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!
Monday: 15.5 miles (was supposed to be 16 but I had to get the dog to her annual vet apt!)
Thursday: 4 miles with hills
Friday: Shape up & 2 miles on TM
Sunday: 18 miles
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
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
Sunday: Long Run post cabin – 16 miles
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
Sunday: Long Run with my training group – 14 miles
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
On Sunday, April 9th, I completed the Athens Ohio Marathon (celebrating its 50th year!). I posted a finish time of 5:41:03 which is a couple minutes faster than Erie, but nowhere close to the 5:28:47 PR I have been trying to break.
Did I train poorly? Start too fast? Start too slow? Not fuel properly? Not get enough sleep? Was it too hot? Should I have run more and walked less? Walked more and run less? I’ve decided to stop asking all of these questions, because I just don’t think there is an answer that will help me right now.
For whatever reason, from the time I woke up until a few hours after crossing the finish line, I felt nauseous. It didn’t feel like nerves, but it also didn’t feel like the flu. Maybe electrolytes were off, but like I said, I just don’t know. What I do know is that I had a hard time wanting to eat, and gels and blocks continued to turn my stomach. Add to that the hot orange Gatorade at Mile 24, and it’s now wonder that I was pretty much gagging my way across the finish line.
Athens Finish Line
So, meh, it wasn’t the race I wanted. And I’ve started questioning whether or not I want to pursue a new marathon PR, or give that long distance a rest. I have a 50k coming up on May 20th, and I am really looking forward to it! It could be really warm that day too, or really rainy or muddy or all of the above. All I’m thinking of is that it’s a nice stroll through the woods!
Next on the horizon is the Chicago Marathon in October, which I will start training for in June!
February 6-February 12
Time to get down to some serious workout business. Back to the gym this week, and being flexible with workouts as BF is travelling.
Monday: Chicken salad and possible leftover Super Bowl meatballs
Tuesday: Skinnytaste Cheeseburger Casserole
Wednesday: “Unstuffed” Cabbage Soup (from Skinnytaste Cookbook-a staple at my house)
Friday: Dinner out for my brother’s birthday. (If you’re local to Columbus, you must try Windward Passage at least once in your life)
Saturday: TBD – It’s my first Saturday off in 3 weeks!
Monday: Gym – Shape-Up
Tuesday: Yoga DVD
Wednesday: Gym – Shape-Up
Thursday: 4 miles post-work
Friday: Gym – Shape-Up & 5 miles @ 12min
Sunday: Long Run – 30k Trail Run
Hoping for a good week of recovery from being sick. Will take it easy as needed to gear up for the weekend’s race. Glad to get a trail run in during the season to keep training for the upcoming 50k I am attempting after the Spring marathon!