Over Indulge This Weekend? Recover Next Week.

Thanksgiving: the food-iest, carb-iest holiday of them all.

  
My day started out with cinnamon rolls. I eat them once a year, on Thanksgiving morning, while I’m watching the parade. I ate more than I care to admit.

  
We went to my family’s house for lunch. There was much food. I made apple pie. And ate it.

 

myself, my grandma, and my mom. And a lot of food.
 
Then my husband made dinner. He cooks once a year (twice if I’m lucky) and I dream about his mac & cheese. It’s amazing and I eat a lot of it.

  
Later on in the weekend there were cheese fries, chocolate pie and ice cream. Among other things.

So, to review: there was a lot of food and I ate all of it.

I’m still feeling the effects of over indulging. What I’m doing this week to recover:

  • Running: Two weeks until my 5K and I’m not letting myself skip any of my runs this week. 
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  • I’m only eating foods that occur in nature for the next few days. That means no cinnamon rolls because they don’t grow on trees.
  • I’m playing outside. In addition to all the food I ate this week, I pulled a muscle in my arm and spent a good part of the long weekend sitting on my couch doped up on pain meds. I need some fresh air.
  • I’m going to start my day with hot water and lemon. I don’t know why it works, but it does!
  • I’m going to be nice to myself. Maybe a manicure or a massage or something as simple as a long bubble bath with a good book. It’s hard to remember to take care of yourself when the holidays get better–but it’s so important!

How was your holiday? What was the best thing you ate?

 

What Your Runner Really Wants This Year (A Guide for Those That Tolerate Us While We’re Training and Tapering)

This holiday, give the runner in your life what she really wants.

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None of those sappy, slow-dance song CDs. Can you imagine how hard it is to keep pace to a song like “When a Man Loves a Woman?” Replace the mixed tape with a fast-paced, energy-filled play list on the player of her choice.

Pretty lingerie is always welcome (after all, we worked hard for the body we’re sporting) but pretty running outfits are what really tops our wish list. Step away from the itchy lace of Frederick’s and introduce yourself to the sales lady at Lululemon or do some online browsing at SparkleSkirts or RawThreads (oh man how I love their shirts).

Shiny bracelets are nice, but what she really wants to see on her wrist is one of the new Garmin Forerunners. Or Apple iWatch. Or FitBit HR. Or…well, you’ve got choices.

A box of chocolate is typical and expected. Avoid the cliché by presenting her with a pretty box of her favorite energy gels and chews.

Giving her a romantic vacation? She’ll love you even more if it’s a vacation to an amazing destination race.

Flowers are the exception: we runners love flowers. Especially when you’re holding them at the finish line of a long race.

Because really, when it all comes down to it, that’s all she wants to see–the finish line with you waiting there.

Hey runners, what do you want to see under the tree this year?

I’m linking up with Patty, Erika and Marcia today for Tuesdays on the Run! 

How Many Minutes Will You Sweat This Holiday?

I want to say THANK YOU to all the people who left supportive comments and liked my last blog. One of the things that makes me want to return to running so much is the fantastic runner community online and on social media!

The holiday season can be a hectic time to try and start a training plan or new fitness regimen. Trust me, I’ve questioned both my sanity and my ability to do it more than once this week–especially since our entire household is sick and the VERY LAST thing I’ve felt like doing is being active, let alone run. BUT I’m tired of being that person who is always starting over, so I put on my big-girl wicking undies and did it anyway.  

the return of the running shoes!
 
Monday sucked. Tuesday sucked more, since I’d been up all night with a congested kiddo. Wednesday was rough because in my sleep-deprived state I made terrible food choices the day before. And then today, 5:00 rolled around. We’d had a busy day, noses were still running, the sun was starting to dip below the horizon. But a funny thing happened: after only three days of dragging my feet through a workout, my body was asking for it. So the running shoes went on, the kid went in the stroller, and off we went.

 

With the return of the running shoes came the return of the foam rolling.
 
Was this week the best week of workouts I ever had? No. Were they full-body, balanced work-outs? Nope. But every day I managed to get some activity in.

This holiday season, I’m taking the SweatPink #HolidaySweat challenge, and giving myself the goal of AT LEAST 30 minutes of up-and-at-em activity a day.  Running, yoga, HIIT workouts…I’m not tying myself down to an exact schedule so that when the craziness hits, I have flexibility. I’ll be blogging about it, and come follow me on Instagram (I promise to follow ya back!) for daily updates on how the challenge is going.

How many minutes of activity are you aiming for during the holidays? What are some of your go-to workouts when you’re on a time crunch?

5 Weeks to a 5K

You guys. I am SO excited. I registered for a 5K this weekend and found a plan (a slightly modified Jeff Galloway plan) that I think is going to work really well.

The 5K (part of Galloway’s 13.1 race weekend) is in mid-December and the route goes through one of my favorite parts of Atlanta.

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It’s been over a year since I’ve been on any sort of regular running training plan. I’m excited to write my minutes & mileage in my calendar but I know it’s important to keep up my strength training. I’m a little apprehensive about getting back out on my foot (no one can really tell me what’s wrong with it, and sometimes it’s hard to find rhyme or reason to why it begins to hurt) but I just have to remember to really pay attention to what it’s telling me and slow up if I need to.

In other running news, I LOVED seeing everyone’s race pics from last weekend! I had so many friends running Rock N Roll Savannah and Wine & Dine–although the weather didn’t seem to cooperate with any of those races! I can’t wait to be back in the corrals.

Did you race last weekend? Did the weather behave for you?

What Would you do if you Could do Anything?

I write a lot about fitness on this blog. After all, it is called Girl Seeking Healthy. But I believe that healthy is more than just fitness–it’s about finding balance and being happy and whole. So today I have two questions for you:

What would you do if you could do anything?

Why aren’t you doing it?

We all have dreams. Maybe you want to run a marathon. Maybe you want to write a novel. Maybe you want to be President, climb Mt. Everest, or learn to paint.

Along with those dreams, we all have realities. Families to take care of, bills to pay, jobs to go to. Sometimes our dreams are withheld from us because of other less tangible obstacles: you can’t run a marathon if you get winded going up the stairs. Writing a novel takes time. Climbing Mt. Everest takes training. There are so many things in the way of what we want to be doing that most of the time, we simply give up.

Today I say that it’s time to give up on giving up.

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Okay, so maybe you’ll never become President of the USA. But you could run for a position on your neighborhood association or PTA. I think they key is digging down to really think about why you dream about things you dream about. For example, I think that if I were to go back and do it all over, I would like to become an archivist or a librarian. I’m 32, have a degree in English and I’m the primary caretaker of my kid. I don’t really have the money or the time right now to go back to school and earn the necessary degrees or certifications to do either of those things (most entry-level archival positions require both a BA and an advanced degree! Who knew?)

So I thought about why those things appealed to me. I love books. I love being around them, organizing them, smelling them (yep, I’m one of those). I love to put things in order, categorize them, and keep track of things. I don’t need any more education to do that. With a few tweaks and minimal financial investment, I’m going to turn my office/homeschool room into a library. I may even dewey decimal system my books. Kidding. Sort of.

And I have boxes (boxes!!!) of photos, cards, notes, programs and moments that need to be organized. I don’t need to search for a new job. I just need to open my closet.

What’s your wildest, far-flung dream? How can you incorporate elements of it into your everyday life?

The Seven Stages of Strength Training

I have noticed that every time I take a strength-based class at my gym, my emotions are similar to the seven stages of grief. I present to you the seven stages of strength training.

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  1. Shock/disbelief: Oh, holy $h!t. I can’t believe I’m in this class. I must have completely lost my mind.”
  2. Denial: “I’m not staying in this class a moment longer. As soon as I can slip out I’m going to. I can’t do this.”
  3. Bargaining: “If I can do five more of these stupid squats I’ll let myself leave.”
  4. Guilt: “I really need to stay. Look at that man over there. He’s old enough to be my grandfather and he doesn’t look like he’s about pass out like me.”
  5. Anger: “I hate this teacher. I hate her perky ponytail, her voice, and the way she lunges. I hope she falls off the stage.”

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6. Depression: “I can’t believe this is so hard for me. I’m so out of shape. Will I ever lose weight?”

7. Acceptance: “Okay, so that hour went by faster than I thought it would. And I do feel better. I’ll be back tomorrow!”

Do you go through a range of emotions like I do when you take a new or challenging class?