Taper makes me think

January 6, 2014Angela

in Daily Life, Running, Working Out

Today I was on the phone with a friend and they asked, “What’s the good word?” The good word is taper.  For all those who don’t know, taper happens close to a race where you scale back your mileage so you can rest up and recover for the race.  Taper is a good and bad thing.  It’s good because I won’t be running mega miles on the weekend but it bad because I’m not focused on running the mega mileage on the weekend.  It leaves room to think about other things.

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The thing that’s been on my mind lately is my hair. When I was larger I had really great hair. When I started my workout regime I had to sacrifice my hair. It kind of makes me sad because I was madly in love with my hair. Being a black woman it’s hard to keep my hair up because I end up sweating it out every day. I made a choice to not get my hair done…and I miss it. Occasionally, I do get the chance to get my hair done and I’ve decided I don’t take enough time for that. Remember my after race treat in Philly?

Got my hair did! Feel so much better now after running #rnrphilly
I felt like a million bucks after visiting that place in Philly! I need to make time for more things like this…and maybe take some friends along with me.

So colorful! #dinner #veggies #corn #healthyeats #fresh
Next up is food! Taper has been making me focus on my food choices. As you know, we are trying to cook more food at home and I’ve been so focused on the health benefits of food. I’ve reignited my love with quinoa, leafy greens and all other veggies. I’ve been scouring the internet for good recipes and Willie and I have been cooking up good stuff in the kitchen.

Lastly, I’ve been thinking about toning up!  I think the lose skin thing is starting to get to me around my stomach.  I’m really ready for that stuff to tone up like my arms and almost my thighs.  People always wondered about the loose skin…it’s there and it kind of gets in the way sometimes.  BUT it doesn’t bother me that much.  It does make me think about doing core workouts though.  I know a lot of people are doing plank challenges and such.  Have you seen the show on Bravo called “Toned Up”? It’s a really good show and they offer little tips about toning.  I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I did! The girls are a little flighty but the seems to have a good handle on their business.

What’s on your mind today?

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  • Juli

    Okay, so YES, watched Toned Up and checked out their stuff. Did a workout and WOW I was sweating more than I have in a long time. They make it look like they are just smiling going through the motions but mercy it is a workout.

    • Angela

      I know, right? I did a work out and my abs hurt for two days and there was a puddle of sweat! At least we know it works!

  • Erin

    Love that picture of you with your hair down. So pretty! I’ve got to know what is in that pan – it looks so good!

    • Angela

      I’ll post the recipe soon…and thanks :-)

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