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Weekender: Last Week’s Workouts + Favorite Links

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

  • 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.
  • 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. 😉
Where to run in Midtown Atlanta

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.

Where to run in Midtown Atlanta

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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  • Nancy
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    Whenever I explore new cities, I’m always afraid of getting lost so I usually use the lame gym lol 🙁

  • Michelle
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    I love exploring new cities too. The only drawback is that routes seem to take longer versus ones I’m used to fly by. I bet it is possible that much altitude you could feel the effects of.

  • Carrie
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    I find that I eat more veggie servings when I use vegetables like zucchini or cauliflower as sub. When I make zucchini noodles for my husband and I, I use three zucchinis and it all gets eaten. We wouldn’t eat that amount if I just cut it up and served it as a side.
    I go back and forth with it, because part of my issue is my “relationship” with food. Pasta is not bad if you eat it in moderation, but I have the “treat yourself” attitude and wind up overdoing it. I am really working at a balance. It’s a constant work in progress for me. I admire your willpower, and healthy food “relationship”.