Grrr … Now that my NCAA bracket is well and truly screwed (Thanks for getting your a$$es kicked, Gonzaga.), I’ll have to pin my hopes on Kansas to win it all.
Enough about basketball. I bet you’re here to hear about my day — or a week’s worth of workouts and eats … or something like that.
Even though the alarm went off at 9:45, my day got off to a late start. But when I did finally roll out of bed (ahem … at 11:15 … ahem), I hit the pavement for a walk. It was sunny and gorgeous, but the wind made it a bit nippy. I stepped outside and went right back in to get a jacket.
Thus properly attired, I headed down the road a piece to one of my favorite walking neighborhoods. I love walking in Railroad Springs. I should do it more often — and would, if getting there didn’t take so much energy.
Maybe I ought to drive over and park so I can get more pavement time in the neighborhood. Not only is the view a bit better over there, there are also more and steeper hills. That makes the workout more intense — something I’m actually starting to want.
That can’t be a bad thing, right? That’s what I thought.
Plus, there’s access to the FUTS trail behind the houses over there. FUTS is the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, and it runs all over the city. Some of the paths are dirt/gravel, some are paved. The one behind Railroad Springs is of the earthen variety.
When I walk over there from my neighborhood, I’m usually ready to stop before I even start exploring the FUTS. If I drove over, I could explore to my heart’s content.
My heart would be content with just a little exploration though. I’m half afraid to use the FUTS, because I’m scared I’ll get lost. I have a shitty sense of direction.
Of course, I also have an iPhone — with Google maps. If I got lost, I could probably find my way back to civilization.
Thanks to all the hills, I huffed, puffed and worked up a nice sweat. On my way back to the house, I spotted a sure sign of spring: Daffodils.
Daffodils are my favorite flowers. They have been ever since my semester in England. Over there, they grow wild on the hillsides — so beautiful.
When I got back home, a package awaited me. I ordered some smoothies and 2-Point mini bars from Weight Watchers online last week, and they finally arrived. They were on super sale — nearly half-price. On top of that, it was the only way for me to get the mint-flavored smoothie. They didn’t have any at my local meeting room last time I checked.
Mmmm. Mint. I’ve always been a sucker for mint chocolate chip ice cream.
As per the recipe I saw on Instagram, I blended a packet of the Mint Cookies & Cream smoothie mix with a Mint Cookie Crisp snack bar, 8 ounces of water and a handful of ice cubes.
At just 4 PointsPlus, it’s a much wiser choice than a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. It’s also a tad less sweet — and less minty. I liked it okay, but I might tweak a bit when I make it again. Perhaps a drop or two of mint extract, chocolate chips or a single Oreo instead of the WW snack bar … maybe even a little green food coloring, because my smoothie sure didn’t look as green as the one on the box.
A walk isn’t the only thing I checked off my to-do list Saturday. I also finished up my taxes. Hooray! That’s one less dreaded task hanging over my head.
So this post can qualify as a workout roundup and not just a bunch of ramblings about fun neighborhoods to walk in and minty green smoothies, here’s a snapshot of this week’s workouts, as recorded by Nike+.
Tuesday: 10 minutes stretching
Wednesday: 20-minute walk covering 1.19 miles
Thursday: 15-minute walk covering 0.85 miles. (I actually got a wild hair and started out this one at a slow jog … but quickly ran out of steam — and breath — and dropped back into a walk)
Saturday: 35-minute walk covering 2.09 miles
Thanks to Amanda’s Spring Bootie Buster Challenge, this has been a pretty good month for workouts. I’ve done 11 “runs” in 4 hours and 42 minutes, covering 16.1 miles.
Compare that to 2 runs for 2.18 miles in February, 3 runs for 5.01 miles in January and 7 runs for 10 miles in December. You can see why I’m pleased with myself.
Last September, I recorded 13 runs and 29.3 miles. Last October, it was 5 runs for 10.3 miles; last November I had 8 runs for 14.2 miles.
How do I add friends on Nike+? Having a little friendly competition might prompt me to get out there more often — and to pick up the pace. Anyone want to be my friend? You can find me under Arlene Hittle (I think).
I don’t have any good eats to report this week. It feels like I’ve been in a bit of a rut, eating the same thing day after day: Half a banana with PB before my walk, the other half — sans PB — after. Starbucks latte. Some kind of candied nuts as a snack, along with veggies and hummus or some other kind of dip.
At least it seems to be working. For the last few days, I’ve been noticing my stomach seems flatter — and I don’t think it’s just wishful thinking.
On today’s agenda: a nice, long walk, NARWA paperwork, a movie, maybe some reading and (hopefully) some writing.
Hold me to it, will you? I’m aiming to break that September 2012 Nike+ record.