Hey everyone! We’re almost to the weekend. After what has felt like the long-est week ever.
Last night I had planned on just doing one easy mile at the gym, and a few arm weights before coming home to relax. I’ve been taking it super easy lately since the marathon was just a few weeks ago, and the last time I tried to run post-marathon I experienced quite a few pains that I knew were marathon induced. So, I really had good intentions.
I hopped on the treadmill ready to crank out a mile and see how I felt. After just a few strides, I felt surprisingly good so I bumped up my speed a bit, to an 8:41 pace. And then I still felt good. What is going on?? I decided to go ahead and add a second mile. I bumped it down to my usual 8:49 pace. Still feeling good. I walked for a bit afterwards to make sure I wasn’t overdoing it and wouldn’t regret it tomorrow. Then I just REALLY wanted to run, and stretch my legs, so I did two quarter mile sprints – the first at an 8:00 pace, the second at a 7:35 pace. 3.1 miles run and done, and I was ecstatic to have felt so good. I couldn’t hold myself back, and for a moment wished everyone could experience the high and the pure joy that running brings. For an accidental run, it wasn’t too shabby, but I know I need to hold myself back still and keep myself from pushing just yet. I remember pushing things too soon after my marathon last year and I regretted it for several months. This year, I’ve got to be more cautious. Last night’s workout was a great reminder that just because you don’t run every day, you’re still a runner and are probably in better shape than you think. I’m trying to respect this marathon recovery time, and am looking forward to some “slower” weeks ahead.
After my run, that wasn’t supposed to happen, I did some strength training. Man it feels good to lift a little again!! You’d be surprised at how soon you start to feel “strong” again, and how much better you feel throughout the day!
I did several machines – lat bar, ab crunch thing, leg press, leg extension, backwards leg curl, then headed to the free weights. I’d intended on it being an arm night, but with my legs being so warm, I decided to forget that plan and just focus on legs and abs. I did 3 sets of squats on the bosu ball with a 25lb kettlebell, then 3 sets of medicine ball twists, and 3 bosu ball planks. It was a solid workout, and I quickly ran home to eat ALL THE NACHOS.
Budget Meal Idea: Easy 5 Ingredient Nacho Recipe
This week’s grocery budget was a little tight, thanks to my mindless hungry wandering on Sunday night. (Never grocery shop when you’re hungry, you’ll buy everything you don’t need, and nothing you do. Oops!) So we’ve had nachos for dinner twice this week. They are super cheap, and can be made a thousand ways! This recipe I’m sharing is how we’ve been making them lately, and we’re loving them. I’ve blogged in the past about our love for nachos, so consider this a sequel. Also, I know you’re judging that iPhone photo. I forgot to grab my actual camera, peeps.
My husband introduced me to Tostadas, aka giant tortilla chips. Wow, where have they been all my life?? Here’s what we then added:
Placed on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven at 400* for 7-8 minutes until cheese was melted.
They are delicious! Perfectly spicy and filling.
Did you run or workout last night? Do you struggle with making yourself rest? Do you like nachos? What is your go-to cheap meal?