Welcome to the food edition. Wait, isn’t that every week? This week I have some foodie finds to share with you, from snack bars to Instant Pot recipes.
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- Monday: 1.5 mile easy + FTC Training Group (2 miles very easy), Rapid Results Pilates Arms, Abs & Stretch
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 @ tempo), Pop Pilates Muffin Melter
- Wednesday: Yoga, Dogwalk
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Pilates for Runners
- Friday: Dogwalk, 6 mile LSD with a fast finish (mission accomplished), YFR Foundation
- Saturday: Yoga, Dogwalk
- Sunday: 3.5 miles easy (last 3/4 with Bandit)
Mileage: 18 (+1.5)
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A nice day, although rather cloudy so it felt a bit cooler, but once you got moving it was fine. I met up with Running Buddy J and we did 1.5 miles before the training group.
I got to lead the beginners’ group this day, and I started out at front then dropped back to the BOTPers as we neared the end. The workout was 2.75 miles or 35 minutes — we stopped at 35 minutes which was 2 miles. I know they are ready and I’d rather see them be more cautious with their running — most of them are just in it for fun and have actually done the race a few times.
It was a beautiful day to run. Bright sunshine and low humidity. The only problem? I ended up starting about the time I had meant to be finishing up so I was running through warmer temps than I’d planned on. Mainly because I was worried about it being too chilly if I started earlier. Go figure.
But with a flatter path and lower humidity, this was a strong tempo run. I didn’t completely nail it, but I came damn close. The middle mile I slowed down — despite it feeling faster — which is exactly why I don’t run by feel!
I still got out there later than I wanted to. It was a bit nippy when I walked the dogs, but by the time I got to the bike path it had turned sunny — but still on the cool side. Perfect. I was originally miffed that I had to miss the training group on Saturday for an early Mother’s Day celebration, but the truth is my parents did me a favor — this was far and away the best running weather of the week.
This was supposed to be a long run with the last 2 miles slighter faster. Oops. It turned into mostly negative splits. It was just the perfect day to run, and I felt in the zone. Always a nice feeling!
I did a somewhat quick 3.5 miles. I had had every intention of doing this run on the treadmill before going to my parents yesterday, but decided I need another rest day and the weather, while a bit cool and cloudy in the morning, was much nicer today. I had stuff to do in the afternoon — it was beautiful then!
I actually ended up running this a bit faster than I really meant to, especially seeing as how I’ll be running 3 days in a row and one of those runs will be speedwork, but my legs oddly wanted to go faster. Which is a bit unusual for me!
Favorites of the week
When I read about the Honeystinger Cracker & Nut Butter Bars, I knew I had to try them. They did not disappoint. Chocolate, nut butter, and not too sweet — what could be bad? Nothing! Disclaimer: I am a Honeystinger Ambassador.
I am still in love with my Instant Pot. It’s the rare week that something doesn’t get cooked in there. My Weight Watchers leader is always raving about hummus chicken. I figured there must be an Instant Pot recipe, and sure enough there was. Start to finish I think this took maybe 20 minutes — and that includes shredding the chicken! You can find the recipe on my Instant Pot board (here) on Pinterest.
Speaking of Honeystinger, did you know they have a sampler? Packed with so much goodness. Find it here. It’s a great introduction to Honeystinger products.
Today I also had a lovely massage. They ran a special with a free paraffin treatment on either your feet or hands for Mother’s Day along with a 60 minute massage. When I asked how much extra it would be to do both hands & feet, she said it wouldn’t cost anything extra. So now I have smooth hands and feet — temporarily!
Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate! Hugs to all whose mothers are no longer with them.
Blog posts that caught my eye this week:
Let’s get the conversation started:
Are you doing something special for yourself today?
What is your favorite spa treatment?
Milk or dark chocolate? (if you don’t like chocolate, I’m not sure we can be friends)