Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A New Race Plan + Style Lately

Well ... so much for racing over the weekend. I ended up having to take Eddie to the kitty hospital on Saturday evening and he wasn't released until Sunday afternoon. It was another episode of having fluid in his lungs although this time it wasn't nearly as critical as last year. The vet said I caught the fluid very early on so there wasn't much built up and he didn't need to be on a respirator, IV or put in an oxygen tank again. He seems to be recovering pretty well (there have been a few happy dances, purrs and even a few love nips!) and has a follow up appointment this morning. Fingers crossed it's all good news. 

The sweetest baby!


Anyhow, since I had to skip last weekend's race, I added another race to my April schedule. Both Coach Matt and I agree that it's critical that I get in a rust buster before the real racing begins in May since I haven't raced since the beginning of December last year. So I'm now planning on doing the Adrenaline 5k in a week and a half. 

As disappointed as I am to still not have raced in 2016, I'm telling myself to focus on the positive - this way I get a few extra weeks to train so will hopefully be a tad stronger and faster than I would have been last weekend. This week's training includes:

Monday: 5 glue miles w/strides 
Tuesday: 9 mile workout, inc. 1600, 1200, 800, 400
Wednesday: 5-6 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 4 glue miles w/strides  + PT + Y-Blitz?

Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 10-11 mile run
Sunday: 5 recovery miles

Total: 38-40 miles

Hopefully last week was the last of running in the snow!

My back has been feeling really good so I think I'm ready to do a bit more. I'm for sure planning on Y-Fuse this week and may also do Y-Blitz if things feel okay come Thursday. I've missed doing really tough workouts so I'm excited to dig into the work again - even though I'll be pretty slow for the first few classes back!

As for nutrition this week, here's a sample day:

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled + 2 Tbsp salsa + 1 mini power scone
Snack: Greek yogurt + raw veggies
Lunch: Cheeseburger Casserole + banana
Snack: Picky Bar
Dinner: Baked tilapia + spinach salad 
Dessert: 1/2 cup Halo Top vanilla + blackberries

Have you tried Halo Top ice cream? I recently bought a pint at Whole Foods and it is sooo good! It's low calorie (only 60 per serving!), low-sugar and high protein. A perfect treat, especially when topped with fresh fruit!

So that's the latest in training. To wrap things up, I'll switch gears a bit and talk style. Does anyone else have a terrible time finding clothes for work? I super dislike shopping for non-running apparel, aka civilian clothes. But I forced myself to do a bit last week and found a few things I really like:

At least spring and summer are on the way, which means more dresses and sandals - the easiest way to get dressed in the morning :) 

My questions for you:
  • Have you ever experienced a pet emergency? 
  • How is your training going? Anyone else still waiting for their first race in 2016?
  • What's on your menu this week?
  • Where do you find work clothes?

Happy Hump Day!

- ST


  1. I had the Adrenaline 1/2 marathon on my training schedule but I am on the fence about running it. I ran it last year and it was pretty good. It is a flat out and back course because it is run on an old rail line converted to a bike trail. I'm not sure if the 5k will all be paved. Either way I am sure you will do well.

    I am not big on shopping for anything. Amazon is my friend. My wife actually will bring me home stuff because I tend to wear the same things for a long time. I'm not Mr. Fashion.

    And Yes, I want the snow to be over. I am ready for nice running weather. At least it will be nice on Friday for my long 20 mile run.

    1. Friday should be perfect for your long run! I think we are finally going to luck out with some really nice weather this weekend. At least, fingers crossed we do :)

  2. I hope Eddie feels better and the check up goes well. Pet emergencies are scary, but he looks like he's recovering nicely! :)

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! There's nothing worse than seeing an innocent pet with an illness or injury :(

  3. Jerk dog ate a pound of butter, box and all. I had to give him hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Even after, he still wouldn't, had to take him running after, and he finally got rid of it. Was sick after for a week. Also, when I first got him, he killed and ate a whole squirrel, and got a virus causing him to lose 6 pounds (that's alot for a 65 lb dog.)

    I love running in fall. I'm waiting for my first outdoor tri, but have done a few running races.

    1. Pets are always true characters! I hope Winston is doing well even though he does naughty tricks now and then ;)

  4. I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering how it went. I am so sorry about your kitty, but hopefully things will be better for him now!!!
    I'm still waiting for my first 2016 race, and truthfully if you asked me a month ago I would have told you it will be this fall. But crazy things happen and guess it will be this weekend. It's just a 5k, I'm totally just running it for fun, don't even care how I do. It might be nice to get out running, but I can't lie I will see those marathoners on their way to their start and its just going to make me jealous, but oh well, LOL
    So loving that denim dress!!

    1. Thanks Krisy! He was diagnosed with heart disease but hopefully it can be managed with the new medications he was given. You are going to do great at your 5k this weekend! I'm excited to hear how it goes for you since I'm used to you only doing longer distances :)

  5. My training is going pretty good. Had a few setbacks but I'm onto my taper for the marathon now. The work is done it's just time to run the race!

    1. That's the best feeling - knowing that the work is done and all there is left to do is seeing it all come together on race day! :)