Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 8 October…”If you do not sow in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn – ~ Irish Proverb

My week 13 marathon training plan calls for a long run of 20 miles before the taper period begins.  When I trained for the Saint Louis Rock and Roll Marathon in 2013, I fell short of the 20 mile mark by 3 – 4 miles.  I’ll be honest, I thought I had mapped it out, but I think my training week timing/calculating was off a bit and I just didn’t have time to finish or make it up and I never ran the 20 mile training run required in the plan before the actual marathon.  I was determined this time around not to deviate from the longer runs.  Things happen such as injuries and life but I really wanted to at least complete these longer runs this time around.  I was looking for an appropriate quote to fit this run and I couldn’t believe I found the one I placed in the title.  The story goes like this….

There is no doubt that this time around has been a little tougher to train for a marathon.  I just seemed to have some things working against me that I’ve made note of and will try to improve next time.  (Yes, I plan to do another one)  Some things you just can’t change, like the environment.  It was very important to me that I complete the majority of the runs outside, which I did.  There were a few smaller runs that I completed on the treadmill at the gym, but mostly to give my feet a break.  But I’m happy to say 99% were out in this hot-assed weather!  Not carrying that around as a badge of honor, but let’s be for reals ~ it wasn’t no picnic.  I was lucky the 20 mile long run took place in October where there was a little bit of relief.

Pain and recovery ~ I had a lot of little pains this time around.  Started off with the resurgence of the calf-injury, then the right leg pain and finally the feet.  The physical therapy did help, but also brought about things that needed to be tidied up and addressed.  Of course there is always the time factor, which there seems to never be enough.  I feel that I did well in this training, but I always feel I could have done a little more.  A little older and a little slower….but still ready to keep going forward and achieve this goal.

This weeks run was a pretty good one.  I woke up with a bit of a headache and I won’t lie I did think to put it off until Wednesday.  I ran on Sunday this time because the race will be on Sunday October 29th.  But the first thing I said to myself was “pay now or pay later“. With that I rolled out of bed at 4:15.  When I started off it was chilly (that never seems to last long) clear with no wind.  One thing I need to work on is my warm up, meaning I could do more and better.  I think I don’t like wasting time with the warm up.  Just ready to get this party started.  Not really sure why though, because it seems to take me until mile 5 to start feeling “it” so a proper warm up would be a good thing.  I opted for gel blocks, a couple of Stinger™ gels, and some banana chips for my fueling.  I’m not a big eater before a run or during.  Had my…you guessed it…Eggos™, a cup of coffee and tried to chew down a fourth of a left over power bar for breakfast.  I make good meals after, but the before might be due for an upgrade.  Any way I felt fine.  Around mile 4 or 5 I was feeling pretty good – or maybe that’s when the Aleve™ kicked in ~ pretty sure that’s what it was.  The right foot started hurting early on – pinching – and I adjusted my stride and was feeling good and running pretty steady.  Around mile 15 I just decided that I wasn’t going to run past some of the same houses – again.  I literally was like – uh no.  “Pay now or pay later“.  I can’t stand to see this same route for the 3rd time today! So, I mixed it up and ran around the field at the park while people were playing cricket.  With one eye on the ball and the other on mud puddles from over watering – it wasn’t pleasant and I canned that after three times around.  Then I decided to run up this other road that circles the back of the neighborhood.  It has a pretty steep hill “pay now or pay later“……………………………………yeah that sucked, I won’t lie, but I did it.  Oh this was nice too, while I was running up this hill I was already at mile 19 – I’m telling you this so I don’t feel too bad.  There was this guy and his kid riding bikes on the road up the hill while I was running on the sidewalk.  This is a steep hill.  I remember riding up this once and it wasn’t easy.  I was impressed this little kid was attempting this hill.  So, here I am shuffling along and what looks to be a 7-year-old kid passes me on his little bike that I think he just took the training wheels off.  Yeah, good times.  But, hey what do I care, that Garmin™ buzzed on my arm and I was like ~

Eat that!!!

Yeah baby – 20 done and done!  My average pace was about 13.37.

So, what does the quote and my saying have to do with anything?  I thought it funny, because there were a lot of times I was just like man…this is tough…but I would tell myself “pay now or pay later” every time I started to feel a little overwhelmed.  I was looking for snappy Irish sayings and “If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn”  popped up ~ “pay now or pay later“.  I want to reap on 29 October – so I paid now.  Overall I completed 35.87 miles for the week.  Let the taper begin!!  So happy to just say I have a 9 mile long run this week.  Despite the drawbacks, I am enjoying the process and forever grateful.  There are 6409.52 miles waiting in my journey.  I can’t wait to be listening to music like this live!

Happy Miles to You!!

Good Eats ~ Breakfast Cookies

I am an eater.  I can remember when I was a teenager I went out on a date with this one guy and he took me to a steakhouse.  There really wasn’t too much choice back in Aiken, circa 1984.  I believe the name of the restaurant was Ryan’s which has since closed and Aiken has much better choices now.  I was NEVER one of those girls that shied away from eating in front of dates.  The next day I happened to see his brother to which I partook in the typical teenage banter fishing around to see if said individual “liked” me.  To which his brother replied, “yes he likes you, and he said you can really put away some groceries“.  BADGE OF HONOR  Mama likes her food, that ain’t no lie.

 

 

 

 

 

Matter of fact when I’m not eating, I’m thinking about what I’m going to make next.  Multiply this by 100 when I’m training.  I am an Eggos™ gal too.  I love two in the morning with butter.  But even the Eggo™ routine can get old and I do like to mix things up.

Behold the savory breakfast cookie!

I found this recipe online and now I can’t seem to find it…again to link.  I’m sure with enough diligence if you’re interested you can find something similar.  Again a quick fix for the morning to give you energy.  There are a lot of breakfast cookie recipes out there, but most of them are a sweet version.  When I came across this one, I thought that I would give it a try because it had meat.  Ingredients are almond and coconut flour, bell pepper, onion, cheddar cheese, eggs and turkey.   Mix it all together and bake for about 15 – 18 minutes.  They can be made ahead of time and frozen for later.  And you can make them meatless.  I thought they tasted good and they are small enough to have a few and not feel like you over ate.  Enjoy!  Happy Miles to You!!

Good Eats ~ Chicken and Quinoa with Olive Gremolata

Now that I’m in full training mode I have been seeking out more recipes for energy and overall body health.  I find this to be a little irritating and too time consuming at times.  It seems for every search there is something that is supposed to give you more energy and be healthier etc.  ad nauseam.  For the most part I eat healthy and I love to cook and bake.  Did I mention…bake.  For me I’m always looking for things that won’t make me feel sick or dragged down.  Once I’m in the running zone, I don’t have to worry too much about calories, but I do look after what I’m putting in my body.  I judge a good meal by eating enough and I don’t fee like I want to crash afterwards.  I think everyone knows what I mean.

I have been cooking with quinoa and man do I have way to much of it in my house right now.  This next recipe is a little ditty I found on the internet.  I know it came from one of the running sites or someone’s running site ~ so I give you kudos my friend!  I’m not even sure of the real name but I’m calling it Chicken and quinoa with olive gremolata.

 

Not bad at all.  I could have done with a little less of the parsley and mint that made the gremolata, but overall it was a really tasty dish.  The recipe however made a LOT.  If this dish appeals to you I would suggest halving the recipe or you will be swimming in quinoa.  I’ve attached the recipe below in pdf.  Enjoy and happy eating!

 

 

Chicken_quinoa

Pasta Pearls With Spinach and Turmeric

Just tried this dish from Health Magazine April 2017.  Pasta Pearls with Spinach and Turmeric.  I give this a 10 for a light healthy meal and it wasn’t bad the next day as a left over.  I tend not to like anything leafy the next day.  It’s a texture thing with me.  It was extremely easy and fast to make and turmeric is healthy for the body.  (disclaimer: I’m NOT a nutritionist)  One of the healing properties of turmeric is it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.  You can research this one on your own.  The dish consists of pearl pasta (couscous), garlic, spinach, salt, pepper, turmeric and zucchini cooked in a vegetable broth.  Enjoy!

Good Eats ~ Pineapple Snack

For a while there I was posting (what I consider to be healthy) healthy recipes.  I kind of got away from that but have now had a resurgence in some creativity so I thought I would share.  I love to cook and bake when I have time.  So I thought that I would share specific things I found good.

I saw this in Coastal Magazine.  There really is no explanation and you can create a variety of variances.  Let your creativity flow!  It was so easy to make, the hardest part hollowing out the pineapple, and tasted really good.  The recipe called for hemp seeds to be sprinkled on top but I chose not to add.  Enjoy and happy Sunday!

Good Eats ~ Chicken Tacos

I haven’t been posting as much in my good eats sections as much as I have wanted so I’m aiming to change that a bit…or at least try.  I love food…one of the main reasons I run:-).  I also love dessert.  I am good at preparing both, but love making cakes, cookies, and generally anything sweet.  Funny, I don’t eat a lot of sweets, but I like making them and sharing with friends.

I truly believe everything in moderation.  I don’t believe you should deny yourself anything good.  By good I mean something made well and using natural ingredients, not processed crap.  It’s hard but with a little preparation you can have healthy GOOD meals and a dessert every now and then.

Today’s recipe is….chicken tacos.  I have been receiving Health© magazine through courtesy hotel points.  The magazine isn’t bad at all and the recipe section has some good dishes to try.  This recipe was fantabulous!  Everything you need in a soft tortilla.  The best thing is after I ate it I felt good, meaning no feeling blah after you eat.  I like when I eat food that generally makes me feel good.  I’m sure you all know what I mean.  Sometimes we crave things eat them and wonder why did I just eat that?

It takes about 30 minutes to make.  Fast and easy on a work night.  377 Calories, 16g Fat (3g Sat Fat), 118 mg Chol., 8g Fiber, 24g Pro., 38g Carb., 596mg Sod., 3mg Iron, 146mg Calcium.

Here was my picture:

Chicken Tacos

Not too shabby…not too shabby.

 

 

Visit the site for the full recipe at http://www.health.com/recipes/chicken-tacos.

Happy Miles To You!

 

Mileage Recap ~ 24 – 31 August: Seattle

Happy Labor Day!

This week’s mileage recap comes from the beautiful city of Seattle.  I had the opportunity to visit last week as we took our daughter to a local Performing Arts College.  I passed through Seattle some years ago on my way to Ft. Lewis for some military training and all I could remember was the rain and temperatures in the 30s at night ~ during June.  Not fun for a Southern girl.  This go round was different, temperatures and weather was very pleasant.  Although I didn’t run much through the city I enjoyed my visit.

To me, Seattle gives you the big city life but not as busy as New York City.  It was easy to move about the city on foot or car.  Parking was crazy expensive.  Here a couple of photos to share:

Walked to the needle from the hotel.

Walked to the needle from the hotel.

I’m a foodie so the public market was amazing.  I think I could go there every day for the fresh veggies, fruit, and food!

The Market

The Market

Fresh veggies

Fresh veggies

Hanging peppers

Hanging peppers

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Fresh fish

I ate at a restaurant at the market and these crab cakes were great.

Crab cakes from a local resturant

Crab cakes from a local restaurant

How can you not sample the local brew?  Thank goodness I still have over 9,000 miles remaining:)  I could eat my way through Seattle.

IPA from a local brewery

IPA from a local brewery

Totem down by the water

Totem down by the water

I did pay a visit to the city’s Chinatown.  Not bad but nothing compared to San Francisco or New York.  Either way stopped for some really good Vietnamese food.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Visited the town Leavenworth, Washington that has a large German immigrant population (or did).  The town is modeled after towns in Bavaria.  The country side is breath-taking and riddled with wineries and orchards.  Just beautiful.

Reminds me of Bavaria

Reminds me of Bavaria

I tracked three days of mileage in Seattle ~ running, walking and elliptical and was able to pick some cycling up when I came home.  Total for the week came to 26.77 miles with a total of 106.95 miles for August. ~ 9,770.85 miles gratefully remaining.  Happy miles to you.