To start the week off right, I woke up this morning at 5 till 6 to hit the gym.  I really wanted to sleep in because I could tell how cold it was outside, but when I thought about how much more energy I’d have throughout the day I was able to rise from the warm comforts of my bed.

Today was weight lifting/core training day mixed with a 5 minute warm-up on the rowing machine and a 15 minute cardio post-lift on the elliptical runner.  I tend to forget how good I feel after lifting weights.  Running has an energizing effect by making me feel fast and light, but weights give me the feeling that I am tough in a different sort of way.  Building my muscle strength is also a key factor for becoming a stronger runner.

My workout was complete by a delicious chocolate protein shake.  Now I’m ready to take on the day!

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake

2 scoops of chocolate protein shake
1.5 cups skim milk
1 spoonful peanut butter
1 banana
handful of ice

Mix in blender and serve

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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