Ahhhh, another running workout. These spring days will turn my weakness into a strength, damnit!
I am a strategy girl. My favorite moments at the gym are when I learn a new technique or strategy that will make me better.
Why? Because it makes things easier.
When you become more efficient in the way you perform a lift or move your body, that workout becomes easier.
That’s probably why I get excited about working on my weaknesses – every incremental improvement makes things easier.
The same is of course true of food choices, finances & relationships – when we learn something that makes us better and then we implement that strategy, things get easier.
Who else wants to make things easier?!
During today’s warmup, we worked on our running technique. This often gets overlooked. We just think, “oh yeah, run. I can do that” (kinda like how we approach eating – we overlook the importance of strategy and just do what we’ve always done).
One of the things the coach reminded us is to stay light on our feet. Our feet should be quiet and quick.
Pull your feet up off the ground as quickly as you can, as if the ground was hot lava. And, don’t trudge through the run, slamming your feet down with each step.
Fast, light feet. It makes it easier. Even as a mindset, it helps. Thinking “I’m fast & light” makes the run far easier than thinking “God I’m slow. This sucks. My legs feel heavy.”
300 Meter Run
21 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)
After the workout I did a 5K meter row at a recovery pace – kind of the equivalent of a leisure walk after a workout. It felt great!
I want to make one last point about the idea of fast & light.
How often do we trudge through our decision making? We hem and haw and get all dramatic about what we should or shouldn’t do.
That’s the mental equivalent of having thunderous, trudging steps on a run. It makes it harder.
In your decisions, be quick & light.
Don’t negotiate with yourself. Make the decision and move right along.
Consider what will make you feel lightest & happiest and move right along.
Light and fast. It will make your choices & your days easier, for sure!
On the food front:
One of my favorite restaurants in Austin, TX recently expanded and now offers bottled butter coffee so of course I had to try it out!
I had a bottle of this in lieu of my morning coffee. One bottle is 210 calories, 17g fat from butter & MCT oil, 10g protein from grass-fed whey protein and 1g of sugar. I usually drink my coffee black and don’t like sweetened coffee drinks, so this was pretty good. I bought a case & and I’ll definitely finish it!
Around 12p I had a Paleo Power Meals cobb salad with a few cups of raw cabbage added in for fiber & satiety. Those cruciferous veggies like brussels, broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower are everything for me from an estrogen detoxification standpoint!
Around 3pm I had 2 grilled chicken strips with Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo. Like I’ve said, I hate mayonnaise but this stuff from PK is awesome!
Dinner was one of my latest favorites from Paleo Power Meals: steak frites – steak with sweet potato fries. I only do starch a couple nights a week but sweet potato fries are a fave way to do it!
Here’s to making the rest of your day the best of your day!
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