I’m writing this post as I upload the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album- I’m With You- into my iTunes library. My boyfriend, Nick, went out on his lunch break to buy it for me and surprised me with it tonight! I can’t wait to run to it tomorrow! 🙂
Today I had some of my favorite meals.
For breakfast I had a homemade parfait. I layered Bear Naked vanilla crunch granola under Chobani vanilla greek yogurt and topped it with some fresh berries and a couple of walnuts. I think if I had to pick one meal to live off of for the rest of my life it might be this. I would never get sick of it!
After breakfast I went to a local park to go for a run. The weather was PERFECT today. This was my first time running outdoors in a really long time- I’ve become tied to my treadmill runs lately! I feel like running outside and running on a treadmill are two totally different workouts! The stamina just does not translate for me. I think it could have to do with my ability to pace myself. So today I decided to not track my distance or pace but to just run. I only ran for about 25 minutes and finished with a 10 minute walk back to my car. I came home and did some weight-training with my 5 pound dumbbells. I did bi’s, tri’s, shoulders, some lunges, and 100 crunches before showering and getting ready for work.
Lunch was another of my favorite meals: salad! In college, I worked in a sandwich and salad shop and it was there that I grew a love for salads! One of my friends said to me recently that she only eats salads that she buys because she doesn’t like “home-made” ones. Prepared salads can be so expensive and they are really so simple to make! My salad had Romaine lettuce that I simply cut with my lettuce-scissors (I made that name up but this is one of the best inventions ever and one of the best gifts I’ve ever received courtesy of my boyfriend- Nick’s mom). I then added some red onion, an orange bell pepper, chick peas, and a yellow tomato (that comes from my boyfriend’s garden!). I love yellow tomatoes- way more than the red ones- so I love that I have a basically endless supply of them (for free!) in the summertime! 🙂 I also added to my salad a few pieces of Morning Star chicken meal starters which I was trying for the first time. I am a huge fan of Morning Star and love so many of their products but these weren’t for me. Something about the texture just didn’t do it for me- they tasted a bit rubbery. Luckily I had chick peas in there already so I wasn’t missing out on the protein.
After dinner (pot roast, courtesy of my mom), Nick and I took about a mile and a half walk that led us to Starbucks. We shared a java chip light frappuccino that was delicious. Walking around my neighborhood was a bit eerie due to the widespread power outages from Hurricane Irene. The streets were so dark! The peace and quiet was nice for our walk but I’m so grateful I still have my power!
My outdoor run got me curious and I started searching the internet for different takes on treadmill vs. outdoor running. Here’s a list of pros for each from sportsmedicine.about.com:
Treadmill Running Pros:
- No weather, temperature, or terrain issues.
- Can stop anytime you need or want.
- Can workout while watching tv if you like.
- Smooth, cushioned surface is easier on the joints .
- No concerns about personal safety.
Outdoor Running Pros:
- You can run anywhere.
- It’s much more functional for daily activities.
- You get to enjoy the scenery, get fresh air, notice changing seasons, weather, and enjoy nature.
- It’s generally more challenging and you expend more calories.
- It’s likely more motivating. You must complete a distance goal and can’t just stop & get off.
- Most people report a greater feeling of accomplishment running outside.
- You can take new routes and see something new everyday.
What’s better: treadmill or the great outdoors??
I think for me it really just depends on my mood!