5k training + meal planning

Happy chilly December weekend to you!

Is it cold where you are? I don’t know if it’s just me, but this week has felt much colder than normal December temperatures.  I’m hoping that doesn’t mean we’re in for a rough winter!


I’m still plugging away at 5k training.  My body asked for a cut back week, so I did less running and more cross training this week.  I got one 5k workout in finally on Friday.  I’m feeling rejuvenated now, so I think the flexible routine was good for me.

I also learned this…


NYC Half!  I’m more motivated having a goal to work toward for March, after this New Year’s Day 5k is over.

Sunday: off

Monday: 1 hour spin class + Ignite Burn

Tuesday: 45 minute spin class + push ups, kb swings, upright row, tricep kickbacks

Wednesday: 5 easy run

Thursday: short strength circuit + 2 mile walk

Friday: 7 miles with 6 x 800m at 6:27 pace, 200m recoveries, plus 400m at 5:50 pace

Saturday: 10 easy

Saturday was in the low 20s so I wore all.the.layers and it was a good reminder that if I dress properly, winter running is manageable.  Some of my friends were running a local donut 5k, so I ran the 4+ miles there, looped around a bit and ran home.  Having a destination for a long run helps the miles fly by!


Meal planning

Week two with no oven.  We picked out the one we want, and it will be installed this week, thankfully.  I want to bake Christmas cookies!

Sunday:  Thai coconut tofu veggie stir fry and rice

Monday: Strawberry Balsamic Veggie Sliders

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Kale and feta frittata

Thursday: Our new favorite roast chicken recipe + roasted veggies

Friday: Out

Saturday: Fajita bowls with leftover chicken


How are you handling the cold this week?

How often do you take a cut back week?

I’m linking up with Fitness and Food with Ilka and Angela, and Tricia and HoHo from The Weekly Wrap!



30 thoughts on “5k training + meal planning

  1. Today is beautiful – mid 60s – but it’s been in the 40s, low 50s the past week or so. I know that’s not very cold in the grand scheme of things, but it sure felt soooo cold. 🙂
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  2. Congrats on getting into the half Have you run it before?? I ran it twice- the first time i loved it the second time i was miserably cold even though it was warmer the second time by a few degrees- I think It was the fact that I had a tooth infection! Whoops!! enjoy it and I need to put the big girl panties on eventually and do it! live the course!

  3. It is definitely cold, but I don’t think its colder than it usually is. I tend to listen to my body and cut back if needed.

  4. Woohoo! Congrats on getting into the NYC Half Marathon! One of these years I should jump into the lottery! I find that wearing two long sleeve top layers and/or a run jacket made with a combo of merino wool, keep warm and toasty. I also love moisture wicking merino wool mittens and a hat.
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  5. Jelly of you getting into the NYC half! Then again, I’m trying to get pregnant, so maybe for the best, lol. I made meatballs last night because Alex requested sweet potato bolognese. Well, I didn’t get the memo that he wanted sweet potato noodles, no did I really remember the whole bolo part… so it was spaghetti with meatballs and sweet potato. Oops
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  6. Congrats on running the NYC Half! I ran it a few times when we lived in NYC and it’s a great race! Is it your first time running this one? I think the New York Road Runner Clubs organizes every running event so well. It’s fun running their races. You are absolutely right, with enough layers Winter running is totally manageable! Love your outfit in the pic! I so miss running in cold air, especially after it snowed!!
    Have a great week Laura!

  7. This cold snap is no bueno. And I have a cold 🙁 Time to pull out all the layers of stuff. Just seems like there’s SO MUCH MORE LAUNDRY when it’s cold out and we’re running

    Congrats on the half!

    No oven yet? Try the raw XMas cookie recipe on my blog….no baking required! I remember living ovenless and it’s no fun. But it will be great when it’s all installed. Happy holidays!
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  8. How wonderful to be selected to run the NYC half. It certainly helps me to have a spring goal race so I won’t get too complacent during the holidays and winter. We’ve had a few mornings in the 20s now, which is about as cold as it gets here. I’m glad to know you’ll have an oven soon. Christmas cookies sound like the perfect way to break it in! Thanks for linking, Laura!
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