Half marathon training + Menu planning link up

Have I mentioned that there’s a half marathon I’d like to do in two weeks?

I haven’t made it a focus or “goal” as I had no idea how I’d feel by then ( about 18-19 weeks pregnant.)  In my first pregnancy, I ran double digits most weekends up through 23 weeks and felt great.  This time around, I had a much higher base mileage pre-pregnancy but was set back by my 10 weeks off this fall and through most of the first trimester.

But I’ve been slowly and carefully building back some miles.  I’m still at less than 1/2 of what I was running in marathon training, so I feel confident that my body can handle it.  And so far, I haven’t had any signs to say otherwise… no achy hips, joints or knees, although they might come along a little further into this pregnancy.

All of that to say that I’m hoping to run (not race!) a local half on March 2nd.  I haven’t signed up yet because I wanted to get in my double digit runs and feel good (success!) and I’m being a chicken and waiting until I can see the weather forecast! I’m not running it in freezing temps or a potential snowstorm!

Here’s my training for the week:

Sunday: 8 mile easy run plus pushups, squats and core

Monday: Cathe Supersets + 20 minutes elliptical

Tuesday: 5.5 treadmill run (began at 9:30 pace, finished at 8:30 pace)

Wednesday: am- taught spin class; pm- slow 3 mile run

Thursday: 20 minute elliptical, 20 minute weights

Friday: Off- completely lazy day!

Saturday: 11 long run, very slow with walking breaks around snow/ice and I felt great!

11 mile run

By the way, check out the snow we got this week!


Snow again! Feb1314

 It just keeps coming!!

On the menu this week…


Sunday: Cauliflower Mac and Cheese + Sauteed Swiss Chard with Pine Nuts

 Cauliflower Macaronia and Cheese

Monday: Salmon Cakes or Salmon Burgers with Miso Dressing




Tuesday: Madeover Bean Dip Tacos + Veggies (sharing this dip recipe soon)


Veggie Bean Dip


Wednesday:  PB Soba Noodles with Tofu, Broccoli, and Cucumbers


Thursday:  Leftovers


Friday: In NYC for a kids theater production- catching dinner afterwards


 Saturday: Friends over for brunch: Veggie Frittata and a Bacon Frittata; Buckwheat Pancakes and Fresh Fruit


Oh! And Valentine’s day was fun… we got out for yummy Ethiopian and then looked at paint samples and ideas for the nursery, which is my kind of date these days.  Shopping without kids in tow!


Are you training for a particular race?

Have you had Ethiopian?  I love using injera as a scoop and eating with my hands!

42 thoughts on “Half marathon training + Menu planning link up

  1. I haven’t run in 1 1/2 weeks. I just have been feeling like crap with my cold and running doesn’t even sound appealing. You know I’m sick when that’s the case! I’m like you with races in the winter – I wait till I can see the extended forecast. I don’t want to run it if it’s going to be really, really cold!
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  2. Yum! Looks like another delish week and you’ve had a good week in training. Lots of snow! I feel like a wuss down here in SC for not even trying to get out in the cold air after seeing that you did 11 miles in the snow.

    I’m trying for the Nashville RNR. I haven’t registered yet, but I’ve already started training.
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  3. Mmm…Ethiopian.:) We used to eat it all the time when we were living in DC. There is such a big Ethiopian population there that there was no end of places to try. I’ll have to try and find some good places here. Apparently, I look somewhat Ethiopian, because people would often come up to me and just start talking. I would have to explain, sadly, I only speak English. 🙂
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  4. OMG I didn’t realize until you posted that my next Half is 2 weeks away! It’s called E Murray Todd, and it is very hilly! It kicked our butt last year, and we hope to do better this year! Not looking good, with the little bit of running I have done since Dopey, but you never know! looking forward to hearing about yours!
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  5. That’s a lot of snow – I”m happy that ours is finally melting!!!
    I don’t think I’ve ever had Ethiopian food – is it spicy?
    Glad you are still feeling good running!!

  6. I can relate to everything in here….well almost! Other than being pregnant! I am right where you are, and the snow was INTENSE this week! I spent four hours shoveling snow off the track for my athletes workout on Friday! We were definitely dumped on by that snow storm!

    I miss running in Valley Green! Do you get to go run there ever? Or Kelly Drive? That has become my friend these past few weeks….the only sidewalks that are plowed!

    Thanks for featuring my recipe! I am excited for you to try it! Please send me a pic of it once it is made! I love to see how other people make it their own 🙂
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  7. You are moving along so nicely, both w/ pregnancy and with miles. Perfect balance. I really hope you get a nice clear (warm!) day for your half.

    We have a new Ethiopian restaurant that just opened up and I am dying to get in there! I want to take the kids, too.
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  8. Definitely sounds like a good idea waiting to see what the weather does. I’m eyeballing a St. Patricks day fun race myself, but am waiting until the last minute in case we have another snow storm like last year at that time 🙂 Glad to read you are able to keep running/exercising well during the PG! I would like to try Ethiopian … we are always open to all kinds of food explorations!
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  9. Good luck with training for your half! It sounds like you are really aware of and in tune with your body so I’m sure you’ll make the right decision when it comes to actually signing up for the race. From everything you’ve said, I’ll be looking forward to reading your race recap!

  10. You are doing so awesome staying active and on the go during pregnancy! Love that you are going to do a half, baby’s first race!?

    Currently training for Boston, but also a few other races that I would like good times at. Keeps me on my toes training for different distances.
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  11. I definitely have ran a half just as a long run – I had no pressure because I wasn’t “racing” and had my second fastest time (at that time). I recommend it, just because it’s fun if you don’t race it and treat it like a long run where you get a t-shirt and a medal 🙂

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