Here we go again! A new week, new training plan and another menu link up.
Thanks for all the encouragement on my taper crazies. One week to go, and today I am feeling more confident and ready. Tomorrow it will likely change again.
This week turned out a little easier than planned, with only 3 days of running due to some rainy weather, but I’m okay with that. I keep reminding myself “the hay is in the barn”- right?
Monday: 1 hour spin + quick weights circuit
Tuesday: 9 miles with 4 at 7:30 pace
Wednesday: Christine’s Threes-a-charm workout
Thursday: 9 mile run, easy pace
Saturday: Taught spin (1 hour) + weights + 20 min elliptical (rainy day)
Sunday: Planned 10 mile run, with 5 at marathon pace
As for food, my body has switched gears into craving meat lately. This is why I call myself a “semi-vegetarian”- something about the cooler weather sparks an interest in more protein. I prefer high quality as much as possible (here’s a great article on grass-fed beef and another on natural or organic chicken), but it can be really expensive. (Another benefit of a less-meat diet!)
This craving has also been reinforced by some of the lectures I’ve listened to lately. Especially in the winter, our bodies like the denser, warmer (higher energy) foods. If you are a strict vegetarian, you can fulfill this craving with more root vegetables and heartier stews.
I loved this interview Amanda did with Andrea Beaman, a natural foods chef, holistic health coach, and also one of the speakers we’ve had at Integrative Nutrition. She has such a beautiful, balanced approach to healthy eating.
The bottom line, of course, is that everyone is different. I can go for weeks (or months!) with no desire for meat and feel great, but occasionally I want it. Some people feel much better with animal protein daily, while others find it doesn’t agree with them at all. And what works for me won’t necessarily work for you… just sharing my journey along the way. 🙂
Here’s our menu plan for the week:
Monday: Kale Frittata
Tuesday: Baked fish, sweet potatoes and salad
Wednesday: Pizza with Heather’s Pizza Hummus
Thursday: Laura’s Turkey Beer Chili
Friday: Pasta night- carb loading begins!
Sunday: Marathon celebration meal out!
My husband asked what I wanted to celebrate, and honestly the first thing that came to mind was this casual spot nearby with grass-fed burgers. Burgers?! Who am i?
Does your eating change with the seasons?