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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 5/6 – 5/12

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Monday: 8.25 mile run. Total time: 1:18:03

Ah, glorious sunshine! 73 degrees and sunny when I left on my run. Ran the 2.1-ish miles to Lifetime and then hopped on the treadmill for another 4 miles before heading back home. I enjoyed the E! special, “Blinging up Baby” while running. I took half of a Vanilla Bean GU after three miles and the other half after six miles. When I got home I had a protein shake made with Vanilla Fitmixer and then hydrated with the new lemon line Nuun I picked up the other day. I like this flavor MUCH better than the pink lemonade one.

Tuesday: 27.19 mile bike. Total time: 2:03:38

Thanks for the idea, Erin! You're right, braids = brilliant.

Thanks for the idea, Erin! You’re right, braids = brilliant.

A few weeks ago I decided to sell my bike. Yup, the road bike that I just bought last year for my triathlon. The triathlon experience wasn’t what I thought it would be and I just don’t see more in my future and frankly, I have a lot of anxiety around riding my bike in the Cities. That, combined with really being able to use the money right now, I figured I’d try selling it and buying a less expensive bike.

But today’s ride may have just changed my mind — at least temporarily. The weather was perfect and going in the afternoon on a weekday meant less stress with traffic, pedestrians and other cyclists. It felt awesome, but I was sure wiped when I got home!

Seen on my ride:

The Grain Belt sign.

The Grain Belt sign.

The 35W Bridge Collapse Memorial

The 35W Bridge Collapse Memorial.

A few lakes.

A few lakes.

A giant bunny. (Has anyone else seen Donnie Darko?)

A giant bunny. (Has anyone else seen Donnie Darko?)

Wednesday: 30 minute HIIT intervals on the step mill followed by shoulders/chest/biceps/triceps/abs strength work.

Thursday: 2 mile run. (One mile warm up and TC 1 Mile race). One mile time – 7:10. Race recap coming.

Friday: 16.41 mile bike ride. Total time: 1:20 (2x on the bike in one week? Who AM I?)

Jen and I decided to head to St. Paul and try out the Gateway Trail.

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Err, maybe I need to invest in some new cycling clothes — recognize what I’m wearing under my jacket?

It was a nice day for a ride. A little brisk, but pleasant. It was relatively uneventful minus my little “run in” with a fence. Let me start by saying that I’ve never claimed to be a pro cyclist. Or very graceful, for that matter. I’m not even sure it happened, but all I know is that we were riding across a bridge where there were fences/barriers on either side of the path to keep you from going overboard to whatever was underneath. (And looking back, I guess I’m glad the fence was there!) And I think I just lost my balance or something and swerved into the fence. Then, I decided that I was going to try and stop myself so I could get re-situated  but I never hit the brakes, so I just kept skidding along, hitting every bar along the way. Which is why I now have this lovely little thing:

Ouch.

Ouch.

Saturday: Rest day — got in my steps by chasing our dog around the dog park, a trip to Menards, building a cedar planter with the hubby and walking around the North Coast Nosh event.

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Sunday: Long run — 11.52 miles. Total time: 1:57:04

My friend Patti met me at my house around 9 a.m. and we ran the roughly 2.3 miles to Lifetime Fitness. The temperature was somewhere around 40 degrees but nice and sunny. I decided on my Twin Cities Marathon long sleeve with a Lululemon cool racerback underneath, capris and sunglasses. That ended up being a perfect decision. Once we got Lifetime I took off the long sleeve for the seven miles I did on the treadmill. Then, I put the long sleeve back on for our run home. I noticed that I felt really tired and the run felt like a lot more effort than it should have. I’m not sure if it was dehydration or just the increase in physical activity over the past week, but I was pretty wiped after the run.

The rest of Sunday was pretty awesome. Patti and I got Chipotle after our workout and then the hubby and I finished up our weekend planter project. It turned out pretty great!

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All that’s left is to build the top, decide how we want the actual smaller planters to sit in the top and then buy soil and plants/flowers. And so far, our project has been on budget! Does anyone else watch Renovation Realities? We love watching the couples on there and I’ve joked that I want to do something similar on the blog 😉

Pizza on the grill for dinner was the nice finishing touch on the weekend.

Hope you all had a good last week of workouts! And don’t forget to enter my Jawbone UP giveaway before it ends on Wednesday!

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6 thoughts on “FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 5/6 – 5/12

  1. First, I love your polka dot top! I bought a pair of lulu biking shorts from that same line… wish I would have bought the top.

    Second, I know how you feel about your bike. I have a very love hate relationship with mine. But a good bike ride usually clears up my thoughts about selling it.

    Third, The planter is gorgeous!

    • Thanks! We’re happy with how it turned out 🙂

      I also wish I would’ve bought more from that line. I love how the tank fits!

      And funny how we both feel similarly about the bike. There really is nothing like a good bike ride though!

  2. So I’m planning on trying a triathlon next summer. I have some kind of schwinn that might be okay, but did you do a post when you decided to buy your bike? (even though you’re thinking of getting rid of it now) or do you have a triathlon recap post?

  3. Love the braids! And, I am so excited you decided to keep your bike! There’s something magic about being on two wheels; sometimes it just takes a few rides to find it 🙂

    You crushed the one-mile! Excited to read your race report!

    GREAT week, friend!

    • Thanks for the inspiration!

      See you tomorrow 🙂 And yes — was waiting on photos for the recap but I might just go ahead and post!

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