Nope, my blog post isn’t referring to the quadruple Platinum record released by a popular 90′s boy band, but rather to the record breaking temps that NYC has been hit with this week (103 degrees in Central Park yesterday afternoon, woo).
I started my morning in a very summery way – iced coffee from the cart near my subway stop and a big bowl of sliced peaches, banana, and wallaby maple yogurt. This yogurt is “Australian-style” and much different/thinner than Greek yogurt, but I like it! The consistency reminds me of kefir.
And then I had two fiber one chewy bars. Why do they have to taste like candy bars?? So good, but I know 18 grams of fiber at once (9g per bar) is probably a bad idea.
I was frantically busy all day and so lunch was gobbled up at my desk – a big container of arugula, chopped celery, croutons, and a morningstar farms spicy black bean burger with monterey jack.
Thanks to twitter, I found out that the Cooking Channel was sponsoring a People’s Pops give-away about a block from my office. Around 3:30pm I ventured out in to the heat for a delicious (and free!) raspberry-basil popsicle. Yum.
Around 5pm I left the office to rush uptown for an appointment. I made a pit-stop to pick-up my CSA veggies, and then hopped back on the subway going downtown. With about 50 bajillion bags (including two large totes of vegetables), I zoomed into my gym to drop everything off. After a quick change-a-roo, I was back out the door for a 2.25 mile-ish warm-up to the E. 6th street track. Phew, still with me? It was a crazy hour and a half.
The assigned workout was a pyramid: 2 x 800m @5k pace, 600m @5k pace, 400m @3k pace, 200m @mile pace. Recovery was 200m with a 400m recovery between sets.
This is how it went down:
|Warm Up||2.25 mi||00:19:00||8:26 min/mi|
|Intervals||800 m||00:03:08||6:18 min/mi|
|Intervals||600 m||00:02:19||6:12 min/mi|
|Intervals||400 m||00:01:27||5:50 min/mi|
|Intervals||200 m||00:00:39||5:13 min/mi|
|Intervals||800 m||00:03:06||6:14 min/mi|
|Intervals||600 m||00:02:17||6:07 min/mi|
|Intervals||400 m||00:01:25||5:41 min/mi|
|Intervals||200 m||00:00:38||5:05 min/mi|
|Recovery Run||1 mi||00:12:00||12:00 min/mi|
|Cool Down||2.25 mi||00:19:00||8:26 min/mi|
After a 2.25 mile ish cooldown, a shower and a trek back uptown, I unloaded my CSA bounty. I don’t think anything makes me so happy as fresh vegetables. Gorgeous!
This week’s share included:
green lettuce, arugula, kale, broccoli, yellow squash, cucumber, beets, radishes, scallions, baby bok choy, and chard.
I also picked up a few more essentials from the grocery store – a block of tofu, peaches, blueberries, hummus, and Greek yogurt.
I felt a little nauseated post-run (oh, summer heat), but I made myself eat some dinner anyway. I tossed together some arugula, sliced zucchini, about 1/2 cup hummus, some kashi crackers, and sriracha sauce. Not exactly gourmet cooking, but it did the trick.
After I rehydrated and ate I felt back to normal, so I ended the night with a few helpings of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yummmm.
Around 11pm I got the urge to cook – it’s going to be a busy week, so I thought I’d prep some food ahead of time. Stay tuned for the yummy (and veggie-packed!) recipe.
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