Marathon Training Week 10

Good morning everyone! I hope you had wonderful weekends. Mine was relatively low-key, although we did have some visitors for the first part. It’s weird how time during my long run crawls by, yet the rest of the weekend seems to go by in two seconds.

I also cannot believe that I just finished week 10 of marathon training. I’m more than halfway through the 18-week program! I also survived a 17-mile run which I find hard to believe. Still, a marathon is almost 10 miles more than that. [Insert terrified face here.]

Generally, though, this week was pretty good on the running front. Although I was feeling weirdly tired for some of the week, that didn’t seem to affect my performance too much.

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If you want to read recaps of the first half of my training, click below!

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9

Week 10’s training definitely amped back up the mileage as compared to week 9.

Monday

4 mile run at 9:38 pace

Tuesday

Strength Training

Wednesday

8 mile run at 9:40 pace

Thursday

1 hour Power Yoga at home

Friday

4 mile run at 9:32 pace

Saturday

17 mile run at 9:48 pace

Sunday

REST

Favorite Run: Probably my long run, although this is not to say that it was easy by any means. I felt pretty good for the first 13 miles, and then the last 4 were just downright painful. My body wasn’t super ready to handle that extra 40 minutes. I spent the rest of the afternoon limping a little. (Now I understand why people use ice baths.) BUT I’m super proud of myself for finishing 17 miles, and although my hips, legs, and feet got really tired, aerobically & energy-wise, I could have kept going, so that’s progress!

Least Favorite Run: Weirdly enough, my 4 miles on Monday. I’d had a super stressful Sunday dealing with work issues. Basically, I thought I was going to have to re-do a whole bunch of work due to some changes in the design template I was using. Luckily, that didn’t happen, but I sped through my run in the morning all distracted, just wanting it to end. Hey, I guess life does that sometimes, right?

Fueling: Well…I went and bought some Clif bloks before dinner on Friday night…and then left them at the restaurant. Fail. So although I had planned to alternate fueling with dates and Clif bloks during my long run, it ended up yet again being just dates. Plus a Nuun tablet in my water bottle for the last 5 miles. I actually think dates work great in keeping my energy up, but after 12 miles or so, I just don’t want to eat something that substantial any more!

Entertainment: No changes here! I listened to No Meat Athlete (which I’m actually starting to enjoy less) and the Rich Roll podcast (which is still amazing most of the time!) I probably had about 5 hours worth of podcasts on my ipod, so this easily took me through my long run and kept me entertained. Thank goodness.

That’s it for now. Have an amazing week!

Basic “Cheesy” Tofu Scramble

Hey guys! Sorry I didn’t post much this week. I didn’t cook anything exciting or super delicious until yesterday and I’ve been busy with work.

But I’m back today with a delicious recipe! This was actually my first attempt at a tofu scramble and it tasted quite delicious. I plan to keep tweaking this recipe and trying new ingredients, but I think this is a very good basic recipe to have on hand.

I’ve also been experimenting with oil-free cooking, since I’ve become pretty convinced that oil is not healthy and often unnecessary. It worked wonderfully in this recipe, but feel free to saute the veggies in oil if that’s your thing!

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Basic “Cheesy” Tofu Scramble
Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 1 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. chili powder (depending on if you want spicy or not!)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop up your vegetables. Heat a pan over medium heat and add some water or vegetable broth. Add onions and saute for about 5 minutes, adding more water/broth as necessary to keep onions from sticking to the pan.
  2. Add bell pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, drain tofu and press gently to remove any excess water, but you do not have to get all of the water out. Crumble tofu and add to pan. Let the water cook out for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add broccoli and continue to let the tofu cook out its water for 5-10 minutes, until the pan starts to get dry.
  5. Add nutritional yeast, garlic powder, turmeric, and chili powder and mix together.
  6. Add spinach and stir, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Add a small amount of water to the pan if the tofu starts to stick.
  7. Divide onto two plates and serve!

Additionally, here are some meal pictures from the past week, most of them quite successful :)

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This dinner was actually pretty delicious. I cooked some brown rice and green lentils on the side while I sautéed some onion, yellow pepper, carrot, broccoli, and snow peas in some green curry paste. I just mixed everything together and it was a pretty delicious curry-tasting lentil-rice-veggie bowl.

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This was my dinner out on Saturday night. Not great. Why do restaurants completely DOUSE their roasted veggies in olive oil? I understand that some people aren’t cool with going oil-free, but honestly, 1 Tbsp of oil is the MAXIMUM that you need for an entire sheet of vegetables. Also, the tofu was not crispy or baked or anything, so it was fine, but not wonderful. Oh well.

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Super easy pasta dish. I just cooked up some whole wheat spaghetti and added the cauliflower to the boiling water 5 minutes before the pasta was done. I drained it, added it back to the pot, and added a bunch of spinach to wilt. I then topped it with a “hummus sauce” which was just a tub (1 cup) of garlic hummus thinned out with 1/3 cup of water or so. Not bad!

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Weird mish-mash dinner of roasted brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato fries, and rice cooked with tomato sauce. I don’t think I cooked the brussels sprouts for long enough, but overall this wasn’t bad.

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RED RASPBERRY OATMEAL! With a side of coffee :) I’ve been adding 1/2 cup frozen or fresh fruit to my oatmeal instead of nut butter every morning and it makes it so much more filling. It also makes me feel good that I’m starting off my day with some produce!

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Why do smoothies taste so much better out of a bowl? This smoothie was unsweetened almond milk, frozen blueberries and peaches, spinach, a bit of vanilla protein powder, and cocoa powder, topped with hemp seeds.

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This was just a simple stir-fry mixed with some jasmine rice. I’ve been trying for YEARS to find a go-to Asian stir-fry sauce and have yet to find one. This one was fine, but nothing to write home about.

That’s it for the week. Have a wonderful weekend! I’m off to tackle 17 miles tomorrow morning….

Marathon Training Week 9

Hello! Today’s post might be shorter than usual, as I am absolutely swamped with work, but here we go!

This week’s shorter runs were rough, as it was extremely hot on Monday, even in the morning, and then above 90% humidity AND hot on Wednesday and Friday. Luckily, my long went great, since it was much cooler, so that’s all that really matters!

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Here are my previous recaps, if you want to read anything you’ve missed!

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8

And on to week 9:

Monday
4 mile run at 9:40 pace

Tuesday
Strength Training

Wednesday
7 mile run at 9:54 pace

Thursday
1 hour Power Yoga at home (This random YouTube video was amazing!)

Friday
3 mile run at 9:30 pace (Was supposed to be 4 miles but it was just too humid!)

Saturday
13.1 miles at 9:24 pace (2:03:10 total!)

Sunday
Rest

Favorite Run: My long run! Hooray!!! I was feeling discouraged after last week’s long run. I was worried that my body just wasn’t really adapting to these longer runs, and that I would just always start to feel tired at the 8 mile mark or so. Luckily, this week’s long run was awesome. The weather cooperated wonderfully, and it was about 70 degrees and cloudy for most of my run. It was still about 80% humidity, but it was cool enough that it didn’t matter. I was able to run at a fairly consistent pace the entire time and my energy never really dropped.

This run was marked as “Half Marathon” on my training plan, but since I wasn’t actually running a race, I decided to pretend that I was and try to run 13.1 miles at a slightly faster pace than I would normally run long runs. My total time, 2:03:10, was about 8 1/2 minutes faster than last year’s official half marathon time of 2:11:36! I felt pretty awesome about that, and I’m hoping I can pull off a sub 2-hour half marathon when I run that race again this October.

Least Favorite Run: This is basically a tie between all of the other runs! As I mentioned, Monday morning was already very hot, even before 8am, and Wednesday and Friday were just super swampy. I would have to say Friday was the worst, though, as I didn’t get to run until 2pm thanks to a bad night’s sleep and a huge load of work. About 30 seconds into my run, I already wanted to turn back, and I didn’t feel bad AT ALL for cutting my run short by a mile. It was just terrible. Humidity is the worst.

Fueling: I only fueled with dates and water again during this long run. Since it wasn’t super sunny and hot, I didn’t feel like I needed any additional electrolytes.

Entertainment: I haven’t had a chance to look into any new podcasts since I’ve been so busy, but I actually got back into listening to music during runs this week. After listening to podcasts the first half of my long run, I switched to music and felt that it really helped push me to keep up my faster pace. I like having both options available to me during a long run. It definitely helps pass the time and keep me entertained!

That’s it for now. Have a great week, everyone!