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Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and ate lots of yummy food. We had a weekend mixed with adventure and relaxation, which are my favorite weekends.
Backing up to Thursday first. By this point, you guys probably know I love a good burger, and my body craves one about 1-2 times per week. During marathon training, I was pretty religious about eating red meat 2 times a week, and I know it helped my energy levels. Now, even when I’m not training, I still like the nutritional benefits of red meat a few times a week. So, I picked up a BBQ cheeseburger to go from Crafty Burger, and brought it to the dog bar, so Tater could run around while I ate. It was perfect. Perfectly messy, also. The fries were so so, but the chickpea salad was out of this world good.
Friday night was the perfect night for mac ‘n cheese. I used Eat Banza (chickpea pasta), and mixed in some broccoli and spinach for Ed and I while we continued watching Bloodline. Eeek, it’s getting SO interesting.
On Saturday morning, I continued my lovely routine of running to the Farmer’s Market. I love getting my run done before it heats up. After the run, I stretched, grabbed coffee and toured the Market. I’m collaborating with a local media outlet here about how to spend 24 hours in Davidson (my quaint city north of Charlotte), and it’s so fun because basically I’m sharing all of my favorite local spots.
After the Farmer’s Market, I came home and showered and headed into Charlotte to meet my friend Sara for brunch at Kid Cashew. I wanted a few different things on the menu, but I settled on the strawberry cheesecake french toast. No regrets.
On Sunday, we started the morning with pancakes. I used Kodiak Cakes mix as the base, and added bananas, blueberries, peaches, hemp seeds, sunbutter and maple syrup (affiliate links). They were so yummy.
Then, we took Tater hiking at Crowder Mountain State Park. We were a little ambitious thinking she could make the 6 mile round trip – we made it about 3. There were alot of rocks to climb and she did great, but on the way back down, she would just stop and lay down on the trail. I think she had fun though!
We then picked up some friends from the airport and headed to Primal Brewery for a drink on the patio. It was perfect weather to do so. We didn’t feel like cooking dinner so we grabbed some food from the food truck and called it a night.
So, until Boston Marathon training ramps up in Novemberish, I’m kinda taking it easy on the running front. I’ve been running 3-4 times a week, but they are much shorter runs. I’ve started taking Tater, which automatically shortens the runs because she is HARD to run with. She pulls in opposite directions, loves to stop when she chooses to smell, and will then start sprinting and I can’t keep up. Anyone have tips for running with a puppy? Also, really loving running on the trails because there’s more shade coverage!
I’m probably getting 20-25 miles a week right now, which I feel like is the perfect amount for my sanity but not overdoing it.
If this gives you any indicator of how much energy she has at the dog park…
I’ve thrown some more yoga classes into the mix, mainly because I have a hot yoga membership I’m trying to maximize benefits from. I tried a newish studio and went to a yoga class last week and I was the only one there. So, it turned out to be a private one-on-one session for me. At first I felt a little awkward because all the attention was on me, but I actually really enjoyed it. A little more non traditional than I’m used to.
I’m also doing a lot more strength work, and cross training (mostly the stepper and lots of walking). I’ve also taken a few strength classes at the Y. I’m really loving the variety of workouts right now and it’s keeping me fresh until we fall into my favorite running season: fall.
I’d love to hear what your workouts look like these days!
Do you feel better just doing one type of exercise, or do you like incorporating a bunch into your routine?
Ever done a private yoga class before?