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A Change of Run Scenery + This Week’s Meal Plan + Last Week’s Workouts

I have to tell you again how happy I am to be back on the meal planning bandwagon. I’ve been visiting the farmers market on Saturdays and buying whatever looks good and then menu planning around the things that I’ve purchased. I’m having so much fun spending an hour or so on Sunday mornings browsing Pinterest, magazines and my favorite recipe sources in search of inspiration and menu planning has allowed me to be much more creative with our meals versus my standard “cook a protein and roast veggies” go-to.

I also took my runs out of the box this week. Instead of my normal neighborhood and treadmill runs, I ran outside on some old favorite routes.


On Tuesday I parked at the gym and ran a mixture of the Booty Loop and Little Sugar Creek Greenway.


And on Thursday I ran in my old neighborhood. I had to meet someone at my house to get an estimate for tree work so I decided to do my run around the neighborhood so that I could check out what was going on. After spending 6 years and thousands of miles running those streets, it was comforting to be back on them for the first time since we moved last fall.

It’s been a hot and humid summer of running so I switching things up really helped keep me motivated this week. I am looking forward to those cool and crisp fall morning long runs during half marathon training!

This Week’s Meal Plan


Baja fish tacos with lime crema, Southwestern slaw and corn on the cob


Thai coconut green curry with a mix of farmers market veggies over jasmine rice (meatless Monday)


Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken cooked over potatoes, carrots and onions (we’ll eat the thigh/leg quarters this night…I may also throw some brussles sprouts in the mix)


Grilled “BLAT” Burgers (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato) with roasted sweet potatoes and roasted radishes


Leftover roast chicken breasts topped with a sauteed basil-peach sauce with herb-roasted potatoes and a veggie (probably roasted broccoli)


Pan-seared scallops with sauteed spinach and mushroom risotto



Last Week’s Workouts


Hot yoga


4 mile run (outside) + lift + hot yoga

Super sets…3 rounds
12 bench press (70#)
12 push ups

10 pull ups (strict, no assistance)
10 lat pull downs


3 rounds…
10 Smith machine single leg split squat (each leg…25# plate on each side)
10 Smith machine squats (same leg)

10 single leg hamstring curls on the hamstring curl machine (each leg)

I did yoga later that evening because I had to audition a new teacher for our mentorship program.




4.3 mile run (outside) + 40 minute walk



500 meter row and then 5 rounds…
10 back squats (85#)
10 ring rows

500 meter row and then 5 rounds…
10 deadlifts (85#)
10 strict push ups

500 meter row and then 5 rounds…
10 walking lunges (each leg holding 25# dumbbells each arm)
10 burpees

500 meter row and then 5 rounds…
1 sled push down and back with 50# added to sled
10 sit ups


Teach arm balance and inversions workshop (after Friday’s workout, teaching the workshop was all I had in me for a workout!) + 40 minute walk


Teach Total Strength at the Y + hot yoga

Do you always run the same routes or switch them up? 

How do you get out of running ruts? 

What’s on your meal plan for the week? 

Best workout last week? Mine was definitely Friday’s!

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Rebecca August 7, 2016, 5:48 pm

    I tend to run the same couple of routes in my neighborhood and at the nearby lake. It’s good to mix it up once in a while, sometimes I’ll do that by offering to meet a friend for a run and let them pick where!

    This week we are having black bean lentil soup (makes great leftovers for lunch), hiney-lime sweet potato and black bean tacos and chickpea ratatouille. Yum!

    My favorite workout this week was the one I did this morning. I ran 10 miles with some friends during their 18 mile run. I loved being able to keep them company and seeing the sun rise over the lake never gets old! It was a scorcher once the sun came up but I actually felt pretty good.

    • Rebecca August 7, 2016, 5:49 pm

      Haha, that was supposed to say “honey-lime”, nobody wants hiney-lime.

      • Jen DeCurtins August 11, 2016, 12:24 pm

        Hahahaha! Dying over this.

        Your 10 miler sounds awesome. Can’t wait to be back up in double digits again.

  • Mo August 7, 2016, 10:36 pm

    I would love the recipe/instruction on your Friday night meal of scallops, spinach and risotto. We are planning sea scallops for This coming weekend as well! 👍🏻😋

    • Jen DeCurtins August 11, 2016, 12:23 pm

      Ahhh I don’t have a recipe! I just make sure the scallops are really dry before searing them and that the pan is hot. I keep seasoning simple on scallops…salt and pepper usually. I’ll just saute the spinach in a little butter or olive oil and the risotto I am going to kind of wing. Note: I do love this baked risotto recipe if you’re looking for something that you don’t have to stir forever: https://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/baked-lemon-thyme-risotto/

      I like to finish it all off with a drizzle of aged or high-quality balsamic or balsamic reduction.

  • Meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) August 8, 2016, 5:34 am

    I basically always run my same route outside my front door! Sometimes I run at the beach but only once this summer. I have thought about taking my long run to the beach this weekend though to mix things up!

    • Jen DeCurtins August 11, 2016, 12:21 pm

      A beach run sounds sooo nice!

  • Liz August 8, 2016, 10:05 am

    I usually do one run outside per week and then run intervals on the treadmill (now with Skyfit). I pretty much always run the same route outside and have for the past 12 years or so. Whenever I try a different route, I always with that I had run my old standby!

    • Jen DeCurtins August 11, 2016, 12:20 pm

      Yay! Glad you are enjoying Skyfit. It’s really helped me switch up my treadmill runs.

  • Tara August 8, 2016, 1:55 pm

    that rowing workout looks killer ! i generally need to change up running. if i run by my house its pretty much same(ish) route. but i like to go to parks, trails, etc. i live in NE ohio so we have absolutely awesome trails. like excellent ones. so i take advantage of those. they are even adding water, bathrooms, bike tire pumps, etc to many. i just really like to change it up. also my BF would love your meal plan. so fancy even for weeknights LOL. im having steak and sweet pots tonight, grilled shrimp salad, aidele’s meatballs and steamed vegs for a quick weeknight dinner (i’m sure i spelled that wrong), and lettuce wraps this week. Leftovers and pineapple chicken for the weekend. sorta like baked sweet and sour chicken but with no breading and make your own sauce with lots of veggies.

  • Morgan August 8, 2016, 3:43 pm

    Question! How do you meal prep all those dinners in advance or do you cook them all the night of?

    • Jen DeCurtins August 11, 2016, 12:19 pm

      I cook nightly. I plan meals according to what time I’ll be home, how much time I have to cook that night and if I’ll have any time to do some prep earlier in the afternoon or at lunch.

  • Meah August 8, 2016, 4:08 pm

    I’ve been listening to Nicole Culver’s Blissful Bites Podcast while I run and it’s seriously such a life-saver! It makes the miles fly by. And oh my gosh, does Thursday’s dinner sound amazing! I the peach basil sauce homemade? If so, what’s the recipe? I think my best workout last week was the HIIT, total body, and core one I did early in the morning on Thursday before leaving for vacation. Of course the actual workout part was good, but frankly I’m just proud that I actually got up and did a morning workout. I’m totally NOT a morning exerciser, but I aspire to be. Here’s hoping I do more morning workouts in the future.


    • Jen DeCurtins August 11, 2016, 12:18 pm

      Love listening to podcasts while running. I don’t have a recipe for the peach sauce. I’m going to wing it!

      I love getting an early morning workout in pre-vacation. Hope you had a good trip!

  • Lindsey August 9, 2016, 1:00 pm

    What recipe did you follow for the green curry? It sounds really good and I always have lots of veggies to use up 🙂

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