One of the problems with country living is that one can quite easily go over their wifi allotment, leaving one with internet service that is slower than molasses running uphill… in winter. Now I finally have enough time to sit down and waaaaiiiiiiit as every page loads.
Winter finally came to southern Ontario so I was able to get some running in over some nice snowy trails. I did have to re-learn one minor rule: if you’re running through some damp trails then it’s a good idea to wear shoes with a bit of grip. I was ducking under a fallen tree when one leg slid out as I stood up. The momentum slammed the side of my thigh against the underside of the tree and had I been in a different phase of my stride, it could have caused some damage to my knee. So my road shoes will only touch roads unless the trails are dry.
I also had a chance to bust out my winter tights. I found that Costco is a GREAT resource for workout gear in general and I found some amazing and warm tights. They aren’t windproof but for general running they do a fine job and fit well under wind pants. And not crazy expensive. I would much rather spend $20 instead of $80. But that’s just me.
I was also able to get in a few trail runs before work and then use my lunch for weight workouts. Of course my legs were not happy with me since I haven’t done weights for a long time. Oh they were so not happy with me.
Foodwise I have been fairly good. I made polenta for the very first time and had it with some braised lamb and roasted heirloom carrots. Not a lot of colour variety but it was very tasty. And then I had leftover polenta that I baked and cut into squares. Those squares of corny goodness are A-mazing when fried in a pan after some bacon and then fry with some eggs.
Some grocery stores are now selling what they call “naturally imperfect” produce. These are fruits and veggies that aren’t pretty but has nothing wrong with them. Once stuff is chopped up or cooked down they look fine and at a reduced price…need I say more? The only downside was that I found myself the proud owner of 5 lbs of honey crisp apples. The thought of tubs of apple sauce really didn’t appeal to me or uber sweet crisps so I healthed it up a bit: Melted some coconut oil in a pan and added some chopped apples, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a spoonful (okay a two spoonfuls) of brown sugar. A toss and then I baked it in a 350 oven for about 30 minutes. Once the apples were soft, I poured it out over some greek yogurt. I’m not embarrassed to admit that was my dinner one night.
So here’s the workout breakdown for November 21-27:
Monday November 21: 8 km mostly trail run (51:39 minutes)
Tuesday November 22: 40 minutes of yoga
Wednesday November 23: 9 km mostly trail run (58:38 minutes)
Thursday November 24: Elliptical (42:10)
Friday November 25: 6 km trail run (44:19 minutes)
- Plank (3 sets of 40 seconds)
- Bent-over barbell row (3 sets/12 reps with 15 lb barbells)
- Incline bench press (3 sets/12 reps with 15 lb barbells)
- Row in half seat on BOSU ball (3 sets/12 reps at 100 lbs)
- Kettlebell swing (1 set/15 reps at 25 lbs, 1 set/12 reps at 30 lbs, and 1 set/12 reps at 30 lbs)
- Tactical lunge (3 sets/12 reps at 25 lbs)
- Heel raise (3 sets/25 reps with 40 lbs barbells)
Saturday November 26: Slacker day…er I mean rest day
Sunday November 27: Elliptical (38 minutes)