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Weekend Food and Fitness Adventures

Hi friends! I had a fun weekend on the food and fitness front.

On Friday night, Matt and I went out to dinner at one of our favorites, a cute and cozy Italian spot called Il Raddicchio. We shared the arugula salad to start and for my entrée, I had the “rosticceria pollo e salsiccia tortelloni”, which is pulled rotisserie chicken over fire roasted kale and Italian sausage tortelloni in a chicken and white wine broth. Soooo good. My camera phone didn’t really do it justice. :)

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I also enjoyed a glass of Chianti.

It fueled me up well for a fun workout on Saturday morning! I had made plans to get in a nice long run with my friends Kathleen and Sarah, but sadly the weather was completely absurd (frostbite territory with the windchill), and we decided we were too wimpy to brave it. Sarah wasn’t feeling a workout, but Kathleen and I decided to hit up Urban Athletic Club instead!

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The workout was awesome, as always. A great and varied mix of HIIT style cardio, heavy dumbbell weighted moves, and TRX stuff.

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Kathleen and I had fun with this one – you put your hands on little sliding pieces and then run across the floor. We raced, cackling as we usually nearly ran into the wall on each side – photo finish. ;)

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Andrew was coaching, and he’s one of my faves – fun and high energy. Thanks to him for snagging these photos! Here’s the whole workout we did, in case you’re wondering. Also, hi to blog reader Hannah! :)

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My brother was in town this weekend to visit since I missed him over the holidays, so we met up on Saturday afternoon after he arrived for some Sweetgreen. Yummm.

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Saturday night, Matt, my brother, and I met up for happy hour at a friend’s place followed by dinner at Boulevard Woodgrill. Since I had a couple beers at happy hour, I stuck to water with dinner. I got the lamb salad, which is my favorite – so good!

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The guys all went out from there and my brother and I split off to go see Wild – I was disappointed in the movie, to be honest. I really liked the book but I felt like the movie fell flat – it was slow, and felt kind of like nothing happened. Bummer!

On Sunday morning, I was super excited to get in a RUN!!! This is my “yay for running without frostbite” pose:

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The weather was still cold, but up to the low 30s and without crazy wind, plus it was nice and sunny. Perfect! (I wore an ear warmer and gloves, but by the end of the run warmed up enough to take them off.)

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Since all my running plans for earlier this week were foiled due to the extreme weather (I know I COULD have still run, but the combination of the extreme cold AND the fact that all the sidewalks were really icy/snowy was just not appealing), I was itching to get some miles in. I had a lot of energy and felt great out there!

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The first couple miles were slower since they were basically straight uphill and we had to keep slowing down to dodge ice on the sidewalks, but the second half was sunnier, clearer, and flat or downhill. Yay!

Splits:

  • Mile 1: 10:02
  • Mile 2: 9:48
  • Mile 3: 9:20
  • Mile 4: 8:11 (yay no ice/flat)
  • Last 0.3 mile pace: 7:20 (downhill/no ice)

When we got home, I refueled with an omelette filled with veggies and topped with avocado:

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Plus a couple of my Healthy Peanut Butter Power Cookies and some unpictured berries.

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I’m going to do a post soon about my running goals for the new year, so stay tuned. I needed a bit of a break from serious training for awhile there after doing back to back full marathons (Richmond Marathon last fall and LA Marathon in the spring), but I think I’m finally feeling ready to train for real/for speed again. We’ll see!

How was your weekend of food/fitness? Any great workouts or meals?

A couple things before I go:

  • Speaking of running, Jason of Strength Running and I are kicking off our Nutrition for Runners program/ebook partnership by answering/highlighting some of your running-specific nutrition questions in a Q&A video! We want to know – what are your biggest questions about food, fueling, weight loss, and nutrition for runners? Ask your question in this survey and then sign up here to be notified when our Q&A presentation is ready. We won’t be sharing it on our blogs, so don’t forget to sign up for the listserv!
  • My Wild Blueberry friends shared a fun Q&A with me on their blog to kick off a series of guest posts I’ll be writing for them over the next few months. Check it out to see where I find recipe inspiration, what motivates me to stay fit in winter, my tips for intuitive eating, the biggest mistake I see my nutrition clients making, and more.

Comments

  1. 1

    Looks like a great health fueled weekend! Your workout at the club looks awesome. Love your pink hoodie! Where is it from? Happy Monday!

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    All your eats this weekend look great! Have you even been to Virtue? It is in Old Town Alexandria. I posted a review on it last week and think you would really like it. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is amazing.

    I was the same way as you on the running front last week. The Chicago temps, snow, and ice kept me from getting a run in. But yesterday it was 20 and I was able to get a late afternoon run in. As I finished up my run it started snowing. We now have about 3 inches on the ground – glad I got it in!

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    I saw Wild shortly after reading the book and felt similar to you about the movie. To me, it just felt like it was lacking some of the details of the story and wasn’t quite as emotional as it was reading the book. I felt like I was filling in all the gaps in mind because I’d read the book ahead of time. Conversely, my husband really liked the movie (he didn’t read the book). I think maybe we were spoiled because the book was so good. Hard to get a movie that matches the standards of a really awesome book!

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    I passed on doing my SLR on Saturday morning because of the cold, too. I pulled in the miles yesterday instead and it was great! Still cold, but there was plenty of sun and clear sidewalks/paths to get in those miles!

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    I finally got to have Sweetgreen again when I was back in VA last week. They dont have one here in Chicago and it makes me sad inside. I had one of their seasonal salads with wild rice, butternut squash, mushrooms, basil, and other deliciousness. I miss it!

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    Roadrunner says

    Looks like a great weekend for fitness, food, and fun! Looking forward to hearing about your goals for running in 2015!

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    Chris Anne says

    Love the pink hoodie! I went for my walk/run on Wed after work and it was so cold, my phone wouldn’t work!! Kept saying “phone overheated” (guess it really meant too cold, but it would track my mileage/time), and I had no music to listen to, so that plus the cold and the dodging ice/puddles, meant I wimped out and only did the 3 miles. So dreaming of warmer weather!!!

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    those healthy peanut butter power cookies are fantastic! Made them this weekend… delicious. thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    I went on my first back to school DC run Sunday! Where I am, the sidewalks were covered in ice and snow in many spots! I had to be so careful! But it wasn’t too cold and I banged out 6.30miles! Longest run to date!

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    hey anne! for the workout do you do 2-3 rounds of each set? or just go through it all once?

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    It sounds like a crazy cold weekend where you are! But it looks like it didn’t stop you from having a great time :)

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    I’m training my very first marathon in March and these frigid DC temperatures are reallllly not the most helpful thing right about now :). Basically played hopscotch on my long run this weekend to avoid all the ice!! Come on, sunshine!

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    omg I felt the same way about wild! So glad you got to run, Anne! Arlington weather has been rough lately!

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    Next time put the sliders on your feet, plank position, and walk using your hands across the room. SO so hard. Definitely a burner. I still can not get on board with winter running. My hands and feet just get way too cold too fast!

  15. 22

    Looks like a fun and active weekend :) Yay for getting some outdoor running in!

  16. 23

    Sounds like a great weekend! Hi Kathleen and Stephen! :)

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