December 2nd, 2012

Marathon training recap + Menu Planning Link up

Good news– marathon training is now official! I am all signed up for the Houston marathon, via the Multiple Schlerosis Foundation. Because I joined at the last minute, I only have a week to raise my funds, and am hoping for a minimum of $500.

If you would like to support me, here’s the link to my page- even $5 or $10 will help me reach this goal. I mentioned before that my dad has MS, so this cause is important to me.

With only six weeks until the marathon (yikes!), here’s my training workout recap:

Monday: 20 mile run (9 minute pace)

Tuesday: teach spin (1 hour) + weights

Wednesday: 30 minute spin + 30 minute elliptical (quads were too sore from the hilly 20 to attempt a run!)

Thursday: 7 run with 4 at 7:20 pace

Friday: Off

Saturday: 10 run (8:45 pace) + teach spin (1 hour)

Sunday: weights circuit + easy 3 run

Next week is the TriGirl half marathon, so I’m going to run mostly easy miles this week for a mini taper.

I was sent a box of biPro whey protein samples this week, and have been adding them to my oats and even did some baking experiments using almond meal.  I really like the neutral flavor, especially because I never drink protein powder straight up.  Unflavored also means no sugars or other additions thrown in, which I appreciate.  I don’t use a lot of protein powder, but I like this one better than the flavored options I reviewed a few months ago. They also included a handful of recipes, and I’m curious to try the rice pizza dough this week.

Here’s our menu for the week:

Monday: Polenta Pizza

Tuesday: Salmon, roasted root vegetables and this beautiful kale salad with lemon dressing

Wedneday: Asian Noodle Salad

Thursday: Black bean and corn enchiladas

Friday: Homemade pizza (with Bipro’s rice flour crust)

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Dinner out or leftovers

I am not a fan of store bought enchilada sauce, and struggled to find a natural one that avoided high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives.  When I don’t have time to mix up homemade sauce (such as Candy’s amazing pumpkin enchilada sauce), I combine plain, organic yogurt with salsa (recipe).  It’s easy and delicious.

I look forward to reading your menu plans. Also, check back tomorrow for the start of a fun virtual run series!



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