Good morning and happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a seriously stressful week and am ready for a nice weekend. And the best part is that my friend Kelly is getting married tomorrow, so the weekend is sure to be a blast! Congrats Kelly and Jerry – I can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow!!
Yesterday was definitely a less stressful day and I was very grateful. I started the day off with a great breakfast of oatmeal with almond butter and tons of blueberries. I love blueberries!
Around 10:30 a.m. I ate a banana – I was ravenous for some reason. Then we had a work meeting and it just so happened to be my co-workers birthday and my boss had purchased giant cupcakes for everyone. Now, those who know me well know that I simply can not pass up a cupcake. And I didn’t. Not only that, I chose the worst one: carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting (sooo good!). These cupcakes were from Zeytuna and they were enormous. Seriously out of control…and I ate the whole thing. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. It was awful.
Needless to say, I was pretty full and felt gross for the rest of the day. And I also got a terrible headache (probably from such a huge rush of sugar) and then felt sleepy. Awful! Where was my self-control on that one?
Can you say no to sweets – especially when it’s your very favorite? It’s obviously something I need to work on.
The rest of my afternoon involved little food – some Triscuits with laughing cow cheese and a Chobani yogurt with Kashi Go Lean cereal.
In the afternoon I received an email from the NYRR photographer site notifying me that the pictures from last weekend’s half marathon were ready. I always check them out just to see how terrible I looked. There were a ton of pics of Lauren and me. Some were pretty awful, but then I came to this one, which made me laugh out loud:
I actually remember doing this. It was at the very beginning of the race, maybe at the first mile marker, and I saw the photographer right in front of me. But there were so many people taking pictures that day, that I didn’t think the guy was definitely one of the event photographers – umm yeah he was. Ha!
Anyway, I digress. I made it through the work day in a slight sugar coma (actually is was really bad). And then I trudged to the gym after work. This week has been terrible as far as my marathon training goes. I am supposed to finish up at 22 miles for the week and I’m at 11 right now. And I will not be running 11 miles tomorrow – maybe 6-7.
Anyway – I hopped on the last available treadmill and pretty much told myself I’d have to stop at 4 miles because people would be waiting. Miraculously, after 2 miles, the treadmills cleared out and I was able to run 5 miles (43:03) without feeling guilty.
Then I did some ab work and some arm free-weight exercises with a 5-pound weight.
I left the gym feeling much better (sugar coma gone) and started walking home and holy coldness!! The temperature had dropped tremendously! I got home, did the dishes, vacuumed and tidied up and then made some dinner. I already had some cooked pasta ready, so I just added a ton of veggies and stuff to it: cucumber, carrots, grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese and apple. I then drizzled it with Newmans’ Light Balsamic vinaigrette.
Perfection! Dessert was the second half of my grapefruit with a packet of Truvia on top.
I also had a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips as well.
I was considering getting up early today and hitting the gym for a 4-mile run to make my weekly mileage total, but my legs were feeling tired and so was I last night. I figured why push it? If my body was telling me to rest a bit, then I would. That way, I’ll be extra rested for my cold run upstate on Saturday morning. I don’t even want to check what the temperature will be – it will certainly scare me. I am simply preparing to layer-up like crazy.
And then after that it will be party time!! Do you have any fun plans this weekend or will you just be trying to stay warm? 🙂 Have a good one everyone!
Great time for your 5 mile treadmill run! Do you find you are faster on the treadmill or outside or does it make no difference to you?
Really pleased to have found your blog!
Thanks for stopping by my blog Chloe! I find that I run faster with ease outside. I can increase the speed on the treadmill, but usually find it more difficult. Outside I seem to be able to pick up the pace easier.
Ohhh it is going to be super cold here I think. I’m heading down to Long Island to visit a friend so I’m going to get my long run out of the way tonight (indoors!) Mmmm, carrot cake cupcakes. Yum. If someone brings in something that I absolutely adore, I usually have some.
Love the race photo- very cute! Have fun at the wedding!
Thanks! Funny – my mom just emailed me and told me she is pulling “the mom” card and not allowing me to run outside in the freezing cold. She is insisting I run at her gym instead. Haha.
Sweet treats are my weakness! I can’t imagine working in an office where people bring stuff in. But it sounds like you burned it off.
Enjoy your cold run in upstate. I just did my long one today and it was 19 degrees and windy. Ugh.
I would have downed that carrot cake cupcake too! I love carrot cake. I can’t pass up on treats either. I just try to keep it in a decent portion and enjoy and not stress about it.
Ooh how far are you running and when? 🙂
I’m running 6-7 miles this weekend up in Albany. But my mom is not allowing me to run outside – she is giving me her gym pass instead. Gotta love moms.
Nope, I can’t avoid sweets….and I don’t feel sorry eating them. You have to indulge once in awhile!
Hello! I just found your blog and I love it! Your pasta salad looks divine!
Sorry to hear you had a stressful week, Lindsey. Hopefully the weekend and wedding proved to be a detox from unwanted hectic-ness.
I totally relate to your cupcake dilemma. I have a real hard time stopping at one bite or even half of a giant cupcake. If it’s good, chances are I’m going to eat all of it.
That pasta salad looks delish!
PS: That photo is awesome. You rule!