Paws and Pavement

Sharing my passion for fitness and cooking, one mile and meal at a time

Meal Planning and Prep

Tonight’s dinner was homemade deep dish pizza made by Steve.  It was Ah-mazing! PIZZA USE 2 NEW PIZZA 1Do you see Noah peeking in from the background….he’s hoping something falls off the counter of course. 
PIZZA USE 1I had zero motivation to do my workouts today and I needed to run and do a swim.  So Steve and I had leisurely had coffee and then attempted a run which turned into more of a walk.  Either way the dogs were super excited. DOGS IN CAR USEAfterwards we stopped at a bike store because I needed a new bike saddle bad!  I got chills thinking of having to ride in the morning since I was so sore from last weeks workout.  We installed the new bike saddle and I’m hoping it makes the ride better tomorrow. 

Then I got to work on some meal prep while watching Live from the Red Carpet.  I love seeing what everyone is wearing and I really like Neil Patrick Harris so I’m excited for tonight’s show.

Monday: Chicken Parmesan

Tuesday: Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup


Wednesday: Buffalo Chicken and Sweet Potato Meatza


Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: ??

Saturday: ??

Question of the day: Are you watching the Oscars?

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Run 4 Luv Race Recap

Saturday started really early at work for me.  I went into the office a 6am to work until 10am since the Run 4 Luv race was at 11am.  Crazy late start time, I kinda wish it was earlier than I could have gone into work after but oh well.

Started with my usual pre-run breakfast.  A bagel, almond butter and jam.  Oh and of course coffee!

Pre-run fuel - USE

The race was in the Ann Morrison park right downtown and a quick drive from work.  I was glad about that since it’s tax season and working Saturdays is a must.  I just couldn’t pass up this race have a special last fall for a $15 bib ticket.  What a deal!

The weather has been especially nice lately too, I am truly grateful to be back in the beautiful state of Idaho.

This week I really tried to front-load my Ironman training for early in the week 1) to make sure I got them done 2) to give myself a decent rest day on Friday.  Although I did swim Friday morning but at least it was the least impact of the 3.

My goal for this race was to start somewhat easy and keep it going with negative splits and finish strong with under 9 minutes per mile for at least 1/2 mile or so.  The big goal though was to finish super close to 2 hours.  My PR is 1:56:ish and I haven’t run a fast half marathon race in awhile, manly due to running with friends for company rather than pushing myself. watch - race run to love

I PRed!!!!!! 1:55:05.  I started the race fast and I felt good so I kept it up.  I kept trying to keep myself in check but everything was going awesome until about mile 5.  I knew I was getting close to the turnaround point since it was an out-and-back and I started losing my rhythm.  After turning around, it was fun to start seeing so many people on the other side.  I saw friends, people from my running group and so many others that it helped get my pace back (for a little bit).  I started slowing down again around mile 10-11.  I tried to push the pace like I planned but my legs felt like bricks so that didn’t happen.  We had to cross a bridge less than 1/2 a mile from the finish and I was able to pick up the place finally.  So many people cheering me on really helped.  I was happy with my time but I got to keep myself in check in the beginning better.  finish line Medal me race

Overall it was the most beautiful day (especially in February for a race), I had a good time with friends and it has given me some thought for planning future races.
group pix

Question of the day?  Did you run any Valentine’s Day races?

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Ironman Training Week 6

I received the coolest purse from my sister-in-law!!!! purse

Here is a recap of last weeks training.

Boise 70.3 Training Week 6:

Monday – 1500 yd swim

Tuesday – Yasso 800’s x 6 (8:34 pace)

Wednesday – AM: Swim. PM: Bike 1 hour

Thursday – AM: 1 hour bike. PM: 5.4 mile run (9:03 pace) with the running group

Friday – Rest day!

Saturday – Run 4 Luv half marathon

Sunday – 2,000 yd swim

Total swim time: 3:07

Total bike time: 2:05

Total run time: 3:25

Total Time: 8:37

My run time was down due to “taking it a little easier” in prep for my race (recap coming soon).

I also did a recovery hike on Sunday which was not training just purely enjoying time with my husband, dogs and the beautiful weather.hike 1 hike 2

Question of the day? What did you do this weekend?

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Week 5: Ironman training

I can’t believe I just finished my 5th week of Boise 70.3 Ironman training and have just now posted about it!  It was a rough start.  I have hired a coach who was a high school friend and now is a pro-triathlete.  I asked him to have my plan start on January 5th after we return from our cruise.  Unfortunately, my husband and I got sick that Sunday before and didn’t feel well for about a week or so.  Not a good way to start but I was determined so I picked up the best I could after I started feeling better.

Running is definitely my favorite out of the 3 triathlon events and swimming is my least fav.  My coach knows that and he is really pushing to keep me going on the swims.  I just find swimming (in January, even in an indoor pool), cold, repetitive, boring, and the list goes on.  Last Wednesday, I started feeling better in the pool though.  I was feeling stronger and could tell I was getting faster (for me).  Hopefully I keep seeing improvement.

Here is a recap of last weeks training.

Boise 70.3 Training Week 5:

Monday – Planned rest day

Tuesday – Rest day, my Mom was in town so we sipped coffee and chatted in the morning before work then I lost motivation in the evening

Wednesday – AM: 1 hour bike. PM: Yasso 800’s x 4 then 45 minute lap swim

Thursday – AM: 1 hour bike. PM: 5.4 mile run (9:03 pace) with the running group

Friday – PM: 1500 yd lap swim

Saturday – PM: 2000 yd lap swim

Sunday – AM: 15 mile run

Total swim time: 3:08

Total bike time: 2:02

Total run time: 4:01

Total Time: 9:11

Had my favorite go-to breakfast before a long run – bagel, almond butter and sliced banana.


Had a good run with Katie and Kelsey then we had some brunch at The Griddle.  They have great food but it was crazy busy this morning which was not as relaxing after a long run.  My pedicure from last week is still holding up too.toes

Kelsey and I split a crab cake benedict so when I got home I had a protein shake for some more recovery. shake

Question of the day: what are you training for right now?

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Menu planning and prep

Week of February 8th Meal Planning and Prep:

Chopping, slicing, and portioning out foods for the week…..

export rice vegies onions

Sunday – Coffee Marinated Steak Fajitas

Monday – Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken

Tuesday – Crockpot Coffee Ancho Chile Short Ribs

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Crockpot Curried Pork over Basmati Rice

Friday – Pizza (to carb up of course)

Saturday – Valentine’s Day….Date Night?

Cooking Light Slow Cooker Favorites for more ideas!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite slow cooker/crockpot meal?

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Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day!

I haven’t posted in a long time so can you think of a better day to start?

Of course I had to celebrate it, especially since my favorite fro-yo place is next to my gym.  Maybe that should be unfortunately but I don’t go often because I am usually at the gym at 5am or so.

This was my first full week of tax season which means I get to work tomorrow, yay me!  Not really excited but I’m sure you catch my drift.  I have been putting in extra hours, eating breakfast and lunch and at my desk and still working hard to get all my training in so I think treating myself to a fro-yo is appropriate.


Fro-yo tastes even better after an hour swim!


I also “treated” myself to my slightly belated birthday present to myself.  I bought a bike trainer!  You know you are in training when you get excited over new workout equipment.


Ending the night watching a little TV before I need to call another early night.

Have a wonderful relaxing Friday evening!

Question of the day:  Are you planning to watch any new movies tonight?

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