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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Recap: Om Nom Nom. Fit Foodie Food. {What I Ate – and Drank – Wednesday}

More like What Didn’t I Eat Wednesday. That would be a much shorter post.

With a name like “Fit Foodie” one would have to assume that there would be not only fitness, but delicious food involved. And one would be correct. Each day featured an event catered (literally) to the most discerning palates.

Light Up the Night VIP Cocktail Party

I hope Deb doesn’t mind that I am borrowing this photo from her. Everyone is so gorgeous and photogenic and I love it.

Photo courtesy of Deb Runs dot com. :)

Photo courtesy of Deb Runs dot com. 🙂

Left to right, we have Sue, Deb, Me, Courtney, Cynthia, and Erika. I was so starving by the time we arrived at the party that I would have eaten just about anything. Which ended up being a good thing. I think I’ve pretty well established on here that I’m a picky eater, so this weekend was all about putting on my adventure pants and trying new things. I’m so glad I did because I would have really missed out! This party featured tasting stations with celebrity chefs RJ Cooper and Katsuya Fukushima, plus many other delicious offerings. Such as drinks. I hit up that table first because that’s how I roll.

Rogue 24 is RJ Cooper’s restaurant and these are some of his signature drinks.

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I had “The Juice” which was the pink one on the left. Normally I am not a fan of gin, but it was actually quite delicious. I wanted to try the Thai Punch, but the cilantro scared me away from it. (I did try a sip of Sue’s though and it was….interesting.)

Sue and Me and Thai Punch.

Sue and Me and Thai Punch.

After one “The Juice” I switched over to wine. Not trying to drink too much gin the night before a race.

Next up…

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I could eat one every day for the rest of my life. It’s a pimento grilled cheese sandwich prepared by Katsuya Fukushima and it was AMAZING. And spicy which was awesome because I love spicy things.

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Cucumber with a tiny pickled shrimp and watermelon. I don’t eat cucumber. Or watermelon. I ate both of these things and liked them. My most favorite thing from that evening though:

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BEEF IN A JAR! And my cool chevron Jamberry nail! First of all, I’m all about the concept of eating something that is served in a mason jar. This was a little salad with rare beef, mixed greens, onion, and this completely delicious dressing/sauce that I would have eaten on anything. You simply shook up the jar and enjoyed. I loved it so much I had two of them. (I should have kept the jars too. They were super cute.)

And then of course…the cheese.

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Sartori Cheese was an event sponsor and I was already familiar with them because they had sent all of the Ambassadors a lovely gift bag full of cheese prior to the weekend. Their espresso and merlot cheeses are to die for. Seriously if you are in the market for fancy cheese, look no further. (I got even MORE cheese to take home too. Seriously. SO. MUCH. CHEESE.) At the end of the table they also had some great flavored water for us to enjoy.

I also sampled a creamy artichoke soup from RJ Cooper with a truffle in it that I didn’t eat because no amount of adventure pants are going to make me like truffles. The soup was yummy though!

Love DC Chefs Experience

I would be a terrible food blogger. The Love DC Chefs Experience was located in the Finisher’s Village directly following the 5K on Saturday and while I ate my way through it, I was also still riding the high of my race and only took a couple pictures. There were tons of things to taste though all from different restaurants in the area and also a beer and wine garden where I doubled as a table for everyone’s wine.

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I can’t NOT post that photo twice.

Anyway, food pics:

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A chilled corn soup. Part of me kind of wished that it was hot, but it was still very good.

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I had maxed out when it came to watermelon for the weekend – especially considering that I didn’t even like it before Friday – so I didn’t try these, but they were pretty!

I ate more than this, but that’s it for pictures. I told you I would be a terrible food blogger. My favorite thing that day was yummy chicken satay from The Green Spoon, another event sponsor.

There was also a brunch following Sunrise Yoga on Sunday morning, but I couldn’t stick around for it. I will say that it smelled delightful. 🙂

So that pretty much sums up my Fit Foodie Experience! Even in it’s inaugural year, I felt like everything was organized and went off with only a few minor hiccups. I especially liked that all the events were in the cool Mosaic District so by the third day I was an old pro  I’m so thankful to have been brought on as an Ambassador for this great event and would highly recommend it to anyone. I never thought I’d travel for a 5K, but I would make a vacation out of it again in a heartbeat! Friends + fitness + food (+ wine) is the PERFECT weekend in my book!

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Are you a picky or adventurous eater? What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever eaten?

I hope everyone has a stellar Wednesday!

 

 

Wine + cheese + bunnies + eggs + unicorns = An epic holiday weekend!

Good morning! I’m still in a total dessert coma from yesterday, so this post is going to be a lot of photos from the weekend. That way I won’t have to use my brain too much. Besides it was a wonderful weekend and I took about a billion pictures. (Don’t worry…I won’t post all of them.)

Friday I had off work and decided that I was going to do something that I really haven’t ever done. Betty still went to school and I took the whole day (until 5pm anyway) to do whatever I wanted.

“Whatever I wanted” =  shopping, breakfast, mani/pedis, and winery hopping with my mom. Normally my idea of heaven involves a warm, sunny beach somewhere, but this was pretty darn close.

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Just hook me up an IV line and I'll be good to go.

Just hook me up an IV line and I’ll be good to go.

I knew that Maryland had wineries, but I had no idea there were so MANY! Like we literally have our own little wine trail over here! We visited three different ones – Boordy, DeJon, and Basignani – but only tasted at 2 because DeJon was sketchy and no one was home.

Speaking of sketchy:

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That guy. He’s at Basignani where we did a wine and cheese pairing. It was AMAZING. That Marisa Dolce with the fig goat cheese was one of the best things I’ve ever had in my life.

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I’m hungry again.

Then it was time to switch gears from wine hopping to bunny hopping. Saturday morning I woke up earlier than ever before to put in my 18 miler (an experience that will get its own post tomorrow). Then it was time to go meet up with one of my famous friends.

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I don’t usually like to be a name dropper, but yeah…I know the Easter Bunny. No really, I do. This event was put on by my work and I know the guy in the suit. And as you can see, Betty had no fear and was her usual hammy self for pictures.

We did an egg hunt there and then later on in the afternoon went to her school for another one. At this point, she has basically become a professional Easter egg hunter. I don’t have to help her at all, which is good because “I DO IT, MOMMY!!!”

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On Sunday, the Easter Bunny came. She must have made a really good impression on him because he brought her a scooter and the most epic helmet of all time.

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She wanted to wear it for her nap. We all know how dangerous those can be.

Then it was time for MORE EASTER EGG HUNTING.

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Needless to say I had some explaining to do this morning as to why we wouldn’t be looking for Easter eggs again today and why the Bunny had to go back to Easter Town until next year. I’m a little sad to see him go. We had so much fun this weekend.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend too and a great Easter if that’s something you celebrate! Happy Easter Monday to my Canadian friends and Happy Boston Marathon Day, everyone!

What did you do this weekend? Did you hunt for eggs? Will you be watching the marathon today? (I WILL!)

xo,

Salt