Hey guys! I hope your weeks are going well! This week is definitely much lower key than last!

By the way, check out my guest post- Does Everything Happen for a Reason? It’s a departure from typical Fitness is Sweet content.

Since the weather has been changing, I keep thinking back to my life this time last year and being nostalgic. I miss rowing! One thing about frequenting the coffee shop here (besides emptying my wallet) is that I’ve run into a lot of my rower friends and had time to chat with them. One reason I’m glad I’m not rowing: they’ve been taking a lot of singles out. For those of you that don’t know rowing, this means that people have been flipping. A lot. Which was one of my greatest fears, and quite frankly, plunging into the bay at 6am doesn’t sound like too much fun. 

However, one (dry) way to relive my rowing glory days is to hit the erg and do some of the workouts we used to do. Workout nostalgia is totally a thing, right? I didn’t do any of our crazy long workouts because I’m just not in that kind of rowing shape, but I did 3×12 minutes, plus some quick abs. 

I decided it was silly to take pictures of every single cappuccino, so here’s an old picture.


Today, I succumbed to the inevitable. I packed my salad in a ziplock bag. I don’t know if this is genius or just the epitome of lazy. I don’t really have any good tupperware for salads, in my defense. IMG_4893
I also had to scan an entire meal in…to run in and get one hard boiled egg. My salad consisted of lettuce, egg, and TONS of spinach and artichoke hummus.
I also tried a green juice from my Whole Foods trip last week. I’ve had my eye on this for a little while, and I finally decided to try it.IMG_4892
It’s really good! I think I found my key to green juice-the pineapple and kale combo. I loved the juice I got in Hawaii that was kind of similar.
I then realized that it was freezing, and today was really not a good day to decided to wear only a long sleeved shirt. IMG_4891
Why am I telling you this? Because it meant I had to run back to my dorm and grab a jacket-plus eat pumpkin bread.IMG_4895
A lot more than just this slice. But don’t worry, the rest of the pumpkin bread is safely in the freezer. And I didn’t slice it, which means if I want any, I’m REALLY going to have to want it, because cutting a frozen loaf will be interesting. IMG_4896
I also tried Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte mix! It’s really good-I made it with almond milk instead of water for a creamier flavor.
This evening, I went to Crossfit and lifted for the first time in over a week. Oh how I’ve missed it! Th strength portion was every minute on the minute of 3 backsquats at 75% of your one rep max. This was actually pretty easy for me, since I regularly do 8 minutes, with 2 reps every 30 seconds (which is tougher), at what happens to be the same weight. The workout was a good one too-it involved front squats, toes to bar, and a little bit of running (which felt awesome, by the way!)
On the way back, I picked up our CSA box!
I was able to drive it closer to my dorm, but I still had to bike back from the parking lot. My mom texted me about being careful to not drop it and make “pear sauce.” I biked back. With the box in one arm. I’ve gotten pretty good at biking one handed, but CSA boxes are big and heavy. And I’m not actually that good at biking one handed, I realized as I wavered around turns. I was more worried about not making “Aurora sauce”! But I did get back in one piece!
I decided I should probably go to the dining hall for dinner. Nothing special-chicken, salad, rice, squash.
Photography courtesy of my roommate because for some crazy reason I didn’t have my phone with me.
Our evening ended with an impromptu food party. My roommate and i definitely have the best foods, so we had a “spreads” party-fancy nutella, pumpkin butter, pumpkin cream cheese, sunflower seed butter.
It was fun! But I’m stuffed. And a little sugar crazy. Oh well.
Tomorrow, I’m planning my first post-race run. I think it will end up being 4 miles-I’m running with a friend. Oh, and I have a confession.
I kind of want to run a marathon.
There. It’s out there. I don’t want to say that I feel I’ve mastered the half distance, but I feel like I’m ready for another challenge. But here’s the thing-it wouldn’t be for a little while. Because of that, I’m going to do one more long run before I significantly reduce my mileage in 5k and 10k prep-I want to see how my feet hold up NOW, while I’m still in shape enough to do the longer distances. Better figure it out now than a month before the race when I start running farther, and have already been training for who knows how long. BUT don’t worry-I’m giving my body plenty of time first. Most of my running soreness is gone, but I’m still taking it easy for another week-I’m planning this one last long run for a week from Sunday. I’ll be sure to let you guys know how it goes…and what I decide!
What’s your next fitness goal?

4 comments on “Fall Nostalgia

  1. Health, Love, and Chocolate

    A few of my close friends rowed in high school (and still, actually). I tried it out once and really liked it but I remember it bother my knee. Which is funny considering that now I use the rowing machine when I want to give my knees a break hah! “Aurora sauce” made me laugh out loud, I am seriously jealous of your csa box!

    1. Aurora

      The CSA box is awesome! It’s nice to have something besides dining hall fruit-which is usually kind of sketchy!

    1. Aurora

      That’s awesome!

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