Hi Everyone! I finished week 14 of my marathon training, and I’m getting so excited! Also a little terrified! I had a really great week of running and working out! I have kind of felt like most of my training has not been so great, or that I’ve had more bad runs than good runs, but I think (hope) it’s all in my mind. I felt so much better this week about my running. And, now I only have four weeks until my marathon! Here’s how my training went this week, and also what I’ve been up to.
Today was a rest day from running. I took Jake for a long walk…twice! After the first walk, he rested, and then he started whining to go again. The weather was beautiful, so I didn’t mind. Spring is here!
Once we were done with the second walk, I did an Insanity workout. I did the plyometric cardio workout, and it was hard! It was a 45 minute workout, and I only made it 25 minutes. If you have never done Insanity, there are several different workouts, but this one is 45 minutes of running and jumping – you never stop!
That afternoon, I started some chicken breasts in the crock pot so I could have some for my lunch the rest of the week. I didn’t have time on Sunday to cook them. I laid these in the crock pot and put in some a lot of minced garlic. I also threw in some Lawry’s, paprika, and some Herbes De Provence. Then I covered them with chicken stock and let them cook on low for about five hours.
That night for dinner I fixed pork chops. I had some center cut chops and I broiled them. I also had some bone in chops which I fried for Jeremy. We had some scalloped potatoes with them. I forgot to take a picture because I was so hungry by the time they were done! We had a bunch of pork chops left over, so that meant dinner on Tuesday. I did take a picture of dessert. I have no self control, and I ate
one two of these 170 calorie each cookies. And they were so worth it!
I stayed up late again watching 2 Broke Girls. I think we have all the episodes on our DVR!
Tuesday morning I had some yogurt and a banana for breakfast. Then for lunch I had a salad with roasted peppers, avocado, chicken, and roasted red pepper vinaigrette. I also had some fresh pineapple that I found on sale at the grocery store.
Tuesday afternoon I went for a run. I ran 5 miles in the wind!! It was very difficult running into the wind, but when it was behind me, I did run faster!
I have been running at our local park because the course is more difficult than the one I run at home. There are lots of hills! I usually run around the outside of the park on the road, but today I wanted to see what the path in park was like. I’ve never run it before. I have not been down in there for a really long time, so I had forgotten about all of the stairs. I had to run up and down these for a while!
After my run, I went home and finished the Insanity workout that I started on Monday. My whole body was tired and sore! But, that makes me feel like I have done something! I also tried planking, but someone wanted my attention and kept crawling under me.
When Jeremy got home, I fixed him the leftover pork chops and macaroni and cheese. I fixed myself some scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, and avocado.
I laid down at 11, and I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow. I slept until my alarm rang. I seriously don’t think I have ever done that! I must have been tired!
Today I had some tea and a banana for breakfast on the way to work.
Then I had a turkey and ham sandwich from Subway for lunch, and the rest of my pineapple. My friend picked it up and got the wrong kind so I picked off the roast beef.
Oh, and guess what I found when I checked my email today!
THE Bart Yasso!!! I cannot even describe how excited I was when I read that! That really made my day, actually my whole week! And, I sent him a tweet, and he even tweeted me back!! How awesome is he?!
After work on Wednesday, I ran 5 miles. I had 9 scheduled, but I knew Jeremy was working late on Thursday so I planned on running 9 then. The weather was almost 20 degrees hotter today than it was on Tuesday. It was 81, but the wind was blowing hard so it made it feel a little cooler. One mile into my run, I got the worst cramp in my calf! I have never had cramps in my calves before. It hurt so bad that I had to stop and rub it and then walk around for a little while trying to work it out. It finally went away, and I was able to finish my run. I guess I wasn’t hydrated enough?? I don’t know but it sure was painful!
After my run, I went home and forced myself to do another Insanity workout. I was super tired, and my whole body felt tired and sore from doing workouts the last two days, and I really didn’t want to do it, but I am hoping that it will help with running. I did the Cardio Abs. Since I had just run, I skipped the warm-up part with all of the jogging and jumping and cardio, and I went right for the abs. It was a good workout and it made my stomach burn! I kind of half way did it, and I was a little sore on Thursday, but not like I thought I would be. After running and doing that workout, I was wiped out!
But, when Jeremy came home we took Jake for a walk and played ball with him until he was wiped out too! Then I got cleaned up and ready to cook dinner.
I made bar-b-que chicken legs and chicken breasts in the crock pot again. To go with it, I made salad and my roasted potatoes. This time I added a ranch seasoning packet to them before I cooked them. Jeremy’s dad came over to eat. They both loved the chicken! We had a ton of food, and a ton of leftovers!
I went to right bed around 10 because I was so tired, but I could not go to sleep. I ended up laying there for almost two hours before I fell asleep.
Today I did not want to get out of bed. I just wanted to sleep! But, the alarm kept annoying me so I got up and fixed some breakfast. I had strawberry greek yogurt with bananas and chia seeds.
Then I headed to work. One of my friends told me I looked really tired, especially my eyes! Is that a nice way of saying you look like crap? LOL I know she didn’t mean it like that, but it makes me laugh every time someone says that because…..quick story – One time at a work meeting, a friend wanted me to ask the lady sitting on the other side of me if she had any Tylenol. I asked and she said to me, “I knew you didn’t feel good, you look awful today.” Thanks! LOL
For lunch I had a salad with chicken, avocado, mixed peppers, and roasted red pepper vinaigrette.
After work, I headed home to get ready to run 9 miles. I noticed that my leg was hurting a little when I left work. I bought some really cushioned flip flops last year when I had this problem, but I guess they don’t work. I thought after I taped it and put on my compression sleeve that it would go away. It did not. I made it one mile and had to quit because the pain was so sharp. I went home and soaked it in the bathtub, then put a heating pad on it, and then used the stick massager on it. It is the same leg that was hurt before I started this training, and it scared me thinking I have come this far and could be injured again. Luckily, after massaging it for a while, the knot where the pain was coming from went away and it didn’t hurt anymore.
Thursday night for dinner I fixed an omelet with roasted peppers and a little cheese on top – for extra goodness! I found those peppers at Wal-mart. They are frozen Green Giant veggies, and they are super good!
When I got up, I fixed some eggs and toast for breakfast, along with some BeFit Pre workout. Then I headed to the park to run a little bit. I know I missed my 9 miles this week, but I didn’t want to run too hard since I had 18 miles scheduled on Saturday. I went down on the path again and ran 3.76 miles.
Then I went to my mom’s and tried out their new elliptical for a little while. When I got home, I took Jake for a walk, but he wanted to run. We ended up running a mile before he finally stopped to sniff everything. Then we walked until he was tired.
Friday night we ordered pasta for dinner. I always like to eat pasta before a long run. We ordered Domino’s. I ordered pasta and Jeremy ordered a pizza. I ate most of the pasta and two pieces of pizza. I was so full, but it helped so much!
One thing that I have not done very good with this week was getting enough sleep. Friday night we stayed up until midnight watching TV. Then I got up at 6:30 on Saturday morning to run. I was not hungry at all, but I forced myself to eat some eggs and toast. Then I went to meet my dad to run. This was the best run I have had, and it was a huge confidence booster! It was a little difficult due to the strong winds, and it didn’t seem to matter what direction we were running, we were running into it. But, I felt good and I didn’t get tired at all until the very last mile! I really have been stressing and worrying about whether I would be ready for the race, but this run helped to calm my nerves. For now! 🙂
I am really going to try hard to get more sleep next week!
We had a lot planned on Sunday, so I did not get in any cross training. 🙁
I think my running during the week was okay, but my long run was great! I am still really excited about it. I have 20 miles scheduled next Saturday, and I hope that it goes as well as this one did. I’m going to try to sleep more so I’m not so tired during the week, because I know that will eventually catch up with me on my long run.
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Do you use a banana hanger, or just let them sit on the counter? I can’t figure out which one makes them last longer.
Is there a food that causes you to have no self control?
How were your runs/workouts this week?