Rabbit rabbit rabbit! Happy November everyone!
Sunrise from my run on Saturday
This month has flown by. All of the sudden the California International Marathon is right around the corner (35 days away omg). Here is what my week of workouts looked like:
- Monday: 5 miles of Yasso 800s on the treadmill. Yasso 800s are a track workout, but very easy to adapt for a treadmill work out (I did that so I could lift chest and shoulders right after). You run fast for 800m (half a mile), then cool off at a slower pace for half a mile. My splits looked like this: 1 mile warm up and then 4 x 800m sprints at 3:29, 3:27, 3:25, and 3:25. Supposedly, you can predict your marathon time based on your Yasso 800 speed. You can read more about it here. I sincerely hope it is true!
- Tuesday: 40 minutes on the step mill and 3 rounds of a body weight circuit for legs. A lot of plyo which is great for this point in marathon training. My legs get a solid work out – especially with the jumping motion that mimics running so closely, but recover faster than if I were doing deadlifts and squats. I miss doing deadlifts and squats though!
- Wednesday: Tempo run for 8 miles. I bought a hydration pack in anticipation of my 20 mile training run, so I used it on this run to make sure it would be ok. I did make my back bleed slightly, but I didn’t notice until my boyfriend told me my shirt had blood spots on it. I kind of think that would happen with anything though. My sports bras do it too. I just try to use vaseline or body glide. This is the pack I used. I really did like it, despite the rubbing on my back.
- Thursday: Easy run day! I used to dread this day. I have learned to love it. 6 miles of confidence building peace.
- Friday: Most hated gym day this week. 20 minutes of the step mill and upper body lifts. I felt pretty weak doing the lifts, and running is so much more enjoyable for me. However, building muscle is really really important. It burns calories and keeps your metabolism high, even as you age. Ladies, this is why the gentlemen in your lives can be a human garbage disposal and still lose weight. They have more testosterone and muscle mass than women, so they just naturally burn more. It is still annoying though!! HAHA.
I was Forrest Gump for Halloween at work 🙂 Bennie was a Hot Dog even though he didn’t go to work with me haha.
- Saturday: long run day! It is simultaneously exciting and scary for me always. Will I be able to finish? What if I get hurt? I was feeling extra nervous about this run because I wanted to do a new route. The CIM marathon is relatively flat, so I wanted to test my endurance and speed on a flat route. I called a local running store and asked for a recommendation of a flat route. They suggested Paradise Loop, so I decided to give that a try. Here is what my route ended up looking like:
I did 10 out from my car and 10 back. It was a BEAUTIFUL run! That being said – NOT FLAT. No, man from the running store. I don’t know what he thinks flat is, but it is certainly not up the side of a mountain in my book. Ok, it was just up in the hills of Marin haha! But still. I saw a ton of deer. They weren’t even a little bit afraid of me. This is a quick photo I snapped when I took my first gel. I felt envious of how light and quick they looked springing up the hills next to me haha.
If you read my blog, you already know I am not a big eater before runs. I had a banana and a gel before I set out. I took my first gel after that at mile 7, and a second gel at mile 13 because I could feel myself getting weak after pumping up the hills and blood sugar dropping. I struggled to finish my last mile and a half. I think I should have waited to take that second gel at mile 14, or should have brought something else small to snack on.
Mile 10.3 turn around point
I could feel my blood sugar drop, and I had finished all the water in the hydration pack (which I had not filled up all the way to start with – live and learn). My body was kind of going “Alert! Alert!” When I finished, I had two texts from friends and one from my boyfriend all asking how it had gone. I also had texts of encouragement from my parents, who had stayed at my house the night before and were waiting for me to eat breakfast.
It made my heart happy to know they were thinking of me! It was probably the lack of food and hydration, but I was so deliriously happy to have conquered that run I felt just a tiny bit emotional HAHA. #girlproblems
After I got home, we went out for breakfast. My parents had stayed another week in London, and I had picked them up at the airport the night before. They waited until I was done with my run and took me out for breakfast. I try to keep my post training run meals pretty clean so that my body can use the nutrients to recover. I love getting an egg white omelet, no cheese, with mushrooms and spinach AND fruit instead of potatoes AND dry wheat toast with peanut butter.
- Sunday – MUCH needed rest! I woke up this morning feeling a little rough. Tight hips, quads, low back, shoulders and neck are all really sore. I’ll stretch and foam roll a lot today. Probably an epsom salt bath too. Definitely watching the NYC marathon as I lay around.
As far as food goes, I have been keeping my carbs lower. My body held onto some weight when I got injured while trying to do a reverse diet, and then I went to London for a week. Once my body gets back to normal, I will add more carbs back in. The lowered carb intake is probably a big part of why I am not feeling as strong during my lifting sessions. I am keeping that in mind and not being too hard on myself when I feel a little weak.
This week for lunches I did cauliflower, broccoli and chicken. So good. You can get my cauliflower recipe here. My Nuttzo discount code is Kyle10.
I hope you all had a great Halloween! I am off to meal prep and get ready for the work week!
With love & foam rolling,