Priming up for a Tempo Run

Aloha! The husband and I were just reminiscing about our Hawaii honeymoon, and I have island on the brain 🙂

When I woke up this morning and peeked outside, I saw the conditions were prime for a run – 65 degrees with the sun just peeking out above the horizon. Perfect? Methinks so.

So run, I did. I actually implemented a training run into this week that I haven’t done in quite some time: a tempo run! A tempo run is where you start out slow and steady, pick up the pace with each mile, and then ease up a bit again for that last mile. At least that’s what it is in my mind. Anyway, I cranked out 5 miles in about 44:08 with an average pace of 8:49





1 – 9:46

2 – 8:58

3 – 8:40

4 – 8:13

5 – 8:38

Ok, so I got a little overzealous and booked it during the last mile. I can’t help it!

I immediately came inside and grabbed some nature’s gatorade to sip on


And after rehydrating the flowers, taking the pup for a walk, and showering, I refueled.

Now, I’ve been sparing you the typical breakfast pictures because honestly, I haven’t come up with anything post worthy lately! However, today I made the prettiest whole wheat protein waffle, and I have to share:


Is there anything better than a juicy, organic peach in the summer time?


IMG_9038I think not!

Yesterday was a rest day, workout wise. Sometimes 12 + hour work days just need to be rest days, knowwhatImean? Besides, it’s been a week since my last official rest day. A rest day it was NOT in terms of actually being restful. Since 6:00 this morning I have been busy with insurance work, clients, and business meetings. All in all a good day though 😀 And the weather is PERFECT right now in Illinois; how about in your part of the globe?

Since yesterday was quite the go-go-go type of day, I relied on (and planned for) a nice and simple meal.


Buitoni had teamed up with Foodbuzz and offered me the chance to sample one of their “meal for two” dinners. I chose the only vegetarian option available, four cheese and spinach ravioli



IMG_9021Not bad.

The directions were simple enough with the only cooking involved being to boil the pasta, which the husband did for me. But I wasn’t even prepared for the deliciousness that was to come!



I’m not sure if it was the sauce on the pasta or my hunger that made it so fantastic, but I’m sold!

We enjoyed the meal with some light and crisp Chardonnay:


Count your lucky stars…:)



Well I’m to go work for a bit and then train a few clients. Tonight on the dinner menu is an Indian dish! Pretty excited about that 😀

What’s your ideal weather conditions for an outdoor run or workout? Mine is right at dawn between 60 and 70 degrees, with clear skies. Oh, summer mornings in Illinois 🙂


13 Responses

  1. Summer mornings in the Midwest are perfect for running. I can’t wait to be running again!
    Peaches have been so appealing this summer, I love mine with cottage cheese!

  2. I ran a 4 miler this morning, too. the weather near chicago was kind of hot, but not so humid. great for a run!

  3. Dang girl, nice stats! I love the shot of the peach on the fork – very professional 🙂

    My ideal run would have to be in the early evening as the sun is just starting to go down…in the winter…and if there happened to be a very short light spatter of rain for a few minutes to cool me down…that would be fab!

  4. nice run! that’s a great pace!

    My ideal run would be early evening as the sun was going down! Im more energized during that time of day.

  5. Nice run. I always end up hitting a faster than I should pace on the last mile of a tempo run too!

    I set out at 7:30 this morning and it was perfect. My favorite time to run is in the morning in the early fall. There’s something about a crisp, fall morning that makes me fall more in love with running, lol.

  6. Great run! I’d say 65 with some pretty clouds and a slight breeze. Sounds amazing!

    The pasta looks great!

  7. Nice run! I love those crisp, early mornings for running, too.

  8. I enjoy either cool, crisp mornings right when the sun is coming up or cool fall evenings right after the sun has set. I love the smell of the air in the fall!

  9. My ideal weather conditions would be partly cloudy but sunny, with a light breeze. I honestly don’t mind the temperature too much, it’s nice when it’s a little warmer out, however it’s high humidity that makes me slow down.

  10. Summer, winter, spring or fall- I love running in the morning. I especailly love running in the early morning on the weekends when no one else is awake yet, everything is so quite and peaceful 🙂

  11. I have to agree with you about running weather. I am SO ready for fall! Yesterday we had a random cooler morning, and my run was amazing. But today it’s been right back to the usual upper 90s.

  12. Great run! Although it has to be rough running in heat. Blah. I couldn’t handle it.

    I rarely post my meals for the reason they aren’t special. Only certain things make the cut.

  13. I would agree with your perfect running conditions. I love a good morning run when there is a little chill in the air when you first get started and then the temps gradually increase. Ahhh….I can’t wait to actually RUN again! 🙂

    Oh and I have to second your opinion on the delicious, organic peaches right now. I’m obsessed. They are so amazingly fresh, juicy, and sweet right now!

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