Weekend Wrap-Up

Hello & happy Monday to you!  This was the first weekend where I felt like spring is so close to being here–the weather was mild and beautiful all weekend.  I don’t want to even think about the fact they’re calling for snow Friday.  Barf.

Anyways!  I had an awesome weekend and I can’t wait to recap it for you guys!  Here’s how it went down:

Saturday:  I was up and at ’em a little before 6:00 to tackle a 15K ‘race.’  I made some adjustments with my fueling based on how I felt during last Saturday’s 10 miler.  This time, I added 1/2 a banana to my pre-run fuel.

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Plus my usual shot of espresso!  I also picked up a couple more Gu’s in the Espresso Love flavor–clearly I love caffeine.  I brought along my handheld so I could take sips of water every mile or so, which really helped.

No matter how cold it is or how tired I feel, I will never get tired of seeing this sight during my morning run.

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So beautiful!  I ran my usual route on the Mt. Vernon trail and all around the monuments.  I never take it for granted I’m able to run around some pretty awesome places.

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Also fun fact–I spotted Courtney during my run!  I was right around the last mile and was feeling a little tired, so I’m glad I bumped into her.  It was just the push I needed to get me to the finish!

I averaged an overall 9:19/mile during my run.  Not too shabby!

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Also, check out those sweet new kicks on my feet!  My new Nike Pegasus shoes felt amazing during my long run and I’m excited to rock them during my race.

After my run, I refueled with some chocolate protein oatmeal and a soy dirty chai latte.

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Followed by a date with my foam roller.  It hurts so good!

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I think Brandon was super jealous of my sweet new running shoes, so he requested we hit up the Nike outlet to get a new pair.  He spotted this gem for our first pit stop.

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You gotta have a belly full of waffle fries before you do some shopping!  I need to make note to look at the outlets for running shoes–they had my current pair (in a different color) for less than I paid.

Saturday evening, we headed out to Convivial to celebrate Brandon’s birthday.  I decided to get wild and ordered a cocktail!

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This restaurant was so good!  It’s definitely more for adventurous foodie types (which we are).  I had some of the best fried chicken ever.

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Along with duck egg beignets and scallop boudin blanc!

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The portions were more medium sized so we were able to share dessert–sticky toffee pudding with maple ice cream please!

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This place was so yum!  We will definitely be back 🙂

Sunday:  I slept in until 8:15 and headed out for 3 Garmin-less recovery miles.  Even though the air was chilly, the sun was shining and felt nice and warm.  I made myself a chocolate cherry protein smoothie afterwards!

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I love adding 1/4 avocado to my smoothies!  If you don’t do this, you’re missing out.  For real.

Sunday afternoon we invited some friends over to watch the Caps hockey game.  I didn’t feel like cooking, so I picked up some snacks from Trader Joe’s to serve.  We had hummus with carrots and quinoa chips, arugula, proscuitto and burrata flatbread, and mini chicken tacos!

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Deeeeelish!  They also brought over ginger cookies from a local bakery and I shoveled like four of those things down my throat.

The rest of our Sunday was spent catching up on Walking Dead (hello Richonne!!!) and indulging in some Reese’s peanut butter cup ice cream cake.

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I hope you guys have a great Monday!

Share your weekend highlights!

Are you an adventurous foodie?

 

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!  It’s so weird–last week I only had a three day workweek and it felt like it lasted forever, but this week felt like it flew by.  I’m not complaining!  I’m so excited the weekend is finally here–I have a 15K ‘race’ on the agenda for Saturday, then Brandon and I are checking out a new restaurant Saturday night for his birthday.  Can’t wait!

Let’s check out a couple things I’m currently loving:

1. Bloodline.  I needed a new Netflix show to watch after I finished MAM to hold me over before House of Cards starts (next weekend!!), so I decided to check out Bloodline.  I’m really liking it so far!  I love Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights, and he’s really good in his new role on this show too.

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2. Trader Joe’s Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Almonds.  So if you read my last weekend wrap-up post, you know I came back from TJ’s last weekend with a container of these little nuggets to try.  OMG, they are so good.  I think they lasted me through Wednesday (I bought them Sunday).  The combination of the sweet and salty with dark chocolate is a dream come true.  If you decide to try these be prepared to try and show some serious self-control.  Or just be like me and don’t!  Ha!

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3. Nike Zoom Pegasus 32.  If you follow me on Instagram, you saw I picked up a pair of snazzy new running shoes!  I had been having some knee pain over the last week or so, and I knew my Saucony Ride 7’s were probably losing some cushion since I’ve had them since August.  I went to my favorite local running store to look at the Ride 8’s, but told the lady I was also open to checking out other options.  I tried on Brooks Launch 3’s, Mizuno Wave Catalyst, Adidas Boost, Ride 8’s, and the Pegasus.  I love the Pegasus so far!  They feel really light on my feet but still provide plenty of cushion.  I have my first long run in them Saturday, so that will be the true test!

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4. Oiselle ‘Portman’ Shorts.  Confession: I’m on the Oiselle website like everyday eyeing running clothes I want.  But my birthday is in May, so I figure it’s okay!  I mean I need to be prepared and get a wish list together, right?  Anyways, I’ve been thinking about asking for a pair of compression-style shorts, and I think these are super cute (especially the blue ones!).  I also love that they come with two zipper pockets instead of just one.

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5. Cashews & Chocolate Chips.  This combination is definitely becoming one of my top favorite snack foods.  First of all, it’s super easy to make–you dump a handful of chocolate chips into your hand and then another handful of roasted unsalted cashews.  Or like a handful and a half of chocolate chips.  Regardless of what ratio you use, the combo of salty and sweet is awesome–the healthy fats from the cashews keep my hangry monster at bay, and the chocolate chips satisfy my afternoon sweet tooth.  Love!

Hope you guys have an awesome weekend!

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Favorite Netflix show/current show to binge?

Have you ever surprised yourself and switched over to a completely different brand of running shoes?    

 

 

 

 

Half Marathon Training Recap, Week 7

Sorry for my late week 7 training recap–my weekend was super busy and I just didn’t have time to type it all up.  But I swear I did run, and I’m gonna prove it!

I’m excited to share these posts with you guys, because not only does it hold me accountable, it also helps me to recognize areas to improve upon and provides a great visual to see how I’m progressing.  Here’s how week 7 went down:

Monday: Elliptical & lower body strength training.  I had Monday off for President’s Day and allowed myself to sleep in a bit, which was nice.

Tuesday:  I had a surprise snow day!  Since the weather was crappy that morning, I took my 4.5 mile run indoors.  I averaged an overall 9:29/mile pace and made sure to foam roll afterwards.

Wednesday:  Speed day!  My plan called for a 40 minute tempo run.

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I averaged an overall 9:05/mile which is awesome!  However, my knees were a little achey afterwards–I’ve had my Saucony Ride 7’s for over 6 months now, and I think it’s time to think about replacing them.  I also squeezed in some upper body/core work.

Thursday: 5 mile pace run.  Oddly enough this one felt tougher than my tempo run the previous day.  I think I’m just starting to get tired!

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Friday: Rest day, thank goodness!

Saturday: First double digit long run!  The weather was perfect–just about 40 degrees when I started out, so not too cold.  I felt really good until about the last two miles–I think I was dehydrated.  I didn’t think about bringing a handheld with me, but I should’ve especially with the warmer temps outside.  The times I’ve had to do my long run indoors I’ve had my water bottle next to me on the treadmill and it made a world of difference, so lesson learned for next time!

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However, I’m still really happy with my overall pace, especially considering it was rough towards the end.

Sunday: 3 mile recovery run.  I slept in until close to 9:00, crazy!  I didn’t wear my Garmin and instead just ran a familiar route for some easy miles to loosen my legs.  The weather was so nice, it was insane I was running in a tank top!

Total Weekly Mileage: 26.91 miles.

Reflections from Week 7:

  • I think from here on out I need to bring my handheld with me on my long runs.  I also may start adding 1/2 of a banana to my pre-run fuel, and start taking Gu in earlier during my runs instead of waiting until I feel tired.
  • Any suggestions for new shoes to test out?!  I know I need a neutral shoe, and I’ve been eyeing the Brooks Launch and Adidas Boost, but any ideas are welcomed!

 

Weekend Wrap-Up

Where did the weekend go?!  I feel like the Monday blues hit me at 6:00 pm Sunday, ugh.  P.S. sorry I didn’t re-cap week 7 of my half marathon training, life just got in the way.  I promise I’ll post it later this week, and I swear I did run haha!

I had such a fun weekend, and the weather finally felt like spring!  It’s making me so excited for longer and warmer days, complete with sitting on my back deck with a glass of wine in hand 🙂

Here’s how my weekend looked:

Saturday:  I woke up at 5:30 to prep for my first double digit long run!  A little scary, but exciting at the same time.  You already know what my pre-run fuel was.

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But this time I had the caramel macchiato Gu!  It was pretty good, but I think the Espresso Love is my fave so far.

The weather Saturday morning was perfect for a long run.  It was just about 40 degrees and clear.  The sunrise was beautiful as I pulled up to the parking lot.

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I felt pretty good overall, but could feel myself fading the last twoish miles.  Two thoughts ran through my mind: I wish I had brought my handheld water bottle, and I think I should’ve started fueling earlier in my run.  I didn’t think about bringing water with me, but I really should’ve.  I could feel my legs getting heavy and the dehydration kick in.  At least I know for next time!

I averaged an overall 9:23/mile pace, so not too shabby for my first double digit long run.

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Hopefully my last couple long runs will feel a little bit easier with some water and taking in a Gu earlier.  Any feedback on this is welcomed!

I fueled up with some chocolate protein oatmeal post-run and foam rolled like a champ.

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Every time I see pics of my oatmeal I feel like it looks so nasty but I swear it’s delicious!  Brandon has even asked me to make it for him, so that has to count for something.

I also discovered a favorite new snack Saturday afternoon:

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Roasted unsalted cashews with chocolate chips!  Amazing.  I don’t know why I’ve never combined the two before.

Saturday evening, Brandon and I headed to Maryland to see his family for dinner.  Brandon’s birthday is Tuesday so they wanted to celebrate beforehand since he’ll be traveling this week for work.  We went to a Mexican restaurant near their house, and it was so much fun!

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His dad cracks me up.

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P.S. you can’t go to a Mexican restaurant and not have fried ice cream.  I mean, technically I guess you can, but why would you???  Just look at this plate of deliciousness!

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After dinner we headed back to watch the Caps/Devils hockey game–Caps won, woo!  We didn’t end up getting back to D.C. until a little before midnight, and we promptly passed out.

Sunday:  I woke up refreshed and well-rested around 8:30 and headed out for a quick 3 mile recovery run.  I seriously can’t tell you how happy I was to run outside two days in a row!  I was even warm enough afterwards to have a smoothie!

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I combined frozen strawberries and 1/2 banana, spinach, almond milk, and protein powder.  You can’t go wrong with that combo.

I headed to TJ’s afterwards for a quick grocery shopping trip–I had to hurry since I was meeting some of my friends for brunch that afternoon.  I remembered to take a pic of the sweet potato wedges for you guys!

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Please go out and buy them ASAP.  I also came back with a container of these bad boys to try.

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Yes the container was opened 5 minutes after I got home to taste test.  I had to make sure they were worth it!  Survey says: they’re worth it.

After my Trader Joe’s trip I walked over to Eastern Market to meet some friends for brunch at Lavagna.  D.C. friends, if you’ve never been you need to go–they have one of the best bottomless mimosa options in the city!

I ordered eggs, foccacia toast with honey butter, bacon, and fruit to go along with my mimosas.

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I ate it all and also stole a bite of my friend’s marscapone Nutella pancakes.  That’s how I roll.  It was super fun to catch up with everyone.

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P.S. Lavagna doesn’t skimp with their bottomless mimosas–look at the size of those glasses!

The rest of my Sunday was spent finishing up some work, doing laundry, and spending time with Brandon before he leaves for New York.  Hope you guys have a great Monday!

Share your weekend highlights!

Do you taste test as soon as you get home from the grocery store?  

Fried ice-cream, yay or nay?

 

Friday Faves: Trader Joe’s Edition

How do I petition to have a three day workweek every week?!  I had Monday off for President’s Day, then we had a snow day on Tuesday-the extra day off was just what I needed to get some errands done and catch up on uninterrupted work.  I mean I’ll even take a four day workweek.  This whole ‘working five days a week’ thing is killing me!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know of my love for Trader Joe’s.  I freaking love that place, even when it’s a total madhouse on the weekends.  That said, I thought it’d be fun to dedicate a Friday faves post to my favorite items from TJ’s!

1. Roasted Sweet Potato Strips.  I just stumbled across these when Brandon and I were at TJ’s Tuesday morning and they are amazing.  They’re just plain roasted sweet potatoes cut into little strips, so they’re perfect for eating as a side dish, alongside eggs for breakfast, or in a salad for some staying power (which is what I’ve been doing all week).  I couldn’t find an online link to share, but I spotted them where the bagged salad greens are.

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2. Avocado Salsa.  This stuff is like a combination of guacamole and salsa and I love it!  It’s lightly spiced and doesn’t have any funky added ingredients.  It’s thinner than guacamole and it’s delicious on eggs or even as a salad dressing.  Or just straight out the container.  Do you.  I found it where the hummus and other dips are.

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3. Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds.  Ohhhhhhh man.  If there is one thing I have to exercise some serious restraint over when I’m at TJ’s it’s a container of these bad boys.  I don’t know what it is about these (I’ve had plenty of other brands of dark chocolate almonds before), but they are so addicting.  And so chocolate-y.  Thankfully they sell them in smaller bags if you want to be a good doobie and not eat a whole pound of them.  Or just be like me and buy a couple small bags and just eat them all.

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4. White Cheddar Corn Puffs.  These are, without a doubt, Brandon’s favorite item at TJ’s.  Whenever he tags along with me, a bag of these always mysteriously end up in the shopping cart.  I always liked the puffy Cheetos over crunchy ones but hate all the added ingredients in them.  These corn puffs are light and airy and deliciously cheesy!    

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5. Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels.  Now I’m not a huge milk chocolate fan–9 times out of 10 I will always choose dark chocolate.  However, these milk chocolate peanut butter pretzels are the exception.  My mom introduced these to me when I was in grad school and I’ve been hooked ever since.  The combination of sweet and salty is heaven in my mouth.

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Other items I love to buy at TJ’s: Applegate lunch meat and Ezekiel bread (way cheaper at TJ’s than my regular grocery store!), grilled chicken strips for salads, sriracha BBQ sauce, brussel sprouts (they have pre-shredded ones too!), fresh flowers, cookie butter, nuts, dried fruit, rolled oats, and wine (duh).

I also found this article the other day and am making it my personal mission to try every single item.  Challenge accepted!

Hope you guys have a great Friday & relaxing weekend!

Favorite items to buy at TJ’s?

Share what’s on your weekend agenda! I have a 10 miler Saturday–first double digit long run in a while!

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Don’t even say white chocolate, barf!