What I learned? It’s really hard to eat 2,000 calories of quality foods. So. Much. To. Eat.
Counting macros is kind of hard too but I’m getting the hang of it. I don’t plan on strictly counting macros but I wasn’t getting enough protein or calories in a day so this gives me a target to help reach my goals. I think that I will do better with weight loss once I get enough protein on a daily basis. I have no problem eating enough carbs. If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations for a blog to learn more, I am open to hearing how you manage your nutrition!
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Tempo Run
This week my tempo run was supposed to be 3 miles @ 10k pace with 1 mile warm-up and 1 mile cool down. Instead, I did another progression run because I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel after my long run progression the day before. This was also running day #3 in a row. I never run three straight days in a row. My legs felt ok on the first mile and when I saw that I had dropped my pace by 30 second on the second mile, I knew I could push it today. Mile three was 8:22 and mile four was 7:53. Pretty darn close to my “on paper” 10k time I should be running.
My current 10k PR pace is around an 8:30 so that is a mental block that I will have to overcome to get my 10k miles in on this training plan. Sure, it’s going to be a struggle to run a 7:40 pace but I should be able to come close.
After my run, my legs felt good and I couldn’t resist a trip to the gym. I went for the usual circuit and I was able to get a few 225 pound reps in on the leg press machine. Yay for small victories! Big victories, I guess. That’s almost 100 pounds more than what I used to lift on the leg press.
Planned: Track Workout » Actual: Rest Day
Last night, I could not get to sleep. I was so excited and pumped up after my workout, I was up until 11:30 at least. Today, my game plan is to work on the blog, stretch, roll and get to bed early!
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Track workout
This was a tough one! It was only about 40% humidity but it was in the upper 80’s when we started. Goal for today given the temps were 800, 400 sets x 3 (800 < 3:45 and 400 < 1:52).
Splits: 3:39/1:48, 3:41/1:43, 3:49/1:44
I thought I was going to throw up after the second set so I took an extra-long break before the last set. The pace tonight felt much more in control than last week. I’m most excited about this coming week, I get a break from the 800’s and only have 400’s on the schedule.
Planned: Tempo Work » Actual: Cross Training + Strength Session
I was so exhausted from my late nights this week. I went to the gym right after work for a 45 minute session on the elliptical and my usual strength circuit. Afterwards, I couldn’t help but go across the street to get a salad from Panera. This might become my weekly routine!
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Rest Day
Doing my long run Sunday, Tempo run Monday and Track workout Wednesday left my legs hungover the rest of the week. I needed this off day today. I spent most of the night on the couch and (finally) went to be early.
Planned: Long Run » Actual: 5k
This morning, we were able to go pace the Light of Life Ministry’s Yinzer 5k. Such a fun race! Everyone is encouraged to come in their best yinzer gear and the proceeds go to benefit the charity. They were able to raise $12,000 today which was great. I had a nice little group running with me this time and I had the chance to chat with most of them. They all did an awesome job crushing their goals today.
I’m going to post a race recap on Thursday with more details!
I was also supposed to get an extra 5 miles in today which didn’t happen. I went to the gym and then to the park after the rain stopped. I wasn’t feeling the run and stopped after a half a mile.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: rest day
Today is my niece’s baptism so I’m taking the day off. I also need the day off to be fresh for my track workout tomorrow night. Where does the weekend go? I feel like we could use an extra day to squeeze everything in!
Meal Prep Inspirations
This week is devoted to my love of shopping at Trader Joes! I’ve really been concentrating on increasing my protein intake, making sure I am getting enough quality carbs, and enough calories daily. I Still haven’t seen a change on the scale but I do like the way that I look better. At this point I’m not going to tinker too much with my nutrition because I want to be sure that I am fueling enough to support my high activity levels.
Breakfast: Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s with eggs and a slice of Ezekiel bread
Snack: Greek Yogurt with Kashi
Lunch: Tuna sammies with carrots. I’m swapping out the mayo for guacamole hummus and I’ll be adding in some everything but the bagel seasoning. *The guac hummus came from Whole Food’s (Hope Foods Brand).
Snack: Apple + Lenny and Larry Cookie. I. Am. In. Love. I could eat these cookies all day long!
Dinner: Clean eating tuna pasta salad with greek yogurt for the dressing base.
Sharing the Love
What’s your best nutrition tips or high protein go to meals?