Cinnamon’s Training Log 3/3/12

Sunday 2/26 – 5+ miles with the running club, ran in my low-profile Brooks Pure Cadence.  Took it pretty slow.

Monday 2/27 – Worked like a nut, 18 hour day…but my last staff day on Person of Interest!

Tuesday 2/28 – 5.3 miles in Mizuno Rider 13s. Started easy, then picked up the pace around 2.5 when I ran into my friend E on his run-commute home!  My knee felt great.

Wednesday – 2/29 – Ran to running club run – total of about 5.25 miles in Mizuno Rider 12s. Got caught up in the fun and went a little too fast, felt it in my left knee and shin…not the same sharp sting I’ve been having but definitely fallout from pushing too hard while I should be in healing mode.

Thursday – Had a nice short day of exteriors in the West Village. Wanted to run after work really bad but after yesterday I felt like I should take a day off. Self-massaged my hamstrings, stretched and did Ab Ripper X – the best way to spend 15 minutes when you’re feeling like a slug.

Saturday – I rallied!  I ran 8 miles!  I ran in My Mizuno Rider 13s. I was gonna run all the way home, but my knee said I should stop about a half mile short, so I walked the rest of the way.

Total this week was 23.75.  I would really have liked to run one more day, but I’m glad I took Thursday off anyway.  Healing fully from injuries is important!

I should probably note that I’m dieting as well.  I’ve been snacking a lot the last few months and to rein in my choco-salt-cheesy-carbo-sugar-fatty habits I was thinking about doing something drastic, like a juice cleanse or something.  After doing research though I’ve simply decided to relegate myself to eating good, whole, live sorts of foods.  I can eat as often as I feel hungry, as long as I eat something that will make my body feel good.  Here’s what I’m eating:

  • lots of vegetables and fruits – preferably fresh but I like to make smoothies out of frozen berries
  • whole, unprocessed grains like oatmeal and cornmeal and rice (but no flour for now)
  • beans and lentils! Yummmmm.

    Svenska: Tropical Smoothie
    mmmm. Smoothies. Image via Wikipedia
  • soymilk (’cause I refuse to give up coffee and it makes yummy smoothies)
  • LOTS of water
  • Honey and maple syrup (no sugar!)
  • tree nuts and seeds

Like I said, this is really just to improve my habits and get myself back on track.  If I drop a few pounds in the process that’s awesome, but the goal is really to feed my body good fuel (as opposed to whatever’s on the crafty table) and to remind myself of how good I can feel when I reduce the salt, sugar and saturated fat. The real secret? I’m not denying myself anything I REALLY want, because what I really want is to be healthy!  And besides, I’m a grains-and-beans sorta gal at heart anyway.  Meat-and-potatoes never really did it for me.

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. By day she's a camera assistant for films and tv in New York, and by night she's on a quest for zen in the 10k. Her writing is a mix of satirical humor, finding wholeness as an average runner, cheering for runners at all paces and more.

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