I cannot believe April is nearly over! I thought I would wrap up the week and the month in one post. I feel like April FINALLY got me back in the swing of things. I was in a huge funk after the Princess Half, even though I had tried to prepare myself for it. I think it was actually more weather than anything and now that spring is really here consistently and I'm able to run outside and enjoy the sunshine, I feel like myself again.
This week was full of activity. My toe is pretty much better, I'll lose the nail eventually but it doesn't hurt anymore, so that's good. I ran three times, 4 miles each time and then spent some time looking into strength training. I've been waffling about this for a while now and trying to find a way to work something into my schedule and found a book that really helped.
I downloaded The New Rules of Lifting for Women and devoured it pretty quickly. I have been wanting to work on my strength training but in the past I have used the machines or done programs with lots of repetitions and wanted to try some heavy lifting this time. Heavier weight, less reps.
I liked it and it looks like I will be able to incorporate 2 days a week of this plan in between my running. They suggest 3 days but say 2 is ok as well. I have to be honest with myself, I want to RUN first and foremost and I just don't see adding three days of lifting in as well, so 2 it is. I did day 1 already and feel pretty good about it, it's been a while since I've done squats!
A few springy shots of everything starting to bloom, from one of my runs this week. The Redbuds and Dogwoods are blooming all over the place:
On top of the running, I pulled out and oiled up the chain on my bike and went for a ride yesterday! It was awesome, I headed back to a trail in my town that I love riding on. I haven't been back there since the last ride I took because it's a bit isolated and I don't feel comfortable running back there...I figure I'm faster on a bike. ;)
THEN, this morning Dallas wanted to ride, so I went for another! I have such skillz, I even took a selfie while riding! I think Dallas realized what I was doing though, HAHA, he looks unamused!
Such a great way to finish off the week! I'm surprised I'm not more sore after all the activity this week, but I feel fantastic.
Lastly, after coming home, I tried out a protein powder. I have never had PP, mostly because I just didn't think I would like it and never wanted to bother spending the money. I decided that if I was going to try and build some muscle, I should at least give it a try. I'm a vegetarian, so it's probably even more important that I make sure I get extra protein...although, my Fage Greek yogurt has TONS of protein and I think I get a decent amount daily.
I mixed 2 scoops of EAS Lean 15 with a cup of almond milk and a small handful of frozen strawberries and blended it up.
Uh...YUM!!???!!! I'm impressed! This was really yummy. BTW, I have not been paid, compensated, or contacted by EAS, this was just something I picked up and tried on my own. As you can see, I could barely stop drinking it to take the shot. ;) If you are looking for a protein drink, this one is good.
So how did your April shape up? Are you excited for May? Do you use protein powder ever?