March Madness week one, killer speedwork, and new shoes!

Good morning and happy Friday!

Hey Friday, I’m so happy to see you…

This week kicked off March Madness at Fit2Run. We partnered up, picked awesome team names, and are now ready to log some miles.

Patrick and I collectively make up Team 29.6 (a play on our shared June 29 birthday). All miles logged for the March Madness competition have to be run from the store, so with me out of town the first half of the week, Patrick had to carry us. And he did a great job of it!

I’m excited to see how the next few weeks play out!

Last night we had a small group out for speedwork. Honestly some St Patty’s Day inspired cocktails sounded much better than running, but I do what I have to. 😉

This was a killer speedwork, and by “killer”, I mean killer! Oh boy did this kick my butt! I don’t know what it was- still being a bit jet lagged, allergies, the new pre-run fuel I’m trying (more on that later), or new shoes- but this just was not my night.

I even struggled through some of the drills. Get it together, Amanda!

My splits ended up much better than I was expecting to, and for the descending ladder workout we did, I “negative” split each of the distance groups.

 

This was my first run in my new running shoes. Yes, I got new shoes. I’m not terribly thrilled that I needed new shoes, but the Glycerin 13 I bought back in January are not working out.

It’s actually kind of upsetting. I love the Glycerin line! I’ve had two pairs of Glycerin 12 and had zero complaints, but the 13 model is just not right for my feet. I keep breaking out with blisters. New ones, in spots I’ve never had blisters before.

I decided to go back to the Ghost line. I wore Ghosts training for and finishing my first marathon, so I’m optimistic.

After training, I was starving m. I quickly made my way home to whip up a delicious salad topped with a grilled salmon fillet. Yum!

And then, I got in some much-needed foam rolling while watching The Office. 

Question of the day 

What’s your current fave running shoe?

 

 

Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

I had a GREAT weekend, and to top it all off…the Broncos WON!!!

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But, before we get ahead of ourselves, there’s a ReCUP to get to…

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Friday

I wore red in honor of Heart Disease Awareness.

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After work I got in a nice, easy 5 miles. And then, the Boy and I ran a couple errands and grabbed a bite to eat at CPK. I went with the roasted veggie salad, and boy was it yummy!

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I got to bed as early as I could because, well…

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Saturday

I “accidentally” volunteered to be at the office at 8:30, which meant my long run was going to have to be squeezed in pretty early.

I had 14 miles on the schedule, so running at 4AM seemed like the only option (I couldn’t push to Sunday).

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A HUGE shoutout to the bestest little running buddy, Mandy, for volunteering to run with me at 4. It would have been a struggle without you there with me.

We had a ton of fun getting in our 14 miles. There was no one else out on Bayshore, and we just chatted and laughed the entire time.

The plus side of getting in a run at a crazy time, is that you are rewarded with some beautiful sunrise scenery.

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After we finished, I quickly made my way over to the office to get that whole thing taken care of. 😉

I had a nice, relaxing afternoon before I had to get ready for daddy/daughter date night.

For my dad’s birthday last month, I got him Monster Jam tickets. We used to go all the time when I was growing up, but hadn’t been in over a decade.

Dad wanted to grab a quick bite to eat on the way, and McDonald’s was really the only convenient option. I wasn’t crazy about that, but figured I could suck it up this once.

I have to give McDonald’s props. They messed up our order; we waited (inside) for close to 15 minutes. It wasn’t busy at all, and come to find out our food was accidentally given to another customer. We didn’t say anything at all, but a couple of the workers just noticed we had been waiting awhile. They were very apologetic, and even refunded my 9 bucks. I wasn’t expecting that. Honestly, the apology (and maybe even a free apple pie) would have been enough. 😉 I know McDonald’s has really been trying to up its’ game, and I think it showed this time.

It was kind of a yucky night. Rainy and pretty cool (for Florida), but I kept joking that, ain’t no rain going to keep us rednecks from our monster trucks. Hehe!

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We had so much fun on our daddy/daughter date night! It made me realize just how much I have missed seeing them live. Maybe we’ll have to make this a yearly tradition…

Sunday

I got to sleep in, and it was sooo nice!

Aunt Kristy is in town (Orlando) for the week for a work thing. The Boy and I picked up mom, and we made the drive over to meet up with her for lunch. It was just a quick visit, but it was so nice to see her.

We ate at one of the hotel restaurants where she is staying, and it definitely hit the spot.

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Only another 10 weeks until we get to see her again (oh, and Uncle Barry too…)!

On the way home, we stopped at Old Navy to see if they had any good sales going on. They didn’t!

It was almost game time, so we headed over to mom and dad’s for a little Super Bowl soiree. Pizza, chicken wings, and really yucky beer. Yum!

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I have been trying to find a grapefruit beer similar to the grapefruit ale I had last year. I recently saw an ad for a Sam Adams grapefruit IPA and figured how bad could it be. Note to self: it’s bad!

 

You know what’s not bad though?! Super Bowl 50 CHAMPS…Denver Broncos! Woot! Woot!

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?

 

 

Crazy in 2016? AND last day to enter GIVEAWAY!

Good morning and happy Friday!

If you haven’t yet entered the SIGNED Bill Rodgers book (Marathon Man) giveaway. You can do so here, but hurry, all entries must be in by tonight.

With all the craziness going on at work, and getting to both my vacation and weekend reCUPs late, I feel like there is so much to catch up on.

Well, I’m definitely on my way to 2,016 in 2016, and I can’t help but question… Am I crazy?!

Probably! But, it’s fun and I like a good challenge.

Even with the holiday and being off from work, my Monday was crazy busy.

We had errands to run, groceries to get, and meals to be prepped. There was no way I was skipping my run though.

I was desperate, so I ran in our neighborhood. I don’t talk about it a lot on here, but I really really really dislike running in our neighborhood. It’s short (read: boring), not the safest (read: minimal foot traffic), and snakes (one and done, my friend). But, I did it. 4.22 miles pretty much done on a 0.50 mile course.

I made sure to track my run using the Charity Miles app. It’s nice knowing my love of running is helping those in need.

After I got cleaned up, it was meal-prep time. Surprisingly not as bad as I was expecting it to be… since I tend to get uber stressed in the kitchen.

There was a very tasty berry-medley quinoa bowl for breakfast,

And, a winter greens salad for lunch. Yum!

I’m crazy proud of our Tempo Tuesday run. The weather was awesome (quite cold for FL), and it made for a very speedy pace.

You could pretty much say BEASTMODE power was activated!

Our Wednesday Fun Run also turned out to be at a faster pace than expected. Not what we set out for seeing as how our training schedule called for easy miles, but it just felt good. Mandy and I ended up doing just over 5 miles at an 11:51 pace (we originally aimed for 12:30).

By time we finished, an acai bowl was all I could think about. Why must these things be so addicting?!

Our Thursday night speedwork session this week called for 400m repeats x8. We had a 2:00 recovery between each. We definitely could have pushed a teeny bit harder with the first few, but I am totally proud of our splits. I kept making up little goals, and Mandy and I just kept crushing them!

Afterwards, I headed home to make the Boy and I Greek Power Bowls for dinner. I’m starting to incorporate healthier lifestyle options and more meat-free meals into my diet, and this recipe had me using tempeh for the first time.

It’s certainly not the most attractive food, but does have a nice nutty almost chicken-like flavor.

And, for dessert, I enjoyed the sweet torture of foam rolling. With my 2,016 in 2016 goal, post-run recovery could not be more important.

Question of the day

What running goals do you have this year?