Today I felt like a million bucks.
A stinky, sweaty million bucks. Lululemon somehow manages to make me feel cute even when I know I look otherwise. ;p Today could have easily been a rest day. Yesterday I met with my trainer at school and while I got in a great workout that focused on strength training my arms and legs, I woke up sore and seriously exhausted. It was probably a combo of a long, rainy day, and lack of sleep. The whole day I was thinking about getting home so I could rest and relax, but I knew I needed to go to the gym before heading home for the night.
I made up a lot of excuses. My legs would hurt, I’d be too tired to run, or I’d run really slow. But I laced up my Sauconys, drove my car to the gym, and decided I was going to work out anyway. A ho-hum workout is still better than no workout. And as if just to prove all my worries and me wrong my workout was amazing. I started running and all the pain and soreness in my legs went away. If anything my legs felt stronger. I did a 45 minute run and was able to cover 3.6 miles. I know that is slow for a lot of you but that is fast for me. I was so proud of myself.
My workout flew by thanks in large part to my gym’s awesome treadmills. Each cardio machine has a tv attached to it that tracks your workout, plays the radio, TV, or music videos for you while you run. You can even race against other users using the machine towns or states away. I selected the hip hop music videos and applied my sprint one song, fast walk the next to the music videos. The bonus was the videos are longer than the actual song so I ended up increasing my running time without even thinking about it or noticing it. I left there with the biggest runner’s high, my whole body alive with endorphins. I felt so proud of myself for not caving in and for doing what was right for my body. I needed a workout today.
I was pretty famished after my workout so I decided to head home and whip up a green smoothie. Oh, Vitamix, I am going to enjoy you for every single day that I possibly can. You better believe one of these things is going on Josh and my wedding registry. I’ve become so dependent on it for the best smoothies ever and so used to making everything in seconds. When using other blenders I find myself wondering if they’re even on the motor is so weak. Vitamix is definitely where it’s at. ;p
Today’s flavor was a big mug of pineapple, strawberry, raspberry, banana, spinach, chia seeds, and hemp protein powder. It was the perfect smoothie and so good I finished every last drop!
And now it’s time for me to get to bed! I’m hoping a good night’s sleep can take away some of my fatigue. I’m bad about go-go-going like the energizer bunny even when I know I won’t be able to make up the energy for a while. I did want to point out the new ad on my sidebar before I say goodnight though. As you may remember from my running shoe vlog, working with Road Runner Sports to order running shoes was such an amazing experience for me. From the super fast (and free!) shipping to the huge money savings, to the personal guarantee of a 60 day (90 days if you spend a few dollars to join their VIP club) test run with your shoe where you have no obligation to keep ones that don’t work for you, I was blown away by how awesome the company is and how easy they are to do business with. I now know that my Suacony Omni 11’s are the perfect running shoe for me but when I first started I wasn’t 100% sure and felt nervous spending so much on a shoe without knowing how it would perform on my foot. RRS‘s test run program really alleviated my worries and made shoe shopping a fun experience instead of a stressful one.
I put the link up there on my blog not because I am expecting to make some crazy revenue from click-throughs, but because it is a website I am very passionate about supporting. They do good business with great customer service at extremely reasonable prices. That’s a win-win in my book, especially when I’m buying things that are a little out of my comfort zone. So if you’re looking for a good place to make purchases to start your running experience with or are just looking to try out a different kind of shoe to see how it works on your foot I really recommend Road Runner Sports. It’s rare I find a website I am so impressed with in every aspect of their operations but this is definitely one of them.
Questions of the Day:
What are brands you’re really passionate about?
When is the last time you got runners high?