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pre-Vortex food & fitness

Hey there! Polar Vortex Part II might be on its way to DC — but in the meantime, I’m going outside for a run!IMG_2087The game plan: 5-minute warm-up, 20 minutes fast, 5-minute cool-down. Short and sweet (well, more like short and painful).IMG_2090My fast miles: 7:28, 7:11,7:13.IMG_2091Not as close to 7:00 flat as I’d like them to be, but I’m blaming my slowness on the soreness acquired from yesterday’s longer run and, more importantly, from Sunday’s killer CrossFit workout! This little routine (designed by Anthony) takes about 45 minutes total — and if you’re like me, will leave you sore for days.  Great indoor workout to do during the snowstorm.CrossFitCountdownWorkoutRelevant links: front squats, one-arm DB rows (love the guy in this video), DB flys (same guy I think), weighted overhead lunges. Just do this routine a couple times a week and your arms will be as buff as the video man’s 😉

I always try to tack on something delicious to the end of my post, so here you go:matchbox_dc_04258Double date with Miriam and Dan at Matchbox! This seared tuna salad was awesome. When I’m out to eat, I like to order something I can’t make at home, and this fancy dish definitely surpassed my culinary feats. I also loved the ginger-soy dressing.

Bonus points that Miriam and I were actually able to take a normal picture (after our failed attempt the other day).DSC04260Now it’s time to buckle in for the snowfall! See you tomorrow!

  • What’s one thing you wish you could make at home?
  • If you could say one thing to the YouTube video man above, what would it be?
  • What’s the weather like in your town?!

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15 thoughts on “pre-Vortex food & fitness

  1. Nice job, I got out for a run before the snow this morning too! One thing I wish I could make – sushi. I’ve never tried, because it’s so much easier to just order it when I’m out. Same with curries.

  2. I wish I could get out there before the snow comes! but I’m stuck at work right now….it’ll be the good old treadmill for me. Might be good though. My legs are pretty tired from my workouts this weekend and I always have a more relaxed pace on the treadmill.

  3. It’s like in the forties and fifties all month in Denver. I’m pretty happy with that. Sounds like a fun workout. This morning I did 4 sets of row 500m/run 400m which was pretty fun. I wasn’t quite ready for it at 7am though!!!

  4. I give a big second to the tuna at Matchbox- I always get the seared tuna salad. Their pizza is good but is no match for the tuna!

    I have been dying to try out all those homemade nutella recipes out there, but it just seems too tempting: if I realize how easy it is to make, it just makes it easier to eat!

  5. Hi Mary!
    I found you on the R29 feature and started following immediately! I’m a NOVA runner but not nearly on the same level as you. Loving your blog and feeling totally inspired to go faster! Thanks! :)


    • thanks so much for reading! happy running — you’ll get faster in no time with some speed work and good playlists :)

  6. Just found your blog on Refinery29 and now I’m adding it to my Bloglovin’! Thank you for all the great winter running tips – I’m freaking out about the weather killing my long runs right now… reading your blog for some motivation before heading out :)