One Week Down, One More To Go

One week ago today, I ran 18.0 Miles!

Three hours later,  had surgery on both my big toes.

 

The doctor said no running for two weeks, while my toes heal! My first week of not running hasn’t been to bad. It was a welcomed mental and physical break for the most part. I even got in a few mini-workouts!

Recap:

Saturday: 15 minutes of core work

Sunday:  rode my gym’s stationary bike for 30 minutes.

Monday: 10 minutes of core work and pushups.

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels Boost metabolism video (which made my hamstrings sore!?)

Wednesday: stretching

 

It’s been a week, and I finally got up the courage to put my sneakers on. I have been cringing just thinking about doing this…  (By the way, look how dirty they are now?!)

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The weather is pretty cold (for Florida) and quite gloomy.

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I set out to take a walk, and honestly it was probably a bad idea. Not because it hurt, I felt GREAT! However, it was such a tease not being able to run.

I honestly wanted to cry. My muscles are rested and ready to go. My brain is done taking a mental break. The weather was cool and I wanted to RUN!! I’m really frustrated that I am in the middle of training for my first marathon, and cannot run.

Silly toes. One glance at them, and it’s clear they aren’t healed. I will spare you a picture.

I keep telling myself, only one more week. I’m halfway there.

 

Breakfast

I came back from my short walk and made some oatmeal. It was the perfect morning for a warm breakfast.

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My bowl of oats had:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Brown sugar
  • almonds
  • blueberries
  • coconut

I think I put too much coconut (it was a little too sweet), but it was still pretty good!

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I am actually learning some valuable lessons through this experience. It’s frustrating, and I hate it, but I think that some good has come out of it. I plan to discuss this in the next couple of days.

I have a boat load of work to get done by Monday, and it’s time to get crackin’!

 

Have you ever had to take time off from exercise because of an injury? What did you learn from it?

 

❤ MegaNerd

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You Spin My Head Right Round…

This morning, my sister and I decided to do something new!

We took a spinning class at UCF!

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Before I left for my 7:30 am class, I had a stabilizing breakfast. I used this container of pomegranate berry yogurt as the base of my meal.

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I combined strawberries, yogurt, and a cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal:

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My sister came along with me to my 7:30 am class since we were heading to the gym on campus for spinning. She found college classes “so boring” and is glad that she is in school to cut hair and not to become an engineer. We are such opposites!!

Brielle and I split a pumpkin pie Kashi bar on our 0.5 mile walk to the gym.

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I haven’t used the on campus gym at UCF in over a year! I always use the one at my apartment, or lift weights at home. It’s quite a nice facility, which I obviously don’t take advantage of.

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We got to the 10:15 am class a bit early to make sure we would get bikes. It was a nice surprise to see Sarah as our teacher!!

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I really enjoyed doing something other than running. It was a nice change, and made me really miss my bicycle!!

Sarah did a great job of teaching the class. I felt like I was working hard, and working up a sweat. My sister also really liked it because her knees bother her when she tries to run.

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As a freshman, I was SO intimidated by spinning classes. The great part about the spin class is you can tailor it to your needs. For example, if you find one of the positions or sprints hard, you can simply sit on the bike, turn it to lower resistance, and recover until you are ready to continue with the class. If it’s too easy, increase your cadence or the resistance on the bike.

I was absolutely STARVING when I got home. I whipped up the first thing that came to mind, a fruit and nut salad:

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I combined:

  • spinach
  • melon
  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • walnuts
  • almonds
  • grilled chicken breast w/ basil and thyme

I topped it all with Trader Joes’ Poppyseed dressing!! I am so thankful that JasoNerd’s brother Zach brought me some more back from Ohio!! 😀

Thanks, Fluffy!

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I might make pumpkin muffins. I have been thinking about them all day!!

 

Do you ever take group exercise classes? Which are your favorite?

I really love kickboxing! After the marathon, I can’t wait to get back into some fun stuff!

❤ MegaNerd

Feels Like Fall

I wasn’t planning on running until tonight, but when I checked the weather and saw it was only 65 degrees out, I couldn’t wait!

I had plenty of time between 6:00 am when Jason left for work (and I wake up and can’t fall back asleep) and my 9:30 class to get in a good run.

When I first stepped outside the apartment, it was actually a bit chilly! 😀 I left the apartment and did a 4.0 mile loop in 36:40. It felt great to come back and be only slightly sweaty instead of looking like I just got out of the swimming pool!

I so love this weather! Too bad it’s only going to last a day or so. I need to move up North!

 

Breakfast

I went a little cRaZy with the oatmeal toppings today. I had pineapple and banana to use up, so I made some tropical oats. NO, I do not miss summer… these are just the ingredients I had on hand. 😀

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My Jammin’ Oats had:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBL flax
  • banana
  • almonds
  • pineapple
  • coconut

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DELICIOUS!!!! Oats are the best thing ever.

 

So filling… I couldn’t even finish!

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I have a TON of studying to do for my test tomorrow. I’m taking it outside today, the weather is just too gorgeous not to!

Does it feel like fall yet where you live?

❤ MegaNerd

First Day of Fall… not Fail

Well, the calendar says it is now fall… but there is no sign of it in Florida! The high today is 89 degrees… LOL.

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I appreciate everyone’s encouragement! It’s helping me realize that today is just one day!

Instead of crying about being stressed, which does nothing to help the situation, I am deciding to be proactive about it!

I made a plan for the day, per your suggestions!

 

10-10:55am:  Study test #1 material

10:55-11:00am: Break

11:00am-11:55am: Study test # 2 material

11:55am-12:30pm: Lunch break/watch mindless TV?

12:30-4:00pm: Continue to study and take 5 minute breaks every hour

4:30-5:45 Test #1

6:30-10:30: Test #2

10:30: drive home, brain dump, sleep!! (really looking forward to this part!!)

 

Hopefully this will help me stay on track!

Before I left for my 7:30 am Lab, I made a bowl of Kashi Hot Cereal, topped with strawberries and almonds.

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I really like this, it’s got a good flavor and texture. It cooked better when I made it in a mug for some reason?

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Instead of going straight home, I stopped at Starbucks to pick up a nonfat Pumpkin Spice latte! Perfect for “fall” and for keeping me awake while studying!!!

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Wouldn’t it be even more fun to drink out of this adorable pumpkin mug?

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Alright, enough wasting time! Off to study… wish me luck! 😀

❤ MegaNerd