Monday Ramblings

The Weekend

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. For as crazy as our lives have been the last month or so, this past weekend was such a nice change. Neither Ryan nor I had any obligations so we simply cherished the down time that we had together with our little man. Ryan has been working some really long days, so it felt like such a gift to have two full days with him all to ourselves. Plus the weather is finally warming up so we took advantage!

One of my very, very favorite hobbies is to trail run. It truly is my “happy place” where I am able to lose myself in my surroundings without a care in the world.

With the weather finally turning, I was able to get a few runs in this weekend and it was ah-mazing! This was the first time I’ve completed anything longer than a sprint since last fall, but I felt great! I was able to finish a 5-mile trail run in under 55 minutes on Sunday. And let me tell you, the trails here are tough (and still super mucky from all the rain last week)! The inclines in our local park do not mess around. I swear some of them are at a 70-80 degree angle and show no mercy (which is why I tend to walk those parts).  But what I loved most about running this past weekend is that it proved short bursts of high intensity cardio can be just as effective as long distance in regards to maintaining a healthy cardiovascular level. When I say I haven’t run since last Fall, I truly mean it. But I have done plenty of sprints, burpees, jump rope, etc. which obviously have done their job because I wasn’t dying through these first few runs of the season.

On Sunday, we decided to drive out and explore some new trails that reside beside a huge lake not too far from our house. It was fun to change it up and be near a body of water for once. I didn’t realize how land-locked I felt until I got my first glimpse of the lake! I can’t wait to spend some time out on the water this year! Henry wasn’t really feeling the stroller for our walk, so I ended up carrying him on my chest in the Ergobaby for most of it.

Dinner

Ryan had a late hockey game that night, so I was on my own for dinner. Since we had a late lunch after our walk, I decided on “sides” for a meal. Have you ever done that at a restaurant? I’ve definitely looked at menus before and realized the side items were calling my name more so than any other extravagant meal they offered and would just order a few of those instead. So it was homemade sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli for me!

(And yes, I’m eating in bed! That’s how lazy I felt hehe)

Today

Oh man, Henry sure tested my limits with last night’s sleep (or lack thereof). He went down a little earlier than usual, which wasn’t surprising. However, I wasn’t ready for him to wake up at 3:00am wide awake. Ugh…It didn’t help that I was exhausted. The kid was wired and no amount of nursing was going to do any good. So we played until I got him back down at 4a. Needless to say, I woke up today pretty lethargic. On top of that, I kiiind of skipped my off day, and my body was paying the price. The weather was just too nice not to run this weekend, despite being my rest day. I felt like this guy…can you relate?

But thank goodness for some Spark!

This stuff was a godsend to me this morning. Not only that, but I’ve been pairing it with Catalyst for my workouts.

The combination is hands down better than any other pre-workout I’ve used – and I’ve tried a LOT. I just feel great – that’s the only way I can describe it. There are no jitters, no tingling skin, no wired, buzzing feeling in my head…just pure, natural energy. I highly recommend trying it!  I was easily able to overcome my exhaustion and pushed through a modified Murph workout followed by a long walk with Henry through our neighborhood.

But now I’m going to enjoy the rest of this beautiful day! We may even have to go for another stroll – it’s just too hard to stay inside!  Good thing I made these delicious banana carrot muffins from Elana’s Pantry this afternoon. They look and smell so good, I can’t wait to dig into one!

I hope you all have a great week!