Sloppy Cuckoo Training – Week 6 Summary

I ran 41.25 miles last week! No wonder I’m exhausted ;)

RunSummary July 27 - Aug 2, 2015

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Speed-work (quarter-mile repeats) NB Zante
  • Wednesday: Easy run (4:1 jog/run intervals) Kinvara 5
  • Thursday: Hills (Level 3) Launch 2
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 22-mile LSR. I overheated and had to quit at 18.54 miles (:30/:30 intervals – Zante), but after a gallon of water, some food, and a shower I was able to finish up (4.01 miles – PF2) on the treadmill.
  • Sunday: Recovery run (:30/:30 intervals – super slow because of the heat) Ghost 6 for 1 mile, then Newton Distance IV for 7.56

Still working out shoe issues. It turns out the Zante are only going to work for (up to) half marathon distance. After that they started rubbing on the tops of 3 of my toes, but only on my left foot.

The Ghost 6 immediately (in less than 1 mile) caused their usual blister – I think they’re too wide and my foot slides around too much in them, even laced up tighter. Again though, only on my left foot.

*My left foot is smaller than my right, by almost a full size. Pretty sure that’s why most, if not all of my issues are only with the left foot. I buy my shoes to fit my right foot. This is also why I consistently end up back in the PF 2s – I have them in 2 different sizes, so they always fit both feet ;)  When (if) I find a new go-to shoe, I’ll do the same thing, but so far that hasn’t happened. Boo.

This morning’s weigh-in was 113.8. I cannot believe that I’m still losing weight during this round of training. Granted, it’s all beans, greens and grains (and I still track everything), but I’m talking single meals that are 800+ calories! I’m not complaining though!



Marathon Training – Recap of Weeks 10 and 11

Oh yes, I have a blog here I keep forgetting about. Oops. Ahem, anyways. I’m still moving right along with marathon training, and also today is the last day of #REDA (Run Every Day in April). I’m planning on 3.25 miles at lunch today which will make my April running mileage total 111 miles! Here’s how the last couple weeks of marathon training went:

Weeks 10 and 11 MT 4-13-15 to 4-26-15

I had to split my 18 mile long run into 2 runs because of my stupid stomach issues (IBS), so I ended up doing 13.5 outside on the trail, and then 5 more at home on the treadmill. I had to stop 4 times while out on the trail (Yep, I pooped in the woods. When you gotta go, you gotta go!). This is the reason I rarely sign up for races, and quite frankly I’m terrified of having the same thing happen on marathon day. So for the rest of my training I’m going to really focus on the foods I’m eating and what’s causing the problems. I’m going to try eliminating gluten because I think that might be at least 1 of the culprits. We’ll see. Ugh.

This also means I’ll be tracking everything again, which I haven’t been doing for the last month or so because my weight hasn’t really fluctuated (116.6 this morning) and I’ve been eating basically the same foods. But this time I’ll be tracking more to see if I tend to have worse issues after eating certain things. But hey, when I’m focused more on nutrition at least I tend to post more often ;)

Marathon Training – Week 7 Summary

Happy Meatless Monday! I don’t have a new recipe this week because I’m still eating my delicious leftovers from last week. As long as I have quinoa/rice, beans, salsa, and guacamole I don’t need much else :)

I had a great week of training! Not only did I complete all workouts (including the 14 mile long run!), I also got my shoe dilemma all straightened out. It’s the Kinvara 5 (for the win!) for easy and long runs, and the New Balance 1400 v2 for speed-work and (shorter) tempo runs. I can’t believe none of the Brooks made the cut, but I’ve still got my eye on the Launch 2 for my next shopping extravaganza….

I haven’t gotten my weekly email from SmashRun yet, so here’s the breakdown from Daily Mile:

Run summary March 23-29, 2015

Run summary March 23-29, 2015-2

The only downfall this week happened somewhere between miles 5 and 6 of the long run yesterday. My foot pod died. Not just the battery, but the foot pod itself. Not sure how or what happened, but even after putting in a new battery it won’t work :(  No worries though, I just went onto Running Warehouse and ordered a new one. It was a few bucks more than some competitor sites, but they have such great customer service, and super fast shipping! I highly recommend them!

Since I probably won’t have a chance to post tomorrow here’s a little summary for March:

  • 3.2 pounds lost (from 118.8 to 115.6)
  • 104 running miles (plus 3.5 planned for today)

Have a great week!

Last Week’s Run Summary, Marathon Training, and Baked Falafel

I know I’m late with this, and have also been M.I.A. lately. I’m sorry. My office has been without internet off and on for the past week or so, and it’s been a total nightmare. So when I get home it takes me several hours to catch up on everything I missed during the day, besides having to make dinner, take Lucy for her walk, and the every-day household stuff that has to be taken care of. But anyways…

2/2/15 - 2/8/15

2/2/15 – 2/8/15

I took it easy last week in anticipation of marathon training starting this past Monday, although there was really no reason since so far it hasn’t been anything different than I normally do. The hardest thing for me during the first half of training (until the long runs get long) will be getting in cross-training. Because, frankly, I suck at doing anything besides running and/or walking :)

Today I went ahead and registered for the Marathon – that was exciting!


In shoe news, the Kinvaras have been working out quite well so far. I’ve worn them for every run since I got them. Does this mean I’ve stopped searching for the “perfect” shoe? Of course not! Lol! I’m going to stop at my LRS this weekend and try on the PureFlow 3 or 4, the new Launch (if they have them in stock yet), and maybe even the PureCadence. I’d also like to try the Hoka Cliftons and the New Balance 1400 but my local store doesn’t carry either of those. I’m trying to refrain from ordering anything else online since it’s been kinda hit-and-miss lately. But we’ll see…

Tonight I made baked Falafel for the first time and Wow! They are delicious! It was also my first time eating them. It definitely won’t be the last.  I put them over some quinoa with roasted garlic, and drizzled some Sesame-Garlic sauce over it. Yum!

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This morning’s weigh in was 117.4 so all is still good there :)

And that’s about it for today!

13.1 Miles to Go…

To reach my 100 mile running goal for the month, and with only 2 days left – EEK!  I wish I would have realized this before only running 1 mile today, Lol! Looks like I’ll be doing my long run on Saturday instead of Sunday this week ;) As long as I get my 3 mile run in tomorrow, I’m confident that I can do it!

February means that Marathon Training starts (again) and this time I will not wimp out. No excuses! And I’ll have an accountability buddy/training partner (albeit long distance/virtual) this time! We will do this, right Tammy?! Both of our marathons are on June 13th – hers in Iowa (Marathon to Marathon) and mine in Philly, PA (1/2 Sauer, 1/2 Kraut). This is the training plan we are going to be following (about 95% of the credit goes to No Meat Athlete):

Marathon Training 2 9 15

Yesterday I did a test run of the speed-work intervals I’ll be doing when Marathon Training starts (in 11 days!!). After a 5-minute warm up you do 6 repeats of 1:2 intervals (running hard for 1 minute followed by 2 minutes recovery) and a 5-minute cool down. This equals 28 minutes, which isn’t quite long enough for me *grin* so I did 9 repeats. I can already tell this is going to be my favorite day of the week!  As I mentioned above, today was just a 1 mile easy run (plus 1.5 miles walked). Tomorrow I think I’m going to test out the 3×3 hill repeats (running uphill for 3 minutes, then downhill for 3 minutes), continuing the repeats until I make it to (at least) 3 miles.

1:2 speed-work intervals

1:2 speed-work intervals – Wednesday 1/28/15

Umm, see my bloody sock in the background? I’m not sure exactly what happened there because at the time, my toe didn’t hurt. Even after taking off my sock and cleaning the blood off my pinky toe, I have no idea what’s going on with it. Today it’s sore, but there’s no mark, bruise, cut or anything that makes any sense as to why all the blood.


What?! WHY?! P.S. these are the best socks EVER!

I wore different shoes today (Newton Fate) just in case it’s the new Fastwitch’s that caused this, and while there was no blood after today’s run (and remember, it was only 1 mile), my toe was somewhat painful by the time I got back to work. I’ll try to assess more after tomorrow’s run since it will be longer, but I really hope it’s not the new Fastwitch’s. I really like them! Not to mention that the extra 2 pairs I ordered came today… Ugh.


This morning’s weigh in was 117.2, and I also took my measurements today. 35 1/2, 26 1/2, 35 1/2! I’m proportionate! Lol! Now I just need to lose 1 inch off my waist to get an hourglass figure ;)

Sunday Runday

Around here, every day is run day, but I try to do a little bit longer of a run on Sundays. Marathon training starts next month, but while I’m not training for anything, 10k is my usual “long” run on Sundays. I take it nice and easy while watching (Doctor Who) Netflix :) And Lucy has definitely gotten better about not trying to eat the treadmill while I’m on it! Hehehe

She eats a bully stick, messes with the bed, then passes out til I'm done.

She eats a bully stick, messes with the bed, then passes out til I’m done.

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Back to her happy. kissing self as soon as I'm done!

Back to her happy. kissing self as soon as I’m done!

This morning’s weigh in was 116.4 and for dinner tonight I made Buffalo Cauliflower. I’m not sure where the recipe came from because I only took a picture of the ingredients and not the whole recipe. From there I just sorta “winged” it. Get it?! Winged it – Buffalo… yeah, never mind. *grin*  But anyways, talk about DELICIOUS!

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower

I whisked together  3/4 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup water, 2 tsp garlic and 1 tsp paprika. Then I dumped a chopped up head of cauliflower into it, got it all coated, and baked it at 450* F for 30 minutes. Then I pulled it out of the oven and drizzled a cup of Frank’s Buffalo Sauce over all of it, and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes. I ate 1/3 of it and could have easily eaten even more. Man, it was good!!

We’re supposed to get somewhere between 12 – 18 inches of snow between tonight and tomorrow night so I’m wearing my pajamas inside out tonight and hoping for a couple days off work!

I just hope the FedEx man can still get here with my new shoes! Lol!

Caution: Dog Can’t Hold Her Licker

What weighs 90 pounds (of peanut butter) and has a 3-foot long tongue? Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but she really does have the longest tongue I’ve ever seen! Anyone (human or animal) that gets within range of that tongue, will feel the wrath of Lucy’s kiss attacks! As you can see, Bogey tolerates her pretty well… at least for a little while.

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Lucy giving Bogey a kiss :)

Today’s run almost didn’t happen. I’m still fighting this stupid stomach virus, and spent almost the entire day in bed. Finally, at about 8:15pm I took a shot of Imodium and jumped on the treadmill for a quick mile.

Today's run brought to you by the makers of Imodium AD

Today’s run brought to you by the makers of Imodium AD

This morning’s weigh in was 116.4 and there is no food log for today since I can’t keep anything down. Here’s to a better tomorrow!

Top 10 List

I decided to actually follow the writing prompt for #writeandrun31 for today’s post :)

In no particular order, this is my top 10 list:

Bogey and Lucy

Bogey and Lucy

  1. Lucy (and Bogey)
  2. All things Running (shoes, friends, treadmill, Garmin, etc…)
  3. Family and Friends
  4. Coffee!
  5. Esther the Wonder Pig
  6. Books/TV
  7. Spicy Tex-Mex Vegan Food
  8. Laptop (all things internet!)
  9. iPhone
  10. Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies!
Esther the Wonder Pig

Esther the Wonder Pig – chillin’ in her pool(s) :)

Today’s run was 10k Trainer W8D2. 5 minute warm up, 28 minute run, 5 minute cool down. I slowed down a tad from yesterday because it was ungodly hot in the gym today and I was already sweating 15 minutes in. I wore my ST Racers again and had no foot or shoe issues – Yay!

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This morning’s weigh in was 115.6 and here’s what I ate today:

  • Brunch: Dr. McDougalls Thai Peanut noodle soup
  • Dinner: Chipotle Black beans with Red Hot Blues and Minute brand Whole Grain Medley.

I was crazy busy at work today and skipped breakfast. Normally I eat quite a bit more than this. These past 3 days have been somewhat “off” – I kinda think I’ve got a touch of the stomach bug that’s been going around.

Meatless Monday – Chipotle Black Bean Wraps (and the usual other stuff)

I really can’t believe I hadn’t already posted this recipe because I eat it almost every day!

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Chipotle Black Bean Wraps


  • 1/4 cup Reduced Fat Vegenaise
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tsp Chipotle chili powder (Spicy!)
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 bunch scallions (about 6) – both white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 jar (12oz) fire-roasted red peppers, chopped. Reserve about 2 Tbsp of the liquid
  • 4 whole wheat wraps
  • Cilantro for garnish (optional)
Not pictured: whole wheat wraps

Not pictured: whole wheat wraps


  1. In a small bowl, make the Chipotle sauce by combining the Vegenaise, liquid smoke, Chipotle powder and paprika.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl mash the black beans with the lime juice and cumin. Add the Chipotle sauce.
  3. Add the scallions and roasted red peppers (and liquid) and mix it all together.
  4. Portion into 4 servings – 1 for each wrap. Wrap ’em up and garnish with cilantro. That’s it.
Chipotle sauce

Chipotle sauce

Black bean mixture

Black bean mixture

I also wanted to share that I had a great run today! I resumed my 10k Trainer program with Week 8 Day 1: 5 minute warm up, 28 minute run, and 5 minute cool down. I cranked up my “Long Run” playlist on Spotify and off I went (on the treadmill)…

4.07 miles in 38:07

4.07 miles in 38:07

Instead of running at the same pace for 28 minutes, I steadily increased the pace every 5 minutes. By the time I made it to the cool down, I was pouring buckets of sweat!

I also decided to stop worrying about my shoe dilemma. I do have 3 pairs that I like, plus the PF 2s that I pulled from the “retired” pile. I think I can get a few more miles out of them :) Here’s Lucy modeling with the current rotation:

From left to right: Newton Fate, Ghost 6, PF 2, ST Racers

From left to right: Newton Fate, Ghost 6, PF 2, ST Racers

This morning’s weigh in was 115.8 and here’s what I ate today:

  • Brunch: Black Bean Sriracha Pasta with roasted red peppers and salsa
  • Dinner: Chipotle Black Bean Wrap with Minute brand Whole Grain Medley

Running, Reading, Ghosts, and Tomatoes

I don’t have much for today. It’s been non-stop raining/sleeting all day so I stayed in bed until 3pm listening to and finishing that book I started last night – Pines by Blake Crouch. I liked the first half better than the 2nd half, but it was one of those books that I couldn’t stop listening to!  I’d say it’s worthy of 4 stars, and I’ve already got the 2nd of the Trilogy (Wayward) downloaded and ready to go for tonight.

Today’s run was just an easy 5 miler, on the treadmill while watching Doctor Who. And since I couldn’t take Lucy out walking in the sleet, I added a 1.2 mile walk at the end of my run. I was going to do 10, but my tummy said no. I think I’ve pin-pointed the major culprit- tomatoes. I’m going to try a few days without tomatoes and see if it makes any difference.

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Back to my old trusty Ghosts until I decide what I want to try next…

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This morning’s weigh-in was 117.6 and here’s what I ate today:

  • Pre-run: a spoonful of peanut butter
  • Post-run: Skinny Girl Caramelized Onion pretzel crackers and some hummus
  • Dinner: Black bean Sriracha Pasta (+ roasted red peppers)

Yes, I know it’s not much but remember I didn’t even get out of bed until about 3pm! I’m sure I’ll be ravenous tomorrow ;)