Week 1 Work-Out Recap.

Monday, July 17. [Treadmill]

This is was the first time on a treadmill in over a year. I completed 1.85 miles at zero elevation, jogging at 4.0-4.5 mph and walking around 2 mph. Pressing buttons and trying to find a good speed was quite challenging for me. I guess it’s better than running in the summer heat right now.

Mood: Better than expected, but stopped early because my stomach wasn’t feeling too good.

Wednesday, July 19. [Upper Body]

3 sets x 10 reps.
Dumbbell Curl. 10 lbs.
Lat Pulldown. 45 lbs.
Underhand Cable Pulldown. 45 lbs.
Tricep Pushdown. 25 lbs.
Pectoral Fly. 20 lbs.

1 mile on the treadmill at zero elevation, jogging at about 4.0-5.0 mph and walking at 2.5 mph.

Mood: Tired, but it felt like a productive work-out.

Thursday, July 20. [Group Run]

RacePace hosts a group run every Thursday at Holler Brewery. I gave myself another try at a 5K distance, but my body was not ready for the changes in elevation at the Bayou trail. The more I ran, the more my calves just burned. I felt like my muscles were cramping up or my legs just wanted to give out from under me. My friends have suggested that I stretch more, hydrate more, and keep running.

Another frustrating aspect during my run were my strides. I’m not sure what is considered a “good stride.” I feel like my strides are too small, yet, when I do take longer ones, I feel like I’m using up way too much energy.

Using the Nike+ Run Club app on Android has been very unreliable. The app cannot capture my location correctly, thus I cannot view my stats. Endomondo has recorded my runs more accurately, but I would like to see more details, such as pace per individual mile. After chatting with some runners in the group, they suggested I download Strava (and add them as friends as well.)

Mood: Defeated. My upper body felt so sore.

Total: 3 days.

How did you cope with muscle aches? How did you find your stride?


~ gwinger

La Barbecue.


This past weekend, my boyfriend and I ventured back to Austin, Texas – home to the University of Texas. Hook ’em horns!

Of course, we had to get some BBQ from La Barbecue. Our wait time in line was about an hour and a half. However, we got there around 11:30 am, so there was already a long line. I suggest going before they open so the wait is short and you have a better chance of getting everything you want (the beef ribs were gone by the time we got to the front).

We usually order a little bit of everything:

  • 1 lb of pork ribs (4 ribs)
  • 1/2 lb of brisket
  • 1/2 lb of pulled pork
  • 1 link of chipotle sausage
  • 1 serving of potato salad, beans, and cole slaw
  • A couple slices of bread

The cook was even let us try some of their house-made pickles.

I’m no BBQ connoisseur, but I highly suggest the pork ribs. They were so moist and the meat just slid off the bone. You should also try their beans and pickles! Adding some sides definitely balance out all the meat you will be grubbing on. You also don’t even need that bottle of sauce they provide at each table – the flavor is already packed in the meat.

We met some cool people from Ole Miss, had some free beer, and ate some delicious BBQ! Worth every minute in line!

What are your favorite places to eat in Austin? 

~ gwinger