Double Digits and a New Weekly High (Cleveland Half Marathon Training: Week 8)

Happy Easter! I’ll be sharing a weekend update post after I finish this sugar rush. But in the meantime, here’s an update on my week 8 of Cleveland half marathon training. This week had highs and lows. I guess that is how it is when you’re training for something, right? Not every week will be great?

Here’s a look at week 8 of my Cleveland half marathon training. On paper/screen, looks good, right?

Mileage-wise, it was a good week. I got in 30+ miles for my total, including a 10 miler (which was done before work on Thursday). But overall, I didn’t feel great/strong/fast during most of these runs. My tempo run was done much slower than the runs of the previous weeks. My 10 miler had some of my slowest miles in some time. And I was due for a 5 mile pace run, and I only made it 4.5 mi very much NOT at pace (confession – I did stop early due to a screaming baby, but she had no effect on my pace).

I’m not 100% sure why the heavy legs. I’ve been working late and going to bed late, which hasn’t helped, and LM has been waking up throughout the night so I’m not getting a full night’s sleep. I know I need to sleep more, drink more water and eat healthier … so perhaps this week I’ll be able to do just that?

10 mile run EARLY in the morning

Starting a run before 5 a.m. is ROUGH

Hopefully next week I’ll be feeling more myself again.

Next week is the Cleveland 10 miler! It will be my longest race since 2017 and I’m a little nervous with how I’ll fare. It’s also the first time I’ve run this race solo – B is going to be watching the kids, so it will be a long and lonely run for me!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you ever have off weeks? How do you get back on track?
  • Did you have a ton of candy today?

Note: I am a Cleveland marathon ambassador! That means I get free race entry for me, and a free race entry to giveaway. Wanna run CLE with me? Don’t forget, I have a 10% discount for you!

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Today, I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Weekends with Family

I love weekends with family! And this weekend was one of those weekends, as my parents were able to come into town to visit. The last time they were in Cleveland was October, so it had been some time!Friday afternoon coincidentally was a grandparents’ event at FW’s school, so they got to see him in his element as he performed a song and then they watched a puppet show.And then Friday night included pizza from our favorite local place – Marottas! They had been closed for renovations, but they reopened about a week ago. So yes, this was our second week of pizza pickup from them. I love roasted garlic on the pizza!Saturday morning, the whole family walk to breakfast at Luna. Their almons croissants are amazing.Followed by a little time on the playground. The weather was perfect!In the afternoon, we celebrated our friend June’s first birthday. She had a kindermusik class, and both LM and FW had a blast!

Sunday morning came too quickly. After some bagels, my parents were on the road again and it was time to say goodbye.

As they drove back, we had a relatively low key day. We did not get in any of our usual weekend chores – no grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning, etc. Instead, I caught up on work and then got outside for a run.

That night, we celebrated B’s sister Mary’s birthday. That ends what seems like a month of birthday celebrations for B’s family! FW will be disappointed not to sing Happy Birthday at next week’s dinner.

Questions for you:

  • How do you handle grocery shopping? Do you go once a week or when you need to something?
  • What’s your go-to bagel?

Cleveland Half Marathon Training: Week 7

This week was another great week in terms of weather for running – every single one of my runs, including my speed training (8×400 m) was done outside.

Here’s a look at week 7 of my Cleveland half marathon training:

Overall, here is how the week looked:

weekly cleveland marathon training mileage

Some highlights/lowlights:

This week was the first time that I used my Garmin Fenix to help with interval training. I typically do speed work inside on a treadmill, but I opted to try it outside, since it was 50s in the morning. It was actually kind of fun to do my intervals outside – my only issue was that some of the runs were uphill and some were downhill. But I guess that is good for training in real world conditions?

Here were some of my splits:

I didn’t get in a really long run this weekend. I had a 10k race on the schedule, but since my parents were in town, I decided to take the weekend off from running. Instead, on the two days I was scheduled to not run, I did a 7 and 5 miler.

Next week is another 9 miler and then the following week I signed up for the Cleveland 10 miler! It will be my longest race since 2017!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like 10 mile races?
  • Do you do speed training outside?

Note: I am a Cleveland marathon ambassador! That means I get free race entry for me, and a free race entry to giveaway. Wanna run CLE with me? Don’t forget, I have a 10% discount for you!

clé marathon discount

Today, I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Finally Feels Like Springtime

I can’t say it enough – but I am so happy that it finally feels like spring is here in Cleveland! Could it possibly snow again? Yes, it’s happened before. But in the meantime, I’m so so ecstatic that we had a weekend where we could spend time outside and even sometimes without coats.

This weekend started out with a long run – 9 miles was on the schedule and I got it in while the whole house was still sleeping.

Friday night was nice out so we got in a family walk around the neighborhood.

And of course, some pizza. Roasted garlic and mushroom from Marotta’s – SO good.

Saturday morning started with an unplanned run. i had planned on taking the day off after my 9 miler, but it was 60 degrees and FW asked me if we could go for a stroller run, so we went out for 3 miles and enjoyed the sun.

We also had some fun indoors

Including a little baking therapy.

And then it was time to be back outside – it was B’s grandma’s 90th birthday and we had a celebration for her. And it was still nice enough to be outside.

We even got a family pic of us all outside! First family photo in forever.

Sunday was another gorgeous day. We started the day with a surprise birthday event — this time for my friend Lulu! Her husband had invited a bunch of her friends to dim sum to celebrate her birthday.

LM ate pretty much everything there was, which was great! I love that so far she’s not a picky eater.

The afternoon included playtime, naptime and some furniture making. B is finishing up some homemade porch furniture- they’re almost done!

And after a homemade dinner on the grill, the day and weekend were over. Here’s to hoping springlike weather stays all week!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like dim sum?
  • Is it spring finally near you?

My Fastest Run In A While and I’m on a Podcast (Cleveland Half Marathon Training: Week Six)

I don’t want to jinx it, but dare I say that spring is finally here and winter is gone? This week I got in ALL my runs (minus my speed training, which I like to do inside to keep me honest) OUTSIDE! And one of the runs was in shorts.

Here’s a look at week 6 of my Cleveland half marathon training:

Overall, here is how the week looked:

I had a lot of highlights this week. I got in my fastest post-baby mile!

Here were my splits:

And my longest post-baby run as well. I did it Friday before work.

I had planned on taking Saturday off, but it was nearly 60 degrees in the morning and FW asked me if we could go for a stroller run. I had to say yes and I’m glad I did!

Something else really cool happened, too- I was on a podcast! One of my fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors has a running-related podcast, and I was interviewed this week. You can listen here.

All in all, it was a great week running wise. I hope this week is too!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you ever run on planned “off” days?
  • Do you listen to podcasts? Have you ever been on one?

Note: I am a Cleveland marathon ambassador! That means I get free race entry for me, and a free race entry to giveaway. Wanna run CLE with me? Don’t forget, I have a 10% discount for you!

clé marathon discount

Today, I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

March Comes Out Like a Snowy, Fluffy Lamb

HAPPY APRIL! Though looking at the weather we had this weekend, you wouldn’t know it was April. That’s because we got SNOW (a few inches!) on Saturday night into Sunday. It may have looked pretty, but I’m ready for spring already!

Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s a little bit about the whole weekend.

Friday started off with my long run. I typically do long runs on Saturdays, but opted instead to wake up at the crack of dawn Friday and run in the rain before anyone was up. No idea why, but it felt good to have my 8 miles done with before my day started!

Friday evening included a haircut … finally! I was planning on donating my hair and had to chop it all off to do so.

During the process I snapped a pic

And here’s the after shot! And I’m holding my hair … wow!

We spent some time indoors this weekend because it was rainy on Saturday. That meant lots of book reading!

And then it stopped raining, so I was able to get out for a stroller run with FW. I had done my long run early Friday, so only had to do 3 miles. It had been so long since we had gone out with the stroller, and it wasn’t easy!

And we ended the day with some pasta making!

The finished product. Chicken scallopini!

Sunday we woke up to snow! The 50 degrees from Saturday was gone. We were back to sweater weather.

The rest of the day included some bagels (unpictured) with B’s sister  and brother-in-law, naps, more indoor play and dinner with B’s family. All unpictured. I was a bad blogger at the end of the weekend and captured NOTHING on camera. Whoops!

Thank goodness the weather is looking up for this week – as pretty as it is, I’m done with this snow.

Some questions for you:

  • Did it snow near you this weekend?
  • Have you ever donated your hair?

 

Meatless Monday: Curried Lentil Soup featuring Gardein Beefless Ground

I recently was given a chance to try out some of Gardein’s meatless specialties, and once again, I love them. Even FW is a fan – he loves their 7 Grain Tenders. All their foods are easy to make and I love the variety of products they have. Plus, it’s vegan and kosher AND some are also gluten free!

With my care package, I was challenged to put together a recipe using Gardein goodies, featuring some Spring/Summer produce items. 

Spring and summer in Northeast Ohio bring abundant carrots, zucchini, herbs, etc. All of which are perfect to go in a soup! This easy crock pot soup is perfect for those rainy spring days where all you want is something comforting. Pair with some warm, crusty bread, and you’ve got the ultimate comfort food!

Curried Lentil Soup with Gardein Meatless Ground - vegetarian

Curried Lentil Soup (featuring Gardein Beefless Ground)

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 large sweet potato, cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large russet potato, cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cup green lentils
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoons tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 cups Gardein beefless ground
  • shaved Parmesan, optional

Here’s what you do:

  1. Add all ingredients, minus the Gardein beefless ground to the crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. After cooked, remove about 3 cups of the soup and add to your blender. Blend it until it’s smooth and creamy. Add back to the slow cooker.
  3. Add in the 2 cups Gardein beefless ground. Stir well and cook on low for another 30 minutes.
  4. Top with shaved Parmesan if desired and serve with fresh bread.

Bonus: while my toddler didn’t quite like it (he’s a picky eater), my 10-month-old daughter love it! LM couldn’t get enough!

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Nutrition info calculated via MyFitnessPal – I take no credit or blame if it’s incorrect:)

Disclosure: I was given samples of Gardein’s meatless entrees to try out. All reviews and views are my own.

Linking up with Meatless Monday.