Wow. You guys rock. Thank you so much for all the supportive comments/emails on yesterday’s race recap. I can’t even articulate how much the support means to me, so I won’t even try. 🙂
The aftermath of the race was a little hard on my body. I didn’t really stretch much when I finished because it was cold out and I kept running into people and chatting/waiting in lines (excuses, excuses). This was a pretty huge mistake. I woke up Sunday SO stiff I could barely get out of bed. To top it off I had this weird pain in my right foot, and my quads and hamstrings were just so tight it hurt to sit/stand/move/do much of anything.
I went out to Target to do some random shopping and decided to check to see if they carried foam rollers. I’d heard it was great for loosening up and had never used one before, but I honestly had no idea if Target would carry them. In the exercise section, I ended up finding three different ones and was debating between which one to get – and then I saw this sticker on one of them.
$6.24!?!?! I bet you can guess which of the three I went with.
It is this foam roller (I got it cheaper than on Amazon!!!) and I went home and proceeded to open it up almost immediately. I popped in the instructional video that walked me through rolling out my hamstrings, IT band, quads, calves, butt, and back. OUCH. I kept periodically screaming out in pain and Wil couldn’t understand why I was voluntarily doing this to myself. I didn’t really have a good response for that one either.
To be honest, after using it once I didn’t notice too much of a difference and was still quite sore when I woke up yesterday morning. But, I decided to give it another go and WOW – what a difference! It hurt a little less yesterday than the day before, and afterwards, I felt SO much looser it was kind of ridiculous. It hurts so much while you’re doing it, but makes such a difference afterwards that I can’t believe I waited so long to jump on the foam rollin’ bandwagon. I’m just glad I finally came to my senses!
So, what next?
I have a 10 mile race coming up on Sunday that I signed up for by accident, not realizing it was the weekend after my half. That said, I still plan on running it but I might try to take it a little easier/snap photos of the cherry blossoms rather than race it. We’ll see if that actually happens. After that, I have a 5k next Friday (April 8th) and that’s it on the race schedule for right now (besides you know, the full marathon…). I’m thinking about finding another half to sign up for though to try to beat 2:10. If it’s a flatter course and I sleep more than 3 hours, I know I can do it! Racing is so addictive!
Sunday afternoon I also did my final trip of the March shopping challenge and came in WAY under budget this time! Here’s the breakdown of the first four weeks:
- Week 1 – Trader Joe’s – $68.97
- Week 2 – Whole Foods – $38.84
- Week 3 – Harris Teeter + Trader Joe’s – $75.35
- Week 4 – Whole Foods – $37.92
I revisited Harris Teeter on Sunday for the last trip of the challenge, mostly because I was feeling too lazy to go elsewhere. The Teet (as I like to call it) is the closest grocery store to me, and then tend to have really good produce, but prices can be super expensive if you’re not careful. But you know me, careful I was!
First up, the produce.
- Organic baby lettuces
- 6 bananas
- 1 plantain
- 4 grapefruits
- 2 mangos
- 2 avocados
- 5 apples
- 1 english cucumber
- bunch scallions
- bunch cilantro
- SO Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk ($1! On sale for $3 with a $1 off coupon that they doubled)
- 8 Grain Flour Tortillas (2 pts+ each)
- Frozen Eggplant Parmesan meal
- Light Sour Cream
- Cherry Preserves
All that stuff, and I did quite well!
- Week 5 – Harris Teeter – 33.71
- Monthly Total: $254.79
I think I showed that you can eat pretty well on a tight budget, coming in just over $50 a week on average for the month. This was mostly food for one since Wil and I only eat together 2ish nights a week, but included all breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners for the week. I did things in reverse this time with meal planning – went shopping and then planned my meals. I knew I had a lot of protein (frozen shrimp, tofu, tempeh, beans) so I wanted to focus mostly on produce, and I did that quite successfully. Here’s what I came up with in the aftermath.
|Monday||Oatmeal w pb + frozen fruit, banana||Leftover Mexican Salad||Greek Yogurt||Buffalo Tofu w/Blue Cheese + Celery|
|Tuesday||Peanut butter oats w frozen fruit mix, banana||Buffalo Tofu Salad w crumbled blue cheese||Greek Yogurt + Grapefruit||Tuna Pasta Salad (Pasta w tuna, light mayo, celery, red onion)|
|Wednesday||Wheat Berries w Greek Yogurt||“Sausage” with pasta, broccoli, and sauce||Carrots + hummus, babybel||Black Bean, Brown Rice, and Plantain Wrap|
|Thursday||Peanut butter oats w/frozen fruit||Black Bean, Brown Rice, and Plantain Wrap||Mini brie w/crackers + veggies||Mashed pinto beans w/salsa + cumin on English muffin w Mexican cheese, broiled|
|Friday||Wheat berries w greek yogurt and frozen fruit, banana||Leftover mashed pinto beans w/English muffin||Apple w peanut butter, grapefruit||Soba noodles with tofu and veggies|
Looks good to me!!
A few questions for you today.
- Be honest – you won’t hurt my feelings. Do you like the grocery store/meal planning posts or is it too much? Once a week might be a bit much but maybe once a month or once every two weeks?
- Have you ever used a foam roller before? Would you be interested in a video demo of it?
- How long do you normally take off from running after a race?