New year, new races

I’ve briefly mentioned here and there that I signed up for a few races this year. I think it’s time to share with you my game plan for these races (click the image to enlarge)!!

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Green = completed as planned, yellow = changed workout, red= skipped it altogether

I started this last week and as you can see, I’m already making changes. It’s all about having a structure but also remembering to go with the flow. :)

A few highlights:

  • I mentioned that I’m running the run to remember half in May, but as you can see I also signed up for a 5K. A few bloggers like Shannon and Tina are running it and I thought it would be fun to join them. The thing is, training for a long distance race is very different from training for a 5K. That’s why you see some interval runs in the mix. I want to not only continue hitting new personal distance records, but also get faster doing it! Speaking of distance…
  • You may notice that I plan on running up to 18 miles as part of my half marathon training. That is not necessary at all. I think I was physically ready for my last half, and dehydration and a few dumb decisions in my state of delirium (like sprinting a mile before the finish line) have contributed to a nightmare of an ending. With that said, I want my next half to feel like nothing. I know that’s silly since I will push myself harder than ever before (racing brings that out in people… must be all that adrenaline running through the body) but at least distance wise, I want 13.1 miles to feel kind of short. We’ll see if my plan works. :)
  • I’m keeping some resistance training, yoga and spinning as part of the schedule. I will obviously be running a lot more than usual, but I want to keep my body strong and avoid burnout by mixing in some of my other favorite workouts.

I’ll keep you guys posted on how my training progresses. Twisting my ankle means that “4 miles fast” is probably not the best idea tomorrow. I’ll try to spin or take a pilates class instead. Like I said, it’s about flexibility as well as consistency.

Now let’s get to today’s eats. I like talking about workouts but I LOVE talking about food 😆

BREAKFAST

Barney Butter/banana/pom seed waffle sandwich

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We sold our old appliances so now we don’t even have a microwave to use. This was amazing and all I needed was a toaster and some yummy ingredients. :)

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[365 calories]

MID-MORNING SNACK

Cranberry & almond KIND bar

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[190 calories]

I LOVE the whole nuts in KIND bars!! Next time I make my own granola bars, I’m going to put in whole nuts as well. They add such a great crunch! 😀

LUNCH

Thai rice noodles (leftover from last night’s soup) with mushrooms, broccoli, snap peas, chicken and thai spicy sauce

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I felt pretty resourceful saving the rice noodles and giving them another life today 😉

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[347 calories]

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

Clif mojo mountain mix bar

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[180 calories]

I don’t think I’m ever going to get bored of these!!

DINNER

Tortilla pizza!!

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[247 calories]

TJ’s flour tortilla with whole wheat, TJ’s organic tomato sauce, TJ’s lite shredded cheese mix, fresh mushrooms = perfection!! I LOVE the TJ’s organic tomato sauce (in a can) used as a pizza sauce. This was the best tortilla pizza I’ve ever made. Somehow it had the perfect proportions of ingredients and was perfectly crispy. Delicious… especially “chased” by some chocolate! :mrgreen:

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I also had some roasted almonds (unpictured) and now I’m doing everything in my power to NOT eat any more. It was a good, balanced day of eats. I can have more tomorrow. :)

Total calories consumed: 1611

I’m off to watch some No Reservations with the hubs. 😀

For those who participate in races, how do you train?

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19 comments to New year, new races

  • I hope we can get together again to run in the spring!

  • I’m so impressed by your meals made without a kitchen! Such a great example of what you can do with limited resources. That pizza really does look yummy!

  • I’m training for my first half marathon and really I’m going by the seat of my pants. I figure so long as I can run certain distances each week, then I know I’ll be 100% ready on the race day. It’s so important to listen to your body and not what some “plan” says

  • I would be the same way with a plan and have to adapt it for my own needs and to still be able to incorporate other interests. Sounds great!!! I hope to get into running after my next baby. :)

  • Yummy pizza! I so gotta try using a tortilla for the crust. That’s a totally awesome idea.

  • That waffle sandwich looks AMAZING. Yum! I have only done one race because of my erratic schedule, but as it’s lessening in the next couple of months, I hope to sign up for some 5 and 10kms!

  • You have a fun spring to look forward to! You’re going to do great!

  • I always tweak training plans, because while experts are, well, experts, I’m the only one who knows ME and how I feel! You’re going to rock these races!

  • All of your food looks so yummy! Your workout/training schedule looks great. I am following a 10K training schedule I found online but am making it my own…changing the workout days to ones that work for me, etc. Good luck! You’re definitely going to be prepared for your races!

  • I’m planning to run my first half marathon in the fall and haven’t really thought about a training schedule yet. I’m sort of just going to go with the flow, up my mileage week-to-week so I’m ready, endurance-wise for the race. I’m thinking I’ll aim to run close to the 13.1 miles before race day arrives so I know I can actually complete that mileage but wasn’t thinking of runner any farther than that? Again, I’m a little clueless about training for races, clearly. Most I’ve ever run is a 5 miler…hoping to do a 10k before the half marathon though, too.

  • sister inna

    yum! i want that pizza for breakfast

  • Great running schedule! Now I just have to make myself sign up for a race =) Hope your ankle feels better!

  • I think you are smart to do an 18 miler for your half even though it’s much longer than a half. Might as well be prepared and as long as you don’t over do it, it should be okay. Those races look fun, wish I could run so we could run some of these together!

  • Elina

    Meghan – I’d love to do that as well. I’m super slow these days but maybe in a bit, we can plan something. I don’t want to drag you down. :)

    Eve – thanks! It’s definitely been a challenge!

    Evan – good luck with training! I think you have a good attitude about it. It’s about having fun at the end of the day, right?

    Diana – tortillas work really great as a thin crust… and I like that you can use them in so many other ways too! Tortillas are very versatile 😀

    Jess – most beginner plans have you run up to 12 miles or so, but I think at the end it’s a personal preference. Maybe people don’t even do that. The adrenaline gets you through the rest (I think).

    Innz – I had pizza for breakfast today!! (details to come tonight 😉 )

    Sophie – I think signing up is a huge step… then you kind of have to follow through. 😆

    Kelly – thanks! I hope to be able to do it but I won’t stress about it. My goal at the end is to finish 13.1 on May 30th! You’ll be running in no time. Be patient 😀

  • Thanks Elina – that’s sorta what I was thinking too, getting to at least 12 miles before the race in September. Eek!

  • Hal Higdon!

    Love your blog! Can’t wait to read more!

  • I have my training plan from Runners World. I used it for my last two races and love it, but did adapt it to do at least two 10 mile runs (instead of one). From experience, I need to run longer distances more than just once before the race!

    Best of luck and keep us posted on your training. If you ever need support during any of those 15+ mile runs, let me know and I will join you for a few miles!

  • I signed up for that 5K too! It’s my very first one so I’m a little nervous – my goal is just to finish :) I hurt my knee though and haven’t been able to run the past 2 days, which is driving me crazy! Isn’t that the worst? Hope your ankle is better!

    And I’m completely impressed by your training schedule – you’re going to rock your half marathon!!

  • Question, how do you get such accurate calorie counts?

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