Half Training Recap (1 week to go) + Meal planning

I’m stalking the forecast and reviewing my training log and trying to visualize the race course and finally figuring out traveling logistics… all of the things that can only mean it’s race week!

I had another solid, confidence boosting week of training.  It’s true that everything clicks in those final 4-6 weeks as you finally see the training gains paying off and get in those sharpening workouts before race day.

The recap:

Monday:  8.5 miles mostly easy (8:25 ave) with 6 x 200m @ 5:43 pace + Barre

Tuesday: 4 miles easy (9:15 ave)

Wednesday: 9.2 with 5 x 1 mile with 60 second recoveries (2 mile warm up, repeats were 6:40, 6:20, 6:39, 6:34, 6:42 and 2 mile cool down)

These splits were faster than I expected as the goal paces were 6:45-6:50, but I didn’t look at my watch until I finished each split.  The 6:20 was way too fast so I slowed it down after that.  Overall I feel strong and ready for this race!

Thursday: skipped Boot camp but did 30 minute strength at home + 3 mile walk

Friday: off – supposed to be an easy run, but we were all feeling a bit run down and I spent the day in my pj’s fighting off something but thankfully I never officially got sick.  I’d rather feel off now than next week!

Saturday:  9 miles on the treadmill (7:58 ave)- so cold out there! I felt better when I woke up but still not 100%.  The rest of the day was low key and I got a short nap in.

For this week, I have one workout with a few race pace intervals and then easy peasy until race day.

I agreed to host another Scholastic book fair at our school which unfortunately turns out to be this week, so I’ll be on my feet Thursday, Friday and Saturday but am trying not to worry about that.  There’s always something out of our control!

Meal planning:

Sunday: Homemade Sushi

Monday: Turkey Cabbage Stew

Tuesday:  Tofu and veggie stir fry

Wednesday: Soba noodles with roasted red pepper peanut sauce

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Avocado Tomato Gouda Socca Pizza

Saturday: Pre-race pasta and chicken

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From March 1, 2017 through April 12, 2017, you can visit PowerBarCleanStart.com and share why you deserve a Clean Start at the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. Winners will receive a race bib (entry to the race), along with training tips from PowerBar athletes, PowerBar product and gear leading up to the race.

What are you planning to make this week?

Have you tried using visualization for a goal race?

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

11 thoughts on “Half Training Recap (1 week to go) + Meal planning

  1. I’ve got a race next weekend, a 10 miler that I’ve run multiple times before. They’ve changed the course this year, so I’m not sure how it will go. I do use visualization a lot with races. It helps me to mentally prepare.

  2. you are a BEAST with all these miles – I have to ask, do you use a fitness/activity tracker or just a garmin watch?

  3. I’m stalking the weather just because!!! Hope it doesn’t mess things up for the course and that it warms up a bit for the race this weekend!!!

  4. I wonder if the Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry on Tuesday led to those splits on Wednesday? If so, that’s what I will be cooking at my house…:)
    You’re in fantastic shape Laura! Truly inspirational!!
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  5. I’m excited for you half this weekend. I hope the weather holds up for you and it turns into a perfect running day. If not, I hope you still have a great race.

    I may have to try your cabbage stew. I think it sounds delicious!
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  6. So glad to hear you fought off the sickies. You’ve had a great training cycle and I know you’ll crush your race! Hopefully you won’t be on your feet at the book fair too much (find a chair!). My college son has been home this week and done most of the cooking. So far he’s cooked Mexican Chili with cornbread and ham & onion quiche in honor of Pi day. I’m spoiled already. Good luck this weekend! Thanks for linking, Laura!

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