July 23, 2012

Training plan changes and a slice of Hotlanta

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Workouts: I went off the plan last week. It all started when I needed another day of running. So far the paces with the Run Less Run Faster (RLRF) plan are either way faster or way slower than what I want to hit on marathon day, so I thought I would start adding in one day a week of a marathon pace run. I stole this idea from my Hanson plan (love you, dude). So on Friday, I did 6 miles, average pace 8:10. I just really want my legs to know what 8:13 feels like for race day, but I think the speed in RLRF will help me get my 1:42 at the Nashville Women's Half.

I followed up my gung-ho extra day of running with a skip of my long run for the week. Don't worry, kids, I plan to make it up today, but I thought it was kind of funny that I was feeling all cool about showing my training plan who's boss on Friday, just to flush it down the rest stop toilet on Saturday.

All for perfectly good reasons, sometimes called excuses.

My amazing sister agreed to watch our four kidlets while we went on an overnight date to Atlanta, which I will from this point on only call Hotlanta. It's impossible not to, so there's no reason to fight it any longer.


We stayed at the super hip Glenn Hotel in downtown ATL. I knew I was going to like it when they gift wrapped my toilet paper. And in orange.


Some other highlights were the spooky glass recessed heads. Two can play this creepy staring game, glass head.


Hallway grass, for when your tiny pet rats need a place to go.


Giant exercise mats. Don't ask why I thought this would be a good bed picture pose. Some things just happen when you jump on a freshly-made hotel bed.


And even though, surprise, my camera phone took a crappy (oh man) picture, I needed you to know that I got the most important shot. Corner toilet, don't mind if I do.


When we first walked into the Glenn to check in, there were dozens of people in the small, open lobby/bar, and I felt like we just walked into someone's cozy house party. We were about three notches below cool enough for the lobby scene, so we tried the rooftop lounge. Also, slightly too cool for us, and the seating was limited. So we took to the streets.

Can anyone from ATL help me identify this building? We were pretty sure it belonged in a science fiction movie produced in the 80s.


Spock called and wants his Vulcan IDIC back.

Source

The hotel was right beside the Centennial Olympic Park, where we learned that not all Southern statues with giant mustaches are Colonel Sanders. I was shocked.


Turns out that this mustache-ier is the Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic games, who apparently had the most unusually large hands. Perfect for holding on a midnight stroll in the park.


The next day, we woke up late and just sat around amazed at the silence of a hotel room without kids. Turns out that we are pretty quiet when we don't have four small people surrounding us.


The best decision of the trip was to hit up the Highland Bakery. If you are in Atlanta, you just absolutely have to go there. Unless you hate delicious stuff.



While we waited for a table, we sampled a few of the bakery items. Fresh cinnamon rolls and sweet potato biscuits.


For the main course, we decided to share the shrimp-n-grits and the peanut butter french toast.

Holy amazing grits! And the jalapeƱo focaccia was a perfect addition to the plate.



And holy giant french toast!



I could barely see my husband over the french toast massiveness.


We were in food heaven, and between the two of us, couldn't finish the food. That basically never happens to me. I'm giving this place a hundred thumbs up because 1) everything I tasted was fantastic, 2) the prices were reasonable, 3) the portions were giant enough to turn one meal into three. Definitely go there hungry.

What was the last change you made to your training plan?


Where was your last date?


If you have kids, do you ever get away for a weekend without them? It's a very rare occurrence for us, but I love it because it reminds me why I like my husband so much.

23 comments:

  1. The french toast is the craziest thing ever. Who could ever eat that much? It looks amazing though!

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    1. It is humanly impossible! Well, at least by this human.

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  2. I personally don't think it's a huge deal to adjust your training plan.. I only pencil in long runs, and then weekly do my running/crosstraining by feel and circumstances. It's a plan, meant to be a guide. Adjust away!

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    1. I just learned today that the Run Less Run Faster plan creators based it on the success of triathletes who found their running improve as they cross trained. Made me think of all you tri-stars!

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  3. Awesome!!!!!!! The food looks amazing!!!!! You two are adorable! Hood call on the change up for the training plan. I have o tell you not runninggping on 3 months is slowly killing me. It's horrible. I have a couple 5 K's I'm going to do in September. Ithas to be better by then but I'm loping my Mind. No we never get away from the kids. I guess their too smal yet. Last date was valentines day

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    1. I hope, hope, hope you are better in time for your September runs!

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  4. Looks like so much fun. Training plans are meant to be rearranged. I have yet to meet someone who has followed a training plan to the letter. You and your husband are adorable.

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    1. Thanks! And I hope my legs agree that change is good.

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  5. My husband was just saying he wanted a cinnamon bun, lol. And I love me some french toast...like the thick kind with lots of cinnamon and sugar and just a lil bit of syrup. Yay for having a night away...definitely good for the marriage, lol. We have a date night every week but we're currently deciding where we want to go on vacation for a few days to get out of NJ, lol! Have a great day! :)

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    1. You have lots of cool options around NJ! That's great that you guys have weekly date nights!

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  6. I went to Atlanta last year and loved it...but I didn't get that French Toast which is ridiculously big, I think I need to go back! The Husband and I have never had a night away from the Dude together - that's the downside of living the other side of the world from your family. But maybe this summer when we have visitors. I bet it would be so quiet!!

    BTW....Shake It Out was perfect on Saturday, thanks for the recommendation!!

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    1. Yes! My sister lives in LA so not totally the other side of the world, but it feels like it sometimes. We had so much fun while she was here.

      Glad you loved Shake It Out. I'm currently repeating it so many times that I'll probably be sick of it before my next race. Hate when I do that to my music.

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  7. I'm glad you had so much fun:) I love that your husband took all of those cute pics of you. I always feel funny asking my husband to take pics of me for my blog but he does it and takes great pics at that. All the food looks amazing! Does the wedding we went to last night count as a date?:) We left the kids at home with the grandparents.

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    1. That counts! As long as there was good food.:) My husband was wondering when the pictures would end on our date.

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  8. I'm so glad you and the hubby got some time away! I like that he helps you take goofy pictures. he he he!!!

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    1. He has to be coerced, but usually he's a good sport.

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  9. Fun times! As luck would have it I am actually going to be in the ATL for work Th and Fri of this week...and apparently my meeting is only 1 block away from the bakery (and my hotel is only 2 blocks away)...bring on the good eats!

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    1. So cool! Let me know what you order so I can get an idea for next time!

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  10. For the first time ever, I want to visit Atlanta, because I need to visit that bakery!

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  11. I'm doing the Nashville half too! It's the first half marathon I have ever done. I'm following Jeff Galloway's plan and run/walking it. My goal is just to finish it :)I can't wait!

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    1. That's a great plan for your first half! Let's look for each other in the crowds!

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  12. read your comment on haute running momma. prayer's are for your mother-in-law as well.

    in viewing your blog, i really like the pants you are wearing in the beginning of this post. do you happen to remember where you purchased them? too cute.

    thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much! That's so thoughtful of you. We are taking all the prayers we can get.

      Those jeans are from Gap. The only info I could find in the tag says Limited Edition. What does that mean??? I bought them a year ago at the thrift store. Lucky day! I wear them every day until I have to peel them off. And they are airy enough for summer wearing.

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