Weekends That Feel Like Spring

We finally had a springlike weekend in Cleveland!! The weather was sunny and Sunday it was WARM so we spent as much time as we could outside. Friday night, B, FW and I went to Little Italy for dinner and dessert! The weather was sunny and cool and it was nice to be in such a walkable area for dinner. We grabbed mushroom pizza at Mama Santas and the best cannoli at Presti’s.

Saturday morning started with a 4 mile treadmill run and some breakfast with the boys. Fun fact – we learned that FW loves mango!

We spent most of the afternoon looking at houses. Still no real contenders … but we did get to go out for lunch at one of my favorite places – Stone Oven! This is one of my favorite salads.

And since we ended up finishing our house hunting near B’s brother and his family, we decided to take a walk with FW’s cousins! FW snoozed for a bit while we walked.

Saturday night ended with some steak and potatoes. ¬†I love it when B cooks for me ūüôā

Sunday started with some more outdoor time- I got in an outdoor run with Mary. I got in 9 miles, and they felt great!

After the run, it was time for Sunday brunch with B’s family. ¬†We typically do Sunday dinner, but this weekend was a delicious brunch.

After brunch,  we headed to the park to enjoy more sunshine. It was packed- everyone was at the lake!

Since we had Sunday brunch with B’s family, we had dinner to ourselves. B made an awesome meal – he roasted a whole chicken and put it with a giant salad. My type of meal!

And that was it. I hope the weather stays nice so we can continue to spend time outside this week!

Some questions for you:

  • Did you get in any runs this weekend?
  • How do you like your steak cooked?

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

Training Tuesday: Starting off April

I have a confession – I JUST signed up for the Cleveland Marathon events. I know, I’m writing about training but for some reason I hadn’t¬†pulled the trigger until this week.

But it’s here- ¬†I FINALLY signed up for the 8k and Half Marathon Challenge Series! So this training is getting REAL.

A reminder- if you are thinking for signing up for the challenge series, you NEED to sign up ASAP. The deadline to register is this week!

Now, onto the runs for this week. In terms of mileage, this week was a little low, mostly because I did my Sunday long run last Saturday so I kicked off the week with only 3ish miles. Also, I was out of town Friday through the weekend for my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party!

This week, my runs included:

Sunday: 3.22 miles outside.¬†I had a little time before heading over to help with my friend Nicole’s bridal brunch, and was happy to be able to get in a short run OUTSIDE. It was nearly 60 degrees and I was so excited to be in shorts!

Monday: 47 minutes elliptical.  I had xtraining on the schedule and was able to get in some time on the elliptical to start off my Monday.

Tuesday: 4.9  miles on the treadmill.  I had 4 miles on the schedule and I ended up running for 45 minutes and got in 4.75 miles Рthen I finished with a short cool down.

Wednesday: 4.1 ¬†miles on the treadmill.¬†I had intervals on the schedule and I did 7×400. When I was done, I did another mile or so.

Thursday: 5 miles on the treadmill. I had 3 on the schedule,  but since I started early, I managed to get in a nice cooldown and finished with 5.

Friday: 4 slow miles. I did a 5k and then walked and ran until I got a 4. It is normally a rest day, but since is was off and knew I wasn’t going to be getting in my normal weekend runs, I decided to get in some treadmill to me before hitting the road.

Saturday: 3.7 hilly miles in Cincinnati! I was in Cincinnati for my sister-in-law’s ¬†bachelorette party, and me and my other sister-in-law got in a run Saturday morning before the festivities started. It wasn’t the 8 on the schedule, but I’m glad I got in some miles!

Total- 25 miles!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like running hills? Are you used to them? Is where you live hilly?
  • Local CLE people – are you doing the Cleveland Marathon or any of the events this year?

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

WIAW: The Wrong Ice Cream!

Today is Wednesday. But it feels like Thursday…which is good, because I’m off Friday for a bachelorette party so today is technically my Thursday as well. It’s pseudo-Thursday because tomorrow (Thursday) is my Friday. Make sense?

Okay, enough confusion. Today’s What I Ate Wednesday features some pretty good food, including treats from a new Mexican restaurant. And some mislabeled ice cream – which I’ve never seen happen before! Here we go…

Breakfast was a smoothie – it’s pretty ugly I know, but it was delicious. It was berry, banana, spinach, oats and brewers yeast.

Lunch was out with some of my coworkers! We went to a new Mexican place in the neighborhood and I had chicken fajitas – they were delicious. The chips and salsa that came with the meal were really good too. The best part? The food came super fast AND I had leftovers!

For a snack, I had some strawberries and pineapple.

And some homemade nut butter.

Dinner that night was great – it was a veggie burger, corn bread (there were more pieces eaten than this one) and a quinoa salad I made – it was quinoa, asparagus, peas, broccoli and feta.

For dessert, I had bought Mitchell’s peanut butter chocolate chunk ice cream at the store. Imagine my surprise when I opened up the pint and it was NOT the right ice cream! That, my friends, is a chocolate ice cream-  not peanut butter. ūüė¶ Luckily B likes chocolate ice cream but I was pretty bummed it wasn’t the one I was jonesing for. I guess it got mislabeled?

I ended up finishing off the day with some Halo Top instead (unpictured). And B enjoyed the ice cream ūüôā

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

  • Do you like chocolate ice cream? No! Ick.
  • Have you ever opened up a food item only to find it wasn’t what you were looking for/expecting?

 

Training Tuesday: Twilight on the Treadmill

Now that March is coming to an end, racing season really is here. All the signs of racing season are in the air – the weather’s getting warmer, Boston is just a few weeks away (not for me – but for my running friends) and I even got in an outside run this week!

I had a GREAT week training wise. I ended up at more mileage this week than I have in quite some time, mainly because I did my long run Saturday instead of Sunday this week, bringing my miles to more than 30 for the week!

Sunday: 7.7 treadmill¬†miles.¬†I had 7 on the schedule and I was a little nervous about it. The weather was cold, misty/snow/icy out and I was¬†not feeling like going outside, so I hit up the treadmill again. I tried to find a movie to watch that I could download from Netflix or Amazon and came across Twilight. I’ve never seen any of the movies or read the books so I decided to give it a try – it¬†was definitely entertaining enough to keep me running for 1:10 and then a cool down – which got me to 7.7.

Monday:¬†NOTHING.¬†I had a cross training day planned, but FW had other plans – he woke up at midnight and didn’t get back to sleep until after 3-3:30 a.m. Which meant that I didn’t get to sleep until after 3:30 a.m. and couldn’t bare to set my alarm for 1.5 hours later- I decided to “sleep in” until 7 and not get in my cross training.

Tuesday: 5.75 ¬†miles on the treadmill.¬†After Monday’s day off, Tuesday my legs felt great! I had 3.5 on the schedule but felt good enough to keep going and did 5 before stopping to cool down.

Wednesday: Speed training day! 35 minutes tempo run and cool down=5 miles on the treadmill. I was SO SO SO tired Wednesday morning that a tempo run sounded AWFUL. Thank goodness for Netflix -I managed to get in my 35 minutes and a little bit more, thanks to finishing up Twilight.

Thursday: 5 miles on the treadmill. I had 3 on the schedule but wanted to watch an entire episode of The Walking Dead. That gave me 4ish and then with my warmup and cooldown I was at 5.

Friday: None – rest day!

Saturday: 8.12 miles OUTSIDE. I had 8 on the schedule for Sunday but since I knew I was booked most of Sunday (including starting the day early with a bridal brunch) so decided to get in my long run on Saturday.

I hadn’t run outside in ages and since it was 50 degrees, I decided to head out for a run. It felt good to be outside, but HARD. I had to stop twice, but I did take some pictures on the run.

And that was it for the week Рending with a total of 31.64 miles!

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Some questions for you:

  • How do you do tempo runs? Inside? Outside?¬†Usually inside on the treadmill unless I have someone to get me moving faster outside. Inside I write down minute-by-minute my speed goals and put it on the treadmill with me!
  • What’s a good movie to watch on a treadmill to kill some time?

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

 

Spring Weekends, ¬†One Sentence Per Photo

We started off the weekend with some time outside swinging. 

Playground time was followed by dinner out at Boaz, a fast and delicious local Lebanese place.

And when it’s 75 degrees, you always finish the meal off with ice cream. 

Mitchell’s is the best.

Peanut butter frozen yogurt for me, regular plain (non-frozen) yogurt for FW.

It really was a gorgeous night.

Saturday started off with a long run (for me)- 8 miles.

When it’s 50 degrees at 9:30 a.m. you take advantage of the weather and it was my first outside run in ages!

The rest of the day entailed a trip to the Market (for our weekly groceries), Gallucis (for pizza supplies) and Asiatown (for candy!).

When your baby sleeps in the afternoon, you have time to meal prep!

Preparing for a bridal brunch means baking granola.

Fact: Homemade pepperoni pizza with fresh basil is the best. 

Sunday brunch with homemade lox is the BEST.

I love these ladies!!

These cupcakes and cookies were amazing. 

Me and the bride-to-be!

And we finished up the day with dinner with B’s family. Sadly, no picturesūüėź
Some questions for you:

  • Did you get to spend some time outside this weekend?
  • Do you like lox?

I‚Äôm linking up with Katie and the weekly wraps.

WIAW: Bacon and Brinner

Woowoo, WEDNESDAY is here! And today’s What I Ate Wednesday post features BACON. No need for any intro, onto today’s WIAW¬†eats.

The day started with a small strawberry mango spinach broccoli smoothie – I made a smoothie for B and FW and had a little glass for myself.

I ate breakfast at work – you can see the ugly smoothie in the background (it looked prettier in the Vitamix), along with my egg white brewer’s yeast oats. And a few nuts sprinkled on.

I was really craving fruit that morning, so I also jammed on pear and a cutie.

And then my mid-morning snack was an apple and cashews.

Lunch was this DELICIOUS giant bowl of veggies. Roasted purple Brussels sprouts, broccoli and sweet potato. And some peas and a little bit of pork.

Again, more fruit – in the afternoon I had some cantaloupe and blood orange.

And more nuts! As I got home, I knew B was coming home late so I ate some honey roasted peanuts. ¬†That and some peanut butter held me over until 8’ish when we had dinner.

Dinner was brinner! Egg whites, toast, avocado, bacon, tomato and spinach. One of my AVORITE dinners ūüôā

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

  • Do you like bacon?
  • Are you a smoothie person? Any favorite combos?

Training Tuesday: Week Three

I’m on week three of my half marathon training plan and finally getting into the groove of the new training. This week was a pretty easy week in terms of mileage – one tempo run and my longest run was 6 miles (which ended up being 6.7 total), but it felt good!

I also ordered myself a new Sparkly Soul headband this week. I’m an ambassador (but I didn’t get this headband for free or discounted or anything) and I love their headbands. I felt the need to get something sparkly and girly – and this fits the bill! It’s a thin pink headband and I love it.

 

Sunday: 6.7 treadmill miles. I had 6 on the schedule and I ran for 60 minutes and did 6.34 in that time period. I then did a little cool down and ended up at 6.7.

Monday: Crosstraining day – ended up with 48 minutes on the elliptical. 

Tuesday: 4.04 miles on the treadmill.  I had 3.5 on the agenda, but I was able to get in 3.5 plus a cool down before FW woke up. Yay for Daylight Saving – maybe that’s why he was sleeping late?

Wednesday: 6√ó400 meter workout- ended with 5.35 miles on the treadmill. I did the intervals (at 7.7 mph pace) and then finished with a few miles to cool down.

Thursday: 4.65 miles on the treadmill. I had planned on 3 miles, but FW slept  longer than expected and I was feeling good so I ran 4 and ended with 4.65 with my warmup and cooldown. ,

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Friday: None – rest day!

Saturday4 miles. 3 on the schedule, ran for 30 minutes and then wanted to keep going and do a cool down. Ended up with 4 total, including cool down.

I wore my skirt and my new Sparkly Soul pink headband, which I love! It’s thinner than I typically wear but it stayed on perfectly. And I think it’s cute.

Total- 24.74 miles!

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Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any running skirts?
  • Do you stay inside when it’s cold/snowy and stick to the treadmill or are you an outdoor runner?

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