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 :) ┬áPlus 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.


Cocoa Nutty Dough Balls

Today’s recipe is a simple yet delicious (and mostly healthy) dessert. Also, since it only yields 10 balls, you could accidentally eat them all for about 1000 calories ;)

Cocoa Nutty Dough Balls




– 1/3c oat flour (you can grind up rolled oats)
– 1/3c ground pistachios
– 1/3c ground cocoa-roasted almonds
– 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar
– 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4c chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life – vegan)

Mix everything together, form into balls, and pop in the fridge for at least a couple hours. If you make 10 balls, they are 100 calories each:
Today’s run was a steady 3+ miles and I made it through with no GI issues! I like steady runs because I can just set the treadmill (6mph) and zone out.
And lastly is today’s food log:
B: bagel w/veggie cream cheese
L: Lime Tahini Quinoa salad
S: Tex Mex rice and beans w/salsa and guacamole
D: Caribbean black bean wrap (subbed hummus for guac and only used 1/4 cup beans)
I, of course, also had my usual over-abundance of coffee and not enough water. Oh, and I’m back down to 117 this morning!!

Week One, Day Four (and some personal history)

For the past 4 years I’ve eaten extremely healthy. I’ve been within 5 pounds of 116 since May 2009. Prior to that my weight was up and down, but I was pretty much “normal” sized most of my life. About 12 years ago I was in a very “difficult” relationship with an alcoholic, and I ballooned up to 240 pounds. To make a long story short I lost 100 pounds on my own (in a very unhealthy way) but then slowly started packing the pounds back on again.

I joined Weight Watchers in September of 2008 at 184 pounds (I’m 5’4 by the way). For the first time in my life I learned how to eat healthy. I didn’t count points; I followed the Core plan, which is basically where you can only eat certain foods off a specific list. Let me tell you, the pounds just fell off. I was at goal weight by May 2009.

In the Fall of 2009 I started the Couch to 5k program (at coolrunning.com). Once I made it through week 5 I was hooked! I finished the C25k and moved onto the 10k program. From there I went on to run 10 miles, and then started training for half marathons. Halfs are definitely my favorite distance (so far!).

In the Spring of 2010 I watched a documentary, Food Inc., and immediately stopped eating meat. After that came the China Study, Forks over Knives, etc., and I gave up eggs and (about 99% of) dairy as well. I became an advocate for Farm Sanctuary – raising money and running for them. I even have an adopted duck named Preston :)

I’m not sure what made me start adding more dairy back into my diet, but after today I see it’s gotten out of hand, and I guess that’s my main reason for sharing all of this. As I said, I’ve been eating extremely healthy for the past 4 years. Today, however, was NOT a healthy day, and it’s caused me to reassess where I’m at- in my diet and my beliefs.

I know in my heart that I will never eat animal flesh again, but why am I able to justify dairy? And what makes me think I can stay under 120 pounds by eating the crap I ate today?!

I’ll leave it at that for now and share today’s bad choices…

  • Breakfast: 4 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha and Entenmann’s Devil’s Food donuts
  • Lunch: Baked macaroni and cheese
  • Snack: Nutter Butter snack pack
  • Dinner: Salad (3 cups shredded lettuce with diced tomatoes, onions and celery) with sliced black olives, sesame sticks, and Tahini Lime Sauce

Workout: 3 miles easy (@5.6) plus .75 (@6mph)


Gotta Run!