Marathon training recap + Meal planning

I heard someone say this week that the Boston Marathon is only 60-some days away?! Wow! That thought actually gave me renewed motivation to stop slacking and get my miles in.  Okay, maybe I haven’t been slacking dramatically but I’ve cut several runs short and have been taking it “easy” for marathon training.
But I can handle 9 more weeks.  And then I’m really looking forward to focusing on speed and short distances for awhile! (And no more snow or shoveling.)
snow day shoveling

 

Here’s the rundown from the week:
Sunday: 5 easy recovery run
Monday: spin (40 minutes) plus most of No More Trouble Zones
Tuesday:  8 miles with 6 x 800s (3:13-3:16 range repeats with 400m recoveries)
Wednesday:  6 easy treadmill miles (8:40 pace)
Thursday: 8 mile progression run (first mile 9:30, last mile 8:05) + core and push ups
Friday: off
Saturday: 18 miles (8:40 ave, last mile 8:00)

This week’s long run was the best I’ve felt yet.  It was encouraging to feel stronger and know that the training is paying off! It’s also the first time I’ve hit 45 miles since baby J was born, and I didn’t feel wiped out after the 18 miler.  My legs are adjusting back to marathon mode.

I also think the vitamins I’m taking lately have improved my energy.  I’ve been doing a lot of research on how so many supplements do not contain what they claim to, or are simply not effective (such as probiotics that are destroyed in the stomach acid before making it to your intestines.)  So I’ve been taking a probiotic, Omega 3, Vitamin D and multi-Vitamin that are thoroughly tested and backed with research and I can feel the difference.  Maybe it’s in my head? But regardless, I’m feeling good!

This week’s meal plan:

Sunday: Whole roast chicken + roasted potatoes, carrots, and beets

Monday: Chicken Enchiladas with leftover chicken

Tuesday: Quinoa Power Bowls with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Butternut Squash Chickpea Curry

Friday: Roasted vegetable omelets with feta

Saturday: Out

Schools were off Friday and again tomorrow, so my parents are coming for the day to hang out tomorrow… can’t wait!

Also, for those of you that love learning holistic health info and are wanting to learn the best way to eat for your body and how to implement small changes, I have two spots left in a 3 month group program that begins in March.  I’d love to have you join us!

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Do you have a long weekend? How was Valentine’s day?

Do you trust your supplements?

18 thoughts on “Marathon training recap + Meal planning

  1. We had a very, very similar training week! I had to split my 18 miler yesterday – 11 on the treadmill (UGH!!!) and 7 a few hours later outside. I had to scramble because of today’s weather. I’m actually quite surprised how well I felt after each workout. The 11 miler was tougher with some race pace miles but I felt just as good (if not better) for the later 7. Yay for training plans that make you feel good! BTW – can you share what brand supplements you like?
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  2. No long weekends here, but we do have great weather and your snow photos make me honestly so happy I am not dealing with that now. You are a rock start for training in those temperatures and I cannot believe that the marathon is so close! Stay warm and sane friend and enjoy the day off tomorrow! 🙂
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  4. Wow, only 60 days away?! That is a little crazy. I saw your 18-mile photo on Instagram and it looks like you’re right on track, so I’m sure you’re feeling really confident.

    I’ve never really stopped to think about whether I can trust my supplements or not; for my Fish Oil supplement, I did some research online to see what most people liked, but that doesn’t necessarily vouch for its efficacy. Definitely something I should look into!!
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  5. I love your energy – it inspires me every time I read one of your posts like this! As for my own energy, I’m hoping the Vit D (cod liver oil) I’m taking is helping, but the “supplement” I miss most is SUNLIGHT. I can’t get enough of it lately.

    A death in our family recently sent us all reeling, but we had a really sweet Valentines Day together. It was the first “getting silly” my siblings and I had in a long time. I decorated, we played xbox obstacle course races, and I got my brother to try yoga. Just 10 minutes, on a bet he lost, but he actually liked it! The things we do for love.

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