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Snapshots from the Weekend

10 Jun

Sometimes I feel like the weekend is over before I can blink, but when I go back and look at the photos on my phone, I am surprised at how much I did. So, let’s recap, shall we?

I stayed home from work on Friday to be with little Frank. He was neutered on Tuesday, so Zach and I took turns staying home with him to keep an eye on his incision. He can’t play with other dogs or do a lot of jumping, so needless to say I had a very bored puppy on my hands:

Can we please go for a walk?

Can we please go for a walk?

I did take him for a few walks, but a mere walk is not enough for this pup. I can’t wait until he can play with his puppy cousins and get back to the dog park! When Zach got home from work, I hit the treadmill to do a quick run to keep up with the Runner’s World Run Streak, then went to Crossfit, where we did a fun and quick WOD followed by a partner ab workout:

friday wod

 

…and then on Saturday I got to attend my first 2 hour Boot Camp Class of the season! This is something that is put together by two of my favorite group fitness instructors at the gym, they do it a few times in the early and late summer, and it’s so fun! We start at 8:00 AM on Saturday, and we run from the gym to the park, where we go through a bunch of exercises, then we run to another location to do some exercises, and we repeat that cycle in a big two mile loop that ends up back at the gym for hour two, which is indoors. It’s a super intense and fun workout that I get excited for each time we do it. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of it, but trust me, it’s a blast!

Later on Saturday, Zach and I decided to take the pup for a nice long walk to get out some of his puppy energy:

Photo Jun 08, 8 20 30 PMHe had a blast, and so did I. There isn’t much I like more than taking long walks with my two favorite guys 🙂

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. Despite trying to stick to the Runner’s World run streak, I felt like my body desperately needed a rest day after two pretty intense workouts on Friday and Saturday, so I took one! No shame in that. Zach and I did some cleaning and I whipped up some chili.

Photo Jun 09, 5 43 51 PM

 

I guess most people don’t see chili as a summer food, but I’m very into a nice veggie chili in the warm weather, especially on dreary and rainy Sundays!

Despite all of my seemingly healthy choices this weekend, I still overdid it a bit in the eating department. I fear this month’s Diet Bet won’t turn out as well as the last one did, but I’m back on track today!

Question of the Day:
Do you have trouble making healthy choices when the weekend rolls around?

 

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Photos From the Weekend

11 Mar

I’m really sick, and really busy at work, but I wanted to fill you in with photos from the weekend really quickly:

outburst

On Friday, we went to a friend’s house to play a few games. Every time we go over there, I discover a new game I love. First, it was Taboo, then Guesstures. This time, it was Outburst. Although the boys heartily beat us, I think we need a rematch because I feel like they got easier topics than we did.

After that, we went to another friends house to hang out:

thom

 

In true Kristy fashion, I only took pictures of the cat. But isn’t Thom regal?

Saturday was a busy day, and although the weather was perfect, I wasn’t able to get a run in. I had about a million things to do, including shopping for a dress for the Gala that was being held that evening as a fundraiser for the library where I work

try on

Have you been to JC Penney lately? They have really stepped up their game and have some seriously cute clothes. I did like the dress above, but settled on this:

gala outfit

 

The shoes and dress are from JC Penney and cost a total of $37! And I looove the dress. It’s lined, it has pockets, it’s adorable and very comfy. I’ll have a photo on here of me and Zach all dressed up soon, because his sister was kind enough to come outside and take some photos of us. It’s pretty nice having your professional photographer sister-in-law live right next door! 🙂 The sweater is clearly from Old Navy, and the earrings I bought first from Gabriel Brothers. The little orange rosettes were the inspiration behind the outfit because I liked them so much!

The Gala was very fun, but my throat started getting scratchy just before we got there.

gala

 

I wish I had taken a photo of every dish, because the food was so good! My favorites were the first course, which was a black bean stew with kale served over rice, and the salad, which was mixed greens, tomatoes, onions and hearts of palm with a mango/passion fruit dressing. Yum!

After the Gala, Zach and I went to a local bar to have a couple drinks in our fancy clothes and then headed home and had some folks over to watch Saturday Night Live with Justin Timberlake — which was SO good!

By the time I woke up on Sunday, I was definitely sick. I laid in bed well after Zach had already risen for the day, and that’s a certain sign that I’m not feeling well. I did manage to get out and do an errand that had to be done (begrudgingly), and I also was able to make it over to a friend’s porch to enjoy the balmy weather:

porchin

 

 

However, I was soon back on the couch. No run for me, which was a bummer because of the awesome weather, but I know there is more to come. I’m feeling pretty bad, but I hope to be back in action by tomorrow. Unfortunately, Zach and I have a tasting with a caterer this evening. It’s a bummer I feel bad for that, but it’s not something I can cancel.

Because of the spring-like weather, I’ve been able to open the windows and enjoy the breeze, which also pleases the cats:

spring

 

Hope you’re having some nice weather near you as well!

Question of the Day:
Has spring sprung where you live yet? 

 

 

Hello, Friday!

7 Dec

Today’s post is going to be a mish-mash of randomness!

You know that feeling you get after a tough weights workout, when the muscle(s) you’ve worked feel like jelly and you just know that you’ll be sore the next day? That happened to me yesterday on leg day. All day, anytime I moved around (yesterday was a crazy day at work, so I was moving around a lot), I felt that jelly feeling. Then, by the time I was cooking dinner last night the first of the muscle ache started to set in. By the time I sat down after dinner, I was in full-on sore muscle mode!

Because of the sore muscles, I was glad to wake up early (even after a bit of fitful night of sleep — sigh) to hit the 6:15 AM yoga class at the gym. I did my Day 23 workout of LiveFit after yoga:

day 23

Back and biceps! I felt pretty strong today, even using 15 lb dumbbells for the hammer curls. I’m definitely upping my weight, and I feel stronger every day. Since I was at the gym a little longer than usual, I had to rush home, shower and cook breakfast super quickly so I could get to work on time. My breakfast turned out great though:

breakfast

I basically just warmed up some roasted veggies (sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower) topped with a little cheese, put a slice of turkey bacon on top, and then made a dippy (aka overeasy) egg to go on top. Then I drizzled it with Sriracha, the condiment of the Gods. I paired it with a piece of whole wheat toast. Oh my yum. I wanted to make the egg overeasy so when I cut into it, the yolk would drip down onto the veggies. Good decision. I also ate one of the best pears ever. I used to be all about apples, but lately pears have my heart.

Speaking of breakfast, yesterday’s oats didn’t hold me over long. I was digging for a snack by 10 AM 😦 It’s such a bummer, because I really love oatmeal!

This weekend will be filled with fitness! I have two workouts planned for my LiveFit trainer, but I also plan to hit up my favorite Boot Camp class, which is held every other Saturday at  my gym, and Ashley’s yoga class, of course. I also plan on cheating on my no cardio rule to go for a very easy jog on Sunday if the weather is nice. Afternoon jogs when we’re having cool weather in December just can’t be avoided, I’m afraid!

Today, Haley at the Saucy Apple posted a great blog about how to make your weekend seem longer. This post really struck a chord with me, because I tend to get a little stressed on the weekends. There is so much to do, so little time to do it, and then Sunday comes around and I spend the whole day feeling bummed out that the weekend is over. But recently, I’ve been trying to really live in the moment on the weekends and, as my good friend Ashley said, “Not let my Monday ruin my Sunday”. It’s great advice, and every time I find myself getting the Sunday Blues, I remind myself of that little adage and it helps a lot.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the Day:
I need to make a vegetarian main course for my book club this weekend, any suggestions? 

 

Back to the Grind!

26 Nov

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I know I did. I spent the weekend trying to figure out creative ways to re-fashion my Thanksgiving leftovers so we weren’t just eating a Turkey dinner every day. I ended up making BBQ turkey pizza, turkey quesadillas with cranberry compote, and leftover mashed-potato pancakes. Unfortunately, I still have a fridge full of leftovers (including a whole pan of stuffing — anyone have any creative ideas for that?) that I’ll need to get creative with!

Today is the first day of #Elf4Health! I’ve been in contact with my buddy already, and I’ve emailed her a meatless recipe — not that she needs it, she is a vegan! If you’re interested who I’ve been matched up with, her  blog can be found here.

I did manage to get in some good workouts this weekend:

  • I finished week 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. I took Thursday and Saturday off, but I finished up the week on Sunday — sort of. I pulled a lower back muscle on Saturday at Boot Camp class, so yesterday while I was doing front delt raises, I felt it a little too much and cut the workout short.
  • I hit up my favorite Boot Camp class on Saturday. I was pretty pumped about going, because I haven’t been for a few weeks. Unfortunately, about 40 minutes in, while doing squat thrusts, I managed to pull a muscle in my lower back and had to cut things short. I also hit up Ashley’s yoga class on Saturday morning.
  • I did a 3 mile walk/run. On Sunday, I was feeling a bit lethargic and bloated from all the food, so in addition to the final day of LiveFit Trainer, I decided to hit up the treadmill. Again, breaking the “no cardio” rule! I couldn’t help it though, I really needed to get a little sweat session in. The Steelers were on TV, so instead of walking outside, I parked myself on the treadmill in front of the TV. I walked/ran for the first half of the (terrible) game, and then hit the weight room.

Some photos from the weekend:

 

We have a ton of whipped cream leftover from Thanksgiving in the fridge, so I put some in my coffee on Sunday. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before, it’s so good! 

If there is one thing in life that Tuscany loves, it’s being held. I hope you can sense the sarcasm there.  We really don’t torture her on a regular basis, but sometimes she deserves it.

…Ok, I thought I took more photos than that!

Question of the Day:
How was your weekend!? 

 

Good Eats

19 Nov

There isn’t much I enjoy more than a good, relaxing weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I love to go out of town, run races, and other things that take up a weekend, but it’s a good weekend when I just don’t have much to do but hang out with Zach and laze around the house.

This weekend was one of those, and usually I end up eating very well because I’m not too busy to cook. So, I thought I’d share some of the highlights of this weekend, in the form of food!

After yoga and a run on Saturday, I went straight to the grocery store to get my Thanksgiving shopping done (and beat the crowds). Unfortunately, because I hadn’t eaten, that meant I was committing a mortal sin: Going to the grocery store on an empty stomach!

I ended up making only one impulse buy, in the form of a spice cake mix and cream cheese frosting! I’m not too upset about the purchase. I immediately whipped up a two-ingredient pumpkin cake. Basically, I just mixed the spice cake mix with a can of pumpkin puree. So good!

I wanted to make cupcakes, but I couldn’t find my cupcake pan?? I have no idea how you lose a whole cupcake pan, but leave it to me to do so.

On Saturday night, Zach and I decided to go out to dinner! I had a $50 gift card for Outback Steakhouse, so I got all gussied up and grabbed Zach’s sister and her boyfriend and off we went.

Since there is always is at least an hour wait at our local Outback, Courtney and I decided to start things off with a cocktail. This frozen bellini thing really hit the spot.

I had a tip that the Ahi Tuna appetizer at Outback is tops, and since I like to keep my Saturday night dinners light (it’s hard to have a good evening when you’re over-stuffed), I decided to just order that and a salad:

Oh my goodness was this amazing. Seriously, if you have an Outback nearby (who doesn’t?), you must try this. Also, the large size of the appetizer plus a salad was more than enough food for me.

Of course, I don’t really keep it light on the cocktails on Saturday:

This sangria sampler was pretty good, but they were a little on the sweet side. I know, not surprising for sangria, but they were a little too sweet in my opinion.

After dinner, we went to a birthday party for a friend I haven’t seen for a while, and he brought his Corgi, Leia:

This is a food post, I know, but I couldn’t NOT post a picture of that face!

I slept until 11 am Sunday morning. It was amazing! I quickly decided that I would take a rest day. After running some errands, I stopped at Starbucks for a holiday-themed latte and one of these:

Peppermint brownie pop! Totally worth the 200 calories 🙂

I had a bit of a tummy ache all day on Sunday (not due to the brownie pop — I think), so around 6:00 I still hadn’t thought about dinner. When I saw Zach moving toward the kitchen for a slice of pumpkin cake, I stopped him and whipped him up some dinner:

I’ve been craving some matzo ball soup for a while now, so I used Jenn’s (from Peas and Crayons) recipe, which you can find here. It turned out really great!

I wasn’t hungry (tummy trouble), but I couldn’t let my man go hungry! He requested a grilled cheese on the side, also. After his dinner was on the table, I decided I could eat a little something after all, so he shared his sandwich with me and I had a bit of soup. It was yummy!

After dinner and doing the dishes, I snuggled onto the couch for a night of Sons of Anarchy repeats (we’re on season one now), football and the new episode of Walking Dead. Lazy Sunday!

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite kind of soup? 

Half-Marathon Training Series #2: The long run

17 Sep

On Saturday, two things were going on in my town:

One, it was the day for the annual Chilifest! I look forward to this day every year, because I love chili.

It’s tough to find a chili that is both spicy enough and has enough flavor. I went to one booth and they said that they had a ghost pepper chili that was very spicy. Since I’m a lover of spice, I told them to bring it on. They acted as if it would blow my socks off. It was basically cold tomato sauce with some ghost peppers thrown in. Yeah, there was some heat, but there was absolutely no other flavor at all. I almost thought it was a joke. That photo in the middle of Zach is as he is eating the only true spicy chili that we found, and that was only after the addition of the “hottest sauce in the universe” — it was incredibly spicy! It burned the back of my throat, and it also had a good flavor. I think that people are afraid to make things too spicy because not everyone is a fan.

After Chilifest, we went to a Marshall University Football game. Zach and I both graduated from Marshall, so we are big Herd fans!

It was a perfect day for football. Early fall heat in the afternoon with a nice chill once the sun set.

I took the first photo and Zach said, “Wait, my eyes weren’t open!” So that is what happened when I took another. haha.

Our team ended up losing  a really close game! We were pretty bummed about that, but we were impressed with how they played.

Somehow on Sunday morning, I felt fine when I woke up so I immediately got ready to go out for my long run of the week. I haven’t had a long run since before we went to the beach, so I was kind of nervous on how I’d handle the 7 miles I had on my training schedule. Which brings me to the point of today’s post.

Half-Marathon Training: The  Long Run

A ‘long run’ when you are training for a distance race is basically the longest run you’ve done on your schedule thus far, plus one mile. Ideally, you do one long run a week during your training. If you’re a beginner and you are training for a half-marathon, most likely the longest run on your schedule will be 10 miles. The first time I trained for a half-marathon, I did 10 miles exactly one week before my race (no tapering). I wouldn’t suggest doing that, but I didn’t really follow a training program per se. I just knew that I was supposed to get my mileage up to 10 miles and, according to the sources I’d read, the adrenaline would carry me through the last three.

Well, that is true, but after 11 miles, I was pretty spent. I’m glad that this time around I’ll be up to at least 12 before the race:

The Long Run can be a bit daunting. I usually have to really psych myself up for them, and (this is a personal preference) do them first thing in the morning or they just don’t work out.

First, let’s talk about the logistics of the long run, starting with why they are important. The point of the long run is to build your endurance for running distance races. You shouldn’t focus on speed on your long runs, in fact, you should try to run them slower than any other training race. The reason for this is that while you will get the same endurance benefits, but you will recover much more quickly so you can continue your training the next week (or even the next day) without taking too much time off.

If you find yourself huffing and puffing (where you wouldn’t be able to carry on a conversation) during your long run, you are going too fast. It’s even important to take water, stretch or walk breaks during your longest runs of the week. The point is to take it easy, but keep running for a sustained amount of time.

Despite the fact that I sort of dread getting started on a long run, I never, ever, ever regret completing one. Sure, there have been times that I’ve not completed my mileage because I just wasn’t feeling it, but I always try to get at least a few miles in. Also, a good tip is that even if you split up your mileage (do half in the morning and half in the evening), it still counts as a long run on your training schedule, but remember that on race day, you won’t be able to take a several hour break at the halfway point.

One point that Jeff Galloway makes when talking about long runs (and one that is often overlooked), is the mental benefit of the long run. There is something about finishing the longest run of your training schedule that really builds you up for the rest of the day. Also, I love ending my week with a long run in the morning, because when you’ve completed 1+ hour of running, you get to be completely lazy for the rest of the day 🙂

What about entertainment on long runs? Well, for me, music is fine for a run that is less than 5 miles, but once I get into higher mileage, music gets a little old. Two things that have really gotten me through longer runs are the NPR  This American Life app (a great radio show about remarkable things in everyday life), and audiobooks. If you have a smart phone or an iPod touch, these two things are right at your fingertips.

While we were at the beach, I read about half of a book that was at our beach house. Of course, I had to leave it behind when I got home, so I picked up the audiobook from the library and I’ve been listening on my longer runs. It’s the perfect way to get in some “reading” while running!

Question of the day:
What is the longest distance you’ve ever run?