Week 2: Hanson’s Marathon Program

Week 2 looked a lot like Week 1 but with absolutely no photos of anything running related oops! There wasn’t much different about this from the week before but I didn’t fit in any strength training. I was bombarded with tests during this week so was happy with just getting all of my runs in! I am definitely enjoying this base building phase easing me into running more than 2-3 days a week without having to stress out about speed workouts!

Monday — Easy 4 miles

Tuesday — Easy 5 miles with one of my favorite running buddies! Love running with friends, it makes the miles fly by!

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Wednesday — off! Took Wednesday off instead of Tuesday off since I went to Carrie Underwood Tuesday night.

Thursday — 4 easy treadmill miles

Friday — Easy 5 miles with one of my favorite running friends!

Saturday — Easy 7 miles pushing Mackenzie in the Bob and with Mom! Hopefully this was the last hot humid run of the summer!!!

Sunday — Off

This week is going well so far too! Even with my late (for me) nights of studying, I’ve still managed to get my runs in.  Unfortunately for you readers I don’t have anything else exciting to add, just boring base building. I’ll try to do better in my week 3 recap.

Week 1: Hanson’s Marathon Training

Well week 1 of marathon training is in the books! I officially started my 18 week training program for the Houston Marathon in January (side note: how nuts is it that in 18 weeks it will be January?!). I am following the beginner program from the Hansons Marathon Method Book. The advanced seemed to start too quickly and just have too much mileage over the entire 18 weeks, I just felt like I would be asking to fail. I like how the beginners program kind of eases you into running 6 days a week and bumping up the mileage. I tweaked the first few weeks a bit since I have been running a little bit and I wanted to start the first week with a whole week of running. Here is what the week looked like running wise!

Monday – 4 miles easy — it was a WONDERFUL morning to run, it was in the 60s which felt amazing. Nothing to note in particular about this run besides the weather.

Tuesday — Off day! It was funny to have an off day 2 days in but for the majority of the program Tuesdays will be my off day so I went with it.

Wednesday — 4 miles easy. Hot. Humid. Texas when is fall coming?!?! I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon.

Thursday — more of the same. 4 miles easy. Sadly, my legs felt a little tired on this run probably because I haven’t been running that many days a week lately.

Friday — 3 miles easy — another hot and humid morning waaaaaaaaa. Seriously summer has lasted long enough. I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon as well.

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Saturday – Tour Des Fleurs 10K with mom and pushing the little one — all 3 generations running together! This was seriously a HOT and HUMID morning, I’m not sure that it has been that hot/humid/lack of wind all summer. My mom and I ran this together (and Mackenzie in the bob) and were definitely happy that we were not racing this. We started a little too far back so had to do some weaving and off-roading to get up to where we were running at our pace.

Sunday — Off day from running. I spent nearly the entire day studying for the 3 tests I have this week but managed to fit in a little over 20 minutes of JasYoga just before going to bed. Better than nothing right?! I like how she has short yoga sessions designed for runners available to stream.

How was your week of training??

Is it fall yet where you are? — I seriously cannot WAIT for real fall weather to be here.

Run Fast Eat Slow

I am currently wiping crumbs off of my face from inhaling two sweet potato cookies from Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s cookbook, Run Fast Eat Slow. I am NOT a cook, I repeat I am NOT a cook and have found the recipes in this book really easy to manage. I thought since I am enjoying this cookbook so much, I would share it with everyone.

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I received this book on Monday evening and have tried 5 recipes and have plans to try another tomorrow and the beet smoothie tomorrow after my workout as I have the beet roasted and ready to throw into my Blendtec.

Since this is my last week of summer, I am trying to take advantage of the time and prep some food for myself and my family for the next week (especially since we have family in town this weekend and won’t be able to do any weekend prep). While flipping through the cookbook (and knowing my schedule for the week), the breakfast recipes appealed to me the most. I LOVE breakfast and could pretty much eat it for lunch and dinner too. Once I received the book and flipped through it (I had marked the recipes I wanted to try first), I went back and made a grocery list to get the ingredients I didn’t already have. One of my favorite things about this book is that the ingredient lists are not a mile long, they are doable and don’t make you scared to try the recipe because it requires so many ingredients. After my grocery shopping, the first thing I did was turn on the ovens and throw a beet in to roast it and a sweet potato to roast it. Next, I threw some beans in a pot of water to soak overnight so that I could make the Spicy Black Bean recipe the next day. That is the only “negative” to this book — having to really plan ahead if you want to create a specific recipe (definitely read through the recipes before starting, some of them suggest letting the mixture sit for a few hours or even overnight) but definitely not a good reason to NOT get the book!

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The first recipe that really caught my eye was the Superhero Muffins! I have been on a muffin kick and this recipe seemed like a healthier alternative to the sugary blueberry muffins I have been consuming. They are DELICIOUS and call for a cup of grated carrots and a cup of grated zucchini, so there are veggies hidden in there. My 14 month old kept begging for bites of my muffin – that’s how good they are.

Next, I prepared the museli , which is a recipe that needs to sit overnight, it really reminds me of overnight oats. It was another winner and really easy to grab and put in a bowl for a quick, easy breakfast.

The next day, after the beans soaked, I threw the beans and the other ingredients into the crockpot to make the Spicy Black Beans. These are tasty by themselves but I needed them to make the Breakfast Burritos! What I liked about the breakfast burrito recipe was that it told me how to put them together and suggested freezing the remaining burritos and how long they should go in the microwave to defrost.

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Finally, I made the sweet potato cookies and they were AMAZING. I inhaled two of them as soon as they came out of the oven. My husband inhaled two as soon as he got home from work. I can’t wait to see the little one’s reaction to these. They will be a great snack for her.

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While I do not have gluten or dairy intolerance, a lot of the recipes are gluten free and/or dairy free. I know this will appeal to a lot of people. I am also trying to figure out how to get better at food prepping (especially with classes starting next week) and this book offers random tips regarding what recipes are good to put in the freezer or how to prep something ahead of time. For the sweet potato cookies, a sweet potato puree is required. The book suggests throwing an extra sweet potato in the oven whenever you are making them and make the puree ahead of time. Also, I am a Shalane fan so I love all the stories/anecdotes that are with each recipe. It is also interesting how at the end of the cookbook, it lists common running ailments and what recipes could possibly help with this problem due to the nutrients included in the recipe.

Pros – DELICIOUS recipes, each recipe doesn’t call for a million ingredients, all the recipes are formed from whole foods, the final product is filling and satisfying, my husband and kiddo are enjoying everything as much as I am!

Cons – Some of the prep can be time consuming and/or have to sit for a little while before you can finish the recipe, it took me a little while to find some of the ingredients in our grocery store (I couldn’t find spelt flour — anyone know where to find that?).

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Cooking like Mama

Everyone – go buy this book and start cooking! I am so impressed with how good these recipes are and will let y’all know how other things I make turn out. I plan on trying the Bison Greek Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries next week! Oh, and I’ll let you know how that beet smoothie is too.

Any cookbooks you are a big fan of?

Any food prep tips? I will have to pack a lunch for me and the little everyday!

Did you watch Shalane run her heart out in the marathon on Sunday?! I was so inspired by her, Desi and Amy!

 

Must Haves When Running with a Baby!

Happy Anniversary Babe! I figured this was an appropriate post for our anniversary since this is something we love to do as a family! I also have another post regarding running after baby that may be interesting to new moms as well!

My husband and I always knew we would want to run with our little one once he/she was born. We thought it would be fun running as a family but it is more fun and not as difficult pushing the stroller as we both thought it would be. We have been running with our little one for about a year now so I figured I would make a list of our “must haves.”

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Running with Mackenzie on Pre’s Trials

  1. The Bob Revolution Flex Stroller – I feel like a running stroller is obvious but we absolutely LOVE our running stroller. It is so easy to fold up and put in the car and it makes for a very smooth run. The roads in Dallas aren’t exactly smooth and Mackenzie seems to enjoy her ride. We actually travel with this stroller to most of our destinations since we will want to run most everywhere we are.
  2. The Bob Weather Shield – This shield was a lifesaver over the winter! When it is cold and/or windy this shield protects the little one from the elements and eases our guilt when bringing her in the cold to go run! It also protects against rain.
  3. Bear Suit – This isn’t the exact one we have, we have one that is more like a puffer jacket but she wore this all fall/winter when it was chilly out. It is nice because we can put layers on under it or just the suit on itself.
  4. A phone or radio! I love listening to music when I run and I think the baby likes hearing it too! I just put my phone in the cupholder but a radio or bluetooth speaker could work too! When running with my husband one of us used to put our phones in the stroller with her with white noise playing to make her fall asleep. I do want a bluetooth speaker to stick in the cup holder if anyone has any suggestions on that.
  5. A small diaper bag with a diaper and wipes in it – since you are pushing a stroller it is easy to bring along supplies for the baby. I have a small diaper clutch that I keep in our stroller with $10 and a couple diapers and wipes in it. ::knock on wood:: We have never had to use it but you never know when you’ll need a diaper!
  6. Toys! We hook a couple toys onto the Bob for her to play with. We also always run with her favorite bunny 🙂
  7. Snacks! We always bring a couple packs of Baby Mum Mums with us – if she gets cranky the last mile or two she will cheer up with a snack (she is her mother’s daughter). We also always have a snack cup and a milk cup with us.
  8. Water bottle for mama! It is important to stay hydrated especially when breastfeeding so I always make sure to bring water with me

Do any of you have any must haves to share with me? Mackenzie has “run” up to 11 miles so far! We haven’t gone any further with her yet but I’m sure when I start logging longer runs during marathon training we will.

Do you like pushing the stroller when you run??

How far is the furthest that you have run with your little one?

Any must have products you would like to add to this list?

Back to School (and Marathon Training)

Hello Readers –

I know it has been awhile! I have been busy finishing up my pre-requisite classes, traveling, preparing for grad school to start and soaking up the last bits of summer with my little lady! Lately I have been searching Google for blogs about becoming a Registered Dietitian and for following the Hanson’s Marathon training program. I was able to find a couple but figured it may be helpful for some other ladies if I record my experience with both!

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Getting in weekend runs with Mackenzie – how cute are her running shorts?!

I will start my clinical nutrition program at UTSW at the end of August and I am going to use the Hanson’s Marathon program to train for the Houston Marathon in January, so that will start in September!

To get into the Masters of Clinical Nutrition program at UTSW, I had to take A LOT of pre-requisite classes. I majored in Marketing for my undergrad so unfortunately did not have very many science classes under my belt which was mostly what was needed for admittance. I decided in June of 2014 that I wanted to begin the path to become a Registered Dietitian and over the last 2 years I took, biology, chemistry, biology 2, chemistry 2, nutrition, anatomy & physiology 1 & 2, microbiology, organic chemistry, genetics and biochemistry. Nearly all of these classes had a lab to go along with them as well! Fortunately, I found most of these classes interesting and can definitely see how they will relate to classes I will be taking in grad school. However, science is definitely something that doesn’t come naturally to me, so lots and lots of studying was required to get through these classes! During this time, I also had to take the GRE, I also took a class for this as well and would highly recommend taking a class to anyone who has to take a test like this.

The program I was accepted into will start towards the end of August of 2016 and I will finish in August of 2018 — this will include having classes over the summers. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to go back to school to study something I am passionate about. I have so much support for my husband and both of our families to keep working towards my goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian — I am one lucky lady.

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Soaking up the last weeks of summer with my fav girl!

I am so excited for this next chapter to start in a few weeks but I’m definitely soaking up these last couple weeks of freedom to sleep in (as much as you can with a 14 month old), going to 8:30 am workout classes, lounging around during nap time and watching trash tv (Hello Real Housewives of Orange County) and of course spending as much time with Baby M (and Jim) as possible!

Once marathon training starts I will start posting weekly or biweekly posts about my experience with the Hanson’s Marathon Training Program!

Hansons Marathon Method

Hansons Marathon Method – I have been reading this book to get inspired for Marathon Training!

 

A post about our trip to the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, OR is already scheduled to post on Monday!

Have any of you ever followed the Hanson’s Marathon Program?

Have you ever gone back to school later in life?

 

The Portland Marathon

As mentioned, I am hoping to continue with my blog! Here is an overdue race report about the Portland Marathon! It was the first weekend of October.

Portland, Oregon has been one city on my list of “I really need to go there” cities. Luckily, my husband is awesome and agreed to do a marathon he had already completed before and we, along with a some of our favorite running friends, all decided to make the trip to Portland for the marathon. Unfortunately, since I had decided to go back to school, our original plan of making it a vacation and visiting wine country near Portland and having a few days to do touristy things was not able to happen. We landed in Portland Friday night and left early Monday so that I could make it home for class.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had found out I was pregnant about a week and a half before the marathon and checked with my doctor before deciding to run in the marathon. Since I was only 5.5 weeks pregnant at the time of the marathon my doctor said it was completely fine since I had been running and just to take it easy, monitor how I was feeling and to not run if it was over 80 degrees. I already hadn’t really properly trained for the race besides getting in my long runs so it pretty much just reinforced my “running for fun” race plan.

Our first night in Portland Jim and I were the last to arrive and had already missed dinner with our group so we decided to venture out and try to make it to Pok Pok, this Thai place our group had just dined at that we had heard great things about. When we arrived at Pok Pok the hostess basically laughed at us for thinking we could get in SO we decided to walk across the street to Appetizing – http://www.yelp.com/biz/appethaizing-portland” . What a “happy accident” as well like to call it. The food was AMAZING and inexpensive. We then headed to Salt and Straw — http://saltandstraw.com for dessert. We waited in a pretty long line for ice cream and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was SO delicious. I tried olive oil which sounds so gross but was extremely delicious. We were also pumped to discover that Portland has Car2Gos. My husband and his father love these little cars and they were an easy way to get around Portland without having to take the bus or get a cab.

Delicious Salt & Straw

Delicious Salt & Straw

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

The second day in Portland was spent relaxing, going to the expo and getting our number, drinking some coffee and fueling! OH and some jeans shopping at Imogene & Willy. The next morning was race day!

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

Race morning I woke up feeling AWFUL, I think I had just come down with a cold and I hadn’t really slept a ton the night before because of congestion (and you can’t take anything when you are pregnant). My husband basically forced me out of bed and promised me we could stop at the halfway point (or wherever I wanted) if I was feeling awful. I got ready and we walked over to the starting line. I absolutely loved the ease of getting to this race, no need to get there super early, plenty of bathrooms in our corral and it was surprisingly warm out so no sitting outside in the cold. We were not pumped about the heat as we had come to the Northwest to escape the heat but that was not the case for Marathon Morning, it was a sunny, warm and humid day in Portland! We definitely were not expecting to be in the sun the entire race! I ended up not wearing my normal Oiselle Team jersey as sometimes I get too hot wearing it and opted to wear a thinner Oiselle Tank (cross top mesh) and the distance shorts (loveeee all the pockets in the distance shorts). (hint hint, the distance shorts are on sale online right now at http://www.oiselle.com/shop/sale)

Jim and I had decided to run together and he was even running with his phone! The first few miles were pretty rough and I wasn’t sure if I was even going to make it to the halfway point but after we hit about 5 or 6 miles I started getting in a good groove and actually thinking I would make it to the finish. I basically started to feel stronger and stronger with each passing mile, granted I was running at what felt like a pretty easy pace and was basically able to maintain it the entire race. Unfortunately for my husband, he wasn’t feeling better with each step and we ended up separating around the halfway point.

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til 'ya make it!

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til ‘ya make it!

Me at mile 13 - Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile....I just got further and further away from him

Me at mile 13 – Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile….I just got further and further away from him

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first part of the course — beware if you do the half (unless the course changes) that the course is not that scenic, it pretty much runs through an industrial part of town. The second half of this race is really pretty, I really loved running over the bridge and just enjoyed the entire race. I didn’t start to get that marathon cranky feeling until mile 23-24 and it was just a mental battle to not stop and just keep running, the more I kept running, the closer I was to the finish.

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

After the finish, I made it through the finish area — one major complaint about the finish area was the total lack of water!! With the sun beating on me for 26.2 miles all I wanted was a giant bottle of ice cold water and they only had ones to purchase in the beer tent where you also had to purchase beer! We thought it as a little strange that runners didn’t even get one free beer (not that I would have had one). Once my husband and I found each other we started the slow walk back to the hotel and he had brought some cash with him so he bought me a water :-).

Overall this is probably one of the most evenly paced marathons I have ever run and I definitely had fun running, it was nice to go into a race not really caring about my time. I ended up running one of my slowest marathons at a 3:53:11 which, considering the training I put into the race, I was pleased with.

Running Marathons together is something I'll always love about our relationship!

Running Marathons together is something I’ll always love about our relationship!

This was marathon number 11 for me and I would definitely recommend it! It was the perfect size for me, I had people to run with the entire time but never felt claustrophobic, I definitely just wish we had ended up with better marathon weather. The course isn’t super easy but it isn’t the most difficult one I have run, I actually credit crossfit with getting me through all the hills without much of a problem! It isn’t my favorite course ever but Portland is a wonderful place to visit so run the marathon and make a trip out of it. I really like the finisher shirts (just as a warning they are NOT Nike). The expo was really small and most of us hardly bought anything — maybe a shirt or two.

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Have you ever run the Portland Marathon? Please let me know if you have any questions about it if you are interested in running it in 2015!
What cities are on your “must visit” list? I really want to visit Nashville!
Do you and your friends do destination races?

Portland Marathon Training Week 6 & 7

I have been extremely busy lately with traveling and getting ready for school to start so haven’t had time to post! I’m hoping to put together a post from our San Francisco and Napa Vacation soon! While I’m working on that, here is an update on my training.

Week 6 — this week was a rough week for me, for some reason I never felt great on any of my runs. I think it likely had to do with lack of sleep/not paying great attention to my nutrition — I don’t think I was eating enough to fuel my body properly. Overall I wasn’t pleased with this week but I did what I could and just have to try and remain consistent with my workouts and know that eventually I’ll start feeling strong again.

Monday 6/23 – 6 miles, CrossFit Workout
Tuesday 6/24 — 6 mile Hill run, it was a rough day for me, I felt awful pretty much the entire run but was able to finish it.
Wednesday 6/25 — 8.5 miles, CrossFit workout
Thursday 6/26 — Didn’t sleep well the night before, ended up taking the day off and running on Sunday instead.
Friday 6/27 — 7 miles
Saturday 6/28 — 12.5 miles — this was a FAIL of a run for some reason I felt so exhausted and barely made it 12 miles — was planning on running 16 but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.
Sunday 6/29 — Easy 4 miles — still felt ridiculously exhausted but made it through this run.

Totals:
44 miles run
2 CrossFit Workouts

Week 7 — Vacation Week!!

My husband and I went to San Francisco and Napa for a little vacation and it was SO fun and we really had a good time. We actually only missed one run, so I call that a vacation win! This was also a down week/recovery week and with the way I’ve been feeling this week (week 8) it did its job!

Monday 6/30 — After the horrible week before and feeling pretty run down from my weekend runs, I decided to ride my bike instead of running. I rode for an hour and went to CrossFit that evening.
Tuesday 7/1 — 8 miles easy, CrossFit in the evening
Wednesday 7/2 — 6 miles total with intervals — 5 x 3 min hard, 2 min easy. Really pleased with how this workout went — was one of those mornings I really didn’t want to get up, but happy I got up and got it done. I went to CrossFit afterwards so we could catch our flight to San Francisco!
Thursday 7/3 — 50 min on the elliptical. We slept in which was glorious and didn’t have a ton of time so just decided to hit up the hotel gym in the morning instead of trying to navigate a run. No treadmills were available so I figured the elliptical was the next best thing! This day also included a few miles of walking as we walked to the San Francisco Giants game!
Friday 7/4 — 10 miles — we ran over the Golden Gate bridge. It was a gorgeous run, and so chilly! I wore arm warmers and wished I had run in long sleeves! It was sunny when we started and the sun quickly disappeared as we continued running.

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Running over the Golden Gate Bridge called for a Selfie!

Saturday 7/5 — WINE
Sunday 7/6 — More wine! We did walk a couple miles in the morning though by walking to and from breakfast.

Totals:
1 hour biking
50 min elliptical
24 miles running
3 CrossFit Classes

Have you ever had a rough week of training where every run was a struggle??
Do you like to train when you are on vacation?