Books: If you tell. This book was so intense. I couldn’t believe it can happen to anyone. I only realized it was a true story at the end. Human nature could be so surprising and scary sometimes. Ready or Not. I had high hope for this book as I read this author’s previous books and enjoyed them all. But this one was disappointing as I felt like I knew the concepts well and didn’t learn much. Can’t hurt me. A great memoire that helped me to survive the hardest long run as it’s all about mental strength.
Podcast: Tim Ferriss mix episode. It was great to listen to Elizabeth Gilbert and Sam Harris.
Supplement: I am still trying out AG1. I started when Lizzy got sick and wanted to increase my immune system. I don’t particularly like the taste of it but with ice, it is growing on me. I didn’t get sick, which is good. Will report back next month to see if I believe it makes a difference.
Workouts: I stopped going to the gym. I gave it a try for 5 months, 2-3 times a week. I must say I had to decide each time whether I want to do it. Usually I felt good after I finish, but the after sessions feeling was not great. I was sore and fatigue for 1-2 days, and tired for my runs. My resting heart rate has increased in the months that I was going to the gym, consistently. I am not 100% sure they are related but since June, it has come down. Now that I started my marathon training, I want to do strength/stretch exercises that complement running, not detrimental to running. I’m back to Tracy Anderson’s metamorphosis program. I bought it 10 years ago, never finished but felt like giving it a try. I am on day 40 and so far so good. I like that it’s short (30 min), I can do it anywhere, quite challenging for body weight workout. Surprisingly, I feel stronger, especially in my lower body without feeling too sore like gym workouts. I do 3-4 times a week on my rest days from running and easy run days. I go to the next level after I complete 10 sessions of one level. On days that I feel moving gently, I do yoga or Melissa wood’s workout.
Running: I love following the runnersconnect plan. When I don’t follow a training plan, I tend to run at the same effort regardless of the distance, which means I don’t progress. With the plan, while it’s daunting sometimes what I have to do, I can see my progress. One thing that I learned is to really take easy runs easy by keeping my HR between 135-140 in those runs. It makes a big difference. It really feels easy while building the aerobic base. Then I feel good when I do speed/tempo/hills. My pace varies so much now, from 7min/mile to 11 min/mile depending on the type of runs.
Taking a Break from CGM: I have been tracking my blood sugar for quite a while. I like to learn insights of how food/activities/stress affect my body. Yet I feel it began to dictate what I choose to eat to avoid seeing a spike. I don’t like restriction in general, so I thought it was a good time to take a break from it. To my surprise, I didn’t miss it much. It didn’t cause anxiety. I ate intuitively, still minimal sugar and process food. I was more conscious to fuel whole food carbs the day before my hard workouts and long runs. It worked well and those were good runs.
June goals progress
Less structure days: mostly accomplished.
Friday off unless important meetings. DONE.
Early dinners, ideally before 5:30pm. Most days.
Start marathon training and stick to the plan. SUPER.
Plan for a short gateway. El Nido booked.
Waking up meditation every morning. I’ve been meditating for a while. either using Oura meditations or podcast by Tara. Upon Tim’s episode, I signed up Waking Up app as it seems more structured, as a course.
Date Fridays. Let’s see if we venture out beyond golfing. 🙂
Take more walks with kids or husband. We all enjoy it but always forget.