Food & Fitness Plan: August 28 – September 3

August 28-September 3

Last week I got an 18 mile run in, and at least 15 of those miles were solo! I finished out at around a 13mm pace, which is slower than I want on race day, but I was not feeling sore or tired at the end, so I know I have a little more “oomph” in me. I was able to make it through a 5 hour work day after the run, so I’m hoping that bodes well for squeezing in at least one 20 miler before work in the coming weeks. Of course this means that Sunday is a long day that starts early, but I also like getting those long ones out of the way and being able to relax on my rest days!

Monday: “Faux-tisserie Chicken” from the Instant Pot. I wish the skin was crispier (this came out a little flabby) but the meat was so tender and it took about an hour and a half to get the whole chicken good. Will do again!
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! I opted to just go for plain old American hard shell, ground beef tacos. Sometimes, it just can’t be beat.
Wednesday: Emily Bites’ Sausage Ricotta Pasta. So tasty, and lots of good leftovers with this one.
Thursday: Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili – This is such a great recipe to throw together in the crockpot to enjoy during the return of football season!
Friday: TBD
Saturday: TBD – But we have baseball tickets in the evening
Sunday: TBD

Monday: DOR
Tuesday: 5 miles post work
Wednesday: Shape Up + 4 ‘maybe miles’
Thursday: 5 miles after work/before football
Friday: Shape Up + Wednesday’s miles if they didn’t happen
Saturday: EITHER I’m going to pony up and run a trail half marathon (the only thing keeping me back is the 2 hour drive to get to a 7:30 start time) OR I’m taking a DOR
Sunday: If Saturday’s race doesn’t happen, 10 fall back miles with my training group. If Saturday’s race does happen, possibly still some miles with the group.


Food & Fitness Recap: August 21-August 27

August 21-August 27 Recap


This week has been a good one all the way around. BF’s birthday was on Wednesday, and I took the week off for some RnR. We did some travelling, some cooking, some dining out, and a lot of housework. Things are really coming together. Here is what the week looked like from a food and fitness point of view –

Monday: Impromptu beer fundraiser in support of one of our favorite bars. They had a fire a few weeks back, but hopefully will be able to open again soon. After beers, we got sushi at a new place. It was underwhelming, but I was happy to stick with veggie sushi and edamame for my  meal.
Tuesday: Skinnytaste Taco Stuffed Zucchini and Instant Pot Mexican Rice. We got sidetracked by the start of vacation, and ended up eating dinner at 10pm. But it was all worth it. The rice turned out better than any rice I’ve ever made!
Wednesday: Tried a new pop up restaurant and had a fantastic burger and fries.
Thursday: Pizza. This was vacation week, after all.
Friday: Dinner at a steak house for BF’s bday. Holy cow does it feel good to be spoiled!
Saturday: Hopefully something with vegetables in it, after a week of indulgence!
Sunday: TBD

Monday: 15.5 miles (was supposed to be 16 but I had to get the dog to her annual vet apt!)
Tuesday: DOR
Wednesday: DOR
Thursday: 4 miles with hills
Friday: Shape up & 2 miles on TM
Saturday: DOR.
Sunday: 18 miles


Food & Fitness Plan: August 14-August 20

August 14-August 20

After five weeks of gaining, I stepped on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting on Thursday and saw a nearly 5lb loss. Bodies are weird, guys. This week, lots of meals planned and when work is over on Friday, I’m on vacation! We are taking our doggie to a cabin to relax for the weekend, then the following week is BF’s birthday!

Monday: Chicken green chili from our new pressure cooker (SO GOOD)
Tuesday: Charred green beans and tofu (another One Pan & Done winner) and soba noodle salad from Katie Lee’s Endless Summer cookbook.
Wednesday: Creole Shrimp Bake plus prepping for camping with 2 crockpot meals
Thursday: Leftovers – I am attending a fundraiser after work, so we are fending for ourselves at dinner! (personally I’m hoping for a food truck dinner!)
Friday: Dinner at the cabin – Shredded pepperoncini beef sandwiches
Saturday: Dinner at the cabin – Chili 
Sunday: TBD – home from ye olde cabin

Monday: DOR
Tuesday: Was going to do some speed work, but TOM is dictating that I need some easy miles today.
Wednesday: Shape Up
Thursday: 5 miles with speed in the a.m.
Friday: Shape up & 3 mile hills
Saturday: DOR.
Sunday: Long Run post cabin – 16 miles


Food & Fitness Plan: August 7-August 13

August 7-August 13

Last week went *ok* on the food front, and not so ok on the fitness front. I was more inclined to sleep in every day than get up and at ’em for my workouts. I got a run in on Monday, Thursday and Sunday, but other than that I skipped out on all my gym classes nd generally felt meh about the week.

The week ahead is a little more normal and we have some tasty meals. I also decided to focus on fruits and veggies for snacks this week in an attempt to curb hunger at work.

Monday: Whole wheat spaghetti with homemade marinara (all from our CSA!)
Tuesday: Grilling out – Bobby Flay Cubano-style Burgers, corn & shishito peppers
Wednesday: Working late – throwing Emily Bite’s Buffalo Chicken in the crockpot. I usually cut the recipe in half and we still have leftovers.
Thursday: Eating dinner out – We have tickets to see My Morning Jacket at an outdoor venue, so we are hitting up Nada beforehand. My plan is to have a couple tacos and skip the chips & salsa this time. Thursday is weigh in day, but I don’t want to waste all my weeklies on my first night out.
Friday: Happy hour with a group from my gym session, then dinner is up in the air
Saturday: TBD – BF wants to grill out, I will be working all day.
Sunday: TBD – Going to the movies in the evening after work, hoping to get a decent meal in at home, a good night to get rid of leftovers.

Monday: Shape Up class @ gym
Tuesday: Speed work – 6 miles w/5 x 1:00 sprint 1:00 recovery – 3:00 rest – 5 x 1:00 sprint 1:00 recovery
Wednesday: Shape Up
Thursday: 4 miles easy in the morning before getting my day off started
Friday: Shape up & 3 mile hills
Saturday: DOR.
Sunday: Long Run with my training group – 14 miles


Food & Fitness Plan: July 31-August 6

July 31-August 6

TONS of events this week, so it’s not a pretty one, but I’m doing what I can to stay on track!

Monday: Apricot glazed drumsticks with quinoa. This was a winner, and another home run out of One Pan & Done by Molly Gilbert.
Tuesday: A fun night out at a “Mixology Challenge” followed by ill-advised but DELICIOUS food choices at Rockmill Tavern (hint, get the fried chicken sandwich)
Wednesday: Trying out another One Pan & Done recipe – roasted shrimp and chickpea salad. I also threw together this orzo salad (without chicken) to use up some leftover veggies
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner… My favorite local blogger is celebrating 10 years of writing about breakfasts and beyond. It was a great intro back in to the dining scene here in Columbus when I moved home, and we also worked together on a few events at my former job, so I am really looking forward to celebrating this one!
Friday: TBD – I already just want to get home and go to bed.
Saturday: TBD – BF’s family is visiting, so meals out
Sunday: ONE MORE EVENT. We are heading to our local theater for a beer tasting and movie screening. The featured brewery is still TBD but the movie is Blazing Saddles. I’ve only been to one other beer tasting/film screening, and let’s just say they have generous pours on their beers. I need to pace myself, it’s a school night.

Monday: 14 mile run post work (I was happy to get in 12)
Tuesday: DOR
Wednesday: Shape Up & Fartleks (I slept through all of this, see above ‘mixology event’…)
Thursday: Early morning fartleks 6 miles at 6:00am
Friday: Shape up & 3 mile hills
Saturday: Yoga? Or sleep in…
Sunday: Long Run with my training group.



“Yesterday, you said tomorrow.”

It has been a busy few months. What do I mean by busy?  I mean we bought a house and moved in. I mean I left my old job and started a new one. I mean BF traveled for work and I traveled for work. I mean I ran a 50k. I mean I am TIRED.

YEP, just like that.

That also means that blogging has completely fallen by the wayside. The last post I wrote was a recap of The Athens Marathon. That was four months ago, and as the post reads, it was not my best day. However, I was able to redeem the race and my relationship with running by having a fun time at the Playin’ Possum 50k. I finished the 50k in 8 hours 22 minutes and had a lot of fun with just a little misery out there.

Possum 50k finish
Goofy Smiles and 32 Miles

In between Athens and Possom, I also had the chance to pace a friend at the O24 race and was able to fit in some overnight miles with her as she got her first 100k race done. The event was really inspiring and incredibly well done. Ultra running is such a supportive sport, I love the community it creates.

With all of these things going on, I have made some adjustments to my plans and I also feel like I am struggling with changes in routine. I decided to postpone the Chicago Marathon to 2018, and I am in training for Columbus this year. I have 2 full months to build on miles and it’s been a very up and down training session.  This pretty much sums it up:

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow nike logo
Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Each week I have grand plans for mileage, strength classes and yoga. And by the end of the week, if I’ve completed 3/4ths of what I set out to do, it was a really good week. I say that today after deciding to spend the morning in bed, sleeping until almost 10am instead of getting up for the 5:45am class I had originally been planning. Part of that is the event we went to last night, part of it is that 5am is just never going to feel normal, and part if it is the terrible case of the ‘don’t wannas’ that has come over me.

But I am here, I am working and I am really trying to keep moving forward.