Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Getting Ready for Fall Racing + This Week's Training

Hey friends! So I totes meant to do a training update post last week but somehow the days got away from me. But to sum it up, things are going well right now, and I'm looking forward to my half marathon in two weeks. It won't be a super fast time but it will be a nice tune up for my goal race in November.

Over the weekend, MKE had its first taste of fall with evening temps dropping into the upper 50s. And with the fall-like weather, I started thinking how much I love fall running and racing. I even got a tad overexcited and started adding too many races to my schedule for the upcoming weeks. As much as I would love racing every weekend, it's just not practical! 

But speaking of races, I may do one this weekend. I've been waffling back and forth on it. It's a 5k and while that's only 3.1 miles, if you race this distance, you know it's a hellish 3.1 miles. I know I could sit back on the pace a bit and take it easy, but I find it next to impossible to do when racing 5ks. If I'm at the start line, I want to be all in - especially now that I'm feeling fitter again!

In anticipation of a race on Saturday, here's this week's training plan:

Monday: 6 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz + Core Work
Tuesday: 8 mile workout, inc. 1/2 mile intervals w/faster paces & decreasing rest
Wednesday: 7 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 7 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz + Core Work
Friday: 10 mile run + Core Work
Saturday: Run/Walk for Wishes OR 6 glue miles
Sunday: Rest Day

Total: 44 miles

After a few more than a few diet splurges last week (too many cocktails, McDonald's fries, Mexican food (the greasy variety), etc.) I have a bunch of healthy meals and snacks planned these next several days. I'm most excited about all the garden-fresh produce in my fridge. Green peppers, green beans, kale, Swiss chard, tons of basil, etc. Here's a sample day of eating, including the garden treats!

Breakfast: 2 Eggs Scrambled + 1 Slice Toast w/Peanut Butter Bliss
Snack: Greek Yogurt + Raw Veggies
Lunch: Tuna, Chickpea & Sweet Potato Salad + Banana
Snack: Picky Bar
Dinner: Spinach Tortellini w/Marinara Sauce + Steamed Kale & Swiss Chard + Blackberries

And because life is more than training and racing, here are a few non-running things that made these past few weeks great!

Cheering on Team USA - I suppose technically this is running related given all the Olympic track events that I watched. But beyond track I also watched plenty of swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball. I was thrilled to see so many inspiring performances and that the USA won so many medals!

New Books - My nightstand is overflowing with new books. Currently on my shelf: Run Fast. Eat Slow;, Eligible and The Singles Game. I'm about four chapters into The Singles Game and so far I love it! I used to play tennis about as much as I run now - I even have a silver medal from Badger State Games from back in the day ;) - so I'm really enjoying this lighthearted read. It tempts me to pick up the sport again. 

Pedal Tavern Tour - One of the things I love best about my workplace is all the fun stuff we do as a group throughout the year. Last week it was a Pedal Tavern Tour to celebrate the company's 21st birthday. We pedaled around town and stopped at several bars, my favorite being the Sangria Bar, a newer place in the Walker's Point neighborhood. It was a perfect summer afternoon outing!

Bold Lips - I usually prefer a natural lip but Make Up For Ever recently sent me a few lipsticks to try so it's been fun wearing a new look. I wore a red lip for brunch over the weekend and can't wait to try out the other colors. 

 My questions for you:
  • Did you watch the Olympics? Which event(s) is/are your favorite to watch?
  • Have you signed up for any fall races yet? If so, what are you racing?
  • What's something exciting or fun that's happened in your life recently?

Happy Hump Day!

- ST


  1. So I have one question: what is a "glue" mile?

    I definitely watched the Olympics. I have several favourites, mostly those events which involve running. I loved watching the men's and women's gymnastics as well and surprisingly I watched quite a lot of volleyball.

    I don't really "race" - at least not since last year. I started school last year and then also had an operation this year which has cut into serious training time to increase speed. So mostly I just work on keeping my fitness level and endurance. I am signed up for the Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half and The Authentic Athens Marathon. After that I'm taking a little break so that my body can really heal from the operation.

    Something exciting and fun: I was chosen to submit a small story for Like The Wind magazine for the next issue. So I'm really looking forward to seeing it in print!

    Are you doing any other RnR races?

    1. Glue miles - I think my coach invented the term. His definition is miles that hold the week together. So easy pace/steady pace miles.

      Both of your upcoming races sound fantastic, especially the one in Athens. I bet there will be some spectacular scenery during that one.

      Like the Wind Magazine - I'll have to look that one up.

      And I'm doing RnR Denver in October. I can't wait - it will be my first race at any type of altitude :) I'm also still thinking about RnR Vegas - the medals this year are gorgeous!!

  2. oh and I meant to say that is an AWESOME colour lipstick on you!

    1. Aww, thanks so much :) I'm amazed Make Up For Ever knew exactly the right shade of red to send to me!

  3. Yea, I was going to ask about the glue mile too. You are doing great with your workouts. You're gonna rock your goal race in November!

    1. Just a fancy way to say easy/steady miles - miles that hold the week together - like glue! :)

      And thanks so much - November seems so far away right now but I'm sure it will be here in no time at all.

  4. I don't often read cookbooks, but I read Run Fast. Eat Slow this week. My favorite so far is the granola. I'm looking forward to trying more of the recipes like the green tea apple smoothie. If you run the race, have fun!

    1. Thanks Tina! There are so many tasty looking recipes in the book I'm not sure what to try next. I've seen a lot of pics on Insta of recipes people have tried and they all look amazing!

  5. Sorry I am so late getting to your post, I didn't have internet for a few weeks.
    Oh I was totally an Olympics junkie, it's a good thing they only are for 2 weeks, or I would be a walking zombie, LOL I stayed up late every single night to catch up, LOL
    Swimming, Running and Beach Volleyball are my favorites, but honestly I get so into them I can watch the shooting and be amazed at their skill:)
    Enjoy your book, I've heard of that one but not read it myself.
    You look amazing, the lip color is gorgeous!!!!

    1. Ha, I was totes the same. A zombie for two weeks. But I still wish the Olympics were a bit longer - maybe a month :)