7 weeks until NYC Half recap + Meal Planning

The recap:

Sunday: 45 minute walk

Monday: 8.75 run with 4 x 1 mile at 10-15 seconds faster than half marathon pace (2 warm up, 6:44, 6:44, 6:44, 6:42 with 400m recovery jogs, 1 at marathon pace 7:30, cool down) + Barre

Tuesday: 5 easy (9 minute ave) on the treadmill before anyone was up

Wednesday: 8.5 moderate pace with rolling hills (9ish pace) + 3 in the afternoon with a client (+ 100 push ups/core)

Thursday: spin class

Friday: 13.2 long run with long tempo and short tempo: warm up (8:29, 7:47), 4 at long tempo (7:06, 7:29-hill!!, 7:17, 7:13), 1/2 mile easy (8:31), 2 at fast tempo (7:04, 7:01), 1 easy 9:31, 1 at short tempo (7:02), cool down (8:04, 7:52, 7:39- last 1/2)  + 100 push ups/core

Saturday: 9.5 recovery with running clients (10+ave)

I’m realizing how key these slooow runs are for me.  My breathing stays easy and I’m not tired afterward.  Since I’ve been somewhat injury prone in the past, this has been key for me to increase without any aches/pains. I also skipped boot camp as I think some of those plyo moves are putting me over the top fatigue-wise.

I topped out at 47.5 miles this week for the first time since marathon training and I feel great!  I have one more push week around 45 miles before a cutback week.

Rest day today!

Meal planning:

We stuck so well to our meal plan last week! That does not always happen… but the butternut squash chili was awesome, the girls loved the sushi, and I am in love with tuna steaks right now.  For this week:

Sunday: Friends over- making lasagna, my husband’s sourdough, and a salad of some sort

Monday: Stuffed peppers in the crock pot

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Split pea soup + cheese quesadillas

Thursday: Lentil sloppy joes + spaghetti squash (Thanks Amanda for the share!)

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: One day church retreat


Are you paces polarized, or do you often run at the same pace?

If you make a meal plan, how well do you stick to it?

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

13 thoughts on “7 weeks until NYC Half recap + Meal Planning

  1. I love to peek in at your training recaps. Thanks for sharing.

    I think I need to do more easy miles. It’s a topic of conversation that comes up often with my coach, who is much younger than me. In the end, unless I have some major workout scheduled, I try to run according to how my body feels.

  2. That’s some awesome weekly mileage Laura!! For some reason I couldn’t find the slow run in your log that you were talking about though……just kidding. You’re a speedy!!! You’re running such great paces!
    All my runs lately have been pretty much at the same pace- I’m still struggling with metatarsal foot pain and any extra effort feels like it’s breaking my foot into pieces.
    Hooray for 100 push-ups on Friday!!! #veryawesome
    Have a great week Laura!
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  3. I’m getting FOMO – NYC half has been on my bucket list for years but I never get into the lottery.

    I guess I need to get faster to qualify or pay the travel agency the big bucks LOL.

    Good luck with your training.

    • I was not expecting to get into the lottery this year but I’m excited to run it! Hopefully you’ll have the chance soon too.

  4. Great job on the mileage and the meal planning! When we cook and prep in advance we do a good job of sticking to it. I like that it takes the guesswork out of what will I eat today, so I can focus on work, workouts, etc. The meal prep and planning makes Clay and I way more productive throughout the week and less tempted to go out for food when we shouldn’t. Plus it saves us money.

    Your workouts were solid! I like that you worked some tempo intervals into your long run too.
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  5. Awesome job with your week! I cannot imagine having 9 miles just for recovery, haha!

    Meal planning has always been a struggle for me but I’m doing my best to make the commitment to be more consistent and plan in advance!

  6. Looks like a great week! When I am training I definitely see a difference in my paces. Without a plan I tend to run however I feel which is usually around the same pace. I have been trying to purposefully make some runs faster and some really slow and easy.

  7. Wow. That’s a lot of miles. Great run on Friday too! I’ve really worked hard this last year to overcome always running at the same pace. Monitoring my HR has really helped me to keep that long run at a true easy effort. Pace is not always the best indicator as we can sometimes be fatigued, etc. I need to get back on track to at least plan a few meals each week. I’ve been horrible lately. Thanks for linking, Laura!

  8. I have never been any good at meal planning. Mostly it’s because I’m still enjoying my weekend out of town when I need to be doing it.
    I have to say though planning ahead meals even if not preparing them is still a great success for me. I’ve been known to visit the store every single day of the week in search for supper for the night!

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