Workouts + Weekend + Sushi Tradition + Cyber Monday


Oh boy. Long holiday weekends make Monday that much harder. And I am not even going think about the fact that my son has a late evening hockey game tonight. Nope. Not thinking about it until tonight when I am looking to go to sleep and have to head out to his game. 

So today I am sharing a quick recap today of my week in workouts plus some weekend food and fun thrown in too. This was a higher mileage week for me and I really enjoyed every mile. As I mentioned last week, I am finding myself returning naturally to the longer distances again over the shorter, speedier runs. I have come to realize that subconsciously I can now find the perfect balance for myself just by running exactly where my mood takes me. When I feel like running longer, I will run longer and when I find myself not in the mood, I will naturally run shorter yet faster. At least that’s what seems to happen!

The one thing I am noticing however is that when I run longer, my Pure Barre workouts are shorter or less frequent. There was a time when I could do both but mentally, I just don’t feel like it. Time wise and patience wise, an hour or so (aside from my long run) is all I want to devote to exercise and that’s okay. It’s another natural progression for me I guess. I’m just naturally running a specific distance and then subconsciously coordinating a Pure Barre workout that caps off for around a hour total of workout time these days.

workout recap running pure barre

Monday – 7 Miles

It wasn’t overly cold (high 30’s maybe?) but there was a decently strong wind which was pretty annoying.

Tuesday – 6 Miles/10 Min Pure Barre

6 miles with rounds of 5 minutes easy/5 minutes 30 seconds hard/30 seconds easy outside before coming home for two, 5 minute Pure Barre workouts. One combined arms & abs and the other for seat.

Wednesday – 30 Min Pure Barre/30 Min Running (treadmill)

It was pouring rain this morning so I opted for 30 minutes of Pure Barre before heading to the gym for the treadmill. Fairly easy 30 minute run which covered 3.5 miles.

Thursday – 10 Miles

Since it was Thanksgiving, I knew I would have the time for a longer run. 10 miles and it felt great!

In case you missed my recap of Thanksgiving, here it is. 🙂

Thanksgiving plate

Friday – 5 Miles/15 Min Pure Barre

5 miles plus 15 minute of Pure Barre after my run: 10 minutes thighs & seat plus 5 minutes for arms.

Some people have Black Friday shopping traditions, I have Black Friday food traditions. This was our second annual Black Friday sushi tradition at Aiko!

Aiko has my most favorite crispy rice topped with tuna appetizer so I was really excited to order it immediately.

crispy rice tuna

We also ordered shumai before getting to the sushi.


The spicy mango shrimp roll is always a must for me when it’s on a sushi menu. I can’t even tell you what other rolls we ordered. I think the standard spicy tuna roll, a Philadelphia roll (not for me) and a special roll that I believe involved lobster.


Saturday – 11 Miles

Not much to report here! I was on the phone for the first 4 miles which was good because I was able to warm up and adjust to running without thinking about it. I planned to stop at 1o miles but then my son called so I stayed out another mile while chatting on the phone.

Then it was time to shop a bit before getting my haircut. I have an awesome gift guide coming up tomorrow which includes more of my faves from Henri Bendel so I won’t smother you with what else I am loving today too. If you missed Friday’s post, there are a few additional must-have items though. 🙂

Henri bande

The lady who cut my hair used the flat-iron which is something I NEVER do to my hair but she wanted to cut my hair dry and super straight to ensure the ends were all even.

This is me scoping it all out in the mirror after the cut while in the store Vanilla Sky. And then I sent the picture to Heather to see what she thought too.


^You know by now that I am one of those people who walks around stores with their sunglasses still on, right? I can’t really help it- they are prescription so I forget they are on my face until I see a mirror.

I stopped by my parents’ house and had grandma pizza and salad < – favorite combination.

grandma pizza and salad

Sunday – Pure Barre (45 min)

My son had football watching plans with his friend so I was free to shop and eat and whatever for a large part of the day.

Lunch at Panera and I went back to ordering my salad instead of the You Pick Two.


Plus an afternoon little snack of chocolate. This is what happens when Chocolate Works opens a location right near you. You stop in for little bites at random times. 🙂


Quick Cyber Monday Chat!

Ahhhh!!! I can’t even with all the sales.

I made the mistake of checking out the UNDER $100 sales section of the Bloomingdales website. I say mistake because now I want everything. Like this  French Connection Mini Dress. How cute? And this Endless Rose Off-The-Shoulder Sweater AND the Splendid Cold Shoulder Hoodie is on sale too! If you get it, order a size up because it runs on the smaller side.

If you are a more of Nordstrom shopper, they are running an extra  20% OFF   off selected sale items with free shipping and free returns.

Bergdorf is to 40% off during the Designer Sale  plus this Cyber Monday deal for a gift card! Receive up to a $750 gift card when you spend $200+ on regular priced items – beauty and fragrance included. CODE: GC4YOU

For even more sales and items on my list, check out my post from Friday!

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Linking up with Meg’s week in review today!

How was your weekend? Are you ready to get back to work/life today?!

Best thing you ate over the weekend?

Are you shopping Cyber Monday sales?





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  1. says

    I wear my prescription sunglasses inside all the time, all year round!! I seriously forget I am wearing them and umm I can see!! I don’t like wearing my other ‘normal’ glasses. Glad I am not the only one 🙂

  2. says

    You are my new personal shopper. I am traveling to California and that mini dress is just what I wanted so going to hit Bloomies and Bendels today. I don’t wear prescription glasses and always forget to take my rays off in a store. Have a happy day.

    • says

      isn’t it so cute?! I’m glad you like it – make sure the sales are in store too – I’m not sure off hand if these deals with cyber deals for online only or in store as well. Bendel’s emails are saying online only but something tells me the stores are going to honor the sale anyway.

  3. says

    Your hair looks SO NICE like that! My weekend was really nice and restful, and I think because I really got a chance to relax, I’m pretty ready to tackle this week. It helped, too, that one of my classes was canceled today, so I was done with classes by 11am! The best thing I ate over the weekend was the chocolate chip banana bread I made, and yes, I do very much intend to shop Cyber Monday deals! 😉
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