When I'm running, it's great when I see something unexpected like these pigeons that flew round and round the lake and so close to me that I thought they might hit me.
Here's how I exercised this week:
Monday - 8 mile run (hillwork) with Rice Krispies before the run. Strength training in the evening with my husband who helped me out with his 35 pound sandbag. I couldn't do much more than lift the heavy weight high into the air, so I had to get out the regular weights, too.
Tuesday - 13 mile run with Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats before the run. Vanilla Powerbar gel and grape Clifbar fruit rope during the run. I saw an armadillo, rabbit and Cardinals.
Wednesday - Strength training and an 8 mile run with peanut butter on toast first. I stopped to talk with a couple of walker friends about the interesting birds at our neighborhood park: Great Blue Herons, bald eagles (I've only heard about them, so far), woodpeckers and mysterious ones we need to do more research on.
|Black-bellied Whistling Ducks|
Thursday - 20 mile run with English muffin with peanut butter and honey before the run. I had 20 oz. Gatorade, a raspberry Powerbar gel and a package of raspberry energy blasts. I like the taste of the blasts, but they take a long time to chew. The day before, I ate rice and noodles with my meals and I had an English muffin as an after dinner snack.
It helped that I listened to music the last 10 miles and that I had snack time to look forward to every 2 1/2 miles: Gatorade or Powerbar food. Towards the end, I saved a bit of Gatorade in my bottle so that I could have a little taste of it every now and then. I've read that just swishing some around in your mouth helps.
The temperature rose from about 80-90 so I took some walk breaks and even sat down here and there towards the end. After mile 15, I figured I had a 75% chance of finishing my 20 miler - not feeling confident. It felt really good to finish that long run.
Friday - 5 mile run with a banana before the run. Strength training.
Saturday - 6 mile run with overnight cinnamon ginger banana oats and a hard-boiled egg before the run. The best part was running with my husband and my Weimaraner through the woods and seeing a deer up close (who ran as soon as I pulled out my camera!).
The Week & Countdown
I ran 60 miles this week and strength trained 3 times. It will be nice to take a rest day tomorrow. There are only 8 weeks until the St. George Marathon!
This Week's Favorites
Healthy Cream of Chicken Soup Substitute - This sauce was good with some chicken and tomatoes on top of noodles. This is what I ate for dinner the night before my long run.
Healthy Post-run Snack: plain yogurt topped with crushed pineapple, flaxseed and sweetened coconut. Later, I made this as a smoothie to drink after my long run. I used 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, 1 tablespoon sweetened coconut and 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds to thicken it.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse - Start with mashed avocado and add sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla to taste like I did or follow the link for a recipe that uses agave.
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Recipe for Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes - These cupcakes would be fun to make, but I only used the dough part of the recipe because I just wanted to eat some cookie dough. I decreased the amount of chocolate chips, which may sound crazy, but I really like cookie dough!