Weekly Recap and the Return of Humidity

I am so glad that I didn’t sign up for the Maryland Half Marathon, which was today. I haven’t felt at all like I was ready to race, and there was no reason to push it. Last year this race was on the first humid day of the season. The same went for today. After maybe 2-3 weeks of nice spring weather, I went outside  this morning to that all-too-familiar feeling of getting hit in the face with thick, humid air. The temp was about 66 degrees, but I started sweating immediately.

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I made it 11.5 miles and was super gross by the end. Do you know the feeling where your clothes weight 10 pounds more than when you put them on because they are soaked? That was what happened today.

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Looking back on this week, its nothing exciting because its pretty much what I planned out in my post on Sunday:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 4.21 miles (8:50 pace), core and glutes, Body pump in PM

Tuesday: 5.1 miles (9:10 pace), core and glutes

Wednesday: 25 min elliptical, Body Pump, CX Works. Hot Yoga in PM

Thursday: 5.5 miles: After a 10 min warm up, I alternated 4 minutes hard with 2 minutes easy, 5 times and then ran a 10 minute cool down (8:44 average pace)

Friday: 3.8 miles (9:08 pace), Yoga in PM

Saturday: 11.5 miles (9:03 pace)

Total: 30.11

As I said last week I haven’t been feeling 100% so I went for a consultation with a different chiropractor (more on that in another post). To help see my progress I am starting to track how I feel each day during/after my run. Hopefully I can see that the treatment I am getting/what I am doing is helping to make progress. Today I felt great until the last 2 miles, at which point my left leg gradually started to get tight. A few weeks ago it felt that way after 4 miles, so this is much better.

My goal at this point is to feel good enough to run the Baltimore 10 miler on June 14th. I know what to expect from the race because I have ran it twice (its hilly, and I know it will be hot in mid-June) but if I’m feeling good it will be an opportunity to see where I am speed-wise in a shorter distance race.

IMG_0150[1]Baltimore 10 miler 2012

So tell me, how was your week in running/training/working out?

Does it get really humid where you live?

Note: I just switched to self-hosting (but didn’t change any of my blog format yet). Please let know if you are having any issues getting to my blog!

Thinking Out Loud #2

Another Thursday, and another bunch of random things to share!

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  • Once a week I have been using the elliptical as cross-training. Don’t get me wrong- I find it really boring but it does have it’s benefits. Its nice that I can do other things while I am on it (I can’t read or play with my phone when I am running) and I have found settings that really work my glutes. I’ve been using a high incline and medium resistance, and go backwards for part of the time.

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This week I bought new Runner’s World!

  • My OCD comes out in random ways. When I am setting up for body pump, I need to be in the same spot (towards the front but not front row, off to the side, and able to see myself in the mirror) and I like my risers to match. I prefer all black, but if some of them need to be purple it can only be 2 and the purples have to both be on the top or bottom.

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  • This week I feel like I have eaten more “junk food” than usual- between teacher appreciation week (I’m not a teacher, but I work in a school) and attending a baby shower on Tuesday, there have been lots “treats”. I find that I start to feel kind of off when I eat that stuff, so I need to make an effort to get back on track. I find that it makes me more tired and I end up craving sweets more.

 

  • I have been loving the warmer weather lately, but it would nice if it wasn’t freezing in my school every day. I would love to start wearing spring clothes, but even when I do I end up with a sweatshirt or fleece on. Still, its been great running weather. The sunrises haven’t been too shabby either.

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  • I went back to yoga last night but crow was not happening. It was a hot class, which felt awesome after my freezing cold day at work! I sweat more than is probably normal, but it felt really good to get in another deep stretch.

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(not from hot yoga this week- but it does make me excited for the summer yoga series at the harbor to start again!)

 Be sure to head over to Running With Spoons to check out some Thinking Out Loud posts!

What is your favorite form of cross training?

Are you OCD about anything?

Have you been having good running weather where you live?

Food Prep, Weekly Meal Plan, and Workout Plan

I finally made a Pinterest site for the blog! It is still a work in progress, but I started organizing it this weekend. I made a board for ‘’This Week’s Meals” where I will save everything I plan to make that week, and then move it to another board if I like it and want to make it again. Check out my Pinterest page here:

http://www.pinterest.com/runningoutwine/

So here is my meal plan for this upcoming week:

Sunday: Baked salmon (I don’t follow a recipe, I just top it with olive oil and seasoning), cous cous, veggies (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower)

Monday: Spaghetti Squash Lasanga, Salad After buying the squash and starting to prep it on Sunday, it exploded in the microwave. So I had to adjust the recipe and used penne instead of squash.

Tuesday: Turkey burgers, sweet potatoes, green beans

Wednesday:  Italian Quinoa Bowl

Thursday: Parmesan Crusted Chicken  This is Rob’s favorite meal. I have made some changes to it over the many times I have made it.

Friday: Pasta, turkey meatballs, salad

Saturday: Out to dinner for Mother’s Day

Food Prep:

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I washed up some kale and pulled off the stems, to freeze and use in smoothies this week.

kaleI also cut up pineapple to use in this smoothie, and peeled some bananas. Both will also go in the freezer.

pineapple

bananas

Berries for snacks and yogurt:

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And cut up some chicken to keep in the freezer for meals later in the week.

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As I said above, there was an explosion of the spaghetti squash in my microwave.

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I made the recipe with penne because that’s what we had…not as healthy but oh well!

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At least we will be having this salad on the side:

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I made turkey meatballs to keep in the freezer (I made 16, and split them into 2 containers of 8).

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I made more hummus this week, but this time its for a potluck at work.

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And of course we needed something sweet for this week. I baked these cookies but subbed 1/2 for the butter for 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt.

cookies

 

I also came up with a workout plan since I am trying to include more yoga into my routine while I have this month membership:

        Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday         Thursday Friday Saturday
AM rest 4 miles 5 miles Elliptical, body pump, cx works 5 miles 3 miles 11-12 miles
PM rest Body Pump Yoga Runners core DVD Yoga
The miles are just a guideline. I would like to get back to doing about 30 miles a week and then once I a feeling good I’ll start adding some tempos/speed work in.
Bestfoot This Week Link-Up
Do you have any fun recipes planned for this week?
Do you usually plan out your workouts ahead of time, or decide day by day?

Chocolate PB Protein Smoothie

I am so excited to be joining in on the first week of Laura’s Sunday Smoothie Link-up!

I created this smoothie on Saturday, after my 10 mile run. I wanted something quick and simple, to allow my muscles to begin recovering. A few week’s ago I won a sample of My Mix Protein Powder from Megan’s blog, so I wanted to include that as my main source of protein.

smoothie1 (served in my Houston Marathon finisher’s mug!)

I used frozen bananas, blackberries, and spinach to ensure that my smoothie was nice and cold without having to add ice. (I usually just keep a bag of spinach in the freezer.)

bananas

blackberries

spinach

As I said above, I used My Mix Protein Powder, which is chocolate flavored. Any chocolate protein powder will work!

my mix

And of course, a big scoop of peanut butter!

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chocolatepb smoothie recipe

I can’t wait to read other smoothie recipes through this link up! Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I will probably be drinking smoothies at least once a day:)

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Recent Workouts (April 24th-May 3rd)

Since I’m not training for anything these days, I thought I would just post my workouts since my last check-in (which was when I talked about my race recovery).

Thursday 4/24: 3.71 miles easy and Runner’s Core DVD

Friday 4/25: 3 miles on treadmill, Body Pump (Sometimes its just easier to do a little run on the treadmill before and after the class, even though I will always prefer running outside)

Saturday 4/26: 6.44 miles and Runner’s Core DVD. I was planning to do 8 but just wasn’t feeling it, so I figured there was no reason to keep going.

IMG_2433[1]Sunday 4/27: 30 minutes easy reflexion yoga

Monday 4/28: 4.1 miles in the AM, Body Pump in the PM

Tuesday 4/29: 3.5 miles, Runner’s Core DVD and 60 minutes hot vinyasa in PM

Wednesday 4/30:  25 minutes elliptical, body pump, cx works

Thursday 5/1: 5.11 miles

IMG_2495 after the rain

Friday 5/2: 3.35 miles on treadmill, Body Pump, 75 minute vinyasa yoga in PM

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  Saturday 5/3:  10 miles and Runner’s Core DVD

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I am also doing PT moves that my chiropractor has shown me 5 times a day. The goal is 20 repetitions each time, for a total of 100 a day. It’s tough to get it in that often but I have been trying my best. I usually do it once before my morning workout and once right after, and then as soon as I get home from work, and twice in the evening. He also wants me doing single leg balances for 15 seconds at a time for a total of about 10 minutes a day…some of them with my eyes closed.

I tried to take pictures to demonstrate…it was really difficult:

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You lift your knee slightly above your hip, slightly bend your standing leg, lean forward slightly and squeeze your abs and standing glute. This is really hard for me to do with my eyes closed!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

What kind of workouts have you been doing lately?

My First “Thinking Out Loud” Post

I have been reading posts linked to ‘Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud” hosted by Amanda at Running With Spoons but have never joined in. Since I have a bunch of random thoughts going on today, I thought it would be a great day to try it out!

1. I am trying to get back into doing more yoga- like going to real-life classes and doing more than 30 minutes at a time. I signed up for a 30 day membership at a nearby yoga studio, which means I can go as much as I want until May 29th. On Tuesday I took a 60 minute hot vinyasa class.  It felt really good to get in a deep stretch. I also noticed something amazing- my core felt way stronger than the last time I took yoga classes. (Note- I love the reflexion yoga classes that I have been doing, but they don’t challenge me as much as regular classes. And I tend to repeat the same videos, so of course its less challenging. It is really convenient, but lately I wanted something more.) So anyway, I was actually able to do crow pose!

Yoga Crow Pose

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It was crazy- I have never been able to do it before and on the first try it just kind of happened! And then something more amazing happened. I managed to pull off this pose (side crow):

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So maybe all this core work is actually doing something?!

2. While the class was great and I felt like there were many good things happening, I felt really weird after. (Besides feeling like I was going to die because the room was so hot). I felt like I was all uneven walking home. I tried to explain this to my chiropractor last night, and he just looked at me like I was crazy and didn’t really address it. I think maybe I pulled something out of alignment when I was doing pigeon pose? Who knows. But my the next morning I felt fine. Maybe I just got such a deep stretch my body felt uneven because I had been living with such tight muscles for so long. I’m glad this is a “thinking out loud post”…it justifies the rambling that I just did.

3. Running lately has been mostly great. Since the marathon, I have taken it easy and there have been good days and not so good days. I try to just enjoy the good ones and stay positive when they aren’t good. Each week more of my runs have been good, so I feel like that shows progress.

brooks and pro (1)

I have also been doing more body pump classes and using the elliptical one day a week. I found that if I put it on a high resistance and high incline, and go backwards, it REALLY works my glutes. Strong glutes=a strong runner so I’ll do what I have to do.

4. I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon!

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I decided to sign up last night because the price went up today. I still have a long time to figure it all out, so I’m not gonna think about it for now. I figure if I want to do another 16 week training cycle, I would start training on August 2nd.

Other than that, I still haven’t signed up for other races, but I’m starting to get the urge to do something. I am trying to wait until I REALLY want to do another race so that I don’t burn out of and get sick of running.

5. I don’t know how it rained as much as it did this week. Like, where does it all come from?! Yesterday it poured ALL day.There were flash flood warnings for about 6 hours and some roads were closed due to flooding.

IMG_2494[1] part of the harbor was flooded this morning

There was even a sinkhole in Baltimore city!

Street 3

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6. Thank you guys for the feedback about my blog! I think my plan will be to keep everything the same but just move to self-hosted. I appreciate everyone who offered their help- I may need it! I am trying to get a sense of what I am doing before I begin the process.

7. My resistance bands keep breaking. I talked about how I am trying to work on my glute strength, and there are several exercises that I am supposed to do 5 times a day. Well I have gone through about 5 bands now and its really frustrating!

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Does anyone know of an awesome band (the small kind that fits around your ankles) that won’t break?

8. I know I said I rarely talk about wine on this blog. Well I am about to have some tonight, so I thought I would bring it up. We have about 10 bottles of red in our apartment because that is what we have been drinking all winter. I stopped on my way home from work and picked up two bottles of white (sauvignon blanc) to keep in the fridge. Now that the weather is warming up, I’ve been craving white more. So, the question is, on this warm but rainy evening, do we drink red or white?

Rob just came home and told me red, so that guess that’s what it will be!

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Thanks, Amanda, for hosting the link up!

Do you take yoga classes at a studio? Can you do crow pose, and if so, how long did it take you to learn?

What races are you doing in the next few months?

Have you ever seen a sinkhole in real life? I haven’t, but the pictures look pretty scary!

I’ll ask again- any resistance band recommendations?

Wine preference- red, white, or both? For me, its both, but when its hot out I prefer white.

My First “Thinking Out Loud” Post

I have been reading posts linked to ‘Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud” hosted by Amanda at Running With Spoons but have never joined in. Since I have a bunch of random thoughts going on today, I thought it would be a great day to try it out!

1. I am trying to get back into doing more yoga- like going to real-life classes and doing more than 30 minutes at a time. I signed up for a 30 day membership at a nearby yoga studio, which means I can go as much as I want until May 29th. On Tuesday I took a 60 minute hot vinyasa class.  It felt really good to get in a deep stretch. I also noticed something amazing- my core felt way stronger than the last time I took yoga classes. (Note- I love the reflexion yoga classes that I have been doing, but they don’t challenge me as much as regular classes. And I tend to repeat the same videos, so of course its less challenging. It is really convenient, but lately I wanted something more.) So anyway, I was actually able to do crow pose!

Yoga Crow Pose

source

It was crazy- I have never been able to do it before and on the first try it just kind of happened! And then something more amazing happened. I managed to pull off this pose (side crow):

source

So maybe all this core work is actually doing something?!

2. While the class was great and I felt like there were many good things happening, I felt really weird after. (Besides feeling like I was going to die because the room was so hot). I felt like I was all uneven walking home. I tried to explain this to my chiropractor last night, and he just looked at me like I was crazy and didn’t really address it. I think maybe I pulled something out of alignment when I was doing pigeon pose? Who knows. But my the next morning I felt fine. Maybe I just got such a deep stretch my body felt uneven because I had been living with such tight muscles for so long. I’m glad this is a “thinking out loud post”…it justifies the rambling that I just did.

3. Running lately has been mostly great. Since the marathon, I have taken it easy and there have been good days and not so good days. I try to just enjoy the good ones and stay positive when they aren’t good. Each week more of my runs have been good, so I feel like that shows progress.

brooks and pro (1)

I have also been doing more body pump classes and using the elliptical one day a week. I found that if I put it on a high resistance and high incline, and go backwards, it REALLY works my glutes. Strong glutes=a strong runner so I’ll do what I have to do.

4. I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon!

Photo

I decided to sign up last night because the price went up today. I still have a long time to figure it all out, so I’m not gonna think about it for now. I figure if I want to do another 16 week training cycle, I would start training on August 2nd.

Other than that, I still haven’t signed up for other races, but I’m starting to get the urge to do something. I am trying to wait until I REALLY want to do another race so that I don’t burn out of and get sick of running.

5. I don’t know how it rained as much as it did this week. Like, where does it all come from?! Yesterday it poured ALL day.There were flash flood warnings for about 6 hours and some roads were closed due to flooding.

IMG_2494[1] part of the harbor was flooded this morning

There was even a sinkhole in Baltimore city!

Street 3

source

6. Thank you guys for the feedback about my blog! I think my plan will be to keep everything the same but just move to self-hosted. I appreciate everyone who offered their help- I may need it! I am trying to get a sense of what I am doing before I begin the process.

7. My resistance bands keep breaking. I talked about how I am trying to work on my glute strength, and there are several exercises that I am supposed to do 5 times a day. Well I have gone through about 5 bands now and its really frustrating!

IMG_1749[1]

Does anyone know of an awesome band (the small kind that fits around your ankles) that won’t break?

8. I know I said I rarely talk about wine on this blog. Well I am about to have some tonight, so I thought I would bring it up. We have about 10 bottles of red in our apartment because that is what we have been drinking all winter. I stopped on my way home from work and picked up two bottles of white (sauvignon blanc) to keep in the fridge. Now that the weather is warming up, I’ve been craving white more. So, the question is, on this warm but rainy evening, do we drink red or white?

Rob just came home and told me red, so that guess that’s what it will be!

Thinking-Out-Loud2

Thanks, Amanda, for hosting the link up!

Do you take yoga classes at a studio? Can you do crow pose, and if so, how long did it take you to learn?

What races are you doing in the next few months?

Have you ever seen a sinkhole in real life? I haven’t, but the pictures look pretty scary!

I’ll ask again- any resistance band recommendations?

Wine preference- red, white, or both? For me, its both, but when its hot out I prefer white.