Marathon of Hoops
This past week, I tried something a little different in my training. Jogging on a treadmill and wind sprints can only help so much until you finally get kind of bored. I am always trying to break up my routines, so it’s not the same thing every single day. If it starts feeling like work, it’s time to change some things up to make it fun again.
Last Monday, I went to the gym with a few friends and decided to play some basketball. I figured it would be a few half court games of three-on-three with a few guys my age. It turned out we played a few pickup games of 5-on-5 full court against high school and college kids. Guys that practically spend every waking second at the gym playing. I thought I was in shape until I started playing. Sure, at a nice, steady pace I can run six or more miles but this really tested me. I wasn’t quite ready for the stop and go sprints and a all of jumping. The good news? We won all of our games and I more than held my own. The bad news, for two days my whole body was sore!
This is really what I needed. I can simulate getting in shape by practicing by myself but until you really get out there, you don’t know how well your training is really going. I was fairly pleased with the rest of the week as well. Even though I was sore, I was still able to have a good run on Wednesday.
Here is a rundown of Monday-Sunday
Monday – Two hours of basketball pickup games. Incorporated a lot of sprints, change of pace and jumping.
Tuesday – Situps, pushups, among other core exercises
Wednesday – Ran 4 miles on the treadmill. Boy, I was still very sore from the pickup games on Monday. Even while being sore I was still able to increase my pace from prior weeks.
Thursday – Rest day.
Friday – Rest day.
Saturday – Walked two miles.
Sunday – Walked three miles.
Here’s a rundown of some of the foods I ate this past week. It’s not everything I had but just some of the basics so you can get an idea. You will see many of the same items from week to week.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberries, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Fruit Smoothies.
Lunch: Salad with Carrots and Sweet Peppers, Breaded Chicken Cutlets, Vegetables, Cauliflower and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Dinner: Lentil Soup, Spaghetti and Marinara Sauce, Ground Turkey and Black Beans, Quinoa with Mixed Vegetables, Breaded Chicken Cutlets.
Snack: Pistachios, Almonds, Trail Mix, Yogurt Parfait, Bananas, Carrots, Greek Yogurt, and Almond Milk.
Glad to see I’m back up to 185. This could be due to the fact that it was a lighter week than past weeks and that I’m eating even more calories. I’ve been packing a little more food in my lunches and having a few snacks each day. Even if I’m not hungry, I make sure to finish my food.
I will finally be able to run outside! That’s right. In weeks past, the weather man had promised nice warm weather but it ended up being in the 40’s and rainy. It’s now supposed to be in the upper 60s to low 70s. Even if it’s in the upper 50s, I can deal with it! I’ve been waiting for this for so long.
Try this Low Carb Yogurt Parfait.
Before and after a lot of my runs I like to have healthy snacks that are quick and easy to make. Lately, my go-to snack has been this yogurt parfait. I’ve included the printable recipe below. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 1 c Plain non-fat yogurt
- 1 packet of Stevia
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 6 rough chopped pecans
- 1 sliced strawberry
- One cup of non-fat yogurt and add some of your favorite toppings. For this, I added a packet of stevia, chia seeds, rough chopped pecans, and a sliced strawberry. Easy at that!