Training Tuesday: Vacation and Low Mileage

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s also Tuesday, which for me, is Training Tuesday.

Confession: I’m not running today. AND I barely ran at all last week. For two reasons.

One good reason – vacation!  We spent about 3 full days in the car (1.5 there and 1.5 back), and despite the fact that we brought our jogging stroller, we only used it once (and for less than a mile). We were hoping to get in a family run near a park or someplace flat, but we stayed in downtown Atlanta and the roads didn’t seem so conducive for getting out for a stroller run.

One not as good reason is that toward the end of the week, I started feeling sick. The first day, I was feeling sick and not able to run more than a mile or so. And then it got worse. I found out today that (yay!) I have mastitis, which explains why I’ve been feeling lousy for the past several days.  So I’m taking it easy and resting.

Anyway, here is how the week turned out:

Sunday: 0 miles, half day in the car driving to Atlanta (we got in around 6:30 p.m.)
Monday: 0 miles BUT a lot of walking! (23,000 steps)
Tuesday: 0 miles running but a decent amount of walking (12,000 steps)
Wednesday: 4.5 miles running outside in Atlanta! And more walking (20,600 steps)

Thursday: 4.25 miles on the treadmill in the hotel gym and more walking (19,600 steps)

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Friday: 0 miles (11,500 steps)
Saturday: .75 miles but a lot of walking (19,500 steps)- I would’ve run more but was sick (later realized I had a fever … and then mastitis)

Total: 9.5 miles

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I ended the week feeling sick, so hopefully this week is a little better in terms of runs. I’m going to take it easy and recover in the meantime but hope to be back running again soon!

Happy running! I’m linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

A Week in Atlanta

B, FW and I just got back from our first extended vacation as a family of 3! It’s still funny to say that … anyway,  we spent a few days in Atlanta taking in some sights, doing all the touristy things and eating as much southern food as possible.
20170208_180932I’ll first say,  don’t be fooled by all the smiling photos.  Traveling with a 7 month old is no easy feat.  They are not interested in museums,  breweries or nice restaurants.  They’re cranky of they don’t nap and go to bed early (or in our case remind you they want to go to bed early when you keep them out too late).  That being said, it was a great first family vacation.

Some of the highlights-
Checking out the Olympic Park. FW liked the fountains especially. 20170206_163328

Going for long walks and taking photos along the way.20170208_105739

While I didn’t run daily like I do at home, I did get in 2 runs, including one outside one day. It was 60 degrees and humid- so different from Cleveland in February!20170208_110729

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Going to the World of Coca-Cola. 20170208_130122 20170208_140740

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Visiting the Martin Luther King Jr home and memorial. 20170207_114116

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Seeing what the hype was about at The Varsity. We ate our weight in hot dogs, peach pie, chicken sandwiches and onion rings. 20170209_131738

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The Civil Rights museum. Also checking out the human rights exhibition.20170209_123331

I love going to local markets wherever we go. Atlanta’s Municipal Market was a small market but I got some tasty tea, pralines and popcorn!20170209_164028

Though we weren’t out after dark too much (see previous statement about baby who likes to be in bed by 7), we did get in a few nighttime walks.img_20170208_185659_051

All in all it was a great trip. It had a little of everything I like in a vacation – some relaxing, good food, walking around, warm weather and of course some runs!

I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

WIAW: A Blurry Brinner

Greetings from Atlanta! I’m on a little trip right now, but still wanted to share my WIAW eats (especially since I missed last week … last week was a doozy but I survived!). This week’s eats are from last Thursday.

The day started with some egg white oats and mixed nuts and fruit. I have been loving my egg white oatmeal and finding it a really good breakfast for bf-ing – I add in Brewers Yeast and flaxseed to give it some extra oomph.

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I had some more nuts for a snack (unpictured) while I was waiting for my lunch.

For lunch, I had a bunch of leftovers but made it into a salad. It was SO good- it included some pork loin and frozen veggies, sweet potato and spinach. A very fulfilling lunch.

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Snacks included some apple and celery …

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And some dried fruit. Probably more than I wanted to have but I had some dates and cherries. I was bummed to realize as soon as I put some in my mouth that the cherries were sweetened! Ugh. They’re good still (obviously) but I’ll have to get back to the market to get my unsweetened dried cherries.

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And for dinner? B made us brinner! Yes, it’s a blurry pic but it’s egg whites, avocado, spinach, Cleveland coleslaw (gnar gnar!) and tomato.

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And some Halo Top because that’s how I’ve been ending my days lately. YUM. Black cherry is a pretty good flavor!

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And that was it! Some questions for you for this WIAW:

  • Have you ever been to Atlanta? Any tips of what to do?
  • How do you like your eggs?

Training Tuesday: 20+ Miles Again

Wooohooo – I just looked back at my running log and I finished up January with 114.07 miles!

Yes, it was a good month, running-wise. And again, I had a good week, running 20+ miles. But first, some non-mileage highlights of the week:

I learned that I’m a Skirt Sports Ambassador!! They announced the ambassadors Feb. 1 and I’m pumped to represent this brand. I only have one running skirt at the moment but see many more in my future …

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Also, this week the Cleveland Marathon introduced their medals! Check out this hardware.

Now, onto the runs for this week. In terms of mileage, this week was 23.1 miles– appropriate, since my b-day (which was Monday)and lucky # is 23! The runs included:

Sunday: 6 treadmill miles. I was wearing my Skirt Sports skirt on the treadmill – appropriate now that I’m officially an ambassador!

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Monday: 5  miles on the treadmill.

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Tuesday: 5  miles on the treadmill. 

Wednesday: 5.25 miles on the treadmill. I ran 5 miles and then did  a cool down to get to 5.25.

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Thursday: 3.56 miles on the treadmill. I had planned on working out longer, but FW woke up at the same minute I was heading down to workout, so by the time he fell back to sleep, I had less time than anticipated for my workout. Nevertheless, it was great to be able to still get in a few miles!

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Friday: None – rest day!

Saturday: None! We woke up early and were in the car for 8+ hours so there was little time to run or even move at all.

Total- 24.91 miles!

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Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Weekend Snapshot – From CLE to Asheville

Happy February !! B and I had a GREAT weekend filled with a 4+ hour cooking class/date night, a 8+ hour car ride with a 7 month old (not-so-great idea) and some delicious eats and sightseeing in Asheville. Some of the highlights:

B and I spent Friday night at the Gatherings Kitchen in Lakewood. The theme of the month is Viva Italia and we had such a good time at the cooking class! It’s BYOB, so we had a bottle of wine while preparing the meal – it was a four-course meal with plenty of appetizers, so I left pretty pretty stuffed!

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The way Gatherings Kitchen works is that each pair makes a course or part of a course. B and I had gotten assigned the salad course which included a frisee arugula salad with toasted garlic vinaigrette and eggs in purgatory.

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The other food included some goat cheese/bacon/bruschetta, squid ink linguine with clams, wild mushroom stuffed pork chops and cheese pastries with strawberries. I LOVED spending time at the Gatherings Kitchen and would definitely recommend it to anyone – I hope B and I get to go back soon!

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After spending Saturday in the car most of the day (okay, pretty much all day), it was good to get in some walking on Sunday. We spent Sunday morning touring the Biltmore Estate. It was a great way to spend the morning with FW – I’ll share another blog post about visiting the Biltmore with a baby, since it worked out so well!

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After our Biltmore Estate visit, we hit up the gardens. Since it was February, the outside was not in full bloom but the indoor garden had a great orchid exhibit that we were able to check out.

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We got in some brunch before we left Asheville – we had gotten reservations at The Market Place and I had an amazing banana bread French toast. B had gotten a local breakfast sandwich, and we split the two so we could enjoy sweet and savory. Definitely delicious!

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After a little shopping in Asheville (had to leave with some soap, candy and honey!), it was back on the road again.

Sunday night we had some BBQ and watched part of the Super Bowl. I didn’t really care who won and watched it mainly for the commercials, but I was cheering on Atlanta – Matt Ryan went to BC so I’ve always been a fan of his.

 

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Not your typical Super Bowl eats, but pretty good nonetheless!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you ever had banana bread French toast? What’s the most decadent French toast you’ve had?
  • Ever been to Asheville?

Per usual, I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.