A Perfect Weekend and Plan For The Week

Happy Last Day of March Everyone 🙂

I gotta tell you, yes it’s always a bummer to wake up and start Monday morning — looking back on an amazing weekend tends to ease the pain just a bit.


Ashley’s Perfect Weekend

Friday Night:


The worlds BEST tortilla chips: Whole Foods homemade


Good cold beer


and a night with my BF, Leonardo.

{JK honey — but seriously.  Leo, call me}



20,000 feet plus on the slopes

A relaxing early evening in hotel including snacks + hot tub.

Then an evening out with friends until far too l ate with good food, good drinks, and good company.

{sorry I didn’t get pictures.  i was too busy enjoying the evening. . . happens sometimes}



A perfect ski breakfast with lots of healthy fats, carbs and protein.

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A quick circuit workout followed by a few more hours on the slopes


Tons of walks in the sunshine with the pup


An evening with another good friend, Will.


More peanut butter


Lots of coconut water + lemon to rehydrate

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a homemade pizza night with the hubby


With the final cap of the weekend being some experimenting in the kitchen.

This really was my perfect weekend, and yes I may have played and worked hard {and payed for it}, but my goodness it was an amazing weekend.

Zach and I went to bed right around 10 PM last night so by the time my alarm went off this morning, all of the rust from the weekend felt like it had been washed off.  Yes, I allowed myself to sleep in after an indulgent weekend.  BUT I did get in a good 20 minute yoga session, and have plans for an AWESOME outdoor run tonight to enjoy the weather.

Plan for the Week

I ended last week feeling strong and confident, and want to roll that into this week as well.  Here’s my plan to do JUST that :).

  • Monday: AM yoga + PM run
  • Tuesday: AM Strength session
  • Wednesday:  Speed work run
  • Thursday: Walk with the Pup
  • Friday: Hill/Interval treadmill run
  • Saturday/Sunday: SKI one day/Run one day

As always, I leave room for flexibility because, you know, life happens :).


I have a couple goals this week.

  • HYDRATE!  Never be without water and constantly be sipping.   This is always difficult for me — for whatever reason.  I get full easily and when I drink a ton of water, I get a “water baby” and am miserable until it goes away {a water baby is that slushy belly you get after drinking lots of water}.  With that said, I KNOW I feel better overall when I drink water, so I’m going to stick to it.
  • LESS PROCESSED FOODS:  I have gotten back into a bar kick lately.  Now, I’m not damning bars, but let’s just say the processed nature of most grocery store bars scare me.  So, I know I need to chill out a bit.  My plan for the week is to eat more real, natural foods — less prepackaged foods with ingredients I am not familiar with.  I’m starting this plan off with homemade granola bars that I’ll be sharing with you all soon 🙂
  • Continue the walks with Gus as much as possible! Gus and I both enjoyed our evening walks, and I want to keep this trend up as long as the weather is cooperating.  It’s great for digestion after dinner and just fresh air 🙂

alright my friends, that’s all I’ve got for you today :).  Hope you had a GREAT weekend and have a great Monday to start the week!

Question of the Morning: TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOUR WEEKENDS!  Did you run/race?  See friends? Tell me 🙂 ❤

Moving, Shaking, and Eating Plans plus a New Workout for the Week

Still struggling with the Monday time change crud.  Anyone else?  Whomp whomp.

To try and keep myself upbeat and motivated, let’s chat about the week ahead, shall we 🙂

Workout Plan For The Week

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  • Monday: PM Yoga Class
  • Tuesday: AM Run (likely treadmill)
  • Wednesday: Pilates Bar class (so excited)
  • Thursday: Rest/Walk Day
  • Friday: AM Run
  • Saturday: Likely skiing
  • Sunday: Longer run (5-6 miles)



I have hopes to squeezing in more strength training this week as well — in addition to what I have posted — by way of NTC App. I did quite a bit this weekend and just LOVE it.  Can’t get enough!

Meals for the Week

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  • BBQ Chicken quesadillas
  • Salad with grilled chicken
  • Open face sammies


The only meals we have groceries for as of right now. . . but we are SWIMMING in goodies and sweets, so you know I’m a happy girl.

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New Workout To Try

I’ve got a new treadmill workout that I am going to try this week that I want to share with you all.   After getting back outdoors and remember how much more enjoyable the outdoors are — I am going to need something to keep me motivated on the ol’ machine.

Welp, in searching the wonderful pinterest (Follow me on pinterest), I found just the motivation I needed.  Check her out

0:00-6:30 4.5 0.0 Warmup
6:30-7:30 5.0 0.0 Begin Incline Run Section
7:30-8:30 5.0 15.0
8:30-9:30 5.0 0.0
9:30-10:30 6.0 10.0
10:30-11:00 5.0 0.0
11:00-11:30 7.0-9.0 5.0
11:30-12:30 3.0 0.0 End Incline Run Section
12:30-13:30 3.0-4.0 0.0 Begin Sprints and Walks Section
13:30-14:30 8.0-10.0 0.0
14:30-15:15 3.0 0.0
15:15-16:00 8.5 0.0
16:00-16:30 3.0 0.0
16:30-17:00 9.0 0.0
17:00-18:00 3.0 0.0 End Sprints and Walks Section
18:00-19:00 6.0 0.0 Begin Endurance Section
19:00-20:00 6.5 0.0
20:00-21:00 7.0 0.0
21:00-22:00 7.5 0.0
22:00-23:00 8.0 0.0
23:00-24:00 3.0 0.0 End Endurance Section
24:00-24:30 6.0 0.0 Start Flat and Hills Section
24:30-25:00 6.0 6.0
25:00-25:30 6.0 0.0
25:30-26:00 8.0 0.0
26:00-26:30 3.0 0.0
26:30-27:00 7.0 0.0
27:00-27:30 7.0 6.0
27:30-28:00 7.0 0.0
28:00-28:30 8.5 0.0
28:30-29:00 3.0 0.0 End Flat and Hills Section
29:00-34:00 4.0 0.0 Cooldown

Note: this workout is geared toward experienced runners. Play around with the speeds as neccessary, but during the sprinting sections (anything noted on the chart above a speed of 8.0), allow yourself to be challenged at your max capacity.

I found this on Fitsugar.com and know that it is exactly what I need to switch things up.  It looks TOUGH, and I do plan to change up the speeds and incline a little (our treadmills don’t go above 12), but generally plan to keep it to this plan.  Looks good, right?

Question of the Afternoon:  What is a new workout that you’ve tried and loved lately?

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Goals For The Week January 13

Goooooooood Morning and Happy Monday everyone :).

i really apologize if that intro gets old.  what are some creative ways to start blog posts, anyway?

Another weekend wrapped up in the books for 2014, and another week ready to tackle.  Thank goodness the weekend on our side was pretty spectacular , so I’m not too bitter about it ending :).

We wrapped up our evening with a little bit of yoga for runners before serving a simple, but delicious dinner.

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A caprese salad with some slaw underneath as base.  Topped of course with balsamic vinegar and a side of chicken that Zach and I split.  I guess he didn’t think there was enough protein in my breakfast?!

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Moving on . . . 🙂

I capped off the night with a unphotogenic piece of homemade lemon cake that was absolutely AMAZING and fell asleep quickly on a bit of a sugar high.  Come on Ashley — keep it in check.  You don’t need to eat EVERY BITE OF DESSERT!

Welp, at least I woke up ready to get moving this morning with a good work out.

Workout of the Day:  4 miles plus easy weights

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Since I really pushed the speed (for me) yesterday on my 3 miler’, I decided to keep it nice, slow and fairly consistent today.  Nothing really exciting about this run.  I kept it constant until the end when I started getting really bored so I messed around with the speed a bit.

Then, of course, for a bit of strength training:

  • 3 sets of 15 incline sit ups (body weight)
  • 3 sets of 15 chest press (20 lbs)
  • 3 sets of 15 leg press (40 lb)
  • 60 second plank + 10 hip hips (body weight)

I don’t know how much I’ve spoken about this on the blog, but I’m sure many of you have noticed my running routine being a little different in the last few months.  I started really pilin’ on the miles in November for the POTM challenge, then kept it going through December to reach my goal of 1000 miles in 2013 (yay).  At this point, I’ve kept it up, even when I’m not sure I want to, in hopes that I will burn myself out pretty badly and be ready for the 2 week break for the honeymoon come February 2.  I definitely do not plan to continue running like this when we return (I have other plans), and have even started looking at 2014 races.

At this point, my Plan/Goals for the week is as follows:

  • Run daily (one day above 4, at least 3 AT 4 miles)
  • 5 days of light strength training
  • HYDRATE!  Drinking that lemon and mint water last week did wonders.  Keep it up!

Question of the Morning: What are you Goals/Plans for the week?