A weekly workout recap and the most helpful infographic in the history of EVER.

I’m always very fond of workout recaps and seeing what my favorite bloggers have been up to with their training.

When I was marathon training I really enjoyed adding my own recaps to the mix! Then I got hurt and felt stupid posting “Tuesday: I rode the bike. Wednesday: I rode the bike. Thursday: I RODE THE BIKE” over and over again. Plus after weeks of not running much at all and drinking a little more wine than I probably should have my fitness definitely fell apart a little bit and thinking about my workouts was kind of depressing.

Lately I’ve been feeling stronger and decided I could handle getting on a scale to see what the damage was. The verdict? Not great, but it could have been much worse I guess. And it probably was much worse, but I’ve managed to rein it in a little bit recently.

This week though…I HAVE LEGIT WORKOUT UPDATES!

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This time last year I was a total ball of stress and doubting my ability to finish a half marathon. Despite my foot, I feel so much more relaxed this time around. It’s such a fun distance and I’m so excited for my friends that will be running their first halfs at Baltimore with me! (SARA!)

  • Saturday, July 26: My longest long run in months! 8 miles. Then later in the afternoon, I stacked another 3.5 miles on top of it with an slow, easy stroller run with Betty. 11.5 miles for the day.
  • Sunday, July 27: Strength HIIT workout and 30 minute bike HIIT workout. Then I tried something I’ve never done before: I walked. I set the incline on the treadmill to 15 and walked at between 4 and 4.5 MPH for 30 minutes. And I sweated like a pig which was very unexpected.
  • Monday, July 28: An hour of yoga and 45 minutes on the elliptical.
  • Tuesday, July 29: 4 mile run and allowed myself to kick my speed up a notch and saw 7’s for the first time in awhile + abs and strength training.
  • Wednesday, July 30: Easy 5 mile run and an hour of yoga.
  • Thursday, July 31: A little over 7 miles total for the day. I didn’t mean for that to happen. I did 4 humid miles on the trail and then Betty wanted to go to the playground in the evening so I did an easy jog to and from there. She’s my favorite running buddy right now.

Today? Happy August Rest Day!

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Tomorrow morning the original plan was to attempt my first double digit run since May, but I just learned that there is a pretty sizable chance that we will be getting a monsoon. I usually don’t mind running in the rain, but I already have enough things to think about right now while I’m out there and maybe I don’t feel like being soaked too. I should probably cut it short anyway because I did put quite a bit of mileage in this week already and have that 12 miler next Saturday. Not trying to get too overzealous over here.

Now back to the whole drinking wine thing. I mentioned on here that work has been really rough lately and between that, Mr. Salt working a trillion hours, and me flying solo with Betty, this week I deserve all the wine and possibly an all expenses paid trip to a tropical island where no one can bother me for a couple days. But in the spirit of re-harnessing my fitness, before heading to the wine store last night I decided to do some research on which variety would be the healthier choice for me. I tend to lean towards cool, crisp whites in the summer but maybe a red would be more appropriate?

I found all the answers I would ever need in this helpful infographic from Prevention.com.

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Merlot it is. Thanks, Prevention!

It was good too.

Are you a wine drinker? Do you prefer red or white? Any monsoons in your forecast for the weekend?

It’s FRIDAY and you have one more day to enter the doTERRA Essential Oil giveaway! That can be found right HERE.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! ❤

xo,

Salt

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Going “long” and other weekend highlights.

I’m so happy that I can use the word “highlight” when describing my first attempt at a ‘long’ run in well over a month.

As you guys know – or maybe you don’t if this is the first time you’re reading my blog…WELCOME! – last week I was recommended surgery by this podiatrist I went to see about an entrapped nerve in my foot. Despite all this he told me I could run if I felt I could tolerate it.

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And that is happening in less than 2 weeks. The course for Chuck12 runs along one of the most well-known roads in Baltimore and everyone I know who ran it last year said it was so much fun. I’ve long since given up on the idea that I’ll be trying for a decent time; I just want to have fun, finish it, and since this is the final jewel in Charm City Run’s B3 triple crown, I want to collect my medal.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous before a run in my life as I was on Saturday morning. My alarm went off at 6am which is considerably earlier than I would normally wake up for an 8 miler. Mr. Salt has to leave for work at around 8 and I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments/take walk breaks/drag my leg behind me/etc. I had a couple different routes planned just in case I needed to cut it short and my phone just in case I absolutely could not get it done and needed to call for a ride.

As it turned out, I didn’t need any extra help and finished with plenty of time to spare.

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The best part was that it didn’t feel terrible. I took my time, there were no major issues, I didn’t feel any physically worse for wear afterward, and of course mentally I felt like a million bucks. Mile 8 was my fastest and I felt as if I could have kept going, but at that point I was already back to my house and didn’t want to push it.

I’m pretty confident that I will make it through Chuck12 and then I will really REALLY deserve that medal.

The best parts of the rest of the weekend included swimming with Betty’s Nana (who also so happens to be my mom) and then ALL THE BRUNCH. I missed the brunch photo opp on Saturday because I was too busy trying to keep Wreck-It Betty from destroying the restaurant, but I can tell you that it was a chicken, goat cheese, and asparagus egg white omelette. It was to die for even though I could barely taste it from having to eat it so fast, as one sometimes must do while out with their 2 year old.

There was also a mimosa involved because crazy 2 year old.

I made sure to take a picture of Sunday brunch though because I know the Internet really cares a lot about what I eat.

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Drooooooooooooooooooooooool.

Those crepes are stuffed full of fresh strawberries and topped with cinnamon, powdered sugar, and organic strawberry yogurt. Then homemade granola, and then that is the best lemon poppyseed muffin I’ve ever tasted. They have a new “Muffin of the Day” and I’ve never been disappointed by it. This restaurant is called FirstWatch and it is a chain, so if there happens to be one near you, GO THERE. I promise you will love it.

After brunch a complete miracle occurred in the form of Betty taking a nap. Mr. Salt also wanted to take a nap, but I can’t nap in the middle of the day or else I won’t be able to sleep at night. It’s a curse, really.

So instead I went and got a long overdue pedicure.

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I felt so badly for the poor guy that had to deal with my feet that I tipped extra. He was awesome anyway. Usually I stick with dark colors, but he told me that I could pick a brighter one if I wanted and he would make sure it masked my zombie toe. He wasn’t kidding.

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You tell me I can go bright? I go bright. The fact that they ended up matching my PR Soles exactly is purely a weird coincidence.

What is your favorite thing to eat for brunch? (I feel like I’ve been talking about food on here a lot lately!) Have you ever been to a FirstWatch? Did you run this weekend?

Whatever you got into, I hope it was fun and fantastic. Let’s make this a GREAT week! (I’m going to legally change my middle name to OPTIMISM.)

xo,

Salt

The hardest {and probably smartest} running decision I’ve ever made.

The Baltimore Running Festival is 12 weeks away.

That’s 12 weeks of trying to slowly add marathon-worthy mileage back onto my plate with a foot that is only just starting to cooperate. It feels better than it did, but it’s not long run ready. I’m supposed to run 14 miles tomorrow morning. There’s just no way that’s happening and I’ve accepted that.

So Wednesday night when I was up way too late after having foolishly consumed most of a venti caramel frappuccino light at 5pm, I made a difficult caffeine-fueled decision. At first I felt like crying (again), but I know this is the right thing to do. Then I was able to get a good night sleep which proves to me that it wasn’t the Starbucks that was so much keeping me awake as the stress I’ve been experiencing lately over marathon training.

saltytownI’m not running the Baltimore Marathon this year. Instead I’m going to run the half again and no one needs to feel sorry about this because I don’t feel sorry for myself. The Baltimore Half is one of my most favorite races and my initial sadness lasted for all of 5 minutes before it was replaced with a boatload of excitement! Here is the list of pros and cons that I put together that helped me reach my decision. As you will clearly see, there was no contest.

PROS OF RUNNING THE BALTIMORE HALF INSTEAD OF THE FULL:

  • DOPEY CHALLENGE. I’m supposed to run 48.6 miles in a weekend at the beginning of January. That’s not even 3 months after the Baltimore Running Festival and we all know what can happen when you try to jump back into training too soon after a marathon.self five
    I want Disney to be an epically fun experience, not a stressful one. I was already starting to get stressed out thinking about it. Now I feel as if a big weight has been lifted.
  • As much as I wish I was entirely pain-free right now, I can’t lie to myself. There have been some hiccups and I need to continue to take it easy. The half is a doable distance to worry about training for in the next 12 weeks.
  • Some of my friends are running the half and I’m excited to share that experience with them. I already told Sara that next year she’s going to have to run the full with me. I don’t think she’s convinced yet, but I’m awfully good at peer pressure.
  • I don’t run the half distance often. In fact, I haven’t run an organized half marathon since the 2013 Baltimore Running Festival. I’m excited to get healthy, train by butt off, and then see what I can do this time around.
  • I can’t say this enough…this race is a blast! I had so much fun there last year!
  • I can still run as a fundraiser for Cool Kids! That was really important to me and I’m glad I can continue to be involved. 🙂

CONS OF RUNNING THE BALTIMORE HALF INSTEAD OF THE FULL:

  • It’s not the full marathon.

That’s it. That’s all I had. And barring some epic worldwide disaster,  the Baltimore Marathon isn’t going anywhere. It will still be around next fall for me to train for after I don’t ruin my legs running in a spring marathon.

I don’t know how Marathon Maniacs do it.

Have you ever decided to not sign up for a race or change races due to injury? I know Mar has and I thought she was so wise for making that decision. Thank you, Mar, for being such an inspiration! 

Happy Friday! I hope you have weekends as fantastic as you all are! I’ll be back on Monday with my addition to the Blog Process Tour. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend, Mike for the nomination! I’m so honored. 🙂

xo,

Salt