Good morning! It’s almost the weekend—-weeee!
This weekend will be extra fun (or extra NOT fun, depending on how you look at it) b/c I’m moving! Not far, just to a bigger apartment with a pretty lake view. 🙂
It will be a labor-intensive weekend, b/c I am not hiring movers (that’s what boyfriends are for) so I plan on supervising, beer in hand, while Dave and my guy friends do all the work.
Haha, I’m kidding. Kind of.
Anyway, I started carbo-loading already in anticipation of the physical activity (or maybe I was just craving carbs):
Lots of whole grain goodness!
Lunch will be another Amy’s frozen entree—although I’m starting to feel my resolve to make my meals all week waver. Be prepared to see some unhealthy food items jump into my posts tomorrow. 🙂 In my opinion, that’s what the weekend is all about. 🙂 But as far as frozen lunches go, you can’t beat Amy’s for taste and nutrition! Case in point:
These meals are restaurant quality, I swear. I’ve had this meal before, and it’s pretty much the best black beans I’ve ever eaten (even better than Chichi’s! Remember Chichi’s? But since I’m not a huge fan of Mexican food, I used to go there and order a hot dog, and my mom would shake her head in dismay.)
Anyway, I digress:
So since I”m still excited about my run yesterday, I thought I would give you the best three running tips I’ve ever received. I definitely still consider myself a beginner, so tips are SO helpful and important.
I started seriously trying to run back in the spring, but after about 6 weeks of doing too much, too fast (I basically went from no physical activity to running 10-12 miles a week—I don’t know what I was thinking) I got a nasty stress fracture in my foot. It was SO frustrating b/c I was beginning to see improvement, and then I had to stay off of it for eight long weeks. It still twinges sometimes when I run.
Which brings me to:
#1: Don’t overdo it! I’m living proof. At the beginning, it feels so good to just be doing something, and your body becomes kind of addicted, and you just can’t wait to run. But you have to build up your endurance slowly. For tips on this, see this page to learn the Galloway method of running.
#2: Regulate your breathing. A friend told me this, and it’s the single most important thing that’s helped my endurance. I used to just huff and puff and draw in all the air I could and figured that was good enough. But now I breathe in slowly and steadily through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. It makes a HUGE difference.
#3: Relax your shoulders and arms. As you run, concentrate on letting your arms move loosely at your sides, as opposed to tensing up your shoulders—that uses up all your precious energy! As an added bonus, it gives you something to focus on as you run, which makes the time go faster.
What are your best running tips?
By the way, that Banana Bread LaraBar from yesterday was AWESOME!! Tasted just like banana bread. Try it. 🙂