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Rambling, Running and Way to Go Wednesday

Some Rambling
Hope you enjoyed my San Diego Recaps (Part 1 and Part 2). Sometimes it's nice to deviate from the normal posting styles. Honestly, I've been enjoying doing that a lot more recently. 

I mean, how exciting is it to hear me blab on about running or other workouts and basic dinners all the time? Now, new recipes? That's a different ballgame of course. I know not everyone is into running and not everyone cares to see my weight lifting set up. 

Of course, that's not to say those things weren't going down this week. Monday I was planning a low-impact kind of workout. It was a LONG day and I was feeling the affects of travel. But the weather was pleasant enough, or so I thought (about 72, breezy, sunny). So, I laced up my running shoes and headed out the door with no real mileage in mind. 

8 miles later I made it home. It wasn't an easy run. It was actually kind of hard and hot. My legs were heavy, I was fatigued. But the more I ran, the better I felt, in a very odd almost sadistic way mind you.

Tuesday morning I met my running buddy, who I've been missing, for a short run. My intention was 4 miles, but the route ended up putting me at 5 miles. I won't lie, when I first stared running I though I was going to just have to turn around and beg for forgiveness for ditching her.

But, once we got going, things loosened up and we of course chatting helped. I actually managed an 8:48 overall pace, which I was pleased with considering how I felt at the start. After work I got in biceps and shoulders as well as some ab work and lots of stretching for my tired, heavy legs.

Jason made dinner - a vegan Tofu Pho. I really don't know exactly what all he put in there, but I know there were mushrooms, tofu, bok choy, fresh jalapenos, ginger, lime juice and other spices. He served it over rice noodles.
 
Today was a no-run day for me. I definitely needed some cross-training - this means kickboxing for now plus weights for back and triceps. 

Way to Go Wednesday
Now on to more important things. It seems like everyone has been liking Way to Go Wednesday, so here we go again. And don't forget to send a shout out or two of your own in the comments!

Angela (Happy Fit Mama) for taking on the Smuttynose Half Marathon (in the rain no less). 

Morgan for sharing her 2-month progress pics. Hard work pays off. 

For Lindsay reminding me again to be thankful.

To Laura (Mommy Run Faster) for sticking to one super important goal of paring down computer time and trying CrossFit.

Oh, and before I go, I gotta thank Lydia at Healthy Happy Confident for hosting a fantastic giveaway for Honey Stinger Chews. I got my winnings in just in time to try a few chews after my hot 8-miler. I tired the Pink Lemonade and loved the flavor. It wasn't over-powering and I love how easy the chews are to actually chew. Some can be really gummy. Do you like chews/chomps? I usually go with gels/gus, but these are fantastic.

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