YOU GUYS. Guess who woke up at 5:45 AM and went for a four mile run?
I am so-so-so not a morning workout person anymore (I think I am allergic to unnecessary early rising after the newborn stage) but I have a busy day planned so it was 5:45 AM or never. My BFF Lauren is flying into Charlotte from Singapore! Remember Lauren? She ran the Disney Marathon with me back in 2010 and is one of my favorite people, ever.
I feel incredibly chilly just thinking of that damn marathon (it was 14 degrees at the starting lineâ€¦ in Orlandoâ€¦ it was miserable).
Hereâ€™s the thing about this morningâ€™s workout… Maybe Iâ€™m just super excited for Laurenâ€™s arrival, but my run felt glorious. The air was crisp, I was not pushing a 45-pound jogging stroller, and â€“ all in all â€“ it was a lovely way to wake up. Maybe Iâ€™ll convert back to a morning runner yetâ€¦
Speaking of workouts, hereâ€™s Last Weekâ€™s Workouts:
Tuesday: 1000 yard swim
Wednesday: 2 hour bike run
Thursday: 1 hour bike ride
Friday: 1000 yard swim + 2 mile run
Totals: 5000 yards of swimming, 5 hours of biking, 5 miles of running
A slow week (save for Sundayâ€™s workout!) but thatâ€™s due to sickness. Iâ€™m 95% healthy nowâ€¦ I wish I could just kick this bug 100%!
In other news, I hosted a dinner party on Sunday night and served Whole Foods takeoutâ€¦ and I think now my friends believe I am a seriously amazing cook. Hey, no one asked if I actually cooked everything, so I wasnâ€™t going to announce that I had a bunch of cardboard boxes in the trash can. (I become more and more like my mother every single day.)
I guess the secret is out nowâ€¦.
No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self
The No Meat Athlete book is officially available! Wahoo!
Click through for your chance to win a copy of Mattâ€™s just-released book. Donâ€™t worry, this â€˜click throughâ€™ feature wonâ€™t be a regular thing on HTP â€“ itâ€™s just for giveaways and reviews.
My friend Matt of No Meat Athlete creates amazing content and e-books. Thatâ€™s why I was so thrilled to hear that he was publishing a book. The official release date is TODAY but I managed to finagle a review copy a week ago, and I have to say â€“ itâ€™s brilliant! I also pre-ordered a copy a few months back, so I canâ€™t wait to see the actual book when Amazon delivers it later today.
The thing that I love most about NMA is Matt makes being an athletic vegetarian seem so natural. Transitioning to a vegetarian diet (or just a plant-based one) can be super confusing â€“ add on that the demands of an exercise routine and thereâ€™s lots of room for nutritional error. The NMA book breaks down how to eat the healthiest, most satisfying plant-based diet possible, as well as tips and tricks for making regular exercise part of your life. And recipes! So many recipes!
This book is a great guide for someone who is just transitioning to a veggie diet or wants to learn how to maximize their eats. And itâ€™s an excellent resource for those interested in running or triathlons but want to know how to take it to the â€˜next level.â€™
Matt offered an HTP reader a copy, too! If you want to win a copy of the new No Meat Athlete book, simply leave a comment telling me whether youâ€™re a morning exerciser, a lunchtime sweater, or a bedtime baller. When do you prefer to get your sweat on?