Sunday, April 27, 2014

Week 45: The Ups and Downs of Racing




This was Week 5 of my modified Couch to 5k (C25k) program and my second race of the year: The Illinois Marathon 5k.  Check out Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

Week 5:


SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
5 min walk @ 3.5 mph
5 min walk @ 3.5 mph
REST
5 min walk @ 3.6 mph
REST
Illinois Marathon 5k!
REST
 6 min jog @
5 mph
 5 min jog @
5 mph

 7 min jog @
5 mph



5 min walk @ 3.5 mph
5 min walk @ 3.5 mph

5 min walk @ 3.6 mph



6 min jog @ 5 mph
3 min jog @ 5 mph

7 min jog @ 5 mph



5 min walk @ 3.5 mph
7 min walk @ 3.5 mph

5 min walk @ 3.6 mph



3 min jog @ 5 mph
1 min jog @ 5.5 mph

1 min jog @ 6 mph



5 min COOLDOWN
3 min walk @ 3.5 mph

5 min COOLDOWN



LEGS
1 min jog @ 6 mph





65 Squats
5 min COOLDOWN





Walked my dog
65 Squats






(Sunday and Monday were on an incline of 2.5, while Wednesday was only 1.0.)
My Husky-German Shepherd, Loki!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Week 44: Lucky Number 7

Here is yet another writing exercise I tried out in an effort to foster a creative atmosphere for writing: 7x7x7x7

The premise is simple:  Grab the 7th book from your bookshelf.  Open it up to page 7.  Pinpoint the 7th sentence on the page.  Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit it in length to 7 lines.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Week 43: Healthy Feast fit for a King




Summer Greens Salad .::.
recipe courtesy of "A Feast of Ice & Fire"

This past week, I decided to try something completely and utterly new... 

To cook a full-fledged feast!

In honor of King Joffrey's wedding on HBO's "Game of Thrones", I felt it was only appropriate to draw inspiration from the amazing food of George R. R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Week 42: Mixin' it up on the Trails

Last week, I started a new modified Couch-to-5k (C25K) workout.  This week I continued to make progress as I slowly built my way up to my first 5k of the year:  The Allerton GLO-Run 5k!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Week 41: Couch Potato Transformation

This week, after dropping my mom and brother off at the airport for a fabulous week-long cruise to Cozumel and other exotic places that are not the bleak and dreary corn-driven states of the Midwest, I decided that I really needed to buckle down if I was going to be ready for my first 5k in four years, now only two weeks away...