Monday, 26 October 2015

Meal Planning + Workout Recap

I am a little late to this week's Meal Planning and Workout Recap Link-Up Party. I had a busy, but oddly restorative week.

This week I didn't have to spend much time on the road. Admittedly, this is a rare treat. But I think it came at the perfect time. I needed a more balanced schedule to get caught up on paper work and marketing plans. It also always meant that it was easier to Meal Plan for my new dietary changes and to schedule my workouts

I was feeling a little burnt out at the start of this week. It has been a busy few months work-wise with lots of travel and events. And I spent last weekend celebrating one of my very best friend's wedding.

It was such a great day. And I adore any excuse to spend extra time with these girls. We have been friends for over 25 years, making them more like sisters than anything else. They are sarcastic and hilarious, so I definitely laugh with them more than with anyone. Simply put - I just adore them. And spending time with them, always reminds me how lucky I am to have these awesome people in my life.

But I came back on Monday feeling tired and fighting a little bit of a bug. So I felt extra grateful to have no travel on the books for this week.

I had a great week and the beautiful fall weather made every run exactly what I needed. I started to find my running mojo again and found that my training sessions brought me so much peace. 

Monday - 5km Run
Tuesday - 45min on the Indoor Trainer
Wednesday - 5km Run
Thursday - 10km Run
Friday - 3km Run
Saturday - 7.5km cheering at the Toronto Women's Event
Sunday - 5km Run

I went to the Women's Race on Saturday all geared up to race the 5km. I was wearing shorts. I had taken it easy Friday. And I was hoping for a PB. But it turned out I was not running the event. I only skimmed the email from Mizuno, and I was actually meant to be cheering and supporting women on the course. 

I covered 7.5km during the race running with women who needed some support on course and cheering them on. 
Bringing the Final Runner Home
My favourite memory from the event was Emily (*Hi Emily*). She is about 10 years old and saw me cheering at the 2km marked and immediately came over and asked for help. She had a stitch in her side, and she couldn't shake it. She was really worked up because she wanted to run well. We stretched together and worked to regulate her breathing and we started walking. We jogged a bit. we walked a bit. Eventually we found her Mom and I left her at the turn around point. I saw her come by again looking strong and happy. And when we met up after the race she told me she was able to finish really well and had a huge smile on her face. 

This is one of my favourite ways to celebrate the sport that I love so much, so it ended up being the best way to wrap up racing for 2015.

Meal Prep:
This week I start my anti-inflammation meal plan and things went really well. I felt great all week. Admittedly I had to seriously rethink some of my old habits, but sometimes you need to take a critical once-over to get everything back on track. So I was happy with how everything went.

Monday - Veggie Fried Rice
Tuesday - Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Chicken Quesadillas
Wednesday - Spaghetti Squash topped with Kale and Ground Turkey
Thursday - Scrambled Eggs and a Roasted Sweet Potato
Friday - Cauliflower Tuna Casserole
Saturday - Kale and Quinoa Chicken Salad (I picked out the Parmesan) 
Sunday - Shrimp Curry

Hope you are all having a great start to the week!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,