Weekend Recap / Welcome Monday!

Hello, and holy crap it’s Monday again. Hope your weekend didn’t fly by as fast as mine did.It was a busy few days off for me. Time with family, friends, and doing fun things. Saturday my legs were still uber sore from running, yoga, and cycling last week. My original training plan was 20 weeks long, but I added 2 weeks on to give my body time to acclamate, and to make sure the training ended exactly on the date of the half.
I give you this backstory because I decided to let my legs have a rest this weekend and just have a couple of days off. I was still active — some biking, walking, and a (tiny bit of) cardio activity during a human foosball game I played Sunday afternoon. I also ate delish food, but tried to be good. This includes this yummy charcuterie I made Friday night before we went out:
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 Saturday started out superbly, with my first visit of the season (FINALLY!) to the Saturday Market, my fave.
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We took an empty backpack to fill with delish local produce and such, but only ended up leaving with a baguette, which we enjoyed during the leisurely stroll up and down Main Street. I always love the Saturday market, and look forward to making a list this week to pair with recipes and food prep for next week. Also, how is it not tomato season yet?! It’s June! Ready to see those yummy purple and green heirlooms and fat, juicy red tomatoes on my plate.
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The Market was followed by lots o’ walking in the West End, for the yearly West End festival. It was a neat little gathering of local artists, food demonstrations, restaurants, and vendors from the West End. And of course, this allowed for drinking in the street. Always fun to take in the local fests with a cold beer in hand.
To be 100% honest with you, I’d planned on doing 3 miles Sunday morning, then this happened:
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I felt guilty for about 10 seconds, then decided to enjoy a rare lazy Sunday morning in bed for an extra 30 minutes. With my fave oh-so-good-for-me food for brunch. It was actually exactly what I needed.
On to a new day, which is already off to a great start. On my way to yoga in my car at 5:15 AM, I was wondering why the hell I’m still waking up at the ass crack of dawn to teach yoga, nearly 4 years in. But my students were awesome, positive, and always make waking up before the sun worth it. Leaving class I felt grateful to have the opportunity to share yoga and help people feel good.

Some of my goals for today:
  • Stay positive.
  • Clean out work inbox and kick ass professionally.
  • Treat others with kindness, even if they suck.
  • Do not get sucked into an Instagram and/or Facebook wormhole at any point. (e.g. Stay focused and productive until bedtime!)
  • Don’t eat pizza.
  • Do stay hydrated.
  • Yoga after work.
  • Sunday food prep on Monday.
  • Solid night’s sleep.
Alright, time to finish my much-healthier-for-me-than-cold-pizza oatmeal breakfast and start marking things off of my goal list. Cheers to another week! Hope your Monday is already off to a great start, too.

Yummy Dim Sum & Treadmill Intervals

Sesame Balls. Oh so tasty, light, fresh, and HOT!

What a week! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday night….this week has flown by for sure. Busy busy!

Ben and I got our taxes done yesterday, and finally made a stop into Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant. I pass this Dim Sum place all the time on the way to the yoga studio. It looks a little sketch, but is ALWAYS packed. That’s a good sign, right?

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I ordered some vegetarian things, but — hands down — our favorite thing we ordered was the pork buns. I was skeptical about these little babies at first. I mean, “pork buns” doesn’t intrigue my pallet. But oh. my. gosh. I actually had to put it down and take a moment after the first bite. (The pork buns are right in the middle of the pic above — the white ones.) They were so light, fluffy, tasted home made, and were soooo delicious. We ordered 2 more after we downed these. Seriously, those things officially made it into my “last meal on Earth” category. Close second to Sweet Basil’s green curry with steamed tofu. If you live in Charlotte and haven’t tried this Dim Sum place, give it a go! It’s kind of a dive, but totally legit.

Tuesday I did a ton of squats, and I was feeling it this morning. Hot yoga was in order. It was a great class, and I particularly needed all the hip openers and deep forward folds after all the running and squats in the last few days.

After work, I drove to the gym for a run on the treadmill. Already a fair weather fan of running in general, running on a treadmill is exponentially worse for me. The thing I do love about treadmills is that I can run so much faster than I can run on flat ground outside. You know, it MAKES you move your legs faster, unless you want to fall on your face.

I tried this workout, which kicked my ass:

Workout Instructions:

Interval Fartlek Workout
Warm up 5 minutes – walk/slow jog at 3.5 MPH, at a 7% incline.
One mile Run at 6.0 MPH, at a 1% incline.
Rest Set Slow it down to 5.0 MPH and run for 3 minutes.
Work Set Speed up to 6.8 MPH for 30 seconds.
Rest Set Go back to 5.0 MPH for 3 minutes.
Rest/Work Sets Keep repeating the 3 minute/30 seconds intervals until the clock reaches 25 minutes.
One mile Run at 6.0 MPH for another mile.
Cool down Slowly jog for 5 minutes at 3.5 MPH at a slight incline (5% to 7%).

This was very challenging for me. I normally run an 11-12 minute mile. Especially since I’m training for a longer run, I tend to always have a slow and steady pace. This workout was a great way to mix things up, and my heart rate stayed at 80-90% the whole time. There were moments that I thought it might be at 110%…. Oh, and I didn’t help myself when I forgot to reset the incline to zero, and ran both miles at 6 MPH on an incline…oops!

I’m certain I’m not alone in that the hardest part for me to actually get in a good workout like this is to make myself get up and go. Particularly in the afternoons, I struggle to make myself get a workout in. BUT! After I am done with whatever workout I do, I’m always happy that I didn’t choose to sit on the couch. As they say, even if it’s a slow mile, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch!

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During the interval running, I pushed myself to the edge. My yoga teacher from class this morning said something that I’ve heard before (and told my students before!), but it really stuck with me on that treadmill today. When I wanted to stop and walk, or just quit and hit the elliptical, I stayed with it anyway and took 3 more deep breaths. And of course, I kept telling myself my little mantra….just keep moving forward. I surprised myself and felt great when it was over. For me, running hasn’t gotten easier, but I really have gotten stronger and faster!

In other news, I found this little gem at Trader Joe’s:

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I love all things (most things) spicy, and these Chile Spiced Mango slices are incredible. Great texture, and such a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. These also might make it onto my favorite foods list. I did not share any with Callie…. she’s a cute little beggar, though!

Hope you’ve had a great week thus far! Warmer weather and the weekend is in sight! Woo hoo!