The Bachelor ended last week. That means that our Monday nights are wide open and so Muncher Cruncher, her sis and I decided to do something somewhat productive and hit up a late yoga class.
First, I could not believe how many people were at this gym so late at night. We left at about 10:30 pm and the place was PACKED. People were just coming in to start their workout as we were leaving. At night the only workout I am really able to do is yoga and even then I am 80% asleep for the entire class.
It has been forever since I had been to this particular gym and this new little addition of a water bottle filler upper made me extremely happy. How have I lived without this in my life?
I’ll admit it. Yoga really isn’t my favorite. It is a lot more fun with friends there but I guess I just really like running and running is why I go to yoga. My hip flexors get tight (especially as my mileage and speedwork increases) and they always feel a million times better after some yoga.
Three things cause hip flexor issues—> repetitive use (ummm running), weak glutes and sitting down a lot. The hip flexor is used with every stride that you take, it is what raises your thigh forward and brings your hip forward when you are running… It is extremely important for runners! Pain, tightness or weakness in this area can really hold your running back and it can cause you to overcompensate in other areas which = injury.
To prevent hip flexor injuries four things are important:
3. Try not to sit too much:) Get up, stretch and move around if you have a desk job.
4. Gradually increase your speed and distance. Anytime you bump up your mileage and/or speed you increase your chances of getting injured so take your time, running isn’t going anywhere. Make sure you are taking enough time to recover in between hard workouts. “Over-training causes micro-trauma to the muscle because the athlete is doing too much and not getting adequate rest between training sessions. The micro-traumas accumulate and eventually result in muscle strain and pain.” (Source) We don’t want that to happen.
Take care of those hip flexors, you are going to need them!
Enough about our hip flexors, dinner was a winner. I bought a big thing of steaks at Costco a few weeks ago and individually wrapped them and stuck them in the freezer. I cook one up at a time and it hits the spot. I also roasted some butternut squash (drizzled it in olive oil and a little bit of brown sugar) at 450 degrees until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside (I want to say it was like 25 minutes).
I don’t know if you have noticed this but we take holidays pretty seriously over here.
Every holiday includes sugar cookie making and decorating together. She is very precise with her sprinkle placement.
Just in case you want to eat the best sugar cookies ever… Get this boxed mix from Williams-Sonoma right this second. You will thank me after you take just one bite.
We have also been getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day this last week by munching on Lucky Charms.
Just two tangents for today.
1. Holding my new nephew while we were out on a walk for a few miles made me very baby hungry.
2. Just some deer watching.
Are you wearing green today?
How many people do you usually cook for each night?
-Me and the Brookers = 2.
Have you ever been a late night worker outer?
Perks at your gym? What gym do you go to?