the great thing about short weeks is that just when the week begins it's already halfway done! tomorrow is also my friday since this week i have off friday.
but, that means busy days at work. just because the office is closed, doesn't mean the work goes away :(
today, i woke up feeling pretty congested. it's hard to tell if it's allergies, or a cold. at first i thought allergies because my throat was killing me yesterday, and has been bothering me for a few days now - that usually happens with allergies. today it's not so bad, but i feel pretty run down. it's one of those curl up on a couch with a blanket and a movie kind of days.
but here i am, working away!
this morning, i decided to do some yoga instead of an intense session with jillian and the 30 day shred. i felt bleh, and figured it's probably better not to over do it with the half marathon on saturday (ahh, so close!)
i chose a yoga workout from exercise tv on demand that was 16 minutes. it was only ok, i didn't love it. this could be due to the fact that i wasn't really feeling the whole working out thing this morning (and the cat kept getting in my way- apparently he loves yoga, or at least the yoga mat!) but i did learn some new poses:
- downward dog
- child's pose
i think this would have been good if it was longer, but i did like that it incorporated flow. we held a pose, then came out of it, then went back into it, and repeated that several times for each pose.
after the workout was over, i had been planning on doing it again, but decided to try something else instead. so i found a 10 minute core workout focusing on abs, and after that i did some exercises with my hand weights:
- 30 bicep curls
- 30 tricep curls
- 20 upright rows
- 20 dead lifts
- 20 shoulder presses
then i called it a day! or at least the start to my day...
it wasn't the best workout i've ever had, but i was glad that i at least did something. had i waited until later in the day, i know a workout would NOT have happened! it was my last workout of the week, and i'm excited to have a few days off to rest before saturday.
it's always hard for me to taper and rest in the last week before a big race. i tend to feel like if i'm not pushing it to the max, i'm not getting a good workout. it's particularly tough when i go to the gym and see other people running farther than me on the treadmill, or working harder/getting sweatier than i am. but, i have to remember to stick to my plan- i've been there and done that on other days! and it will only help me to take it easy. every day doesn't have to be my best workout ever. we all have our good days and our bad days.
i'm hoping the next few days of rest will help me feel better before the big race! i'm also trying to drink lots of fluids, and hopefully i'll hit the hay early the next few nights (easier said than done)!
- few handfuls kashi honey sunshine ceral pre-yoga
- 1 packet tj's maple brown sugar oatmeal, with 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. milk, 1 banana, and a scoop of almond butter
- 1 cup english breakfast tea with stevia
YUM! i had been craving this oatmeal since last night...
- 1 medium mushroom barley soup from hale and hearty
- 1 hunk of whole grain bread
- 1 serving kashi tlc honey sesame crackers
today is a pretty carb-y day so far - oops! i tend to crave carbs when i'm feeling under the weather, especially with a cold. luckily, this is the week before a big race (hey, i'll take any excuse to carbo load!). i really try not to over do it with that though.
what are your thoughts on tapering and carbo-loading before races???