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Boston Marathon: The Would’ve Been Start of Taper

Yesterday would have marked my last 20 miler before taper for the marathon. Obviously due to my heel injury, my long run didn’t happen :(. However, tomorrow is the first day I can run and if all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to fit a long run in next weekend!

I also didn’t even get a good hard workout in yesterday. As I mentioned before, my mom was in town and I wanted to spend time with her rather than the gym. Also, my legs and lower back were bothering me from all of the walking and standing at the museum on Saturday so a lighter workout was definitely what my body needed. I ended up swimming 1,800 yards and calling it quits out of pure boredom.

My Workouts for the Week:
Monday- OFF
Tuesday- 45 minutes elliptical & 15 minutes bike
Wednesday- 1 hr cycling & 1 mile swim
Thursday- 45 minutes elliptical (a.m.) and 1 hour cycling (p.m.)
Friday- 50 minutes elliptical
Saturday- 30 minutes elliptical
Sunday- 1,800 yard swim

Elliptical- 2 hours and 50 minutes
Cycling- 2 hours
Swimming- a little over 2 miles

I’m so excited to run this week but I’m starting to feel scared. What if my heel hurts after a couple of miles? Does that mean I won’t be able to run Boston? I’m also nervous that I’ll be out of shape. I’ve been cross-training pretty hard but I haven’t run in a couple of weeks. Ahhh!

My heel feels almost normal but I’m still babying it a little bit. I’m going to have to be careful that I stride normally when I run and don’t try to avoid pressing on the heel. I don’t want to create any new injuries!

Next Week
My goal is to have a pain free week of running + cross-training. I’m hoping to get in three runs during the week and then a longer run on the weekend. I’m not sure how long I’m going to shoot for butI was originally told by the doctor I could go as far as 20 miles. I’m starting to second guess that suggestion though, I don’t want to push too hard and risk re-injury. Any thoughts?

Dinner Last Night
After my mom left I ended up crashing on the couch for 2 hours. I must have needed some sleep! When I woke up I was disoriented and a little crabby. I really didn’t want to make anything for dinner and Ian was craving sushi, so I suggested we check out Nori, a sushi spot Ian’s been wanting to try. We ordered a couple of apps and then two rolls to share.

It was all very good :)

On our way home we made a pitstop at Argotea for a warm beverage, the temps are dropping right now!

Just the fact that Argotea has an almond milk option is amazing, but they also know how to froth it really well without the milk curdling!

And just like that, it’s back to the daily grind. Here’s to a week of pain-free running and healthy eating (I’m a little sick of restaurant food right now), have a great Monday!


Happy belated St. Patricks day! If you celebrated yesterday I hope you had a great time!

Yesterday, after a 30 minute session on the elliptical and a mile swim (finally did some intervals), Ian and I grabbed a quick and hearty lunch at Jaffa Bagel.

Given that we were planning on day drinking, I made sure to really carb it up and had a jalapeno chedder bagel with veggie cream cheese.

It was so good and made me wonder why I don’t eat bagels more often.

After devouring our lunch, we met up with our friends and headed to the bars. One of Ian’s buddies plays the bagpipes and showed up with his pipes and wearing a kilt, it was awesome! He played all day long and often got free drinks/ money from the bartenders. He even let me try them!

And, it was sooo hard! You have to blow enough to fill up the bag and more. I made a little noise but couldn’t keep the pressure in the bag high enough to actually play anything.

Around 7:30, Ian and I were done for the day. We were tired, hungry, and sweaty (it was 80 degrees yesterday), so we said goodbye to our friends and picked up some dinner at a random thai restaurant.

We shared crab rangoon to start

And then I had pad kee mao with shrimp.

I’m pretty sure it was actually good, but I would have eaten anything at that point!

After our late dinner, we took the el home, and promptly passed out in bed before 10 p.m. What can I say, we’re classy like that!

This morning I woke up early because I had an intense workout planned (not so smart after yesterday’s shenanigans). Luckily I felt fine and had the usual pre-long run fuel of a piece of toast with peanut butter.

I added banana, walnuts, and chia seeds because my stomach can handle a wider variety of food if I’m ellipticaling rather than running.

Then I hit the gym for a 20 mile elliptical session. Yeah, you may think I’m kidding but I’m not. Julia had mentioned to me that when she was sidelined from training for a marathon, she substituted a 20 miler with the elliptical. At first it sounded absolutely crazy to me… almost 3 hours on the elliptical? No thank you. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that it made sense. While swimming and biking are great to do for cross-training, the elliptical is the closest thing to running without actually running. Plus, by doing 20 miles on the elliptical, I was forcing my body to keep my heart rate up for a long period of time while also doing the same motion over and over again.

So, I ellipticalled the first 10 miles, took a bathroom break and stretched out my toes, and then hopped back on for the last 10 miles. It was tough but I’m glad I did it. Plus, I’m now super caught up on the news, so win-win?

When I got back to the apartment, Ian was up and ready to eat, and as our apartment is still really really warm, we decided to check out a new breakfast spot, Waffles.

After all of the carbs & beer yesterday, I wanted something a little healthier for breakfast and ordered a spinach, mushroom, & gruyere omelet with eggwhites.

Ian had the cheddar and short rib waffles

The best part of either of our dishes was the side of potatoes. Yum!

After brunch we ran our weekly errands by foot and are now relaxing on a couch in front of a fan. Plans for the afternoon include working on my capstone (thesis) for a bit, making dinner (it’s been so long since I cooked) and trying to wear out the furball who has been full of energy lately.

Have a wonderful afternoon!

I’m Back

Sorry for disappearing for the past 2 days or so, I was working on a huge assignment that I really wanted to get done by today and I’ve spent every spare moment of the last 36 hours hyperfocusing on my project. The good news is I finished and turned it in this morning, the bad news is my sleep has definitely suffered the past two nights. Four hours just does not cut it! Anyway I’ll try to recap what you’ve missed.

I did my best to workout despite my time-crunch because nothing helps manage my stress and keep me sane quite like a good sweat.

  • On Wednesday I went to the early hour long cycling class and then hit the pool for a mile swim. It’s always really hard for me to do sprints in the pool after spinning, but I find swimming for distance incredibly relaxing and refreshing.
  • Yesterday, I ellipticalled for 45 minutes. I was planning on going to a spinning class in the evening but decided that my time was best spent working on my assignment. I was bummed that I had to skip, but I definitely appreciate the extra hour of sleep today.
  • This morning I ellipticalled for 45 minutes and then cycled for 15. I wanted to do more but I needed some time to finish my project. Sacrifices!

Our apartment has been so hot the past few days! Like over 80 degrees indoors. Unfortunately, because we live in Chicago, the building can turn off the heat but won’t turn on the AC until May. We also can’t open our windows very far because they’re not screened and we have a very curious furball. Needless to say, we’ve been keeping the light off, avoiding turning on the stove/oven, and sleeping on top of the covers at night. Ugh! Oh well, it could be worse… I mean it could be snowing right now.

What are your plans this weekend? I plan on checking out the green river tomorrow and partaking in the city’s shenanigans. Life is all about balance right ;)