Today was a rather mixed up day for exercise but it actually turned out to be fabulous!
I headed out for a run and after about 15 minutes I came in because my blister was bothering me again. I tried doing a couple things to help it but it was still painful so I knew I had to call it a day- at least for running anyways! It was a shame because it was 25C, sunny, and I felt great!
- Distance: 1.62 miles
- Duration: 16 mins.
- Max heart rate: 160 bpm
- Avg heart rate: 149 bpm
- Avg pace: 9:51 min/mile
I was really craving the 30-Day Shred for some reason!
For those of you who remember, I got the 30-Day Shred back in January and did it a couple times just before my injury.
I believe my groin injury was a result of too much running combined with the intense plyometric cardio segments of the 30-Day Shred. For those of you who have done the Shred you know what I am talking about. There are many moves that require lots of jumping (e.g., jumping squats and lunges) and have lots of impact! I believe that I injured my groin by doing the mountain climbers- really fast and intensely. Then I ran on it the next day.
However, that being said, the Shred offers lower impact exercises for people who are either injured or who want less of a challenge. SO I decided today that I would just do the modified cardio moves and still get a great workout in!
I had done level 1 and level 2 but not level 3 yet, so I dove right in and did level 3. It was a fantastic workout- even with the modifications! Man I was S-O-R-E and S-H-A-K-I-N-G!!! Jillian scares me!
The Shred: Level 3
- Duration: 26 mins.
- Max heart rate: 153 bpm
- Avg heart rate: 121 bpm
Boy was I sweaty after level 3!! I loved level 3. I could do the modifications pretty easy and I still felt like I was getting a great workout. I really wanted to stop after circuit 1, but I told myself I would go until circuit 2. Then when I got to circuit 2, I told myself ‘just 1 more circuit then I’m done’ and it worked! :) I love the baby steps approach to tricking myself into working out longer. Sometimes I say ‘just a 1/2 more mile’ or ‘just 1 more set’ and then when I get to that I can often go longer.
Working out is such a mental challenge more than anything, isn’t it? I loved reading your comments from this morning’s post on how you power through your workouts!
I started with 2 slices of WF Sprouted bread, toasted. With some ‘ketzhup’ (tomato paste!!) and 1/2 an avocado. Then I added 1 slice of tomato, 1 handful spinach, and a Money’s Veggie Burger:
Then I had a wheat berry and tomato spinach salad on the side:
- 1/2 cup wheat berries
- 1/2 cup tomato, chopped
- 2-3 cups spinach
- Kraft Light Balsamic
This was my first time trying wheat berries!!! I bought them at Whole Foods last week. I soaked them for a few hours in a Tupperware dish filled with water this afternoon. Then, I cooked them on the stovetop on low for about 1 hour.
- Wow, I can’t believe I hadn’t tried these before! They were really good and super chewy. If you like chewy things these are for you!! They add such a great texture to the salad.
Nutritional profile for wheat berries:
Per 1/2 cup, cooked: 151 calories; 1 g fat; 29 g carbohydrate; 6 g protein; 4 g fiber.
And dessert was a delicious baked vegan doughnut covered in raw turbinado sugar:
I think this was my favourite one yet! Eric brought the rest to work today and his coworkers loved them!
After dinner we headed out for a walk and did the same route as my run today (1.62 miles). It was absolutely the most gorgeous night out!!! Warm, sunny, clear, and stunning scenes:
It was a nice walk! Eric and I caught up and felt so at peace with the world tonight.
I love nature.
On that note, I have some Glo Bakery things to work on tonight and then we will likely end the night with a show- The Mentalist perhaps?
I also just sent Kath my guest post that she will be featuring on KERF while she is away. Here are two teasers:
- It is a new Glo Bakery goodie that you have never seen before
- I am revealing the recipe
And a teaser picture:
Oh by the way, we finally finished season 7 of 24!!!! We watched the finale last night. What a Cliffhanger!!!!!!!! I guess we have to wait until next Fall to see what happens :(
See you tomorrow AM for thoughts on today’s hot topic!!!