10K Training Plan: Week 8

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On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
18-Aug Yoga 2.5 mile run 30 min CT 2 mile + strength  40 min CT Rest 3.5 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
18-Aug Yoga 2.5 mile run 30 min walk 2 mile run Rest 3.5 mile run Active Rest

I was traveling to visit family on Thursday so I wasn’t able to fit in a workout.

Friday’s run was with my sister.  Running a new route through the University of Minnesota campus and some of downtown Minneapolis was fun for me, although she is faster than I am.  I was able to keep up with her for the first two miles but then I had to take a walk break to catch my breath when we hit a point in the route where I could see her ahead of me so I didn’t get lost!

Saturday we did a lot of walking at the State Fair but it was probably cancelled out with all the fried food I consumed!  I’m calling it an active rest day and leaving it at that.


10K Training Recap: Week 7


On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
11-Aug Yoga 2.5 mile run 30 min CT 2 mile + strength 40 min CT Rest 3 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
11-Aug Rest 2.5 mile run Rest 2 mile run Rest 75 min yoga 3 mile run

This week marks the first official week of the training plan.  I based my training plan on the beginner 10K training plan from Hal Higdon.  I added the 6 weeks at the beginning in order to build up to the plan.

I got all my runs in, but didn’t do any cross training this week.  I did get to yoga on Friday though, so that was something.  I tried a new class at Mind the Mat called Rocket Yoga.  It is similar to the Flow Yoga class that I take, but the sun salutation B is slightly different and there were more opportunities for inversion poses.

I think with it being my first week home in three weeks I just wanted to take it easy.

What I Ate Wednesday

Breakfast: egg scramble with peppers and onions, topped with salsa and some avocado.

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Lunch: leftover crockpot rootbeer bbq chicken and salad

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Dinner from Whole Foods: matar paneer, curry potatoes and basmati rice

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With gelato and red wine for dessert

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Home Alone for a Week

It was so weird to wake up on Monday morning and not be catching a taxi to the airport or train station.  I’ve been traveling the past three weeks and it has been kind of exhausting.  It will definitely be nice to be home for a few weeks.

This week is the last week of training camp, so Zac will be in Richmond until late Friday night.  I have the apartment to myself for a whole week!

I’m planning on sleeping in the middle of the bed, catching up on my DVR and making a bunch of meals that he doesn’t like.

My menu this week includes:

Baked Salmon with broccoli

Sausage and Peppers with salad

Pesto Chicken (homemade pesto!) with spinach and quinoa

What do you do when you’ve got the house to yourself?

10K Training Recap: Week 6

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On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
4-Aug Yoga 2.25 mile run 25 min CT 2.25 mile run 30 min CT Rest 2.75 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
4-Aug 45 min walk 2.25 mile run 1 hour yoga 2.25 mile run Rest Rest 2.75 mile run

I was in Kansas this week and I found a new place to go running! One of the people I work with when I’m out here told me about the Shunga Trail.  It is paved and runs along the Shunga Creek,  the whole trail is a little over 7.5 miles and there are many entrances along the trail.  It reminded me a little bit of the trails near us in Arlington.  When I come back in September I will definitely run on it again.

Only 25 minutes on the schedule for Tuesday’s cross training, but I hadn’t been to yoga in a while and really wanted to go and get a good stretch.  I went to warm flow (85 degrees) at Lava Yoga. The class was full to the brim so it was extra hot in there, I was dripping sweat when I left.

I didn’t make it in time on Thursday to play in the volleyball match. Once my plane landed, we sat out on the tarmac for 20 minutes waiting for our gate and the cab driver wasn’t very good.  I got to the gym just as game three was starting and our team had already lost game 1 and 2 so I just watched.  I guess it was good I’d done the hour of yoga on Tuesday and that I walked on Friday to the sandwich place to get lunch.

For the first time in my training plan, I’ve had to walk during a run.  On Saturday I ran 2.60 miles and walked the last .15 miles.  I had slowed down to look before entering the crosswalk and had to stop as a car went by.  As I stood there waiting for the car to pass, I got a bit light headed.  I waited a bit longer and it wasn’t going away so I decided to walk the remaining .15 miles, cutting through by the high school track to stop for a drink.  I felt fine after having some water and then walked the remainder of the way home as a cool down like I’d originally planned.  Of course, this isn’t the end of the world and I did run 95% of the distance.  What I learned from this is that I need to hydrate better before my runs, especially if I’m choosing the hilly route to run so I don’t run out of steam at the end.  I think as my runs get longer I’ll need to carry some water with me.

What I Ate Wednesday

Breakfast: gojiberry granola and iced coffee

20130807 BreakfastLunch: I forgot to take a picture, so pretend there is a chicken caesar salad here.

Or, some running pictures instead:

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20130807 Coconut WaterDinner at Chilis: grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon and cilantro mayo. The bun was so giant I didn’t eat it.


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August Goals



At the end of this month, Zac and I will have lived together in Arlington for a whole year!  I can’t believe how fast that year went.

My goals for August are:

1) Read two books

I started reading ‘The Garden Intrigue’ by Lauren Willig on the plane ride.  This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while and the tenth book in the Pink Carnation series should be delivered to me this week so I need to read book nine first!

2) Eat more salad

I’ve been having salad for lunch a few days a week and I’d like to keep it up.  I think its a good healthy eating habit to make!  When I was in New Jersey last week I had a particularly tasty one at Tables for Two that I need to buy the ingredients for and recreate myself.  It was romaine lettuce, tomato, roasted peppers, artichoke heats, fresh mozzarella and grilled chicken.  It was served with balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!

3) Put more effort into my outfits.

I feel like lately I’ve fallen into a bit of a fashion rut.  I wear the same things a lot and don’t mix and match or accessorize as much as I could with what I have in my closet.

4) Buy my wedding dress

I do have a trip to Minnesota planned for 8/22-8/26 where among other things I will shop at the store my sister is interning at this summer.  I am hoping to find something that I love.

10K Training: Week 5 Recap

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On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
28-Jul Yoga 2 mile run 25 CT 2 mile run 30 min CT Rest 2.5 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
28-Jul 45 minute walk 2 mile run Rest 2 mile run 1 hour volleyball Rest 2.5 mile run

No yoga again this week, Zac and I have been taking walks after dinner lately instead.  While I like to go to yoga, I enjoy that we can spend time together doing something active.  I think I should change my schedule to Yoga/Walk haha.

Tuesday was the summer picnic for work, so I spent my time catching up with all of my coworkers.  It was so nice to be back in New Jersey and see everyone.

Since I was traveling back on Wednesday night, I knew I wouldn’t run when I got home so I woke up early and ran before work.  Who am I?!

While it was nice to get the run out of the way, I don’t know if I could become a full time morning exerciser, I like my sleep too much.  But, in circumstances where it is necessary, good to know I can drag myself out of bed.

Five for Friday

August 2, 2013

Happy Friday everyone!

Some highlights from the week as well as a few things to look forward to this weekend!

1) First trip back to New Jersey since January.  With all the traveling I’ve been doing to Kansas for work lately, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to visit the New Jersey office that I used to work in.



2) Heading out for some sushi Friday night to celebrate a friend’s first week at her new job!



3) Leftovers of my favorite food.  This is such a silly thing to be excited about, but I haven’t made goulash in a long time because Zac doesn’t really care for it.  He’s gone until Sunday so I took advantage and made a batch!  I had some for dinner on Thursday, lunch Friday and have another serving for lunch on Saturday.


4) I’ve got 2.5 miles on the training schedule for Saturday.  My long run last Saturday went so well I’m hoping tomorrow’s does too.



And finally…5) Zac will be home from training camp on Sunday!  It will be nice to spend some time with him since we were both gone this week.

July Goals Recap


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August 1st already?! I’ve been pretty busy lately at work so I feel like the time has been flying by.  I’ve also been keeping myself pretty busy outside of work as well.

1) Keep up with my training plan. CHECK!

I didn’t miss any of the runs and I didn’t walk during any of them either.  As far as the supplementary piece of my training plan, I’m still pleased with how I did.  I only missed 4 cross training sessions and 2 yoga sessions.  I replaced 2 other yoga sessions with long walks.

2) Have remaining big vendors for wedding decided. I’m giving this one a Partial Check.

These include the DJ, limo, and florist.

DJ is settled and we have an estimate from the florist we will likely use.  No progress on the limo.

3) Try one new restaurant. CHECK!

I went to a sushi place in Alexandria called Momo.  I also went out for a drink at Virtue.  Their menu looks really good, I’d like to go back for dinner.

4) Drink more water CHECK!

Much improved from last month.  Running in the heat and humidity certainly helps.