The Word of the Week is Consistency

Hey Guys!  This is going to be a long recap, because it was a very busy week!  This week was all about being consistent!  This was my third week of marathon training, and I rocked it!  I hope I can keep this up throughout all of the training.  (15 more weeks!)  Since my second week didn’t go according to plan, I wanted to make sure that I worked hard this week.  I pushed myself hard in my workouts, but I also made sure to stretch a lot more, and get a lot of rest so my body could recover.  I really enjoyed my runs and workouts this week!  I felt stronger!    Later on when the training gets really hard, I’ll have to look back and remember how much fun I had this week!

When I sat down and looked at my plan for this week, I also checked the weather forecast and made sure to move my schedule around the bad weather.  Oklahoma weather is crazy, and we had 4 seasons this week!  We had snow last Friday and the temperatures were in the single digits, then by Tuesday it was back up in the 70’s, Friday it was supposed to be colder and raining, and then Saturday we were supposed to get ice!  I need a beach vacation!

                                Mon              Tues           Wed          Thurs          Fri          Sat           Sun

Plan                     Rest               3 mi           4 mi           3 mi            Rest       5 mi         Cross

Actual                   7 mi               5 mi          4 mi           4 mi           Rest       Circuit     Yoga

So along with be consistent with running and working out, I have also been eating these protein pancakes consistently!  I love them and can’t get enough!  If you haven’t tried this yet, you should! 

Monday 

Today was supposed to be a rest day, but I felt like I rested all weekend.  So I had some Spark and ran 7 miles today since the snow messed up my long run last weekend.  I rushed home from work so I could get this run in before it got dark.  Before my run I took Jake for a walk.  It never fails, on days that I’m in a hurry, or it’s freezing, he wants to sniff everything and days when I just want to walk, he wants to run.  He had to stop and sniff every single thing today!  After his walk, I headed out for my run.  It was a pretty good one and I was happy with my time.  It’s kind of cracking me up on how off my Fitbit is from my Garmin.  I know I ran 7 miles, but my Fitbit said I ran 8.70! 

After dinner I stretched for a long time and did some strength training.  Then, I got challenged by Kim (http://kimrunsonthefly.blogspot.com/) to do 5 minutes of planks!  I did not enjoy it, but I did it!   🙂  I had to break it up into 3 different planks, but I got it done! 

Today was kind of a big day.  I have a lot of health and fitness challenges going on this month, and I’m really excited about it!  At work, we are doing a wellness challenge and it started today.  You get points for exercising, eating healthy, and doing healthy mental activities.  It’s a competition and we all put $5 in a pot.  At the end in March, the person who has earned the most points wins all the money!  This is right up my alley, and I would love to win money for doing all the things I love!  This week was all about physical activity.   You earn 2 points for each activity you do that is longer than 20 minutes.  (6 points max for each exercise session) So, today I earned 6 points for my run and then another 2 points for my strength training.  I doubled up on my workouts this week partly because of this, because I’m competitive, but also because I want to make sure that I am doing more than just running – which is pretty much all I did last time.  Once my mileage starts getting a lot longer, I will cut back on the extra workouts.  

I also joined in Monica’s (runeatrepeat.com) virtual running camp.  It started today as well and lasts through the end of the month.  Today was about choosing your goals.  We set a goal for the next 21 days.  My goal is to stick to my running schedule, and if the weather does not permit to make sure that I do at least a 30 minute cardio workout on running days, and try to eat clean. 

I finally sat down around 9 pm and read a book until I fell asleep!

Here are my eats for the day. 
Breakfast:  egg muffins with spinach and bell peppers and a glass of lemon/lime water
Lunch:  ground turkey, brown rice, and roasted broccoli
Snack:  Quest Bar
Dinner:  ground turkey, brown rice, green beans, carrots

For our wellness challenge this week, we can earn bonus points for getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night.  So, I made sure to go to bed early! 

Tuesday 

I set my alarm for 5:15.  I have slowly been increasing the amount of time and getting up earlier than normal.  I have such a hard time getting out of bed, but once I’m up, I’m awake.  I have really been enjoying getting up earlier and having time to stretch – which I did for 20 minutes this morning – and get things done.  I hate rushing around and then rushing to get out the door to work.  It’s taken some adjusting, but I’m finally able to start making myself get up a lot earlier than I used to.  While I did get up earlier this morning, I did not sleep well on Monday night.  I got my 7 hours, but my Fitbit said I was awake 3 times and restless 14 times!  So, I was super tired.  Thank goodness for Spark!   

Today I was supposed to run 3 miles, but I looked ahead at the weather and ice was in the forecast all weekend.  So, I decided to get my long run for the week out of the way in case I couldn’t run this weekend.  And, it was 73 degrees outside, and I wasn’t going to waste that!  After work, I had some spark before my run.  I really just wanted to go home and take a nap instead of running.  But, I didn’t give myself that option.  I decided to run a tougher course than I normally do.  It’s a course that I absolutely hate because it’s so hilly.  It’s the 5K course for our town’s races, and I have never been able to break 30 minutes on it.  My time on it is usually between 30-32 minutes.  That is so frustrating – two summers ago I was determined to break it, and I got up every morning for a couple of months and ran there and never could do it.  As much as I hate this course, I know that the hills will help with my training, so I headed there to run 5 miles.  I was pretty happy with my time too!  (I got passed, and it made me run faster!  I hate being passed.  LOL)

After my run, I had some errands to do before going home.  I made home just before dark and had time to take Jake for a walk.  Then, I did a Fitness Blender yoga workout.  My muscles needed a good stretch!  And, after that I did my 5 minutes of planks.  I was really feeling it today, so these 5 minutes were probably the toughest all week! 

Eats for the day: 

Breakfast:  Egg cups
Lunch:  Ground turkey, rice, roasted broccoli
Snack: carrots and hummus
Dinner: Kodiak cakes and egg cup

Wednesday 

I got up again today at 5:15 and had plenty of time to wake up and get everything ready for the day.  I was more rested today.  I got my 7 hours of sleep on Tuesday night and I slept much better than Monday night.  I spent 20 minutes stretching and foam rolling this morning before I got ready for my day.  Today I had 4 miles on the schedule.  I had some spark and headed back to the 5K course to run it again.  I felt like I struggled the whole time.  This is probably TMI, but I had the WORST two blisters on the bottom of my left foot.  There is a spot on the ball of my foot that was completely raw and another blister on the bottom of my little toe.  It’s kind of like a blister on top of a blister!  This run was rough because of those.   But, I was shocked at my 5k time.  I finally broke 30 minutes!   Granted it was by seconds, but I did it!  (29:56) During my last mile, I ran down into the park and ran up and down some stairs a few times. 

When I got home, I took Jake for a walk and we visited Jessie.  She was super loveable!  She got upset when we tried to leave and made me feel bad.  So, we stayed with her for a while and I brushed her, which she LOVES.  She just follows us around the yard and wants to be petted.  She is just like a big dog. 

Later that evening, I did a Fitness Blender HIIT workout.  It’s a 32 minute workout and the title of it says it’s for people who get bored easily.  I loved it!  It had a different move for every interval and that made it fun!  After that, I did my 5 minutes of planks.  (Still not loving this, but am definitely feeling it!)

Jeremy was home tonight and we relaxed and watched TV together and then went to bed early so I could get my 7 hours of sleep!  Plus, he was tired because he had a bunch of make-up games from basketball tournaments that the snow cancelled over the weekend.  He refereed 8 games on Monday, 6 games on Tuesday, and 2 today.  He was exhausted!

Eats from today:

Breakfast:  Protein pancakes and an egg cup
Lunch:  Ground turkey, bell peppers, rice, roasted broccoli
Snack:  Bear Naked energy bar
Post Run Snack:  Deer summer sausage
Dinner:  Protein pancakes with sugar free syrup

Thursday 

I got up around 5:20 today and spent a little time icing my knee.  It was swollen from Wednesday.  I’m guessing from running the stairs or from the HIIT workout??  By the time I was ready to run later in the day, it felt fine though.  It was freezing today!  It was 75 degrees on Wednesday, and I was not expecting the cold front that came through.  When I went to run around 3:30, it was 42 and the wind was blowing hard!  I had planned on heading back to the park to run the 5K course again, but I didn’t bring any warm clothes with me to work.  So, I decided just to go home so I could bundle up and run there. 

I had a really good run except for the fact that I was freezing!  It was so cold that my eyes were watering!  I had to go home half way through and put on another layer. After my run, Jake and I went to visit Jessie and then we went for a quick walk. 

Later that evening, I did my 5 minutes of planks and also some yoga.  I’m trying to make sure that I stretch a lot so my muscles don’t get sore.  Jake loves when I do planks.  He tries to crawl underneath me. 

Dinner was a complete disaster!  I ended up eating some green beans!  🙂  We decided to try a pizza from Papa John’s.  It just opened up in our town, and we have only eaten at a Papa John’s once and it was many years ago.  So, we placed our order at 8:20.  At 9:45, the delivery man called and said he was lost and couldn’t find our house.  He was on the opposite side of town, so the pizza didn’t get there until 10.  It was cold, and it wasn’t even what we ordered!  Jeremy called them and they refunded our money.  It looked disgusting – like it had been sitting out for day, so we didn’t eat it.  Since it was already so late, I really didn’t want to eat anything anyways, so we just went to bed.  Good thing I snacked on those green beans!

Eats from today:

Breakfast:  protein pancakes and an egg muffin. 
Lunch:  Pre-Run snack:  Bear Naked bar and Spark
Post -Run Snack:  carrots and hummus
Dinner:  roasted green beans 

Friday

 I got up at 5:20 again so I could ice my knee.  I’m not sure what’s going on with it.  Last time I trained, it didn’t start this swelling until I was running more than 10 miles.  I guess I’m eventually going to have to get it checked out.  Today was a rest day from running, so I took it easy in hopes that my knee would be back to normal by the next time I ran.  Before work I did 2.5 minutes of planks.  

I was sooooo hungry all day!  Nothing filled me up.  I hate when I’m like that.  After lunch, my stomach just kept growling, so I “borrowed” some protein powder from a co-worker and had a cookies and cream shake.  That helped until I got home!  After work, I did the other 2.5 minutes and then I did 45 minutes of strength training and stretching.  Then I was super hungry again.  So I snacked on some carrots and hummus and a few Ritz crackers.  

We were in a freezing rain advisory, and it was raining hard!  But, we headed out in it to get some dinner.  We went to Rib Crib since it was close and we had a gift card from Christmas!  I ordered a smoked chicken sandwich with a side salad instead of fries.  (I like ordering it this way instead of a dinner.  I don’t need two sides, and I just don’t eat the bread. )

Friday Eats

Breakfast: Kodiak Protein Pancake
Lunch: Ground turkey, rice, roasted green beans
Snack: Cookies and Cream protein shake, carrots, hummus, ritz crackers
Dinner: Rib Crib – Smoked chicken and side salad

When we got home, Jake was ready to go to bed.  He loves being “tucked in” and he will sleep like that all night!

Saturday

Jeremy had games today, and I was really hoping that they would get cancelled because of the ice storm that we were supposed to get.  But, no such luck!  They actually got moved up from night games to afternoon games.  That meant I had to get up and get going a lot faster than I wanted to.  So, I started with some Spark and then did a 45 minute circuit workout.  I love these workouts that you can do anywhere!  

After my workout, I got ready really fast and we headed to Jeremy’s games.  Luckily, I grabbed a Bear Naked bar because by the time we got there I was super hungry!  And I was not going to eat concession stand food.  The games went really fast, and Jeremy’s partner’s wife came so I had someone to talk to the whole time.  

We were home by 7:30, and while Jeremy got ready to go eat dinner, I stretched.  My back has been really sore and tight this week, so I have been trying to stretch it as much as I can.  We headed to our favorite taco joint for dinner.  Tonight we tried something different.  Our usual waiter has been trying to talk us into it for awhile, so we finally agreed.  It’s called the Molcajete.  That’s actually a stone mixing bowl, and it’s what they serve the food in.  Our meal came with beef, chicken, shrimp, Mexican sausage, and peppers and onions.  It was all served inside the bowl with some kind of spicy sauce on it.  I did like it, but we probably won’t order it again.  Neither one of us really liked the sauce.  But, the shrimp was out of this world!  

Eats from today:

Breakfast:  Kodiak Protein Pancake
Lunch / Snack:  Bear Naked Bar
Dinner:  Shrimp and Chicken, Chips and salsa

Sunday

This morning, Jeremy and I were up early and went to get him some medicine.  He was sick all night!  I think he has the flu, but he’s stubborn and won’t stay in bed.  🙂  He was hungry and the only thing that sounded good to him was McDonald’s.  So, I ordered an oatmeal and a yogurt for later.  When we got home, I had some spark with my oatmeal got ready to stretch.  I did yoga for an hour!  My legs and my back feel amazing now!!  That was just what I needed! Even though today was a rest day from running, I did not want to sit around and do nothing.   I think stretching or walking is always a good idea on rest days.  

After my yoga session, I ate my yogurt and then ran to the grocery store to pick up a few things for the week.  I also put a roast on for dinner!  Right now while I’m writing this, the smell of the roast is making me soooo hungry!  We’re hanging around the house today since Jeremy’s sick.  I finally got him back in bed and he’s been napping most of the afternoon.  I hope it isn’t the flu and he feels better tomorrow! 

Eats for today:

Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Lunch:  Yogurt
Snack:  Deer sausage
Dinner:  Roast, onions, carrots, and roasted green beans

I hope you all have a great week!  

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. 

I am also linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by:

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and

Angela from Marathons & Motivation

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18 thoughts on “The Word of the Week is Consistency

  1. Brooklyn Murtaugh Reply

    I will definitely have to try out the cardio for people who get bored easily. Story of my life!
    Your horse is so cute!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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      Tara Reply

      LOL Me too! My horse is a big baby! 🙂

  2. HoHo Runs Reply

    What a great week of marathon training! You’ve got a variety of challenges going on. It’s a great way to stay motivated. The challenge at work sounds fun. Who wouldn’t want to win some extra cash? I miss my Fitbit for its sleep information. Sometimes I’d think I didn’t sleep well and Fitbit would tell me I did! LOL. You ate a lot of colorful food this week! You know how they say, “Eat your colors? Great job! Thanks for linking, Tara!

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      Tara Reply

      Thank you! I am really liking how much information my Fitbit gives me! It’s a lot of fun!

  3. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness Reply

    Jake all wrapped up is s cute! My sister’s lab would stay like that too. That sounds like a challenging circuit workout, but you have to love the workouts that can be done anywhere.

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      Tara Reply

      I love circuit workouts! I never get bored! Jake is a mess! He’s such a baby! 🙂

  4. Marie at the Lazy W Reply

    You made this week amazing, congrats!! Such a good feeling, especially in January, surrounded by our crazy Oklahoma weather and seasonal illnesses.
    I don’t know how you function on so little food, haha, but I do intend to try those Kodak pancakes, thanks for the ideals to yoga!!
    Your dog wrapped up for bed… 😍😍😍 super cute. Xoxoxo
    (Oh I’m doing Monica’s run camp too, cool!)

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      Tara Reply

      Those Kodiak cakes really fill me up! And snacking on the deer sausage will too. I’m liking the run camp so far! It’s fun!

  5. Kimberly Hatting Reply

    Thanks for planking with me 😉 You have done great!! I finally found the Kodiak pancake mix in the store this weekend, so we had pancakes for dinner tonight LOL They were good! I have seen so many people talking about Kodiak, I’m glad I’m finally in the loop.

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      Tara Reply

      I’m glad you found the pancake mix! It’s soooo good! I like mixing a little cinnamon in with it too. It gives it a totally different flavor!

  6. Ilka Reply

    I love the word CONSISTENCY – it’s consistency that brings on the permanent positive changes. It’s a great word to keep in the back of our busy minds! Great training week Tara! You have 15 more weeks to the marathon, that’s plenty of time to get into your best running shape! I love the wellness challenge – I hope you’re going to win it!
    Have a great training week and I hope Jeremy feels better soon!

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      Tara Reply

      Thank you! I would love to win it! 🙂 I hope you have a great running week too! (We are going to the doctor today, so hopefully they can get him feeling back to normal!)

  7. Lesley Reply

    I found out at work if I chose a plan with BCBS Colorado, they have a program to track your monthly activities, and if a certain number is over 30 minutes each, I get $25 each month. All of that money would go back into running. I could even save up a bit and buy new shoes with that.

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      Tara Reply

      How awesome is that! I need to look into that and see if BCBS OK does it! Thanks for the tip, that would be awesome!!

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets Reply

    You have clearly got consistency down pat, great work! Your meal choices look fantastic, I always need to work on having healthier snacks and watching my portion sizes. The challenges at work sound really motivating and fun, hopefully you win the big prize at the end!

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      Tara Reply

      Thank you! I really want to win too and I’m going to work hard!

  9. Clarinda Reply

    OK. Jake all tucked in is like the cutest thing! I find it funny that he’ll sleep like that all night. 🙂

    Great work this week! Definitely one to remember when you’re further along in marathon training.

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      Tara Reply

      Hi! Thanks for coming by and reading! Jake is pretty adorable! 🙂 And thank you! I’m just hope all my weeks are as fun as this one was!

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