This was one of those weekends that just went WAY too fast. It flew by, and I didn’t get much of a chance to catch up on sleep or life. Last night when I was going to bed, I felt like I was on the verge of getting sick, but slammed a glass of Airborne and went to sleep in denial. After not being able to fall asleep and finally taking some Nyquil, I decided to sleep in this morning.
On legs day?!
Yes, and I’m SUPER BUMMED. I LOVE LEGS DAY. It’s my favorite thing ever, but I had to give my body what it needed. A true REST DAY. Green tea and all :) I actually feel like I have the energy to workout, but I know it would only further deplete my body’s energy resources and slow the healing process.
And do you know what? I’m ok about it, because it’s no wonder my body is exhausted after getting 3 PRs in 3 weeks :) Yeah, that’s right – this past week I BROKE MY 1 MILE RECORD!
My previous record was 6:59, but it’s not even really fair to call that a record, because it was NOT pretty. There was a lot of grabbing onto the side of the treadmill, etc. This time, I really, truly ran a 6:54 mile with no help, and BABY, did it feel good.
Before that workout, I used Gamma Labs GFuel for the first time as a pre-workout boost. I’m not thrilled with the sucralose in the ingredients (and blue food coloring in the Blue Ice flavor), but I was getting a bit tired of my usual pre-workout fuel (MRM Driven). I wanted to try something new, and Gamma Labs is definitely a company I can get behind. Their sister company, Delta Labs, focuses on providing for the needs of women with soy free and vegan supplements and vitamins, and overall both companies focus on providing all natural products. The pink lemonade flavor, for instance, is colored with beet juice.
I’ve tried the Pink Lemonade and Blue Ice once each, but I’ll have to give them some more tries before I come to a final conclusion. Overall, however, I loved that they gave me a great boost of energy without any of the buzz or tingles of many pre-workout fuels. I definitely did not feel a peak and crash, but rather a sustained level of energy throughout my workout and after.
This weekend, my “long” run for half marathon training was only 3 miles, because it was a taper week. I made it a goal to intentionally run negative splits for the first time, and I succeeded! This was a tough run for sure, especially because the weather was much colder than I’m used to.
Given my PR of 6 miles at a 7:59 pace last week, I was hoping for something a bit faster, but overall I was still happy with my mile times. I really don’t do well running in the cold weather, and this run made me pretty nervous for my half marathon, because it’s not for another 3 weeks.
*fingers crossed* PLEASE STAY WARM NEW ENGLAND.
The chilly weekend would not have been complete without my first EVER kabocha squash!
For those of you who are engrossed in the blogosphere, you know that kabocha squash is all the rage, but I haven’t been able to find one anywhere for nearly 6 months. I finally saw my first one at Whole Foods this week and couldn’t wait to roast it up!
It was everything I had hoped for and more. DELICIOUS.
I may or may not have eaten half the pan as soon as it came out of the oven…drizzled with coconut oil and sea salt. Oh. My. Lord.
My favorite part about this squash is that you can eat the rind, and it’s actually quite good.
After enjoying that delicious kabocha squash, I had several hours of studying ahead of me, which would not have been complete without Powercakes’ Single Serve Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookie and a glass of almond milk.
Cheers to the first days of fall,
(ps) Don’t forget to check out some other fabulous clean eats and weekend recaps linked up here!