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The Weekend in a Nuunshell. + w/o Summary 11/18-11/24

My weekend kicked off with a Nuun shipment. They were giving away a free pint glass with any order and now I love this brand even more! Not only do they want to help keep me hydrated, but they understand that endurance athletes sometimes like to indulge in a more dehydrating beverage, cheers!

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Citrus Fruit, Lemon-Lime, Tri-Berry & Orange

I’ve been out of Nuun for the past week and dying with plain water and GU Brew. I bought GU Brew & Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes FIZZ about a month ago just to change it up and see how it compared to Nuun.

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Top right are the two alternatives I tried.

I used GU Brew all this week, it’s not awful, but tastes salty. The Hammer Nutrition tabs are the grossest thing i’ve ever tried to drink. It tastes like the stomach acid aftertaste when you throw up. I know, i’m sorry for the description, but it’s bad. Basically what I’ve gathered is to stick with Nuun cause it actually tastes great without any weird after flavors or saltiness.

Saturday Cameron joined me for the last 2 miles of my 7 mile run. I swung around the apartment to get him and this is what I walked into…

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He was all ready to go, just warming up and stretching 🙂 It was nice outside, but windy.. it’s that time of year where gloves and beanies are important. I hate when the back of my hands get cold and Cameron absolutely needs something covering his ears. I love being outside all year. DC is definitely scoring some points over Chicago weather. I don’t think I could ever move any further north than we are right now.

Yesterday we spent some time at the mall and online doing a little Christmas shopping. I also am in need of a new cell phone. I’m looking at the HTC One, Galaxy S4, and of course the iPhone. If anyone has opinions on carriers (I currently have Sprint but am open to switching) and phones I mentioned, it would be a big help!

Shopping and driving in this area really wipes us out, so as soon as we got home I poured a glass of wine, played some piano, then we watched the Capitals lose to the Toronto Maple Leaves. Don’t worry it was still a good game!

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The best part of yesterday was the snacking we did during the game. I looked at the table after the game I asked Cameron how the heck this happened…

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I guess it’s what happens when you eat a late lunch at Panera, don’t cook dinner, then snack and drink throughout the evening. Doesn’t matter, it was a fun night!

This week’s workouts!

Monday: 4 miles easy progressive 8:27/pace, 50 pushups, 20 min abs

Tuesday: 7 miles easy 8:07/pace, 20 min biceps, 10 min abs

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5.4 easy miles 7:52/pace, 20 min triceps/shoulders, 10 min abs

Friday: 45 min TRX full body workout

Saturday: 5 miles easy 8:03/pace, 2.2m run w/Cameron ❤

Total Miles: 23.6 lots of easy, mileage building, enjoyable runs 

Anyone have Turkey Trots planned for Thanksgiving morning?

What kind of phone do you have/recommend?


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A Cookie the Size of My Head & Summary 9/30-10/6

This weekend went by too fast. You know when people ask you on Monday what you did over the weekend and you’re like, “I have no idea.” That’s how I feel, but I’m gonna blame the grogginess on allergies again. Between all the Zyrtec and Grand Theft Auto-ing happening in our apartment at the moment, we still managed to get some important things done. Like buying  a new mattress, and seeing Wavves live on Saturday night.

Sunday was a full day of hanging out and started it off with a run. We didn’t last too long because again, it was 85 degrees and humid. I still have hope that Saturday will cool down for these races *Please race gods, cool the weather for the races!*

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He’s just this cool. (and don’t mind the mattress garbage on the floor)

Later on Cameron took me to REI which is this awesome outdoor sporting goods store. They had Brooks & Nike gear and a ton of nutrition options so I was pretty happy and ended up walking out of the store with 2 different brands of electrolyte drink tablets. They had Nuun (my go-to), but I was feeling experimental so I grabbed Hammer Nutrition Grapefruit tabs & GU Brew Lemon-Lime.  I also picked up my tried & true 2X caffeinated Jet Blackberry GU for Saturday’s race and a flavor i’ve never seen before — Cherry Blaze. Cameron tried convincing me we needed a hatchet, or a Bear Grylls approved hunting knife. We are the opposite of the hunting type so just the thought of owning these things made us laugh.

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We get hungry when we shop. Please tell me we’re not the only ones… Anywho we ended up at a Indian restaurant down the road and it was delicious!

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My favorite part of Sunday was definitely picking up a bottle of wine, heading home to relax and watch Harry Potter (the Order of the Phoenix) :). They were selling cookies at the beer store’s register and had to have one. Sometimes I’m demanding, especially when my sweet tooth kicks in. I pretend this is one of those things Cameron finds endearing.  The cookie looked better than it tasted, but even a bad cookie is better than no cookie at all. I know, i’m so wise.

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Weekly Summary

Monday: 10m Long 8:27/pace, 3:00 plank

Tuesday: 4.5m Easy, 25 min Chest/Biceps, 20 min Abs

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 8.2m Tempo 8:03/pace, 15 min Abs

Friday: 4.75m Easy 11:06/pace, 15 min TRX arm workout

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 4.7m Easy

Total Miles: 32.2

Who’s getting ready for a race this weekend?

Favorite Cookie? 

I make pumpkin dark chocolate cookies…