Skip to main content

Sort of Sushi Saturday, Leg Day, & Relaxation

Sushi Saturday (Not Homemade)
Well, in the end, we had sushi, but not homemade. We kind of waited too late to get started, not paying attention to the prep time for the rice. So we went with plan B. There is a sushi place nearby. I made some veggie spring rolls and baked some tofu I had marinated in a peanut butter sauce (PB2, OJ, rice wine vinegar, tamari).

Jason was really only supposed to pick up a couple of rolls for he and my sister. Instead he picked up 3 rolls for them, some edamame, wakame salad, and spring rolls (though I was making some, he insisted on trying theirs, but they were fried). Anyway, it ended up being quite the spread. The next time she is over, however, we will be making homemade sushi rolls and I promise to take process pictures as well as end-result pictures.

Legs
I sacked out at 10 pm last night and slept hard. I guess that's what running 12 miles will do to you. This morning I got up expecting to be more sore, but I wasn't. My calves are a little tight, but they've definitely been worse. In fact, I felt fine enough to go ahead and do leg weights today. I had kind of hoped to do an easy 4-miler today. But it's really windy out and I just didn't have the patience for that. So leg weights it was. I went with sets of 3x8 unless noted.

SS#1
Alternating front lunges
Deadlifts

SS#2
Squats with low-end pulse
Plie squats with low-end pulse

SS#3
Step ups
Calf raises (toes turned out) - 3x15

SS#4
Side drop lunges off step
Rear leg slide back lunges

Plie hops with weight - 24
Firewalkers - 8
Weighted donkey kicks - 2x8
Inner thigh squeeze with ball - 2x24
Roll-ins with hip lifts on ball - 12

I did 2 of the upper body punching combos and drills from MMA Boxing then the abs from the same disk. I stretched for a good while as well.

Patio Time
Today was crazy windy. Definitely not a day ideal for running, biking, or any outdoor activity. We decided to take a drive through of car lots to get an idea of what I might want and the prices. The nice thing about car looking on Sunday is that most lots don't have dealers swarming you.

I did find one car that I am really sort of excited about, but I am leery at the same time. We have to wait until Thursday, so it's hard to let myself get super excited just yet. I hope to test drive the car this week perhaps. If I like it, if my car isn't found, and we get a check by Friday...then maybe getting down and dirty with the buying will be easier.

After driving around for a bit, we decided to have a late lunch at a place with a patio. They have windows up most of the year, including right now, so that means we could eat on a patio but not be bombarded by the gusting wind. Some friends of ours met us there as well. So it was a great afternoon of just relaxing and visiting. Definitely a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I think weekends should always include lots of relaxing and time with family and friends.

Because our lunch was so late, I really don't know what we'll end up doing for dinner. It might be some sort of salad perhaps. It's a bit warm for soup - or soup just doesn't seem appealing I should say.

I'm trying to do myself (and hubby) a huge favor on the weekends and get posts done early so I can disconnect and just enjoy the weekend time. It's too short as it is. I feel the need to apologize for not visiting blogs like I normally do or being as exciting with my posts. But, at the same time, I need to find a bit of balance and I know that you all will fully understand. In fact, it's something I hope all of you bloggers do as well - find the balance, enjoy your time with family and friends first and foremost.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pumped Up Workout
I'll readily admit that I did not want to go to the gym today. I had no real excuses to not go though. I was just feeling lazy to be honest. But, I did myself a favor and made myself go. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go.

I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

So, today I did 4 sets of 8 reps for two supersets then I did dropsets at the end starting with heaviest weight for 6 reps, then increasing the number of reps by 2 as I decreased the weights. I did this 4 times (6, 8, 10, 12).

SS#1
Alternating bicep curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions

Piriformis Update & Grilled Veggie Salad

New Piriformis Exercises
Today wasn't too terrible for a Monday. Of course, I did leave a little early. That always helps huh ;-) I had another round of physical therapy today. My PT has been really researching piriformis syndrome and found an interesting article that discusses the use of McKenzie Exercises - typically used for back pain.

I have started adding in low back extensions (one of the exercises) but now have a whole new list of exercises to add into my workout rotations. But, if it helps, I'll do it. I also asked her about dry needling (thanks Sarena), which is sort of similar to acupuncture, but is more about trigger point and intramuscular stimulation.

And I'm glad I asked because the timing is uncanny. One of the doctor's in the clinic happens to be going to get certified this weekend. They both believe that I am a prime candidate for the procedure. So we'll see how that goes. Kind of scared because I hate hate hate needles.

Have any of you tried dry…