Summer is over! We had a couple of hot days last week (32 C / 90 degrees), the warmest September 5 since 1991. Since Saturday temperatures dropped to normal temperatures and we had rain. But I’m okay with that, we had the best Summer in years. July and August were beautiful, it was never too hot but almost every day had sunshine and I have been sitting outside almost every day these months. Nothing to complain about.
But everything has to end and Autumn is one of my favorite seasons (when it’s not raining). I have a couple of long walks planned till the end of this year so hopefully the weather is cooperating. When it’s raining, it’s no use going. Sunday morning it was raining very hard and I couldn’t get Bella outside to pee. She hates the rain, silly dog.
Tomorrow we have our annual work date. I have been organizing this for the past years but this year I was out of inspiration to find something fun to do with a group and I asked a few colleagues if they wanted to organize it. They did and came up with a boat ride and bbq afterwards. Too bad the weather doesn’t look good tomorrow (lots of rain) but hopefully it’s dry when we are on the water.
Start of the new program I am going to follow. I have to be honest that when I got up it was raining and I had a brief thought of going back to bed. But then I said to myself “it’s just rain, the weather will be worse on some days during Winter, just go”. I got dressed, went downstairs, had coffee and stepped outside. And … it was dry. The entire run it was dry and I was glad afterwards I went. The run itself was easy because I did a few steps back. I still want to get faster and have made a kind of pace schedule that I want to try. Today I wanted to do my running intervals no slower than 6:45.
Distance: 4.2 K / 2.6 miles
Running: 2-3-5-5-5 minutes.
Paces: 6:44 – 6:23 – 6:31 – 6:32 – 6:29
Weather: dry, hardly any wind, 10C (50 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: Guns ‘n Roses – Sweet child o’mine
P90X Chest & Back, 17 minutes.
Second time I did this workout and second time I didn’t finish it. I really don’t like this workout. Half of the exercises are push ups which I don’t like doing. Don’t mind if there are one or two push up exercises in a workout but 12 out of 24: too much. About 6 to 8 exercises are chin ups or pull ups for which exercises I don’t have the equipment and no intention of buying that either. I have so many other workouts I do like that I decided I’m not doing this one ever again.
Friday September 6
Quinoa with wild spinach (from the beebox), carrots, raisins and pine nuts. A recipe I have made before and very tasty.
Saturday September 7
I made a salad using some products from the beebox: salad, cucumber and blueberries. I added chicken, roasted pine nuts and honey-mustard dressing. Tasted great.
Sunday September 8
I had potatoes and pears left from the beebox and I had a piece of pork meat left in the freezer. I decided slow cooking was perfect for Sunday because the meat and pears had to be on the stove for a few hours. I stewed the pears with a little bit of sugar and cinnamon and boy were they good, so tasty. I cooked to potatoes and baked them later, the taste of the potatoes was also so much better than when I buy them in the supermarket. The meat was served with some mushroom sauce (bought that ready-made). A delicious meal.
Monday September 9
Whole-wheat spaghetti with bacon and spinach.