A quick check-in. I had a slow-ish 6 mile run on Wednesday, to get used to the sudden heatwave we have found ourselves in. Yay heatwave! Also, I am (slowly) getting back to tracking, and not letting my training act as an excuse to just eat what ever I want. In an effort to tackle that beast, I actually made a meal plan this week (!!!) and so far, I have been sticking to it pretty well. This recipe was an experiment that turned out great, so I thought I’d pass it along. It came together pretty quickly and was incredibly tasty! Mediterranean Pita Pizza (Serves 1 – adjust as needed)
1 whole wheat or whole grain pizza
1tbsp fat free feta
1tsp olive oil
Toppings (all optional:)
Red bell pepper, chopped
Red onion, sliced
Kalamata olives, sliced (may affect Points Plus depending on how many you use)
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Prepare vegetables as needed
3. Spread 1tbsp hummus on pita. Top with vegetables, cheese and olives.
4. Drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil.
5. Bake until crispy 20-25 minutes
This came together super easy and was really really tasty! I put red pepper flakes and Lake Shore Drive seasoning on mine too. SO tasty. This averaged 5 Points Plus in the Weight Watchers recipe builder.
I drafted this post, then promptly spent the rest of the day sort of imploding. Headache, unsatisfying lunch, stress, and so I ended up bonking on my plans and going out to dinner without making the best choices. Not a win.
Cap City 1/2 Marathon. Race #33. 1/2 Marathon #7. (PR!!)
Fact: It’s been almost 3 months since my last post, and in my last post I was whining about running making me crazy.
Fact: Sometimes it still does.
Fact: My full marathon is in less than 2 weeks.
Fact: I just got a half marathon PR.
This is the first time I have run the Cap City Half as a resident of Columbus. Which is awesome, because I did not have to do much traveling to get to the race. However, it also meant that I was responsible for getting myself to the race site! 🙂 I decided to drive on my own instead of taking a ride because it was so early in the morning. But that turned in to a disaster because there was so much traffic!
I still made it to (what i thought was) my corral on time, but missed out on a team photo which was disappointing. I had about 15 minutes in the corral to warm up (and it was pretty chilly that morning), then they started announcing corrals and taking off. I was in corral E. And then suddenly E was gone and I realized I was standing in corral F. Ooops. So, I managed to go around some Fs and catch up to the pack right away!
This time around, I wanted to put my full marathon plan to the test, and I think it worked out.
Breakfast: I’ve had a lot of stomach issues during this training, so eating/nutrition has been a challenge. Before the race, I made 4 saltine & peanut butter sandwiches. (8 saltines + 1 tbsp pb) For the full, I think I will try a few more of these.
Run/Walk: I immediately set my timer on my iPod. I did 10 minute runs, followed by 1 minute walks. I was nervous about not making good time with this method, but l still ended up with a PR. I was less sore and less dehydrated than I have been for most races, so I like this method.
Water Stations: Skip the first. It was very crowded, and I had my water bottle, so I kept going. I did not want to break up the rhythm I had just started with my run:walk and was able to make up for some time lost at the beginning of the race.
Music: I need new tunes! Spent a lot of time skipping songs, or running with things I don’t like, so I need to fix that… also, i dropped my iPod so it might be dead. Fingers crossed it still works, cause I can’t afford that cost right now!
Headphones: Get new ones! The ones I ran with over the weekend repeatedly fell out of my ears. (as you can see here:)
Compression: I bought calf-sleeves at the expo the night before the race. They always say Nothing New On Race Day! but I LOVED trying these out. These are a must-have now.
Nutrition: I grabbed water at the 2nd refueling station. I did a GU at about mile 6, followed by water. I think I only grabbed Gatorade/sports drink 2 or 3x this race. I started getting hungry around mile 11, so I had another GU. Ordinarily, I would have kept running through to finish the Half, but since I was testing my full tactics, I went for it. Both GUs had caffeine and did not affect my stomach at all.
Post-Race: I kept walking and moving. Had a bottle of water and a gatorade, and part of a bagel. Did some minor stretching, and then went out for lunch. I ended up eating half of a spicy black-bean burger, fries and a milkshake. YES, a milkshake. Not the most Weight Watchers friendly post-race meal, but I have been going through a slump. More on that in a bit.
Over all, I am happy that I stuck to these tactics and learned what I want to do for my next race!