This week is flying by! Probably helps that I had Monday off! The only downside of that is I don’t get to take a half day on Friday if I have had a half day during the week. Oh well, totally worth it. The rain and cold has had me wishing I was back in California working on my tan.
Or spray tan as the case may be. Either way, at least I didn’t look like Casper anymore. The problem with spray tans is that you can’t sweat (or cry as the case may be) or it will run, so I didn’t want to work out before the wedding. I just pumped some iron for 20 minutes and called it a day.
Even though my half marathon is getting closer and closer (as in a week and half away…ahh!), I have actually been running less and less lately. While I probably should be running more, I am really paranoid about injuring my hip even more than it already hurts. I ran once in California–for a mile so I don’t think that counts, and then spent most of Thursday walking around–probably covering about 8 miles total–in flip flops. Not my smartest move ever. After that day and 2 days/nights in heels + a lot of drinking and not a ton of sleep, I knew it would be tough to get back into running. Monday I ran a tough and hot 3 and decided to then give myself a break for Tuesday and today. So instead, I went to a cardio tai box class yesterday at my gym. This was the first time I have gone even though I have been meaning to go for awhile now. A girl I met at the gym awhile back told me it was a great class but really hard and I have to agree with her. If you are looking for a new class to try, I would highly recommend it. I think most gyms would have some form of this, maybe not called cardio tai box but at least a kickboxing class of some sort. If you are interested in it, I definitely say you should give it a try! It burns a lot of calories (around 600 in an hour–similar to running) but unlike running, the time speeds by and it is a lot of fun. Don’t be intimidated—there were all levels in my class and I’m sure that is true of most classes. I was so busy trying to keep moving that I didn’t even notice people around me. Today, some muscles that I must not work often are super sore, especially around my rib cage.
I also have a del-ish salad to share with you. If you like beets that is. If you don’t, I’m sorry since I post a lot of beet stuff–but you were forewarned that beets are one of my fav foods. If only beets and tofu were good together….hmmmm.
Beet Berry Seed Salad serves 2
2 large beets (or 4 small), roasted in foil and then peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 pint blackberries
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/8 cup almonds, chopped or whole
Optional: goat or feta cheese
Dressing: 1 T balsamic vinegar, 1 T olive oil, 1 t lemon, 1/8 t dijon mustard (optional if you want a mustard taste), salt & pepper to taste
Combine the beets, blackberries, seeds and almonds. If you want to add cheese (I think goat cheese would be great), add a few crumbles to the top then add dressing. So simple for a great side dish or light summer salad!