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Tri Plans & a Relaxing Saturday

Congrats to everyone running the Chicago Marathon next year! It’s a fun race (see my recap here) and I look forward to hearing all about your training and eventually racing :).

However, this week while everyone else was signing up for the marathon, I had my eyes on something else.

I signed up for my first tri!! It’s not until June but it should give me time to get back my swimming endurance (definitely fell to the wayside due to marathon training) and get re-accustomed to my bike.

I’ll need all of the advice I can get (when the time to train comes), but I can’t help being so excited to try something new!!

I plowed through homework this morning like nobody’s business. I was being so productive that the time just flew by. Around 12:30 or so I called it quits and headed out for a speedy run.

Because this week is a cut-back week (only 13 tomorrow!), I let myself push the pace today and busted out 4 miles in 27 minutes and change. Sub-7 min/mile? I’ll take it!

Ian and I had a couple of “errands” to run and decided to take care of them this afternoon instead of tomorrow before the Superbowl.

First stop, Anti-Cruelty.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an open-door animal shelter that does not place time limits on animals in their care. I know that a lot of people have mixed opinions about the organization but it is where I adopted my furball and the organization is helping animals in need.

Every so often Ian and I stop over to play with the dogs and cats. We really want to get a dog but we both know now just isn’t the right time. So for now, visiting the shelter will have to suffice.

Isn’t she cute??

We also made a stop at Sprinkles to take advantage of their buy one get one free deal.

Apparently a lot of other people had the same idea! Fortunately, the line moved quickly and after maybe 20 minutes of waiting we walked out with one Salty Caramel and one Raspberry Chocolate Chip.

Have a wonderful Saturday night!

Have you ever competed in a triathlon?

What’s your favorite flavor cupcake?

Workin’ for the Weekend

Happy Wednesday! How is everyone holding up? Only three more school/work days until the weekend :)

I woke up this morning extremely achey and lethargic. I somehow managed to motivate myself to get ready to run and headed out for my mid-week 10 miler. Almost a mile into the run I started to feel better, my muscles loosened up and running became easy. My body felt so good this morning, I almost wish I could have knocked out my weekly long run today!

Around 10 p.m. last night, Ian and I realized that we hadn’t seen Sonic in awhile. We looked all around the apartment but still no dice. Finally, out of the corner of my eye, I saw this little head peeking out of Ian’s backpack.

“Daddy is it take your son to work day?”

Have a good one guys!

Boston Marathon: Cut-back Week 1 {13}

The best way for me to train for a marathon is to incorporate cut-back weeks where I keep my weekly mileage the same but decrease my weekends. For example, one Sunday I will run 16 miles, the next 13, the following, 17, 13, 18, etc. This helps me maintain a higher mileage but also prevents me from overtraining and injuring myself. Like I said, this works for me but it may not work for everyone.

Today started my cut-back runs, so despite the low temperature and the ice warning, I went outside for my first run of the week (sad right?).

Like I said, it was really cold this morning so I made sure to layer up with fleece-lined running tights, underarmor, and a long sleeve tee. I also had on a running jacket, gloves, and my running head band.

I didn’t wake up too hungry but I forced down about 1/2 a piece of bread with chia seeds and peanut butter before heading out the door.

My run was okay, I think I was just thrilled to be outside! But, there was a lot of snow, slush, and ice that made maintaining any sort of pace really difficult. I almost bit it once when I slid on a piece of ice, not worth it. I quickly slowed down my pace and focused on my footing.

I can’t wait for it to be warmer and I can really challenge myself to hold marathon pace on my long runs!

I wasn’t hungry right when I got home so I had some water and played with the furbaby until my stomach started to growl.

I had one thing on my mind this morning, yoatgurt.

I made the oatmeal with 1/2 cut of oats, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/2 T peanut flour, tiny bit of cashews, 1/2 a smushed banana, and a drizzle of agave.

I added a passionfruit chobani, the other half of the banana, and a drizzle of sunflower seed butter to the top and then mixed.

Yum. Definitely my new favorite breakfast!

I’m off to get started on some homework and then run some errands (grocery trip FINALLY :) ).

What is your favorite breakfast?

Sunday Recap & a Trip to Chinatown

Happy Sunday evening! It feels weird saying that because neither Ian nor myself have to work tomorrow and I don’t have class. It feels much more like a Saturday over here than a Sunday night :)

This afternoon Ian and I went to Chinatown to pick up some groceries for a recipe I want to make this week.

Chinatown is not that far from us but we barely ever make the trip. It’s fun to walk around the different shops and grab a quick bite to eat or a bubble tea. Today we were primarily there to go grocery shopping but Ian picked up a red bean milk tea that we split while shopping.

When we finally made it to the market we couldn’t find half of the things we needed. After walking up and down the teeny tiny crowded aisles, we gave up and left the store. It just wasn’t worth it anymore!

Do you have to work tomorrow? If not, how are you enjoying your long weekend?

Boston Marathon: 16 miler

When I woke up this morning I wasn’t sure that I would be able to run 16 miles. My ankle had bothered me so much yesterday and it was only 18 degrees outside. Also, with all of my concern about my ankle, I’d totally forgotten to charge my Garmin or iPod, ugh.

I immediately plugged my Garmin in, hoping to get it as charged as possible while I got myself ready to go.

I wore a whopping 4 layers on my run this morning. I had on underarmor, a tech long sleeved shirt, my normal running jacket, and then an old hoodie. I had planned to drop the hoodie somewhere along the course but I never got warm enough. I was so bulky, I felt like the Michelin man :P

While I reviewed my route, I had the usual pb toast with chia seeds and drank about 1/3 of the bottle of chocolate coconut water. This seems to be about the right amount of fuel for me. I had no stomach problems and felt fueled throughout my run but I realize that everyone’s different and that this is definitely on the lighter side compared to other runners.

I also packed chopped dates to eat on the run as needed. Dates are definitely my new shot blocks. They taste better and the sugar is natural so it doesn’t upset my stomach.

I hesitate to post splits because this was not a normal run. I was nervous to push my pace because I didn’t want to upset my ankle and I spent more than half of the time running on top of packed, slick snow. But, to maintain consistency, here goes!

Splits (overall 16.1 miles in 2:08, avg pace 8:00 min/mile)

Besides for the uneven snow, I felt great. My ankle never bothered me and the slower pace let me really enjoy the run. I didn’t look at my garmin at all and just got lost in my own head. It was wonderful!

I was HUNGRY when I got back so I whipped up some egg white oatmeal for breakfast.

I cooked 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of almond milk, and 2 egg whites over medium heat until they started to boil. Then, I added cinnamon, splash of vanilla extract, and 3/4 of a smashed banana and whipped the oats until they reached the consistency I wanted.

I topped my oatmeal with granola, a dollop of sunflower seed butter, and warmed frozen berries.

I also had some coffee with soy creamer for much needed caffeination.

Plans for the day include icing my ankle (precautionary), homework, and maybe a trip to Chinatown.

Have a great Sunday!