Sunday, February 9, 2014

Race Season is Right Around the Corner.

If you're from anywhere near the northeast above West Virginia, then you know this winter has been rough. We've had weather in the negatives or single digits almost every morning for weeks. That ground hog wasn't kidding when he said 6 more weeks of winter. Getting to the gym has been tough becsuse every time I try to go we get hit with a snow storm. 

Training has had it's ups and downs though. Right now, I'm mostly making it to CrossFit 3 days a week and getting to the gym when I get there. To motivate myself I've made done new training schedules. 
I'm going to start working on my marathon training schedule this week. I plan on working in swimming and biking to my cross train days. Even though the calendar only has one workout on most days, there might be two. I think as long as I stick to my training schedule, I'll be as good as gold. 

I'm really hoping for some decent weather soon so I can get outside. In the meantime, I meal prepped with a summery salad to feel like it's summertime. 
I found a recipe similar on Pinterest under Triathlete Magazine's board. I had to change it up for myself a little bit. 

2 10oz. Cherry or grape tomatoes (Chopped)
2 Cucumbers
1 Purple onion 
1 Can white kidney beans (drained and rinsed) 
1 Can Garbonza Beans 
1/2 cup White or red wine vinegar (I used white)
4 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Peper 

Mix everything and refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My Weekly Disappointment

So, for the past three weeks it has been miserably cold. Not only in the single digits, but in the negatives.
I usually go to morning CrossFit but this week I just couldn't. The two weeks before that I would go but I would be miserable all day. Over exerting yourself while trying to breathe just isn't a good idea. I can make up the classes and miles while swimming and running. 

I know to some people -7 isn't that cold. Well, here where it hasn't done that in years, it's freezing. It hurts to breathe. The windchill was -30. Just walking a few steps was putting me out of breathe. I pretty much took this week off. I have found that resting does much more good than harm. It's okay to rest. It doesn't mean you're weak. Sometimes we all need a break. I'll never understand why some people get so prideful about weather and something's. When you tell someone that it's -7 and they have to feel big and bad to tell you, "Well, it's -8 here!" Dude, I don't care. Either way they're both cold! I'm not killing myself to get a workout in that I can make up. I know some people would disagree and that's okay. I really don't care. 
If you don't feel well it's okay to take a day or even a week off! Don't let someone make you feel obligated to go out and do it. 

In better news, it was over 25 here yesterday and will climb to 40 today. 
I also have big news coming up about the Pittsburgh Marathon & Panera Bread. Stay tuned and have a great weekend.