Sometimes You Need a Slow Run

Good morning and Happy Thursday all 🙂

I know all my friends on the east coast are almost to the afternoon by this point, so I hope you’re having a wonderful day so far as well, and I am a bit jealous that you’re almost half way done with your work day. . . but that’s neither here nor there :).

Zach and I had a blast at the game last night


I plan to have a full review later this afternoon, it was actually a pretty cool experience.

But, thanks to the game, Zach and I were in bed quite a bit after our normal bed time, so I was very thankful for my late start morning when my alarm went off.

At 745, I crawled out of my comfy bed and hit the gym for a very easy recovery run to loosen them up after a good strength day and tough hill workout the day before

Workout of the Day: 4 + miles on the treadmill: recovery


Today’s run stayed between 6.1-6.3 speeds for the most part, going up to 6.5 by the end.


I know this isn’t very fast by a many peoples standards, but for me it was very nice to just zone out and move the legs this morning.  I didn’t want anything tough, and even when I got bored and wanted to speed it up, my smart half told me to keep it under control and save the tank for a long run this weekend.


Overall — I think the easy run was the perfect start to the AM :).

And now — it’s about time to head to work.  Which normally I would be a little grumpy about — but I had an experience last night at the game that was pretty humbling, and reminded me exactly why I do what I do. . . so I think today I’ll grab my coffee, and put a smile on my face as I head to work.


Question of the Day: Does anyone else struggle with keeping pace sometimes on easy runs?  Or just work outs that are meant to be easier in general?

A Weekend of Football and Running!

Another weekend is already on the downward slope.

At least it was a great one 🙂

After my run yesterday, Zach went for a bike ride while I relaxed with Insurgent.



Some of you may remember the Lemon bar from yesterdays post that I was very excited about post long run?

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Unfortunately, Gusman was more excited about it and ate it while I was in the shower.  PUNK.  So — Gus and I headed over to Ink for a different breakfast treat to enjoy while Zach rode.

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An apple and apple fritter + espresso.



It hit the spot alright. . . but I’m definitely going to be going for another lemon bar at the market next week . . .


Zach hit probably the only nice couple of hours we’ve had recently and took it as an opportunity for a long ride.

He took my camera with him and took some pictures. . . the boy is crazy with his mountain rides!DSCN0873DSCN0880DSCN0874DSCN0877

He rode up Lookout Mountain, which leads up to Boettcher where we got married.



We were both really curious as to what conditions the roads and the mountain would be in after the storms and flooding.  But Zach said that although it was wet and there were spots of road damage, overall Lookout Mountain looked pretty spared.

Once Zach got back from his ride, we headed down to our neighbors for an afternoon of college football.

Apparently, 10+ miles and long bike rides make you tired. . . Zach and I were back up in our apartment and asleep on the couch by the end of the Notre Dame game around 9 PM.  Luckily the Irish took the game 31-24 over Purdue.

Party Animals we are.  By 10 we were crawling ourselves into bed.

One thing that going to bed early is good for, is waking up early.

Zach was up at an unGODLY hour. . . and I was woken up around 745 with a sweet surprise from Zach :).

By 8 AM, I was in the gym and energized for a good sweatfest.


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Today’s workout was unplanned. . . I wasn’t really sure what I was feeling and decided I wanted to do what felt good for recovery for the old legs after a long run.

Workout for the Day: Easy 5K on the treadmill and 10 miles on the bike.

Nothing special to really note about the workout, except that I continued reading Insurgent while I was on the bike and am already anxious about finishing it.



I love this freaking series!

50 minutes and 13 miles later, I left the gym happy and hungry.

Lucky me, Zach had a coupon for Mona’s  for brunch.

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We’ve enjoyed Mona’s a couple times, and today was no different 🙂



I went with a quiche this morning and side of fruit.

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Delicious as is everything I’ve had from Mona’s :).

I believe this mornings Quiche had chicken, cheddar and potatoes.  Zach definitely had to help me, but between the two of us my plate had nothing but some potatoes and a slice of tomato left.  Yum.

And now, thanks to the light mist and rain that is stuck around Denver, we plan to hang out with some football for the afternoon.

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Question of the Day:  What was the highlight of your weekend?

My First Regular Post As a Jara

Good morning and Happy Tuesday all.

The craziness of the wedding is finally winding down and life is slowly, but surely, going to begin returning to normal.

Let me tell you first though, married life is pretty fantastic.

This morning, the final guest, (we miss you Stu!) left and the house is quiet.  I’m so happy that I decided to take fewer days off last week and extend my time off until Thursday, because I feel like I am just now starting to process. . . Yes, I am that girl that cried on the treadmill this morning because I listened to our wedding song.  Upps!  What can I say, I’m happy :).

I have to admit, it was a little weird this morning waking up to a quiet house, but I woke up, sat with a cup of coffee and looked through all of your amazing comments.  I was pretty freaking sore from this weekends hike, but knew that a good sweat was exactly what I needed, so to the gym I went 🙂

Workout of the Day: First as a Jara: 4.25 miles recovery run + weights

  • Recovery run:  4 minutes between 6.2-6.5, 1 minute at 8 mph until 4 miles, then incline walk until 40 minutes
  • 20 minutes of weights including:
  • overhead shoulder press
  • bicep curls
  • incline sit ups
  • core twists
  • squats with weights
  • step ups
  • full body machine for arms

It was a great workout and a great way to restart a normal routine and get my blood pumping and sweat going.







And now, I get to enjoy what my amazing husband surprised me with this morning 🙂



How sweet is he? 🙂  I’m still on wedding vacation, and am totally justifying the crumb cake with that 🙂

The Rest of the Day

Since we’re just now getting back to reality, today is full of a couple errands and practical to-dos.

  • Run to our venue and pick up anything that was left
  • Figure out issue with our cake (our sweetheart cake and topper got ruined in a mix up, so we’re trying to figure out what happened)
  • Grocery shop/Meal plan
  • Enjoy quiet time with my husband
  • Write the 3rd Wedding RECAP!!!!!!!!!

I’ll be back later today with the 3rd wedding recap!  Until then, please tell me:

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO?  I miss everyone, please fill me in!