the scale was kind this morning

and I am back on track. Down to 138. Week 2 ended with a nice long run at lunch. I decided at the spur of the moment to extend my lunch time run by going a little further down the road and then loop back. I had no idea how much more this would add on to the run, but I was pleased when I got back to track it and found out it was 3.38 miles. I had debated about going because of a pain along the back of my right thigh, but I felt good and decided to keep going. It seems to feel a little easier to run. I’m not saying I love running but I am beginning to see the appeal. Plus, for me it was ideal weather, overcast, cool and even some mist. I continued to feel good after the run but while I was home walking Mattie. I got a shooting pain in my leg and up my back a little and for a second I couldn’t move. I kept walking and got home and finally broke down and took some Aleve. I woke up this morning and there was a little pain but so much better. Going to take today and tomorrow off and then run again Friday, take off Saturday and then do the Fourth of July run on Sunday. 

All this running talk reminded me that I wanted to post a little something about 2 documentaries about running I discovered on Hulu and watched over the past week or so. The first was Spirit of the Marathon which followed runners from the professional athlete to the amateur training for the Chicago Marathon. I especially liked following the stories of the first-time marathoners. It was inspiring to watch these runners train long and hard, struggle with doubt and injuries, and finally realize that they accomplished their goal.  I highly recommend this film.

The second was The Long Green Line which as Hulu’s synopsis says is a Cross Country Running documentary about legendary coach, Joe Newton, and his quest for his 25th Illinois State Title in 50 years, as he teaches boys how to be men. I so wish that more kids had access to coaches like Joe Newton. I guess my one take away was not about the elite members of his team, but all those boys who wanted to be on the team even if they would never help win a meet. All Coach Newton asked of his boys what that they finish what they started. It’s a simple yet powerful statement and can be used in any aspect of life not just sports and that’s how Newton sees it. I would recommend this film as well and it’s free to watch on Hulu for now. Time for lunch!

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I love my smoothies

so much. I just finished my old standby of peanut butter chocolate smoothie that I found on the Jillian Michaels website. I modified it this morning to add some chocolate milk. I recently won a couple of coupons for Horizon Organic Chocolate milk and picked one up over the weekend. I was hoping to reward myself after a long run…well a 3 mile one and have a nice cup. However, the weekend was a bit of a kickback…mainly yesterday so no runs and no real exercise to speak of. So I am back on track this morning and decided that I better get to using this delicious milk…So back to my smoothie and the chocolate milk. Normally I use:

1 cup  almond milk
1 tbls organic natural peanut butter
1 medium banana
1 cap full of Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
Ice – as much as you like usually  1 1/2 cups.

So today I used a little less almond milk (3/4 cup) , the same amount of peanut butter, same size banana, half a cap of protein powder and then added the yumminess of 1/2 cup of organic chocolate milk. It tasted pretty much the same but slightly more creamy which I like. Made me think I was indulging in a nice chocolate milk shake. To top it off it has nearly the same amount of calories: 385 calories for breakfast. This should hold me till lunch because of the protein, which I like but I could have a small snack and not go drastically over my calorie allowance. I use Livestrong.com to track and was given a goal of 1367 to aim for each day, but usually shoot for around 1500 especially if I exercise which I will today. I am heading to my favorite class after work today…Total Body Cuts at Total Woman  and home to spend some time with hubby watching some shows before they take our DVR away ;-(.

I am also looking forward to my lunch today which will be a nice hot bowl of Progresso Reduced Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup, a small slice of sourdough bread and a side of steamed spinach with some balsamic vinegar…pure yumminess.

Snacks for today include a slice of string cheese, some fruit (melons, pineapple and grapes) and some new yogurt which I am trying a new flavor Boysenberry Pomengrante of a brand I’ve had before called YoPlus. It does have about 110 calories and contains some sugar, but I figure it is better than artificial sweeteners. I know I could do better, but I have a hard time with plain yogurt. On to dinner which will be a surprise as hubby has not yet told me what we are having, but if all goes well I should have about 450 calories left for dinner. So I should be good. Off to finish some work and get changed for class in about an hour!!

Winded

is what I felt after running about a 1/4 mile yesterday…but I kept going and managed to run about a mile and a half…well run a little, walk a little. You have to start somewhere after not running for awhile. I did think to myself, WHY am I running? I saw cyclists go by and I was thinking I could be doing that instead. I then refocused and thought running is the best cardio and the best way to shed some pounds…so I persevered. I kept thinking I have to train for the Love Run in June and perhaps a trial 5k in April. I then got to my car and felt good about what I had accomplished. I thought I am nice and warmed up and ready to do some Yoga to stretch myself out and unwind. So when I got home. I put Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown in the DVD player and got going. I started with Level 1, even though I’ve done lots of yoga and Pilates I thought it best to start slowly. I am glad I did. Most of the moves were tried and true Yoga, but Jillian mixes it up with a little more movement than a traditional yoga class and adds in some holds for the heck of it. She did a round of Sun Salutations, Warrior poses and of course some plank moves, which really work the core as well as the shoulders and triceps. The practice lasted about 32 minutes or so including a short warm up and a quick cool down. I felt really good but I had a nagging feeling in my throat that I was getting sick and my glands seemed swollen. I guess I am getting sick. I thought that could explain my exercise induced asthma coming on stronger than normal. I thought this is really crappy. I am just getting back into the swing of things and whammo…a little setback…but we all need some rest. So today I rest. Tomorrow is another day.