Be prepared!

Scar-the-lion-king-31003130-500-281You should have sung-read that to the song Scar sings in The Lion King. I’ll get to the preparedness part in a minute, but first an overview of some workouts!

Well thank goodness for the World Cup, because there is no way I would have stayed on the bike that long today if it weren’t for Greece and Japan. I seriously hate the stationery bike, because I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. Literally. But in terms of a cardio besides running, it was the best option today. If only someone had scored during the game, I may have stayed on it longer! After my 35 minutes of biking, I did some ab workouts that are probably going to hurt tomorrow.

Yesterday I thought my speed workout went really well. I ran around the indoor track, which is 0.1 mile around once. I did 10 sets of 3 laps: my first lap was a slow jog. The second was a steady run, probably around a 9:45 pace. The last lap I tried to run what was just shy of a sprint. I didn’t take breaks between sets, so that first lap was always kind of a recovery, and if I’m being honest, it probably looked like a limping jog towards the end. But I didn’t stop, and that’s what I’m proud of! If you didn’t already do the math, it ended up being 3 miles total.

So now in reference to the title of this blog, something I have learned this week (actually more like relearned) is the benefits of preparing meals ahead of time. As much as I love to cook, I also love to just be lazy and resort to eating cereal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But that’s not always healthy. Last night I got myself up and made a thing of pasta with ground turkey, sauce, and vegetables, which made enough for probably three servings. I also boiled some chicken that I was able to throw on some salad today at lunch, along with some extra veggies I didn’t use for the pasta that were already cut up.

Talk about saving time! It was so nice to have a good meal and only have to take a couple minutes to heat it up in the microwave or throw a few things in a bowl; and it didn’t involve cereal! I hope I can get in the habit of doing this more often, because it will make preparing healthy meals a lot easier!

Training Plans

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During my first Princess Half Marathon

As you’ve probably caught on, my main form of exercise is running. I’ve been “running” since fall of my senior year of high school, but I’ve been actually running almost my whole life due to playing soccer for 13 years. When I gave up soccer my last year of high school I decided to start running on my own, and my mom helped me keep going by giving me the incentive of taking me down to Disney World and running in the Princess Half Marathon with her in 2011. Since then, I’ve tried to keep up with it, but I really feel like I only start training around September or October when I know the Princess is around the corner. After it’s over, I’ll stop for a few weeks. Or months.

Signing up for races has been a great motivator for me to continue to run, knowing I am working towards a goal. As of right now, the next two races I will be running in are the 5k during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, and the half during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Yeah, I like Disney, but I could write a dozen other posts about that, so I’ll save it for later. But I will say – if you ever get the chance to run in a Disney race, do it. It really makes running fun!

Since the 5k isn’t until January, and I haven’t decided yet if I am signing up for another race before this, I’m really going to have to stay disciplined in my running schedule. The plan is to run at least three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – and do my best to fit it in on Saturday or Sunday as well. Off days (Tuesday and Thursday) will be cross training in some type of way, whether it’s weight lifting, swimming, or biking. I haven’t started any of that yet, but plan to add that next week (it should be easy too, since my roommate is going to be out of town and I won’t have anything better to do). This will at least be my schedule for the summer; once school starts, it could get a little tricky! But I won’t worry about that until I have to.

Races are usually what motivate me to run regularly, knowing if I don’t I am going to do poorly come race day. Right now I have the excuse to say I don’t have a race until January, but I’m not going to use it. If I start now, I can do the best I’ve possibly ever done in a 5k. All it’s gonna take is a little faith and some pixie dust!