Monday Love: Random Edition

26 Mar

Happy Monday everyone! I’m feeling sort of random – and slightly scatterbrained – so tonight’s Monday Love is coming to you in a slightly scatterbrained and random fashion.

1) Yesterday, I RAN! For the first time in 6 days. I did what I told you guys I was going to do and took 6 entire days off of running and here’s what I came up with:2 Mile Leg Test

I’ll take it! The leg feels good, and I’m feeling confident that I am on the road to recovery and able to get back into full training mode again very, very soon.

2) Lemon. Everything lemon. Lemon ginger tea. Lemon water. Lemon in my iced tea. Lemon Larabar. Lemon risotto with citrus grilled shrimp. I’m obsessed and I don’t see it going away anytime soon.

Raspberry Iced TeaLemon Lara Bar

3) “Oh, you fancy” Random Happy Hour with my mom and brother on a Saturday night. Complete with moldy cheese that I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have eaten (duh, dairy) and I think it made my tongue numb (I’m allergic to mold – sometimes I am really not that bright). But it was so good.

Oh You Fancy

4) Learning how to properly foam roll. HURTS. SO. GOOD. I have LOTS of adhesions, probably way too many. I am going to continue this trend of rolling out these bad, bad things in my muscles and get myself stronger!

(Picture Source)

Calf Foam Rolling

This one hurt the most – Perhaps I need to lay off the heels?

5) Strength training. I’m going to have to take some pics of my muscles for you guys! I’m on Week 3 of a two-time per week upper body power circuit (Day 1 works shoulders, biceps, and chest; Day 2 works triceps and back) – and I can already see a difference in muscle tone. I’m also doing core work 3 times per week, and will start adding in leg work this week, thanks to Jess’s recommendation. I feel so much stronger already, I can’t wait to see how this new full body strength helps improve my running!

I hope everyone had a great Monday!

What do you love this Monday?



16 Responses to “Monday Love: Random Edition”

  1. bendiful March 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Samantha! You have to share more about your strength training. I need a good upper body workout. Good job with the run! I has to try this rolling thing 🙂

    • runcupcake March 27, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      I will put up a post tonight with my two sets of exercises, they’re great!

  2. choc3178 March 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    I am loving coffee a little too much after a 2 week hiatus I’ve relasped! I also have been cooking everything with oats lately so I can relate to your lemon obsession!

    • runcupcake March 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      I always go on these weird food obsessions, haha! Who knows what will be next 😛

  3. Annica March 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Foam rolling! My best friend and worst enemy! Just keep with it, it’ll start hurting a lot less in time!

    • runcupcake March 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      That’s so good to hear, thank you! 🙂

  4. Heather (Where's the Beach) March 27, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Yay on the run! It can be sooooo hard to hold yourself back. And I am a huge fan of rolling….and stretching….and rolling 😉 I am really loving grilling out right now. So much nicer than being stuck in the kitchen.

    • runcupcake March 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      I love grilling too! I plan on rolling and stretching and rolling and stretching MUCH MORE in the future.

  5. Jess Sutera March 27, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Love it, girl. SO glad your leg is feeling a lot better. I knew the rest would do the trick, you stubborn girl 😉 And YAY for strength training, especially on those legs. Rock and roll!!

    • runcupcake March 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Me? Stubborn? I know not of which you speak 😉

  6. foodsweatandbeers March 27, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Monday was definitely a healing day for me, as my leg/hip was bothering me from MY two mile run the other day. Luckily, Body Combat clipped my leg back into place, and I celebrated with a fantastic brussels sprout pizza!! Mmmm.

    • runcupcake March 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Brussels sprout pizza sounds amazing!!!!

  7. jobo March 27, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    I have loved rolling my calves lately! and my hammies! hurts so good 😉 (note to self: stretch like whoa today!). Good for you on adding some leg strengthening, your body will love you for it and your running will get even better!

    • runcupcake March 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      OMG The calf rolling really does hurt so good! My hammies are in much better shape – but I had to beat up my quads too!

  8. Heather Montgomery (@runningwithsass) March 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    well, it’s Tuesday when I am reading this, but I am LOVING being home with my pups after being out of town for 6 nights!

  9. Heather@Just a Colorado Gal March 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    I’ve been pretty attached to my foam roller lately too — it hurts so good! 🙂

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