Thursday, February 4, 2016

7 Step Treadmill Run

In an effort to get more steps in during the week on my FitBit, I started adding a workout over my lunch break to my routine once a week. I have a gym in my office building which is super convenient. I'm trying to take advantage of it this season when chilly temps and dark evenings make running outdoors less than desirable on weekdays.

My latest running workout includes seven steps, and it goes by quickly - the entire workout, including cool down, is over in 35 minutes. I always turn HGTV on mute on my treadmill and listen to a fast-paced Pandora station to get things going.

The workout:

In text:

7 Step Treadmill Run

Warm-up: Walk 2 minutes at 3.1 mpr

Run 7 minutes at 5.6
Run 6 minutes at 5.7
Run 5 minutes at 5.8
Run 4 minutes at 5.9
Run 3 minutes at 6.0
Run 2 minutes at 6.1
Run 1 minute at 6.2

Cool down: Walk for 5 minutes starting at 3.1 mpr; increase the incline by 0.5 and speed by 0.1 every 30 seconds.

Working out during the day makes the workday fly by and puts me in the best mood!

Do you workout over your lunch hour?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Last January Weekend + Weekly Workouts

After a crazy few weeks of travel, K and I were home this weekend for a nice mix of relaxing and socializing. We had a dinner date on Friday night at Angelo's Wine Bar. Angelo's has great wine selection and delicious food - we started with cups of pasta e fagioli, and shared a butternut squash salad, grilled octopus salad, and Italian sausage and peppers.

I fell asleep on the couch almost immediately after getting home. #thisis32 ;) On Saturday, the temps reached close to 50 degrees so we went on a long walk and checked out a local furniture store, nadeau. Nadeau has a treasure trove of beautiful wood pieces, at a fraction of the cost you would find at a larger chain {ahem Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn}. We found several pieces that I'm SO excited about, including benches for our kitchen nook and a new desk.

Later that afternoon we went to a fun winter party for our neighborhood block club, and I met up with friends for dinner at Hopleaf in Andersonville. {PSA: The salmon, crispy Brussels sprouts, and fries can't be missed}.

On Sunday morning, it was 46 degrees when I woke up {!!} so K and I ran before I met a friend for brunch at flo's new location in Lakeview.

On Sunday afternoon, we finished shopping for the kitchen nook and ordered a table at west elm! I have been researching what to put in this spot for months and I'm so excited for a finished "eat in" kitchen area after living in our house without one for 1.5 years.

What a packed weekend, but a wonderful few days connecting with friends to end the month of January.

Week of January 25th workouts:

Wednesday 1/27: 40 minute treadmill workout at lunch {walked + ran 3.1 miles}
Thursday 1/28: 45 minute Cardio Barre class + ran 1 mile
Friday 1/29: Ran 3.5 miles outdoors after work
Saturday 1/30: Active rest; walked 5+ miles
Sunday 1/31: Ran 3.5 miles outdoors

How did you end the month of January?