Week 8 HM Training Recap

This week didn’t start out so great – I missed my easy/recovery run on Monday, and was home sick on Tuesday. I did get in 7.5 miles with Lucy those 2 days though. The rest of the week went as planned, and my long run today was great! No tummy issues, and the weather outside was perfect- about 79 degrees, overcast, and no humidity :)

Naturally, my training log is at work, so here’s a screen-shot of my Daily Mile log:




And from today’s run:

Pretty good time considering I did 2:1 intervals :)

My virtual training buddy, Tammy, didn’t have such a great long run. Maybe you could stop by her page and give a little encouragement? She’s been doing such a fantastic job with her training, and I’m so proud of her!



Meatless Monday: Laura’s Awesome Sauce! And Week 7 HM Training Recap

My awesome sauce is sort of adapted from the Tahini Lime Dressing that I’ve shared before (which was originally adapted from a recipe from Peas and Thank You). I tweaked it a bit and added some Tex-Mex flair to create this delicious, tangy, put-it-on-everything sauce :)

Laura’s Awesome Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Tahini
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp (low sodium) soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning (see below)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp agave
  • smoked paprika and sesame seeds to garnish (optional)


Awesome Sauce

Awesome Sauce

Combine all ingredients til smooth. That’s it! I didn’t do the nutritional info on this because I just use a drizzle here, a tablespoon or so there, etc. The same goes for my Spicy Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 Tbsp Hot Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ancho Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika

Again, just combine all ingredients and then store in an air-tight container. An empty spice container works perfectly and then you already have the holes at the top to sprinkle (pour) it out :)



And here’s how week 7 of half marathon training went:

  • Monday (7/21/14): 3.55 miles easy/recovery run + 1.5 w/Lucy
  • Tuesday (7/22/14): Rest + 1 w/Lucy
  • Wednesday (7/23/14): Speed-work- 3.5 miles doing 6 x 400 repeats (with 400 recoveries) + 1 w/Lucy
  • Thursday (7/24/14): 2.5 w/Lucy
  • Friday (7/25/14): 30 minutes easy (2.8 miles) + 2.6 w/Lucy
  • Saturday (7/26/14): Rest + 3.75 w/Lucy
  • Sunday (7/27/14): 7 mile LSR + 2 w/Lucy

Starting weight 115.8 and ending weight 116.2. I’ve been eating well and it definitely shows!

Oh and by the way, a huge WOOHOO!!!! to my virtual training buddy Tammy, who did the Bix 7-mile race on Saturday! So soooooo proud of you Tammy! You rock!

And on another note, it looks like I’m breaking up with my Skechers (other than quick, short runs). Last week I ran exclusively in Brooks (rotating between the PureFlow 2s and the ST Racers) and had no foot issues at all. Then I thought I’d try the Skechers GRR 3s for my long run since a) it wasn’t really a “long” run at only 7 miles, and b) the GRR 3s have more cushioning than the GR 2s (and both of the Brooks), and I thought more cushioning = good. Right? Nope! It really sucks though because they are so comfortable on my feet. Ah well. I might throw Ghosts back in the rotation for my longer runs as I do need just a bit more cushioning for the longer miles.



Why yes, I am slightly obsessed with running shoes!!!


What’s your favorite running shoe? And why?


Week 6 HM Training Recap

I just got back from a walk with Lucy and figured I might as well get my summary post in so that I can (hopefully) post a recipe tomorrow for Meatless Monday :)

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That’s probably kinda hard to read, so here’s a recap:

  • Monday: 35 minute easy/recovery run. Did 3.71 miles in 35:01. I felt good so I just kept increasing by .2 every quarter mile to the halfway point, then decreased by .2 til finished. Plus 1.25 with Lucy
  • Tuesday: Rest or CT. Just walked Lucy – 1 mile.
  • Wednesday: Speed-work. Did 10 x 400 repeats at 6.8 – 7.5 mph with 4.2 mph recoveries. 3.76 miles in 35:30. Plus 1.5 with Lucy
  • Thursday: Easy 3. Did 3.51 in 35:05. Plus 1.5 with Lucy
  • Friday: Hills. Did Level 3 pre-set on treadmill: 3.27 miles in 36:06 doing 4:1 intervals. Plus 1.5 with Lucy
  • Saturday: Rest. Did 4 miles with Lucy
  • Sunday: 9 mile LSR. Did 9.06 in 1:35:05 doing 4:1 intervals. I stayed home and did this on the treadmill because I wasn’t sure how my tummy was going to be from all the experimenting I did in the kitchen yesterday. Ended up okay with no issues :)  Plus 2.15 with Lucy.

I did all my runs this week in the Brooks PureFlow 2s. As of tonight I only have one small blister. I think I’m gonna just use the Skechers for speed work, or maybe try to break them back in slowly. They feel so good on my feet, but I think they were the cause of the massive blisters :(

I definitely did not drink enough water this week, so I’ll continue to work on that next week. As for weight, I started the week at 117.0 and finished at 117.0 – how’s that for consistency?!

And because I spent so much time making recipes and experimenting in the kitchen on Saturday, I’m hoping to post a recipe tomorrow for Meatless Monday.

Week 5 Half Marathon Training Recap

Better late than never, right?!

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I only ended up running 3 days, but still managed to get in over 30 miles for the week! I did my speed-work on Wednesday (treadmill): 8 x 400 repeats (love this workout!) for 30 minutes (just over 3 miles), hill-work on Friday (treadmill): 3.5 miles of level 1 hills in 35 minutes, and my long run on Sunday (outside): 8.2 miles (doing 1:1 intervals) in 96 minutes. Oh my Goodness, it was BRUTAL out there- 94 degrees and 100% humidity. I kept waiting (and hoping for) the thunderstorm, but it never came until after I was back home :(


Tonight I’ll be trying out a new recipe from One-Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson. It’s Cumin-Spiced Quinoa Salad with Jalapeno Pesto. I can’t share the recipe, but I will report back with the outcome!


Week 2 Half Marathon Training Recap

Week 2 done, and I finished up by running a half marathon yesterday. Not a race, but just because I promised myself I’d run a half marathon on my birthday :)

Although it was a good run, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do without the proper training. I ended up with a huge blister under the big toe on my left foot. And it really messed up my easy run today. So lesson learned – I will stick to the mileage designated in the training plan!

Anyways, here’s how the week went:

  • Monday: 40 minute easy/recovery run. 3.95 miles doing 3:1 intervals
  • Tuesday: Ct or Rest: I rested (other than Lucy’s walk)
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes speed-work. 3.13 miles doing 8 x 400 repeats
  • Thursday: 3 miles easy. I actually skipped this because of GI issues
  • Friday: 40 minutes hills: 3.8 miles of Level 1 hills
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 6 mile LSR. 13.15 miles (in 2:27) doing 1:1 intervals 
Week 2 summary

Week 2 summary

With Lucy’s walks added in I did 36.03 miles for the week! Hard to believe since I basically skipped 2 workouts.

All runs this week were done in the Skechers GoRun2.

And this morning’s weigh-in was 117.2 :)

Weekly Wrap-up

Wow, it’s brutally hot outside today! TGFT! That would be “Thank Goodness for Treadmills!” My treadmill room has been a complete wreck for the last several months, but I spent most of yesterday getting it all cleaned out and rearranged. This morning I fixed the computer and got it running again, and then moved the treadmill so that I can now spend my long runs watching Netflix! Yay! And by giving Lucy her frozen Kong treat right when I was ready to get going, I actually made it 20 minutes before she started to mess with the treadmill and I had to lock her out of the room. Progress!



So here’s how this week went running-wise:

  • Monday: 3.27 mile run + 3 w/Lucy
  • Tuesday: 4 miles w/Lucy
  • Wednesday: 4 mile run + 1.5 w/Lucy
  • Thursday: 3 mile run (hills) + 1.5 w/Lucy
  • Friday: 3 miles w/Lucy
  • Saturday: 5 miles w/Lucy
  • Sunday: 5.52 mile LSR + 2.5 (so far) w/Lucy

I’m starting a new half-marathon training plan tomorrow so that I can help a friend train for her first half!  It’s a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate program, and is 12 weeks long. That makes the half marathon date 8/31, and leaves me with another 12 weeks  that I can up my long runs for the November 16th marathon!

I’m still under 120 (119.4 this morning) and doing pretty well with my food choices. It’s really easy when you eat basically the same thing every day. But that’s okay because I never get sick of my spicy bean concoctions, topped with homemade salsa and guacamole :)

Have a great week!