Sunday, August 18, 2019

Weekly Eats: return of the salmon bowl and my fall race calendar

A weekly round up: eats, workouts, watches, and reads.  In this week's edition I rediscovered salmon bowls, did a bunch of meal prep, signed up for a bunch of races, and took on some hills.

Monday & Wednesday: avocado toast

Tuesday & Thursday: breakfast burritos

Friday: breakfast potatoes, avocado, and eggs with a heck of a lot of salsa

Saturday: PB & honey toast and banana or "there's a long run about to go down in here"

Sunday: see lunch

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: the vegan buffalo mac & cheese that I made last Sunday and substituted a bunch of ingredients so that I wouldn't have to go to the store.  It was on point and reheated well.  I kept a few portions for the freezer in coming weeks and I will make this again.  P.S. I used rainbow cauliflower so that's what the funny looking purple stuff in front is

Wednesday: work catering, big ol salad with tofu and purple rice and other yummies.

Thursday: something you haven't seen in a while c/o the freezer.  Chrissy Teigan's actual drunken noodles.

Saturday: snacks

Sunday: big family get together.  Lunchtime was the only time that worked for everyone's schedules.  SIL#1 made pasta and meatballs, SIL#3 made salad, and we made dessert.

Monday & Tuesday (family meals) and Wednesday (date night): chili mac.  We don't usually have leftovers on date night but hubs and I were both into eating the same thing for three nights in a row so we went for it.

Thursday & Saturday: I was in a good pattern of having salmon once or twice a week but since vacation it's kind of fallen of the radar.  Tina posted about air fryer salmon and that was all it took to get back on track.  From bottom to top: rice, Costco stir fry veggies, avocado, and air fried salmon tossed with a bit of dressing and the crunchies from an Asian salad kit.  Thursday was a solo dinner, Saturday was an at-home date night (hubs had meatloaf and mashed potatoes).

Friday (date night): out on the town to a Mexican/Asian fusion type place.  He had a quesadilla and I had a bang bang shrimp rice bowl.

Sunday: TBD, everyone's pretty full from lunch right now.

Meal Prep

I'm linking up with Kim and Deborah for The Weekly Run Down and looking forward to reading about everyone's running adventures from the couch.

28 miles of running and three count 'em three weight workouts went down this week.  It's week 9 of 10 of this speed plan.

I started working on my next running battle, which is hills.  It's all very well to complain about them and now I'm ready to do something about it.  I'm kinda following the hill sprints outlined in the half marathon plan in Run Faster from the 5k to the Marathon.  I haven't figured out what plan I'm going to use for my upcoming races and hey by the way I need to figure that out soon b/c guess what's coming up next.  By rights I should have done the sprints on Monday and Friday, but it rained so getting to the neighborhood hill would have meant a mud bath, so I deferred Monday's sprints to Wednesday.  The exact days are going to be a little off as long as I continue to run outside in the mornings and that's fine, I'll get more precise once treadmill season starts (sniff).  All I can tell you so far is that running 8 second sprints is very achievable and feels good.

Speaking of half marathons, I dropped some cash this week to sign up for half marathon #2 in late September and #3 in early November.  The September race is a "for fun" effort and the November one is more serious.  I have an eye open to see if I can still get some shorter races in this year as well.

Monday: 3 easy miles in the AM, weights at lunch
Tuesday: 5 miles in the rain (running in the rain is my favorite) including 5 x 3.5 minutes speed/3 minutes recover
Wednesday: 3 easy miles including 3 hill sprints/weights at lunch
Thursday: 5 miles including 10 x 1 minute speed/1 minute recovery.  The first time I did this workout I was on the treadmill where 10 x anything is so tedious and goes by sooo sloooowly.  It blows my mind how fast a workout like this goes by off the treadmill.
Friday: 3 miles easy, hilly route with 3 hill sprints AND weights at lunch
Saturday: 8 miles total with 3 x 8 minutes speed/3 minutes recover.  It was warmer than I would have liked and going in I had concerns about being able to get through the workout.  Once I started it went by in a flash and the only thing I was aware of was the Garmin telling me when to start and stop the intervals.
Sunday: off!

  • On my own: season 5 of How to Get Away with Murder
  • With hubs: Philip Marlowe, Private Eye
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  Love it and I'm taking my time with it while I wait for some new titles to come in from the library.


  1. wow all of your meals for the week look fantastic. I've gotten lazy about meal prep but it sure does help! Thanks for linking up

    1. Yes but while I was meal planning you had parties this week so you win!

  2. All of your delish-looking eats are putting me to shame. I did get creative in the kitchen (for me, that is) and made huevos rancheros the other night, all on my own without a recipe. SO, I guess I can swing a pan (is that a cooking term?) if need be. It's interesting all the speedwork you're doing! I'm not jealous, but it's fun to read what others are doing. And, YES, any workout goes much faster when not done on a treadmill ;-)

    1. Yum, huevos rancheros sounds really good right now!

  3. Nice week of running!!! And you've given me some good ideas for meal prep. We're still trying to have light, summer meals.

  4. Yummy! I would definitely hire you to cook for me. :-) I love How to Get Away with Murder!!! Isn't it the best that you can program your workouts and your watch tells you when to run, recover, stop, etc?

    1. Yes, game changer. I wish I would have gotten my Garmin much sooner.

  5. Your post is making me very hungry ;-) Which halfs did you sign up for by the way?

    1. Thanks Laetitia! I'm a little nervous about being just six weeks out from the first half but you are training for a marathon in the same amount of time so that makes me feel better. The Sept race is a part of a pretty major marathon where I live and the November race is a smaller one. I've run both on relay teams before, they're both great races though very different.

  6. Good job on your workouts! Always a good thing when you aren't staring at your watch waiting for an interval to end!!

  7. Oh my goodness, that salmon/veggies/avocado bowl (top pic) looks absolutely delicious! I need to use your pic as inspiration for dinner one night next week.

    Great week of workouts, too! Strength training is so important for runners. Good job!