#THS13point1 Week 13

 Posted by at 6:00 am  fitness
Oct 062014
 

A few months ago I registered for my first half marathon.  I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong.  This is week thirteen.

Monday September 29 – Sunday October 5
Total Miles Planned: 13
Total Miles Ran: 7.5

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Favorite Run:  I ran home from work on Thursday, super speedy style.  A mile and a half in just over 14 minutes.  WOOT! It was probably my favorite run because it was so short.

Least Favorite Run:  I am so happy that I took some time for myself on Sunday to get some miles in, but it was definitely a “meh” run.  I was feeling all sorts of defeated last week and the fact that I didn’t make logging miles a priority really didn’t help.  I set out Sunday morning telling Nick I’d be home somewhere between 6-8 miles.  I decided by mile 5 that I wouldn’t be going the full 8, and took the early turn to end up at the apartment at 6 miles.  

I’m trying to determine if I’m feeling burnt out from ALL THE MILES I ran this summer, or just had an off week.  I’m trying not to beat myself up that I was so off my game last week; the plan said 3, 4 and 6 miles… I ran 1.5 and 6.  It’s taper time after all, right? 

Speaking of taper… when explaining tapering to a co-worker Friday afternoon when, he asked me if my endurance from my last long run [11 miles on 9/25] will last me to race day.  I know my fitness level hasn’t dropped that much in the two weeks, but his words really got in my head. I also know that running is such a mental challenge more than anything else and I’m trying to keep my mind on the prize!  Send me all your mantras!!

Other Workouts: TWO strength workouts and THREE yoga sessions. And it felt so good. I am loving my time on my mat these days. 

Listening Notes: Extra Hot Great during my “me time” on Sunday morning.  I love podcasts with multiple segments for running an hour or more, especially.

Fueling Notes:  GU Rocktane in Blueberry Pomegrante and GU Chomps in Watermelon before and during my mid-distance run on Sunday.

I placed an order at REI last week, because EMS, where I usually get my fuel, was out of the Orange Blossom Honey Stinger chews that I loved so much and I really wanted to use them on race day.  I also found three of the GU flavors I’ve been hunting for, so I added those to my cart, too – root beer, salted caramel, and caramel macchiato!  I’ll be saving those three for long running after my half marathon. 

#THS13Point1 Reflections: Race day is THIS SUNDAY and it’s been on my mind constantly the past few days.  I spent a good few hours of the weekend reading race recaps, and a good few minutes at the end of my yoga practices envisioning crossing the finish line.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what to wear [nail art included] and pack and bring [including my A-game ;)] and have been falling asleep thinking about the fact in just a few days, I will have reached a goal I never thought possible.

I am also SO STOKED that my Dad happens to be in town today.  We’ve got plans for dinner tonight and I’m so happy that the universe has brought some in-person family love into my life during this week full of expectations and hopeful goal reaching. 

Speaking of goals, I shared mine in some IG commenting last week and am excited that my friend Jen is going to be pacing me for the race on Sunday.  I’ve never run with a pacer before, so that will be another first for me!  

HALF MARATHON GOALS:

  • Goal A, achievable goal: cross that damn finish line.
  • Goal B, stretch goal: 2:20:XX.
  • Goal C, kicking butt and taking names goals: sub 2:15.

Twosday XCI

 Posted by at 9:00 pm  Twosday
Sep 302014
 

New to TV Dramas I’m Already Loving

  1. Red Band Society.  I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I am already.  Of course, I am a fan of Dave Annable, so his presence is surely helping. If this show sticks around for several seasons, it will likely be my “teary and smiley at the same time” weekly hour of television tradition – especially with this being Parenthood’s last season.
  2. How to Get Away with Murder. Yep. I’m a fan of all things Shonda, apparently.

Television Shows Watched at Alicia’s this Weekend

  1. The League. This has been recommended to me dozens of times and now I know why.  I am familiar with just about every face spotted in the 7 episodes consumed on Alicia’s couch – totally lovable and endlessly laughable. I’ll be binging this the next time I’m in bed sick, for sure.
  2. Criminal Minds. At 6:45 in the morning, on my phone with ear buds, while I was getting ready for the race, trying not to wake anyone up. Little did I know Alicia had been downstairs watching my recommendation, Steven Fry in America. [<< which you can apparently watch on YouTube.]

Petite Creme

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for writing this post, but all opinions are my own.

Favorite Flavor Combinations When Creating Stoneyfield Petite Creme Yogurt Bowl Breakfasts

  1. The above pictured Vive La Vanilla mixed with Bonne Maman Cherry Preserves and sliced whole natural almonds.  The richness of the cherries was a perfect blend to a classic, silky vanilla.
  2. Belle Blueberry [this was also my favorite flavor!] with shredded unsweetened flaked coconut, plain granola, and crushed walnuts. I love how smooth these petite cremes are, and the fact that they are less tart than Greek yogurt, but still pack a protein punch gets a huge A+ from me!

Local Grocery Markets the Stoneyfield Petite Creme Yogurts Have Been Spotted

  1. Glenville Hannaford! Our favorite local spot for frozen pizza and cat food purchases, so you know I’ll be loading up on my trio of favorites: Vive la Vanilla, Belle Blueberry, and Mon Cherry Amour.  Aren’t the names adorable?
  2. Niskayuna ShopRite, according to my co-worker who was happy to report he found them the weekend after I gushed about them at the office. 

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Three Course Meals of “WOAH!” Deliciousness Enjoyed in Schenectady Recently

  1. Lunch at Mexican Radio with my boss, to celebrate the completion of a MAJOR project at the office.  We started by splitting small plate appetizers – Mexican Spring Rolls and Radio Nachos.  I loved that most of the appetizers are available in half portions – splitting one spring roll and a tiny plate of nachos between the two of us was the perfect snack before our meal arrived without filling us too much that we wouldn’t have been able to eat our lunch plates and later enjoy splitting an order of fried ice cream, too.

    Speaking of plates – my Triple Enchiladas Mole was AMAZING.  You can create any combination you’d like for each of the enchiladas, choosing from sixteen fillings [including vegetarian and vegan options] and six sauces.  I went with spicy ground beef with salsa verde, spicy shredded chicken with a Raspberry-Chipotle Mole, and pulled pork with the House Mole and each choice included perfectly seasoned meat and flavorful sauces. I can’t wait to go try more combinations, soon! [I’m looking at you mushroom mix!]

    The margaritas are also known for being 100% chemical free, using fresh juices in place of the ‘rita mix you find at many other locations in town.  I’m thinking girls night dinners need to happen here, STAT.

  2. Another work meal, dinner at Johnny’s. I’ve been here a handful of times and always enjoyed the experience but this time they knocked it out of the park!

    Appetizers were the special of the day Caprese salad with oh-so-fresh Mozzarella and the Italian Antipasto Plate [a favorite we enjoy each visit to this place!]  Skipping ahead to dessert, we also took part of the special of the day with a Pistachio Gelato Cake [WOAH!] and Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spiced Gelato and Almond Brittle.

    The star of the show was my dinner choice – the Chicken Scarpariello.  This is BY FAR the best dish I’ve had at Johnny’s and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to order a different dish from the menu again.  The boneless chicken medallions are sautéed with sweet Italian sausage, onions, spicy cherry peppers, potatoes, and garlic in a white wine and lemon sauce. I was so thrilled the portions were huge so that I could have leftovers for lunch the next day. OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Other Schenectady Establishments on My CDNY Bucket List

  1. Union Cafe. It’s been recommended to me when I was on a hunt for delicious Greek food.  It’s only open from breakfast and lunch, so I’m thinking my next PTO day may call for a lunch date for a gyro platter!
  2. Tara Kitchen. I’ve never had Moroccan before, and I’d love to a take a trip here with a few friends to order several dishes to share.  Who is in?

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Tiny Running Things Making Me Extremely Happy

  1. Long sleeved running weather is here! Though it may keep disappearing from time-to-time, I’m thrilled to have been starting a few runs lately with sleeves on my arms and easier effort thanks to the cooler temps.
  2. Finally feeling like I know what kind of fuels work best for me.  And which don’t work at all.  Thanks #THS13point1 training recaps for helping me track it all along the way!

Recommended Reading for All My Runner Friends

  1. I Think We Need a Break from A Healthy, Happier Bear. 
  2. 6 Yoga Poses for Runners from Love Life Surf