Spring Friday Round Up

The sun is shining and it is another beautiful day here in Colorado.



Colorado really is spectacular in the Spring.  Yes — we get snow in April and May.  And yes, you will likely hear me complain about it.  But Spring snowy days are often followed closely by another 60 and Sunny degree day.   So there is always that :).

This beautiful day has me excited for another weekend (hello quick week!).  Tonight we’re taking it easy, and tomorrow is supposed to be stormy so we’re heading up to the mountains to enjoy the snow :), and then Sunday is sunny and 60 again so we’re hoping to enjoy Denver with a possible run and brunch.  Not. Too. Shabby.

Moving on, let’s talk about this week.


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  • Monday: PM yoga class
  • Tuesday: Speed/hill work run AM, lunch easy strength 30 minute session
  • Wednesday:  Pilates Barr class + 2 mile run
  • Thursday: Rest day with hilly Gus walk
  • Friday: AM speed work on treadmill for 4.3 + miles and quick weights

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Overall, I was fairly busy this week but did manage to squeeze in some intentional exercise when I could.  Two classes, two dedicated speed runs, one great walk with Gus, a strength work out.  Not too bad.  This weekend I’m planning one ski day and one run day — so I think that’ll round out the week nicely.  Stay tuned!



There were some good eats at the Jara household this week!


Homemade quesadillas


Open face sammies


With ham and heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella


Grilled chicken and salads


And we never have a week without pizza 🙂

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Zach and I were inspired to get groceries for the weekend last night while we were out after dinner so we have a few meals planned for the weekend as well before he leaves.

  • Stir fry with elk meat
  • Fresh salads
  • Homemade pizza

Sounds like some good eats to me!

And let’s wrap it up with some inspiration and love for another good week in the books.


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Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Another week almost done everyone!


Bloggie high five for ya!

I don’t know about you — but this week seemed to have absolutely flown by for this girl.  The first half of the week was pretty booked, so before I know it we were over the hump and onward to Friday.  Just how I like it.

Yesterday/Last Night

Yesterday was my rest day so after a nice walk with Gus and a day at work

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Zach surprised me by suggesting that we go to Stella’s, our favorite little Italian spot near us.   Hello, Stella’s never fails, so you know I said HECK YES before he even finished asking.

Unfortunately, the only picture I got of the evening were the amazing zucchini fries that we start with every.single.time.

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Seriously, they’re amazing.  Zach suggested we skip the appetizer and go straight to our entrees, but I respectfully QUICKLY squashed that idea.  He thanked me later.

So while I apologize for the lack of pictures, I will share recycled ones as we go their often 🙂

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Me with my salad and their OUT OF THIS WORLD chicken.

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Zach with the gnocchi and their awesome bread (he got risotto last night and loved it though).

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and more foodie pictures.  I actually went with a different salad last night, but stuck with the chicken and same dressing.  It’s just THAT good.

Needless to say we were happy little campers when we got home.  I had a couple mini (well not so mini) cookies from Whole Foods before crashing HARD.  Red wine and good food will always do that to me 🙂

This Morning

I had it in my mind that I was going to tackle a tough work out today, and that’s exactly what I did this morning.  I actually came upstairs afterwords, drank a ton of water, and then just laid down on the ground for awhile.   I was spent, in the best possible way.

Workout of the Day: SPEED WORK

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  • 5 minute easy warm up (6.2 pace)
  • 1 minute @ 8 mph
  • 1 minute @ 9 mph
  • 1 minute @ 4 mph
  • repeat 10 *
  • 5 minute cool down of incline walking
  • 25 bicep curls with 12 lb weights
  • 25 incline sit ups

Oh yeah. . . I was cashed.  And now I am looking Oh.So.Forward to my butterscotch pudding that I have waiting for me in the work fridge.  All the little things 🙂

Question of the Morning:  Where do you go that everyone knows your name?  A restaurant?  Bar? Whole Foods? Home Depot? Share! 🙂