoga stretches though; it feels great to stretch after that!
Yoga poses I did today: Downward Dog, Three-Legged Dog, Dolphin, Standing Forward Bend, Bridge, Three-Legged Bridge, Bridge Up-the-Wall, Half Moon, Half Shoulderstand, Sitting Forward Bend, Bound Angle, Reclining Spinal Twist, Yoga Mudra, Thunderbolt, Child, Extended Child, Mountain, Cobra, Hero, and Kneeling Lunge.
And I also used the foam roller today – very much needed after Saturday’s run!
Morning run, power walk with a friend, and cool-down walk to finish
Yoga stretches after my run
Mini weights – arms
Bedtime yoga session: Child, Extended Child, Hare, Cat and Dog stretches (or Cat-Cow), Kneeling Lunge, Downward Dog and Walking the Dog, Three-Legged Dog, Dolphin, Frog, Plank or Table, Half Locust, Full Locust, Bow, Cobra or Upwards Facing Dog, Pigeon, Pigeon with a Twist, Boat.
Morning run and slow cool-down walk to finish – Today’s run was hard, but I persevered. My legs were a little bit shaky like jelly and my hip was aching. I still managed to run all my usual hills and around the university, but took a slow walk home rather than a power walk as I felt it was best to conserve some energy for the two classes I’ve got scheduled for later today. It is to be expected that my body isn’t always going to like it being a rookie runner. It needs time to adjust and get used to the idea! I need to think further about whether running every second day might be a good option, but the main issue is I really feel the need to get out there almost every day (which is not a bad thing at all!)
Lunch time yoga class
Evening body weight class – I worked extra hard at tonight’s class. Will try to rest a bit tomorrow.
I did a walk today instead of a run. Tuesday (yesterday) I worked really hard on my fitness goals (three workouts – morning, noon, and night) so I decided to take a rest/recovery day mid-week. And wow, the regular stroller felt really heavy after using both the jogging stroller and travel stroller lately! They are both so lightweight in comparison, although maybe like yesterday I’m just tired.
Morning warm-up walk, usual run up the hills, cool-down walk to finish
Lunch time yoga class
Morning run and cool-down walk to finish
My allergies/hay fever are back so I decided to lay low this weekend and have a recovery weekend. I’m planning to train Monday to Friday with my running as the 5K run is coming up on Saturday, a week from now!
This Week’s Food:
As Sunday was a rest day I spent a lot of the day at home cooking for the week ahead which was fun. No new recipes to report this week; I made the tried and true Hungarian Lecho and Simple Spaghetti Bolognese from some of my earlier posts. (The Simple Spaghetti Bolognese is from my Summer Summary – 30th August, and the Hungarian Lecho is from Hungarian Homecooked Heaven – 20th July). I also spent some time this week reading up on healthy eating and I came across this:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Speaking of quotes, I’m still really enjoying Haruki Murakami’s book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running as a bit of bedtime reading each night. There have been some excellent thoughts in this book and I have really been able to identify with it.
Here is one of the passages I love from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running:
“… you really need to prioritize in life, figuring out in what order you should divide up your time and energy. If you don’t get that sort of system set by a certain age, you’ll lack focus and your life will be out of balance”.
… and reading this the other night got me thinking: What are my priorities?
(Sometimes it helps to consciously think about these things so we don’t go through life on autopilot, and I definitely agree with needing to keep things in balance).
– relationship with partner
– relationship with baby and caring for baby
– relationships with friends and family
– maintaining the house and cooking recipes
– looking after both physical and psychological health using fitness and good food
– writing about travel, fitness, and food
So that is my current list.
Have a great week of healthy food and fun,
Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x
This week’s question: What are your priorities?