Happy Hump Day!!!
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My day got off to a flying start with the most amazing run. It was bright and sunny out at 6.30am so it was the perfect motivation to get out there and RUUUUUN! I took off on a new route, a little hillier than the norm and ran 4.49 miles in 45 minutes and 18 seconds to be exact. This is my fastest run to date with an average pace of 9.52 minutes/mile. Finally my pace is below 10 minutes/mile and I’m very very happy with my progress! 😀 As it’s Wednesday that means it’s also Spin Core day! This class really put me through my paces tonight, the core exercises are a killer.
Maybe the thought of eating my banana bread oats that I had waiting for me at home made me run that little bit faster this morning…
This was the perfect post run breakfast. I made it by soaking 1/2 cup of oats with 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 2 tbsps of wheat germ, 1 scoop of pea protein, a mashed banana, 1 tsp of mesquite, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of ginger, 2 tbsps of maple syrup and 1 cup of rice milk and 1 cup of water over night. I then heated them in the microwave for a few minutes so the oats and chia seeds become even more creamy. All topped with some cashew nut butter and some dark chocolate dreams.
Lunch today was a Sweet Chilli Hummus chopped salad with some oatcakes and some apricots…
…hummus and salad is the perfect combo!
After my Spin Core class tonight I wanted something quick and easy for dinner. So in came Clearspring’s brown rice soya sauce ramean noodles with spring onion alongside some stir fried marinated 5-spice tofu, tender broccoli stems, red pepper and aubergine in soy sauce, rice vinegar, black pepper and sesame oil.
I also whipped up a batch of some protein ice cream, inspired by Laura. Although in my excitement I forgot to add the protein…
This is amazing! It’s like a light and fluffy mousse. I mixed ice, soya milk, cocoa powder, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, xanthan gum, dates and topped it with dried cranberries and coconut. I will definitely be making more of these in the future.
So it’s the beginning of a new month, which means that it’s time to have a look back at the goals that I set for May…
Include my 10k Plan in my routine at least twice a week:
Achieved! I do my 10k plan twice a week in half an hour and 20 minute sessions.
Up the mileage on my short runs to 4 miles:
Achieved almost! Last week I made it to 3.7 miles and today I ran 4.59 miles. So my mileage has made it above 4 miles for my short runs, but in June not May, but what difference does 1 day make in this case right?!?!
Bring running speed to below 10 miles/minute:
Achieved! Again i made this achievement today on the 1st June, but I did it anyways with a pace of 9.52 minutes/miles…OH YEAH!
continue to work on my running distance:
Achieved! Sunday marked my longest run ever of 8 miles. I’m hoping for 9 this weekend!
resume my morning workouts now all the students are back from Easter break;
Hmmm! I’ve been doing a lot of my workouts in the afternoon and some in the morning if I have a long day in the lab planned. But this was a hard one to stick too as my both of my new classes only run in the evening.
Plan and prepare my departmental talk that is later this month:
Achieved! I’ve been rattling on about this all month- my poor readers!
continue to eat healthily and intuitively:
This was a much better month for me achieving my goals, especially where the running is concerned. My new goals for June include…
Maintain a running pace of around 9.5 minutes/miles
increase my long running mileage to 10 miles
try and run 10k in 60 minutes (this one may be a challenge)
prepare my poster presentation for the IBRO conference in Florence
write one chapter of my thesis
continue with my work out plan including my new Spin Core and Body Pump classes (LOVE THEM!)
Hmmmm…I hope I can achieve all of this!
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Have you set up any goals for June? Do you find that it helps you to set goals for every months?