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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 8/19 – 8/25

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Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Nothing

I was up at 2:45 a.m. to make my 5 a.m. flight and once I made it to Atlanta, I had just a little time before the opening plenary at the conference. Then we (we=Andrea and I) had dinner plans with our friends Kate and Brian right after the last session of the day:

Medici Salad ~ Baby Spinach + Fresh Cantaloupe + Prosciutto Chips + Marcona Almonds + Shaved Parmesan + Sherry Vinaigrette, Fried Green Tomatoes With Smoky Pimento Cheese or Horseradish Cream + Smoked Trout,  Fried Chicken Served With Mac N’ Cheese + Mojo Collard Greens

Medici Salad ~ Baby Spinach + Fresh Cantaloupe + Prosciutto Chips + Marcona Almonds + Shaved Parmesan + Sherry Vinaigrette, Fried Green Tomatoes With Smoky Pimento Cheese or Horseradish Cream + Smoked Trout, Fried Chicken Served With Mac N’ Cheese + Mojo Collard Greens

I loved this place! It was within walking distance from Kate and Brian’s and all of the food was SO flavorful. Not pictured was the chocolate bomb dessert. Amazing.

After dinner, I work for a couple of hours and literally passed out with my laptop still on.

Wednesday: 4 miles in 37:52

I have to admit that I was motivated by BBQ to make myself get this run in. I got to bed late so didn’t get up early enough to run before the morning session, but we had an afternoon break during the conference. So I took advantage of the free time to get a quick run in. It was my first post-Ragnar run and my legs were definitely still tired and heavy, but still no soreness to speak of.

After taking a quick shower, Andrea and I took MARTA eastbound to meet Kate and Brian for some delicious BBQ.

Fox Bros. "Burger:" Chopped brisket topped with bacon, tomato, red onion, pickles, melted pimento cheese and jalepeno mayo....oh and more mac n cheese

Fox Bros. “Burger:” Chopped brisket topped with bacon, tomato, red onion, pickles, melted pimento cheese and jalepeno mayo….oh and more mac n cheese

Oh man. This is exactly the reason I’m not a vegetarian anymore. Although I have to admit, I love the side options offered at BBQ joints just as much as the BBQ itself.

After dinner, Kate and Brian took us to this cute little dessert shop/bakery to get desserts to go (to eat once we weren’t full anymore) and we took a walk around the park to burn a few calories!

Too full for dessert, so we got it to-go and I ate it later :)

Too full for dessert, so we got it to-go and I ate it later 🙂

Thursday: Nothing

I went to bed the night before feeling like I was coming down with something and woke up Thursday morning with a headache. The morning sessions weren’t super interesting, so I stayed in bed and got some work done. Once the conference got out, we headed to the airport and grabbed something to eat. I checked the flight status on my phone and saw that it was delayed by about 20 minutes. That was going to make my one hour, now 40 minute layover interesting. Not two minutes later it updated to say my flight was not delayed by over an hour and I’d miss my connection altogether.

So we headed over to try and rebook my flight. I wasn’t able to get on any other flight back to MSP until 3:30 p.m. the next day. Once I was rebooked I was told to wait for them to get my hotel taken care of. After about 30 minutes of waiting, I went up to one of the gate agents to find out that they were no longer giving out hotel vouchers because the reason for the delay had now been changed from mechanical issues to “air traffic issues.” Thanks. So I got back on the train and since Kate and Brian are amazing, they picked me up from the station and took me in for the night.

At least I got to see this little guy again!

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Friday: 

Went to work with Kate! And FINALLY got back home to Minneapolis around 10 p.m.

Saturday: 3.39 miles in 35:24

Just some easy miles with Mandy before I left for the day to celebrate J’s grandma’s 80th birthday! Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Sunday: 16 miles in 2:46

At the risk of sounding overdramatic, this was like, the worst day ever. (warning: I’m about to get real whiny) It all started with the run. I was up and at my friend John’s house by 8 a.m. Already, I know this was a later start than we should have gotten, but I got home super late from the birthday party the night before. I ran with my Polar handheld water bottle and we set out to do one loop around Lake Harriet and then do the majority of the run on the shaded path along Minnehaha Creek. I think we both felt doomed from the start. The air was heavy and sticky and my legs felt like they weighed a million pounds. I was having a hard time keeping my heart rate down and we just couldn’t seem to get enough water. But somehow we stayed around a 9:30 pace for about the first half of the run. Buuuuut then it started to go downhill. And it got even more ugly when we had about four more miles to go. John was feeling pretty water logged and I could feel my PF getting worse with each step I took. After shuffling along for two miles, we decided to walk/run the last two miles.

Even if it means not getting much sleep, I will never wait until 8 a.m. to get out to run on a day that’s supposed to be so awful. Or I’ll do it on a treadmill (seriously). Lesson learned.

After my run I proceeded to get sick and then eat a Chipotle burrito and then took a shower and then laid down for about a half an hour before having to get ready to go to work. All I wanted to do was lay in the fetal position the rest of the day. It was 99 degrees when I got to work and six hours in that outdoor concession stand-like building I work in meant that I was gross and sweaty and continued to feel sick for the rest of my shift. I clocked out just after 9 p.m., came home and ate my staff meal and crashed. hard.

There was very little about this week that was balanced. Too much eating, too little sleep, too little exercise and definitely too much stress. Unfortunately, the next couple of weeks aren’t looking any better. I work both jobs on Thursday and Friday this week and then work Saturday-Monday (Labor Day) at the PT job and then work both jobs on Wednesday and Friday next week. I also have 18 miles this weekend. But I am looking forward to a trip to the State Fair, the Desaparecidos concert with the hubs and starting physical therapy for my foot this week!

Do you go to the state fair?

Any nightmare traveling stories?

Favorite southern food?

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10 thoughts on “FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 8/19 – 8/25

  1. At least you got to eat some good food. 😛 Certainly looks really delicious. Hope next week is better for you. Don’t get me started about nightmare travel stories. Last week, my flight from England to Vietnam was delayed for more than 24 hours. Then, we had to wait for half the day in Vietnam for the next available flight back to Taiwan. Thankfully, we were provided hotel rooms to rest in or it would have been a complete nightmare.

    • Ughhhhh that sounds AWFUL! I know that my incident was actually not that bad, but all travel problems are SO frustrating! Glad you were able to get hotel rooms though 🙂

  2. I’m with you, the sides of BBQ are much more delicious than the BBQ meat. This heat is totally getting to me, I just hate it! My mom wanted me to go for a walk last night, and I said “absolutely not”. I hope you get a better balance this week!

  3. That food looks amazing, but very ‘sinful.’ I wish they had food like that here in Scotland, but I’m kinda glad they don’t; I would get it all the time!

    I’m not really sure where you can find the balance in your upcomings weeks, they sound pretty jam packed. Make sure to take time for yourself whenever you can, and get some sleep!!!!

    • Ha! I’m glad that I generally have to travel to the South to get it 😉

      Thanks, Danielle — sleep is def a priority this week!

  4. man oh man, at least you made it 16 miles, GREAT job! that is so far! as usual your food looks amaaazing. i totally used the thought of dinner as motivation for my run yesterday so i can relate to you saying you were ‘running for bbq’!

  5. I want all that food! 🙂

    Ugh… so sorry about your run, friend! Those are the worst. The weather definitely didn’t help… hang in there and let’s hope it cools down for the rest of your marathon training! And, I hope you find some balance this week! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!

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