Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Will I Ever Race Again?? Plus, This Week's Training Schedule!

So last weekend's race? It didn't happen. I was again foiled by the weather. Negative temps and a negative wind chill - grrr!!! I know some people still raced but I knew I wouldn't get a good time running in those conditions but being a race, it would still take a lot out of me. So Coach Matt and I decided the best option was to do a race-simulation workout at the Pettit. 

It ended up being a pretty good workout - a warmup, 1x2 miles, 90 second walk, 1x1 mile, and a cooldown to finish things up. These miles gave me the confidence I need to know I'm on track to race well whenever that might be. At this rate, it might not be til spring!

I miss wearing this beautiful singlet!

The main positive about not racing on Sunday is my legs didn't need as much recovery time so it's full steam ahead with training! Here's what's on my plan:

Monday: 5 mile run w/strides + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals
Tuesday: 8 mile workout
Wednesday: 6 mile recovery run + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 6 mile run + Y-Blitz + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 10 mile run
Sunday: 5 mile recovery run

Total: 40 miles

I'm still focusing on cleaning up my diet so these miles and workouts will be fueled with healthy eats. A sample day this week might look like this:

Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal* + 1 serving plain, low-fat Kefir
Snack 1: 1 serving plain, low-fat Greek yogurt + 1/8 cup Bear Naked Fit granola
Snack 2: 2 cups raw vegetables
Lunch: Bean Burrito** + Banana
Snack 1: 1 serving beef jerky (I like Krave Chili Lime)
Snack 2: 1 Picky Bar
Dinner: 1 serving Lentil Spinach Curry + 2/3 cup cooked farro + 1 apple

Lentil Spinach Curry

My questions for you:
  1. What's on your training/workout plan this week? Which workout are you most excited about?
  2. What does your nutrition plan look like this week? 
  3. Random: What spring clothing item are you most looking forward to wearing? 

I can't wait to pull out all my spring sandals. Enough with the boots!

- ST 


*1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 2/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 2/3 cup blueberries, dash of cinnamon

**1 whole wheat tortilla, 1 serving mashed black beans (season with cumin, garlic powder and lime juice), 1/4 shredded Mexican blend cheese (2 percent), 2 Tbsp salsa

22 comments:

  1. That is definitely not weather I'd want to race in. How can I race in weather when I don't even want to be outside? I lived in Wisconsin for 3 years and I know that is cold cold cold.

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    1. That's exactly what I thought - I could barely stand walking to my car that morning. Racing definitely would not have been fun!

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  2. Sounds like you and your coach made a good call on that race. And you still got in a great workout! My heart goes out to all of you guys experiencing such crazy weather!

    Your bowl of oatmeal sounds a lot like mine. I love to put either cherries, blueberries, craisins, or apple in it. I just can't do oatmeal that's super plain...plus it doesn't fill me up if it doesn't have other stuff in it haha...runnerproblems ;).

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    1. I agree, Hailey - oatmeal must have toppings/additions. I also love cherries and craisins - and I'll have to try apple. Apple cinnamon oatmeal would be so delish :)

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  3. Sorry you didn't get to race last weekend! It looks by your training that you're ready to go when the next one happens, though.

    I can relate to your feeling like you won't race again! I haven't worn my Oiselle singlet since last November at the Seattle Half. I'm supposed to wear it next month at a half-marathon that I can't run due to injury. Boo!

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    1. That bites, Molly! I hope your injury heals up soon so you can put on that lovely singlet and race again!

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  4. That's my comment above from Anonymous. Ha! I just figured out how to comment like a legitimate person. :)

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  5. You guys have been hit with such horrible weather I feel bad it has had to alter so many runners and their race plans!
    But I have to say, I love your workout plans! In about two weeks I plan to bump it up to around 40 miles a week too. Right now I am 30-32 a week.
    We've been having an unusual winter here in Utah, we pretty much skipped winter and it's springlike already. Not good for water issues, but it's been nice to break out the t-shirts:)

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    1. I am super jealous of your weather :) Running outside in a t-shirt sounds so lovely. I keep reminding myself, spring will be here soon enough!

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  6. I absolutely love that singlet! I just miss wearing short sleeves when working out outside so I can't wait for the weather to change. We haven't even had a bad winter in the Midwest, but I'm totally over it anyway.

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    1. That's a good point, Ali - compared to last year, this winter hasn't been too bad. But I think we're all ready for spring this time of year. Longer days and warmer temps! :)

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  7. I'm ready to throw all my boots off the back porch and leave them in the snow forever. I miss flip flops!

    You had some great runs this week! I'm still training away for the same old thing and spending way too much time on the treadmill this week due to snow and ice. Oh and trying to reign in all my crappy eating from vacation. Less wine and ice cream. Booooo. That lentil spinach curry looks so yummy!

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    1. Ha, I had a similar thought last weekend. So sick of winter boots!

      You do such a great job on the treadmill - I'm always so impressed with your miles and how you maintain such a positive attitude running on the sweatmill :)

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  8. I'm in the midst of marathon training and super excited for a bump back week this week! Only 8 miles for my long run, whoo hooo! I'm working really hard on my nutrition as well, it's going ok so far but I want to eat all.the.food!!

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  9. I'm in the midst of marathon training and super excited for a bump back week this week! Only 8 miles for my long run, whoo hooo! I'm working really hard on my nutrition as well, it's going ok so far but I want to eat all.the.food!!

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    1. I know the feeling - sometimes I get out of control runger - especially during the evenings!

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  10. I feel ya on the weather. :'( I really, really hope it warms up soon! I'm done with winter.

    Your meals sound delicious! <3

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    1. Thanks Farrah! Nothing like a warm meal to brighten up an otherwise dark and cold day :)

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  11. Your lentil spinach curry looks so good! I have a curried lentil recipe I've been meaning to make for awhile now, maybe this is the inspiration I need to finally make it.

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    1. Definitely give it a try - and then post it on your blog if it turns out :) Would love to see your recipe!

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  12. I like Krave jerky too - chili lime is one of my favorites. Just got back from running the Glass Slipper Challenge races at WDW and walking the parks for 6 days so I'm taking it easy and recovering. Can't wait to wear my flip flops again :)

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    1. Oh, I would love to do one of these Disney races. I've read so many great recaps - they sound like an absolute blast!

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