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?