Yummy Dim Sum & Treadmill Intervals

Sesame Balls. Oh so tasty, light, fresh, and HOT!

What a week! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday night….this week has flown by for sure. Busy busy!

Ben and I got our taxes done yesterday, and finally made a stop into Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant. I pass this Dim Sum place all the time on the way to the yoga studio. It looks a little sketch, but is ALWAYS packed. That’s a good sign, right?

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I ordered some vegetarian things, but — hands down — our favorite thing we ordered was the pork buns. I was skeptical about these little babies at first. I mean, “pork buns” doesn’t intrigue my pallet. But oh. my. gosh. I actually had to put it down and take a moment after the first bite. (The pork buns are right in the middle of the pic above — the white ones.) They were so light, fluffy, tasted home made, and were soooo delicious. We ordered 2 more after we downed these. Seriously, those things officially made it into my “last meal on Earth” category. Close second to Sweet Basil’s green curry with steamed tofu. If you live in Charlotte and haven’t tried this Dim Sum place, give it a go! It’s kind of a dive, but totally legit.

Tuesday I did a ton of squats, and I was feeling it this morning. Hot yoga was in order. It was a great class, and I particularly needed all the hip openers and deep forward folds after all the running and squats in the last few days.

After work, I drove to the gym for a run on the treadmill. Already a fair weather fan of running in general, running on a treadmill is exponentially worse for me. The thing I do love about treadmills is that I can run so much faster than I can run on flat ground outside. You know, it MAKES you move your legs faster, unless you want to fall on your face.

I tried this workout, which kicked my ass:

Workout Instructions:

Interval Fartlek Workout
Warm up 5 minutes – walk/slow jog at 3.5 MPH, at a 7% incline.
One mile Run at 6.0 MPH, at a 1% incline.
Rest Set Slow it down to 5.0 MPH and run for 3 minutes.
Work Set Speed up to 6.8 MPH for 30 seconds.
Rest Set Go back to 5.0 MPH for 3 minutes.
Rest/Work Sets Keep repeating the 3 minute/30 seconds intervals until the clock reaches 25 minutes.
One mile Run at 6.0 MPH for another mile.
Cool down Slowly jog for 5 minutes at 3.5 MPH at a slight incline (5% to 7%).

This was very challenging for me. I normally run an 11-12 minute mile. Especially since I’m training for a longer run, I tend to always have a slow and steady pace. This workout was a great way to mix things up, and my heart rate stayed at 80-90% the whole time. There were moments that I thought it might be at 110%…. Oh, and I didn’t help myself when I forgot to reset the incline to zero, and ran both miles at 6 MPH on an incline…oops!

I’m certain I’m not alone in that the hardest part for me to actually get in a good workout like this is to make myself get up and go. Particularly in the afternoons, I struggle to make myself get a workout in. BUT! After I am done with whatever workout I do, I’m always happy that I didn’t choose to sit on the couch. As they say, even if it’s a slow mile, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch!

stronger

During the interval running, I pushed myself to the edge. My yoga teacher from class this morning said something that I’ve heard before (and told my students before!), but it really stuck with me on that treadmill today. When I wanted to stop and walk, or just quit and hit the elliptical, I stayed with it anyway and took 3 more deep breaths. And of course, I kept telling myself my little mantra….just keep moving forward. I surprised myself and felt great when it was over. For me, running hasn’t gotten easier, but I really have gotten stronger and faster!

In other news, I found this little gem at Trader Joe’s:

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I love all things (most things) spicy, and these Chile Spiced Mango slices are incredible. Great texture, and such a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. These also might make it onto my favorite foods list. I did not share any with Callie…. she’s a cute little beggar, though!

Hope you’ve had a great week thus far! Warmer weather and the weekend is in sight! Woo hoo!

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