Tuesday, January 19, 2016

boston training: week 2

seems crazy how fast week 2 flew by. the runs are short but you dont get much rest... just always feel like youre running (which you are). ive been able to balance getting enough sleep, figuring out when to get my runs done to be effective with the next one... i just really love (to hate) this plan. or hate to love. whatever it is.

thought this summed up marathon training pretty well this week

as a follow up to last weeks post (the last post on here... ya know, all my blogs i write these days and all)... im still eating healthy... added a piece of chocolate here and there... but got some really important and interesting information from a good friend and needed to adjust things a little. basically its no surprise i dropped weight so fast last week like i did. not only was i finally not just throwing random junk food in my body, but i definitely wasnt feeding my body what it needed. i started out using the 1200-1499 calorie charts and was shockingly surprised when i started using the "my fitness pal" app what my calorie needs were without exercise...

holy smokes.

add in a mega workout and add 900 more calories to that! i dont even know if i have that much food in my house!! crazy but necessary, and ive been working hard to try to meet the demands. yes, yes. its a terrible thing to need to eat more. but really, when youre not feeling hungry yet know you have to eat (and need to fuel, not just eat a pizza or donut.... mmmm donuts)... its not the easiest thing to do. i added tailwind back in with my harder runs this week and have slowly added back in small amounts of black coffee. im still feeling much more awake and energized throughout the day and sleeping much better (and feeling rested).

one of my most favorite breakfasts is steel cut oats and a poached egg on top. this pic was before i realized that it was actually 2 eggs that were a serving of protein. oops. i never said i had any sort of nutritional degree. but anyway, yummy. basic and easy and filling.

my other go to breakfasts have been whole wheat english muffins or waffles with peanut butter and various fruits on them. this morning was a banana and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. 

my brother and his fiance were home from chicago this week and we went to eat at a place in portland i had never heard of called "local sprouts". DE. LISH. omg. and i should have bought both of these. might still go back. you only live once, right? and vegan or organic or whatever... thats healthy, right?

im sure its not news to anyone but pats are in the playoffs. ty and i havent been drinking since we started the healthy(er) eating but i craved just one beer for the game. this is what he came back from the store with. really? that might last me a year at this rate. 

 and for whatever reason any patriots thing i have ever bought and worn during a game they have lost... but this hat must be lucky. yay!

"whole grains" means healthy. in my opinion. (also, delicious). calories! eye on the prize.

(also really good when accompanied by mint chocolate chip gelato. dont ask questions)

alright, so anyway. my runs. basically this week came and went and i did the runs and some were good and some sucked. im gonna assume that will be how it goes every week for the most part. the tempo run was by far the most awful... id be pretty embarrassed if i went out and attempted a 5k race right now i think. my "goal paces" are fast, and i know this. im hoping to build up the strength and get closer to them as the workouts go along, but i also realize that these speedwork workouts as a whole arent the entire package and that im training to run 26.2 miles. not a fast 5k. so yeah, this workout was not good and ill be slowing my paces next week to ensure i dont die. again.

sarah and i were able to get back outside again this week (goal to run together outside at least once a week... so far 100%!). luckily we didnt have to ice skate this run and went nice and easy for 7 miles along the snowy roads. im looking forward to having some tuesdays and thursdays off of work coming up soon so that i can attend the local spin class some more.

i switched my long run and easy 6 this week due to work conflict, which ended up working out in my favor because hens sick, im sick, we barely slept last night, and my long run yesterday was actually really good (and im glad i didnt have to do it today because it wouldnt have happened).

weekly goal to up plank time

since most of my runs are on the TM this cycle, ive experimented with different ifit courses. my marathon pace runs have all been on the boston course to help with some hill work and road memory. this was a fun surprise to see at the finish line!

when alarms start with 3, iHeart radio is basically awful. unless youre into old school jayz and missy elliott. get your freak on? no thanks. ive added some new songs to the trusty old ipod and listen to a lot of pandora. currently my two faves are :


not a running song for most people. but man. her voice.
("hello" drives me batty. but this song, this version... on repeat. daily)

ok... the breakdown of the week...

week 2

5x1ks- (goal pace 4:12-4:18)- 4:22, 4:23, 4:32, 4:27, 4:27 (2mi warm up, 400m recovery, 1mi cool down). i basically went all out for the first two, which ended up being too fast and burnt me right out from the start. suffered thru the final 3 and barely give myself credit for even doing them at all. awful. i know im not at my tip top 5k speed pace yet, and im ok with that. need to slow that down for next weeks 1200s or it might be a real crash and burn workout.
6 @MP- (goal pace 7:49-8:01)- 8:02, 8:02, 7:59, 8:02, 7:52, 7:55 (2 mi warm up, 1mi cool down). very happy again with this workout.
long run- (goal pace 8:29-8:42)- ran 8:42 in an 8/4 split long run
rest day- nailed it. i actually did absolutely nothing that day. and it was glorious.

im already feeling sick (runny nose, coughing, sinus junk) and im not sure ill feel much better tomorrow. hens been throwing up and omg if i get that... i dont even want to think about it. ugh. heres to hoping week 3 starts (and goes) as well as 1 and 2. reserved our hotel rooms today... NINETY. freaking. DAYS!

1 comment:

  1. You are going to be a force to be reckoned with come April, lady! So glad you checked out Myfitnesspal..and I totally agree, eating while marathon training is like a part time job!