Before I get in to recent running adventures, I wanted to announce that the Winter Shape Up, which I co-host each January with Gina from The Fitnessista, is launching on Monday! Itâ€™s a free 4 weeks of workouts (from Gina â€“ sheâ€™s a trainer) and meal plans (from me) to inspire you to kick off you new year on a healthy note. You guys know Iâ€™m not about anything extreme â€“ this is just a fun way to encourage each other to stay active and eat healthy, in a sustainable way. She wrote a post on setting it up for shape up success â€“ and I started the new Winter Shape Up Facebook support group if youâ€™d like to get in there early!
You donâ€™t need to do anything to sign up â€“ just check our blogs on Monday for the details! Isnâ€™t the logo fun? ðŸ™‚
Anyway! Since Matt and I were both working from home yesterday, we treated ourselves to a long lunch break. First up: a 3-ish mile jog around some hilly neighborhoods.
We ended our run at our lunch spot of choice, Cassattâ€™s Kiwi Cafe. We love this place. I usually come here for brunch, but decided to mix it up and do lunch. A BLT sandwich plus a side salad! The BLT had guac on it â€“ so good.
I know Iâ€™m a dietitian and all, but BLTs are probably the greatest sandwich of all time. Just sayinâ€™. My grandmother makes the best ones. ðŸ™‚
This morningâ€™s adventure was more running â€“ this time with the coached running group that Iâ€™m checking out through Potomac River Running. They let you do a trial week (they meet Tues/Thurs at 6:30 a.m.) before committing, so I checked them out for the first time this morning. It was pitch black when we met up at the track, but by the time we were done the sunrise was beautiful!
This morningâ€™s workout was 1,000â€™s â€“ one lap around the track is 400m, so a 1,000 was 2 and a half laps. We were instructed to push ourselves, but not go all out, since that was obviously too long a distance for sprinting. In between each 1,000, we did a half lap of jogging to recover.
It was a great workout! The coaches were really nice and it was awesome to have someone timing you as you did each lap â€“ so motivating. There were probably about 15 people out this morning, and some of them were super fast, but I found a couple guys who were about my pace and we challenged each other.
Felt good to do a speedier run! My watch doesnâ€™t include the warm up and cool down jogs I did at the start and end of the workout, so I probably covered about 5 miles total.
Tuesdays are usually their straight up track workout day, and Thursdays are reserved for tempo runs, hill repeats, and things like that. Iâ€™m going to go back on Thursday to see how that is, too, but Iâ€™m pretty sure Iâ€™m going to sign up!
Have a good one, my friends!
Do you have a running coach or group? How do you like it?
Whoâ€™s in for the Winter Shape Up?! ðŸ™‚