Hey, hey! Thank you so much for your birthday wishes via comments, texts, and tweets—they made my day! My coworkers even gave me a card yesterday, which was such a sweet surprise.
Another surprise greeted me when I got home—PajamaGram pj’s from my parents!
Now that I’ve been 23 for a solid 24 hours, I’ve come to the conclusion that—to quote Red Forman from That 70s Show—fun time is over.
In the above clip, Red (who reminds me so much of my grandpa!) determines he’s been too lenient in raising his son Eric, declaring “fun time is over!” And for the past week, I’ve been living in a let-the-easy-workouts-roll world, which screeched to a halt Monday morning with some Full Throttle Endurance tempo work. After warming up and progressing through some technique drills, my pace group ran around the indoor track for 10 minutes, then hopped on treadmills for 10 minutes of hills—while maintaining our tempo pace. (We eventually built up to 90 seconds at 3.5 percent incline—whew!) Then we repeated this cycle for a total of 40 minutes, and I hit the pool afterward for a 30-minute swim. This girl was down for the count!
On Tuesday morning, I shutdown “playtime” (another Red Forman-ism) and upped the weight on all my strength training exercises.
And this morning, our team indoor cycling practice contained mostly solid intervals (80-85 percent of maximum heart rate), plus a few all-out efforts. My crazy dedicated teammates and I also did a quick run off the bike. So basically, there will be no more FTE playtime until the end of the month!
After my double-workout, I refueled with a protein smoothie.
Kind of a gross color thanks to the spinach, but super delicious—one frozen banana, frozen strawberries, a ton of spinach, plus almond milk, chia seeds, and a scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.
After breakfast, I met Jen at Starbucks! She was in the neighborhood for a Finish Line Physical Therapy appointment, and since we tried (and failed) to meet up before Sunday’s race, we made it happen today. She’s super bubbly and sweet, and you should definitely check out her blog if you don’t read it already.
After I ran errands and organized my apartment, I threw together some spinach and leftover spicy black bean quinoa for lunch.
Topped with avocado of course!
Oh, and before I forget, I have some exciting news to share—my big-girl internship will transition from part-time to full-time starting next week! I just wanted to give you a heads up my blogging might be sporadic for the next week or two as establish a new schedule.
How often do you back off your workouts or take a recovery week? Better yet, how many rest days do you take each week?