The best reward after a run

Good morning!

It’s your old pal, Fancy Oatmeal blogger, Amanda! Today is going to be a great day because I just tasted the delightful breakfast concoction of oatmeal, almond butter, chia seeds, and love. Oh how I love to fall into each bite. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten something I enjoy and crave so slowly in my life. Savoring each spoonful…yummy!

Oh yea, that's the stuff!

Ok, before I really lose myself in this private moment I have chosen to make public, let me say this about an additional reason for loving my oatmeal: I get to indulge after my A.M. workouts. MOTIVATION, BABY!

I have signed my dear husband and I up for the 2011 Boilermaker 5k held in upstate NY. My sisters are going to be running in it as well, so if running for running’s sake didn’t cut it for justification, the family aspect will get you every time.

I have run in one 5k in the past, but have been playing around with the idea of running as more than just a way to burn some calories, allowing me to dive into more oatmealy goodness. I typically have run about 30 minutes three or four times a week, nothing too earth shatteringly fast, but enough to get my pits a sweatin’. But with this event coming up, I thought I’d like to push myself a little bit further and be more disciplined in my preparation.

I have been scouring the internet for different sources for anything running-related:
*Running technique
*Running shoes
*Running nutrition
*Running blogs
*Running clothes
*Running routes
*Running with different diseases
*Running at different ages
*Running with scissors – highly frowned upon.

And so, I have been adapting my workout schedule into a 10k training routine. I know that the race in July is a 5k, and you train differently from that (I read that online), however, like I said I wanted to push push push. I’m not so much interested in the “race” portion of the 5k. I don’t really care which place I come in, other than not to embarrass myself. I like the idea of going on longer runs, hence the 10k focus.

In my head, this is what I look like: 75% hardcore. 100%=running in those bikini bottoms. Not cute on this rump.

I’m going to try my best to update my running routine at last every other day….try my best. So this is what I’ve been up to since Sunday, May 1st:

Sunday – May 1st
30 minute EZ run @ 10:00 min/mile pace
Level 1 of Biggest Loser’s Bootcamp DVD

Monday – May 2nd
CrossTrain – Elliptical 30 minutes
Level 1 of Biggest Loser’s Bootcamp DVD

Tuesday – May 3rd
REST

Wednesday – May 4th
4 Miles @ 10:00 pace
CrossTrain – Elliptical 10 mins

Thursday – May 5th
Tempo Run
10 mins @ 10:00
20 mins @ 9:15
10 mins @ 10:00

Friday – May 6th
CrossTrain – Elliptical 45 minutes

I have Interval running planned for Saturday & a 4 mile EZ run for Sunday.

By now I have gotten to the bottom of my oatmeal bowl. My heart is as empty as it is.

Anything left on the sides or bottom???

::Sigh::

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