Monday: breakfast potatoes and eggs
Tuesday and Thursday: breakfast burritos
Friday: cereal bar, string cheese, and fruit
Saturday: homemade waffles via the man of the house
Monday and Thursday: the leftover orange beef that I made last weekend. I'm still 100% neutral on this one. I won't make it again obviously but still I didn't hate it, it's a solidly OK meal. There's another serving waiting for me in the freezer.
Tuesday: a treasure from the freezer. The sausage and mushroom pasta that I'd forgotten about and it was a welcome find. I have a few more servings tucked away and they're going to get eaten ASAP.
Wednesday and Friday: lunch from work catering, nothing exciting.
Sunday: veggie burrito
Monday and Tuesday (family meals): tacos. The only thing of note that I have to say is that I've started using Flatout wraps for my tortillas. They're a good size, lower calorie, higher nutrition, AND acceptable taste compared to regular tortillas.
Wednesday (date night): Cheddar Bacon Ranch burgers
Thursday (fend for yourself night): snacks
Friday (date night): my husband had a craving for Shepherd's Pie, so we went out to an Irish Pub to scratch the itch. As soon I saw the menu I came up with my own powerful craving for fish and chips. We both left happy.
Saturday (date night, lazy style): my husband was still full from Friday's dinner and I just wanted something easy. He had canned soup, I had a quickie flatbread with pesto and cheese.
Sunday (family meal): family lasagna
We have plenty of lasagna to tide us over and I made another batch of breakfast burritos.
Eh, I'm not sure what to say besides things aren't going as planned. 19.25 miles of running, the week started hard, got worse, and then got better.
You know what is going as planned? The Weekly Run Down! Head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out.
Here's what's up with my running:
- This summer I did a speed program that really clicked with my body. Then I finished and I haven't found the next "thing". My plan for after the speed program was to return to running All The Miles but faster and to kick some half marathon butt. Unfortunately this has played out in a bad cycle of running too fast for my level of fitness and then following that with a few days of sluggish, burned out runs. The workouts that I'm attempting aren't wildly different from the speed program but my body isn't happy about something.
- I may or may not be ready to run my 2nd half marathon in two weeks.
- It's officially too dark to run outside in the mornings now. Knuckle lights are great but they're not everything and I had a pretty bad fall this week.
- If my body doesn't want to Run All The Miles right now, then I'm not going to. Lots of folks in the real world run half marathons and do it well on less mileage than I run. I'll run as much as I want, it that's 6 days a week, great, if that's 4 days a week then so be it.
- I'm a newbie to the half marathon world, there's no answer to whether I'm ready or not besides to run the race. And two weeks out there's nothing I can do to change the path that I'm on besides to keep running.
- I'm not messing around with the dark anymore. All of my weekday runs will be on the treadmill from here on out. I adore going out into the dark when it's just going to be for 10 minutes and then daylight, but having to run for 30 minutes before there is any hint of light is just downright depressing.
Monday: three easy miles that just didn't feel good. I started doing hill sprints at the end which felt all kinds of wrong, so I bailed. Weights at lunch.
Tuesday: 5.25 miles. I had ambitions to do a speed workout and my body wasn't interested. So I did it anyway and felt defeated when I couldn't keep the pace on the last rep. This was the day that I fell. I came home with a bruised knee, a skinned palm, an aching glute from trying to break the fall, and a ton of gratitude that it wasn't worse.
Wednesday: no running, weights at lunch.
Thursday: Hey treadmill! I just did three miles to ease back into things and left the workout feeling good and energized for the day which was a welcome change from Monday and Tuesday. The irony is that I run much faster on the treadmill than off it, so it was both an easy and a race pace run.
Friday: my glute was still sore, so I skipped my run just to be prudent, weights at lunch.
Saturday: I've been increasing my long run by a mile each week but I could not get my head around 11 miles. Darkness wasn't an issue so I was back outside and did 8 miles, with three of those miles being very hilly and difficult. I went into a negative tailspin and had every kind of "I can't" going through my head when I got to the first difficult mile and then out of nowhere I went into The Zone and before I knew it the difficult miles were done and I was flying.
P.S. my glute is still sore but running doesn't seem to be aggravating it so all systems are go.
Half Marathon Forecast: is looking good, can someone please lock that in for me? (Context: my first half marathon back in May was a bizarrely hot day that came out of no where and no I'm not haunted by the thought that that's going to happen again or anything).
The good part of being back in the treadmill is that my TV watching is really going to take off. I had started Suits on my last treadmill run back in July and was happy to pick that back up.
For lifting, I was delighted to see that there's another season of Married at First Sight on Hulu (I have no idea why I find this show so fascinating, I certainly didn't get married at first sight).
In our spare time, hubs and I watched more RiffTrax because we are very mature people.
With my eyes: Still happily chugging away on Snap Judgement by Marcia Clark. I really like it and I'm in no hurry to finish.
With my ears: another audio book. The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner, it's kind of akin to Educated.