Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ahhh city life...

...with it comes fun things like seeing a RAT STUCK IN CONCRETE while cruising through Woodley Park! SIIIICK!
Sorry, it was too freaky of a sight not to share! I wonder how long it will take for someone to take it out! *shudder* Anyway...

Tonight we did a trusty 4 mile out and back route from the apartment to Dupont North. It's not one of my faves, but it's a
good standby route - well lit and full of shops for when I do have to run alone, it incorporates a wee hill, and most importantly, I know exactly where the 2 mile/turnaround mark is!

The weather was sticky- 89 degrees with 42% humidity! Blech.
Definitely water bottle worthy. Also Body Glide worthy! Unfortunately, I made the mistake of wearing shorts that were just a tad too loose and got chafed...not even the layers upon layers of Body Glide could protect me :( Lesson learned!

41 minutes later, we're back at the apartment and Jamie's making rice and nuking some of the
Claypot Chicken Curry:
We just made a few changes to the original recipe -
2 tbsp curry paste, 1 tbsp fish sauce, some bamboo shoots and frozen corn! MUUUCH better this time...check out those red flecks of hotness! MMM Good!

Today's run marked the transition to
4 mile short runs in my training. Wooo! This is kind of a big deal since I've never really stuck to my weekly runs before (not that I am now, but 2 out of 3 weekday runs is a HUGE improvement for me!), meaning I've never really gone beyond a 3 or 4 mile weekday run.

I'll admit that
I've kinda gotten used to the one long-ish run a week thing. In fact, I look forward to that long-ish run every week. It's just knowing that sometime soon, I will have to commit at least an hour to running 2-3 days a week that freaks me out. That's a whole lot of time for a weekday! I'm one of those people that feels like there's never enough time in the day! Gah!

Not going to lie -
I have no qualms about skipping a 3 mile run. It's short...I hate short runs. With 4 mile runs, I feel kinda bad skipping them and when it comes to 5 miles and more, I start to feel guilty. I NEED to do them. Why is this such an issue you ask? You see, these runs require either getting up early or finding the motivation after 8pm...and I love my sleep. I NEED it. I probably get more sleep than necessary, but I cherish it and it keeps me from being cranky in public. Plus, I think I might be just a tad bit over my head with all I've taken on lately. Sleep is my ME time. *sigh* perhaps it's time for a summer sacrifice...
SO, in an effort to
maximize post-work time, I'm doing dinners a little differently this week. First of all, we splurged on takeout last night while Jamie took control of the kitchen and made tonight's dinner in advance. Tonight, while blogging and eating, I'm making a casserole of sorts that will keep our bellies full for the next two days. AND on Thursday, I'm going to prep my BSI entry/Friday dinner...how's that for multi-tasking?? :)

What are some small changes you've made in your daily routine to accommodate running/working out?


Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

I'm completely with ya that there's just not enough time in the day on weekdays! Stupid job taking up all my time :-P Good luck on the BSI entry - let me know if you go with the quinoa!

Anonymous said...

I wake up early to workout now! I love being up early and knowing I still have the whole day ahead of me!

I don't know how you run in this humidity! I sweat so much when I work out! I think I'd die!

Anonymous said...

I wake up early to workout now! I love being up early and knowing I still have the whole day ahead of me!

I don't know how you run in this humidity! I sweat so much when I work out! I think I'd die!

Rebeca @All Vegged Out said...

EWWWWW I hate DC rats, yucky

That dinner looks fab yum

Mia {runs and rests} said...

Gotta love my sleep, too. The past couple months, I've done some changes with my sked to accommodate running. As soon as I get home from work, I eat a bit, run, eat a bit, shower, read, sleep. No TV anymore. Haha.

Eliza said...

Less TV ... it's actually something I'm kinda proud of ;}

Morgan said...

Good girl sticking with the plan! You'll look even more forward to those long runs now and if you could squeeze it in before you start your day you'll see a huge improvement in your energy levels throughout the day! Keep it up girl!!!

Holly said...

curry = my favorite!

hmmm...i just make sure to plan to fit workouts in. sometimes i have to say no to things, or fit in workouts at odd times. but its worth it!

MarathonVal said...

OMG, yuca with garlic sauce??? How do you make said sauce?!?! That sounds amazing!! I loved my yuca fries but with garlic sauce it would have been elevated to a whole new level ;)

Anonymous said...

Story of my life. 24 hours in a day is just not enough! I sometimes wish we didn't need to sleep at all.
I like working out in the morning. It refreshens my mind and gets it done so I'm in a good mood for the rest of the day!

Anonymous said...

p.s. Rats are really not that cute. lol.