As you may recall, I picked a few Pinterest-inspired projects to work on this past weekend. I’m happy to report that I was smart enough not to try to do them all and skipped the food one. I’m halfway finished with the bags to give out, and I did complete the foot soak experiment. Read the entire post here.
Anywho, the foot soak was a complete bust! Doesn’t the picture look lovely?!?!? The ingredients seem so simple, just Listerine, water, and apple cider vinegar.
I soaked my feet for the required 10 minutes, but all I got was feet that smelled minty fresh. I have to admit it was kind of refreshing to have them all tingly. I did also vaguely smell of vinegar. Not so appealing. There was no sensational removal of dead skin. The dead/rough skin around my much-abused runner toes was tinged blue from the Listerine. Again, not so appealing. Here is my pic. Much less glamourous.
I will update and take the required pictures to document my help bags later this week aka this weekend when life slows down from 100 mph to a more healthy 60 mph.
In other news, I’m having a hard time finding my next running race. I selected the Christmas Town 8K at Busch Gardens for December 8, but I also got offered a trip to D.C. with my parents and sister. I know we will make such fun memories that I decided to nix the race. Another possibility was a Turkey Trot. Although I love the idea of incorporating exercise fun-ness into the notorious food-centered day, I do also love taking it easy and not bothering anyone else’s schedule to babysit the bambino while I
win race for a frozen turkey. What to do? What to do? I’m not going to give up. I do really like having something to look forward to like a race. It definitely makes my work-outs feel more “real” and makes me more accountable. I’m also anxious to see how I would do in a much faster paced 5K after my half-marathon. When I timed myself on a 5K (3.1 mile) run on the treadmill, I came in at about 21 minutes 55 seconds. This is by far my best time on this distance including all trail, road, and race runs. Hmmm…how did longer, slower distances make me so speedy!??!?
My work-outs plans for the remainder of this week are…
- Wednesday – 15 min. Vinyasa Yoga DVD & a dog walk
- Thursday – GYM! I plan to do my regular ab routine (6 sets of 20 ab exercises which I will post in more detail later), supermans (lying flat on belly with arms and legs extended, tensing up like you’re flying, count to 10 release 3 sets of 10), leg curls, leg extensions, walk-out push ups 3 sets of 10, overhead press, and upright row – see pic below.
- Friday – 15 min. Easy Yoga & a dog walk
- Saturday – rest day, dog gets walked again!
- Sunday – 5 mi. early run + weights at home
Photo from here. This is a neat site for beginners and even seasoned athlete who need inspiration, new ideas, or ways to see proper form. Check it out!
Here’s H’s latest feat of athleticism…