It was a week of good running, lots of yoga, lots of good eats, and not enough strength training. And some much needed pampering. And lots of peanut butter (well, almond butter, really) and chocolate.
- Monday: YFR Hips, Dogwalk
- Tuesday: Speedwork on the Treadmill 4.5 miles combined with Tomahawk routine, YFR Foundation postrun,
dogwalk(cold & snowy)
- Wednesday: Yogaworks AM, Dogwalk, 10 Min Yoga Flexibility & Relaxation
- Thursday: Perfect in 10 Awaken & Energize, Physique57 Arms & Abs
- Friday: Very cold 7 1/2 mile LSD
- Saturday: YFR Hamstrings & Foundation
- Sunday: YFPR Align & Alleviate, 3 miles on TM + ITB Rehab Routine Circuit
Mileage: 15 (NC)
TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
I don’t know what the heck happened this week — somehow I extended last week’s break into this week for no good reason. I just couldn’t muster up the motivation to get in that strength training the first few days of the week.
Then I didn’t get to walk Lola much, either. First there was snow and our princess doesn’t like walking in snow. Then Thursday I thought I’d be able to get her out for an afternoon walk, only it was cold and then turned insanely windy (we’re talking wind gusts 20-40 mph making the feels like temp about 0).
And from Friday on we had another polar vortex visit.
So I got out Friday for my long run, because even though it was cold, it was tolerable, thanks to Wendy @ takingthelongwayhome and my thermoball. In fact, I set out to do 7 miles and by mile 6 I figured since I’d done 7 miles last week, I’d just add on another half mile. Plus I’d done a 4 1/2 mile run earlier in the week so things were just even then.
This run was totally mind over matter: I started to slow down in the middle miles, and I told myself I could keep under a 13 mm. And without checking my watch, except at the mile markers, I did just that. Even the last mile, when I had to walk around ice again.
At least I got in lots of yoga.
It was a good weekend. Saturday was seriously too cold to do anything (feels like -35 with the windchill, anyone?), so we hunkered down inside and rented Spectre. Much as I love Bond, this one was mostly a yawn, sad to say. But it wasn’t so bad with some nice buttered popcorn.
My hair salon was running some Valentine’s Day specials so I had already booked a half hour massage, mini facial, and manicure for Sunday morning. When I left the temperatures were still negative, but the sun was shining brightly and I didn’t have to be out long — it wasn’t so bad; and the pampering was fantastic.
Then it was back to the salon that evening for dinner. It was basically roasted veggies with farro (my first time trying that — is it supposed to be crunchy?) and goat cheese. Which may sound like a yawn to you, but it was really, really good. And I was sort of saving myself for dessert.
Which was this Reeses “Peeza” — not quite what I expected. The ganache was more like chocolate syrup; I didn’t expect the crust to be like a cracker; but the peanut butter ice cream was really, really good.
I’d been wanting to try this dessert forever, but I was a little disappointed. I wavered between that and the brownie a la mode, and I chose poorly. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but not as good as the chocolate peanut butter hearts and fudge oatmeal bars I’d made earlier in the week.
And speaking of food, I also tried a couple of new mug cake recipes that knocked it out of the park: white pizza baked oatmeal and peanut butter. These definitely go on my list of favorite mug cakes. Definitely!
Probably the best present of Valentine’s Day was Mr. Judy cleaning up the kitchen after he made himself breakfast for lunch. And yes, he got me a turtle necklace, too, because I like to say that the turtle is my spirit animal.
Oh, and in case you missed it, Mr. Judy contributed to Chewing with Chester.
And that’s a wrap!
Any great Valentine’s Day activities/gifts?