Abs, Running, Recipe, and Crafts – How Random?

Hey there friends! I’ve been wanting to incorporate some ab exercises into my workout routine, probably something that I would do at home after work. I found this “Dozen” ab workout that I’m going to start this week.

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I was on the Runner’s World website over the weekend and I read this article and wanted to share it.

It’s All Working Out

“Running is just a form of exercise until you love it.”  FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015

I found it super comforting to know that running, the more I do it, the more it will become something that I love instead of just a form of exercise. I am starting to understand what it’s like to be “in love” with running. It has definitely become something that I “get to do” instead of something I “have to do” and I’m hoping this relationship will continue to evolve throughout the course of my marathon training. My favorite quote from this article:

It’s all just exercise, just going through the motions until at some point, if you’re really lucky–something clicks. And it’s never the same after that.

Dear running,

I can’t wait to continue our relationship. Hopefully you fall in love with me quickly and can refrain from breaking my heart – or breaking/straining/pulling/tearing/scraping any of my body parts or muscles. Let’s keep this a neat and clean, PG-rated relationship, mmmmk? I’ll do my best not to cuss at/about you, if you do your best to keep me healthy and happy and on the road to marathon glory!

All my love, sweat, and tears,

Katherine

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Yesterday, the hubs and I tried this recipe out for dinner:

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Instead of white rice we used brown rice, and I also added some broccoli into the sauce for our veggie. It was so easy and the only thing I had to buy at the store was the chuck roast – I already had the rest of the ingredients! This was definitely a hit. I love crock pot meals!

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Last weekend when we were cleaning out the garage, I asked the hubs to cut up some 2×4 boards we had saved from when we put up our fence in the backyard. I want to use them to make this adorable fall pumpkin craft!

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I’ve found so many cute fall crafts on Pinterest – I can’t wait to get started on them!

Thanks for letting me share all my randoms today! I hope you found something interesting or informative amidst this plethora of topics! Tomorrow I promise will be a little more organized!

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What’s your relationship with running like? Has it changed over the years?

What’s your favorite season? Favorite time of year for running?

Are you crafty? > I have to have a lot of help from my friends, I’m impatient!

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Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Mine was filled with lots of domestic and grown up things.

The hubs and I sat down and went through our budget for the rest of the month, grocery shopped, did some meal planning, garage organizing, yard work, furniture rearranging…real exciting things happening over here!

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Before all of our Saturday fun, I started the day with a 9-miler (my longest run outside, to date). Started with cloudy skies, my favorite running weather.

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The run itself was good, right on my goal marathon pace.

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Finished it off with some kitchen-floor-selfie-dying time.

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Then we got our bedroom set up for our new bed delivery!

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And then it came!

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Painting will come next weekend, and we DEFINITELY need to figure out what we’re doing for a headboard. But we love it! So does Wilson.

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We were in need of some fun times after all this adult housework-ness (go with it). So we headed out to one of our favorite places, Stout Brothers Beer Market. They have over 20 beers on tap that change all the time. And each beer is color coded so you know all the pink beers are IPA’s, green beers are Belgian, you get it. You get 5 baby beer samples in each flight.

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One stop wasn’t enough. We headed to Schoolhouse and got another flight over there!

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Sunday we headed over to Granny’s house and picked up a jar of homemade salsa. Drool-worthy.

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And then we headed to Sam’s to stock up on some chicken for the next two weeks. Our Tupperware supply has severely diminished over the past few months – aka the hubs leaves it at work and it gets thrown away. We saw this 62-piece set for $19.99 and had to have it.

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Anyone who packs their lunch every day for work knows how valuable Tupperware is. We’re fully stocked once again. And then, because we are a really cool/hip/fun couple…we bought…

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A vacuum cleaner! I know, you’re jealous right? Our old one crapped out on us, so it was time. This bad boy should last us forever, and will do anything we want it to (and it should – do y’all know how expensive vacuum cleaners are?!).

We celebrated a successful weekend of adulthood with some pizza and a little golf.

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Last week’s running recap 8/10 – 8/16

Monday – rest / Tuesday – 6mi / Wednesday – 3.1mi / Thursday – rest / Friday – 4mi / Saturday – 9mi / Sunday – 2mi (I felt really weird/dizzy during this run so I cut it short)

Total – 24.1mi = August goals still going strong!

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Let’s rewind again to last week where I told you I was making these Lasagna Roll Ups for a new dinner recipe. And we have another crowd favorite! The hubs and I love our Italian food and these were a big hit!

I did end up adding 1lb of ground beef to ours which made them extra delicious (thoroughly enjoyed by my meat-loving hubby). I browned the ground beef first and added 1/2 the jar of spaghetti sauce to the meat and let it cool while the noodles were cooking. Then I mixed the meat/sauce filling with the ricotta/spinach filling in a big bowl so it was all combined when I added it to the lasagna noodles and rolled them up. Delicious. Highly recommend. They take a little prep time and are definitely one of the more labor-intensive meals, but well worth it.

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How was your weekend? Did you have a long run?

Last grown up purchase you made?

What’s your favorite kind of food? Any recipes in particular you’d like me to try and share with you?

Kacey Musgraves and Thursday Things

Hi friends! Blondie showed me a new Kacey Musgraves song she’s loving and I had to go straight over to Spotify to listen to the whole album. Y’all, if you are a country music fan, this girl is what’s up.

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Some Thursday Things –

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The MIL (mother-in-law) sent me this cookbook, holy heaven! It’s got some yummy and easy recipes! Stay tuned for next week’s meal plan, sure to include a couple from this book! Maybe this one?

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One of our yummy dinners this week – beef stirfry! An easy way to get that extra helping of veggies in for the day!

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The hubs doing some meal prep on Monday for his lunches this week. He’s quite the chef!

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Got some Kroger coupons in the mail. It’s shocking to me how well they’ve memorized the staple items on my grocery list. I’m nothing if not consistent.

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This quote – can I get an amen? Stole it from an ex-Bachelor contestant’s Instagram. Side note – I’m a big fan of The Bachelor/ette. I didn’t watch last season though, Kaitlyn didn’t excite me.

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The hubs and I are getting our KING SIZE BED delivered on Saturday. PRAISE THE LORD!! I’ve heard from lots of married couples that a king size bed is the key to a successful and lasting marriage. For us, it’s the key to our dogs continuing to live with us. The hubs is pretty fed up with having to share our queen bed with me plus two big dogs. So our solution was to get a bigger bed!

All that to say, we are re-doing our master bedroom! By re-doing, I mean changing up our color scheme. I’m trying this thing where I don’t make HUGE life changing decisions for another year (i.e. new jobs, moving, babies, etc.) so my solution is to make small changes. Painting some rooms in the house is one change we are making. This is the bedroom color scheme we are going with.

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We got this new quilt from Target for the bed.

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In real life it’s pretty close to that third color swatch on the color pallet picture. So we are either going to paint the room a lighter blue, a light grey, or (gasp) that bold red! We’ll see.

The sheets we got are a tan color. We ordered them from my FAVORITE company to get my sheets from, Peach Skin Sheets. When I tell y’all that these are the most amazing sheets I’ve ever had, I do not lie.

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They’re a microfiber material that’s made to keep you cool and be moisture wicking. The also don’t bead up (you know, if you wash sheets a lot they get those pills/beads building up on them?) or pill, they stay as soft and smooth as they are the first day no matter how many times you wash them! I ordered this color on sale for $49.99 on Tuesday and they arrived at my door on Wednesday! Can’t say enough great things about this company!

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This was the burger I got at Blondie’s birthday dinner on Sunday. The restaurant had their own branding iron that they stuck on all the burger buns! How fun!

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Running Updates : Wednesday – 3.1 miles easy (I pushed snooze one-too-many times that day and didn’t have very much time at the gym). Thursday – 5 miles speed work.

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If you only listen to one song off Kacey Musgrave’s Pageant Material Album, please listen to “Biscuits.” Not only is it incredibly clever, girl speaks the truth!

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Are you a country music fan? Ever heard of Kacey Musgraves?

Do you use coupons when you grocery shop? Any good coupon sites you can recommend?

How’s your running going this week?

Weekend Recap and A New Recipe

Sorry for my lack of post yesterday! Last weekend was surprisingly busy for being a weekend without plans…isn’t that how it always works out?! Also, we stayed out on Sunday night celebrating Blondie’s birthday, so I blame her.

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We checked out the Atlanta Braves Grill in downtown Atlanta. Blondie is a huge Braves fan so I was excited to take her to this restaurant!

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The food was DE-licious. They surprisingly had some issues finding the Braves game on TV – go figure? They finally found it, but we were a little concerned that the ATLANTA BRAVES GRILL didn’t know what channel the Braves Game was on. We hit up Tin Lizzy’s for a post-dinner marg.

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Saturday was filled with running, and errands. I got a good 7 miles in before we headed out for the day.

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I was very happy with that. I think my struggles with running outside come when I try to do them in the afternoon after a long day of work, and also at the hottest part of the day. It’s not my conditioning, it’s just the time of day that I try to make it happen. If I stick to my morning runs, my long runs don’t seem so bad! Oh, and I got through 2 episodes of Serial – it’s getting juicy!

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I had a buy-2-get-2-free coupon for Yankee Candle and the sale ended on Sunday so that was a sign that I needed to hit up The Avenue. You know you’re an adult when you opt for $50+ on candles over $50+ on clothes. Fall candles are my FAVORITE! I’m so happy with my purchases and I’m hoping they bring the fall weather with them!

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August Goals Update – last week’s runs 8/3 – 8/9 totaled 23.1 miles! First week of August = still on track for 20+ miles per week!

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A cute pic of Willy as he anxiously awaited the vet to arrive. We are trying out Healing Hands Mobile Veterinary Service in the hopes that Wilson won’t be so terrified of getting his shots if someone comes to him at our house…

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Recipe Reviews: Last week the hubs and I tried out two new recipes, Maple BBQ Salmon and Crock Pot Garlic Bacon Chicken. I’m happy to report that both recipes were HUGE hits at our house. I was a little wary of the salmon when I was combining the ingredients, but y’all, it was delicious. And it was really easy, I had most of the ingredients in my pantry already. The same with the Crock Pot chicken. It was so juicy and tender from cooking all day, we inhaled it. I’d highly recommend both recipes!

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This week our new recipe is Spinach Lasagna Rolls from The Girl Who Ate Everything. The original recipe doesn’t incorporate a meat, but we like meat in our Italian dinners. So we will be modifying the original and adding ground beef into our ricotta/spinach filling.

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This AM’s run: 6 miles / 55 minutes (like, on the dot. weird.)

How was your weekend?

Any yummy recipes you’ve tried lately?

Do you like baseball? Favorite team?

How I Run Q&A and Craft Night

I was tagged by Meredith at Running With Erasers to do the “How I Run Q&A Survey!” Thanks Meredith! Check out her answers here!

1. Would you rather run on a beach path or a mountain trail?

Beach, for sure. Mountains = hills. I’m not about that.

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2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

I love the yellow gatorade. I don’t even know what the flavor is, lemon lime maybe? I’m old school, yellow all the way.

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would you purchase with it?

All of the tank tops. GIVE ME ALL OF THE TANK TOPS!!!!

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4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan, or wake up and decide how far and fast you want to go?

I like to make it up as I go and see how my body feels and go off of that. If I’m training for a race like a half or full marathon, I definitely want someone to tell me how far I need to go in order to be ready for the race. But if it’s just a normal run, I’ll make it up as I go.

5. Would you rather start your run with an uphill and end with a downhill, or start with a downhill and end with an uphill?

Oh – lordy. I want to start uphill and end downhill. All day.

6. When you can’t run, what kind of cross training do you choose to do?

I like being at the gym and using the weights. I hate the elliptical, that’s torture. At my old gym they offered spin classes, my new gym doesn’t. I really enjoy spin.

7. What is your preference: out-and-back, point-to-point, or loop?

A loop. I like new and fresh scenery for the entire race. Although I do love the out and back when you make the turn to go back, I love getting to run past all the other people behind me. A – it’s motivating to see I’m not in dead last, and B – it gives me a little extra push to make the second half of the race faster than the first.

8. If you could recommend any running gear or items to a new runner, what would it be?

I would tell them to invest in good socks, padded socks. Toenails are precious gifts, try to protect them as well as you possibly can. Good socks will also save your feet from blisters. Experia socks are my favorite.

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9. Do you see any animals on your runs?

YES! I run past a little farm with goats and horses. Sometimes they have a donkey out there (my Blondie friend LOVES when the donkey is out). The baby goats are THE CUTEST!!!

10. Ever gotten lost while on a run?

Surprisingly, no. I say ‘surprisingly’ because it takes me 15 seconds (minimum) to figure out my left from my right. Sometimes I have to stop at the top of a hill and really think hard about which way I need to turn to get back to my house, but it’s a quick turn around if I realize I went the wrong way.

11. If you could have one meal ready and waiting for you at home after each run for the next 30 days what would it be?

I usually don’t feel like eating after my runs. What I’d really like is a big ol’ gatorade. Not too cold though. If it’s too cold it takes too long to drink…brain freeze.

12. Capris or shorts? which do you run in most?

Depends on the time of year, obviously. I prefer shorts because I get hot really quickly. But I’m also a fan of capris because you don’t have to worry about them riding up or chafing.

13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into a run do you feel like your body is completely warmed up?

Probably around mile 4. If I make it to mile 4 I can usually talk myself into pushing through whatever mileage I’ve got left. If I get to mile 4 and my body is still hating me, I usually stop there.

14. What do you do with your key when you run?

I usually start my runs from my house so I don’t need a key. If I do drive out somewhere I am able to leave my keys in my car because I have one of those fancy keyless entry things where I can type in my password and it’ll unlock my doors.

15. If you could relive any race that you’ve done in the past, what would it be?

Nothing really jumps out at me, my races have all been pretty fun. Maybe my half marathon in Nashville. It rained the whole time but the atmosphere was really cool and the course was very scenic.

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16. What type of run is your least favorite?

Speed workouts aren’t my favorite, I enjoy the longer steadier paces better.

17. When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or go somewhere to start?

I usually start from my house, no driving required.

18. When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or just an annoyance?

They annoying. I’ve actually never tried running with them but I can’t imagine having anything touching my face while I’m running.

19. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

Um, nothing? No for real, usually I just try to think about how close I am to home, or thinking about the end of a long race and you always have to finish strong. So I just pretend I’m almost done and tell myself to stay strong!

I nominate these bloggers to join in and take part in the survey:

Jessie Loves to Run

I Don’t Eat That

Happily Twenty Something

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Last night was girl’s night at Blondie’s house. She had a bunch of old window panes that we made into chalkboard/wine cork wall decorations. Rach used a big  window pane to make a cute sign for her and M’s wedding next year, and Blondie, Rommie and I made panes divided into chalkboard and wine cork picture board panes.

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It was really easy and didn’t take very long at all! All we needed were wine corks, chalkboard paint and a glue gun! Rach’s (bottom pic) was a little more intricate – she used stencils to paint the letters on her window.

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And my finished product…

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Not sure where I’m going to hang it yet…stay tuned for pics.

And, just because I love her and because she’s the hostest with the mostest…Blondie and I watched some of the CMA Fest that she recorded Tuesday night. She’s in love with Eric Church. She grabbed her wine glass when he came on and swooned over him singing.

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We’re almost to Friday, friends! Hang in there!

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Answer one of the “How I Run” questions!

Have you made any fun and simple crafts lately? 

What’s your favorite genre of music? Artist?

Fantasy Football Poll and Date Night Ideas

I need to take a poll: what should my fantasy football team name be this season? Background – last year I was “Matty Ice Ice Baby” (Matt Ryan, Matty Ice, get it?)

1. Samuel L. Jackson’s Choir (just watch this Falcon’s hype video)

2. Julio’s Your Daddy

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3. Roddy’s White Knights

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My fantasy football draft is coming up in a few weeks so I’ll be asking for some input on player selections soon. Very important stuff going on around here at SSR.

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Public Service Announcement – the Maple BBQ Salmon recipe I posted on Monday…yea, that was a fan favorite. I was concerned when I was preparing it, it sounds like such a strange combination of ingredients (lemon juice and maple syrup? Cumin and red pepper?) But y’all, it was amazing. Definitely keeping that one in the recipe book for use, eh, every other week.

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If you read yesterday’s post you know I’m intentionally planning two date nights this months. Since the hubs and I are rolling on a tight budget these days, I wanted to share some inexpensive date night ideas. These are things we do pretty regularly that help us stay connected while not breaking the bank!

– Go to the movies – I know what you’re thinking. “The price of movie tickets is outrageous!” I completely get that. The theater closest to our house is relatively decent with their prices, $11 for a student ticket. Yes, we both still pass off as students (insider tip to saving money, keep your student ID’s after graduating!). But another way we fit movie dates into our budget is by going to a later movie and eating dinner at home. Most movie date nights are preceded by a dinner date. We like to cook dinner at home and go to an 8:00 ish movie so we skip the pricey dinner!Cover_finEXHighly recommend this one, Southpaw. We saw it last weekend – I give it an A+.

– Go on a walk – Obviously this one is free, but this is one we enjoy a lot. If you have dogs, grab them and bring them with you. The hubs and I find all kinds of things to talk about on our walks and we always come home feeling reconnected and like we know everything going on in each other’s lives, which sometimes falls to the wayside when we start spending too much time in front of the computer, TV, or on our phones.

– Cook dinner together  – Start to finish, the whole deal. Spend 10 minutes browsing Pinterest or some cookbooks you have and find a meal that you both agree on and are both excited to eat! Then take a family trip to the grocery store and buy all the ingredients you need (tip: include dessert, it’s a great way to end the night). Come home and map out who is doing what and get cooking! This is a great way to judge how well you work together as a team if you’re early in your dating relationship, and if you’re an old married couple, it’s a fun way to reconnect and even be a little silly with each other. Then sit down with a nice glass of red wine and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

-Make a fort in the living room and have an at-home movie night – Perhaps after you’ve cooked a nice dinner together? Don’t underestimate the romanticality (not a word, go with it) of a nice pallet of blankets on the floor right in front of the TV watching your favorite rom-com and a bowl of popcorn! May I suggest a classic like When Harry Met Sally? Or perhaps one a little more current, Hitch? Both are two of my favorites.

The hubs and I are homebodies. We work really hard so we love coming home and relaxing together. We are also movie buffs, clearly. These are just some things we enjoy doing together that don’t cost us an arm and a leg, and also keep up connected and laughing with (and at) one another!

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This week’s workouts so far have been pretty quality. Monday was 4 miles of tempo running, 37:58. I also did some upper body weights before I started my run so I got through my whole 54-minute Serial podcast. Sorry, I’m obsessed!

Tuesday was a good 5 mile speed workout. I feel like I could have pushed harder and gone faster but my goal was to maintain my confidence and see how I did with this particular set. Next time I’ll increase my speed and go through three sets instead of two sets of the drill.

10 minute warm-up / 5 minutes at 6.4, 2 minutes at 6.8, 5 minutes at 6.4, 2 minutes at 6.8, 2 minutes at 6.4, 2 minutes at 6.1 (repeat set) / 0.5 miles cool-down

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Today will include 4 miles of hills. I can’t decide if I want to stick to the treadmill or just do some hill repeats outside in my neighborhood. We shall see how I feel after work.

I’m pretty close to deciding what race I want to register for this month. Hopefully I’ll have that for you by the end of the week. I’m so picky!

Good morning runs make me happy. And they also make me feel like I want candy, so this happened…

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The best candy. Ever.

Hope you have a great hump day!

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Do you have any good affordable date night ideas?

How are your workouts going so far this week? Any exceptionally good runs or other workouts?

Favorite candy?

My Weekly Calendar and Recipes

Happy Monday!

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I hope your weekend was great! We had some pool fun with friends on Saturday, and Sunday the boys played golf and Blondie and I had our date at the Fox to see The Sound of Music! We stopped for lunch at Publik Draft House right next door to the Fox. I got a delicious pesto chicken sandwich with a side salad – hello yum!

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Sunday’s 5 miles felt okay – did them outside so that’s progress I guess. I think I’m pulling myself out of my running slump. Better hurry up – only 1 month until real training starts <insert scared face>!!!

Weekend summary – good times, good friends, good run!

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I spent a good bit of my Saturday morning planning out our week – meal plans, social events, bills, cleaning, and my running schedule. I’m such a planner, I always feel better when I have something written down that maps out any parts of my week that are within my control.

Obviously many many things can drop in and rearrange our schedules, but just knowing I have most things laid out it makes it so much easier to come home and relax and just follow the plan and not have to think!

I use a weekly calendar that Corey over at Tiny Sidekick has available for a free download. She’s got a lot of other free printables too, super cute! I’m working on making my own downloads for you guys (grocery lists, weekly / monthly calendars / budgets / workouts) so stay tuned for more of those!

Click here to see my calendar for this week! I usually print this out and stick it on the refrigerator so that the hubs can see what all we have planned for the week too.

We’ve got a pretty calm week. I have two dinner recipes on there that I’m particularly excited about…

Monday: Maple BBQ Salmon

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Elizabeth at Three Beans on a String posted this recipe and I’m super excited to try it out tonight!

Friday: Crock Pot Garlic Bacon Chicken

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This recipe from Recipes That Crock (ps how cute is that website name?!) sounds so easy and delicious! Friday is our crock pot day this week because of Wilson’s vet visit. I don’t want to have to worry about dealing with him and his issues wit the vet and then turn around and have to make dinner right after. Crock pot to the rescue!

Sides for these dinners will include a salad and then a veggie of some kind. At the store this week I bought zucchini squash and broccoli for my fresh veggies and then a few bags of mixed frozen veggies and also a southwest blend to cook with our fajitas.

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How I felt after my run yesterday –

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Do you make a weekly calendar? What kinds of things are on there? 

Do you like cooking with a crockpot? 

How was your weekend?!