Weekly Rundown – Marathon Week 15

This makes me scared, giddy, nervous and excited! Only 3 more weeks until I run the streets of Raleigh.

Marathon Training:  15 weeks down and **gulp** 3 weeks to go!

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FITNESS

This week started off a bit rough!  After my 20 miler on Saturday, I felt great.  By Sunday though, I was not feeling good at all.  I was having some chest pressure and I felt really run down.  I had some indigestion and heart burn so I just assumed that’s what it was.  But by Monday morning, it was a little worse and I made a call to get it checked out vs waiting it out.  I had some tests done, all of which came back normal!  My heart was doing its thing perfectly, nothing unusual, but what they did find out was I have a very low potassium level, one full point below a low level.  The symptoms I was having were all due to that.  Apparently low potassium will mimic all of the same symptoms of heart trouble.  It was a scary few hours waiting for all my tests to come back, but in the end, I just have to be a lot more intentional when replenishing all my calories and electrolytes.  Hence the increase in avocados!  Bananas and I do not get along..heartburn city!

I was cleared to run and took it easy on Monday and Tuesday.  Yes, I did my one mile on Monday!  I ran a slow 3 on Tuesday in my neighborhood and by Wednesday, I was back at it.  I got my 8 mile tempo done with Cara’s company!  I was glad to run with her for my “come back” run.  Cara and I met on Thursday for a few easy miles and ended up catching up with Christie and Cindy!  Cindy joined us for a few more miles.  It was great to see them!

Saturday was the Cannonball Half!  I was so happy to be back at pacing and I had an amazing race.  While I had a rough time at Fayetteville and Raleigh, I nailed it and felt great!  Wearing my heart rate monitor totally helped and I am happy with the results by paying attention to it!  Sunday, I ran 3 miles solo along the Greenway and met friends for breakfast after their run.

 

MEAL PLANNING

We had a super week with our meals!  We had Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads with some good crusty Italian Bread left over from the ravioli stew on Sunday.  We made spaghetti on Tuesday with the leftover hot Italian sausage.  Wednesday was a make your own dinner!  I ate pierogi when I got back from running.  I grabbed take-out on Thursday after my run.   Friday was Mexican take-out!  I had my usual pre-long run meal, steak burrito with guacamole, rice and beans.  So good!

 

Happy Week!

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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?

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!

Show some blog love too and visit Mommy Run Fast, Jill Conyers (co-hosts) and Running with Racheal, where I linked my Fitness and Meal plan this week!

 

Training Essentials

With marathon training over halfway done, it seemed like the perfect time to look at some training essentials.  Besides shoes, clothing, and a watch, here are some other training must haves that are just as important to me!

HYDRATION

Never underestimate the importance of staying properly hydrated.  I’ve posted about my love affair with Essentia Water before and it is still going strong.  I’ve upped my intake of Essentia now.  It’s the only water I use exclusively on my long runs and I now am drinking it every Friday and after my long runs on Saturdays.  As I get closer to my marathon, I really am contemplating wearing my water belt so I’ll have my bottles fillled with Essentia throughout the race.  After this weekend’s race in Fayetteville, I realized that the regular water and sports drinks available at the stops really weren’t cutting it.  I’ve run in conditions similar to last Saturday and didn’t have the break down with hydration that I’ve had before and I’m convinced it’s the difference that Essentia has made in my training.essentia

FRIENDS and FAMILY

Having a supportive group of people who are there to run miles with you, cheer you and support you through training is greatly appreciated!  For me, knowing that I’m meeting someone to run is such a huge motivator and it makes training fun!  I know that I’m fortunate to have a large group of friends who run and I’m thankful that I do.  I also love that Nick and Hayden are always encouraging me as I head out the door to hit the pavement on my weekday and long run days.  Knowing that they believe in me makes a huge difference!2014-06-07 07.08.28

HUMOR and FUN

You have to be able to laugh at yourself and have fun with your training!  I follow my training plan and do my best to complete all my runs, but sometimes you just have to laugh and have fun with it all and not take it too seriously.  Some days it’s just not happening and you’ve got to be willing to just go with it and turn it into something more entertaining or it will flat wear you out.  Cara and I were having a miserable time running Wrightsville Marathon in March.  We just stopped at a DJ station, started dancing and laughing at ourselves.  Why should we continue to feel miserable and beaten up?!  Just stop, breathe, and put some fun back into it.  Plan runs around events to make it more enjoyable!  We’ve run from yogurt shops, restaurants, our favorite breakfast places just to mix it up!2013-09-28 13.34.17

ANTI-CHAFING GOODIES

Something that’s not fun, chafing!  If there is one product that I’d recommend more than any would be an anti-chafing stick.  Holy smokes!  There is nothing worse than getting into a hot shower and finding out that your sports bra rubbed along your back for those 18 miles and left one nasty burn.  Whew wee!  That hurts!  I really would love to invent a contraption like a spray tan booth where runners can spray their whole body with a lotion to prevent chafing.  I’d do it in a minute before every long run!

A ROLLER, A STICK and A YOGA STRAP

The pain contraptions of training!  These are a lifesaver when you need to help loosen up an IT band, stretch muscles, roll out some hard spots on your calves, etc.  Stretching is such an important part of running and investing in any or all of these will be of great help at some point during training.  Truly they are helpful in working out any soreness or tightness!

Check out other training essentials over at Powered By BLINGPretty Lil Mudder, Half Marathon Mama,  Girl on the Move and The Runner Within for Let’s Talk Training Thursday! Jill Conyers and MCM Mama Runs for Tuesdays on the Run where I’ve linked up!

 

What are your training essentials?!  What gets you through your training?  Share!

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan – Back to School!

School is here!  Hayden and I head back to school today.  With that comes, homework, jugging schedules and some stress until we get into a good routine.   This week will be no exception!  Luckily Labor Day is right around the corner! 🙂

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FITNESS

Monday- Staggered hills x 2

Tuesday- 1-3 miles easy

Wednesday – 50 min progression run

Thursday – 3 miles easy

Friday – One mile

Saturday – 10 miles (BACKDOWN!!)

Sunday – 1 mile

I’ve kind of fallen off my monthly challenges and Pilates.  I’m going to try to be a bit more intentional about completing them this week.

 

MEAL PLANNING

We’re changing up this week a bit and going back to some of our classic, go-to recipes.  So we’ll be making Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese.  I’m hoping we can eat it as leftovers on Wednesday and maybe lunches too. ziti

I also found this recipe while searching back through previous meals we’ve cooked and loved.  Super easy and tasty!  Just what we need for a weeknight meal.  baked pierogi

I’m leaving Thursday and Friday open at this point.

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Weekly Rundown – Marathon Training Week 8

Another week down for marathon training!  This week was not without some ups and downs though.  I’m really ready for some cooler weather to make its way here to NC.  The heat and humidity are just sucking the life out of me some days.

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FITNESS

I will end the week with 33-35 miles depending on how many I run later today.  This was my last building week and I’ll finally back down next weekend.  I’m so excited to only have a 10 miler!  My week started with a really strong 5 mile steady state.  I kept it together and even for all 5 miles.  I felt really good when I finished and could have kept running which was good.  I ran just a mile on Tuesday, saving my energy for Wednesday’s run.  I headed back to school on Wednesday and unfortunately, the air conditioner in the room I’m in went kaput! By mid-afternoon, it was up to 93 degrees and I was just soaked.  I worked on and off in the room and I was just completely beat by run time came around.  Cara and I decided to just run 6 miles and forgo our planned tempo run.  I just didn’t have it in me.  Usually, I’ll give it a try, but mentally and physically, I just couldn’t talk myself into it.  We had a really great run though and actually got almost 7 miles in.  We were so busy chatting and talking that we didn’t turn around when we were supposed to!  A group of us met to run early on Thursday morning.  It was already so hot and humid at 6am, I was thankful I only had 3 miles.  I got a mile in on Friday and started to stress Saturday’s morning run.  If all my runs this week were really stinking, how was Saturday going to go?!  I spent all day Friday hydrating like a crazy person!  I drank one big bottle of Essentia and worked on another bottle of water at school.  So how did my long run go?!  Amazingly well!!  I have no clue why or how, but I’ll take it.  I actually ran 16 miles a bit quicker than 15 last week and felt a million times better.  I was definitely in the minority on having a good run.  I can totally sympathize with all my running friends.  I was in their shoes just last weekend.  As the saying goes, you have to have some bad runs to appreciate the good ones!  I just know they are all going to have great runs next weekend!

 

MEALS
Well….they did not go well at all this week!  With the exception of Sunday’s Greek Style Pork Chops, the rest of the week was a bust on cooking what I planned.  We had spaghetti on Monday and tacos on Tuesday then the rest of the week was a bust!  I didn’t take into account my and H’s open houses on Thursday and then Nick’s car was in the shop from Wed on, our home A/C decided to act up….  You can quickly see how the week just went off schedule!  We had some nights of leftovers, takeout and thrown together pieces parts of meals.  Not our finest week, but it is what is.  Hoping next week runs a little smoother!

 

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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.

Show some blog love too and visit Mommy Run Fast, Jill Conyers (co-hosts) and Running with Racheal, where I linked my Fitness and Meal plan this week!

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Weekly Rundown- Back at it!

We are home now for the rest of the summer, which means that my workout routine becomes just that, a routine.  I’m slowly moving towards getting ready to school, but for now, I’m enjoying getting a few more weeks of training under my belt before the post work juggling of workouts begin!

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Fitness

I got in all my runs this week and ended up with 29 miles for the week (121 for July!).  I also got to throw in a BodyPump class on Monday.  This week’s runs weren’t without some fun!  On Wednesday, I joined Runnerdude‘s Trainers (and friends) for a run from Di’lishi.  It made my 5 mile progression that much better!  The hilly route was tough.  A group of us hit a baseball game after our Thursday run! Perfect way to end another 5 mile tempo run!  My tempo went so well.  I felt really good and still had some gas in the tank for the cool down mile.  For my long run this week, we ran the Cannonball Half Marathon course which was great practice for pacing and just an easy way to not have to map a route.  I’m pleased with how my training is going but I do find as the miles climb, I am getting more tired.  I need to make sure that I’m eating a bit more consistent and getting enough sleep.  I’ve slowly fallen off of schedule again.  I’ll reign it in next week.20140730-221915-80355437.jpg20140801-194700-71220600.jpg

Meals

Other than Crockpot Spaghetti, we didn’t do much cooking this week.  Tuesday was a mish mash of whatever; none of us were very hungry.  For Wednesday, I made fro yo my dinner. Hey, I added in protein powder!  Thursday was ballpark food.  On Friday, we got takeout to celebrate our anniversary.  Next week, we’ll have to do better!

 

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