Posted by Lauren
After documenting all my eats for WIAW, I boycotted food photography yesterday. Not like you haven’t seen my oat bran, cafeteria soup, and nutrigrain bars before, right? What I really need to do is take a photo of the 34 fun size chocolate bars my coworker Joe shoots at my desk (he aims for my coffee cup, regardless of how full it is!) – I’ll occasionally eat one of the Mr. Goodbars since they are right there and all.
Anywho, today I’m going to talk about recent workouts and brag a little about Nicole’s awesome Christmas gift she gave me!
After Saturday’s half marathon (1:42 and change) I kept it easy Sunday afternoon with 45 minutes on the stationary bike and then busted out this nifty deck of fitness cards Nicole gave me for Christmas. Ta Da!
This FitDeck includes 50 exercise cards that target either the upper, middle, lower, or full body. Each card has repetition suggestions for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users as well as detailed diagrams and instructions on how to properly complete the move. I’ve tried Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer in the past, but the thing that always annoyed me? Looking up what a donkey press is and how to not look like an ass doing it. Hee hee, get it? With this deck, I have 50 exercises at my fingertips and can easily see how to do them right. Plus, I can shuffle them up for instant variety!
On Sunday, I read through each card, shuffled them rigorously, and then drew 10 cards at random (that photo disappeared from my photo library). The 10 included two wild cards – “repeat last card” and “double next card.” Nicole knows that I have very low “strength workout” patience, so the variety and ease of completing just 10 cards helped me get through a quick bodyweight sesh without going crazy. Plus, those 10 minutes left me sore all of Monday! I’m so weak. LOL.
I rested on Monday. Ate a bunch of food on Tuesday. And then went back to the gym on Wednesday for a decent progression run (gradually increased my pace to finish faster than I started):
- 5 minute walking warm up on incline
- run to 1 mile: 7.2 (pace 8:20)
- … to mile 2: 7.3
- … to mile 3: 7.4 (pace 8:06)
- … to mile 4: 7.5
- … to mile 5: 7.6 (pace 7:54)
- … to mile 5.5: 7.7
- … to mile 6: 7.8 (pace 7:42)
- … to mile 6.5: 7.9
- … to mile 7: 8.0 (pace 7:30) **took picture**
- 5 minute walking cool down
Afterwards I went into the stretching room and dealed out 10 cards. I ended up with 4 middle body cards, 2 upper body, 2 lower body, and 1 full body card. Ten minutes later I felt like I had done something productive outside of the cardio realm. Progress!
I can’t wait to use these cards on a weekly basis to keep things random!
After Wednesday night’s workout, I showered and quickly ate a simple dinner of baked chicken and oven roasted veggies with rice. Kyle and I had awesome evening plans – Trivia Night at St. Stephen’s Green in Mountain View with Kit and Adrienne!!!
I went with a Stella, shared an order of sweet potato fries with Kyle, and then followed up with an Anchor Steam.
The trivia questions were much easier than the questions at Sports Page! We did really well during the Super Bowl and song recognition sections, but we bombed round 4. They announced 1st – 3rd place winners and I bet you a dollar we got 4th place…. ha.
Question: Can you answer this trivia question’s missing song lyrics? Name that song!
I love Styx and freaked out when they played this song! Finally, I could actually contribute to the music questions (my biggest weakness).