Summer is going too fast. I know, it just started, but here we are finishing up the first week of June and before we know it the Fourth of July festivities will be in full swing. I love this season so much, and I want to take advantage of every second. That's why I'm constantly reminding myself to take a breath and live in the moment, instead of worrying about how short summer is in Chicago and what I need to get done.
Here are a few of the things on my list for this year:
Eat every dinner that I can outside.
Go to the beach at least once a week.
Go to every outdoor concert that I can afford.
Finish three books, every page turned outside while sitting in a comfy chair on my patio.
I've yet to check off all of the boxes on the lists I've made for the past summers, because I have a house to keep up, a yard that needs tending to, and blog work that needs to be done (If I had a laptop I could do most of my work outside, but noooo, I work on a PC in my library. Don't ask.). I'm not whining--of course it sounds that way--I just want to soak up every glorious ray of sunshine and the warm temperatures before I'm stuck inside my house because of gray skies and freezing wind.
Thankfully, I'm getting more outdoor time than usual because of marathon training. It's pretty awesome because I have an excuse to say the hell with vacuuming and dusting and hello mother nature. My house doesn't look as nice as it usually does, but whatever, I'll have plenty of time to clean once October gets here.
Now that I got that off of my chest, tell me, do you do the same thing? Do you fret over how quickly time passes us by? Do you worry about a clean house at the expense of actually living in the moment? Let's make a promise not to do that to ourselves any more. We deserve to live our lives to the fullest and not be slaves to all the things that don't matter, like worrying and spotless homes. Am I right?
This week was full of celebrations and fun. My family celebrated my son's twenty-second birthday in Chicago, my husband and I saw Chris Stapleton (if you like his music you HAVE to see him live, he's incredible) at Northerly Island, and Veganosity reached one million views!! Yes, it was a good week.
Wednesday was a fun day because it was National Running Day. I wasn't supposed to run because it was my interval training day, but how could I not put on my brand new ASICS and go for a short run? You runners know what I'm talking about. Anyway, let's get on with what I ate for one day this week. We've got stuff to do!
What I Ate in a Day to Train for a Marathon
This is what I consumed in one day to fuel my body while I train for the Chicago Marathon.
As always, I began my day with a tall drink of water with lemon juice and a cup of Nespresso (on sale on Amazon now) coffee with frothy almond milk. I wasn't in the mood for a smoothie, instead I had a bowl of corn flakes with sliced bananas, nectarines, and strawberries, with unsweetened almond milk. So delicious and filling!
I'm loving on strawberries right now. Can you tell?
I ate about half of that big bowl of leftover pasta with peas and mushrooms. My eyes were MUCH bigger than my stomach, and I knew that I was running later in the afternoon so it would have been unwise to eat the entire bowl, although I could have. 😉
Late Afternoon Snack
I ran five miles so I had a handful of almonds for protein, a big glass of water, and a green smoothie filled with spinach, pineapple, a date, and a tablespoon of hemp seed for more protein and amino acids.
I made a huge taco salad filled with quinoa, spinach, spicy black beans, Beyond Meat crumbles, avocado, tomato, salsa, and chips. I washed it down with a tall glass of agua.
All in all it was a day filled with lots of whole foods and color. I ate a lot of greens, fruits, and veggies. My whole grains were lacking as I ate corn flakes, white pasta, and corn chips, certainly not ideal, but I did add quinoa to my taco salad, so there's that.
Fitness for the Week
Friday - Tennis and upper body strength training and 2 mile walk with dogs.
Saturday - 8 mile run and 2 mile walk with dogs.
Sunday - Active rest day. 3 mile walk with dogs and gardening.
Monday - 3 mile run, two mile walk with dogs, and lots of walking in Chicago to celebrate my son's birthday.
Tuesday - 4 mile run and two mile walk with dogs.
Wednesday - 5 mile run and two mile walk with dogs.
Thursday - 4 mile run and two mile walk with dogs, and a lot of walking in Chicago for the Chris Stapleton concert.
Friday - 2 hours of doubles tennis and a two mile walk with dogs, plus upper body strength training.
I ran a total of 24 miles and walked 17 + miles (probably 30 miles in total when I consider how many miles I walked in the city). I also did a lot of stretching exercises to make sure that my muscles don't tighten up and shorten, which can lead to injury.
I hope you all had a productive week and have a wonderful weekend. See you on Monday!
Here are a few pictures of my fun week.
Date Night with my Sweetie!
Chris Stapleton Concert
How was your Memorial Day weekend?
Did you have a good week?
What did you do for fun?
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