1. Turning Up The Heat!
Clearly not talking about the weather. (Looking at you, fake spring!) This week was the week where I turned the corner on training. With just 44 more days to go until the Pittsburgh Marathon (of which I am running leg 4 of the marathon relay), I started working with a virtual trainer. Allyn, over at Triumfit Training, is also a personal trainer in real time, but all the way over in Washington D.C. I’ve known Allyn since college, so when I read on her website that she offers virtual training options, I jumped at the chance to work with a certified professional. I told her about my fitness goals aka being a better runner, and she developed a HIIT (High-Intensity-Interval-Training) circuit for me to do on non-running days. She also gave me some exercises to do daily and some foam rolling work.
2. Foam Rolling
So far the foam roller is basically my new BFF. It deserves its own separate topic. How did I not know about this? I could foam roll all day. And thanks to several sets of HIIT squats, I basically have been! It’s incredible how sore I am, then after some foam rolling, water, and rest – I’m feeling good as new! We actually bought 2 different ones, a regular foam roller and a deep tissue one that is supposed to be better but isn’t really. After finding out how deeply enjoyable foam rolling is, I started You Tube trolling for more ways to use it. It’s like healthy people porn. I will stop there.
3. Embarrassing Race Photos
Wow. Like so much so that I’m not even going to share them here. Or tag myself on Facebook. Or remember that I ever saw them. Or even remotely tell y’all where to find them. Let’s just say – I looked about as great as I felt that day and my mom and I got a good laugh at them. Moving on with haste…
4. Reason #928350 Why I Love Running
If you follow me on Instagram (DO IT! @MichelleSFTS), you may occasionally see photos I post of things I see when running. I realized the other day that those moments are just another reason why I continue to believe running is good for my soul. This new pedestrian hobby of mine has given me such a different perspective of the beautiful city I love. There’s something about the way the light dances on the river or the way the clouds look over a tree line that I just never noticed from my car at 60 m.p.h. while trying to figure out what lane I should be in during a 15 second time window. Running has invited me to slow down, open my eyes, observe, and appreciate so much that I took for granted before.
5. The Problem is Always Food. Always.
Once a fat kid, always a fat kid? Mentally, yes. Since buckling down this week, I realized that my sugar addiction is out of control. Yes, I’m eating clean meals. But, I just want sweets and chocolate and diet soda all day long. The more I tell myself not to eat them, the stronger my urge to binge. That coupled with a boost in my appetite from upping my exercise are all ready proving to be counter-productive. It has to stop. Sheesh, you make one batch of scones and before you know it you are hiding in a corner pouring a bag of dark chocolate chips you found in the back of the pantry directly into your mouth. It’s a slippery slope is all I’m saying people.