sunday funday [cliché but accurate].

15 Jul

Last time I plopped by I was recapping my epic Friday. The rest of my weekend was much more mellow  and it even included  some “spring” cleaning on Saturday.

I started this morning with a 6-mile run. Before that, though, I knew I’d need to eat a little something. I was fresh outta bananas so I decided to try the Quaker Banana Nut Bar I was sent in my VoxBox through Influenster.* I took the package’s suggestion and warmed it up for 10 seconds. It was good! Light enough to be eaten just before heading out the door for a run, but not so heavy that I felt it. The flavors were rich – it actually tasted pretty close to real banana bread, or at least wayyyy closer than a Clif Bar or something would (and Clif Bars are my bar of choice. Hah.) I liked that I could see the nut pieces on top as well.

After my run, I was off to spend the day at the Concerts in the Park  in Manhattan Beach for a little Sunday Funday with Aviva, Armita, and our friends Blake and Heather who live over there. We got there early (around 1) and staked out a spot and hung around eating and drinking the day away (mimosas, gotta #stayclassy). The music, atmosphere, and people were all awesome.

mimosas. [a little leftover champagne from blake and heather’s recent engagement party]

The motown music was awesome – we all literally danced to “Proud Mary.” The woman singing Etta James’ classic “At Last” was incredible, too. Yay for the Tom Nolan Band!

tom nolan band.

Loved today – I need to spend more time in the beach cities!

When I got home, Jenn and I grabbed dinner at local favorite, Mendocino Farms.

she loooovess her mendo.

summer cubano.

I went with the summer cubano [Slow braised carnitas, prime honey ham, Mendocino Mustard, housemade pickles, Cuban mojo sauce, crispy plantains on Dolce Forno’s soft roll]. It had me at the words “carnitas” and “crispy plantains.” I also stole a bite or two of Jenn’s orzo side salad – the curry flavors were incredible. I am definitely starting to get on board the Mendocino craze!

Before I round out the weekend with my workouts, I wanted to share some links I’ve been enjoying from around the web:

And finally, it wouldn’t be Sunday unless I shared my workouts:
  • Monday: Cardio Barre
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run (easy)
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: 3 mile run (treadmill) + 800 meter swim
  • Saturday: OFF
  • Sunday: 6 mile run
I am trying to get back in the swing of things to gear up for a fall marathon by running a little more, and I am trying to swim, spin, and lift at least once a week. I didn’t do amazingly well on this, but I took 2 days off which I think my body needed based on some weird foot pain (dang high heels!)
Anyone have any links to add to that list?

Does your city offer free concerts in the park?

* [Disclaimer]: While Influenster and Quaker sent me this product to review, all opinions and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.

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