Food & Fitness Plan 2016 Marathon Training Week 2

Monday: Bahn Mi Bowls w/pork (prepared in this style) with inspiration from Slender Kitchen and Budget Bytes. We make ours with quinoa, and I prefer red cabbage instead of greens, but honestly as soon as these things came in to my life, I wanted them every week. I was pretty disappointed that my local grocery store was out of Gardein! I usually use the mandarin “chicken” but there was ZERO Gardein in the case. BOO, KROGER!
Tuesday: Roasted Shrimp Salad & Superfood Salad
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli and cauliflower rice (they FINALLY had some at Trader Joe’s
Thursday: Lentil soup (a la Alice Waters)
Friday: Concert downtown (Food Trucks!) My favorite local band is playing the summer kick-off at this Bike to Work Day event downtown.
Saturday: Grilling out – BF got us a fancy new grill, and he’s dying to fire it up. I’m not sure what we are having, but I think wings are on his menu. I know we also have shishito peppers so it might be a good time to cook those too.
Sunday: Pasta (a la Ruth Reichl) Monday is the day my cookbook club meets, and I like to test out a few recipes beforehand. Some selections include the “painless pasta for three” and the “spaghetti alla carbonara”. The Alice Waters soup recipe is for the same meeting. I am also attempting to make my own almond milk!

Monday: Cardio Sculpt – ouch.
Tuesday: Spin Class – OUCH.
Wednesday: 4 Miles with CRC & Yoga @ Balanced Yoga
Thursday: 3 Miles – A.M.
Friday: Yoga DVD – A.M.
Saturday: Walk
Sunday: 7 Miles

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Erie Marathon Training: Week 1

Erie Marathon Training: Week 1

May 09- 15, 2016
Made it through Week One almost completely solo. Didn’t have as many group runs or weekly meet-ups this week due to a wonky schedule but made it through most of the workouts I had planned for the week.

 Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred L1
Tuesday: Spin Class
Wednesday:  3 mile run + yoga
Thursday: 3 mile run (with a little improvised trail running)
Friday: DOR – Skipped my planned run. Not a great way to get started!
Saturday: DOR – had to work and did not get a workout in. (Verbatim what I wrote last season – oooooops)
Sunday:  Long run – 6 miles (visited a new park & ran on a more technical trail – hence the elevation)

My next marathon is going to be the Erie Marathon, held on September 11. My BF’s family is in Erie, and it’s a short drive (less than 4 hours) from home. Since we will be staying with family, we are also planning on bringing our dog. Roxie (our rescue) is a total basketcase who can’t be boarded. She stayed with my brother when we were out of town for the KDF mini marathon a few weeks ago. She was fine for the first two days, but decided to completely destroy his house about an hour before we got home. I had no idea getting a dog would be so stressful. She is absolutely the sweetest thing in the world, but traveling has become way more difficult than it was before!

Three weeks after Erie, I am doing something WAY out of my comfort zone and joining a team of runners at the Buckeye Country Ragnar Trail Relay. I am incorporating trail runs in when I can, right now there is a group meeting on Sundays and running different Metro Parks so it’s a good experience to get in new terrain. The trail runs are way more challenging but also very rewarding!

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Food & Fitness Plan 2016 Marathon Training Week 1

FIRST POST OF 2016. Yeah, I know. Majorly slacking here. I just finished up the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon on April 30. New Half Marathon PR of 2:27:27! I implemented a 5:1 run:walk interval, and felt great. Right now I have some knee pain, I am hoping that strength training will help with that this time around!

My next race is the Erie Marathon in Erie, PA. The race is on Sunday, September 11 and the course goes around Presque Isle. I am really looking forward to a clean slate and a new training plan!

Monday: Shredded chicken – using Honey Hot wing sauce
Tuesday: Steak Salad
Wednesday: Cheeseburger Casserole
Thursday: Volunteering (and eating) at Taste of Dine Originals
Friday: Heading to a launch party for the Columbus Ale Trail – a great booklet that encourages visits to breweries around Central Ohio. It’s at one of my favorite spots in town so we may grab a bite for Happy Hour
Saturday: TBD (Work 9-6)
Sunday: TBD (Work 12:3-5:30)

Monday: Cardio Sculpt – new to me class at my gym Felt sick all morning – ended up fitting in 30 Day Shred L. 1 before work
Tuesday: Spin Class
Wednesday: Speedwork (?) with CRC & Yoga @ Balanced Yoga
Thursday: 3 Miles – A.M.
Friday: Yoga
Saturday: 2 Miles – before work
Sunday: 6 Miles

Strength Training

I am working on a combined training schedule, incorporating a Monday strength day and possibly starting speedwork on Tuesdays.  I have been really attached to my spin class, but I also want to mix things up a bit this time around. I know I want to get stronger and healthier this time around, so I am looking for the right combo for me.

I have also signed up for the Ragnar Trail Relay this September. I am on a team of 8 and we have varying experience on trails. I feel pretty uneasy on trails still, but there is a group of people heading out on Sundays so I am hoping to get miles in that way. I don’t want to let trail training get in the way of road training because I don’t want to worry about injury, so we’ll see what happens!

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2015 Achievements & 2016 Goals

In 2014, I completed 6 races, finished my first marathon and ran 732 miles. My 2015 goals were to run two marathons, and cover 800 miles….


2015 races: 9
2015 marathons: 2
2015 miles: 858 miles!

However, there is an entirely different goal for 2015 that did not go the way I planned.

I am currently at a weight that I am not happy with, and I feel like a broke record when I recommit to these goals. I have been slipping away from Weight Watchers, and have not made the time to attend meetings and learn about new SmartPoints. I was really hoping that the new program would help me to rejuvenate my commitment to losing weight, and that’s what I want to focus on for 2016.

How will I get there? Great question!

Here are my goals and methods in 2016!

  • Lose 20lbs in 2016
    • Attend weekly Weight Watchers Meeting
    • Track all meals AND drinks – the good, the bad and the ugly!
    • Incorporate body weight workouts (I signed up for a 14 day fat burning circuit training session at a new gym. It starts next Wednesday, full report then!)
    • Plan weekly meals
    • Make smarter choices when eating out
  • Become a stronger runner in 2016
    • Incorporate exercises from Strength and Injury Prevention classes into 2 workouts a week
    • Attend spin class weekly
    • Add speedwork to training schedule in February
    • Break 900 miles in 2016
  • 2016 Races

Does this sound like a lot of work? Sure! Do I think it’s manageable? Yes! I feel like the areas where I have slipped are areas that I am hyper aware of. They are things I think about ALL THE TIME, and things I know I could do better with.

This year, with the injury prevention classes and the new gym class, I feel like I am finally asking for help with areas where I’m struggling. Now that I feel like I can get back to Weight Watchers and face the scale (my weigh in at the gym today had me at 151.0), I will be ready to face the new year with confidence and pride.

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Race Recap: Columbus Marathon 2015

Columbus Marathon 2015 Race Recap

My #CbusMarathon Takeaways:

1. Having friends run 13 miles at the beginning of a race is a true blessing
2. Having family along the way always helps
3. Columbus is flat, but not THAT flat

The Expo
After 2.5 years in Columbus, I really really feel a part of my FrontRunner community.  It’s a small but mighty group, and I have found a good home with my 11s (or 12s depending on the day).  So when I headed to the expo this time, I had lots of friendly faces to say ‘hello’ to.  I was able to pick up my packet with no issue, visit with some friends, pick up posterboard so BF could make a sign, and also purchase warm throw away clothes from Goodwill.

Race Day Recap
I was up and at em by about 5:15 Sunday morning.  Had my Kashi GoLean and Almond Milk breakfast, plus a banana.  I met my running group at a hotel close by the start line.  We all posed for our now traditional Meb-inspired photo:

I talked to a few friends about running the first half with me.  One friend is training for a 50k(!!!) and the other had a Full coming up the next month.  Having people to chat with at the start line, and to know they would be there for the next 2+ hours, that really calmed my nerves.  They didn’t have any time goals, and we were able to just… run. I did feel bad about slowing them down, but I know that they really wanted to help me out.  It made a really big difference.

I saw BF at Mile 14, then it was time to really buckle down, and dig in.  I had 12+ miles to go and I was on my own out there!  I put on my music, started my interval timer, and got in to my own head.  I experienced a pretty significant wall around mile 17-18. A sort-of uphill becomes A GIANT MOUNTAIN when you’ve been running for three and a half hours. I also started having some typical tummy trouble (no more GU, please), and also knew that my TOM was starting. Which it did. In the middle of the race. That potty break wound up being about 10 minutes off of my race time.

As I got closer to Grandview, which is where I knew my family would be, my walk breaks had become significantly longer.  And my run breaks felt excruciatingly difficult. It was a tough gamble.  But then the course started to head downhill a little, and I got to see my folks.  It’s so nice to know when & where people will be!  I stopped for a bit to chat with them, and it really boosted my energy.  That plus the huge downhill at Mile 22-23ish gave me surge I needed to finish with a smile on my face.

PR Gong
One great thing about the Columbus Marathon is that it is truly a celebration for the runner.  There is fun, there is on-course entertainment, and all the rest, but I really feel like this is a “runner’s race.”  They think of everything, including the opportunity to loudly celebrate your PRs!  And I got one!  5:28:47.  I’m still not the fastest girl on the block, but I keep getting better.

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Food and Fitness Plan 2015 Week 47

It’s been awhile since we chatted!  I owe this blog a Marathon Recap, a Hot Chocolate 15k Recap, and a discussion of my foray in to trail running.  But today is just for meal planning and fitness.  I was talking to BF today about the weekly meal plans that I make.  What we’ve been doing is chatting about plans, discussing what we want for dinners, and then I have been putting that up on a dry erase board for the week.  Which has actually worked out really well, except that once it’s erased, I easily forget recipes I might want to attempt again.

I also have been writing down meals and fitness plans in a fitbook notebook, which I have also really enjoyed, but I feel even better also having a digital home for my plans.  Hopefully I can get better about keeping track in multiple places!

Monday: Slow cooker Butter Chickpeas & Tofu
Tuesday: Spaghetti Pie
Wednesday: Bahn Mi Chicken Burgers (This is not the exact recipe – a different one came in the mail with my Weight Watchers Monthly Pass)
Thursday: Visiting a friend here after my run, planning on a beer and the Butternut Squash salad
Friday: TBD – maybe pasta dinner after work
Saturday: TBD – Trail Run Day
Sunday:  Hamburger Stew (?)

Monday: DOR
Tuesday: Spin
Wednesday: Evening Fartlek workout: 4 miles
Thursday: 4 miles slow
Friday: Modo Yoga or Yoga DVD
Saturday: Salt Fork Trail Challenge
Sunday: DOR – Working – Possibly getting together for SIL’s bday (?)


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A donut-fueled reflection

After my first trail run yesterday, I was introduced to an amazing little donut shop, inhaled two donuts and brought a half dozen home. BF had two when I got home, we split one for dessert, and I had another for breakfast today.  
As I sat there, yes loving every bite of the donut, I was thinking about how I never would have done this 2 years ago. My relationship with food has become unchecked. For awhile, I was trying to control every bite that went in to my mouth – and that was a huge struggle too.  
Now, it’s back to “No holds barred” and I’m eating and drinking whatever I want. I try to keep in check, I eat mostly healthy foods, and then the monster of craving rears her head and I’m back to square one. Again. And again. But after some meal planning, fridge stocking, and donut disappearing, I’m ready to find a fitter, stronger, more aware self. This means focusing on my Good Health Guidelines, drinking more water, and ENJOYING my choices with confidence.


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