Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

Heading into week 8 of 7 Bridges Marathon training and that can only mean one thing!  We are over the halfway hump.  Just a few more weeks of adding miles and then we’ll hit taper town in just 4 weeks.

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Monday – It’s the first day of school so I’m planning at least a mile, but may end up doing 3 recovery miles if I have time.  I tweaked my back this weekend so that is also in play too.

Tuesday – I’m meeting Cara to get in 4 miles together sometime after school.

Wednesday – Christine and I will head to Hamilton Lakes to run 4 miles on the trails there.

Thursday – I’ll get in 2 miles solo before heading out to meet my training group for an additional 2+ miles.

Friday – one mile day and Christine and I are headed to see Breaking Benjamin in Winston.  I am so excited to see them again!!

Saturday – Long run part one  Christine and I will have 11 miles to run.  Not too sure how that’s going to go after a late night, but we’ll get in the miles some way.

Sunday – Long run part two and we’re actually splitting it up too.  We’ll run 6 miles in the morning and meet in the afternoon for the Growler Gallop 10K.  It’s the last race we’re running of the Race the Bar Series.  I’ll also hit my 1,000th mile of the year on this run!  I can’t believe it!

Total miles: 37 or 40 (depending on Monday’s run)

Meals

Hello Fresh is not disappointing this week and we have some delicious meals headed our way.  We still have the Tex Mex Risotto leftover from this week’s delivery and we’re adding Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Spicy Tuna Tar-Tacos, and Smoky Black Bean and Plantain Tacos.

What’s on your fitness plan?  How has your training been going?  Any yummy meals planned?

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Weekly Rundown

Another great week of marathon training!  After last week’s back down, I felt refreshed and renewed for this week’s longer distances and the weather cooperated more or less.

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Fitness

Monday – at start: 72 degrees, foggy and 88% humidity

I had an early morning run planned and ended up being able to run with my sister, Lisa and my friend, Kristen, and her sweet daughter.  We had a great run and looped through the local parks.  It was such a treat!!  We ran 4.01 miles.   I met Christie for Body Pump in the afternoon.  It was a great class and was on the more difficult side, which I love.  I like feeling like I gave it my all at the end of class.

Love my new tank from Target

Love my new tank from Target

Tuesday – at start: 79 degrees, post storm and  65% humidity

Christine and I met up with our friend, Kay’s running group.  I had to run 4.22 miles to hit 900 miles for the year!  We had a decent run despite the heat and humidity.  900 miles 2

Wednesday – at start: 84 degrees, 37% humidity

The weather was amazing for our evening run!  Christine and I met to run a local trail at Hamilton Lakes.  We ran 4.11 miles @10:33 pace.  We even saw our friend, Nathan out there who was finishing up his run.  wedrun

Thursday -at start: 66 degrees, 83% humidity

I was supposed to meet Christie in the morning, but totally overslept.  I guess I needed it?!  So I ran a quick 4 miler by myself around my neighborhood.  I usually take one day and it run it as a speed workout so this morning was the day.  I got in 4.15 miles @9:28 pace.  I ran it as a 3 mile progression run (Fast, faster, fastest) with a one mile faster.  I nailed it!!  I ran 10:21 the first mile, followed by 9:40 for my faster mile and finished with 8:19 for my fastest mile.  My last mile was back at 9:33.  I was so pleased with how that one went.

thursdayrunaugThursday afternoon: at start: 84 degrees, 37% humidity

I got an additional 2.25 miles in with my coaching group!  These ladies are doing amazing.  We ran 5 minutes and walked 3  x 3.

Friday – One mile rest day!!  I so needed it!

Saturday -at start: 70 degrees, 83% humidity

A few of us met to run in the morning.  Christine and I had 9 miles for our first long run of the weekend.  We broke it up into 2 smaller loops.  The 5 of us all ran together for the first 5 miles.  Kristen headed home to finish her miles back to her house.  The rest of us headed back another mile to our cars to grab water and finish with our second loop of 3 miles.   This was a hilly, hilly route.  I had no one to blame but myself; I mapped it. We gained 400+ feet over the 9 miles?!  It was rough and by the last two miles, we were done.  We finished the 9 miles @11:02.  Avg HR 124

Saturday Night – My family and Keith and Christine volunteered for a local afternoon 5K, the Retro Run.  We were in charge of the first water stop and 3 turns along the course.  We had a great time cheering on the runners for a steamy race!  We were drenched just standing out there; couldn’t imagine actually running it!  retrorunvolunteer

Sunday -at start: 68 degrees, 94% humidity

Long run part two.  A bigger group of us all met to run.  Everyone broke up into smaller groups to run different loops.  We had a huge range of miles between us all.  I had 10 miles to run.  We ran them in smaller loops again today.  We called it 2 2’s and 2 3’s coming back to the car each time for water.  It works well for us to do that for our second day run.  Mentally, I’m able to break the miles down easier that way.  Christine, Cara and I ran our first 2 miler then refueled and were about a mile into our first 3 and our friend, Amy caught up to us.  The four of us ran together back to the cars.  We had 5 miles down, 5 more to go!  Amy and I hung together for the next 5 miles.  We found a great pace and just ticked off the miles.  I finished 10 miles @ 10:37 pace overall with an avg HR 129.  I was stoked!  sundayrunaug

Total weekly miles: 38.87

2015 Year to Date Miles: 930.64 on my way to 1500

Meal Plan

Good food was every where this week!!  We had some great meals from Hello Fresh and we had one girls’ day lunch this week which was such a treat!

  • Peach and Prosciutto Flatbread
  • Layered Vegetarian Enchiladas
  • An awesome Bento Box (sushi, tempura veggies, Hibachi chicken, fried rice and salad)
  • Lemongrass Chicken skewers
  • Za’Tar Pita Burgers with zucchini fries

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Fall Racing Schedule and a Smoothie

Happy day, y’all!!

Today, I’m talking all about my Fall racing schedule and a bonus!!  My favorite Summertime Smoothie.  Now, I’m not gonna lie.  I just haven’t gotten on the whole make your own smoothie bandwagon.   I know people love it, but I just am not ready to commit to it yet.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good smoothie every once in a while.  I just have to buy mine prepared for me.

So let’s jump in with what’s on my race agenda this Fall.   It’s surprisingly bare which is not like me at all.  Maybe I’m growing up??  I know Nick’s loving it.  Less racing means more money in our bank account.  fallracescheduleSeptember

Right now, I only have one race on my schedule for September: Race 13.1 Raleigh.  Cara, Christine and I are headed back to Raleigh to run this one again.  Cara and I are pacing the 2:15 group and Christine is along for the run with us!  I’m most excited that they changed the course from last year and removed Lassiter Hill.  It was this ridiculously huge hill the last .5 of the race.   We may throw in a last minute race at the end of the month, depending on how we feel with our training.  Salem Lake 30K and Triad 10 Miler are on my radar.

October

I celebrate half number 40 by pacing the local half marathon, Cannonball Half, with Cara.  We’re in charge of the 2:30 group and I’m so looking forward to it.  We have several friends who are running this race too!  It’s a great local event and the changes that happened last year with the addition of the food trucks and post race brews made it super fun!2014-10-12 08.39.36-1

Mid-October? Marathon #7 at 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, TN.  I’m so looking forward to this one.  It’s going to be a great trip with friends.  I’ve never been to Chattanooga so I’m interested in seeing the city while running the marathon.  We’ve rented a cute little house and we’re staying within walking distance to a ton of restaurants and even a brewery.  It will be a gorgeous course especially with the fall leaf colors.

November

The event of all events!!  Crooked Road 24 hour Ultra!  It’s by far my favorite race I do each year.  I’m shooting for a 100K distance this year.   I want it bad, but I also am realistic and know that so much depends on the weather and how I’m feeling.  We have a ton of friends who are going to be out there too so it won’t be without fun!  crookedroadsign

I like that there isn’t too much on my schedule right now.  I’m hoping to head up to Boone for some Appalachian Football games so I’ll work around those if I pick up any races.

Now, for the bonus!!  It’s Summertime Smoothie time! 

As I mentioned, my favorite smoothie comes prepared for me.  It’s my favorite one and it’s actually a tough one to find.  It is… Naked Protein & Greens!  It’s the best of both worlds for me.  I get the protein punch I need for after runs, but all the benefits of the greens.  I’ve tried the Green Machine and it was just too “green” for me.  This has just the right amount of sweetness to combat the earthiness of the all greens smoothie.

What race are you most excited about on your fall schedule?  Do you make your own smoothies?

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Weekly Rundown

Another week of 7 Bridges Marathon training is in the bag!  It was actually a pretty good week.  The weather was tolerable, but by the end of the week, the heat and humidity were back in full force. And our meals?  We were enjoying some really tasty eats this week.

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Monday – I met Christie to run early in the morning for 5 miles.  We ran a route we hadn’t run in a while so it was great to mix it up!  We went to Body Pump in the afternoon. 5 miles @ 10:19 pace Avg HR 138

Tuesday – Cara, Christine and I met at the shop and ran 4 miles.  It was a pretty good run.  I forgot my HR monitor so I just tried to keep a pace like yesterday.  4.02 miles @10:15 pace

Wednesday – Christine and I ran 4 miles at Hamilton Lakes for a really good recovery run.  We ran more than we have there in a long time.  Super easy!  4.08 miles @11:36 pace Avg HR 115

Thursday – I had to move my long runs around due to our concert Saturday night.  I ran a solo 6 miler at a local park making some loops.  It was perfect.  I thought I had my HR monitor with me, but I only had one of the two pieces.  I ran as controlled as I could and ended up a bit fast even though I didn’t feel like I was pushing.  6 miles @9:55 pace

Friday – Long Run #2!  I met Christie and Kristen in the morning to run some miles with them.  I ended up only needing to run one solo mile which was great!  7.01 miles @10:27 pace Avg HR 1362015-07-17 09.08.42

Saturday – I wanted to get in a short run before we headed to Raleigh.  Christie was running after CF so I met her our at the same park I ran on Thursday.  Hayden wanted to come out and run a bit too!  I ran a mile with Hayden and did 3.37 miles solo.  I didn’t wear my HR monitor because I was running with Hayden and knew that we’d keep it easy.  I didn’t plan for her not to want to do any more than a mile. 4.37 miles @ 10:52 pace

I also hit my 800th mile of the year on Saturday’s run!800thmile

Sunday – one mile “rest” day.  Much needed and kept it super easy.  11:37 pace

Total Weekly Miles: 31.48 miles

2015 Year to Date Miles: 801.07 towards 1500

Meals

We had some great meals this week again!

This week’s meals:

  • Seared Steak with Crispy Potato Salad. This was a top 5 favorite from Hello Fresh.  The shallot gravy made this whole dish and the Kalamata olives in the potato salad were so good.
  • Vegetable Pizza for a new place, Uncle Maddio’s.  It was a really good thin crust pizza.  I had mushrooms and onions on my pieces.
  • Tortellini Gratin with tomato, pesto and kale. This was another awesome dish.  I wish we had more because I would have had another helping.
  • Poached Cod in Chorizo-Fennel Broth with Orange, Zucchini, and Purple Potato Crisps
  • Snacky foods at a friend’s party
  • Arepas (corn flatbread that can be stuffed with all kinds of good things).  We tried a Venezuelan restaurant when we were in Raleigh Saturday night for the concert.  It was so good!!  I got one filled with shredded chicken, black beans, pico and cheese with a cilantro dipping sauce.  The other winner there was their Guasaca, a chunky avocado salsa.  mealsweekjuly13

Have you ever tried an arepa before?  How did your fitness plans go this week?

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan 

Happy Sunday!! We just got back from an awesome week at the beach.  It was just the type of week we all needed. Now it is back to the grind!  And…

It is the start of marathon training!!! Yes, this week kicks off training for 7 Bridges Marathon!

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Fitness

Monday – 2 miles and BodyPump

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – 3 miles

Thursday – 4 miles

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday – 5 miles

Sunday – 6 miles

Total miles: 25 miles

Meals

We suspended our Hello Fresh delivery while we were on vacation. Our delivery will be here on Wednesday which means Monday and Tuesday are on our own. I’ll shop food for each day.

  • Chicken Caesar Salads
  • Pasta of some sort

From Hello Fresh:

  • Seared Steak with Crispy Potato Salad
  • Coconut and Macadamia Crusted Tilapia
  • Warm Spinach and Spicy Chorizo Salad

What’s on your fitness and meal plan this week?  Anything exciting?

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