|The entire spa was underground. Good thing I'm not the claustrophobic type.|
The massage therapist told me I was getting a Swedish massage and asked if I wanted light or medium pressure. Medium please. I could have used a bit more pressure even, and at one point asked for as much, but mostly it was good. I wasn't really in the mood to be tortured, though my muscles probably needed it. After the massage we sat down for a cheese plate and a glass of champagne. As you can imagine, I barely touched the champagne. But I enjoyed the cheese, crackers, fruit and nuts.
We spent the next couple hours enjoying the jacuzzi, reading magazines and talking about kids, running and life in general. We finally got hungry and had a late lunch at the restaurant. I had a turkey, bacon, avocado sandwich with french fries on the side. Yummy, crispy fries. I didn't finish them though because they weren't as good once they cooled off so I told myself to stop eating them, "you're not enjoying them anymore, you're just eating them because they're there." The good news is I managed to eat most of them before they cooled off. And plenty of water, I was hydrating all day trying to get my body back in balance.
I debated with myself about going for a run to make up for yesterday's missed 4-miler. Nope, my body was still tired and I just felt like I needed rest. So I went home and spent some time playing with the kids. I had a plan for dinner but it kind of fell apart so I ended up making chicken-and-rice. I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how I eat so I'm going to try and post more of my meals. This was what I had for dinner.
|Chicken thigh (cooked w/o skin), rice, zucchini/bell pepper saute, steamed broccoli.|
I felt really good after dinner and started itching to get some exercise. Miguel gave me the green light so I changed and headed for the gym at 8pm. I knew I shouldn't try and run the full 4 miles I missed yesterday, and I also figured I should try and take it easy given my tentative recovery. So I did what I call a "lite" workout, less time, less intensity. I ran 2 miles on the treadmill in 18:26, mostly at 6.3mph with two, 2-minute intervals at 7.3mph for good measure. After the run I did legs/shoulders/core for strength training. In total I was there for one hour and felt great when I left.
Lite workouts are great for when you are pressed for time or don't feel up to doing your normal routine for whatever reason. People like me can have that all-or-nothing thinking and often forget that something is better than nothing. This is especially true when you are first building regular exercise habits. In the first 6-9 months of establishing your routine it's more about building the habit than anything else anyway. The habit will keep you going over the long haul (as in, the rest of your life) so I like to tell people just starting out, "it's the habit, not the calories." I don't care what you do, just do something.