Friday I worked a half-day because of my brother Robert's visit. I haven't seen him in several years and even then it was a brief visit. This time he's staying for the weekend and my heart was filled with anticipation and excitement. The course of our childhood is a bit complex so he and I missed out on a lot but some of my fondest memories are of he and I playing together as kids. So a funny thing - he's a health and fitness nut! Go figure. He goes to the gym five times a week and eats clean. I mean clean. Makes me look like an artificial, preservative, processed food junkie compared to him.
Anyway, he arrived around 1:30 and one of the things he wanted to do was go to the gym together. But first we had to get lunch. Lucky for me he likes Chipotle so that's where we went for lunch. I had a salad bowl with black beans, veggies, chicken, salsa, corn and guacamole. I skip the dressing.
|Chipotle Salad Bowl|
So after that and a quick visit to the house, we hit the gym. My poster is still up so I got to show that off before heading in to work our muscles. He doesn't usually do much (or any) cardio because he's so focused on muscle gain. But he agreed to run a quick mile with me on the treadmill. I have a chest cough (darnit!) so I was happy to keep my run on the shorter side. I ran at 6.4mph with one 2-minute 7.4 interval. Then we went to the weights.
He's crazy strong. I mean crazy strong. He lifted 120 pound dumbbells (in each hand!) for chest press. Me, I did 30 pound dumbbells, which I needed him to spot. But he really inspired me to start lifting heavier weights. And we did a thing where I was on the decline bench and he tossed me the medicine ball with each decline. He couldn't believe I could do that with a 10lb medicine ball. He was very encouraging and I enjoyed the challenge of working out with him.
We wrapped up with some stretching, despite him saying, "I don't believe in stretching." I got to tell him, "you're not maximizing your workout." Hee hee. I told him he's neglecting flexibility and balance as part of his overall fitness and suggested he do some of his standing exercises on the bosu, like bicep curls. I don't know that I sold him on that though. But he did stretch with me and then we headed to the grocery store. He had some of his super-healthy meals he wanted to make for us.
We eventually made it home but missed dinner with the kids. He started by making us some shakes. He used one scoop of each powder and added a small activia yogurt, bananas, strawberries, oats and a mix of almond milk and water. I was starving and the shake was super good. I could have had the whole pitcher myself. But I kept it to a couple glasses while he got to cooking our dinner - an egg white scramble with deli turkey breast and veggies (cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, spinach). He doesn't ever add salt to his food, instead he uses Mrs Dash for flavor. I made sauteed zucchini to go along with that. Talk about a healthy meal!
|Egg white scramble|
Not sure what's on the agenda for today, maybe a hike, maybe some sightseeing. We're being flexible. He's going to make us shakes for breakfast, I'll have to take some pics of that for my next post.
I had a plan to run 5 miles tomorrow (Sunday), a leisurely training run for the Emerald 12k coming up next month. If I run 5 miles tomorrow and add a mile each Sunday, I'll be ready for the 8 miles. I'm sure I'll be ready for the 8 miles either way but some training would be nice even with taking a leisurely approach to this race. Anyway, the point is that my cough is making me hesitant about running tomorrow. We'll have to see how things develop. Ugh, I am not getting sick. Not. getting. sick.
Ok, gotta run. Hope you're having a great weekend!