Weekend in Review + SeaSnax Winner Announced!

How was your weekend? Mine included some of this:

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A little of this:

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And a lot of this:

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Ok, so my runs were not in that location – but it does look amazing!

Friday

Friday night was very low-key – some wine, lentil loaf leftovers, and relaxation. A great way to spend the night when Kirk flies back to town. The wine in the picture above was our drink of choice – delicious!

Saturday was the kickoff of the Team 65 Roses group – and it was cold!! It was still under 30 degrees when we started running a little after 9AM. We had a great little group of hard-core athletes who joined us for a 6 mile run from Big Peach in Brookhaven.

Saturday

The afternoon and evening was our first “official” date of the year (remember my 2012 goal?). I bought a set of monthly date ideas years ago (which we never used), where you open the card and do whatever is written on the card. This month’s “idea” was “a stroll together”.

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So, we packed up some sparkling wine, glasses, crackers & hummus and headed to a trail I usually run, which also has a lake. We bundled up in warm clothes, so we could sit by the lake, sip sparkling wine, and talk. Our appointments at Massage Envy happened to be the same day, so we timed our stroll so we went to our massages next.  Finally, made dinner and watched Cowboys & Aliens on demand at home.

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Dinner was Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto from Vegan Yum Yum. I left the diced tomatoes whole and added fresh oregano & cilantro to the mix. The results was amazing and tasted was so creamy I would have questioned if it had butter or cheese, had I not made it myself. It was so easy too – which is even better. On the top is the Italian Tofurkey sausage – good, but just not as good as FieldRoast. We paired our meal with a beer taste test – our holiday brew compared with Sweetwater Festive. I think it was a tie – both good, just different!

In summary, it really was a wonderful day and it felt like we were on vacation. =)

Have you planned a date night with your special someone this month? If not – please do! This was not an expensive event, it was all things we already had and a home cooked meal.

Sunday

Sunday morning was church, followed immediately by my 24 mile run – my longest training run (non-race) ever! I ran 10 miles between church and home, then picked up Kirk for the remaining 14. My goal for this run was to run “marathon pace”, practice my fueling (tried ever 4.5 miles today), and finish strong (no walking up hills when I’m tired). I’d say today’s run was a HUGE success:

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Check out that negative split! I can’t believe that 5 out of the last 6 miles were sub 9:00 – and it was NOT downhill!

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Review of Last Week Training

Second week of 40+ miles and feeling great. Lots of moved workouts again, but I did complete most planned activities except swimming. I have a hard time getting myself to the pool and with Kirk out of town it didn’t happen. If I’m going to do a half ironman this spring, I need to get my booty in the water!

Monday – 1 hour Bike + Yoga

Tuesday – 30 Minute Bike

Wednesday – TRX + 8 Mile Run

Thursday – 5 Mile Run

Friday – TRX + BodyRock Workout

Saturday – 6 Mile Run + 1:00 Bike

Sunday – 24 Mile run + 30 Minute Bike (optional)

 

This Week’s Training

This week I it’s time to get back in the pool. I make a much better duathlete than triathlete (obviously), but I need to swim if I’m going to keep that Half Ironman on my schedule. Kirk is home this week, so that will help – he was a swimmer growing up and is a good motivator. :)

Monday – Yoga

Tuesday – 30 Minute Bike + 6 Mile Run

Wednesday – Swim + TRX

Thursday – 30 Minute Bike + 3 Mile Run

Friday – Swim + TRX

Saturday – 7 Mile Run + 1:30 Bike

Sunday – 26 Mile run (I think I’ll probably add .2, just because) + 30 Minute Bike (optional)

SeaSnax Winner!!

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Comments

    • says

      Aw, thanks! The fast & far is a matter of getting used to it – it’s all about building up slowly so that it’s doable. I’ve been working hard for years on getting faster, so it’s a work in progress. :)

    • says

      Thanks! We got Massage Envy memberships a few years ago and have really enjoyed them – it almost forces you to take time for yourself since you’re automatically paying for a massage each month. :)

    • says

      I definitely finished that run with a big smile on my face. Now I just need a repeat performance at the actual marathon and I’ll be even happier!!

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