But lately, I've been feeling extra energized about training and working out, and I think it's because I'm finally feeling fit again. It's like I have an extra gear during workouts that I was lacking for awhile and my recovery between runs/workouts is faster than ever. All good signs as I start really working toward my fall goal race, the Milwaukee Running Festival Half Marathon.
I'm in a bit of disbelief that I'm training for a half marathon since at the start of the year I thought I would work toward a fast 5k and 10k this year. But plans change - it turns out my body had other ideas and right now my strength is running strength, not speed. I recently did a quarters workout and the fastest I could muster up for the last interval was 5:56 pace. So that was a tad depressing but I know I'm on track for a great longer distance race given other recent runs/workouts.
Here's this week's plan from Coach Matt, the first week of the fall half marathon training!
Monday: 7 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz + Core Work
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. 3x3 hills + Y-Blitz
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 6 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz + Core Work
Friday: 13 mile run
Saturday: 5 glue miles + Core Work
Sunday: Y Beach Camp
Total = 42 miles + 5 non-running workouts + 4 core sessions
I had to switch a few things around - mainly the way the weekend is arranged. I swapped Friday and Saturday because I really have to get to Y Beach Camp on Sunday. At the beginning of the summer I bought a set of six classes but have failed to make a single one. So this weekend I'm determined to get there for what will surely be an incredibly tough hour!
To fuel this week's training, here's a sample meal plan for a day. You'll notice it includes chili, typically more of a cool/cold weather food. But I love it any time of the year and while this week's chili is more traditional, I sometimes modify my recipe to include more summer vegetables, i.e. zucchini, summer squash, corn, etc.
Breakfast: Summer Cooler Smoothie*
Snack: Greek Yogurt + Raw Veggies
Lunch: Power Salad + Banana
Dinner: Chipotle Beef Chili** + Spinach/Snap Pea Salad + Blueberries
*Summer Cooler Smoothie = Pineapple, Tart Cherry Juice, Almond Milk, Vanilla Protein Powder, Ice
**Chipotle Beef Chili = Lean Ground Beef, Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Onion, Garlic, Chipotle Pepper, Chili Powder
To wrap up today's post, here are a few things that made this past week marvelous!
Planking - When I first injured my back in January, I could barely hold a plank for 30 seconds before pain would force me to collapse. After several PT sessions and some very effective dry needling, I was finally able to start working on core strength again in April. Since then I've been challenging myself to increase the amount of time I can hold a plank. My recent best is 4:15. I'd love to get that to an even 5 min by the end of this month!
National Cheesecake Day - I went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch on Saturday and saw a sign about National Cheesecake Day when I arrived. Of course this meant I was having cheesecake for lunch. I had a slice of Caramel Apple Struesel Cheesecake, which is mega sweet. So sweet I couldn't even finish my slice!
Fun With Friends - I had the most fun on a recent night out with a few really great friends. We had a blast getting dinner (we somehow went through three orders of guac before even looking at the dinner menu!) and then going out dancing after. There were several times I laughed so hard I cried and had to check for mascara smudges ;) These are the kind of friends that I know I'll be laughing with for years to come!
New Running Shoes - I've been on a bit of a running shoe kick lately. I recently bought a pair of Saucony Run Pops, which I absolutely love. And since the newest Saucony Kinvara model didn't seem like the best fit for my foot, I stocked up on two pairs of the previous model. But my most favorite of the new shoes is a pair is the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2. I love the color and feel of these lightweight shoes. I know they're going to be perfect for days when I need to feel speedy as well as days when I just want to look speedy ;)
My questions for you:
- What are your fall running goals? Have you already picked out a goal race?
- Chili during the summer - yay or nay?
- What is something that made your week marvelous?
I have a feeling this week is going to be nothing short of excellent :)