HEY GANG. Welcome back for another training log update. I’ve decided that I’m going to be pushing these out once a week. WHY? Well… I’m always really interested reading about how others train and I like to keep a log of this information for myself so… why not share it with others? Maybe you can learn from my mistakes (or, even better, I can learn from my mistakes!).
This weeks training has felt a little off; I spent Saturday-Tuesday either traveling to or from Boston to see my sister, her boyfriend Kyle, and to see a few people in the Boston Marathon (Matt’s brother, Kyle’s dad)! It was… SO EXCITING! And #motivating – Like… maybe one day I can BQ? PIPE DREAMS. Let me get through Chicago first, okay? Okay.
So because of my renewed motivation, I’m talking all things train
ing & nutrition today! Don’t worry… I’ll actually have some fun and delicious recipes for you these next few days so if you couldn’t care less about running or nutrition – STAY TUNED. Your time is coming. I’ve got some delicious and nutritious recipes for Cinco de May comin’ up!
I went running through one of my old neighborhoods & ran past a tree I used to climb… it used to be MUCH BIGGER. Or maybe it’s just because I’m not 8 anymore?
Okay on to the running portion:
- Monday: No run
- Tuesday: 5 miles, easy: This run was SO PLEASANT. I had an early flight home from Boston AND took the day off from work so I had the whole day TO MYSELF! I took a nap, did some laundry, binge-watched a good portion of 13 Reasons Why, and took my butt to the forest preserve for some ~nature running. Because it was an “easy” run day, I kept my pace around 11:30
- Wednesday: 5 miles, tempo: run was… okay. It was okay. I had been cold all day and, even though it was 50 degrees out, I was cold for most of the run. It certainly didn’t help that the wind was blowing in my face for most of it but… IT’S OKAY. Not every run is going to be great. Or even good. Some will be okay and some will be awful. IT’S FINE. It’s part of the process. But as part of the ~tempo run, I took my first mile easy, miles 2-4 a bit faster, and slowed down again for mile 5.
Mid-Week Dance Party
- Thursday: 3 miles, easy: Thursday’s run. OH BOY. I spent a good portion of my day at work like most people do, right? It was such a beautiful day: 60s, sunny, little-to-no wind. PERFECT for an evening run. And then I got off work and BAM temperatures dropped to mid-40s and the wind picked up to 20+MPH. I was planning for 5 miles but with the weather issues + a random stomach thing, I scaled it back to 3 and decided to do another 3 on Friday morning.
- Friday: No run
- Saturday: 4 miles, easy: Matt and I spent a good portion of the day looking at apartments so when I did finally get home, I barely got off of the couch for a few hours BUT that meant I was pretty rested for the run. I took it easy because I had a long (my longest this season!) run on Sunday.
- Sunday: 10 miles, long: My longest run of the year thus far! I got up early this morning and got all of my typical Sunday chores done: grocery store, some light meal prep, and I even went shopping (if you can call it that… neither of us got anything) with my mom. By the time I got home, I had some time to chill so I took full advantage before heading out for a nearly 2 hour run. The run itself actually wasn’t that bad BUT MY BOD IS ACHIN’ TODAY! I finished a whopping 6 minutes earlier than I had estimated so I either need to push myself harder during my week-day runs OR I need to slow down on the long run: I’m thinking both.
Total Miles: 27
Oh… nutrition. How I love you so. And hate you at the same time. I love to study nutrition, read up on the science behind everything: nutrient timing, the importance of carb-loading, how to properly diet so that you don’t starve yourself, etc. For those of you who are out of the loop… I got my BS in Dietetics and went on to sit for the RD exam. So… I know what I’m doing (or should be doing).
But… am I perfect? No. Obviously not. Nobody is. So one thing I’m really working on right now is getting my nutrition back in order: eating lots of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and minimally processed stuff. It’s getting easier – only because as I’m losing the weight, running gets easier (and my fav. designer jeans fit better), so it makes making healthy food choices an easy choice to make.
Okay well that’s all I’ve got for you on this lovely Monday afternoon. THIS WEEK: guacamole, burrito-stuffed peppers, and MORE!