Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's the Skinny?

Oh, you know. 

The usual. 

Been running a little (yes, still running a marathon in less than 10 weeks...AHHH!), but it is still insanely cold. 

We woke up to this last Tuesday...
But, it is supposed to reach 40 tomorrow! 40? That is like bathing suit weather...well, at least shorts. 

After nearly two weeks of a run slump after a crappy treadmill run (feeling sick, stressful crap going on, not used to running in one place in a warm room, definitely didn't hydrate enough, blah, blah, blah)... 

I'm crawling back.

For February I ran 55.15 miles (1 race...the Mid-Winter Classic...perhaps I'll get around to recapping that before summer hits) and biked 124 miles. I've got to get that run total higher, but I'm very happy with my cross-training!

My recumbent bike has been my new best friend. Last week I did 90 biking miles! Then Jen and I ran our 16-mile long run on Saturday...OUTSIDE!  

It was a little chilly, but most of all it was a big confidence booster. Sure it was a little tough and I petered out a bit at the end due to a fueling snafu, but we did it and I'm again believing that I can do this crazy marathon thing. 

Following the run I took the boys ice skating. They have never been. I haven't been in at least 20 years. 

I don't recommend ice skating after a long run, but it was fun and the boys had a blast. 

It shredded my legs though. Basically skating in a squat position to hold the boys up for an hour mixed with my own balance challenges meant it felt like I had run a downhill marathon afterward. I could barely walk down stairs for two days. 

I'm feeling a bit better today and have been doing some recovery miles on the bike. 

I just finished reading Lauryn Evarts new book, The Skinny Confidential. She's the voice behind the fitness and lifestyle blog of the same name. 

I found the book to be full of great little tips on how to better your life and touched on many topics including healthy recipes, tightening and toning exercises, skin and hair care, and more.

The book is written in a conversational style. It was more like talking about it over coffee rather than your standard how-to book. I'm really looking forward to incorporating some of her exercises into my routine and trying out some of her recipes. 

There is a big focus on eating simply with whole ingredients, but she also doesn't hesitate to mention that it is okay to cheat every once in a while. The cravings that we have are natural, but completely shutting them out isn't necessarily the healthiest either. It's about moderation. 

And Lauryn doesn't shove all this down your throat. She's honest and approachable and not the least bit preachy when sharing her experiences. 

I definitely recommend checking out The Skinny Confidential, there is a little bit in there for everyone. I know I'll be revisiting it again and again.

It's also available both in paperback or e-book versions on Amazon and from Barnes and Noble.

Until next time...

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