I have noticed that my legs are getting more muscular and leaner. I know I am going to be very happy about that when the weather warms up and I transition back to running shorts and skirts.
And I am hungrier! I was warned to expect this side effect but until I experienced it, wasn't quite sure how hard it would hit. I need to find some ways to make more satisfying meals instead of just eating more snacks at night. I am going to do some menu planning today.
I am struggling with hydration. I have had some good advice about making sure to drink more water throughout the day. Normally I drink tea all day but not much water during these cooler months and I need to do that. So I am now putting water in a container on the counter in the morning, and making sure I drink it before noon, and then refilling it and making sure I drink that before dinner.
I am also going to start carrying water on any runs I do over 3 miles in length. And I am going to start experimenting with using nuun this week too, during the run. I had planned to use nuun in the water bottle during a 6 mile run yesterday, but it didn't happen. The rain was coming down so hard I thought it would be silly to go out and get cold and wet and take the chance of getting sick, so we did a speedy 2 miles when it finally let up late afternoon.
The 6 miles will become 6.2 miles (10k) on Monday and I will try the nuun then.
I am still doing some strength training and some core work each week too. And when I look back at my notes, I see that I have had 2 rest days each week for the past 2 weeks. I think I need to do some better workout scheduling as I don't really think I need that second rest day right now... maybe as the running mileage starts to increase this next few weeks I may go back to it again.
All in all I am happy with how things are progressing. The shorter runs are getting faster and the longer runs are not killing me, yet! I am trying to keep things interesting by varying our routes, and signing up for some virtual races as they come along, too.
This week I bought some blood oranges... have you ever tried them? I have seen them but never tasted one, but the little produce market near us that I have come to love, had some cut for sampling yesterday so we both tried a piece and really liked them.
I bought 6 of them... and we just shared one after our pancakes this morning.
I am not sure what variety these are... they have a dark crimson centre and I can see that we are going to have to be careful with the juice. It stains the rind of the orange and seemed to stain my fingers too. Did I see that Chobani is making a blood orange yogurt now? I really have to get across the border this year to do some shopping!
Do you like to try new freggies? What have you tried lately that you would recommend?
I love to try new fruits and vegetables and am always curious to read what people like and don't.