Posts Tagged ‘Intervals’
So this morning I woke up to my phone ringing too early There was my very excited mom on the other end that said
- Mom-”did you go for your run this morning?”
- Me “no, I am still sleeping”
- Mom- “well you better get going”
I let my iPhone drive my workout today and did it with the RunKeeper app that keeps me on track of my running. It was a 2.25 mile workout with slow, steady, and fast running.. oh and the five minute warm up too! The air was COLD and by the time I got back my lungs were in desperate need of my dorky inhaler but it really made me feel great and I enjoyed the run.
It’s funny because now looking back on this mornings run I don’t remember what I was thinking about! I think it was one of those runs that could really clear my head and that didn’t make me think of anything! Just what I needed after a long week of work and a weekend I was looking forward to!
Thank goodness I have my mom to keep me on track and to encourage me (even when i don’t want to be encourged) but she was right. Afterall, I am
Engaged and Running
So I used to be a little embarrassed when people asked where I went to college and when I answered Miami they said LIKE FLORIDA? And I had to say umm no actually Miami of Ohio.
Yea I’m not embarrassed anymore. Miami, FL is gross haha. Sorry for those of you that live there but I was NOT impressed. So I went to Miami for work and was there at the beginning of last week. I just thought it was generally a little dirty and not impressive. I guess I have been spoiled since my trips to Florida have consisted of Disney World (where I got engaged so I loved it there) and West Palm, which is by no means dirty or unimpressive. So yea sorry Miami but I was NOT your biggest fan. Not to mention the song “I’m in Miami Bitch” never even came on the radio while I was in the rental… what kind of city is this?!
So I did manage to get a decent workout in while I was in Florida. I did 30 minutes of cardio but I find running on the treadmill just BORING so I did a 15 min run at 10 min mile pace and then did an interval for 15 minutes of sprinting for 2 minutes and taking a break for 1 min. I finished off the cardio workout with some burpees, push-ups, and dips. Every time I work out when I am traveling for work I just think about those people that travel all of the time and I can’t understand how they function! While the Sheraton airport hotel was pretty cozy and the workout room was more impressive than I imaged it being it was hot and gross in there. Miami heat for sure. But regardless it felt good to get a workout in before the workday started!
So part of our trip was to really start to integrate with a recent acquisition, which meant Cuban food…. I realized I am not a fan! The first night we went to this place that served us these decent deep fried ball thing that had potato and bacon inside. We also had these things that I thought were dried up banana peels but turned out they were dried up bananas haha imagine that? Little flavor but served with all sorts of sauces. For dinner I decided on pork chunks… yes the English version of the menu called it out… CHUNKS but I thought they what the heck I’d do it anyway. They were OK- I thought they were a little dry but it served its purpose of some protein and something to fill my belly! I also topped it off with Sangria, which was a little too sweet for me. After dinner we headed back to the hotel and like a good student I did HW until bedtime!
The next day I got more of a taste of the Cuban heritage. I somehow missed breakfast because of that workout but for lunch I got a turkey sandwich and skipped out on the bread. Yep you read that right I opted for a turkey sandwich at the Cuban restaurant at lunch. I’ll tell you what- I realized I don’t like to branch out much when it comes to food!
However what I did try and LOVE was this delicious mix of espresso and milk (and a good amount of sugar I would imagine by the way it taste) that was “made by love” as the barista mentioned. So that was the highlight of my Cuban adventure!
For lunch we all decided (well most of us but mainly me) on normal food and went out for a tasty seafood dinner. I had this amazing tuna appetizer that hot the hottest jalapeno peppers on it I have ever tasted. Mahi Mahi was on the menu for the main course and a DELICIOUS key lime pie was for dessert! All of that combined with a glass of wine made for a very good night! We drove a million miles to get there but the restaurant (which I, of course, forget the name of) was right on the water and had a beautiful setting. So that was the highlight of my trip in terms of the food but from a work perspective it was a great trip
From a falling in love with the city aspect- yea not so much! I think I am more of a Charlotte, NC kind of girl!
No rain on Tuesday morning so we laced up the tennis shoes and headed out to hit the pavement. It was a very chilly morning so I had to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt but Tim didn’t care and headed out in his t-shirt and shorts. Again, another reminder that the weather in Ohio gets very cold very quickly. Before we headed out I visited my old friend Peanut Butter Puffins and Almond Breeze Almond Milk. I don’t know why but it felt like I hadn’t had these in forever so it was like going to see an old friend from college when I poured them in my bowl! Tim stuck to the usual peanut butter on an English muffin.
We decided that since my Susan G. Komen 5K is in just a few weeks I really need to set a plan for myself to make it through the next few weeks so this week we decided on doing at least 2 miles every morning. Next week step it up to 2.5 then 2.75 and then 3. That should take me perfectly into the 5K. This morning we ended up running a little over 2 so that was pretty awesome except that the hill toward the end was almost the death of me. We made it through though and I was at least happy that Tim was struggling just as much as I was! It is always better to struggle together rather than separately right? I mean, of course, I would rather no one suffer through it but hey everyone likes good company.
So anyway, after a great run we came in and I rushed to get ready for work so I wasn’t late for my first day of training. Training this week is rough because we do so much sitting. They do a great job at letting us get up and move around for group projects but we are still sitting uncomfortably in chairs pretty much all day. They feed us lunch so I ended up eating some chicken fingers, I did sneak in a few breaded ones but stuck mostly to the grilled ones, with some mixed veggies, salad, and fruit. I don’t usually like these catered lunches but this one was OK. Not great… but OK.
I was home a little later than usual because on top of the week long training class they also hosted a reception at this restaurant called the Galaxy in Wadsworth. It is a pretty good restaurant- I have been there a few times with my parents and our proms were hosted there. The good is good and they have quite a variety of different rooms you can eat at. There is a bar, a more formal dining area, and a few others big rooms to host functions. Worth checking out if you are ever in the area and well, kind of the only place in Wadsworth to check out!
When I got home Tim had dinner ready already! TACO MINI MEATLOAFS! My sister introduced Tim and I to mini meatloaves- kind of the typical meatloaf but in mini sizes and Tim mentioned it to a girl at work and she suggested we make them with taco seasoning and TADA… it was so good I wish I could eat it every night. So I just had it one night (well and left overs) with some taco rice on the side and some corn on the cob that Amanda brought us (BEST CORN EVER)! Tim sure can make one of the best dinners! Not to mention it was so nice coming home to a nice meal waiting for me after a very long day. So if you do want to make these yourselves just start with a regular meatloaf recipe, add in taco seasoning, and cook them in a muffin pan! You will not be sorry- I promise!
Ok but on to the BEST part of the evening. So we moved in over15 months ago and we have HATED our pantry area since the day we loved in. I mean it wasn’t even really a pantry it was just a big open space under the stairs and in the kitchen that was the best place to put a pantry. So this area has been this ridiculously messy and disorganized and it sort of makes me twitch every time I open the door. We tried this ugly cheap freestanding plastic shelf and didn’t like it so we bought this nice freestanding steel thing and it has been working pretty well but was still too small. So when we went next door and saw that Mark and Casey put in a Rubbermaid Pantry kit and screwed the wire shelves into the wall and just created this beautiful masterpiece. I immediately told Tim “WE NEED TO DO THAT” and sure enough I came home from my day and Tim had the wires all out and was already working hard. NOW it looks beautiful. I can’t wait for my parents to come over and see Tim’s handy work- my dad also twitched every time he opened that door. So there you have it… over a year later and we are finally making improvements haha. YAY US. So yea you have no idea how excited I get to open that pantry door… I just do it for fun now because it makes me so happy. Who knew that organization could turn a girl on?
Tell me! What do you HAVE to have organized or you will go CRAZY?!