Favorite Racing Distance: Then and Now

This is something I’ve actually spent a lot of time thinking about it and I realized that what I used to consider my favorite racing distance as changed as I’ve run for more years and gained more experience.   Do you feel the same way?

When I first started running in 2009, I was in love with the 5K distance!  There was something fun about going out there and running as fast as I could.  I spent many a weekend, racing 5K’s in the search of improving on my time.  I didn’t necessarily train for one properly, but it was a fun distance to race.  I also loved that I was always prepared to run a 5K without having to keep up a crazy running schedule.

One of my first 5K's, The Skirtchaser

One of my first 5K’s, The Skirtchaser

 

Then I started training for my first half marathon and 10K’s became my thing.  I found out that by training for my first half, my 10K times were coming down and I was getting faster at them.  Because a lot of my tempo and progression runs were right at 5 miles, I was able to push for the extra 1.2 miles and have a pretty good 10K time.  This year, I finally beat my 10K from 2010.

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My first 10K

 

After my first half in 2009 and a few more in 2010, I was hooked and went on to try to run under 2:00, my ultimate half goal.  I danced all around it until Flying Pirate in 2012.  I finally, with the help of Nathan’s pacing, went under two hours, barely.  It was on from then!  I was determined to go under 2:00 by myself and to keep on trying to race a half.  In 2013, I ran 13 halfs.  I took my love of racing a half to a new level!  It was a great year and I loved all of the races for different reasons.

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I’m don’t even entertain adding racing a marathon to the list because at this point, I’ve never raced a marathon and all of my previous races have been a crap shoot!

So the verdict!  Which race distance is my favorite now?

THE HALF! 

I’m a half marathon kind of girl!  It’s my thing.  I actually don’t race many of them any more, but now pacing has become my way of enjoying them still!

 

Check out other people’s favorite racing distances over at Tuesday on the Run!

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What is your favorite racing distance?  Has your preference changed as you run more?
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Weekly Rundown – Marathon Training Week 13

What a difference a week makes!  The tiredness I was feeling has subsided this week.  I knew that I was not running at my right paces for a lot of my runs and running too fast was wearing me out.  So this week, I threw on my heart rate monitor and wore it on all my runs and guess what?!  I had an amazing week!  All of my runs went off perfectly, even my long run, finally!  I mean it is week 13 (my lucky number), so it had to go well!

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FITNESS

Finally, finally, finally!!  A really great week for my training!  I wish I would have worn my HRM sooner for training.  I realized that all my easy runs were creeping into tempo range and my tempo runs were moving towards my 5K pace.  Bottom line, over training.  I was vigilant on all my runs this week to keep my HR in check to make sure all my runs were what they were supposed to be.  My easy runs were easy (under 13o HR), my tempo was right on (avg. HR 152) and my long run was perfect (avg. HR 142).  By adding that one little thing, I nailed all my runs!  The HRM is here to stay for the rest of my training and race day.  I have to keep my eye on the prize, that marathon in 5 weeks!  I have to run smart in the coming weeks to make sure I’m rested and ready to run those 26.2 miles.   I also made sure that I wore my water belt for my long run vs stopping at the water stops.  I have been training with Essentia water and I need to stick with that, even in a race.  I will be wearing my water belt for my marathon too.

MEAL PLANNING

The highlight of the week was our grilled chicken Casear salad pitas.  It was great to mix up our favorite meal and put a slight twist on it.  We also enjoyed pork chops and mac and cheese and cheeseburgers.  We went out to dinner Friday night with my sis’ family at one of our favorite places where I enjoyed a delicious Buffalo chicken wrap.

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Race Recap – Raleigh and Salem Lake 30K

With two back to back races, here is a combo recap of my latest two:  Race 13.1 Raleigh and Salem Lake 30K

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Cara and I headed to the start of the race fairly early to pick up our pacing sign, to meet up with friends who were running also, and to take part in the awesome energetic pre-race warm-up.  With a few minutes until go time, we headed to line up!  Cara and I were super excited because we had a pretty decent pace group this time, the first one for us!  At any point, we had 10-15 runners sticking with us.  The race started and we were off!

We had to be really careful at the beginning.  The first few miles are mostly downhill and we held back a bit just not to wear our group out later.  We would need the energy to head up the last hill, Lassiter Hill.   We were very consistent with our pace and we talked and carried on with our runners.  There were some really awesome folks in our group and one of my favorite things about pacing is hearing everyone’s stories.  It connects all of us together and you instantly feel like you’ve known them for years.  The course was also beautiful!  Raleigh has an amazing greenway system and we ran on several different “trails” including a loop around Shelley Lake.

By mile 11, all of our runners had all gone on ahead of us and I started feeling really yucky.  Even though the air was fairly cool and maybe not as humid, I was sweating way more than I should have been and my heart rate was staying up.  We had also just finished a fairly hilly section and although I tried to stay even and not push on the hills, it just couldn’t keep my heart rate back down.  I stopped to walk at mile 12 and told Cara to keep going.   I had to get my breath back before I hit Lassiter Hill, the last half mile or longer of the race, at a fairly steep grade, 8% at one point.  I jogged up most of the hill, walking when I felt bad.  It was a struggle.  I finally came up the hill and finished right around 2:16 and change.  I wasn’t on pace, but I also wasn’t willing to push any more than I had.  This was definitely one of my toughest times pacing.  raleigh131

PROS

Really well run event!  The water stops were right were they were supposed to be, the volunteers were encouraging and cheered for the runners.  The course along the greenway was beautiful!  It was probably my favorite section of all the Race 13.1 races I’ve run.  The pre-race warmup was really fun!  It really made the event start on a high note.

CONS

This is a tough course!  It’s amazing that runners PR’ed on this one.  The hills from mile 10-13 will take a toll on you, save something for the end!  I told friends that this course was similar to running in a bowl…you run down the side of the bowl at the beginning of the race, mostly flat along the middle of the course (the bottom of the board), and then you had to climb your way back out of the bowl.  raleigh

THE SUPER PRO

If a runner completes 3 of the races in the year, you earn a special medal!  After pacing Greensboro, Fayetteville and Raleigh, I earned the 3X medal!!  race131medals

SALEM LAKE 30K

This is my 3rd time running this event and it’s become a must do race for all of us training for marathons.  It comes at a perfect time, right when most of us are hitting higher mileage.  Cara and I decided to run this one because I had a 18 miler planned for this weekend and we were running it as our long slow run.  NO racing for us!  I added .5 more to the beginning and called it a 19 miler.

Our friend, Nathan, made the decision to run it too, so the 3 of us headed out to the race together.  The weather could not have been any better!  It was a gorgeous morning, cool temps, slight breeze!  We lucked out!  I also really needed the day to go well.  After a series of awful long runs, I had to have a good one.  I was due.  I wore my heart rate monitor to make sure we were keeping ourselves on track.salemlake30k

For being 18.6 miles, this race went by really quickly.  Cara and I chatted, cheered on passing runners, and had a great time!  It wasn’t until mile 15 where we got a little quiet, but we still felt good, just tired.  The course is an out and back so we were able to see Nathan several times while running.   The volunteers were awesome!!  SO encouraging and positive.

Cara and I ran really smart, kept our pace really even and  I ended up PR’ing this race by 16 minutes!!  (This is Cara’s first time running it, so PR for her too!)  I hadn’t run the event since 2011, where I ran 3:33:10.   We finished yesterday in 3:17:24.  It was such a surprise and it really felt good to know that I payed attention to my heart rate, stayed on track with our pace, and still ended up with a PR, not my intention at all!

PROS

This race comes at the perfect time in marathon training!  Why not run this race and get a medal and tee for a long run?!  The course is so pretty this time of year and it’s nice to run on a softer surface for a long run.  The volunteers are awesome!   The cost of the race won’t bust your budget either.  It’s only $30 if you register before a certain deadline.  Less than most 5K’s nowadays!  There is also a 7 mile event too if you aren’t ready to take on the 30K.  Each 30K runner receives a handmade pottery medal!

CONS

It’s a smaller event (this year had 252 runners), so plan to be by yourself along the course.  There were some stretches where it was just Cara and I.  It’s a nice change though from larger events and I actually enjoy it sometimes.  Parking can be an issue.  You have to arrive early in order to have a close parking spot or you are walking about a mile to the race start and back.  salemlake30kmedal

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Fitness and Meal Planning

One high mileage week down, one more to go!  Taper time is almost here!  I’m so excited to start backing down, but the marathon jitters start.weeklyfitnessbanner

FITNESS

Monday – 70 min progression

Tuesday – 3 miles easy

Wednesday – staggered hills (4 miles)

Thursday – 3 miles easy

Friday – 1 mile easy

Saturday – 20 miles

Sunday – 1 mile

 

Meal Planning

This week is a bit different.  We have a lot going on and unfortunately, I’m not sure how our meals will go.  It’ll be a day of decision for most meals and I may have to shop or get take out.

I do want to make a pasta this week for us.  I might just keep it simple and just make spaghetti.

I’ve been craving a tuna melt on rye bread, so I might throw that in this week too.

And I’m fairly certain Chicken Caesar salads will come back around too! It’s one of our favs!

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Weekly Rundown

Two Words:  I’m tired.  This week seriously kicked my booty.  With a marathon of a day on Thursday, I just never could rebound from it and it took a toll on me by the end of the week.  Hoping for a smoother week this week and some good sleep!

Marathon training:  Week 12 down, 6 more to go!

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FITNESS

It feels like a repeat of last week.  I had amazing runs all week including my progression, which I nailed.  But then by the weekend, my long run is the complete opposite.  It’s a struggle.  I try not to over analyze it too much but after talking with several friends, I really think that pacing this weekend took a toll on me and because of that, I wasn’t able to get in all my extra miles.  When I run my long runs normally, I start slow and work my way up to a comfortable pace, which is usually 10:15-10:30 in the middle miles.  With pacing, I have to hit 10:15 out of the gate, which after a few miles feels comfortable, but to try and get in extra miles after, it’s tough.  I’m excited about this weekend’s long run since we’ll be running it at our normal long run paces. Cara and I did head out on Sunday to do a few recovery miles which felt pretty good.

MEAL PLANNING

This week was a score on meals!  We had some amazing good food this week and even tried a new recipe, Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi. It was a big hit with all of us!  We made the Bacon Pierogi Bake which came out amazingly well!  That meal didn’t stand a chance against us.  We ate the whole thing!  No leftovers!

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Bacon Pierogi Bake

 

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Cheezy Skillet Gnocchi

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan – Busy Week Ahead

This week coming up is another doozy of a week.   We already decided that there is so much that can affect our dinners this week so we are going to shop for dinner each night vs doing our weekly Sunday shopping.  We don’t want to buy a bunch of food that we may not get to eat this week.  Going with the flow!

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FITNESS

Monday – 5 mile steady

Tuesday – Due to a commitment at work in the evening, I’m hoping I can get a 3 miler in before.  We’ll see!

Wednesday – 6 mile tempo with 4 at Tempo Pace

Thursday- 3 mile easy

Friday – one mile

Saturday – Salem Lake 30K with maybe 1.4 added on to make it a 20 miler.  We’ll see.  My long runs have been kicking my butt lately.

Sunday – 1 mile recovery

 

Meal Planning

With everything going on this week, we’re going to shop for dinner each day.  We already have chicken leftover from last week.  So we’re making grilled chicken Caesar wraps on Monday.  Tuesday with my meeting, Nick and Hayden will be on their own for dinner and I’m going to grab a Greek Salad from Panera on my way back home.  I’ll meet Thad’s group to run on Wednesday, so everyone will be on their own for dinner again.  I don’t have any thoughts yet for what we’ll do Thursday or Friday, maybe pasta on Thursday.

 

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

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FITNESS

Monday – I’m leaving this day open pending on how I feel.  It will either be a one mile day or I will do my hill repeats (8 x 200m)

Tuesday – 4 miles easy

Wednesday – 60 minute progression

Thursday – 3 miles easy

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday – Race 13.1 Raleigh pacing with Cara and other friends running + 7 miles = 20 miler

Sunday – 1 mile recovery

 

MEAL PLANNING

This week is pretty straightforward so we should be able to get a lot of meals cooked this week.  I’m planning to meet Thad’s group on Wednesday again, so we’ll cook something that will reheat easily for when I get home.

Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi

Bacon Pierogi Bakebaked pierogi

Chicken Caesar Salads

 

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan – Summer Vacation Over!

Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end!  I have only two more days left of my break and I start back to work on Wednesday.  It’s been a great summer and I’m in denial that it’s that time already.  It’ll be great to get back on a schedule and get into a routine, but I just love the freedom summer gives us.  I hoping all the weeks of planning meals will carry over and I’m looking for ways to start making my Sundays a day of meal prep for the week.

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FITNESS

I’m doing really great with my arm and ab challenges, so I’m still rolling with those.  I love the daily Pilates too!  Need to be a bit more intentional with my hip exercises.  Though some of the Pilates moves covers some of the hip exercises, I need to make sure I keep at it!

Monday – 5 mile steady

Tuesday – 1 mile and maybe a BodyPump class if I feel up for it.

Wednesday – 6 mile tempo with 4 at tempo

Thursday – early morning 3 miler with Cara

Friday – 1 miler

Saturday – 16 miles long run

Sunday – 1-3 depending on how I feel and maybe a class at the Y

 

MEAL PLANNING

We ended up cooking one of weekly meals that I planned yesterday!  No complaints on that though, it was delicious!  Check back for my meal recap on Thursday.  Based on squeezing in some last minute pool visits, we’re planning to hit the pool at least a few nights this week.  That eases me up for at least a meal or two.  I found this recipe in my newest Cooking Light magazine and it looks awesome!  It also will be good to make at the beginning of the week to have some leftovers all week for lunches.

I also am interested in trying these Chili Lime Chicken Burgers from Sarah N’ Spice.  They look amazing!  All those flavors are exactly what we have been making and loving lately!  They seem easy enough too, which is a huge plus!

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Planning

Another week, another plan!  This week is going to be a bit of a juggle for us.  I have to head to school for a few days for some training, so this will be a true to test to working and still getting workouts and meals in.

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Fitness

Still working on the daily challenges and hip exercises.  Adding in some daily Pilates from The Balanced Life.

Monday: 5 mile steady

Tuesday: 3 miles easy

Wednesday: 5 mile with 3 at tempo pace

Thursday: 1 mile

Friday: 1 mile

Saturday: 15 miles

Sunday:  Recovery run 1-3 miles

Total mileage: 31-33 miles

 

Meal Planning

This week is going to be some make-shift meals.  We have a lot going on this week that would potentially disrupt dinner plans so I’m actually not planning more than just one meal.  So guess what’s back this week?! This recipe!  We didn’t get around to cooking it last week so I’m moved it.   We’ll have leftovers on Tuesday.  Wednesday and Thursday, H and I are on our own for dinner, so we’ll probably do something a bit easier or we may end up going out to dinner too.

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Race Week – Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan #9

Lynchburg or bust!!  This weekend is the half from hot hell!  I mean, who intentionally signs up for a half marathon in August?!  I know who!  Me and 9 of my crazy friends.  We aren’t doing it to break any records, but more to go and enjoy each other’s company and to run, eat, drink and be merry.  Any excuse for a girls’ trip is a good one!

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Fitness

Daily Challenges:  Sticking with the same ab challenge from last month and adding in a really good arm challenge.  Still doing all of my hip exercises regularly.

Monday – 6 x 200m hill repeats with a mile warm-up and cool down

Tuesday – 4 miles easy

Wednesday – 50 minute progression

Thursday – 3 miles easy

Friday – one mile

Saturday – Lynchburg Half Marathon plus 1 mile

Sunday – one mile

Total mileage: 29-31 miles

 

Meal Plan

Let’s try that chicken recipe again!  Geez!  Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa and rice  Hopefully this time, we’ll actually cook it.  We also caught a sale on ground beef so we’ll be trying the Beef, Cheese and Noodle Bake too.  It looks really good and I’m thinking of making it on Monday, so we can eat the rest of it all week for lunch leftovers. And I’m going to take this recipe and change it up a bit, using spinach vs arugula and feta vs goat cheese.  I also think I want to add in some cucumber and Kalamata olives.

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan #8 – Back at it!

After a wonderful vacation, I’m back at it for our meal planning this week!  This week, thankfully, looks to be a pretty normal week.

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Fitness

Daily:  Arm and Ab challenges

Monday – 3 miles easy

Tuesday – 1 mile easy

Wednesday- 5 mile tempo with 3 at tempo pace

Thursday – 5 mile steady (I should be at 121 miles for July)

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday -13 miles

Sunday- 1 to 3 miles

Total mileage goal for the week: 27-29

 

Meal Plan

We have a couple of fun things this week planned so I’m only planning two meals this week.  I’m meeting a group on Wednesday to run from a local frozen yogurt place so I’m fairly certain that will end up being my dinner that evening and then Thursday, we’re hitting a Grasshopper game after a run for some baseball and fun!

I’m keeping it easy this week with our meals.  We’ll have crock pot spaghetti and Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa and rice.

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan #7 – Vacation or Bust!

This week’s fitness and meal plan should really be called Weekly “Fitness” and “Meal” Plan because we’re heading out for another vacation to Hershey, PA and the only thing I’m certain about for the week is that I’ll run at least a mile a day to keep up my running streak and my only “meal” plan is whatever looks good on the menu!

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Fitness

Monday – From my posts this past week, I got creative and moved my long runs around so I could get it in before we leave for vacation.  So I’m doing my 12 miler this morning.

Tuesday – 4 mile easy

Wednesday – Saturday:  Run at least a mile every day

Sunday – 45 minute progression once we get back home

 

Meal Plan

Before we leave, we’ll finish off whatever we have left in the fridge!  Not going to plan any specific meals for the two days we are home.

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Wednesday is our travel day and I’ve already scoped out a place for us to stop about halfway in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  We’re stopping at a food truck lot where 4 different trucks are permanently parked: Grilled Cheese Mania, Taste of Soul, La Taurina Grill II and Lobsta Rollin.  They even have a picnic area!  I’m super excited to try out Grilled Cheese Mania or La Taurina (I’m a sucker for a good torta!).  I’m hoping that Nick and I’ll each get something from each place and share.

Other than that, I’m sure we’ll have some amusement park goodies, pizza at least once and some other food from local places in Harrisburg and Hershey.  I’m pretty excited!

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan #6

I’m finally getting a hang of keeping up with a meal plan until this week.  I just lost my mojo and didn’t spend any time yesterday looking for recipes.  I’ve just kind of hit a “meal planning” wall.   So I’m trying to regroup and figure out some meals to cook this week, just based on what we already have.

 

Fitness Plan

This is my “official” first week of (conscious) marathon training.  I also have some challenges to contend with based on an upcoming vacation so I’m mixing it up and moving some runs around so I can get a long run in next week before we leave.  I won’t have an opportunity next week to get a long run in where we are staying.  No big deal, thankfully!

Daily challenges:  Two arms and one ab plus hip strengthening exercises

Monday- 5 mile steady state (which I finished already!)  It went super well and I was pleased that even though I ran at 10:15am, I was able to keep a really great pace and effort for the run.  I’m finally conquering the heat monster!

Tuesday- Early morning 3 miler with friends, followed by a BodyPump class

Wednesday – Long run day!  11 miles

Thursday – Noon Pilates class and a 2-4 mile easy run with friends from our local Lululemon Showroom.  My friend, Cindy, is hosting the run! So excited!

Friday- one mile kind of day

Saturday – 5 mile tempo run

Sunday- one miler

 

Meal Plan

I’m looking at 2-3 meals this week for dinner.  Thursday night, Nick and Hayden will have to fend for themselves. 🙂

I have some leftover bacon from last week so while reading the latest Cooking Light (August 2014), I found the BLT pasta and instantly knew I wanted to make that! 

I also found Greek-Style Chicken Wraps (July 2014 Cooking Light) and thought the kalamata feta dip I bought could be used in the wraps and it would be awesome!

We also bought some really nice looking pork chops that we’ll do something with for an easy meal.

Not too bad for on the fly meal planning this morning.

 

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan #5

As I was looking at my week and planning out my workouts, I suddenly realized I was less than 18 weeks out from the marathon that I might run and that I better start seriously looking at my training plan.  How did that happen?!  Luckily, the workouts I have been doing fit in well with what I should have already been doing last week.  OOPS!

 

Fitness plan:

Daily Challenges:  2 arm and one ab

Monday: 1 mile easy (after yesterday’s long run, I’m tired!) So listening to my body and doing just a mile today.

Tuesday: 3-4 miles easy (either a trail or a greenway run)

Wednesday: 45 minute progression run (4.5-5 miles)

Thursday: 3-4 miles easy (trail or greenway)

Friday: 1 mile easy

Saturday: A group of us are running on a part of the High Point greenway we never run on, so I’m looking forward to a different route.  I’ll have 10 miles.

Sunday: 1 mile recovery

Total mileage about 24 miles

 

Meal Plan:

We are just coming off a beach vacation and we’re kind of  “mealed” out.  After a few days of eating out, eating junk, etc., we are just kind of sick of food.  We’ll probably do some salads and some easy stuff just to kind of reset.  I’m not really planning anything too special for the week as far as recipes.  I do have some chicken and Italian sausage to use, so these are the three meals I’m thinking of for the week:

Avocado and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with a side salad

 

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cheese

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads (H’s favorite!)

 

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

This week is going to be one for the books.  Marathon mileage are starting to climb and my weekly mileage is getting to be pretty heavy.  Those 20 milers are just around the corner.

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FITNESS

Monday – 5 mile steady (After yesterday’s race, this may just become miles run, depends on how I feel)

Tuesday – 4 miles easy

Wednesday – 6 miles with 4 miles at tempo

Thursday – 1 mile

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday – 18 miles

Sunday – 1 mile

MEALS

We have three meals planned for the week:

Grilled pork chops with a veggie and salad

Tator Tot Hot Dish from Sarah N’ Spice (leftovers for lunch too)

Chicken Caesar Salads

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan – September’s Here!

My favorite season is quickly approaching!  Something about Fall that just makes me smile!  Here’s my fitness and meal plan:

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FITNESS

Monday, Labor Day – I have fartleks (3 x 15, 30, 60, 90 sec fast/slow).  These might be tough.

Tuesday – 3 miles easy

Wednesday – 50 minute progression

Thursday – 3 miles

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday – 1 mile

Sunday – Fayetteville Race 13.1 (PACING with Cara!!!) + 4 miles

I am so excited to be pacing again this weekend and this is Cara’s first time pacing and I know she’s going to love it!

 

MEAL PLANNING

Thanks to Labor Day, we will be enjoying a get together today so that’s one less day I need to worry about meal planning.  We’ll be enjoying some baby back ribs and other goodies with Nick’s family.  I really liked the Chicken Caesar Salads we had last week so we’ll make those again.  We’re also going to make cheeseburgers.  I love a good juicy cheeseburger and crave them a lot during training.   Thursday night’s meal isn’t decided yet.  I did research a great place for dinner for Cara and I when we’re in Fayetteville on Saturday.  It’s called Mash House Restaurant and Brewery.

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Weekly Rundown – Marathon Training Week 9

The first week of school…done!

The first week of school and trying to keep up with my training…TOUGH!

I felt pretty good at the start of the week, but was dragging pretty bad by Thursday.  Thankfully, Cara and I switched our weeks around and we are on a backdown.  Best. Decision. Ever.

Marathon Training Week: 9 down, 9 to go!  Halfway there!weeklyrundown

FITNESS

I was so happy to have shorter distances this week.  At the same time, while it was cooler at the start of the week, it was hot and humid by Thursday through the weekend.  I had some really good workouts earlier in the week.  Staggered hills were good on Monday, ran an easy 3 miles on Tuesday and nailed my 50 minute progression!  It was my longest distance in the 50 minutes yet and I was smart in how I handled my pacing.  Thursday’s run was less than stellar, but I got it done.  Friday was a one miler inside my house.  I was just too lazy to head outside before work.  Saturday’s long run went really well! Even though it was super humid and the air was thick, I ran really strong.  I had to remind myself sometimes to even slow down.  My body needed this drop back week badly!

MEALS

We did really well on our meals this week!  I cooked the sausage pasta this week and we had it for leftovers on Wednesday, as planned.  We opted for Chicken Caesar Salads for dinner on Tuesday.  Nick has some great chicken cooking skills on that cast iron skillet we have!  It came out perfectly. We opted for a little of this and a little of that on Thursday and Friday, I went out to dinner with some co-workers and Nick and Hayden ate some BBQ from a local church.  They sell it by the pound on some Fridays and it is awesome!

Hope everyone had a super week!

Happy Week!

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