Hello and welcome to the last week of the summer guest hosting series for the Weekly Wrap. I would like to thank Hoho and Tricia for creating this community of amazing, active, women and for allowing us to be a part of it while you are celebrating your 2 year anniversary of the weekly wrap. If you are new to the weekly wrap, it is encouraged to visit other blogs and leave comments to help build up the community. Don’t just leave a post and run 🙂
What I learned? You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to start. It’s been a whirlwind for me juggling my job, my training, and the launch of my coaching business. My workouts haven’t always been perfect but I do make it a point to prioritize my key workouts of the week. This is really the secret to succeeding in anything that you put your mind to. Consistency with your small daily habits compounded over time will eventually lead you to success. It may not come on your time table but it will eventually arrive. I’m still shocked at the progress I have been able to make with my running over the last 6 weeks. Maybe some of my success is my busy schedule…I’ve been too busy to over think my own training. So for the last two weeks, I’m going to keep my head down and work hard. I’m still nervous about the race but hopeful that this work will pay off. Even if it doesn’t pay off on race day, I’m a better and stronger athlete today than I was when I started this cycle.
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: 5k
The long weekend was so nice. Even if it never really seems like a break because you have so much on your to do list. This morning, we went downtown to pace the Steelers 5k run. They hold this race annually on Labor Day to kick off the start of football season. In addition, this weekend is rib fest at Heinz field. Yesterday, we went to rib fest after the Pirates game. I got the brisket mac which was pretty tasty and hubs got the ribs.
The year, they had over 2,000 runners for this race. We start on the back side of Heinz field, running past PNC park and down to the Pittsburgh Marathon office. We hit the turn around on River Avenue and made our way back to Heinz field running down the sideline on the field to the finish line. It’s always a great race atmosphere. Sadly, this year it seems as though the turnaround was too far down the road according to the posted race map. Our Garmin’s registered a considerably long race (not just missing the tangents). This put the pace team off track even though we were pacing according to race distance.
The highlight of the day for me was having one of my athletes (@MrsTonya412) out there this morning to race. She has been on point with all of her workouts. I encouraged her to run with the 9:00 pacers. I was so happy to see her afterwards and hear that she stuck with the pacers the whole race for a shiny new PR! This wasn’t even part of the original game plan. She is still training for her ultimate goal which is a half marathon in October. At this point, I see nothing holding her back from a couple more PR’s this season.
After the run, we decided to go back downtown to walk around and enjoy the sunshine while we can. We stopped at the Milkshake Factory for a little treat. I feel like I have totally mastered the cheat day this weekend. It’s time to get back on the healthy eating band wagon tomorrow!
Planned: Track Workout » Actual: Track Workout
Tonight, I decided to take advantage of the fact that we had time to get our track workout done for the week. 2×800 + 4×400 meter repeats. Goal: 3:23, 1:42
Actual: 3:23, 3:21, 1:36, 1:36, 1:38, 1:36
It was another tough day at the track. It didn’t feel like I was running that fast. I’m not feeling as confident about this goal as I am about my upcoming half. But, I’ll keep reminding myself that this is the first time that I have actually done 5k specific training…I’m pretty sure that even if I miss my goal, I’ll still end up with a PR.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Bike Ride 75 minutes
My car is still in the shop because they didn’t have time to drive it far enough after the repairs to complete the emissions testing. Since that threw a wrench in to my plans, I decided to rent a bike and ride the river trails after work.
After my ride, I met Hubs and we went to Southern Tier before coming home from the city. My waistline is really excited that we don’t car pool more often!
Planned: Tempo Work » Actual: Rest Day
This turned in to a rest day so that we could go pick my car up after work. And, we are doing our long run tomorrow so I wanted to make sure that my legs were rested.
We went to Wiggle Whiskey’s Barrel House for a fundraiser to support the Pumped to Run Organization. They also had The Coop food truck on site which is another local tasty treat! The chicken and waffles are always on point.
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Long Run
I cannot believe that today marks my 10 year wedding anniversary with Hubs! We have been together for over 14 years. Looking back, it feels as if time has passed by in the blink of an eye. I’m so thankful that I have a wonderful and support husband. Here’s to many more years of adventures! Thanks for always jumping in right beside me.
We started the day off with a 10 mile run (at a 10:00 pace) at North Park. Any time that we run in North Park, it takes me right back to when we first started running and we did all of our training runs around the lake. After that, we went to the Pittsburgh zoo and stopped for lunch at a new place called Honey Grow. The food was so good! They have made to order salads and stir-fry’s with locally sourced (when possible) veggies. It’s on my way home from work and I think that I will be stopping there frequently in the future.
After that, we went home to get ready for dinner. We had reservations at Eddie Merlot’s downtown. My favorite dish of the night was the appetizer – beef carpaccio. The beef was amazing but the homemade chips took it over the edge.
Planned: Long Run » Actual: Rest Day
The goal today was to sleep in but I work up at 6am anyway. I guess that is sleeping in? We took the morning to just relax. Then I met up with a few fellow Pittsburgh runners for brunch at Spirit in Lawrenceville. It’s a really fun place and the food was so good! They have a hot bar, cold bar, and three rotating pizzas (vegan, meat, cheese). And, mimosas made with fresh squeezed juice. I got the grapefruit mimosa and it was delicious!
One of the ladies at brunch today was Steff of RunSteffRun who I just adore. She is unapologetically herself in the best way. It is really inspiring to be around other energetic and strong women. The Pittsburgh running community is truly amazing. It is an honor to get to know these ladies.
After that, hubs and I went out to run errands. I never did make it back to the gym but that’s ok.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Cross Training
The theme this week seemed to be food. Even though I said that I was getting back on track with nutrition last week, I didn’t hit the mark this week. So, I’m starting over today. I need to focus on properly fueling my body and preparing for my race. Even though it is a 5k, I think that nutrition leading up to race day is a really important factor.
After church, I went to the gym for my usual cross training routine. 50 minutes on the elliptical and my strength training circuit. Then lunch again at Honey Grow. Yes – it is that good!
This is my last week of hard workouts before I start my “easy” week leading up to race day. I’ll spend the rest of the day prepping for the upcoming week.
Meal Prep Inspirations
It’s been so busy lately…everything that is on the menu for this week is quick to prepare and you can eat it on the go!
Breakfast: Breakfast cookies! They are vegan too
Snack: greek yogurt cup, carrots and energy bites
Lunch: Pumped up PB&J and an apple (In case you missed this from last week, I swap out regular bread for Ezekiel bread and add hemp hearts and chia seeds to the sandwich to pump up the protein and fiber).
Dinner: Savory Chicken Casserole from He and She Eat Clean. This. Is. Amazing. If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to make it!
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