What I learned this week? Before we get in to that, I am hosting a giveaway through my Instagram account that ends on Tuesday so jump on there to enter…ya know, if you like free stuff n’at. The giveaway was inspired by my blog post last week about using discipline to achieve your goals. I am giving away a planner and a copy of the book, “The Slight Edge.”
Ok, back to the game plan. This week I learned that discipline and consistency really do pay off! We had a rare break in the weather and I saw some awesome paces during my Wednesday night run. My strength training is really starting to pay off. I’m not great at tracking my sets/reps/weights etcetera but I have noticed that I can increase the amount of weight on a consistent basis from week to week.
It is great timing for all of this to be falling in place. This coming week I will start training week 1 for my goal 5k this fall. I’ll keep my training up for a few weeks after that 5k coasting in to my goal half marathon.
Plan: Rest » Actual: Rest
Originally, I had planned on going to check out the new cycle bar facility for a private tour and class. Instead, I rescheduled that to go with a friend on Saturday morning. More to come!
Since hub’s mom was still in town, the three of us went out for dinner. If you haven’t been to spork in the Friendship area of Pittsburgh, you do not know what you are missing! Everything on their small plates menu is made from scratch in house. Their menu is always changing and their drinks are delicious! We split a bottle of wine and started to order our way through the menu. The best part of a small plates dinning experience is that you can try so many different things! We ordered food in 4 different “rounds.”
For the first round we got the white bean jar with savory biscotti, eggplant crockettes, and roasted mushrooms. In the second round, we ordered the scallops with butternut squash ravioli and the swordfish seviche with tostones. The last savory dish that we ordered was the bucatinne. Finally, for dessert we got the cake and the lemon/matcha tartlet. 2 hours later with full bellies and happy hearts we were ready to leave.
Plan: Speed work » Actual: 35 minutes on the elliptical + leg strength
I stopped at the gym on the way home to ensure that I got my workout in. I did a quick leg routine so that I could head home and meet up with hubs and his parents for their last dinner in the ‘burgh for this trip. We went to Atria’s. And you can’t go to atria’s without getting the crab bisque. So good!
Plan: Cross Training » Actual: 3 mile cut down run
When hubs came home from work, we went out to the park to get a quick run in. I felt so good that I just decided to push it and see how the workout would go. My splits were 9:00, 8:32 & 8:15. I almost couldn’t believe it! It’s been so long since I’ve seen a low 9ish pace let a alone paces in the 8’s. It makes me really excited about my upcoming training cycle.
Plan: 4 miles » Actual: 3 miles + lower body strength
I stopped at the gym on the way home again so that I could relax and unwind tonight. 3 treadmill miles plus a quick leg circuit. I tried to push it with the weights today and was pleasantly surprised! I am going to try to keep up with strength training 3 days a week for as long as I can. If this starts to interfere with my quality running days then I will think about modifying or giving it up.
Plan: Rest » Actual: Rest
I was so tired today I thought about taking a nap when I got home from work. I didn’t (so that I can go to sleep at a decent time tonight) and decided to work on a few blog posts tonight. My original plan was to go downtown to cheer for the liberty mile. The threat of rain was enough for me to bail for the comfort and warmth of my couch.
Plan: 8-10 miles » Actual: 35 mins elliptical + spin
It was a rainy day in Pittsburgh. We decided to skip the run (although it would have been nice running on a low humidity day). I went to the gym when it opened for a quick cross training workout before picking up my friend Ann for our adventure. We went out to the new cycle bar location in Robinson Town Center that is set to open soon. It was such a fun experience! I’ll be recapping that later this week on the blog.
Plan: cross training » Actual: 9 mile run, 5.5 mile bike ride, leg day @ the gym
This morning we got up early to go downtown for a run. We started off with 3 solo miles before meeting up with one of our running friends for 6 more. The bonus of running with this friend he runs faster than I do. Because of that, this ended as a fast finish run. Yay for me since training officially kicks off this week.
When we got back to our car, one of our other friends was just getting ready to head to Open Streets Pittsburgh on his bike. We decided to rent bikes and join him for a few miles. This was the first time that we participated in open streets. One weekend each month in the summer, the city of Pittsburgh closes down the streets so that runners, walkers, bikers, skaters and skateboarders can take to the streets. Each route is different. This one went from Market Square through the Strip District into Lawrenceville. In addition, there are a number of free workout classes offered in different locations throughout the morning.
Breakfast: I am still on the breakfast to go train…this week I’m switching it up with this vanilla chai spiced smoothie. I love chai lattes and I think this will be a nice breakfast treat. I’ll add a scoop of protein powder as well to keep me going all morning.
Lunch: I loved the apple granola wraps from last week so much I’m going to do that again this week! In case you missed the recipe you can find it here.
Dinner: Sweet potato veggie burgers
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