OK let me just start off by saying that I’m a bit cheesed with myself. It wasn’t that long ago when I would run double digits for a training run and now here I am barely crawling through seven kilometre runs. The fact that I’ve been having nagging issues with my foot does little to console me and makes it even more frustrating.
Now I’m not beating myself up and wallowing in self-pity. I have been doing different types of workouts to keep things interesting. And I have done a few weight workouts to supplement the little runs that I have been doing. Just none this week.
Work hasn’t been super stupid crazy busy but there were a few workouts missed because of it. But I’ve been dealing with something else that’s been a bigger hinderance to my exercise: lack of sleep. I’ve had sleep issues before but lately it’s been even worse and my brain just won’t shut off. The worst part is that I’m not thinking about anything in particular, just the hamster in my brain keeps running. I couldn’t help myself and added photos of my dogs. These little monsters have no trouble getting to sleep.
Now enough about all that. Here’s my summary and let me just warn you: it’s a short one.
Monday March 20 – busy
Tuesday March 21 – super busy
Wednesday March 22 – hey I got on the elliptical for 40 minutes then did, well I don’t know what you call them. Start in a high plank while holding 5 lb dumbbells and pull up alternating weights. I shall name them: plank rows.
Thursday March 23 – So busy I forgot to eat while working then went to meet a friend.
Friday March 24 – 6 km trail run (38:38 minutes)
Saturday March 25 – Girl’s Lunch!
Sunday March 26 – 7 km trail run (47:09)
Now to be honest, even when I miss a workout at work, I do still get some exercise in. I take the stairs every chance I get and I’m a bit of a wanderer. My Suunto watch recently started tracking steps and I usually get in over 10 000 steps so at least I’m not just sitting at a desk.
And for food. I ended up in Scarborough (east side of Toronto) one day and stopped at a Caribbean restaurant called Nicey’s. I ordered the stew chicken dinner and it was so good, I had to fight the urge to lick the plate clean. It was just. That. Good.
Then on Thursday, I met a friend who was passing through town. From Nice. In France. We ended up at a restaurant called The Craft that has a selection of 120 beers. Yes the selection is just that good. We shared an order of popcorn chicken and yummy cheesy nachos. Now I didn’t really like dark beer until I had one called Aphrodite and it was like a choir singing around me. I has none of the Guiness bitterness and wonderful notes of chocolate. Now that I think about it, it would be really good with a brownie. Or use it for a float with vanilla ice cream! Or coffee ice cream!! Oh I know what I’m doing this summer.
Saturday afternoon I got together with a bunch of girls from school at Urban Pantry. It’s hard to believe we’ve known each other for 30 years. Wow. I ordered the special, a bison burger topped with goat cheese and pepper jelly with cajun fries. The cool thing about the burger is that it was made from bison raised at a farm that just opened up the street. How’s that for local? I’d had bison in South Dakota before but this burger was better. But my pepper jelly is (ahem) better. Then because everyone else was ordering a dessert, I had to get one too. Listen, when it comes to sweets, I am totally with the peer pressure. I had a cookies n cream brownie. Yummy.
Then on Sunday I made my own version of aloo gobi: I cooked some chopped onion and garlic in a splash of vegetable oil over medium high heat until soft. Then I added a good sprinkle of curry powder and ground cumin to let the flavours brighten. I dumped in two chopped sweet potatoes, the florets of a head of cauliflower, a drained can of chickpeas, a can of tomatoes, and a splash of water. Cover and let come to a simmer until the veggies are soft. Then I added some frozen edamame and a squeeze of lime juice and some hot sauce. That was pretty much it. Until I added a big handful of baby spinach to the bottom of my bowl and a huge spoonful of garlicky hummus. It was so satisfying and so simple and made a huge pot to keep me fed for a while.
So here’s hoping next week is a better one. I have a feeling that once I get a 10 km under my shoes, everything will start to get rolling again. Fingers crossed.