Weekly Rundown

4 weeks down only 11 more to go!!  7 Bridges is going to be here before we know it.  This is the earliest I’ve ever started marathon training.  I had mixed feelings about it.  Summer running can be brutal, but so far, I’ve been handling my runs well.  I’m getting all my miles in as planned and I feel really good after most of them too.  The combo of heart rate training and back to back long runs is just the right thing for me!  It’s feels so good to know that my body loves training this way.

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Fitness

Monday – I met my friend, Kristen, at Body Pump.  She just recently joined my gym so it’s great to have another person to meet up for classes!  After class, I met up with Marty, Christie, and Amy to run the route for a 5K he’s helping with in November.  The city made some changes to the route and we needed to run it for ourselves.  It was also so flippin’ hot out there.  The dew point was at 74 when we started.  It was not that great of a run, but we all suffered together.  3.01 miles @11:44 pace.  I walked a lot due to my HR coming up. It’s tough to run after BP.

Tuesday- Cara and I met early to run 4 miles.  We had a pretty decent run considering how humid it was when we started.  We looked like two drowned rats when we finished.  Just soaked with sweat.  It was one of those runs where we would have had a puddle if we had wrung out our clothes.  4 miles @11:12 pace I didn’t record my avg HR.

Wednesday – Another early run with Cara.  Each morning was a bit cooler and a little less humid.  We ran a similar route and felt better running it each time.  We ran a lot more then we did the day before.  4 miles @11:03 pace avg HR 127

 Thursday – This was the best morning to run!   72 degrees, slight drizzle when we finally started.  It had poured buckets right before and right after.  We found the window of time in between to get our run in!  Same out as the day before! 4 miles @10:48 pace avg HR 125  If that doesn’t prove how much the dew point/temp/humidity has on pace, I don’t know what else will.  3 different runs and days, same route.  Further reason to treat each run as the day allows too. 🙂

 Friday – 1 mile “rest” day @11:50 pace

Saturday – 7 miles with Christine and crew at Salem Lake.  We haven’t been in there in ages so it was fun to hit the trail.  It’s 7 miles around the lake, so we were able to run around once. Our run was really good!! 7 miles @10:51 pace avg HR 135. We hit one of our favorite post run breakfast places in Winston, Mary’s Gourmet Diner.  So good!

 Sunday – 8 more miles with Christine.  With a second long run, I never know how it might go. We totally lucked out with some cool morning temps! We ran really well and finished just under 1:30 @11:07 pace and avg HR 127! We hardly had to walk today and kept a great pace.

Total weekly miles: 31.10 miles

2015 Year to Date Miles: 832.17 on my way to 1500.

Meals

Whoo wee!  Our meals this week were so good.  Just when I think we’ve tried the best of the best from Hello Fresh, they kick it up another notch with some awesome recipes.  We ate some really tasty meals this week and I was one happy cooking momma! 🙂

Our Meals:

  • Mellow Mushroom pizza after our run on Monday.  So good!  Made that bad run all better. 🙂
  • BBQ Chicken Sliders with tangy coleslaw
  • Shrimp Po Boys with wedge salad
  • Ginger Marinated Steak wraps hellofreshjuly21

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Planning

I’m starting week 4 of 7 Bridges Marathon training.  So far, I’ve been rolling through each week feeling really good.  Despite the heat and humidity, my runs are going as scheduled and I’ve had some really solid runs.  This is my last week of building mileage, a back down week is coming up soon.

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Fitness

Monday – 3 early miles and Body Pump class

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – 4 miles

Thursday – 4 miles

Friday – 1 mile “rest” day

Saturday – 8 miles

Sunday – 9 miles

Total weekly miles: 33 miles

I also plan on adding in two different short weight/HIIT workouts throughout the week too.

Meal Plan

We are still loving Hello Fresh and our weekly options.  Each week, I am so excited to see what choices we have for the upcoming week.  Eating home cooked meals is a huge change for us and I’m seeing the benefits in how I feel and in my weight.  It is far easier to maintain and lose when I’m eating meals that I’m cooking.  We still treat ourselves to a night out or two for dinner, but it’s not an every day thing.

This week’s meals:

  • Lemony Basil Chicken with artichoke hearts and broccolini
  • Fusilloni with beef and ricotta
  • Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato tacos
  • Tuna Melts on Rye Bread

I’m leaving one night open because there may be a Taco trip. 🙂

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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 Rundown

Week one of marathon training is in the books!!  If this is the way all my weeks are going to go, then this will be one good training session.  I’ve handled the jump in miles and I’m looking forward to the next coming weeks.  We have a solid plan.

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Fitness

Monday – What started out as a 1 mile day and Body Pump ended up with 5 miles and BP!  I met Christie before class to get 2 miles in, then we took the class.  She still had additional miles to run after class which if anyone who has ever tried to run after a BP class is tough!  I put back on my HR monitor and said let’s go!  I ran the other 3 miles with her and we got it done.  It was tough, but we did really well.

Tuesday – I must love my friends! I planned to run 4 miles, but when Christine and I met up she needed to get in a few more miles for the week, so we ran 6 miles.  We headed by to see our friend, Kay, and snagged a freezy pop at mile 4.5.  It was the perfect run break! tuesdayjuly7

Wednesday – It was hotter than Hades.  The humidity was kicking and the air was so thick.  Going into this run, I knew that it may not go well.  I was right.  It was a run, run, run, run, WALK, run, run, run, WALK.  We just could not find a rhythm at all.  The promise of cold towels, freezy pops and Gatorade made us head to run with Thad’s running group.  We could not pass that up!  We got in 4.25 miles.

Thursday – I met Christie for some early morning miles.  My legs felt good so I pushed for 3 miles and cool downed for the last one.  This run was also day 800 of my run streak!! day800

Friday – One mile rest day!  So excited to only have to run one mile.

Saturday – Christie, Cara and I met to run early.  Christie had more miles than we did so she ran ahead.  Cara and I had a really solid run.  I was so happy with my pace and my avg HR.  I was thrilled that I did not hit my max HR (145) until the very end.  My avg HR was 127 for the 5 miles (@10:28 pace)

Sunday – Based on last February’s training, the second long run day can be a crap shoot when it comes to my HR.  Some days it would cooperate and others not so much.  This was a good day!  I was able to run the entire run until 5.8 miles before my HR monitor registered about 145.  My pace was solid and my avg HR was 119.  119?!  I was stoked! 6 miles @10:43 pacesunday712

Total miles: 31.32

2015 Year to Date Miles: 769.59 on the way to 1500

Meals

We had to piece together some meals this week waiting for our Hello Fresh delivery on Wednesday.

This week’s meals:

  • Chicken Caesar Salads
  • An appetizer sampling on Thursday at the movies with Cara and Christine
  • Coconut Macademia Crusted Tilapia, forbidden rice and sauteed squash and red peppers from Hello Fresh.
  • Grilled cheeseburgers and garden saladhellofresh710

How did your week go? How are you handling the heat and humidity?

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Weekly Rundown

With a lot going on this week, I thought it was a perfect time to lower my miles and just enjoy the week instead of stressing out how I was going to fit everything in.  It worked out perfectly and I felt well rested going into my race on Saturday.

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Monday – one mile and a really great BodyPump class.  I went up in my chest and squat weights too!

Tuesday – 4 miles with Cara.  We took a lot of walk breaks as needed.  Temps were in the upper 80’s and humid when we met to run after work.

Wednesday – 4 miles with Cara.  Even though it was hotter, we ran more than we did the day before and reversed our route from Tuesday.  We hit the local parks both days where the shade was plentiful!

Thursday – one mile and Mumford and Sons concert with the family.  Top 5 concert I’ve ever been to!  They were amazingly good and the concert was awesome!

Friday – one mile.  I had hoped I’d want to run more, but with a late night and early morning, my couch was calling my name more than the road.

Saturday – A Brighter Path 10K.  (race recap soon)

Sunday – Race the Bar 8K (race recap soon too)

Total Weekly Miles: 22.28

2015 YTD Miles: 640.28 on my way to 1500

Meals

We cooked some great meals this week.  We’re rocking it in the kitchen! hellofreshjune8

  • Pan-seared Salmon with honeydew and cucumber relish and sweet potato rounds
  • Charred Zucchini and Bean Quesadillas
  • Prosciutto wrapped Chicken with Garlic Spinach and Tomatoes

Other food:

  • Hot Italian Sausage with peppers and onions Sandwich at the concert (so good!!)
  • Mushroom and Onion Pizza

How did your week go?  Run any races this past weekend?  How’d they go? 

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

This is it!  The last 2 days of the school year is upon me!  After Tuesday, I’m officially on summer vacation.  Phew!  What a school year.  I am ready for some R and R.

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This week looks to be about normal as far as workouts but I hope to add in some more daytime classes at the Y.  I’m keeping my BodyPump afternoons on Mondays.

Fitness

Monday – 1 mile and BodyPump

Tuesday – Last day of school!!  4 miles

Wednesday – 4 miles, with maybe a CXWorx

Thursday – 4 miles, possible BP class

Friday – 1 mile I may be brave and try the athletic conditioning class.

Saturday- 6-8 miles

Sunday – 5 miles

Meal Plan

I love that Hello Fresh is doing more salads now that it’s summer!

  • Chicken Wheatberry Salad
  •  Mediterranean Chicken Salad
  • Quick Marinated Steak
  • Charred Shrimp Skewers

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

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Meal Prep and Planning

I’m going to be totally honest with you all and say until about two months ago, I sucked at meal prep and planning.  I always had the best intentions, but laziness, lack of inspiration and just not enjoying cooking got in the way.  It was a constant stress in my household and Nick and I spent way too much time bickering about what we were going to cook for dinner.  We always had the normal rotation of meals too.  Spaghetti, tacos, sandwiches, take out, repeat.  It was getting to be awful and we were starting to eat out more than we were eating in the house.10-i-hate-cooking-funny-quotesIn addition to all of the eating out, the pounds were starting to pack on.  50% of my meals were spent at a restaurant where I had no control of what was going into each meal and I wasn’t always making the best choices either.  In addition to most meals out, they also included a brew or two.  Something had to change.  I was feeling awful too.  Just blah and I was popping Tums like they were candy.

Enter Hello Fresh.

Some people find the service too expensive and not for them and that’s totally a personal decision I understand.  But for us, it has been exactly what we needed to get us back on track.  For $70 a week for 3 meals for 2 people, we’re spending less than we were during our take-out foodathon.   The other thing that money can’t buy for us is that we now have variety each week with our meals so the spaghetti/taco rut is no more and we’re eating food that we’d never dream of cooking ourselves.  I am no expert in the kitchen but I’ve cooked salmon and cod, two foods that I would have stayed away from cooking from a lack of experience.  I nailed those meals!  I’m gaining confidence in the kitchen and I love it!  I dare I even say it…like cooking now.  image

Part of what has made this successful for us too is the prepping each week.  Each Hello Fresh meal comes in a plastic bag with all the ingredients you need for that meal.  We unpack each bag and store the veggies in these ultra lite green boxes.  When we pick our meal for the day, Nick and I tag team the cooking.  I do all the chopping and he’s in charge of the meat.  We then work together to cook the meal.  Usually I keep prepping for the rest of the meals, pre-chopping most of the veggies so that we have it easier for the rest of the week.  I also am lucky that I’m home around 4pm every day so I tend to do a lot of the prep work before Nick’s home around 5:30pm.  I also pre-cook a lot of the meals too before I head off to run so that all Nick has to do is finish it up/warm it up when he and Hayden are ready to eat.

The food is amazingly good!  We’ve only had one meal out of 15 that was kind of eh?  All the other meals have been really, really tasty.  We love the variety and selection of meals.  We always choose a veggie option.  We’re eating and trying things that we would have shied away from before.  Usually we are a meat and two sides kind of family, but we’re realizing that we don’t have to have a starch with every meal, pasta is not a side item any longer and I haven’t had a roll with dinner in weeks.

As far as how I’m feeling, I haven’t had to pop a Tums since starting to cook and eat at home.  I feel better when I eat our Hello Fresh meals and actually find that normal foods that I crave just don’t sound as great any more.  I love the freshness of our Hello Fresh meals too.  I have lost 4 lbs since we started eating at home which is awesome considering I’ve made no other changes.   Most importantly, Nick and I are loving cooking and spending time in the kitchen together.  It’s not a chore but something that we actually enjoy.

Hello Fresh is a win for us!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the other momma runners!  I hope that you can find time today to enjoy a celebratory run! I know that I’m planning to get a few miles in today. Gotta run on MY holiday! 🙂

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Things are still rolling this week. Lots of things going on!  Two meetings scheduled for the week, Hayden’s birthday is Wednesday.  She’s turning 12! 🙂  We have family pictures scheduled on Saturday morning with not only my family, but my sisters’ families too.  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!  We are celebrating Hayden’s birthday on Saturday after the pictures and the weekend is capped off with Race 13.1 Greensboro.

PHEW!

I’m going to do my best to stick to my fitness and meal plan this week!

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Monday – 1 mile and BP

Tuesday – Meeting friends at Gibb’s for another run with the Gibbs Running Club.  I’m planning to run 4 miles.

Wednesday – 1 mile, Hayden’s birthday and we’ll be celebrating!

Thursday – 4 miles

Friday – 3 miles

Saturday – 1 mile  Picture day!

Sunday – Race 13.1 Greensboro.  Super excited to be pacing this one again!

Meal Plan

We still have one Hello Fresh Meal left from last week to cook and our next box comes on Wednesday.

Pork Au Jus with Parsnip fries

Argentine-spiced Steak with couscous salad and  cilantro scallion chimichurri

Pork al Mojo with cuban rice and beans

Pea and Asparagus Risotto

What’s on your fitness and meal plan this week?  Anything exciting? Do you use Hello Fresh too?

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Weekly Rundown

I’m finally in no training, just running mode!  I’m pacing Race 13.1 in a few weeks, but other than that, it’s all 5 and 10K’s for me.  This has been an enjoyable running week and I hit a super duper big milestone on Thursday.weeklyrundown

Fitness

Monday – 1 mile “rest” day

Tuesday – 4.03 miles with the girls.  The air was super thick and a few of us had a really tough time breathing. It was a struggle during some parts of that run.

Wednesday – 2.25 miles along the Reedy Creek Trail in Raleigh.  There is this awesome bridge that goes across the highway.  Every time we drive under it when we head to Raleigh, I always want to stop and run on it.  Well, I finally got the chance!  Cindy and I headed there after our Fellow Flower interview.  After we crossed the bridge, I had a City of Oaks flashback when I realized that we were right by the “Steep Grade Climb” at mile 23 of the full. reedycreektrail

Thursday – Today was my 730th day of my running streak.  I have run at least a mile for 2 years!  Holy Moly!  I ran a early mile in the morning, not wanting to jinx it.  They were calling for rain and storms in the afternoon and I was super fearful that I wouldn’t get a run in later.  Cara, Christine and I met to run and we got in 1.23 miles.  (1 for year one, 2 for year 2, and 3 for moving towards year 3)…past, present and future!  We spent the rest of the evening shopping.  It was a perfect way to celebrate!day730

Friday – This was the day runners dream about!  The rain had pushed through and the air was cool and the sun shining, but not too hot.  I had to run!  I ran 4.07 miles around my neighborhood.  I’m back on the HR training and I kept my HR under 145.  Avg HR 129fridayrun

Saturday – I headed out for a run before Christine and I head to Charlotte for our two day concert!!  I got in 7 miles. I ran with Nathan and we had a really good run. Avg HR 130

Sunday – Christine and I got up a bit early so that we could get a run in before our second day of the Carolina Rebellion. Unfortunately, there wasn’t sidewalks for long so we made loops on a side street. We got 1.5 miles in and called it a day! 

Total Miles: 22.08

Year to Date: 480.8

Meals

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Monday – Pea and Asparagus Gnocci

Tuesday – Dinner out with the girls

Wednesday – Hummus wrap with tomatoes and cucumbers

Thursday – Salmon with citrus quinoa and an arugula salad

How did your week go??  

Happy Week!

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A Blogging Holiday – Weekly Plan and Rundown

Happy Monday!  I took a blogging holiday yesterday and enjoyed a fun filled day with the family.  Usually Sundays are my blogging days, but I was just enjoying the last day of the weekend!  Tapering has given me a lot of extra time to actually rest and enjoy a weekend VS worrying about getting a run in or being overly tired from high mileage runs.

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So this week’s fitness and meal plan is set!  I have only one run on Wednesday of any sort of mileage, 4 miles with 3 at race pace.  Other than that, I’ll be running just a mile a day to keep my streak going!  Sunday is the big day!!  City of Oaks Marathon Ready!

Meals are a little all over the place.  We are cooking spaghetti and meatballs tonight but the rest of the week hasn’t been figured out just yet.  I am trying to eat what I crave in hopes that I pre-carb and protein what my body wants/needs.  We’ll see!

Weekly Rundown

Marathon Training: 17 weeks, 1 week to go!

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This week’s training runs when off super easy and well!  I had one last 5 mile tempo on Wednesday, which I ran conservatively quick, which worked out great!  I kept a good pace that felt like I was pushing, but could hold it just the same.  I think the cooler weather made a HUGE difference.   For Saturday’s long run, I kept it as close to race pace and paid attention to my HR at the same time.  We ran a few hilly routes and I was still within 10 seconds of my intended race pace, which is reassuring!  The full I’m running is a bit hilly and I hoped my pace wouldn’t suffer to bad if I stuck with my HR plan.  10269494_10152778381908334_6689620013579607298_n

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