Highlights!

I should probably just give up the notion that I will EVER be able to post daily, as I’ve got a sweet bi-weekly average going now. Quality, not quantity, right?! How do some of you bloggers do it multiple times a day…

FIRST, the running!
Saturday’s 12 miles were great. Average 9:00min/mile, it got really hot toward the end, but luckily my boy ran the last 5 miles (with a bum knee!) with me, so I had motivation to finish strong. I decided I am definitely to the point, if not past it, that I need to start carrying water/gels with me on my long runs. I could have used a boost after about an hour.

Sunday was an oh-so-glorious rest day.

Monday was a quick but tough weight session. My new apartment has a 24 hour workout facility, score! I had the place to myself at 6:30a.m.

Today I had to lift & run back to back. Usually I like to split these up, but I start job #2 this afternoon and work at the restaurant tonight so this morning was my only chance. I lifted first, knowing I could push myself through a run, but being tired during weights is awful. I’m glad I did! I had a nice 45 minute sesh in the gym then a breezy 4 mile run around campus.

As expected, Saturday was somewhat brutal with the long run + moving + work, but I made it! (Duh) and ate…A LOT. Saturdays are typically “treat” days, if you will. And dinner consisted of a greasy hamburger from a local place (those are the best…Buns Over Texas, anyone?!) and then straight to Coldstone for my weekly ice cream fix. Birthday Cake Reee-mixxxxx! No pictures, because I was obviously famished and way to preoccupied with stuffing my face to be bothered with photography. At least I’m honest 😉 I did reward Jacob with Quaker Oatmeal Pancakes after our run (that’s a lie, I just really wanted some)
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+ a protein shake for me!

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! You all know how much I love my Amazing Grass and My boy Jay but if you have checked these guys out, you also know how $$$$ they are! A while ago I had Lean Dessert Whey recommended to me, because of its good carb/protein/fat ratio for runners, and its delicious taste. I spotted it at the store the other day, and decided to give it a go.

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It is not 100% natural, but pretty darn close. And while I would definitely prefer some AmazingGrass or SexyJay, my wallet sure prefers this. And my taste buds…HOLY YUM. They aren’t kidding when they call it Dessert!

Another winner…
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Super-charge-me cookies!
I’m kind of on the fence when it comes to healthifying (is that a word?) treats. I believe in all things in moderation, including dessert (helloooooo ice cream!). With that said, I have had my eye on these for a while, and figured to give them a go, I’m dating the cookie monster himself, so there was no question of anything remotely resembling a cookie going to waste, so why not?

…freaking delicious. My only regret is that they call for half a cup of maple syrup ($$$)and both Jacob & I destroyed them in less than 48 hours. I’m salivating just thinking about them…and it’s 8:30a.m.!

One more thing…
This Time article is creating a lot of discussion. I think it is ridiculous. I could rant for hours about it, but I will just comment on a few points.
1. Cloud spends a lot of time talking about how humans weren’t meant to over expend their energy, and stress our bodies at the gym. He cites this as making us overly hungry, which causes us to overcompensate on calories, which makes us fat. What he forgets is that if humans weren’t meant to over expend, we certainly weren’t meant to consume the sugar laden Starbucks muffins or greasy french fries he talks about. This isn’t a problem created by exercise, it’s a problem created by society.
“What’s going on here? Church calls it compensation, but you and I might know it as the lip-licking anticipation of perfectly salted, golden-brown French fries after a hard trip to the gym. Whether because exercise made them hungry or because they wanted to reward themselves (or both), most of the women who exercised ate more than they did before they started the experiment”
YES I am hungrier when I exercise, but by eating whole, real, foods, my hunger is satiated more quickly and I can consume volumes without seeing as much as a centimeter on my waistline. Though it is a more extreme lifestyle than I subscribe to, Brendan Brazier a Vegan triathlete in stellar health and shape, has great information and research on this theory.
2. I think Cloud is circling around the right idea in this article, but missing it. Of course exercise won’t make you thin, but this is no reason not to exercise. I have been athletic since the age of 8, but it wasn’t until I started eating holisticly that I saw real improvement and change in my body.
3. It’s not one or the other. Eat well, exercise right, you will see change. I hate it that hundreds of Americans looking for a way out of exercise will read this and give up, because if it hasn’t worked for this guy, it certainly won’t work for them. Yes, Cloud, the cavemen didn’t spend hours on a StairMaster, but they also didn’t spend hours in McDonalds and Pizza Hut. DUH.

Ending my rant…I hate to end on a negative note but this is a LONG post! ‘Til next time!

Buying Time

Hey guys! Sorry for the delay but I am moving IN to my apartment tomorrow, and probably won’t be posting until Sunday! Still running, and eating…and everything in between! Tomorrow is 12 miles, wish me luck! Hoping to get out EARLY to beat the heat, followed by a fun day of moving and ending with work at the restaurant…my legs are going to hate me.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

Much better!

I set out this morning (6:50a.m.) for my scheduled 7 miles. I had a new route planned, PB Toast in my belly, well rested legs and was ready for a good run! And a good run I had!
Today’s RUNdown: 5.8mi, 47:00min., about an 8:10 pace

So about those 7 miles…I use mapmyrun.com to map out my runs, and had planned a little over a 7 mile route (I like to end my runs with a few minutes of walking, followed by stretching). I ran at a pace that felt good, and enjoyed the beautiful morning. I knew I had a solid pace, but there was definitely something off when I finished in 47 minutes, that would have been a 7 minute mile! After yesterdays run, I knew this wasn’t true.

I still felt great, so I came home, showered and ate (Green Monster, no doubt!) I re-mapped the run. Still said 7 miles, so when I left to run errands I clocked it, and my route rang in at a solid 5.8 miles. Slightly annoying, but it was a good run, so I’m not worrying about it. I want to meet my mileage for the week, so maybe I’ll get a short run in on Friday or something…no biggie!

Posting early because I close at work tonight, bleh! Hasta manana bloggies!

Meh

I know every run can’t be perfect, and this one certainly wasn’t. After such a great long run Saturday, I had high hopes for this recovery four miler. But everything felt off.
Today’s RUNdown: 4mi, 30:50
Again, I felt like I was really booking it but was just running my average pace. My pace wasn’t bad…it was more how I was feeling…tired, heavy legs, EMPTY stomach (the main culprit). This afternoon I started to lift weights and felt the same way, so I stopped. Who am I?

Here’s to hoping tomorrows 7 will be better! I definitely had some good fuel, so that + the power of positive thinking makes me think it will be stellar. I think it can all be mental sometimes!

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Weeknight staple, chicken stir-fry with brown rice! If this isn’t a classic runners meal, I don’t know what is.

Off pace, again

Looks like I left off before my long run…scheduled 10miles!
Saturday’s RUNdown: 10mi, 85:00, 8:30min/mile
Again, WAY faster than I should be running my long runs, I’m still “trying” not to worry about it, and just let my body work itself out, but given my Type A OCD personality…I do. I ran the first seven miles by myself, and Jacob joined me for the last three. I really thought we were booking it those last three, turns out they were 9 minute miles…awesome. This also means those first 7 were faster than my total average…meh.

I also got chased my two terriers for a solid block. My heart rate hit 216 and I was yelling and kicking like a crazy person…it was scary! What’s up with animals having it out for me these days?!

Pre long run dinner was a winner (winner winner chicken dinnerrrrr!)
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Chicken Coq Au Vin with garlic mashed potatoes, of coursed themed appropriately for our Saturday plans of seeing Julie&Julia!

Saturday was a GREAT day…Long run, farmers market, Julie & Julia (loved it! naturally) AND the.best.concert.ever. Fuel after my run was to-go style on the way to the Farmer’s Market
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Green Monsters, duh!

Sunday was a rest day, though I hardly rested. I worked (read…walkwalkwalk in cobblestone in heels) and packed/moved. Today I lugged boxes around for 3+ hours and did a Strength Training Circuit for 45 minutes.

4 miles scheduled tomorrow! All it takes is two days of no running and I am itching to go…I almost did today just for the heck of it, but I have had a crazy busy/active past three days and need to honor my body! See y’all tomorrow. Hoping to get into a regular posting schedule, but that’s hard to do when you have no regular life schedule! Til next time!
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Two breakfasts = 1 good day!

TGIF, friends! Usually the weekends for me mean workworkwork, but I have tomorrow off to go see Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp in concert!!! There aren’t words really to express how STINKING excited I am!!

No run this morning because of my long run tomorrow, but I did lift some weights. My apartment gym doesn’t open until 8:15, and since I naturally wake up around 7 at the latest, I knew I would need to split breakfast in two, as I go into work at 10:30.

Breakfast #1:
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Breakfast Cookie!!! I used to eat these before my long runs last spring when I had a short class at 8 and would go after that…they are light enough that they don’t rumble in your belly, but substantial enough to get you through a work out!
The mix:
1/4c rolled oats
1T soymilk
1/2 smashed ‘naner
1/2 packet Jay Robb protein powder (vanilla)
1T peanut butter

smoosh smoosh smoosh, put in ‘fridge overnight and voila!

I did a 40 minute Jillian circuit in the gym, my arms and legs always feel like jelly at the end! I came home jumped in the shower and rushed to get ready and then sat down to breakfast #2 and the blog…
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Obviously, a protein shake! The vanilla jay robb protein is SO good, but I can only handle about half of a serving at once, because it is SWEET!

Work time, see y’all later this weekend with my long run re-cap! Have a good one!

Still Kickin!

WOW. Has it really almost been a week since I last posted?! Sorry, friends! I worked 4 back to back shifts at the restaurant over the weekend, and drove three hours to get my (new!) car from my parents! But no worries, I have been running a lot in between! I won’t bore you with all the details, but here is a quick RUNdown:

Saturday: Long Run! 10 miles with my friend Kate. We have known each other since middle school and she decided to do Team In Training also and is going to run RNRSA! She recently transferred to my University and I always ran into her at the gym during the school year in the earlyyy morning. So, requirement #1 of a good running buddy; morning person, check! Same pace? Check! Not liking to talk a lot during runs…check! Okay, let’s go run! We did a speedy ten miles, and finished 1:16. That’s under a 8:00min/mile. This was a hard run, but we pushed each other and were happy with our times!
Sunday: REST DAY. And it was glorious, minus the 6 hour shift, but whatever…I got a solid nap in at least!
Monday: .5mi warm-up on the tredmill and circuit strength training
Tuesday: 4mi, I can’t remember my time, but it was fast. In the first mile I saw some ROTC guys running my same route, and knowing they had to run at least a 7:00min/mile I decided I had to pass them. Poor choice, because as soon as I did they decided they were having none of that and sprinted past me. Well, now it was on…I kicked it in to high gear and ran as fast as I could past them to the University track, where their route ended. So my first mile and a half were insane, and the remaining two and a half were sub-8:00 huffin and puffin miles. Later that afternoon I did the hardest circuit training yet. Think quivering quads and shaking shoulders.
Wednesday: 6mi, 50:00. Meh, this run started out really fun because I ran the first two miles on the cross country route with Jacob and our friend Cameron. I left them after the 2 with intentions of doing 5 more. Unfortunately, we started later than I usually do and it was incredibly hot. This is also the hilliest route in town, and the lactic acid in my legs from the weights was almost unbearable. My training schedule only called for 6 miles today anyway, so I made myself run strong through 6 and called it a day.

That’s a lot of running, let’s get to the fun stuff!
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Bison Burgers, roasted zucc + squash, pickleeee! This was my post long-run lunch, protein, carbs, fat, yes please!

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Remember my Pasta puttanesca from my birthday? I adapted two recipes to come up with my own adaptation in about 15 minutes (Someone was starving…and for once it wasn’t me!) I used an Ellie Krieger recipe as my base, and a Mario Batali recipe to, um, make it taste good…and it came out a winner! Most puttanesca recipes call for anchovy paste, but since I served it with salmon I forewent the paste.
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This is one small cup of sweet, sweet victory. Jacob and I bet on who would win The Next Food Network Star. If Jeffrey won, I would have to buy him Sheridans (the best ice cream that will ever touch your lips) and if Melissa won, he had to buy me fro-yo. WINNERRRRRRR! This is a small cup of cappucino/vanilla with oreo crumbles. I wish we had a REAL fro-yo place here, you know, the not sugar laden kind…the kind that actually tastes like yogurt.

And my latest green monster!
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-1/2 frozen naner
-1/2c frozen blueb’s
-1c soymilk
-1 handful popeye power (spinach doyyy)
-1T peanut buttahhh
-1T COCOA POWDER (hollaaa! Chocolate smoothie?! Yes please!)
-1 packet Stevia, cocoa powder is bitter, stevia is sickly sweet, mix em together = yumyum!
-1/4c rolled oats … thicker smoothie + better recovery

Clearly the coffee has kicked in. Time to pack up my apartment, I move in t-minus 5 days!!! ‘Til next time!