Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Right Now

Three weeks. Well, actually less than three weeks. That's the amount of time that stands between me and this year's Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. And right now, things are feeling very real. 

Sunday night, I got my tentative race plan from Coach Matt. It got me super excited for the next three week's of training and taper. I want so badly to execute the plan perfectly. Which means until the race, I'll be doing everything I can to set myself up to get to the start line healthy and ready to run!

For starters, here's this week's training plan:

Monday: 5 mile run + strides; Y-Kettle Bell Intervals
Tuesday: 11 mile workout
Wednesday: 5 mile run; Absolution + Strength Training
Thursday: Salus Corporate Challenge 5k + wu & cd miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 4 mile run
Sunday: 14 mile run, inc. goal marathon pace miles

Total: 44-46 miles

The plan, of course, is assuming my not-quite-fully-healed-from-the-fall knees will cooperate and allow me to train. My right knee is on the road to a full recovery. The left one is still struggling at times but getting there (I hope). 

The recovery process is beyond my control so I'm trying not to dwell on it too much. Because there are things I actually can control - such as nutrition and rest. The sleep part is not a problem - lately, I feel like I could sleep 10 hours a night due to the dark and gloomy weather. So I'm good there! 

As for nutrition, I'm a firm believer in keeping it simple. A few things I've been eating lately:

Garden Farro

The Best Salad Ever - recipe to come!

Quinoa Spinach Salad + Peaches!

Roasted vegetables!

Naturally, there have also been some less healthy eats in the mix as well - ahem, chips and salsa for dinner one night! - but for the most part, I'm trying to keep in mind that food = fuel. And I'd rather fuel with nutritious fare that's going to help me achieve my goals!

My questions for you:
  • What is your goal fall race?
  • What things do you do to make it to the start line of a race as healthy and rested as possible? 
  • What have you been eating lately? 
  • When do you cut out alcohol before a big race?

Happy Tuesday!

- ST


  1. Can't believe it's less than three weeks to go! I'm so excited for you!

    Roasted asparagus is so yummy :). Lately, I can't seem to get enough of roasted veggies, they're the best that way!

    As you know, my goal race turned from a fall into a winter one, but that's okay. I'm taking a step back in training this week, so it's always nice to have a little break after a long summer of training :)

    1. I agree, a step back is always nice and I'm already looking forward to a little break after Lakefront Marathon. It will be nice to just run for a few weeks without a goal race in mind :)

  2. yum roasted asparagus!!! i just ran my goal fall race on sunday and had a 15 minute PR! now i'm trying to figure out what's next. i hope you have a great week of running!

    1. Wow, congrats on the stellar PR! That is a great way to finish out the fall racing season :)