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I don’t mean this kind of rebound:

While we’re on the subject…congrats to the Duke men for winning the NCAA championship last night! I’m not a big basketball fan, but I do tune in during March Madness.

I’m really talking about rebounding after a disappointing workout.

I had a bad run last Friday. I’m talking HOR-RI-BLE! I set out to run the same route I’ve been doing for a week or so, but just past halfway I was complete toast. My legs felt like Jell-O, my feet felt heavy and I couldn’t slow my breathing no matter how hard I tried. When I looked down, my heart rate monitor was reading a little over 200. Being in the 190s when I run isn’t uncommon for me, but I’ve never seen a number that high. I decided to walk a little to calm my body down. When I tried to pick up a run again, I immediately felt exhausted. I walked the rest of my running route, then doubled back around to cool down. The whole time I was mentally beating myself up and questioning my ability. “Why couldn’t I run that? I did it just fine two days ago.” This one subpar run had me doubting whether I could ever really get back to where I was pre-baby.

One thing that kept me from completely berating myself was knowing that I’m not alone. Just last week, Caitlin posted about the first race in which she bonked. The week before, Allison posted about her less-than-stellar marathon training run. Granted, these ladies are running a LOT further than I am, but I admire both of them (through their blogs) and asked myself WWHLBD (What Would Healthy Living Bloggers Do)? Did they quit running altogether? Nope. Did they use that fluke run to define themselves as runners? Nope. They’re both still running…and kicking booty!

I very easily could have slipped into a funk over my lackluster run. Instead, I started my “rebound” as soon as I got home.

  • Positive Self-Talk: We are our own toughest critics, but we can also be our own biggest cheerleader. When I walked in the front door, I vowed to only say positive things to myself about the workout. I applauded myself for getting out the door and exercising in the first place. I mentally thanked myself for getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. I commended myself for how far I’ve come in the 7 weeks I’ve been back to running. “Remember when you couldn’t even run for a minute?”
  • Retrace Your Steps: While I was showering after my workout, I tried to think of anything I’d done differently that day that could have had an impact on my workout. The four things I identified were 1) not drinking enough water throughout the day; 2) eating lunch about 30 minutes before running instead of my usual snack before, lunch after schedule; 3) running in the late afternoon rather than late morning; 4) first day of 80+ degree temperatures rather than the 60ish I’ve been running in lately. I didn’t set out to find excuses for hitting my wall. Identifying these things just gave me an awareness of how my body might react to certain variables.
  • Look forward, not back: A funny thing happened when I started being nicer to myself. I started getting excited about going on my next run. The “bad” run was over. Done with. Finito. Dwelling on it would accomplish nothing. I laid out a complete workout outfit on top of my dresser (including my running shoes) for the next time. Because there would be a next time. I was NOT giving up.

That “next time” came yesterday and guess what happened? I rocked it! Not only did I run the whole route, I actually added an extra .25 miles or so to the end. I took hydration and eating schedule into consideration and ran at my more usual time of day. Those might have helped, but I know that setting out with a positive attitude was the most crucial key to my success.

Post-run lunch was a humdinger of a salad:

~organic greens
~broccoli
~cherry tomatoes
~1/4 cup Sabra Hummus with Roasted Pine Nuts
~1oz. President fat free feta cheese

The star of dinner was the spinach & asiago chicken sausage I reviewed yesterday. I cut the three leftover links into rounds, then cut those in half (to form crescents) and reheated them in a skillet with a little extra virgin olive oil. + a jar of spaghetti sauce + a handful of mushrooms = delicious spaghetti sauce! My husband raved about it’s deliciousness.

(Sorry for the blurry pics. My camera battery is going.)

Have you ever had a disappointing workout or race? What did you do to rebound?

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..with all the frills upon it
You’ll be the grandest lady
in the Easter parade.

That’s the song my grandma used to sing to us every Easter when my mom’s family got together for a massive Easter egg hunt. It was stuck in my head all day yesterday. I must say though, this little lady was the grandest:

I was so excited to share photos of the Easter dinner we hosted at our house, but I completely flaked on pictures (again) because I got so wrapped up in playing hostess. Our guests were my in-laws and sister-in-law. My parents were supposed to come, but my dad called earlier in the morning to say my mom had a rough night and was just too exhausted to make the trip. That put a bit of a damper on the day for me because I was looking forward to seeing them. We still had a delicious meal of ham, salad, potato casserole (a la my mother in law) and white chocolate amaretto cheesecake (a la my sister-in-law). The highlight of the day for me was sitting on the porch and soaking up the beautiful weather while drinking coffee and chatting.

Since I don’t have pictures to share, I decided to update y’all on some new eats (and drinks) I’ve tried recently. I purchased all three of these products on my own. I am not affiliated with any of the companies who make these products and I have not been paid or compensated for my reviews.

Barbara’s Bakery Chocolate Chip Snackimals

I really liked these. Crunchy and delicious. The cookie part reminded me more of a graham cracker than a traditional animal cracker. There was just the right amount of chocolate to get my fix without making them overly sweet. Their animal shapes are really fun and it made me feel like a kid again. The monkey was my favorite. 🙂 These cookies are vegan and I could pronounce everything on the ingredient list, although there were a few things that weren’t entirely natural. Each serving of 10 cookies is 120 calories, 4g of fat (no saturated, no trans), 0g cholesterol, 8g of sugar and 19g of carbs. Overall, a decent snack when you’re looking for something sweet. A little on the pricey side, but I’d buy them again if they were on sale.

Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling

My husband and I were searching for a riesling at Sam’s Club and this was the only one we could find. I’m not a big fan of overly sweet wines so I was nervous when the label said “Sweet Riesling.” I was pleasantly surprised. This wine was absolutely delicious. It’s sweet, but in a crisp way rather than a syrupy sweetness. The flavor is very fruity and refreshing. To top it all off, the price is very reasonable. We paid $8.99 and will absolutely be buying this again. The company’s website recommends this as a pairing for spicy foods. That sounds perfect to me, but so does just enjoying a bottle by itself in the evening. 🙂

Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Chicken Sausage (Spinach & Asiago)

First of all, I have to give a huge shoutout to Jenny from This Winding Road! I’ve been seeing these chicken sausages on her blog for sometime and they always look delicious. I commented on one of her posts about them and she was kind enough to e-mail me and let me know where she bought them and which varieties she preferred.

Thanks to her help, I decided to finally give them a try and I’m sooo glad that I did. My husband threw some on the grill for me last week while he was cooking brats for himself. Delicious! They’re full of flavor and a bit spicy, but not overpoweringly hot. Very, very juicy, but not at all greasy. While they taste great on their own, these sausages are also very versatile. So far I’ve tried them alone, in a wrap, in an omelette and in pasta sauce. They tasted great in every dish and I look forward to finding new ways to use them. This is a definite “buy again” and I’m looking forward to trying some of the other flavors.

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