2015 Fall Running Plan

Okay guys, I’ve made a plan. I researched it, wrote it out, put it in a colorful little table, and plan to place it  all over my new apartment. It’s a fall running plan— in case you’re wondering and it’s been a long time coming.

Fall Running Plan

I’m not really a planner when it comes to running, I say this with 3 marathon and 7 half marathons in my past. …

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Marathon Training, The Other 90%



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It’s 6:30 am on a Sunday, I hit the snooze button on my iphone, knowing sooner or later I’ll have to get up and face the inevitable. At 6:50 am I drag myself out of bed and turn on the k-cup machine, coffee is the only thing that makes exercising so early possible. I down a cup and eat half of a banana while simultaneously trying to throw clothes and shoes on. The trick to running 10 miles at the butt crack of dawn is getting out of the door before my brain can fully comprehend what I’m about to do to my body.

I step outside, thankful for the light breeze in the air and the empty streets. The first mile is always the hardest, my feet feel awkward and I am still in the process of convincing my mind that I will be doing this for the next hour and a half of my life. I turn the music up and try to take in all of my surroundings; the sun rising, the pine cones on the trees, the empty beers bottles from people having way more fun than I did last night, really, anything to hide the sound of my own breathing.

By the third mile I have a comfortable rhythm going. I’ve stopped peering down at the pace on my iphone and I’m trying desperately to loose myself in One Republic’s “Something I need”. The hardest decision to make isn’t to keep going but to choose a path that forces me to hit 10 miles. With the 5th mile, the sun comes out and I start to notice life on the streets. The euphoric feeling is at its climax and for a moment, just a moment, I think I could do this forever.

The feeling doesn’t last long. Around the 7th mile my legs get heavy. I begin checking my pace a bit too often and the thought of breakfast keeps creeping into my mind. I push the distracting images to the back of my mind and turn up Eminem’s “Till I collapse” and trod on.

The 9th mile brings with it feelings of death and defeat. I can no longer stop hallucinating thoughts of oatmeal topped with peanut butter and bananas. A familiar feeling of pain in my right foot starts to reveal itself and I check my iphone just about every minute from this point on.

Finally, I reach 10 miles. That’s it. When I stop, there is no finish line to cross and no one claps or pats me on the back. There is, however, an irreplaceable feeling of self-accomplishment. It reminds me I am capable of achieving goals. It reminds that I can follow through on plans. I feel stronger. These feelings are what dare me think I can subject myself to this pain all over again. So I do.

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Honey Mustard Tilapia and Weekend Things

I’m really excited to share my new Honey Mustard Tilapia recipe with you…mainly because I’ve been terrified of both cooking white fish and talking to the butcher at the grocery store. Fish can be a tricky thing to cook, especially thin white fish like tilapia. I found that purchasing fresh tilapia made the job a lot easier. Only problem was it meant  I had to do something new, talk to the butcher behind the meat and fish counter. New things can be scary, okay! Spending money on a possibly failing recipe and risking looking like a dummy at my grocery store took a lot of mental pep talk to overcome so naturally I am feeling like a champ right now :)

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But before I share my tilapia victory, you have to listen to me rant about my weekend. Or if you don’t care that’s cool too. Skip ahead!

But for those who care…I checked a couple things off my summer bucket list this weekend. Or things that would be on my summer bucket list if I had one.

Makeshift Summer Bucket List

 

  • Visit Grandma at the beach
  • Try a new yoga studio
  • Attend a Latino food themed party with Latinos
  • Stop at three Farmers Markets in 30 minutes
  • Talk to the butcher at the grocery store
  • Cook white fish (Tilapia)
  • 10 mile board walk run

This weekend my cousin Yael and I took a trip to Ocean City Maryland to spend some quality time with our grandma and catch some sun too of course 😉 Coincidentally our foodie uncle who lives close to Ocean City, happened to be hosting a party for a bunch of his Latino friends so penciled him in! His friends prepared most the food and everything was delicious!

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IMG_2951All the authenic latino dishes were amazing. The gucalmole was prepared with fresh mozzerella…SOO good!

One lesson I learned from my past marathons is that training can’t be pushed aside because you’re busy living life. But part of being a runner is fitting your running goals into your life. SO 10 beach miles went down this weekend. Running the boardwalk isn’t all that bad anyway.

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After the long run Saturday morning I knew my body could use some yoga on Sunday!  Plus expanding my practice beyond bikram has been on my to-do list so I found a hot vinyasasa flow studio in Ocean City called YogaVibez and convinced Yael to check it out with me.

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Then Yael convinced me to stop at fresh produce stands/Farmers markets on the way home from the beach…she really had to pull my arm for that one!

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Overall, I’d say it was a good weekend. But it became a great one when I created this awesome

Honey Mustard Tilapia

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce (preferably low sodium)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 fresh tilapia filet ( I guess it could be frozen but then you won’t overcome any butcher talking fears you may have)

 

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix all the ingredients (minus the fish) together in a small container. Pour the mixture over the fish in a small baking dish.

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Bake for 15-25 minutes. Optional: enjoy with white wine and fire roasted veggies!

Over-The-Run Oats & Marathon Planning

Hi there!

Happy Friday.

Friday-Jokes

(because Friday calls for cute kids and pups)

Sorry it’s been over a week. I’ve been recovering from all the traveling I’ve been up to lately and trying to get myself back on the health track.

I spent the week making smoothies..

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Green Banana Smoothie

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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

 

Going on some neighborhood runs…

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and drinking lots of water.

I’m finally starting to feel myself again! This morning I was over smoothies and wanted a change for breakfast. I decided on over-night-oats …

Only I didn’t have the “over night” part thought through. SO I decided to test out if I could do “over-the-run-oats” and what’d ya know it worked!

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I used, old fashion oats, almond milk, chia seeds, pb2, and my favorite frozen mango chunks from Trader Joes. I mixed all the ingredients together and left them in the fridge for an hour and half while I went for my morning run. When I came back I topped the mixture with some already made granola and breakfast was ready :)

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(if you haven’t tried these you should)

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Besides the physical methods of getting healthy I also like to fill my head with healthy stuff when I’m feeling out it …

For example:

Reading my nutrition magazines:

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& making fitness plans…in particular my Richmond Marathon Training Plan:

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I deiced to take the plunge and sign up for the Richmond Marathon so I could train along with my friend Melissa running the Marine Corps in October. I’m excited to be training again and came up with a plan to make sure i’m ready for the race. I don’t usually create plans for half marathons anymore but for a full marathon; a plan is necessary for me to stay on track. The biggest thing I need in a plan is my long run goals,  highlighted in blue. Everything else is just a skeleton of a plan for guidance. I also use Google calendar to record and plan my runs to keep me on track!

Questions:

What do you do to get back on track after vacation?

What do you use to create training plans?