It appears that the East Coast is getting slammed by rain, the farther north you go, snow! This is fine except for the following reasons : 1) I don’t like rain, 2) the heat in my building got switched to AC and it was 35F last night 3) Running in 40 degree weather and rain sucks. A combination of 1 & 3 forced me to hit the gym yesterday. I haven’t been on a treadmill in what feels like a lifetime, in reality more like 3 months. My attention span for them has gotten worse than ever! I set out to run 3-5 miles and then lift. I used to run at a 7.0 when I was cruising on a treadmill, yesterday I ran the first mile at 7.3 and the next 1.5 between 7.4 and 9! I ended up only doing 2.5 miles but I did that in 20 minutes, so about an 8 min/mile average. The last half of a mile I started at 8 and moved up every .05, towards the end I just put it at 9 to see if I could handle it. Good news was I definitely could! I use to finish off runs with a ten of a mile run at 8.0 so this is a HUGE gain for back then. So while I still hate the treadmill, it made me feel pretty awesome to see the speed gains I have made. I was a little crunched for time so I tried to make my lift quick and effective, the circuit I did goes as follows:
Dumbbell side bends – 20 reps, 25lb
Dumbbell chest press – 15 reps, 15lb (each)
Plie squat w/ overhead shoulder press – 10 reps, 10lb (each)
Goblet squat – 10 reps
I liked this because A) it was fast B) it hit my obliques, chest, shoulders, butt & thighs C) it’s the morning after and I’m sore. I realize I have not been posting work outs lately so I will try to put some good ones together and get them up. I’ve been so busy lately I feel like my actual lifting has just been pushed aside by running and soccer.
After my work out last night two of my girlfriends came over for dinner! I made a quick dinner that could easily feed the masses on a budget, every one left full and happy! Plus we watched Gossip Girl so obviously the night was made already. For dinner I made past with sauteed veggies:
Ingredients: (serves 3 with left overs)
6oz wheat angel hair
1.5 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
1 bunch of asparagus
10 – 12 white mushrooms
half a red onion
salt & pepper
To start bring a pot of salted water to boil. Good pasta for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. In a large pan (will use later) bring salted water to boil. Add in asparagus, cut in half, and cook for 4 minutes. Strain, set asparagus aside and return pan to hot burner. Add EVOO, onion, mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic salt to the large pan. Cook until mushrooms start to turn brown and onions become transparant. Now is a good time for you to throw you sauce in a small saucepan, covered, on medium low heat. Once mushrooms and onion are browned add in minced garlic and asparagus, season to taste. Serve pasta along side the veggies and call it a day!