Week of training + Meal Planning

Happy New Year!!

The last ten days have been a whirlwind of family events, travel to PA, hosting cousins and entertaining kids off school… it’s probably my favorite week of the year but also exhausting, and I have to admit, I am ready for school to start tomorrow!

I hope you had a great break! I spent some time yesterday mapping out a tentative training plan for the first few months of the year.

2017 ended on a high note with the pr at Richmond, but I expected to bounce back faster than I did.  The last few weeks I had quite a few workouts that felt harder than they should have, so last week I just listened to my body and ran what I felt like running any particular day. It was refreshing and I’m ready to dive in again.

Technically Boston training begins today!  Here’s last week’s review, the most miles I have run in the 6 weeks since the marathon:

Sunday: 5.35 miles in PA, easy but pushed the last mile to 7:30

Monday : Christmas at my in-laws!

Tuesday: 8 easy hilly miles, 8:44 ave

Wednesday: 40 minute pool run with a few intervals

Thursday: 6 easy treadmill miles (8:20 ave)

Friday: 11 miles with 400m x 10 inclines, comfortable pace (8:24 ave)

Saturday: 5 easy (treadmill again, 8:36 ave) + 25 easy pool run

Sunday:  rest

And yes, lots of treadmill miles this week: as anyone in the northeast knows, it has been COLD! And it’s going to continue for another week.  I hope this isn’t indicative of the winter ahead!

What I’m making this week…

  • quinoa minestrone (made this yesterday for lunches this week)
  • pork and sauerkraut today with friends (a PA Dutch tradition)
  • roasted whole chicken and potatoes + kale salad
  • leftover chicken in fajitas



I’m looking forward to kicking off the Runner’s Nutrition course tomorrow with many of you!! (If you missed it, email me: I have a promo code for the last few slots.)

How do you celebrate the New Year?

Have you been braving the cold or hitting the treadmill?

I’m linking up with Tricia and HoHo from The Weekly Wrap, with Jess Runs ATL and The Right Fits.

13 thoughts on “Week of training + Meal Planning

  1. From what I’ve seen on social media, it has been so cold out East! You had a great week of workouts, especially for being on the treadmill which can be so much more mentally challenging. It hasn’t been that cold here yet – most mornings are in the high 20s to 30s – so fortunately I haven’t had to run on the treadmill yet.
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  2. We celebrate the New Year at home as a family of four, playing games! I’m in PA and have been running my trails in the cold temps this winter. Just making sure to dress appropriately! I love winter running!

  3. It’s even frigid here! But, I’m not running but a couple of times a week right now. It always seemed so crazy (and fun) when the kids were out of school. The back to school routine was always appreciated. Good luck with your Boston training! Thanks for linking!

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