Hello beautiful readers! (and yes, the title of this post is a reference to Rat Race)
For once in my life as a blogger I’m going to shut up and listen.
My 5km race is one week today, and I’m appealing to you lovely people for help.
First, I need some help with planning my diet. My meals the past month have NOT been healthy and or nutritious. I would welcome any suggestions and/or links to recipes that would be easy to make and will really help prepare my body for the race. I think I need some foods that will really help strengthen my muscles, and also help cleanse my system of all the junk I’ve been pouring into it for the past month.
Tonight’s menu – garlic bread with cheese, avocado salad (italian salad mix, avocado, strawberry, raspberry vinaigrette, sesame seeds), and oven baked turkey breasts. I also just bought some whey protein powder for post workouts, so I’ll be able to start developing some lean muscle. I’m a little concerned that I may have posterior compartment syndrome in my calves, they have grown quickly and are frequently sore.
Second, I need suggestions for my running playlist!!! My top songs right now are Judas by Lady Gaga, On the Floor by JLo and Pitbull, Blow by Ke$ha, Pjanoo by Eric Prydz and They by Jem. The only problem is that the rest of my playlist I’ve listened to so many times that I get bored and want to listen to something new. I like music with a fast moving beat, and I love anything from the 90s too. Suggestions, please!!!
Third, any other tips, tricks, or ideas you can think of to help me be the strongest, fastest and best runner that I can be for Sunday. Stretches, exercises, anything you got, hit me with your best shot! Is there something I should be eating the night before the race? What about breakfast on the morning of the race?
I hit the gym for an hour today and felt pretty good. When I was in my fourth year of university I was in the best shape of my life, taking a spin class followed by a yoga class (2 hours total) 3 times a week. Now, I think I’m nearing that same level of fitness, but through running and weight lifting instead. I think my muscle foundation this time around is much, much stronger, and overall I’m feeling better than I did then. However, I’m still trying to target my muffin top (which lingers on, no matter how strong my legs and arms get!!)
Here are some stats about my health right now, which I’m hoping I can look back on in a couple of months and think, Ha! I’m in waaaay better shape now:
Body fat percentage: 16.8%
Now, this is according to the little handheld doo-hicky that the Frenchman has in his bathroom. 17% body fat is actually below what is considered normal and healthy for women, so I am mildly concerned. If anything, I should be even a little more concerned because just two or three weeks ago, I weighed only 145lbs. I’ve had to start eating meat again, I was just becoming emaciated as a vegetarian, since I really didn’t know how to feed myself. However, the amount of meat I eat has been hugely scaled back, and I will only buy it on sale.
An amazing thing about it being May and beautiful is that there are a whackload of festivals starting up. Here in Toronto, we have Luminato, Pride, Caribana, Taste of the Danforth, Taste of Little Italy, and the list goes on. Yesterday, we had a huge vegetarian potluck picnic in the middle of the Cherry Blossoms in High Park. They’re not even at their peak yet, so if you live in Toronto and want a chance to see them, GO THIS WEEK!!!
ALSO: ATTENTION TORONTO READERS!!! Ontario Place is offering FREE admission this summer. Want some free entertainment for the day? Bike/walk/take TTC down to Ontario Place! (they didn’t pay me to do that).