Marathon Training Recap and Menu Planning Link up

Oy vey, busy weekend.  As much fun as the holidays are, I’m also looking forward to the return of quieter weekends in January.

I got in my 14 mile run yesterday, rushed home for a quick shower and out again to teach spin.  My face was still beat red from the run (humidity is back!) and my hair dripping wet.  One of the participants asked if I had just been swimming.  Oops!

As we all sat down to lunch back at home, my husband reminded me that I had mentioned a lunch meeting today.  Oops again! I dashed out the door to meet three other lovely local women who are also studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  We had a great time connecting, and I think we all came away inspired.

The lunch meeting lasted longer than planned, so my plans to nap went out the window.  Then it was off to choir practice for a mini-performance tonight at church.  It’s a small, casual choir- but fun to sing choral music again and we love exposing L to it as well.  We’re all looking forward to the potluck and singing this evening.


As for menu planning, here’s the menu for this week:


Sunday: Potluck

Monday: Quinoa Sweet Potato Squash Stew from Love, Life Surf

Tuesday: Quesadillas and Curried Cauliflower Soup

Wednesday: Chicken and/or Tofu and Veggie Stirfry

Thursday: Kale, Cabbage and Quinoa Casserole from Love, Sweat, Beers

Friday: Christmas party at our house (Traditional ham for the meat eaters, roasted veggies, pumpkin-ginger cheesecake) + Food from our Chinese friends + food from our neighbors

Saturday: Leftovers


And with four weeks until marathon day, here’s what the week looked like:

Sunday: Half marathon + a few for 20 total

Monday:  Easy 3 mile walk/jog + arms weights

Tuesday: Easy 6 run + pm teach spin 1 hour

Wednesday: Sub Spin 1 hour + 20 minutes weights

Thursday: 12 mile run

Friday: Off

Saturday:  14 run + Teach 1 hour spin


From last week, the winner of the Mediterranean snack sample is Lisa from RunWiki.  Congrats!


Finally, I feel like I can’t blog this weekend without at least mentioning the tragedy in the RI school on Friday.  It has weighed heavily on our hearts and minds this weekend and in our prayers.  As a mom, I just can’t fathom the sorrow of those families.

My friend Michelle posted one small way to help on Facebook, which I think we’ll do (even though L has no idea that anything occurred).  She also wrote a beautiful post about how (and why) she will share it with her boys.

“If anyone wants to mail sympathy cards or letters of support and solidarity to the school, the school address is: Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickenson Drive, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. Please copy/paste/share, anywhere you prefer. Prayers and sending a card may seem something small, but at least, it’s something we can do.”

You can find more info on helping here.



30 thoughts on “Marathon Training Recap and Menu Planning Link up

  1. I still can’t wrap my head around what happened at Sandy Hook school at all. It’s been weighing heavily on my mind as well and I find myself tearing up at random times during the day. It’s just horrible. My heart breaks for all of the families. Thanks for sharing the different ways to talk and Michelle’s post.

    I hear you about longing for quieter weekends in January. Me too! Let me know how you like the stew.
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  2. Happy SITS Day!

    Your running schedule makes me envious… as the only adult in the house, I haven’t found a workable way to get in more than one run a week. Your menu inspires me to hit the bulk bins as Whole Foods for some quinoa!

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