Weekly roundup – eating out

What a fantastic week this has been. It didn’t feel like it at the time, it felt a bit stressful & I felt very tired, but looking back I’ve been ridiculously busy and have managed to get most of my workouts in! Not a cheap week though… Will have to do better next week!

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Watching the London Marathon on Sunday

Workouts

Monday as always was rest day.
Tuesday I cycled into work, a bit tired from the night before so put off my swim. At lunch my usual yoga class was cancelled so I hopped in the treadmill instead. I decided to run 5k, mixing up the speeds between 10km/hr and 12.5km/hr. I ran a kilometre at 10.5, one at 11 & one at 11.5. I then played around with holding faster speeds for a few minutes, finishing up with 5k in 26 minutes 46. A new PB so I was very happy! It’s much more fun on the treadmill when you mix up the speeds.

Wednesday I cycled into work then had a great swim session where I actually used a training plan rather than just try & swim the distance for my triathlon. Separate post on this coming up! Strength session in my lunch break and then I was off out so didn’t cycle home.

Thursday I was feeling lazy again in the morning so didn’t make my run. No exercise at all until I cycled home from work in the evening!

Friday saw an hour strength session before work, then a swim lesson at lunch. My instructor is teaching me to do butterfly and I love it. Although wasn’t sure to be flattered or annoyed when he told me I looked much more natural doing butterfly than front crawl. I’ve only done a few lengths of butterfly and I’ve been working on my crawl for over a year!! Very frustrating.

Saturday began with a new PB at Brockwell Park Run – 5k in 25 mins 46 seconds!! It starts with a 25 šŸ™‚ now to work for it to begin with a 24 šŸ˜€ It’s a really hilly course as well so I’m very proud of myself. Must say it wasn’t fun though and I actually thought I was going to be sick at one point. Although as I don’t have a GPS watch I didn’t know if I was finding it so hard because I was going fast, or because I was just feeling weak and dehydrated so I just kept going at the same pace…. Now I’m wondering if having a GPS watch would be a good thing or a bad thing!

Then home for 20 minutes of squats and core work, followed by 30 minutes yoga.

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Sunday: beautiful 2 hour cycle with two laps photo1 (5)around Richmond Park. Stunningly beautiful. Once home my sister and her boyfriend popped round as they were in London, bringing a feast of a lunch (salads, pies, humous, cheese, bread). Post-lunch I had another short cycle to watch the marathon at Parliament Square. I was watching the 5+ hours guys go through, so much respect to them. Some still running, others walking, others limping along. But all still going. Now seriously considering it for next year…..!!!

 

 

Eats:

Ate out Monday night for my grandpa’s birthday which was a lovely evening, good food and it’s always good to spend time with the grandparents. Some amusing moments though as my dad’s wife is Russian and its apparently a Russian tradition at someone’s birthday for everyone else to give a short speech about the birthday person. So she stood up and made a lovely, v complimentary speech about my grandpa. He is a typical dour, grumpy old Scottish man and also half-deaf – so much more comfortable with the general British humour of being sarcastically mean about someone!

Wednesday was my friend Chris’ birthday. I and a few friends had dinner at The Eagle in Clerkenwell before surprising him at Craft Beer Co for a few drinks. He was so surprised that he went speechless for a bit, it was lovely.

Saturday I had another fantastic Honest Burger with James and a friend for lunch before an afternoon nap (well I had just got a 5k PB!) and then into Caytre Soho for a lovely Vietnamese meal with some friends in the evening. Very spoilt!

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I had a fantastic bowl of Saigon Pho, better than many I’d had in Vietnam. But I must say the spring rolls, although nice, weren’t as good as the ones James can make at home so I was left feeling just slightly disappointed! The service was great, v friendly and helpful waiters, but the room itself was incredibly busy, noisy, and ridiculously hot. Especially with my hot soup I was bright red and boiling hot by the end!! A really good meal though and I’d definitely go back.

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I’ve been sporadically keeping up with Laura at Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish on her green smoothie challenge, loving my usual avocado, apple and spinach smoothies. But today I decided to branch out and try something new….

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ItĀ looks the worst out of any I’ve made but tastes incredible…. 2 handfuls of spinach, 2 cups of coconut water, seeds from 1 whole pomegranate, one tiny avocado and one banana. Can’t wait to drink it tomorrow! (Update: it turns out banana is quite strong and that’s the main taste I’m getting – perhaps next time more pomegranates and less banana as I love the taste of pomegranate! That might make it look a bit better too….)

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All in all a fantastic week! Made better by the beautiful weather today, so nice to have lunch with my sister outside in the garden under the sun. Although I do have cycle-short tan lines… ooops!

 

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2 comments

    • Pomegranate is the best – it goes in pretty much every salad I make!! Little bursts of loveliness in your mouth šŸ™‚
      Maybe it would work best added into a smoothie later on so it’s not blended in completely… hmm an idea for next week!

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