Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Weekday Workouts

My days are hectic, so I make it a priority to have as many relaxing mornings per week as possible. Many runners start their mornings with their runs - sometimes pre-sunrise. When I was living in NJ and commuting an hour and 10 mins to the office one way, I would try to get in a 4-5 mile morning run two times a week. While I always felt very accomplished sitting at my desk (albeit with my hair in a wet bun) knowing my run was behind me, I hated the rushed morning - Wake up at 4:50 am, run, 5 minute shower, scarf down half a banana in the car, run for train as it's leaving the station, fall asleep at my desk by noon. The only perk was seeing the sunrise...

Now that I work out of the comfort of my apartment (more on this in an upcoming post), I enjoy my relaxing (lazy) mornings. During the week, I wake up between 6 and 7, make my daily oatmeal breakfast (TJ rolled oats, blueberries, half a banana, 1 tbsp of flaxseeds and cinnamon), sip coffee, read the paper, and then start up my work computer for the day. Slow and steady wins the race, right?


So when do I run? Well, the employment Gods have been kind to me, and while working from home has had its challenges, my running schedule has improved greatly. Fall weather (aka perfect running weather) is so close I can almost feel it in the air, and I now complete my runs (4-6 miles; all under one hour) during a lunch break anywhere between 11 and 1 as long as my schedule permits. I stay logged on a little later into the evening, but getting in that bit of exercise has greatly improved the quality of my work. I get more accomplished and no longer hit the dreaded 3pm wall. Every job should enforce a fitness lunch. Employees would be much more productive and healthier – win/win for all.

While this schedule works best for me, I didn't say it was always ideal. Someone forgot to tell me it was still summer, and today's workout was 5 miles in the scorching 91 degrees (real feel 102 - ouch) heat. When it's 65 degrees out, lunch workouts are great. On days like today, I'm just stupid. I was hoping today would be a fast 5 miles after yesterday's day off, but with the heat, I slowed my pace down by almost one minute per mile. Passing out on the side of the road from heat stroke is not my idea of a good time.


Looking good

I'm now happily refueling with these yummy foods. I put 1/4 c of quinoa from last night's dinner in my salad (no dressing, because I'm weird) and it made it ten times better.

What’s your ideal work out time - Morning/Afternoon/Evening?

What's the highest/lowest temperature you ever ran in? Today was close, but I think I hit 95 at one point this summer, and 20 degrees is my low. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kate, I love reading your blog. Sounds like you are doing amazing :) If you ever have any nutrition questions let me know. I finally finished my dietetics degree and I interned with the FSU athletic department so I have some sports nutrition training if you ever need anything (although you already seem to fuel quiet well).