Training Tuesday: A pretty average week

BRR! Where did the springlike weather that we were having just a few weeks ago go? Thank goodness I’m still early in my half marathon training and don’t mind the treadmill – because there was no way I was running outside much of this week. Speaking of which, it was a pretty uneventful, average week for me in terms of training.

I rounded out the week with 23.33 miles:

Sunday: 6.33 miles on the treadmill while FW slept. I was hoping to do 5 or 6 and made it to 6! FW woke up while I was running but B kept him entertained. Post-run baby hugs are the best 🙂

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Monday: 27 minutes on the elliptical. Had planned to do more, but of course FW woke up I was working out and eat it too

Tuesday: 4 miles. 3.5 miles with.5 cool down on the treadmill.

Wednesday: 5 miles.  30 minute tempo run on the schedule.  Started out super tired,  but ended up running a little longer- 40 minutes,  then cooling down. All done inside, on the treadmill.

Thursday: 4 treadmill miles. 3.5 running and .5 mile cool down.

Friday: None – rest day!

Saturday: 4 indoor miles. It was COLD out. And by cold, I mean 20s and oh yeah, IT’S MARCH! That – and since I was going to be out late Friday night, I decided not to sign up for the state Malachi 5 mile  race. I had 3 pace miles on the schedule and ended up doing 3.31 at 9 minute mile pace and cool down for until I got to 4.

And that was it for the week – 23ish miles! 

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

A night out!

What a weekend. B and I finally had a laid back weekend with not much planned and it was much needed. We were able to have some fun, relax, run, be productive AND get a night out!

Friday was a good night and our night out. B and I had a babysitter (his sister) because we had plans to go out! I had an event that night – the 25 under 35 Movers and Shakers Awards where I was being recognized!

After the awards, we hung out a bit with Christy and Cari and then B and I went out for dinner!  We went to Alley Cat and had some great food – we shared some clam chowder, oysters and an amazing lobster roll.

I’m still drooling over that lobster roll. It brought me back to the East Coast – and trips to Maine and Cape Cod. YUM!

Saturday morning started out with a run, 4 total miles (3 at 9 min/mile pace). Followed by a trip to West Side Market and Gallucci’s to pick up some groceries for the week. I am trying to do better at meal planning and we have dinners for all week planned out!

both are so excited to be photographed at the market

For lunch, we hit up Boaz Cafe which may be my new favorite restaurant. B had a lamb roll up and I had a make your own bowl – chicken, baba and so many more great toppings. The food is so good and so fresh and so affordable (his lamb roll and my giant salad were $11 total!!).

Saturday afternoon I did something I haven’t done in forever- i baked cookies while B and FW napped! It was great- I made something quick (bars) but it was so nice to get back to baking. I’ve missed it!

That evening we stayed in and after FW went to bed, made some pizza and watched a movie. I love homemade pizza, especially when B is the one making it! (which is always)

We ended up watching Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which was just an okay movie. The real reason we watched it is because I went to high school with the real Mike and Dave (Dave was my year) and I had to see what the movie was about. I know it is only loosely based on the story (the real wedding wasn’t in Hawaii – it was in NY and my friend’s sister ended up going ha) but it was still funny to watch. Would I recommend the movie? Ehh, it was okay …

Sunday morning started with 6ish miles on the treadmill and then some meal prep.

Then it was time to check out some Open Houses! FW actually was napping and we missed one of the houses but the second one was nice. I really liked the house, so we shall see … then we ran some errands – and FW sat in the grocery cart for the first time!

And I got kombucha. Yum!!

That night we spent the evening at B’s parents house for our traditional Sunday dinner but this time WE cooked for B’s mom’s birthday! We made homemade pasta, with asparagus, peas and onions. I didn’t get to snag a photo, but it was great!

And that was about it. The weekend ended and now it’s time for conquering Monday. Here we go!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you ever make homemade  pasta?  Yes, B and I make it probably about once a month or so?
  • Do you like kombucha? Yes, I’m addicted to it, especially the homemade kind from my local tea shop!

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

Family Travel Tips: The Biltmore with a Baby

B and I love traveling. We’ve been around the globe together, from Cambodia to Mexico City, Burlington to Los Angeles.

I’m not gonna lie, traveling has slowed down a bit since FW was born eight months ago. Since then, the only places we’ve gone outside of Cleveland have been New York to see my family and Columbus for a weekend getaway. But we finally got in a little family vacation, with a trip to Asheville and Atlanta.

One of the highlights of Asheville was the trip to the Biltmore. If you haven’t been before, I highly recommend it. AND if you’re traveling with a baby – it’s definitely doable! Here are some tips to make it work:

5 Tips to Experiencing The Biltmore with a Baby

1. Go early. We bought tickets for 9 a.m. and got to the house around that time. It was great- not only was it nearly empty (look at all my photos – where are all the people?!) but it was prime time for FW. He is a morning person and naps well in the a.m. so going there when he was in a good mood – and then sleepy – was perfect! He was great for the self-guided house tour and even napped a little bit.

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Selfie when got there. See – nobody on the lawn or anywhere!

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Snoozing in the Halloween room at the Biltmore

2. Buy tickets in advance.

Don’t waste time going to the ticket office the day-of your visit. You’ll either waste time in line or not be able to get in and see the house when you want (fact- this happened to B and I a few years ago when we first went to Asheville around Christmastime. We went to get tickets the day of and they were sold out!). Instead, buy tickets in advance. I’ve been told that some AAA offices sell discount tickets (not the ones in Cleveland, sadly), but if you buy your tickets more than week in advance, the Biltmore often offers a discount. And if you’re going with a baby, great news – they’re free!

3. Travel light.

My definition of “traveling light” has changed significantly since FW was born. Babies need so much stuff! But for the Biltmore, since I knew we’d be walking around a lot and have a baby to carry, I wanted to bring as little stuff as possible. And we did! In my Baggu (which has become my all-purpose FW bag) I had our Skip Hop diaper changing system with some diapers and wipes, 2 small toys, a bottle, my wallet, my Baby Bjorn and our tickets. That was it. And guess what – I didn’t even use any of the toys OR the bottle during the trip!

4. Go stroller-less if possible.

Yes, the Biltmore lets you bring in strollers (yay for them!) but there are TONS of stairs in the house. Knowing this, we opted to go stroller-less and were very happy. B wore FW in our backpack carrier (I also had my Baby Bjorn in case FW didn’t like the backpack – it was our first time using it for a long time period) and it worked out perfectly. We were able to go up all the stairs and not miss any of the exhibits. We were even able to go for a walk around the grounds, including visiting the ponds and gardens, without having to worry about the terrain, more stairs, etc. Which brings me to the last tip …

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5. Explore more than just the house.

The Biltmore is more than just the beautiful historic home. It has several gardens, a village (with a winery!), walking trails, ponds, etc. If your baby is being good, explore as much of it as possible! And if you’re going early (see tip #1), you’ll find you have much of the grounds to yourself.

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Taking in the view

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Visiting the indoor orchid exhibit

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Beautiful grounds

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FW enjoying his walk to Bass Pond

I highly recommend you visit the Biltmore the next time you’re in Asheville. It’s a great place to check out – with or without a baby!

Training Tuesday: The Week with Little Sleep

Man, I’m tired. Last week was a tiring week of training. Not because of my mileage (I only ended up with ), but because it was a busy week with little sleep!

Monday night FW wouldn’t go to bed until late, Tuesday night I had a meeting that went until 7 p.m. and then I had to rush to my event at Playhouse Square, Wednesday night I worked late to prepare for a long early meeting on Thursday, Thursday was a 12+ hour day of work and by Friday I was ready for the weekend!

I honestly don’t know how I got in my runs last week, but I’m glad I did. I do always feel better after a run, even if I’m running on fewer than 6 hours of sleep (pun intended).

Now, onto the runs for this week. In terms of mileage, the week ended at 21.2 miles.

Sunday: 5.5 treadmill miles. 

Monday: cross training day. 45 minutes on the elliptical was all I had time for before FW woke up.

Tuesday: 4.58 mile treadmill run. Some days you gotta match your shoes with your socks and your shirt!

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Wednesday: Intervals – 5×400 on the treadmill. Ended up with 4.5 miles total including a warm up and cool down. I wore my Skirt Sports Jette skirt 🙂

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Thursday: 3.1 miles on the treadmill. Thursday was an EARLY run (I got up at 4:30 a.m.), as I had to be in a meeting 2.5 hours away by 9-9:30 and drop off FW at daycare first. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get in a run, but I’m glad I did! Even just 30 minutes on the treadmill is nice before a day of meetings and sitting in the car for 5ish hours.

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Friday: 3.5 treadmill miles!

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Saturday:  none – rest day! And was having too much fun with my bff who was in town.

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That brought my total up to 21ish miles. Not bad for an early week of training for the Cleveland Half Marathon!

And because it’s Tuesday, I’m linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Weekends With Besties in CLE

This weekend, Melgar, one of my best friends in the world came to Cleveland for a quick visit and to meet FW. We’ve been friends for 20 years, which just boggles my mind. 20 years is a long time!

They got in Thursday night so we started off our Friday with a workout and some brunch! 20170303_123912

We spent our Friday with a little mini tour of Cleveland. A trip to the West Side Market, some girly activities and before we knew it, it was time to head home and make dinner. We ended up making homemade pasta and ravioli for our first Friday of Lent – I thought it turned out so good! We made some tomato sauce and made a ricotta, mushroom, onion and spinach filling. Next time I’d add some mozzarella and/or parmesan to the filling as well.

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I also got a package in the mail – my newest order from Skirt Sports! I can’t wait to wear these outfits.

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Saturday morning started with an amazing brunch at Le Petit Triangle Cafe in Ohio City. We ordered about 6 dishes between the 4 of us and ate it all.

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I got the french toast!

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Jon kept FW entertained for part of the meal.

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During the afternoon, we checked out the West Side Market (again!), the Cleveland Bazaar and did a little more shopping – including buying some popcorn and peanut butter cookies downtown in the 5th Street Arcade.

For dinner, we ended up getting Indian food and again ordered a bazillion menu items. It was SO good but I was SO FULL!

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Sunday morning started off early when Melgar had to head back to the airport. With the whole day ahead of us, I started with a 6 mile run on the schedule. While FW napped, I hopped on the treadmill and got in 6.33 total miles. 20170305_105617

The rest of the afternoon was pretty lazy and productive. We stopped by an Open House (not interested!), did some meal prep and grocery shopping and caught up on work.

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AND I played around with the Vitamix. I made my first peanut butter green smoothie AND my first peanut butter in it!20170305_150430

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The day ended with dinner with B’s family, like usual.FW was.able to get in some quality cousin time.

Some questions for you:

  • Have you ever made your own peanut or other nut butter?
  • Do you like Indian food? Do you have a go-to order?

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

Playhouse Square’s 2017-2018 Broadway Season!

It’s one of my FAVORITE times of year … the time of year when  Playhouse Square announces its next Broadway season! Earlier this week, I was privileged to get a sneak peek at what’s coming to Cleveland at their Broadway Series Launch Party.

20170228_210511This year, I went with Cuoghi and not only did it made for a fun girls night and of course it was great to start to plan which shows I NEED to see!

Oh yeah, and not only did they announce what shows are coming – BUT SARA BAREILLES WAS THERE.  (that’s her below on the left chair)

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And not only was Sara Bareilles there (she’s performing as the lead on Broadway starting at the end of March for 6 weeks!), but SHE PERFORMED A SONG FROM THE MUSICAL.

I know, caps overload, but B and I both LOVE Sara and I really liked the movie Waitress back in the day and the song she sang gave me goosebumps.

Besides Waitress, here’s what is coming into town:

On Your Feet

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Love Never Dies (did you know there was a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera?!)

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RENT

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The Humans

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Aladdin

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Hamilton

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What shows am I most excited about? In no order:

  • RENT! I love RENT. I saw it many years ago when I was in college and then again when it came to Cleveland a few years ago. I’m so excited it’s back!!!!
  • Hamilton! I mean come on – who isn’t excited about Hamilton? It’s in Cleveland for SIX weeks so I hope I can get tickets!
  • Waitress! Not only did the song that Sara Bareilles sing haunt me (I’m still listening to it!) but who wouldn’t want to see her songs performed live?

Some questions for you:

  • Have you seen any of these shows? Any recommendations?
  • What’s the last (or next!) musical you’ve seen?

Disclosure: I was given two complimentary tickets to Playhouse Square’s Broadway launch party. All views on this post are my own. Interested in seeing any of these shows? The only way to guarantee your seats right now is to get season tickets. 

WIAW: A Four-Course Vitamix Dinner

Happy Wednesday! I can’t decide if this week is flying by .. or if it’s only Wednesday.

Today’s What I Ate Wednesday eats are from last Thursday. It was a GREAT day because it’s the day I brought home my Vitamix! It was also a great day of eats, as I was wined and dined at the Vitamix store in Solon, Ohio. I pretty much had a four-course Vitamix-made dinner!

The day started pretty typical. Egg white oats with flaxseed and cinnamon and brewer’s yeast.

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I had a lunch meeting to go to, so I was able to have a pretty good lunch. Fish, salad, pita chips, hummus and veggies. 20170223_120946

That afternoon for a snack I had some nuts and an apple. 20170223_143419 20170223_145919

And then it was time for the glorious Vitamix evening. We started off with some frose. It was delicious – I don’t even remember all that was in it but it was dangerous. Gin, bitters, wine? Oh yea, and almond milk!20170223_183119

They had the most gorgeous assortment of cheese and veggies and dips. 20170223_191545 20170223_191855

And we also were treated to black bean quinoa sliders with an avocado dipping sauce. Not only was the sauce made in the blender, but also the burgers!20170223_183302

Dessert was fruit and a chocolate mousse. 20170223_193710

Said chocolate mousse. And strawberry “not” ice cream – it was strawberries, yogurt and vanilla! (the empty cup is behind the mousse)

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And that was about it. It was so good! And since I was able to go home with my very own new Vitamix Ascent Series blender,  I can’t wait to make so many of these things!!

Some questions for you for today’s What I Ate Wednesday:

  • Do you have a Vitamix? What do you make in it? I need ideas!
  • What’s something good that you’ve made recently?