My day of rest Sunday was AWESOME! It was definitely much-needed after a 55 mile week. And by rest, I mean not running. I actually spent the day in the kitchen working on several new recipes that you’ll be seeing soon. Looking ahead to this week’s training, I’ve got 59 miles to cover over 6 days and I have a very busy week outside of running. So we’ll see what happens.
Here’s the daily recap of each day:
Made it to 5:30 AM Body Pump today, thanks to the motivation of a friend. I was definitely glad to be back!
Breakfast: Odwalla Superfood smoothie, half serving of almonds, half serving of sunflower seeds
Snack: Banana, handful of nuts
Lunch: Chipotle salad with black beans, veggies, corn, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole
Dinner: Veggie flatbread pizza, 2 beers, small blizzard (birthday party for a running friend – I planned for a splurge meal)
Had to work late so my 6 mile run got cut short and I only ran 3. It’s an easy run so I’ll make it up later in the week.
Breakfast: smoothie and a few almonds
Snack: banana and almonds
Lunch: Spinach veggie wrap from Jason’s Deli with fruit
Dinner: Red quinoa with sauteed veggies and 2 glasses of wine (don’t judge….it was a tough day)
Had a 9 mile run with 4×800 Yasso’s at 3:45 but since I was at work for 13 hours, that wasn’t happening. Getting really worried about hitting every run this week….this is a really critical week that I need to feel good about going in to the marathon. But I am committing to go to the gym in the morning to run even though I’m extremely tired.
Made it to the gym at 5:15 and knocked out 6.5 miles on the treadmill. Yay me! Definitely feeling much better about the week. My current plan is to make up the run I missed yesterday after work today (assuming, of course, I leave before 8 PM). I was too busy to write down what I ate and now (on Sunday) I can’t remember 😦
Scheduled for a 10 mile tempo run with 8 miles @ marathon pace. I thought it was more important to get to the speed workout that I missed on Tuesday so that’s what I did before I went to work (yeah, I had to work on the holiday). The good news is that my speed work was awesome! I ran up to the local middle school track only to find it locked up. I could have easily jumped over the fence on one side and actually considered it. There was a sign that said “no trespassing” but someone had painted over the “no”….that makes it ok, right? I decided against jumping the fence and decided to run around the school instead. I did a 2 mile warm up and then my first 800. I was supposed to run this one in 3:45. I hit it in 3:30. Yay me! I knew the other ones had to be slower but I had plenty of breathing room here. Hit the next one in 3:34….still well under my 3:45. Yay me again! Next one was 3:32. What? Last one was 3:20! Completer shocker there but I was thrilled with that and ended up feeling pretty good about the workout. Only ended up with 8 of the 9 miles since I thought my co-workers would want me to shower before I went in to work 🙂 . I didn’t record what I ate that day since it was so crazy (and I’m writing this part on Sunday) but I didn’t make the best food choices. I can tell you that I had a hot dog at the cookout we went to and watched fireworks. Everything else was an ok choice, not great, but could be worse. We didn’t get home until midnight and I was planning to go to the gym in the morning before work so I knew Friday was going to be tough.
I actually made it to the gym at 5:15 to run 6 miles. About the time I got close to 6, I decided I would just be late to work and make up some of the earlier miles I had missed. So I ended up running 9 at an easy pace. Later in the day, one of my training friends texted me and said she was changing her long run to Sunday, I was really agreeable to that. I was way too mentally and physically exhausted to face getting up at 3:30 and running 22 miles. I can’t remember what I ate Friday but it wasn’t too bad. The nice thing was that I got to bed early.
I actually slept in today…until 8:30. It was amazing! We had eggs and veggies for breakfast and then I napped for an hour or so (I was completely exhausted from the week). Got up and ran 11 miles. Again, I don’t remember specifically what I ate, but it wasn’t bad.
Well, this capped off an awful week. I wasn’t able to sleep at all Saturday night so I wasn’t feeling 22 miles, but I tried. Met my friends and ran a pretty fast 5412 miles. After weighing the advantages and disadvantages of completing the full 22 miles, I decided it was best to stop at 12. Came home and napped for a couple hours. Then had another 2 hour nap shortly after that. I decided I would try to finish the other 10 miles but stopped at 4. I could have pushed through the rest of the 6 but really wasn’t feeling it so stopped.
Overall, I would say I ate about 60-70% clean. I was disappointed by not meeting my mileage goal/plan but I did end up with 54 miles. That’s really not too bad. Hopefully this week will be a little easier and I won’t struggle to get everything done. It was just one of those weeks. But I’m optimistic that this week will be MUCH better 🙂