Finding a Balance

Learning to live a healthy, balanced life.


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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 1/20 – 1/26

Monday: One mile tempo

This run went well until my cool down. I started with a 20 minute warm up at 9:33 pace and one mile at tempo pace (8:27) I started my cool down at 9:22 pace but right away my stomach started acting up and after five minutes I decided to walk to uh, avoid any….accidents. I finished my workout by walking the rest of the cool down.

Tuesday: 30 minutes indoor trainer

After work, I met the lovely Tanya for tea at Verdant Tea, a new-ish tea room in Minneapolis that I had been wanting to try out. Since I’ve successfully weaned myself off of caffeine (at the suggestion of my doc since my migraines have been so bad lately) I went with a Chai Rooibos with almond milk — delish!

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When I got home, I ate dinner and then it was cross training time on the indoor trainer while watching The Mindy Project. I am SO SAD that it’s not going to be back on until April 1. I LOVE DANNY CASTELLANO!

Wednesday: 40 minutes easy run (9:27 pace)

Nothing much to say about this one — I felt tired during the run, but it went well overall.

Thursday: 1×1 mile

This went surprisingly well, though not executed quite as I had planned. I ended up running my mile a bit faster (7:42) than Coach had as my target pace and after my warm up I was supposed to do some drills but because I was stuck on an indoor mini-track that was pretty crowded, I just went from my warm up right into my mile. Then, I forgot to walk after my mile and went straight to the cool down. Oops. I’ll get it right next time.

Friday: REST DAY

Friday was my work holiday party. After work I treated myself to a blow out at Blast Blow Dry Bar:

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After my hair appointment, I finished getting ready and then the hubs and I headed downtown to the Prohibition Bar on the 27th floor of the Foshay Tower. I love that place — delicious cocktails, yummy food and a great view:

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And then of course there was an after party! Lemon Ricotta pancakes at Hell’s Kitchen, obvi:

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Saturday: One hour easy run REST DAY

I woke up feeling surprisingly good after my late night out and met Andrea at the MOA to do a little shopping for some new work clothes. I have a work trip coming up and it’s some place warm and I realized my warm-weather work wardrobe could use a couple of new pieces.

After my 1×1 on Thursday night, my calves had been protesting — big time. At one point I woke up in the middle of the night Friday night to go to the bathroom and when I got up, my eyes welled up with tears because my calves hurt so bad. I’ve been rolling and trying to loosen them up, but since it feels eerily familiar to when my PF and other issues started flaring up, I decided to take the weekend off from running. I think a professional massage this week might be in order.

This week all I want is to be able to run outside again.

Do you like tea? What kinds are your favorite?

Did you have a holiday party where you work? Was it fun?

 


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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 1/13 – 1/19

Monday: One mile tempo (4.36 miles in 40 minutes. 9:10 pace)

Got this one in before work. 15 minute warm up at 9:29 pace, one mile tempo at 8:34 pace and 15 minute cool down at 9:22 pace.

Then, it was back home to get ready for work. I took the extra time to get ready at home vs. the gym because we had headshots being taken at work and my post-gym look wasn’t going to cut it. After work, I got to work on the closest thing I did to making a New Year’s resolution this year by taking a camera/photography class!

Tuesday: 30 – 40 minute easy run (3.73 miles in 35 minutes, 9:23 pace)

Surprise, surprise — it snowed again in Minnesota. The plow had gone through on the trail but getting to it from my house was…interesting. And there were still spots where the plow must not have been able to fit, so I was glad that I wore my yaktrax. A decent headwind on my way back wasn’t fun, but felt pretty good on this one.

Wednesday: REST DAY

Fun lunch with Carly. So good to catch up!

Thursday: 3x800s (5.12 miles in 48:30, 9:28 pace)

15 minute warm up at 9:33 pace

3x800s with 2:00 walking rest in-between – 4:03, 4:03, 4:00

15 minute cool down at 9:22 pace

These didn’t get done until about 8 p.m. and I’m so glad I didn’t give in and go with my original plan of moving this run to the morning and laying on my couch all night. The hubs was out and I felt like being lazy, but I felt great after getting this one in. The intervals were a tad bit slower than my target GP but I’m still easing into speed work and I’m happy with this pace.

Friday: REST DAY

After a long week at work the hubs and I went out for dinner and drinks and then spent a super relaxing Friday night on the couch finally watching Girls on the DVR. I don’t think I moved for hours — just what I needed!

Saturday: 50 minute easy run (9:31 pace)

For some reason, I woke up suuuuper early and couldn’t fall back asleep, so I got up and did some cleaning and worked around the house. Then, I took a nap at 10 a.m. and it was glorious. I woke back up, refreshed and ready to get my run in!

That afternoon, I decided to take what I learned from my camera class and do some practicing using my favorite subject!

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Saturday night, Andrea, Mandy, Jen and I had a slumber party complete with Sex and the City, Girls, pizza, adult beverages and skinny pop. It was a lot of fun, but as Andrea pointed out, sleepovers are a little different as an adult.

Sunday: REST DAY

A relaxing day of laundry and more cleaning and football!

Weekly totals:

Run / Total time – 2:55:02 / Total distance – 18.52 miles

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?

Did you watch football on Sunday? Did the teams you want to win, win?


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Thinking out loud Thursday and a Fit-Kit winner!

Just a quick post today to say that the winner of the Core Power Fit-Kit giveaway, chosen via Random.org was…

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Congratulations! You’ll love your Fit-Kit 🙂

A few other random things on this blizzard-y Thursday..

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  • I’ve been making an effort to keep my house clean lately, rather than my husband and I spending hours cleaning before someone comes over or being embarrassed when someone stops over unexpectedly. So I am using Gina’s cleaning chart to try and stay on top of things.
  • I ate (but sadly, was not able to finish) the most giant salad EVER for lunch yesterday.
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That’s chicken gyro meat, kalamata olives, feta, cucmber, tomato, pita bread. yum.

  • I’m sick of winter. I’ve been trying really hard to be all positive about this snow and cold, but I’m over it.
  • I need someone to do my taxes this year and it’s stressing me out.
  • Looking forward to some speed work after work work.

Any tips to keeping your house/apartment clean?

Ready for spring?


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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 1/6 – 1/12

Monday: 3×3:00s

OK, I’ll admit it, I was a bit nervous going into this one. The third day of running in a row and my first speed workout in a long time. But really, it went well. Here’s what it looked like:

15 minute warm-up @ 9:22 pace

3:00 @ 8:34 pace

3:00 recovery @ 9:22 pace

3:00 @ 8:20 pace

3:00 recovery @ 9:22 pace

3:00 @ 8:13 pace

10 minute cool down @ 9:22 pace

Monday was also my first day in our new office space! Our desks are being installed in a couple of weeks, so this isn’t my permanent set up, but it works for now:

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Tuesday: REST DAY

Wednesday: 30 minutes easy (9:33 pace)

It’s been a busy week at work so I went into the office early and then in an effort to avoid the right-after-work gym rush, waited until around 7:30 to get my run in. For some reason, this 30 minute “easy” run felt tough. My heart rate seemed to be high right off the bat and my legs were tired. It seemed warmer than usual in the gym, so I don’t think that helped.

Broke in my new Saucony Guides on this run!

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Thursday: 3x800s REST DAY

I was all excited to try out the fitness center in my new office building, but once my headache started turning into a migraine, I knew that wasn’t likely to happen. I headed home mid-afternoon and was out for the rest of the night with the worst migraine I’ve had in a long time.

Friday: REST DAY

Got this sweet package in the mail:

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 PS – did you enter my Core Power giveaway yet?

Saturday: 45 minutes easy (9:53 pace)

A bit slower than I would’ve liked, but the paths weren’t completely clear and the bad footing slowed me down a bit. But I felt so much better than I did on Wednesday and good company made this run go by quickly.

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Love my new neck gaiter from my Oiselle Team secret santa!

Weekly totals:

Run / Total time – 1:57:46 / Total distance – 12.3 miles

Pretty happy with my workouts from the past week. I wish I wouldn’t have missed Thursday, but there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I’m also happy with the amount of cooking I did this past week and have really cut back on going out to eat.

How were your workouts last week?

Are you dealing with the New Year gym rush at your gym?


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Race Bucket List + a Fit-Kit Giveaway!

Awhile back I saw that Hollie had posted her race bucket list and I thought I’d share mine with you. It’s been in my head for awhile now and I’m always adding to it. What’s on your race bucket list?

Half/Full Marathons

Big Sur

NYC

Whistlestop

Chicago

Great Wall

Wineglass

Disney

London

Other distances

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

Hood to Coast

My workouts have been going great lately. I’m starting to feel like myself again and getting back into a good routine with the workouts from Coach. But fitting them in often times means that I’m running from one thing to the next and sometimes, refueling and replenishing my tired muscles isn’t a priority. But luckily, the folks at Core Power sent me some product to try and I have to say, it’s much tastier than the other recovery drinks I’m usually handed at the finish line of races. To me, one of the coolest things about Core Power is that the milk used to make it comes from Select Milk Producers, a co-op of 92 family owned dairy farms, founded by Mike and Sue McCloskey. The co-op is committed to producing clean, pure, high-quality milk. I also like that the light versions, no artificial sweetener are used. And bonus — as someone with some lactose issues — Core Power is lactose-free!

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And since Core Power just announced it will be the official protein drink of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games it’s time to celebrate with a giveaway! To win a Core Power Fit-Kit, enter below. In the comments, let me know what winter olympic events you’re most looking forward to watching.

The Fit-Kit includes a Core Power-branded exercise ball, gym towel, water bottle and gym bag.

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Satisfying cravings using the health key™ system

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For the past few months I’ve been operating under the mindset that if something sounds good, I am going to go ahead and eat it. Yikes. That, coupled with the fact that I didn’t grocery shop for almost a month over the holidays, led to going out to eat almost every day and not eating as healthy as my husband and I would’ve liked. And now that we’re both in new training cycles (he’s training for Boston and my race is TBD) we really need to buckle down and get our eating back on track. So this past weekend, the hubs and I got our grocery shopping on.
I had been craving Mexican food for the past few weeks but as much as I was craving it, the thought of greasy, cheesy food wasn’t appealing. So, using the health key™ system at my local Rainbow Foods I decided to make some healthy updates (like swapping out flour tortillas for whole wheat ones and using greek yogurt instead of sour cream) to my mom’s Layered Fiesta Casserole recipe.
The health key™ system is made up of colored square tags that make it easier for you to choose healthier food to put in your shopping cart. Here are a couple of examples of tags you might see at your local Rainbow Foods store:
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I started in the produce section where I picked up a green and orange bell pepper and some cilantro:
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And then picked some whole wheat tortillas out of Rainbow’s huge selection of tortillas:
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The only item I didn’t purchase at the grocery store was the ground beef I used. My husband and I bought another part of a grass-fed cow a few months back and I decided to use that in the dish. Other items I picked up were salsa, frozen corn, diced tomatoes, green chilies, shredded cheddar cheese and greek yogurt.
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Layered Fiesta Casserole
1 lb extra lean ground beef. (Definitely feel free to mix it up with chicken or  make it vegetarian with black beans.)
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 red  or orange bell pepper chopped
1 jar (16oz.) salsa
1 can diced tomatoes undrained
1/2 pkg frozen corn, thawed (or use fresh if it’s in season!)
12 whole wheat tortillas (6″)
1-1/2 cups of Sharp Cheddar Cheese divided
Preheat oven at 375. Brown meat with peppers in skillet. Stirring frequently, drain fat if using ground beef. Stir in salsa, green chilies, tomatoes and corn bring to a boil.
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Spoon 1c. meat on bottom of a 13×9″ pan. Top with 6 tortillas and overlapping as necessary. Sprinkle cilantro in as desired. Spoon half the remaining meat mixture over tortillas, top with 3/4 cheese. Top with remaining tortillas and meat mixture. Cover with foil.
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Bake for 25-30 min or until heated through. Remove from oven and uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 min. or until cheese is melted. Top with greek yogurt, more cilantro and lime.
How do you satisfy your cravings in a healthy way?
Have you heard of the health key™ system?


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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 12/30/13 – 1/5/14

Monday – Thursday: SICK — nothing

I started feeling what I thought were allergies come on while at my parents’ house over the weekend, but when the symptoms didn’t go away and only got worse, I knew I was coming down with something. The worst was on Monday when the fever and chills started. Luckily, they only lasted a short while and then it felt like your typical run of the mill cold.

Since I was sick, NYE was pretty low key. We had some friends over and I  had a little bit of champagne at midnight, but then found my way into bed shortly before 2 a.m. and hung out in my PJs for awhile before that. #partyanimal

Other highlights of the first half of the week included registering and getting Minnesota license plates for my new car! Bun takeout from Quang with Mandy…

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..and registering for my first race of 2014 — the Bock Run! I’m still unsure if I’ll be “racing” it — it all depends on what Coach thinks and how well it fits into my schedule. But it’s tradition, so I’ll be running it in some form.

Friday: 30 minutes indoor trainer

I was finally starting to feel better and decided that a quick sweat session on the indoor trainer would be just the right amount of exercise to get the blood flowing. So I put on an episode of SATC and pedaled my little heart out.

Saturday: 45 minute easy run (9:33 pace)

Busy Saturday = not getting my run in until 7 p.m. and then I also missed my window of opportunity for what would probably be the last outdoor run for some time. So I headed to the gym and caught the end of the Kansas City/Indianapolis game which was exciting right up until the last minute and kept me occupied. This wasn’t an easy run — it was painfully obvious that I hadn’t run for the past week but it got easier as the run went on and I didn’t push my pace too much. And it felt great to run again. It was so nice to have Coach telling me that it was OK to take it easy until I felt better but then gave me exactly what I needed to do to get back on track.

Earlier in the day, I co-hosted a baby shower for the lovely Jen:

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And the hubs and I stopped by my work’s new office space!  I also got the Christmas tree down and a few loads of laundry taken care of. The run was actually a welcome break!

Sunday: 30 minute easy run (9:26 pace)

Since the cold has officially started setting in (it was negative nine degrees when I woke up) I knew it meant another indoor run. I met Andrea at her apartment building for 30 minutes on the treadmill and then we got coffee and breakfast after! It was a lovely way to start the day.

After I showered and got ready, Mandy and I went to see American Hustle. While it was entertaining, I think I was slightly disappointed. I didn’t think the “schemes” were all that great and I felt like it was a little drawn out. But other than that, it was good and I finally liked Amy Adams in a role.

If that wasn’t enough stuff to pack into a weekend, after the movie, the hubs and I met our friends to catch up and watch the Packer game.

It sure looked cold at Lambeau Field, but it wasn’t as cold as it was in Minnesota. And it’s -22/-50 (with the wind chill) here today and schools are closed. Happy Monday!

How cold is it where you live?

How were your workouts?

See any good movies lately?