North Shore Half-Marathon/Nutrition

Training Log: May 1-7 + Diet Break + a Quick, Healthy Meal

Hello & GOOD MORNING. Welcome to the third installment of my North Shore Half-Marathon Training Log – I’ve got about 3 weekends left and then it’s race day! Exciting.

Training Log:
  • Monday – 4 miles at an easy pace. I decided to run today because I was asked to babysit after work on Wednesday and knew I may not have the chance to run that day (spoiler alert: I was right)
  • Tuesday – 4 mile tempo run
  • Wednesday – No run. I planned on getting up in the morning but I decided that sleep was more important and I’m glad I did… Wednesday was a VERY long day.
  • Thursday – 4 miles at an easy pace
  • Friday – 3.5 unscheduled miles
  • Saturday – No run
  • Sunday – 6 miles even though I had 11 planned L O L. I pushed 11 to next weekend and did my “short” run this weekend so I could catch up on some much-needed sleep

Total mileage: 21.5 miles. I am playing around with my frequency and getting in more weekly miles because I think I’ve decided on a marathon plan. I’m reading Hanson’s Marathon Method and I know that plan has you running 5-6 days a week so that’s what I’m working on right now. Even if I have a lower mileage week, or even just do 3 miles, I’m still running “on tired legs” which is a focus of HMM.

Diet Break:

Before I go on and tell you all about my super fun diet break, I do want to announce that I am down another pound. WOO! Down 8 since ~late February/early March.


So this weekend, Matt & I did some REALLY FUN THINGS:

First, we went and looked at apartments. Which isn’t actually as fun as it seems, especially when you can’t find something that fits all of your wants and your budget. Fingers crossed we find something this week (we’re going to see more on Tuesday evening). We are both SO. TIRED. of looking at apartments. And getting the run around from leasing agents. When I say I want a washer/dryer in-unit,  please don’t send me to view one without that – THANKS.

Anyway, after our unsuccessful morning, we went to Spacca Napoli Pizzeria for… PIZZA. And arancini. The pizza was proscuitto, parmesan, and arugula (my new favorite pizza, I’M SURE OF IT). I highly recommend this place to anyone in the Ravenswood area!

So, the team Matt works on was hosting an event for all of their sales winners and since some of the sales people weren’t able to go, they asked some non-sales employees to take their place. WELL: he, along with a +1 (me, duh), got a one night stay at the Four Seasons Downtown, a $150 room credit, a 3 course + appetizers meal prepared by Fabio Viviani and his team, a $250 gift card to Nordstrom, a Sunday brunch, and Fabio Viviani’s 30-Minute Italian Cookbook (and a bottle of wine!). At the reception dinner, we ate even more proscuitto (#notmad), meatballs, steak, gnocchi, and some delicious desserts. After dinner, we went back to the room and put our room credit to good use: we bought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And pigged out on room service. Please don’t judge us.


We woke up really  early on Sunday morning so we decided to go for a walk along Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue. Around 9, we went to a beautiful brunch – omelets, pastries, breakfast meats, French toast, fruit salad. THE WORKS. So I think it’s suffice to say that we enjoyed our little (okay, major) diet break this weekend.

And now we are both back to some healthy eating. We were both feeling really lazy last night after our runs so instead of really preparing anything for dinner, we whipped up our favorite, no-fuss, minimal effort meal: Teriyaki Chicken with rice & stir-fry veggies. We buy the Tyson brand frozen teriyaki chicken filets from Sam’s Club and all we have to do is heat them up in the microwave or the oven. Then just steam some rice, and throw a bag of frozen veggies in the microwave for 5 minutes. You’ve got dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes AND the meal requires almost no effort from you AND it’s healthy! A little high in sugar (because of the teriyaki) but high in protein, micronutrients, and a good source of carbohydrates.

And that’s all I’ve got for you guys today – tune in next Monday for my fourth North Shore Half Marathon Training Log!