One of the most intense cardio workouts I’ve done in a long time!

This morning, I got up and had a list of errands to complete before my 5K. First up, City Hall Plaza for a moving permit. I decided to walk the mile since I’d be only running about 23 minutes later in the afternoon. I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few items to complement what I’m trying to get rid of in fridge. On sale I spotted grilled vegetable gazpacho, and grabbed some fruit, a greek yogurt and couple cans of tuna. 2012 07 26 12 12 50

When I got home, I ate my fruit and yogurt and got work. Around 1 PM I got an email from the 5K race coordinator saying they decided to postpone the race due to the predicted weather. I was super bummed! I decided to go for a run before the rain arrived. I filmed a video on Tuesday featuring a new cardio workout but had yet to do it myself. I set up my intervals using RunKeeper to 10-sec fast, 20-sec steady, 30-sec slow for a total of 5 rounds followed by 2 minute walk/rest. I put it on repeat for a total of 5 times.

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Holy hell this workout was hard! I almost felt like I had to throw up a few times to be honest. It was intense and I can see why it’s the type of workout that is designed to improve your 5K time. Stay tuned for the video. I ran 4.2 miles in 38 minutes, but 8 of those minutes were walking… Yeah, it was a challenge.
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When I got back, I was excited for lunch. I made tuna salad with hummus and mustard and preheated my skillet. I put 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge Light Swiss on one side and topped with the tuna and a couple of slices of tomato. Folded it in half like a quesadilla on the skillet and poured a cup of gazpacho.

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The grilled vegetable gazpacho was ridiculously good. It was sweet and spicy, just the way I like it.

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The darn tomatoes were so juicy they kind of ruined the crispy tortilla. I was bummed but it still tasted really good. As you might be able to tell with my efforts in trying to use up the perishables in my fridge, I have tortillas and Laughing Cow Cheese. That’s about it. As a community leader, I always have a stockpile on hand for recipes so I’m letting it dictate what I eat the next few days. I picked up a few veggies on Tuesday at the Copley Farmer’s Market.
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Gazpacho is definitely one of the healthiest foods I’ve recently discovered I really enjoy. Same with kale chips, and not the kind you make at home, the kind that cost $8 at Whole Foods. Added to this list are oysters and muscles, as well as ginger chews. What new foods have you recently discovered you can’t get enough of?

By the way, it’s almost 6 PM and it’s still sunny out… I don’t hope for storms but it’s frustrating when the weather people make such a big deal over nothing, and your plans get ruined…

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