I did it on a Monday, a recovery day, and so this time I thought I would do a Wednesday to show you a workout day. So, without further ado, lets begin.
Alarm goes off…….although honestly, usually I am already out of the bed by now, my body does not seem to need an alarm clock anymore, but lets just call it 6am to be easy. I take my temperature….if you are wondering why, you need to listen to this podcast I did with Sarah a few months ago about fertility and female issues. I have been taking my temperature since.
Drink my Tea (usually White Chai or Acai, Blueberry and Pomegranate). It is workout day, which means I have to be careful with what I am eating before. Today I have a handful of pretzels and a handful of life cereal.
Rub calamine lotion all over my poison ivy, which has made sleeping even more difficult than usual. Try not to rip my skin off as it itches.
Start working for Runners Connect back in the day. I begin with replying to emails that have stacked up overnight; a large percentage of my time is spent reaching out to brands and individuals. Runners Connect is SUCH a good company with so much to offer, but it is amazing just how many people do not have any idea about all the great content they offer.
I also spend some time working on replying to comments on the Runners Connect posts, setting up Buffer with tweets for the day, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest posts, and checking my latest podcast episode with Greg Lehman is up and ready.
Eat a banana to give me some more fuel for the workout. For my last 25 mins of work before my workout, I continue working on podcast questions for the Cross Training Panel podcast (that goes live today!) with Alan Webb, Darren Brown (Elliptigo), and Lynda Huey (Pool Running Expert).
Time for exercises from Mint Choc Chip and Pecan (my exercises from the UVA Speed Clinic visit). These prep me for my run, and are helping calm my peroneal tendon down (finally!).
Call the Winchester Doctor about my ivy rash, book an appointment for this afternoon.
Steve and I leave for the workout….the plan was to leave at 9, but as usual I am running late….only in the mornings might I add. The world of social media is buzzing in the morning, and therefore I struggle to get everything done on time. The rest of the day I am usually on time!
Dynamic warm-up exercises to prepare my body for running. The older I get, the more warm up I need to do, and it makes a HUGE difference.
Warm up (3 miles)….yes, I do my workouts along a divided highway….only in Kentucky!
Start my workout; 2 mile, 1.5 mile, 1 mile, 5×800
Now seems like a good time to add that it was a 72 dew point (95% humidity) day. This workout was a HUGE struggle. I really pushed myself today, harder than I have in a long time. Steve biked alongside me, encouraging me, which helped a lot today. I needed that.
The problem was that I ran what I thought was the right “speed” of moving my legs for the 2 mile, and as I do not look at my watch during workouts anymore, I went by feel. However, with the humidity, that 2 mile ended up being much harder than Steve wanted it to be.
I managed to finish the workout, and did not slow down as the workout went on, it was just one of those workouts where you are absolutely DEAD at the end, as well as of course being completely drenched in sweat.
Cool down of 3 miles to end at the Winchester walking trail.
This was the only day last week that I only exercised once. Every other day of the week I have some form of cross training in the afternoon. Today is the once only day as I ran a total of 14 miles, so spent about 2 hours exercising anyway.
Stretch and roll (although I am not sure rolling was a good idea as my ivy could have spread through this….). However, this is extremely important, and well worth the few extra minutes it takes. Eat one of Maisymak’s amazing protein bites while I am doing this, and drink a Body Armor.
Shower. Resist the urge to crank the heat up high to get the feeling of scratching my poison ivy. Instead I stick with a very refreshing cold shower.
Eat one of my protein ice cream smoothies; 1/3 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1 scoop Twin Lab Clean Series Vanilla, 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana. Put into freezer the night before, and taken out the freezer when I wake up in the morning.
Return to work for Runners Connect. Today I worked on editing future blog posts, creating images for the blog, reaching out to brands, and researching various aspects of social media and growth of the brand.
Refuel; 1 tbsp Nuttzo on a rice cake, 1 cup homemade granola, and 1/2 avocado. I know I only ate a few hours ago, but it is so important to refuel on workout days. As I exercise 2 hours every day, I need to keep my fuel intake high!
Go to Doctors. They give me an injection to calm it down…..on my hip/butt, but at this point I do not care. Will do anything to help it feel better.
Back to work; now I am working on analytics, research, responding to comments on twitter and Facebook, and emails.
Snack time; handful of cashews, almonds, and dried cranberries, a peach, and some cottage cheese.
Steve arrives home. We decide to make it easy and eat the leftovers from the ravioli Sarah and I made last week. Sorry no photo, but here is the original!
Wash up the dishes, and go to my secret hiding place for the candy. Steve has instructed me to hide it as he is not very good at resisting when it is right there. I have two white reese cups, and a handful of Peanut Butter m&ms.
Research and write questions for my upcoming podcast with Michele!
Done with work for the day, decide we MUST go to Rite Aid to pick up some IvyRest. We do. After staring at the candy section for a while, we go home.
Eat some more granola and nuts. Not hungry, but just sounds good.
Take 2 benadryl and some zzz quill (I really need to sleep tonight after failed attempts the last few days).
Relax on the couch….or try to while fidgeting from the itchiness (injection isn’t working yet!) We watch an episode of White Collar. Resist the urge to scream at the TV every time Neal does something that puts himself at risk. *Edit- we just finished the finale. I cried, and I keep asking Steve questions about it, even now…..I think I genuinely believe Neal is real, I need closure :P*
Attempt to go to bed. Roll around, trying not to scratch my skin off. So much for benadryl and zzz quill.
Eventually I fell asleep….for a little while, and then proceeded to get up in the middle of the night to rub more cream and ice my poison ivy.
I have never had poison ivy before now, and I feel like that was what I talked about most of the day, but it really does consume your thoughts when the itch is THAT bad. Nothing soothes it!!
And there you have it. Another day in the life of Tina Muir. Hope you enjoyed reading 🙂
I mentioned about the cross training podcast, and as I said, it went live today. This is probably the most information packed episode yet. It is our longest yet, and could have gone on much longer. You NEED to give this a listen, trust me! Especially when the American Record holder in the mile is talking about his secrets, you wanna listen!
Have you ever had poison ivy? How did you survive? What TV show did you become overly attached to the characters?