Sweet Tomatoes

21 Feb

On Saturday after the track meet my friends Ryan and Melisa insisted that we eat at Sweet Tomatoes. I LOVE trying new things and they raved about how fresh everything is at this restaurant. Here’s a quick blurb from the website :

Let’s just say within 24 hours of being in the ground, it’s on a refrigerated truck on its way to us. Our food is made from scratch every day. Our salad bar buffet features over 50 fresh ingredients, including specialty tossed and prepared salads. In addition to salads, we serve original recipe hot pastas, hand-crafted soups, scratch-made muffins, and Focaccia breads in our hot buffet. Create. Indulge. Enjoy.  www.souplantation.com

A.maz.ing!!! I wish we had one closer as I’d be eating there 24/7 a regular visitor for lunch. YUM 🙂 After we were full we decided that we needed to find a place to walk all the food off before our long car ride home – what better place than an outdoor mall?? duh.  After getting Starbucks we wandered into the Adidas store – I got 2 new running tops, some awesome shorts (I get psyched when I find short running shorts – I hate long ones) and a new light coat. This was pretty much a perfect day… running, shopping, eating, Starbucks… people watching… random small towns are great for people watching 🙂

It was unseasonably warm here in Illinois last week which meant lots of outdoor running 🙂 Thankfully I have plenty of runner friends who also share in my excitement of getting some miles in outside. I got in 4 runs outside, 1 on the track, and zero on the treadmill!!! As you can see, I’m pumped for spring to get here – I hate running on the treadmill. Anywho I took off a couple hours early on Friday to get in 2 loops of a local 5k race course (St. Pats) with Ryan and Bernico. It was gorgeous!!! I got to wear shorts and actually took my jacket off for part of the run – I was wearing a smile the rest of the day 🙂 Sunday’s long run was another story… it was 34* with a 20 mph wind. I met up with Jess and Laura (their husbands and Ryan ran way ahead of us) and we set out for our 13 miler. We ran along a trail that is paved and goes through most of our town out into the country. What we didn’t realize is that the first 7 out were with the wind at our backs – coming back we were running right into it. I literally was almost blown over several times haha. When we got close to the cars we noticed the boys weren’t back yet so we kept going… and it just felt funny to me to stop a run at 13.57 miles so we just made it an even 14. My longest run to date!!! It felt great – although I did take a nap when I got home 🙂  ** Note ** I tried Carboom! Raspberry flavor at about mile 6.5 – I liked the Stinger Honey Gel I took last week better.

2/14      Bike  – 30 min easy (Slice)
                XT – 60 min Strong class

2/15      Run – 2.7 mi easy w/u for track workout
                Run – 12 x 400’s (90 sec pace – 3 mi)

2/16      Bike – 2 x 10 mins @ 170 HR , 10 mins easy

2/17      Run – 5.62 mi very easy (58:54) my hood

2/18      Run – 6.2 mi easy (9:15 pace) St. Pats course

2/19      Run – easy 1.5 w/u for race
                Run – 1 mile race (6:17)  Westwood Track

2/20     Run – 14 mi long (2:13:15) 9:32 pace Trail *new daily high!*

TOTALS:         Run: 34 miles    *new weekly high!!*
                               Bike :
1 hour
 1 hour


4 Responses to “Sweet Tomatoes”

  1. Brit February 21, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Nice work on your long run! It looks like we did the essentially the same long run this weekend…14 @ 9:32.

    • Ritter February 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks, good job on your run as well! Too funny 🙂 9:30 is such a comfortable pace…

  2. lindsay February 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I love sweet tomatoes. The salad bar rocks! Great week of workouts too. Keep it up woman!

    • Ritter February 23, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      I loved how fresh all of the vegetables were!!

      PS I love your blog 🙂

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