Woohoo I’m more than 1/3 of the way through marathon training! I have gotten a bit off schedule due to weekend conflicts but overall feeling pretty good about things.
Big Sur Marathon Training Week 6 Breakdown
- Sunday: 2 hr. 15 min long run (outside)
- Monday: 30 min. walk, foam rolling, PT exercises, restorative yoga class at StudioME Fitness
- Tuesday: core, hip, glute exercises
- Wednesday: 36 min. intervals (treadmill)
- Thursday: 40 min. run/walk (treadmill), PT exercises, core work
- Friday: OFF, foam rolling
- Saturday: 1 hour long run (outside)
- Sunday: 30 min. run (second half of Saturday’s long run)
Thoughts on Training
Since my long run from the week before was moved to Sunday, it threw off my schedule a bit. I didn’t run on Monday but it was good to walk, recover, and do some relaxing yoga. The rest of the week went well.
Wednesday‘s interval run on the treadmill felt surprisingly good. I have been struggling on the treadmill lately at work because I get bored and I start to run all crazy but this past week I didn’t have those issues.
Thursday I tried out my new HR monitor (more to come on that) and a PT at work said my cadence was 168 (I counted 164) but either way that is more than the original 160 treadmill cadence so that’s exciting!
This past weekend I was traveling. On Saturday I flew from MN to my hometown in southern IN. Then we drove halfway to Nashville, TN to meet my sister for dinner. So I was pretty proud of myself for getting in an hour run that day. My weekend long run goal was 2:00-2:30. I was originally planning to do 2:30 just split up between Saturday and Sunday but on Sunday when I went out for my run, it was super windy and I wasn’t feeling it so I only did 30 minutes. But between the cold, wind, the hilly route, and I ran at my shorter run pace, I figured it was good. I was the only one out running both Saturday and Sunday. This is unusual because in Minneapolis, no matter how cold it is, people are still out!
Food for the Week
I ate out a lot last week. I don’t know, I just didn’t prepare much food in advance and didn’t want to go to the grocery store. I did make some BBQ chicken in the crockpot that was nice but I think that’s the only thing I cooked.
On Tuesday I met my friend Megan for happy hour at Hammer & Sickle. They had 2-for-1 Moscow Mules (vodka, lime & ginger beer), which I had never had before but they were good (and strong!).
I also had pierogis, which are amazing as well. They are filled dumplings with potato and cheese, topped with caramelized onion and bacon. Yum!
On Wednesday I tested out Bite Squad, a food delivery service where you can get just about anything delivered. I had a coupon for $5 off my first order, which covered the $5 delivery fee (the delivery fee is based off of distance between you and the place you are ordering).
I ordered fish tacos and carrot cake from French Meadow Cafe. The fish tacos were disappointing. The carrot cake was good but seemed small (although I’m sure it was a normal size, our view of portion sizes tends to be skewed thanks to restaurants and “super size” everything).
I’m not sure it was as good as the BEST CARROT CAKE ever that I had in Washington DC at Founding Farmers last year. I split this carrot cake with my 2 roommates but the waiter said the serving size is the same regardless of how many people are eating it.
On Thursday, I was still being lazy and I had pizza delivered from Pizza Luce. I had eaten there once before when I first moved to Minneapolis. Their food is really good. I got the margherita pizza and spinach salad.
Friday at work I went out to eat for lunch. I was going to try this new healthy place but as I was walking through the downtown Minneapolis skyway I just wasn’t feeling it so I went to Potbelly instead. I was going to get a sandwich but I ended up getting a salad and it was really good! It had grilled chicken, grapes, apples, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, red onion, and blue cheese with the Potbelly vinaigrette. I was glad I made this decision because as I was walking back to work I saw Girl Scouts selling cookies! I got a box of Caramel Delites and Peanut Butter Patties. Yum!
On Saturday after flying from MN to IN, we drove halfway to Nashville to meet my sister for dinner at a Japanese steakhouse. I got my first ever Bento Box! Teriyaki steak, rice, veggies, and a California roll. My sister is now vegan but she encouraged me to get the box and said it used to be her favorite.
It was really good but man, that was a lot of food! The steak and the sushi roll were my favorite parts.
Also, since I was home for the weekend, my mom got Valentine’s Day butter cookies from the Donut Bank (the best donut shop EVER! Nothing compares).
Just For Fun
I saw this on The Right Fits blog and it describes me perfectly. The struggle is real.
I saw this shirt at Target and again, fits me well.
I got an email from Uber that Uber PUPPIES was coming to Minneapolis on Valentine’s Day. For $30 you could have a 15 minute playdate with puppies brought to you by an Uber driver! (According to Twitter, Uber puppies were in high demand and “sorry, all puppies are busy!” was a common message people got when trying to request a playdate).
And finally, my friend Megan kept mentioning Galentine’s Day and I’m like WTH is that?!
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Would you have liked to spend time with an Uber puppy on Valentine’s Day?