What I learned? Nutrition is so important and it affects your running. If you read my blog update last week, it revolved around eating lots of food. Food that I don’t normally eat. It took me until Thursday of this week to actually start feeling like myself again. While it takes a little bit of effort to plan out and prepare meals each week, the benefits are totally worth it. This week, it’s all about being back on track with my nutrition as I count down the final days until my 5k!
Running Coach Biz Launch Update: I launched a facebook page this past week. If you would like to jump over and give it a follow. And, I started my giveaway! I’m giving away 2 months of customized one on one training to one lucky winner.
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: 60 minute spin class
I meant to go running today after work but when I started my run I knew immediately that my shoes were worn out. I thought that I could squeeze 4-5 more miles out of them. Nope. It didn’t feel like I was landing right and at this point I don’t want to take any risk that could lead to injury.
Instead, I searched my gym to see what classes they had starting soon. 1 spot left in the spin class to start in 30 minutes. Yes, please! I haven’t taken a class with this instructor yet but obviously he was doing something right. It was a great class and it seems that my training and riding is paying off. My legs felt strong and I had some good sprint sections. The instructor even messaged me afterwards to see how I liked the class. How is that for customer service! He was very upbeat during the class and had a great music selection.
Planned: Track Workout » Actual: Rest Day
Since hub’s had an alternate work schedule this week, we bumped our track work back to Thursday night. I was teaching all day at work and as an introvert, that is exhausting. I went to be before 9 tonight.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: 4 miles around the neighborhood
Tonight I knew that I just needed to get some mileage in and the hills were a bonus. 4 miles with a few hill sprints mixed in.
Planned: Tempo Work » Actual: Track work
Ugh, the humidity! Why did summer have to come back? I pushed through with a little coaxing from hubs. 5x 600s. Goal time: 2:32.
Actual: 2:31, 2:31, 2:35, 2:35, 2:35
I feel like that workout should not have felt as hard as it did. Anyway, I got it done. And with that my speed work is done for the 5k! I think that I’ll continue close to this pace for the half marathon even though I don’t need to be as speedy. I’m still debating on the rest of my training plan for the next month. I think I might try some mixed workouts.
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: 4 miles
After work today, I went to meet up with Crystal for 4 miles around Shadyside. I thought that my pace might be a little slower after the track work last night but we ended with a 9:15 pace. I’ll take it! The miles flew by and it was so fun chatting.
Then, I went to go meet up with hubs at Honey Grow….lol. Seriously I might just work my way through their whole menu.
Planned: Long Run » Actual: Rest day
Rest day is the best day! And it’s even a Saturday. I almost don’t even know what to do with myself. Sleeping in is glorious though! I needed it after this week. And in case you were wondering, the best pumpkin beverage at Starbucks is the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte. It tastes so much better than the PSL.
We did some running around, went to visit a friend and had an early dinner at the Double Wide Grill. It was kind of weird not having anything planned to do today. After that, I came home to work on some blog and business things with compression socks on, of course! It was nice having a down night to check some things off my to do list.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Paced a Half Marathon
Eeks! I was nervous going in to this race. Not that I can’t complete a half marathon but, there are other people depending on me. This is the first half marathon that I have paced.
We got up early to pick my dad up on the way to the race (he signed up to do the 5k). When we got there, I was excited to see 2 of the ladies that we run with when we pace in WV. This was a very low key race. Out and back on a crushed limestone trail.
I decided to check the weather before we started. 100% humidity. That didn’t help my nerves any. After the announcements I chatted with the runners around me to remind them about the weather conditions and the importance of taking in water. We were off. I checked my watch obsessively during this race.
I had a small crew with me through the halfway point. At the turn around, a few of them pressed ahead while the rest stuck with me up until the last water stop. As we were coming back there was still one person with me that I was able to push along on the final stretch along with a few of the 10k finishers.
The race actually felt great until the last two miles with the sun was beating down on us. By that time, I knew that I had it in the bag and it was just about keeping those around me going to the finish. Goal finish time: 2:11:04. Actual finish time: 2:10:57. So excited!
I also won a raffle basket, my dad placed in his age group, and our friend got a huge PR today. All around a great day! Next up, to get things prepped for the week and scope out the Steeler’s game.
Meal Prep Inspirations
Breakfast: 2 eggs + 1 maple apple chicken sausage from Trader Joes
Snack: Homemade pumpkin spice granola with greek yogurt. Because…pumpkin all the things!
Lunch: Ground turkey stir fry with rice and roasted green beans
Dinner: Sweet potato, pomegranate and crispy quinoa salad. All things fall in one tasty salad
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