Quick Updates

11 Apr

Quick Runs

This weekend was so all about the training. Yesterday morning I went for a pace-pushing 3 mile run with my lululemon group, and I went for another pace-pushing 3 today followed by an hour of yoga.

In short, I’m pooped.

Stats for the weekend runs:

Distance #1: 3 miles
Time: 28:08
Pace: 9:18

Distance #2: 3.11 miles
Time: 29:50
Pace: 9:35

I think I’m finally ready to commit to a full-fledged plan to get ready for my real training. I have been SUCH a slacker when it comes to working out, so this weekend I finally created a set of visual charts with what I’ll be doing each day, and when. They’ll be going up on my wall across from my bed. I’m a big visual person, so I really think these will help.

Disclaimer: NO, this is not what every day looks like! Five days only have one activity, and one day has two. This is the only day of the week with all four because it’s just how things line up at the gym. I considered also having this setup on Mondays, since the gym offers the same classes. But with how I currently feel after my yoga class, I don’t think I’ll be able to take it two days in a row at this time ;)

Having the visual in my face when I wake up is sure to smack me into gear. I’ve also been pretty good about packing my lunch and laying out my clothes the night before. It’s amazing how much time that saves in the morning.

Quick Question

Is it very wrong that my heart rate skyrockets when I run? My resting heart rate is around 60, and when I was running a 9 minute pace on Saturday, my heart rate was up at 197! I didn’t FEEL exhausted, but I backed off because… you know… I don’t want my heart exploding.

(And yes, I plan on going to my doctor if this keeps up. I’m monitoring my HR on every run and if it stays high I’ll go for a checkup. I’m not just asking the internet for help).

Quick-Fix Recipe

I’m going to guess that most of you, like me, love your morning coffee. I don’t NEED it, but I definitely enjoy it. It’s almost full-time iced coffee season, and I wanted to share this fantastic recipe with you. No longer shall you spend too much money for bitter beans!

Cold-Brew Iced Coffee (via smitten kitchen)

IT’S SO SIMPLE.

Take 1/3 cup of ground coffee. Put it into a vessel of some sort. I use a French press. Mix the coffee with 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir. Cover and let it sit at room temp for 12 hours (I love making this at night so it’s ready for me the next morning). Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. If desired, add milk.

You will wonder where this coffee has been all your life. Try it now, thank me later.

PS- I haven’t opened my blog reader since Thursday night. I am petrified at how many unread things I’ll have. Don’t be offended if I just mark all as read.

I most definitely fell asleep as I wrote this. Yeah, time for bed.

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3 Responses to “Quick Updates”

  1. onelittlejill April 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    I love those visuals and I need them!! I always have a schedule but I am not good at following it. Then I have to rework and tweak the schedule. Uphill battle!!

    • Kera April 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

      Trial and error all the way! I figure if the schedule is staring me in the face when I wake up, it’ll be harder to ignore what I have to do for the day.

  2. light April 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    “Is it very wrong that my heart rate skyrockets when I run? My resting heart rate is around 60, and when I was running a 9 minute pace on Saturday, my heart rate was up at 197!”

    This is not ok. 197 is probably your max heart rate. At that rate your body should be struggling to get enough oxygen in. You ‘re either in very bad shape or something is wrong.

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