A Great Day To Be Outside

First off, thank you to everyone who commented on this morning’s post about What I’ve Been Trying.   If you haven’t already, go through some of the comments (and add your own two cents, please!).     I want to stress again that I am FAR FROM an expert, and am NOT cutting gluten out completely from my diet (unless this REALLY works, then I may consider going to a doctor and getting tested/discuss a nutrition plan).

There was a really good point made in the comments about balance, and being careful when cutting ANYTHING completely out of your diet, which is why I wanted to once again stress my point here.  In reality, the only “bad” gluten that I really struggle with in my diet is in the form of processed bars and foods as work snacks, which like I mentioned, nobody really needs.  And these are the foods that I’m most focused on this week.

Let’s backtrack to yesterday, shall we :).

Yesterday Afternoon

We had a bit of an overcast afternoon/evening, which made perfect Summer weather for outdoor activities.   I managed to sneak out for a 2 mile or so walk during my lunch break at work to take advantage of the weather.

Walk

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And hit the road for some hill work the moment I got home.  I was lucky yesterday and had a partner in crime in the form of my hubby for the first two miles, followed by a little under 3 miles of hill work on my own.

RUN

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Overall the run looked like this:

  • 2 miles with Zach
  • 1 mile to get to a hill
  • Repeats of 1 minute up hill, 30 seconds downhill, until I made it up the hill and back home.

Zach and I’s new neighborhood is right on top of a pretty serious hill, so I have been taking advantage of that and doing these hill repeats about once a week.  I can definitely tell a difference already, especially this weekend in Breck!

Dinner

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We got back from our run about 615 and both had a couple things we wanted to get done around the house before dinner.  Right around 7 PM Zach started the grill and I got to making the salads.

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On the menu last night was grilled flank steak, veggie burgers, and salads.

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Plus hunks of rosemary sourdough bread for Zach and carrots chips from Whole Foods for me.

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Num num!

We both washed down dinner with a glass of wine and enjoyed the cooler than normal evening outdoors until the misquitos started getting at Zach.  At which point we headed indoors and watched a Jim Gaffigan special while I ate some new-to-me Gluten Free cookies.

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I’d never seen this brand before but they were pretty solid.  Unfortunately my sweet tooth took over and I ate 2.5 cookies.  What can I say, I’m a cookie monster!

This Morning

I woke up feeling good this morning and did a 30 minute arm routine including:

  • bicep curls (20 lbs)
  • push ups
  • overhead tricep curls (13 lbs)
  • tricep kick backs (8 lbs)
  • chest press (20 lbs)
  • shoulder press (20 lbs)

I did these work outs in super sets, completing 3 rounds of two of the work outs together.  It took about 30 minutes overall and my arms felt nice and tired after.  I’m shooting for a hot yoga class tonight since it’s the last night of my free week at Core Power Yoga, so hopefully I can sneak out work.

I got a huge bunch of baby carrots, pineapple and strawberries to munch on all morning, so I’m about to head that way! 🙂

What are your favorite hill work outs?  Do you love/hate hills?

Favorite fresh fruit?

4 thoughts on “A Great Day To Be Outside

  1. i used to so NAHT be a hills fan (i mean, were any of us, really??) but couldn’t get away from them when i lived upstate, as my parents’ house is entirely surrounded in every direction for MILES. after years of running those routes, i now am accustomed to both the hills and the ridiculous soreness that seems to be my legs’ “thing,” and i can suck it up and run them. doesn’t mean it’s pretty, or fast, but i do it for the love of running and eating chips & salsa.

  2. Yum I love trying new GF cookies! Good job on hills, I try to run them a lot but don’t necessarily incorporate them in a true hill workout, but I will be soon!

  3. I live in a super hilly area and when I first started running they would kick my butt every time. But running on them makes you stronger and it’s always nice to revisit a hill and show it who’s boss. We got a bunch of apricots in our CSA and that is what I’ve been eating all this week. Love summer fruits!

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