My favorite links from the week and a recap of last week’s workouts, including my workouts while traveling for work and where to run in Midtown Atlanta.
Favorite reads from the last week
- Flourless double chocolate zucchini muffins. I’ll take a double batch please.
- Zucchini tortillas. Intriguing… have you tried anything like these before? I’m generally very skeptical of healthy substitutes in an attempt to avoid carbs. I want real rice, not cauliflower rice (I liked it at first and now it makes me gag). I want pasta, not zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. I want to enjoy zucchini, cauliflower and spaghetti squash for what they are – delicious vegetables – not some “guilt-free” substitute. Rant over. I didn’t realize I had such strong feelings about that.
- Dogs understand both words and intonation of human speech. Well, duh, scientists. Have you ever owned a dog?
- Double Chocolate Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups. Yeah… I need to make these ASAP.
- Get stuff done via Holly. I LOVE saying no to more things than I say yes to. Your life is too short to say yes to things or people that don’t truly matter to you.
- A Story of a Fuck Off Fund. Some foul language, but an excellent read. A MUST-read I would say. (Again, another great article shared by Holly that I also have to share.)
Last Week’s Workouts
I was traveling for work last Sunday – Wednesday for work, and when I travel, I ALWAYS take my running shoes since I love exploring a new city on foot. I liked Atlanta more than I thought I would, but I didn’t love it. I think what I disliked most the most was the lack of quaint coffee shops. Seriously, I couldn’t find a good coffee shop in Midtown Atlanta near my hotel. If I’d had a car, there were a few places I could have gone, but the only thing within walking distance was a Starbucks. I guess I’m a bit of a coffee snob, but I also find quaint coffee shops very relaxing and I like to start my day off on a good note when I travel for work. Life is hard without good coffee. 😉
M – 5.2 miles, 7:39 pace (in Atlanta) – I stayed on the main streets to explore the city itself. There were obviously a lot of stop lights and a ton of traffic by the time I got out the door, but I didn’t want to leave any earlier and run in the dark in an unfamiliar city.
T – 6.1 miles, 8:30 pace (in Atlanta) – I went to the BeltLine on this day, which is a multi-use trail built on top of a historic railroad. I loved not dealing with traffic, seeing so many other runners and bikers, taking in great views, but I wish the trail was asphalt and not concrete. (Most research shows asphalt is easier on your joints than concrete since it’s softer.)
W – 5.5 miles, 8:13 pace (in Atlanta) – I explored Piedmont Park this day. I loved the 800m track, the lake in the picture above, and exploring all the roads that wound through the park. However, there were a few areas that started to feel too deserted as a female running alone.
Th – CrossFit (back home in Winston-Salem!)
- Front Squats
- 1×5 – 95#
- 1×4 – 125#
- 1×3 – 135#
- 1×2 – I attempted 145# and got the first rep, but failed on the second
- 1×1 – I attempted 150 and failed
- Metcon, for time — 10, 9, 8, 7…1 reps. I finished in 15:20.
- Thrusters, 65#
- Burpees over the bar
- 20 double unders after each round
F – Rest, took Maizey on a long walk in the morning
S – Rest, hit golf balls for a couple hours
Su – 4 mile run in Boone, 7:45 pace. I swear I felt the effects of the altitude. I live at at 970 feet above sea level, and Boone is 3,333. That could make a difference, right??
Overall, it was a great week in workouts, considering how much I was out of town!
When you travel, do you run in a new area or find a fun class to take? I really love visiting other CrossFit gyms and taking yoga classes when I travel, but I didn’t pack things for those activities on this trip. And, my work schedule didn’t really allow for it anyway.
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