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 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 :)

Week 1 Half Marathon Training Recap

I think I’ve mentioned that I’m virtually training with a friend for her first half marathon. We’re doing a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate plan. So far, so good! Here’s how it’s been going:

  • Monday: 3-5 miles easy/recovery: Did 3.84 miles in 40:00 (treadmill)
  • Tuesday: CT or Rest: did 40 minutes walking Level 5 hills – 2.78 miles (treadmill)
  • Wednesday: 5 x 400 @5k pace: Did 8 x 400 = 3.35 miles in 30:45 (treadmill)
  • Thursday: Easy 3: Did easy 3 in 31:30 (treadmill)
  • Friday: 3 miles hills: Did 2 miles at a 2% incline, in 23:35 (GI issues) (treadmill)
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 5 miles LSR: did 5.15 miles in 55:25 (outside- OMG hot!)

With Lucy’s daily walks added in, I did a total of 32.12 miles for the week, rotating between my Brooks ST Racers, Skechers GR2, Skechers GRR3, and the walks in Saucony Kinvara 4.



On the food and weight side, I’ve been doing exceptionally well! I’ve been hovering between 117-118 the last couple weeks, and I’m perfectly happy with that :)