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It’s Been A Week + Recipe Arsenal

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It’s been a week since I posted. Where has the time gone?

But I did put together a new Recipe Arsenal on the site. Sure, many of these recipes are pinned, but I wanted to share them with you and introduce you to some of the places where I find recipes. These particular links are my tried and true go-to recipes.

And I really do need a list like that this week!

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I don’t have anything planned for cooking this week because we are prepping for vacation. {No, it’s not time for Australia, yet! But I have been busy planning that, too!} This list will make it easy to pick things out of my pantry when I need to throw something together this week.

And as for fitness, we are still running.

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What’s in your recipe arsenal?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

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And the 2014 Olympics come to an end…

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I just love the Olympics! I didn’t watch as much this year as I normally do. But I get excited every time it comes around. I’m sad that it has come to an end.

And please know that those twin toilet bathrooms that many found in Sochi can be found here in the states, too! Here’s a throwback photo from our visit to Michigan last summer:

Really?

O’Sullivan’s Pub – Gladwin, Michigan

In other news, yesterday was my two-year blogaversary. I don’t know what I really want to say about that. Time flies? 😉

Now it’s time for the usual…

planning

Food

Dinners:

Just an fyi – last week’s Zoodles with Meat Sauce were a hit! <<– Highly recommended. I followed this recipe, but used a julienne peeler like Jen did here. I made a meat sauce instead of meatballs.

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • I’m still loving these Quick & Easy Bowls! Last week’s bowls were heated. This week’s lunches will be leftovers of the Taco Salads I’m making for dinner. The layers will include:
    1. Base: romaine
    2. Grain/Starch: 1/2 cup rice {I might forego the rice this week if I don’t have time to make it and double the protein!}
    3. Protein: 1/2 cup beef & black bean mixture from above {I might put this in a separate bowl to re-heat and top on the salad at work before eating.}
    4. Veg: onion and grape tomatoes or drained canned tomatoes
    5. Fat: shredded cheese or Wholly Guacamole
    6. Sauce: Salsa-Ranch Dressing that Biz always recommends!
  • I have blackberries, bananas as well as nuts as snacks. And of course, my daily dose of dark chocolate.

Breakfasts:

  • I have a couple of options available and will make them depending on what I am in the mood/have time for each day:
    • Breakfast Quesadillas – I made a couple of these last week inspired by the Breakfast Quesadilla we had at Ike’s before our flight to St. Augustine. In my at-home version, I used:
      • Flour tortilla
      • Scrambled egg with diced onion
      • chopped tomato or salsa
      • Shredded cheddar
      • So easy and delicious! {I guess I’ve been in a Mexican/Tex-Mex mood lately!}
    • PB Toast
    • Granola with milk

Fitness

  • Post-back surgery PT exercises until I get strong enough to move into more yoga.
  • Recumbent bike
  • I should be good to get back on the treadmill next week!

Do you prefer the winter or summer Olympics?

What your favorite thing to make when you are in a mood for Mexican or Tex-Mex?

Cheers~
Carrie

Golf & Travel {Food & Fitness Link-Up}

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I can’t believe it’s been an entire week since we got back from our St. Augustine vacation! Why St. Augustine, Florida? First of all…

IT’S WINTER IN MINNESOTA!

With all of these double-digit-below-zero temps, it was the perfect time to get away. We had never been to St. Augustine, but our friends Steve and Terri invited us to join them. We were ready for a little sun, a little golfing and good times.

SA Golf-Guys

Our first couple of days was not sunny nor warm! But we made do. It was still 60 degrees warmer than Minnesota. We ended up with two days of golfing. Steve introduced me to a website and app called GolfNow, where you can search for courses, set up tee times and often find discounted rates!

Because of that app, we golfed on a “cold” and cloudy day in Florida at Magnolia Point for only $25. That included greens fees for 18 holes, a cart and lunch.

Yes, you read that correctly.

For $25 per person we golfed 18 holes and had lunch.

We arrived early and had a drink at a bar. Talking with a retiree, he said that the course we’d be playing is as good as any he’s golfed in Northeast Florida. What? We weren’t expecting that for $25!

The course was beautiful. It would be even more beautiful in the spring or summer! We knew we were in Florida when when the residents’ trees adorned oranges!

SA Golf-Oranges

They also had a sense of humor…

SA Golf-Gator

I’m not a good golfer by any means. Rob’s friend Lisa gave me one golf lesson at her golf course the first time I met her. {Thank you, Lisa!} And, I don’t think I’ve ever told them this, but I’m very grateful that I have friends that don’t care that I’m not a very good golfer and take my playing in stride. They also retrieve my stray balls more than I have ever retrieved theirs! It’s a wonder they ever ask me to golf again.

But you wouldn’t believe what an active sport it is! Every time Rob and I golfed in his company’s Couples Golf League and I’d carry my clubs, I’d burn 900+ calories {per my heart rate monitor}. And on this trip, when we golfed, even with a cart, my Jawbone UP registered more than 13,000 steps per day. That’s with my broken toe and my fellow golfers helping me retrieve each ball of mine during our scrambles!

But let’s get back to golfing in St. Augustine.

We were staying in the World Golf Village, so it was only natural to golf at one of the beautiful courses on site. We chose to golf King & Bear because Steve found a deal on GolfNow for $104/per person. That may sound like a lot if you’ve never golfed before… and even if you have. It’s more than I’ve ever spent, being a not-so-good golfer and all. But we were on vacation and knew expected it. Here’s why:

  • We were in golf country! We expected we’d play a spendy course or two.
  • We just played an excellent course for just $25 with lunch. The cost of the two courses together, averaged out nicely. 😉
  • King & Bear normally goes for $169/per person. $104 is a deal for such an experience.

It’s funny, because it was a cold, windy and cloudy day when we played Magnolia Point. When we played King and Bear, it was sunny and beautiful. But we seemed to enjoy Magnolia Point better.

Sure, K&B was a bit tougher.
There was more water.
I lost a lot of balls.
But it also felt a little stuffier.
Like the course was more about status.

One of our carts broke down at K&B. The guys walked about 3 holes while we waited for another cart to replace it. It took at least a good 20 minutes. Yeah. After the turn, they sort of scolded us that we were a few minutes behind. Really? Are you kidding me?

I will say that those greens at K&B were tough. We came close to making so many putts that we really should have had! But we had fun. And that’s all that matters. Status or not.

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Tips for Golfing When Traveling:

  • Use GolfNow.com – You can find some courses you may have never known about and get some great deals. This is worth it, especially if you aren’t a great golfer and it doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money to golf.
  • Pack your clubs together –  We put my clubs in Rob’s golf bag so we only had to check one set of clubs. I only use a few clubs anyway. I checked it as regular luggage. Since we only needed one suitcase for the two of us for a long weekend, I checked one bag for each of us online when I checked us in for our flight. I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to pay more or book our clubs separately for oversized baggage, but Delta didn’t say anything. So with my Delta Amex card, we checked both bags for free. At each course we golfed, we just asked if they had an extra bag (neither had one) so that they knew that we had our own clubs and were all playing. (When we were in Hawaii, we could “rent” a bag for $1.)

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And now for this week!

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Food

Dinners:

  • Pork Chops with Garlic Butter Sauce & Garlic Green Beans
  • Zoodles with Meat Sauce – I’m going to test zucchini noodles out for the first time!
  • English Muffin Pizzas
  • Leftovers

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • I’m going to try to put together a few Quick & Easy Bowls like I made for dinner on Thursday. I’m thinking Mexican this time – spinach, black beans, rice, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, cheddar, and a Salsa-Ranch Dressing that Biz always recommends!
  • I have blueberries, strawberries and pineapple, as well as nuts as snacks. And of course, my daily dose of dark chocolate.

Breakfasts:

  • I have a couple of options available and will make them depending on what I am in the mood/have time for each day:
    • PB Toast
    • Granola with milk

Fitness

  • Post-back surgery PT exercises until I get strong enough to move into more yoga.
  • Recumbent bike – With a broken toe, I need to stay off the treadmill for a few more weeks. Although I did do a lot of walking on the golf course. The toe isn’t well enough to fit into a real shoe yet. {I’m still wearing the boot.} But it is feeling better every day!

If you golf, what are your tips while traveling?

What are your tips to making sure you get exercise or activity while traveling?

Cheers~
Carrie

I Made It! {And I need cooking advice.}

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Well, I made it through NaBloPoMo posting everyday for the entire month of November. It was a challenge, but I found that it wasn’t as difficult as I had thought. I have so many ideas popping around in my head and I was able to finally put some down in print.

I finally put up a bunch of Restaurant Impressions {which is my husband’s favorite part of the blog}, some of which we’d experienced quite awhile ago. Other times, I posted these impressions within a few days of dining there. {And I’ve found that is always the best when everything is fresh in my mind and I can still taste the food.}

But now I’m going back to posting about three to five times a week. If you are still following, you may have been getting sick of daily posts anyway, right? 😉

This week…

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Food

I have three days available to cook and then we’ll use the leftovers. Here is what I intend to make:

  • Mediterranean Risotto courtesy of my November Foodie Penpal {Thanks, Brandi!} along with flank steak. Anybody got a good recipe to make it flavorful and tender? I’ve never cooked flank steak before because it’s not Rob’s favorite cut. But it was on sale and is grass fed beef! I have about 3/4 pound. I would love it to be well-seasoned and tender. We usually eat filet mignon or sirloin and like medium rare. Suggestions welcome!
  • Pasta with this arrabbiata pesto. I found this jar in the store and bought it on a whim because we love spicy sauces! Any suggestions for a protein with this one? I think some sliced chicken breast would work well. But since Rob is allergic, do you think sliced pork chops will be okay?
  • Something easy with ground beef. What’s your favorite, easy go-to?

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Fitness

Despite my attempts to plan fitness every Monday, it just hasn’t been happening. To get back in the groove, I’m in search of a core strengthening program for those who’ve had back surgery. I’m finding that even “easy” yoga and “basic” pilates are still difficult for me. And I want to have that core strong before I attempt to begin running again.

Until then, I need to do what’s best for the back and keep walking

Please, give me your best tips and recipe suggestions for the above!

Cheers~
Carrie

LOST 8.15K {Food & Fitness Link-Up}

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One of my favorite college professors once told our class that you can never do something again. You can do something similar; but you can never do it again. I believe, at the time, he was speaking of travel. But it can apply to pretty much any experience in life.

When Rob told me that he wanted to walk around the St. Anthony Main area of NE Minneapolis again, I was looking for it to it. Our walks exploring the city are my favorite dates with my husband. And since Joe created four more stations to the Get LOST in Running Virtual Race Series, my plan was to do the Looking Glass Station 8.15k.

But first, let’s see how I did with last week’s Food & Fitness Planning:

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Last Week’s Food:

  • Dinners
    • Monday – Spicy Thai Basil Beef
      • I used Coconut Aminos in place of the fish sauce and onions in place of the bell peppers. It could have used a bit more spice. That’s a note to self for next time.
      • It was good, but not overly-the-top awesome. Maybe if I would have SEASONED IT ALREADY! 😉
      • Then I read Kat’s tip to always double the sauce, when she made a different Thai Beef with Basil Recipe. I may have to take that advice.
    • Tuesday – Pork Chops this way – most likely with green beans on the side.
      • We skipped this and ate leftover still hanging out from last week instead.
    •  Wednesday – Meatballs with Tomato Sauce –  Just like we made in class the week before! A Keeper!
    • Thursday – TBDTurkey and Black Bean Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa <-–An awesome, must-try! 
      • I made it when I had the girls over for dinner.
      • I’m going to make a Rob-friendly version this week!
    • Friday – Dinner night out with the girls – Restaurant Impression coming this week!
    • Saturday – Leftovers for Lunch, out for dinner – LOST 8.15k (see below!)
    • Sunday – Leftovers
  • Breakfasts
    • Egg Rolls – <– You must make these!
      • They aren’t what you think. It’s an egg rolled up in a tortilla.
      • I used some leftover enchilada sauce instead of the sriracha.
      • These are perfect when you have leftover tortillas to use up!
    • Magic Smoothies
    • PB on toast
  • Lunches
    • Leftovers + 1 piece Dove Dark Chocolate + applesauce or Chobani yogurt

It was certainly a most successful cooking week!

Last Week’s Fitness:

  • Monday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 26 minutes
  • Tuesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 35 minutes
  • Wednesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 45 minutes
  • Thursday – Elliptical in am or REST
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Walk – LOST 8.15k walk
  • Sunday – PilatesRaked the yard – 1.5 hours 
  • 30-day Arm ChallengeOkay, I keep forgetting about this. I need to post it somewhere where I don’t forget after I’m done doing cardio. I’ve only done 3 days so far. I want to start over so I can do these always according to the plan.

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After we had so much fun getting LOST in NE Minneapolis earlier this summer, Rob wanted to go again. It wasn’t the same, but it was absolutely wonderful to be walking around in the cool, fresh, fall air! We finished the LOST Looking Glass Station 8.15k, but without a care for time. As I brought running back into my fitness routine, my back started to hurt again. I decided to back off. I’ll be sticking to walking for a while.

103Instead, we took the opportunity to stop and smell the roses enjoy the views and take photos. It was a brisk, but gorgeous day. I was in an incredibly good mood! I skipped ahead, climbed up on benches and tree stumps and took photos of the beautiful fall colors.

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We crossed the Stone Arch Bridge and happened upon the Mill City Farmers Market just as they were closing up.

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We walked St. Anthony Main and then followed the lower trail just like we did the last time, climbing, hiking and avoiding obstacles. However, unlike last time, Rob didn’t find any Liberty Nickles…

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We really do enjoy living so close to Minneapolis… and feeling like you can still enjoy nature on such an Urban Walk.

077But there was something strange I found as we rounded a block to make our way to the Bulldog NE for lunch:

101Would you discard your broken heels in the middle of the sidewalk?

The Bulldog NE was packed for the U of Minnesota Gopher football game, but we managed to find a seat at the bar. We split a lunch of some sliders and truffle tots. And I tried a new-to-me beer – a DOUBLE Black Ale, made by a local brewing company, Indeed. We just had to look it up online at Beer Advocate to learn more about it!

It was another great walking date day with my husband. It was truly a similar event to last time, but it definitely wasn’t the same. But I still loved every moment of it.

Now for this week…

Food:

  • Dinners
    • Monday – Mexican Cabbage BowlIt’s what I made last week for the girls, just with beef to make it Rob-friendly. I’ll skip the avocado salsa, too.
    • Tuesday – Pork Chops this way – with either green beans or this Cabbage with Braised Onions dish on the side
    •  Wednesday –  Cinnamon Beef Stew from Well Fed
    • Thursday – Leftovers
    • Friday – Poker Night
    • Saturday – Leftovers for lunch, dinner out
    • Sunday – Leftovers for lunch, dinner out
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
    • Leftovers or soup + 1 piece Dove Dark Chocolate + applesauce or Chobani yogurt

Fitness:

  • Monday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Tuesday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Wednesday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Thursday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Go for another Walk? (Weather permitting.)
  • Sunday – Walk on Treadmill
  • 30-day Arm Challenge – I really want to do this. I just keep forgetting. I need to put the schedule by the treadmill instead of on my bedroom mirror.

I never thought going on a walk with my husband would be my favorite sort of date, but I’m so glad that this year, I discovered that it is.

What is your idea of an ideal date?

Cheers~
Carrie

Crunchy Onions & Raw Tomatoes {Food & Fitness Link-up}

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This past week was a real wake-up call for me.

After a vacay of indulging in food, wine, beer and more food/wine/beer, it was time to reset things and start practicing good habits again. {Rob’s mom asked him if ALL we did was eat and drink on that trip and I thought, “Yeah, pretty much!}

I know Biz, is going to scrunch up her nose at this one, but one of the things I learned this week is how much I love diced, crunchy, raw onions on top of things! Seriously. I got the idea when I followed suit in the picture of this Chocolate Chili recipe. I learned in our cooking class last week that soaking and rinsing your onions can take out the bite of that strong onion flavor that can stick with you all day, too.

I also had so many tomatoes leftover from the Farmers Market that I’ve just been chopping them up and putting them on top of anything!

So let’s see how I did following the plan this week:

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Last Week’s Food:

  • Dinners
    • Monday – Cheesy Beefy Skillet Melt
    • Tuesday – Lazy Girl’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole (with pork) <<–You must make this! It would be even easier if you have leftover sauteed or shredded pork or chicken. It makes great leftovers, too!
    •  Wednesday –  Spicy Thai Basil Beef Instead, I chose to make this Chocolate Chili I mentioned above. It’s a keeper, especially for Rob, who’s allergic to beans! We like spicy, so the only change I made was to add some extra cayenne and hot chili flakes.
    • Thursday – Cooking Class! We made beef carpaccio, ricotta and sweet potato stuffed ravioli, meatballs and tomato sauce and cannoli. It was the perfect amount that I didn’t feel stuffed.
    • Friday – Poker Night – We had Happy Hour at the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe. I had the half-priced Chicken Kabob Munchies, a Surly Furious IPA and some Turkish Coffee!
    • Saturday – Engagement Party
    • Sunday – A cup of Chicken Wild Rice Soup and a Strawberry Balsamic Steak Salad at McHugh’s.
  • Breakfasts
    • Peanut Butter Toast
    • Protein Granola with Milk
  • Lunches
    • Buffalo Chicken Salad with crackers + pear or applesauce + Laughing Cow-stuffed mini peppers + Chobani yogurt – Next time I’m going to stuff the mini peppers WITH the Buffalo Chicken Salad!
    • Caprese Salad + pear or applesauce + Laughing Cow-stuffed mini peppers + Chobani yogurt
    • Leftovers

Last Week’s Fitness:

  • Monday – Walk on Treadmill – 30 minutes!
  • Tuesday – Pilates – Walk/Run on Treadmill – Tried the Jillian EASY level program. I couldn’t complete it at her inclines and speeds. But I did 30 min, nonetheless. Something to strive toward!
  • Wednesday – Walk/Run on TreadmillEasy Pilates – Yeah, not so much. It’s amazing how much I can’t do still, with my back. I think I’m going to go back to doing my PT exercises.
  • Thursday – Elliptical in am – 20 minutes!
  • Friday – Elliptical in am REST
  • Saturday – Walk REST
  • Sunday – Pilates Walk/Run on Treadmill – 26 minutes
  • 30-day Arm ChallengeDidn’t start until Wed and only did two days. It’s easy and quick, so there is no excuse not to do this.

Now for this week…

Food:

  • Dinners
    • Monday – Spicy Thai Basil BeefRob’s been begging me to make this, although I’m not sure why. He doesn’t care for bell peppers. {I’m going to substitute onions.} He’s allergic to fish, so I”ll need to substitute *something* for the fish sauce. {Although I’m quite certain all of the Thai take-out he’s had is probably made with fish sauce and he is still alive.} And he just told me last week that he’d prefer I’d made green beans on the side rather than in a dish. WHAT?! I’m going to half the recipe, just in case it isn’t a keeper.
    • Tuesday – Pork Chops this way – most likely with green beans on the side.
    •  Wednesday –  Meatballs with Tomato Sauce –  just like we made in class last week!
    • Thursday – TBD – I’m having the girls over for dinner. It will be some sort of chicken or fish! Got any favorite recipes? I don’t get to cook those two proteins very often!
    • Friday – Dinner night out with the girls
    • Saturday – Leftovers for lunch, dinner out
    • Sunday – Leftovers
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
    • Leftovers + 1 piece Dove Dark Chocolate + applesauce or Chobani yogurt

Fitness:

  • Monday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Tuesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill 
  • Wednesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill
  • Thursday – Elliptical in am or REST
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Walk
  • Sunday – Pilates
  • 30-day Arm ChallengeLet’s give it a real go this week

What is your favorite quick and easy chicken recipe when you have company?

Cheers~
Carrie

Couch to 5k – Week 7 {And Food & Fitness Link-up}

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Whew! Was it a hot one last week! I can’t believe that I’m done with the intervals and am now “running” non-stop. That’s in quotes because I’m still very slow. Most people could walk faster than I run. Heck, I could probably walk faster than I run. 😉 I can’t believe that in just two weeks, I’ll be attempting to run my first 5k post-surgery. And it’s actually a Charity Run/Walk for the Carver Scott County Humane Society where we found Shamrock. I’d love it if you’d join me, bring your pooch(es) or consider donating. I’m sure I have a few friends out there who could spare $10 for such a good cause. Click here for our story and donation page.

And speaking of Animal Rescues, I saw this ad in a magazine this weekend and it got me laughing:Rescue

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Couch to 5k – Week 7

Day 1 – Tuesday

  • 5 min warm-up
  • Run 20 minutes
  • Walk 3 minutes
  • Run 5 min
  • 5 min cool down

I had a busy week, so finding the days to run that weren’t consecutive was a little difficult. I ended up running late (for me) on Tuesday night. I normally have to run right after work so that I don’t end up sitting down and staying there. But after dinner and a friend and her daughter left, I put on my shoes and off I went. I did wonder how early it was starting to get dark, so I used the flashing button I got at one of my races last year, just in case. And I’m glad I did because it did start to get dark quickly. And surprisingly, it was still hot and humid that late.

But it felt so good that I did it and didn’t skip it!neverregret

Day 2 – Thursday

  • 5 min warm-up
  • Run 26 min
  • 5 min cool down

If you look at this one, they added six minutes to the longest run of the program so far. That is challenging, mentally! On this run, I was really wishing to hear that “YOU ARE HALFWAY THERE!” prompt much sooner than it came. Once it did, I started counting to pass the time. When I thought I should have about 5 minutes of running left, the time/distance prompt told me that my total duration (including warm-up) was 28 minutes. This meant that I only had 3 minutes of running left! Although I was hot and highly dehydrated (I didn’t drink enough water during the day), the knowledge of only three remaining minutes changed my attitude and energy completely. In my mind, it’s almost like I shaved off two minutes! I’m telling you, running is 80% mental.

Day 3 – Saturday 

  • 5 min warm-up
  • Run 27 min
  • 5 min cool down

We were up at a friend’s cabin for Labor Day weekend. I’ve walked down the winding roads through these woods before. However, I know there are bears in the area. There are also lots of mosquitoes. {They LOVE ME!} People tend to drive a little too fast on those winding roads with all of those blind spots around the curves. I wasn’t sure if i wanted to do it. If I did, I wouldn’t be listening to any music because I’d want to hear the occasional vehicle coming up behind me. Besides, I love running when I can just hear the sounds of nature. I also knew my reward would be jumping into the lake!

So I did it. And our friend Lisa walked/ran beside me with Ronnie, their Golden Retriever, part of the way. We went pretty early in the morning, so we only passed a few cars. The weather was much more beautiful than the heat we had earlier in the week in the Twin Cities. It was peaceful. However, I was much slower than usual (at least according to my GPS/App). I’m thinking that my pace might be a little faster to music.

Afterward, I jumped into this beautiful body of water:

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Lac Courte Oreilles near Hayward, Wisconsin

And so did Sham. Here’s a fun picture of our little sea dog resting on the dock after his dip in the lake:

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You can read about my first weeks in this Couch to 5k experience here:

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This week marks the eighth and official last week of this Couch to 5k program. However, It does offer two more weeks for those who want it, but they are just 30-minute, 45-minute and 60-minute running prompts as well as a distance prompt.

So I’ll finish by doing Week 8 this week. Then I’ll follow 30-minute prompts the following week. And do you know what my sub-45-minute run will be? It’ll be the Walk/Run Fur Love for Shamrock and the Carver Scott County Humane Society on Saturday, September 14th. At least, I’m hoping for it to be a sub-45. Here are my times from my previous 5ks from last year:

  1. 38:54
  2. 38:20
  3. 38:40
  4. 36:08
  5. 38:27
  6. 37:44
  7. 35:35
  8. 38:13
  9. 37:35

If I don’t come in under 45, or even 40 minutes, then I know I still have some work to do to get back to where I was before surgery. Even though this race is just a bit over a 5k – 3.21 miles.

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And now, for something new…

planningWhen Racheal at Running with Racheal mentioned that she and Deneene at Southern Living Yankee were doing a Link-up to plan and hold themselves accountable for planning their food and fitness for the week, I thought, “I’m in!” When I read Racheal’s blog, I’m always inspired with dinner ideas. So here’s what’s on tap at our house this coming week:

Food:

Monday – Just got back in town. I think we will be dining out at The Roasted Pear, a local, easy joint. I adore their Roasted Pear Spinach salad! I still need to do a Restaurant Impression on this place!

Tuesday – I’m going to try out a variation on this Creamy Chicken and Herb Skillet by using pork along with a side of garlic green beans.

Wednesday – Black Bean Burger with a Side Salad.

Thursday – San Marzano Tomato Pasta

Friday – Poker night. We’ll be out.

Saturday – Off to a wedding!

Sunday – This one is TBD. I really need to get more veggies in the house! I’m writing this before I’ve done my weekly grocery shopping. We’ll probably do either lunch or dinner out and may have leftover San Marzano pasta for the other meal. That’s my plan if I don’t come up with another option.

Breakfasts – Peanut Butter Toast or Granola with Greek Yogurt

Lunches – Snack Lunches or Leftovers

Fitness:

Monday Day 1 of C25k, Week 8 – 28 minute run

Tuesday – Walk dogs around the block, pilates/yoga

Wednesday – Day 2 of C25k, Week 8 – 29 minute run

Thursday Walk dogs around the block, pilates/yoga

Friday – REST

Saturday – Day 2 of C25k, Week 8 – 30 minute run

Sunday – Try out the elliptical (I have not done this since back surgery, but should be fine because it’s lower impact than running!)

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This week, I rewarded myself with a dip in the lake after a run.

How do you reward yourself after a workout?

Cheers~
Carrie