My Weekend Training

My training has taken a backseat as of late, due to long work weeks and rainy days. Since I didn’t have any races planned for February, I avoided the dread mill and just ran when I could. I lucked out this past weekend with 3 days off from work, so I decided to take advantage of it and had a successful weekend of training!

Valentine’s Day

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I’ve never been a Valentine’s Day-date kind of girl, but this year Rich and I went all out cliche with flowers, chocolates, dinner and a movie date. Oh, and of course plenty of wine 😉

I stared my day out with a 4 mile run:

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Then it was time to get ready for my date. Originally, Rich and I planned on going ice skating, but the poor guy had an early morning shift on Friday morning, just after a series of intense wrestling/Muay-Thai/boxing/jiu-jitsu training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. You see, Rich is training for his next MMA fight, which will hopefully happen on April 5th. I will have some interesting blog updates about all of that after we know more. Any who, we decided to keep the night mellow. He bought me a beautiful arrangement of flowers and a box of dark chocolate covered cocoa (seen above!)

I don’t own a vase, so I headed out to Bed, Bath and Beyond hoping to find something last minute. I scored with an elegant glass vase I found on clearance for $9.99.

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In the late evening, we headed to a showing of That Awkward Moment. I don’t usually do Rom-Coms, but I was in the mood for a terrible comedy. My boyfriend was a trooper and went along with it. In fact, I think he liked it more than I did! It wasn’t the best movie, but there were some laugh-out-loud moments.

After the movie I made an easy homemade healthy Italiano-style dish. Since Rich is preparing to fight soon, he has to weigh-in on April 5th so he needs to keep dinner-time carbs to a minimum. I sautéed diced tomatoes with onions, garlic, mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach and fresh basil to make a sauce. I used lean ground turkey for protein and served everything over a quinoa and brown rice pasta I found at Trader Joe’s.

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It was a lighter, healthier version of traditional Italian. And of course I paired it with some red vino 🙂

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Saturday: Yoga and Juicing

I was able to make it to my favorite yoga class on Saturday afternoon. Many of our poses focused a lot on various “twists,” which helped activate some of my back muscles I’m not used to using, thus I’m still a little sore today!

My yoga teacher-who may be one of the best EVER-always ends class with a quote or word of advice. Saturday was one of my favorite:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to change you is the hardest thing of all”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Just look at any beauty or fitness magazine and it will tell you EVERYTHING that is wrong with you and how (or what to buy) to “fix” it.

After yoga I treated myself to a little juice. I went to Herbivore, a vegan restaurant in San Francisco, to grab a glass of “Green Juice”, which consists of celery, apple, spinach, parsley, mint, kale, ginger and lime.

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When it comes to juices, the more kale the better for me. So delicious!

I really want to buy my own juicer, and I know you can get a decent one for like $100. Add that to my “Wish List” 🙂

Sunday Runday

I woke up on Sunday morning and the sun was finally shining! I HAD to get out for a run. I wanted to see the ocean, so I ran and out-and-back 6 miler that turns around at the Bay Bridge:

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6 miles

I kept my pace steady and did not over-tax myself, so I felt great for most of the run. Plus, I got to sweat. Not that it has been horrifyingly cold out, but the heat outside felt so nice.

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Blue skies!

After my run, it was time to work on my blog. I spent the rest of the afternoon writing over a glass of Chardonnay!

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After an active weekend, today is a rest day. My training has been a little sporadic, but I’m slowly easing in to training mode again. I’m hoping to be ready for the Oakland Running Festival half marathon on March 23rd. Then, March 24th will be the official kickoff for-I think I’m saying this for the first time on my blog- The San Francisco Marathon. I’ve decided that if I’m going to call myself a “Bay Runner” that I need to run THE primo Bay Area 26.2 miler. I haven’t registered yet, but I will keep you posted!

How was everyone’s weekend? Valentine’s Day? Am I super lame for dragging my boyfriend to a Rom-Com? Anyone else want to run the SF Marathon so they can carry me up the hills? 🙂

-J

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13 thoughts on “My Weekend Training

  1. Sounds like you’ve had a great weekend – the Italian dinner with the healthy twist sounds delicious! I love that you are so relaxed about your running in the downtime between training cycles. I think that’s such a healthy way to go about it. I tend to train for a handful of target races each year, but the rest of the time is just playtime and I just enjoy my running and fit in what I can. I’d love to run the San Francisco Marathon with you – perhaps one year I’ll manage to get back to San Franciscio at the right time. Good luck with all your training!

    • I’ve found that, especially in the winter, I need to be relaxed with my training schedule. I like to have a few races in the near or distant future to keep me motivated, but it’s nice to have some downtime until it’s time to really train. The San Francisco Marathon is an amazing race if you ever get to do it, I will probably be there every year for at least a half marathon until I move out of the area so just let me know! 😉

  2. So excited you’re going to sign up for the SF Marathon!! Whenever we get back from traveling, one of my first goals is to run a race in Big Sur or San Francisco. One of my other goals is to move to the Bay Area… so let’s hope that all goes according to plan. That food you cooked sounds really good too. Yay for marathon training!

    • Me too, I’ve been trying to decide in my next full and time-wise the SF Marathon is perfect! I would love love to run Big Sur too, it’s so gorgeous over there. I’ve heard the course is mostly uphill too so it’s a real challenge! The Bay Area is a great place to live, a nice balance between city life and the outdoors!

  3. Is the wine part of your juicing? Haha, sounds like a great weekend. Can’t wait to hear about the SF Marathon updates!!!
    I lucked out this weekend and met a stranger who gave me two boxes of bunt cupcakes for free. Valentines day was saved!

    • I’m going to say yes, wine is juicing…grape juicing! I’m excited to FINALLY really start training for another full! I wanted to run the LA Marathon, but my training in December was terrible and I didn’t want to show up underprepared! Haha you can’t beat free cupcakes, sounds like a successful Valentine’s Day 🙂

  4. Great weekend! That juice looks awesome! I have to try that place out the next time I am in SF! I am dying to do the SF marathon. It always interferes with my tri training but one year I will do it! Can’t wait to hear how you like it!
    I had a fun weekend. We stayed in for V-day. Made dinner, dessert and watched the Olympics!!

    • The food is decent at Herbivore but the juice is so amazing! I hope you get to run the SF Marathon one day, it’s such a beautiful course and a great crowd of people! Sounds like a great Valentine’s to me, nothing better than quality time at home 🙂

  5. I will say the same as others. Sounds like a great weekend. Fun, sun and workouts… Oh and wine. Perfect.

    I take Warren to chick flicks and he likes them so I say its ok to take him. They like us to go with them to certain movies we may not want to go.

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