Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dare I Say It's Race Week?

Given my recent streak of bad luck when it comes to races, I was a bit hesitant to even write a post mentioning race week. But the gorgeous weather these past few days has me feeling so optimistic that things are taking a turn for the better. A new season is here and that means a fresh start!

As of now, it looks like I will finally get to race my rust buster on Sunday. I'm going to treat it exactly as I was going to treat the First Call 5k - run it hard and see how things pan out. I can't wait ;)

The plan from Coach Matt leading up to the race is this:

Monday: 6 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, including 1200 & 400 intervals
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 6 glue miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 4 glue miles w/strides
Sunday: Adrenaline 5k Race! + WU and CD miles

Total: 36-37 miles

Have you ever found that training more leads to craving healthier food? Last week I couldn't get enough veggies and fruits. I bought so much produce at the beginning of the week I thought I would have loads extra at the end of the week. But lo and behold it was gone by Friday. I'm so loving a giant salad for dinner these days!

A sample day this week includes:

Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Cookie Oatmeal (1/3 cup oats + 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 Tbsp coconut flakes + 1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips)
Snack: Greek yogurt + raw veggies
Lunch: Chicken Enchiladas
Snack: 3 cups popcorn
Dinner: Falafel Salad (2 cups spinach + 1 falafel veggie burger + 1/3 cup cooked farro + diced cucumber + diced yellow squash + diced tomatoes + 2 Tbsp hummus) + Sliced strawberries

As has become the norm for wrapping up these training/nutrition update posts, here are a few things that made this past week great:

Cuddles with Eddie - My little boy is adjusting to his new meds and is back to his usual happy self. He's not shy about demanding all the pets and cuddles and I'm more than happy to give them to him! 

More pets, more cuddles!

Brunch at Blue's Egg - Every time I brunch here I'm reminded how wonderful it is. My omelette was sooo good and the hash browns were perfectly crisp.

Shopping at Divine Consign - This was my first time shopping this bi-annual event. My friend Alysha raves about the incredible items she's found throughout the years so I decided I had to check it out. Although I tend to get overwhelmed at these types of things (I can't even stand shopping at department stores because there is too much to look at!) I forced myself to take my time and look around. It was so worth it and I ended up getting some great stuff! A gorgeous Tory Burch jacket, brand-new Nine West sandals, a new JCrew dress and a half dozen like-new skirts and jeans were among the things that came home with me. 

My new Tory Burch jacket will look great paired with dark denim.

That's all I have for today. Let's turn the focus to you:
  • What's your strategy for your first race of the season - play it safe or take no prisoners? 
  • What are your favorite salad add-ins?
  • What's one (or two or three!) things that made last week great for you?

- ST


  1. Back when I was in marathon training I would crave different things at different times. I just assumed it was like being pregnant, it's the vitamins or nutrients that we are low on, LOL Sometimes it was healthy food I craved, other times it was a fat slice of pizza, LOL LOL
    Very cute jacket, love it!!!
    My first race last weekend was seriously no nothing. I just decided to go at it as a fun run, LOL
    Good luck Sunday!!!

    1. Thanks Kristy! I know just what you mean - when my training increases I find I crave all sorts of things. Sometimes it's something healthy like salad. Other times it's a giant milkshake! :)

  2. Good luck with your run on Sunday! I hope everything goes well.

    Not counting the Winter Series I just plan to play it conservative for my marathon. I have a goal time in mind so I want to make sure I don't go out to fast and just try to stick to my planned pace.

    1. Thanks Bob! I think for a marathon that is a smart plan - that's a distance you really need to make sure you stick with your planned pace!