Running, Healthy Food & Cookie Dough

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

Skim Milk Is Healthier Than Whole Milk, Right? Maybe Not - The article states that children who drank skim milk and 1% were heavier than those who drank 2% and whole. Here's one more short bit of info on that topic. (I drink whole milk.)

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!


  1. Wow! Way to go on your training this week. My week was not nearly as great as this. I am impressed.

  2. Wow 60 miles! What a great week! Awesome job!!

  3. Wow Tina, that's a lot of running! Do you ever do yoga? Just wondering how you run without getting tight?

    1. Sometimes there are some yoga moves included in the exercise videos I use.

  4. Sounds like a great training week! Great job! I've heard the same thing about swishing electrolytes in your mouth. Haven't decided if I think it works and it's definitely not something to try on the TM!

    1. You're supposed to swoosh and spit?! I swooshed a little around my mouth and swallowed! Hate to waste any Gatorade on the ground!

  5. Way to go on those long runs. You're going to be in top form for St.George.

  6. Your title had me at "cookie dough"! Yum! Congratulations on finishing the 20 miler, that's impressive in that kind of heat. And, great week of training!

  7. Your long run sounds tough!! I am amazed you were able to run that far in those temps. Great week of training!!

  8. Holy crud, your training is amazing. You are so inspiring.

  9. Another great week of training!Awesome.

  10. I'm impressed that you do all that strength training in addition to your runs. I should do a lot more off-ice strength training in addition to my skating. I'm glad you are noticing the birds in the park, I'm a birder too and watching birds has added a lot of pleasure to my life.


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