Half Marathon Training Weeks 7 & 8 – Running in Reno

20 Jun

half marathon training week seven
Monday – walked 20 minutes
Tuesday – walked 40 minutes
Wednesday – ran 3.5 miles
Thursday – 10 minute stationary bike, walked 30 minutes, BodyPump (60 minutes weight lifting)
Friday – rest
Saturday- ran 9 miles
Sunday – rest

Mileage total for the week – 12.5

As mentioned in my last post, my left leg was extremely sore on Monday and Tuesday from the trail race I did Sunday, so I took it really easy those days.  It worked out well, as a friend was in town and I went to hang out with her both days after work anyway.  I got the scheduled 3.5 miles in Wednesday with no pain, which was a huge relief.

We went to Reno for the weekend, leaving work early on Friday to beat traffic.  I had a nine mile long run scheduled for Sunday, so I moved it to Saturday and ran along the Truckee River, which passes through Reno.  The downtown casino area may be a little scummy at times, but the riverwalk and the parks heading west along the river are beautiful.

Photos from a previous trip:

There were people out kayaking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, running, dog walking, and regular walking.  I ran west along the river until there was no more path, then circled around a nice residential neighborhood a bit before it was time to turn around.

My stomach was upset for almost the entire run.  I ate my normal pre-race meal (English muffin with nut butter and coffee), but it had more nut butter than normal (Justin’s Maple Almond Butter is some incredible stuff).  I also drank a bit more the night before than I should’ve (ahem), and didn’t get as much sleep as I had wanted, and was accordingly under hydrated.  I just needed to get through it the best I could, then I could rest and re-fuel.

I took a walking break at 2.5 miles to drink some Vega Sport Lemon Lime Electrolyte Hydrator, which I was trying for the first time (and I’m sure I sorely needed it!).  I was taken aback by how salty it is, I wasn’t expecting a salty flavor.  Once I got used to it though, it was fine.  It tasted like lemon lime Gatorade mixed with ocean water.  I paused again at five miles to drink more hydrator and take a gel.  By this time my legs were starting to hurt, so I just focused on moving my legs, regardless of the pace.  I paused again at mile seven to fill up at a conveniently located water fountain, and found that my feet were tingling pins and needles, which I think only happened because I stopped completely for about 20 seconds.  My feet and legs HURT during the last two miles.  The thought of water and air conditioning and food got me back to the hotel.  Total time was 1:56:22, for an average pace of 12:56.

half marathon training week eight
Monday – 50 minutes kickboxing
Tuesday – ran 2 miles
Wednesday – ran 2.5 miles
Thursday – Wii Fit Plus rhythm boxing, step, hula hoop, squats & lunges, Biggest Loser Wii yoga
Friday – walked 20 minutes
Saturday- rest
Sunday – ran 5 miles

I felt like I slacked this week, even though I technically only missed one workout.  I did my Wednesday run before work on the treadmill, since I had plans for after work.  I was scheduled for 3 but only had time for 2.5, which really isn’t a big deal.  The after-work plans got cancelled, so it was nice to have some unexpected free time!

I usually attend BodyPump on Thursdays but my gym was closed for renovations, so I busted out the Wii Fit instead.  It had been a really long time since I worked out with the Wii Fit – it’s not the most amazing workout in the world, but it sure is fun.  I definitely felt it in my core the next day from all the hula hooping.

After work on Friday we went to the grocery store to stock up for a tailgate the next day, and by the time we got home at 6:30 I was exhausted and starving, so the run went out the door.  It was supposed to be a cut back week, so I wasn’t too worried about missing one run, although it WAS supposed to be four miles.  I added a mile to my run on Sunday to make up for it a little.

With only four weeks left to go before the half marathon, I feel good!  My legs and core feel strong, and I think I’m getting a good feel for how to execute and fuel for long runs.  And, I’ve finally got my eating back under control this week, so I’m crossing my fingers for a good weigh in result.

Monday, 6/4/12

breakfast – smoothie (peaches, banana, almond milk, 1 Tbs ground flax, Plant Fusion protein powder, kale)
AM snack – cherries, 12 almonds, coffee with soy creamer
lunch – Amy’s Indian Mattar Tofu meal, more cherries
PM snack – 4 Persian cucumbers w/ vinaigrette (1 tsp hemp oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard)
dinner – mushrooms, eggplant, lentils and kale over couscous & wild rice, 12 oz red wine, 16 oz beer
after dinner – pretzels

exercise – 20 minutes walking

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  1
weekly points used:  2
non-existent points used:  10

Tuesday, 6/5/12

breakfast – smoothie (pineapple, banana, orange juice, 1 Tbs ground flax, chia seeds, kale)
AM snack – strawberries, 24 pistachios, coffee with soy creamer
lunch – smoky split pea soup
PM snack – salad (baby greens, broccoli, beets, shredded carrot, chickpeas, light balsamic vinaigrette)
dinner – 9 tortilla chips with salsa, two tofu mole tacos, refried beans, 28 oz beer

exercise – 40 minutes walking

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  2
non-existent points used:  16

Wednesday, 6/6/12

breakfast – smoothie (pineapple, banana, almond milk, Plant Fusion protein powder, kale)
AM snack – strawberries, 12 almonds, coffee with soy creamer
lunch – hummus plate with roasted red peppers, artichokes and pita bread, 2 apricots
PM snack – cherry tomatoes & basil leaves with vinaigrette (1 tsp hemp oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard)
PM snack 2 – chocolate sacha inchi blueberry energy bar
dinner – quinoa paella with spring vegetables

exercise – ran 3.5 miles (41 minutes), walked 10 minutes

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  7
activity points used:  2

Quinoa Paella with Fava Beans & Spring Vegetables, adapted from this recipe

Thursday, 6/7/12

breakfast – smoothie (strawberries, mango, banana, orange juice, 1 Tbs ground flax, 2 Tbs rolled oats, kale)
AM snack – plum, 2 apricots, 12 almonds, coffee with soy creamer
lunch – quinoa paella with spring vegetables
PM snack – cherry tomatoes & basil leaves with 2 Tbs Goddess dressing
PM snack 2 – chocolate sacha inchi blueberry energy bar
dinner at Fresh choice – giant salad (kale, romaine, cucumber, radish, edamame, kidney beans, sunflower seeds, light Italian vinaigrette), small portions of black bean-avocado salad, baby carrots & celery sticks with hummus, roasted leeks, pickles, roasted eggplant, steamed broccoli, artichoke & asparagus salad, one slice sourdough with one Tbs maple spread, 1 cup vegetarian pho, honeydew melon & orange slices

exercise – 10 minute stationary bike, walked 30 minutes, BodyPump (60 minutes weight lifting)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  7
activity points used:  9

Friday, 6/8/12

breakfast – smoothie (pineapple, banana, almond milk, Plant Fusion protein powder, kale)
AM snack – 2 plums, 12 almonds, coffee with soy creamer
lunch 1 – quinoa paella with spring vegetables
lunch 2 (late afternoon on the way to Reno) – hummus sandwich on rye with lettuce, cucumber & tomato, apple, handful of french fries, decaf soy latte
late dinner & rest of the night – springs rolls over rice noodles with carrots, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts & Vietnamese sauce, 36 oz light beer, 18 oz red wine, pretzels (now you see why I was dehydrated on my long run…)

daily points used:  28
activity points used:  39
weekly points used:  17

Saturday, 6/9/12

breakfast – sprouted grain English muffin with maple almond butter, soy latte
pre-run – Vega pre-workout energizer
during run – Vega lemon lime electrolyte hydrator, Vega orange endurance gel
post-run – Vega recover accelerator, banana, Vega vanilla performance protein mixed with almond milk
lunch – 10 tortilla chips, burrito (rice, beans, lettuce, salsa, guacamole), 12 oz beer
PM snack – pretzels, 4 oz bourbon with lemonade & pomegranate juice
late dinner & rest of the night – veggie burger on a wheat bun with ketchup, mustard & avocado, french fries, 44 oz light beer, 5 oz red wine

exercise – ran 9 miles (110 minutes), walked 10 minutes

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  21
weekly points used:  32
non-existent points used:  34

Sunday, 6/10/12

breakfast – sprouted grain English muffin with chocolate peanut butter, banana, Amazing Grass Acai & Goji Berry superfood powder mixed with almond milk, soy latte
lunch – 8 tortilla chips with salsa, roasted veggie burrito with beans
dinner – spicy garlic eggplant, steamed broccoli, 22 oz red wine

daily points used:  28
non-existent points used:  26

Monday, 6/11/12

breakfast – smoothie (mango, kiwi, banana, orange juice, hemp protein powder, chlorella)
AM snack – cherries
lunch – Thai Veggie Burger on romaine with pineapple and sriracha-Vegenaise, roasted broccoli, roasted potatoes with onion & red bell pepper, pickles
PM snack – sprouted grain English muffin with 1 Tbs almond butter and banana
dinner – quinoa paella with spring vegetables
after dinner – pretzels, dark chocolate

exercise – 50 minutes kickboxing

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  9
non-existent points used:  5

Tuesday, 6/12/12

breakfast – smoothie (strawberries, banana, 1 Tbs ground flax, almond milk, Plant Fusion protein powder, wheatgrass powder)
AM snack – honeydew, 12 almonds, coffee with hazelnut coconut creamer
lunch – Thai Veggie Burger on romaine with pineapple and sriracha-Vegenaise, roasted broccoli, roasted potatoes with onion & red bell pepper
PM snack – cherry pit Larabar
dinner – mushroom sushi roll, avocado sushi roll, sushi roll w/ fried tofu, inari & seaweed salad

exercise – ran 2 miles (23 minutes), walked 10 minutes

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  5
non-existent points used:  9

Thai Veggie Burger from Peas & Thank You

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