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.

Open-faced grilled cheese obstacle course

I totally believe in living a balanced life. Have some drinks, eat your favorite things without guilt, but know when you need to get your body moving or push yourself just a little bit harder in your workout. Or maybe knowing when you just need to calm the hell down and give yourself a few days of R&R.

Yesterday was a play day for me. Definitely off the tracks with healthy eating and water drinking….replaced by beer. So many beers.

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So if you don’t know already, I love my job. I work for a great company, and we get to do cool things every now and again. Yesterday the office closed, and we got paid to go to a baseball game! It was so much fun. Inevitably, some of us ended up going for beers after…. yummy.

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Today I tried to be kinder to my body… Lots o’ water, green tea and spinach feta wrap for breakfast, a grilled chicken salad for lunch, a walk with the dogs mid-day, and a 3ish mile run with the dogs after work on a new path.

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Not that it’s a big deal, but my time on this run was horrid….. as per usual, when running with the dogs. We tried a new running spot, on a nice sidewalk that’s not on a busy road. Yes, the sidewalk was nice, but it was also a major obstacle course for the dogs. In addition to their usual distractions and stops for pottying, I kid you not, we passed more half-eaten food on that one sidewalk than I’ve ever seen in my life.

We saw a half-eaten Zalad (you know, the salad from Zaxby’s), pieces of candy, a rice bowl from Moe’s (I think), a half-eaten open-faced grilled cheese sandwich (what?!), the usual energy drink and beer can litter, and some unrecognizable fodder that made both dogs stop in their tracks for sniffing and both of my shoulders nearly pull out of their sockets, holding onto their taught leashes.

Anyway, it was an adventure. And good exercise. Ole Callie is starting to age for sure. I’ve always known that it’s hard for her to run long distances, mainly more than about a mile and a half, even at a slow pace. Next time I’ll have to drop her off at mile 1 and keep going with the Energizer Bunny that is Lily. Seriously, y’all, she is fast. I knew Lily needed to get some energy out because she was extra destructive today in the apartment. How the eff did this happen?!

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All 3 of us hit the floor as soon as we got back to my place. I brought Cal some water so she didn’t have to go “all the way” into the kitchen. Love her!

wpid-20140722_181419-1.jpgNow I’ll let the gals nap a little while I yoga it up. My hamstrings are feeling that run! Hopefully they will remain in this position and not try eating any more electrical sockets. Oh, Lily.

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