Sunday, February 20, 2011

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.