Wasn’t The Office hilarious last night? Definitely one of the best episodes of all time.
It is Beeee-u-tiful outside today in Southern Ontario! What a mood booster. :) I am hoping to get outside today for a run on my lunch break. Spring is on its’ way!!
I had this great Purple Monster for breakfast:
Strength Vs. Cardio:
The majority of you thought that you should train first what you want to work on the most. So if I am training for a half marathon, I should run first and ensure that I can run strong.
After thinking about it some more, I decided that variety is best for me right now. Why not mix it up? Some workouts I will run first and some workouts I will strength train first. I think that will keep my body challenged and always guessing. Mind you, I often don’t do both on the same day, but occasionally I do (maybe once a week?).
I also probably wouldn’t strength train on a day that I had scheduled a difficult speed work session. I think that is setting my body up for injury.
Yesterday I decided to try my strength training first and see how I did on my run afterwards. I always used to do my run first and then strength second so this was going to be a challenge for me…
I did the Booty Camp Fitness DVD Advanced level which is a 55 minute full body workout. It includes a warm-up, stretching, leg workout, arm workout, core workout, plyometrics, and a cool-down + stretching. It whoops my booty. After the video I was doubtful if I was going to be able to run, but I was actually surprised once I got going. I decided to start off the run at a really easy pace and see how I felt.
Mile 1: 6 mph, incline 1% (I felt great so I upped the speed to make it more challenging)
Mile 2: 7 mph, incline 1%
Mile 3: 7.5-8.5 mph, incline 1% (very hard mile)
Total time: 26:34
I actually felt pretty loose and my muscles felt much warmer than they do when I normally start a run. I think this is a sign that I need to warm-up longer when I do cardio first!
Another option is to strength train only my arms on run days.
Health News Round-Up
It has been a while since I did a Health News Round-Up! Months, in fact. I thought I would bring it back as a weekly feature to the blog.
Here are some health related posts that I enjoyed reading this week:
- Seven Reasons to Strength Train – Fit Sugar
- When Exercise Goes From Good To Bad – Hangry Pants
- Pros and Cons to Indoor Vs. Outdoor Winter Training- NY Times
- Ginnifer Goodwin Has Big Love For Veganism – Fit Sugar
- What’s Better: Fresh or Frozen Produce? A Quiz – Savvy Eat
- I Want To Go To Switzerland (And Eat Cakelike Cornbread) – Have Cake Will Travel
- The Big Birth Control Question – Healthy Tipping Point
- Is It Necessary To Eat Fruit On An Empty Stomach? One Doctor Weighs In- NY Times
- The 10 Laws of Injury Prevention – Runner’s World
- Mashed Cauliflower Recipe – Health Foodie
- Canadians Are Heavier, Wider, Weaker- The Globe and Mail
- Deb’s Lower Calorie Almond Butter – Via Eating Bender
- Is It Possible To Live Without Genetically Modified Organisms? – A Month Without Monsanto
- Girls On The Run’s Molly Barker – Fit Bottomed Girls
What were some of your favourite stories, articles, or posts this week?
I’m off for a very busy day of work. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson