Last Week’s Workouts

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Another week of workouts is done.  It’s hard to believe that the year is winding down.  I’m in the in between season and having fun, doing what I want. My only complaint?  Why does December feel like February?  I’m so cold ALL.THE.TIME!  At least the rain has stopped.  Can we get some snow again? PLEASE?

Last week’s workouts

Monday

3 mile run, 8:54 avg pace

Strength training:

cable hi to lo chop

back squat bench taps

single leg hip thrust

banded pull ups

eccentric pull ups

DB bench press

Cable row w/ squat

pulley seated rows

bear crawl plank DB pull thru

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I did not plan on running today but after lifting at the gym, I felt an urge.  I could’ve run at the gym on the treadmill but I had an urge to run outside.  I didn’t have cold weather running gear with me so I went home, grabbed a jacket, gloves and a hat and hit the pavement for 3 miles.

It wasn’t the most time efficient thing to do but I still made it to work on time.  High 5 to me!

Tuesday

5 mile run, 8:51 avg/pace

I had a boat load of things to do today so another early morning run was on the books.  Thankfully, Kyle was able to join me.  Conversational pace is a great way to start a Tuesday.

Morning Flow Yoga @ BBY

Wednesday

20 minutes Elliptical w/ 30 sec sprints, 60 sec recovery x 8

20 minutes Stepmill

strength training:

bench press

split squats

single leg running woman w/ row

eccentric pull ups

banded pull ups

KB plank rows

KB swings

single leg KB deadlift

goblet squat

KB ’round the world

Thursday

6 mile run, 8:37 avg/pace

About 7 years ago, I had an Exercise Physiologist intern at work, Erika.  We ran together a few times before she got married and moved away.  Recently, she moved back with her husband and new baby.  Her husband, Charles, reached out to me through Instagram about running groups that meet in the early morning.  Hmmmm…I think I know of some crazies! Today he joined Kyle and I for our zero dark thirty run. I had only met him briefly at their wedding reception 6.5 years ago…who knew we’d be meeting up to run in the dark years later?  It’s a small world!

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Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

5 mile trail run, 11:11 pace (good luck!)

It had been quite awhile since I’d done a trail run.  I missed it so!  I procrastinated quite awhile before heading out to the trailhead.  It was another cold morning (teens). I wasn’t sure what the conditions would be like but was happy to find mostly frozen dirt with patches of frozen puddles.  Thankfully, my feet stayed dry when I went through the ice in some spots.  FYI – My trail shoes (Saucony Peregrine ICE+  -> affiliate link) aren’t water proof but water resistant.  I can’t recommend them enough! If I had a choice, I’d be running on dirt everyday.

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Sunday

6.5 mile run, 8:43 avg pace

Mini Band Glute Workout:

Lying hip flexor

Bridge with abductor

Clamshell

Fire hydrant

Donkey kick

Plank with toe tap

This run felt cold. Maybe even colder than Saturday’s?  I was so thankful to have company with Kyle.  Otherwise I would have procrastinated until it felt a little warmer.

I had a big moment for me prior to to this run.  It was the first time I’ve worn the Boston Marathon jacket I bought in 2015.  I swore I’d never wear it since I DNF the race.  After 3.5 years, I changed my mind.

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How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

Pretzel Peppermint Bark

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s.

I’ve always associated peppermint with Christmas. It makes me think of when it’s a cold December day and you take a deep breath outside. It takes your breath away but it feels refreshing at the same time.

I probably think of peppermint and Christmas because of Candy Canes. You can’t have Christmas without Candy Canes. Do you know they make Oreo Candy Canes? Blech! Call me a traditionalist but I like the plain peppermint candy canes best. Why ruin Oreos by putting it in candy cane form?

Years ago, a friend of mine, tried to get me to like adding a pump or two of peppermint to my iced coffee. I thought it was disgusting. Why would she ruin peppermint for me like that? But then that same friend introduced me to one of my all time favorite indulgent drinks, Peppermint Mocha. There’s just something about the flavor of chocolate and peppermint that gets me every time.

A peppermint mocha is what inspired this delicious concoction of salty pretzels, cooling peppermint candy and dark and dreamy chocolate.  Always a winning combo, right?

If you are short on time and want a holiday inspired treat, this Pretzel Peppermint Bark is it!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Pretzel Peppermint Bark
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp Barlean's Seriously Delicious Essential Woman Chocolate Mint (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped pretzels
  • ¼ cup crushed peppermint candies
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt dark chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring until chips are smooth.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of Barlean's Seriously Delicious Essential Woman Chocolate Mint to chocolate and stir.
  4. Pour chocolate on sheet tray and spread into an even layer.
  5. Top with pretzels and candy canes then refrigerate until hardened (about 30 minutes).
  6. Once hardened, break into pieces and enjoy!

 

I added an extra bit of goodness to the Pretzel Peppermint Bark with a dose of Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Essential Woman Chocolate Mint.  You may be familiar with Barlean’s Omega Swirls.  It’s the exact same formula just a new name. They believe their Omega-3 supplements are both serious and delicious which is why they’ve changed the name.

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A serving of Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega-3’s is made with Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Special Plant Phytonutrients which supplies Omegas 3, 6 and 9 and GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid).  It’s made with no artificial flavors or colors and made with real chocolate. As always, the Seriously Delicious Omega-3’s are vegan, Gluten-Free, and non-GMO.

It’s easy to get a dose of Omega-3’s by the spoonful or adding it to smoothies, drizzled on oatmeal or stirred into your favorite Pretzel Peppermint Bark.

What’s your favorite holiday treat?

Have you tried Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega-3’s?

Last Week’s Workouts

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It’s the most RUNderful time of the year!

I tried to take things down a notch in last week’s workouts.  I meant to do that immediately after the Seacoast Half in early November, but plans with friends kind of took over.

This week I stuck to the lower mileage plan and still had a great week of running and cross training.

Monday

30 minutes ARC trainer

strength training:

bench press

cable flys

squat with weight plate press

eccentric pull ups

banded pull ups

Cable row with reverse lunge

single leg deadlift to bench step up

renegade rows

Tuesday

Morning Flow Yoga

4 mile run, 9:02 avg pace

It’s hard to believe that one week ago I ran in a snowstorm and today’s run was in a torrential downpour of rain.  With the snow melt and the mega amounts of rain, the streets looked more like rivers than roads. All of our lovely snow is gone now.  Boooo!

Wednesday

15 minutes Elliptical

15 minutes Stepmill w/ 30 sec speed intervals, 60 sec recovery x 10

strength training:

Lat pull down

Pulley seated row

DB bench press

DB tri ext

Barbell hip thrusters

Barbell squat w/ bench booty touch

Bear crawl DB rows

DB overheard press with marching knees

Half kneeling rope rotation

Thursday

Morning Flow Yoga

5 mile run, 8:54 avg/pace

I met Kyle and Kailey for a dark and windy run.  Within steps of starting the run, I found a wallet on the sidewalk.  Being good peeps, we made a U-turn to drop the wallet off at the police station.  Silly me forgot to leave my name to collect the reward for finding it.  Damn.

Old pic of us running in daylight hours because I forgot to snap a pic of all three of us before we split ways.

Friday

Mini Band Glute Workout:

Lying hip flexor

Bridge with abductor

Clamshell

Fire hydrant

Donkey kick

Plank with toe tap

3.6 mile run, 8:36 avg/pace

I opted for a basement workout so I could sneak in a run before work.  I gave myself 30 minutes to do whatever pace I wanted.

Saturday

8.2 miles, 8:48 avg/pace, 309 ft elev gain

Long run for the week with Kyle.  We spontaneously decided to do a portion of the Community Trail since Kyle had never been on that part.  I was expecting it to be mostly mud and ice but for the most part it was hard packed dirt with a few sketchy snow/ice sections.  I wish we had opted for all trails!  We even managed a negative split run!  That’s what happens when you start talking politics and the run rage kicks in.  Lol!

Sunday

Rest day!

My original plan was to have a rest day on Saturday but Kyle couldn’t run Sunday morning.  No biggie!  I’m glad it worked out that way because Sunday was a complete wash out.  So much rain!  For all of you who say you like running in the rain, I don’t get it.  When it’s in the 30s and coming down hard, it’s miserable.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.