Happy Friday, friends! I decided to do a Friday Favorites post, but a quote version this time. I have been turning to quotes on Pinterest for inspiration lately, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of my faves!
Have a fabulous weekend!
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I know for some, 7 miles is a warm-up or shake-out run, but for me - it was my longest run so far.
Last Saturday morning started out with a few hits of the snooze button. I was kind of nervous for this run, so that resulted in me stalling a tad in the morning. Unfortunately, this run would have to be done on the treadmill. If you have read any of my previous posts the past few weeks, then you know it has been down right FRIGID in my neck of the woods.
On normal running days, I usually wake-up and go run - without eating or drinking anything except for a glass of water. This day was different, because it was going to be a longer run for me, I decided to have a Larabar with my water.
I took my iPad and set it up on the display of the treadmill so I could watch a few previous sermon videos. It turned out to be a great idea. The run went well.. surprisingly well actually. I felt great the entire time, although mile 6 was probably my toughest, mentally. I felt so accomplished and glad I completed it. I took it slow (about 65 minutes), but that didn't matter to me. I just wanted to finish it!
Post-run went like this:
Click Espresso Vanilla Protein Drink + water
Half of a banana + PRO Compression
The rest of the morning looked something like this... coffee + coffee + coffee
Then lunchtime came and this happened:
I celebrated my longest run ever with a visit to the Whole Foods salad bar. If I am really being honest though, I never need an excuse to hit up the best salad bar in town!
I won't bore you with the details of the rest of my day, but I will say, I think I filled up this bad boy about 100 times. Not really, but you get the point. Needed to make sure I was staying hydrated :)
Next long run is 8 miles - woop woop!
How many miles is your longest run ever?
I have been making several recipes that call for Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, or mayo, etc. This recipe is no exception, and it turned out to be a great tasting meal.
The pictures are not great at all, but I promise it was delicious!
1/4 cup salsa
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
Tortillas (I filled 6 small tortillas and had extra mixture left over)
- Bake chicken breasts according to package
- Meanwhile, mix all other ingredients together
- After chicken is done baking, shred with a fork
- Add chicken to the rest of the ingredient mixture
- Fill tortillas with 1-2 healing tablespoons of the mixture and roll up
- Place rolled up tortillas in casserole dish
- If you have any mixture left over, you can put some on top of the rolled up tortillas
- Bake for 10-20 minutes at 350-375 degrees
Again, the pictures don't do this meal justice - sorry about that!
Week 4 of my half marathon training plan is complete!
The bitter cold has not gone away yet, so again, this week's training was inside. The 7 miles on Saturday was the longest distance I have ever run, so it felt awesome to complete it - even if it was on a treadmill. So far, it doesn't look like I will be getting outside this week either (I hope I am wrong). The low today is -11 and the high is 3 degrees. Tomorrow is a low of -17 and the high is 0 degrees. Yikes.
The 5k race will kick off the training series for the half marathon, and that is on Saturday... outside. It should be interesting, but hopefully it will warm up by then!
Here is what week 4 of my training looked like:
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 4 mile run + chest press, overhead press, fly, lat pull down (4 sets of 12 each)
Thursday: 3 mile run + 8 minute ab circuit
Saturday: 7 mile run
Sunday: cross training: 60 minutes walking
I like this piece of inspiration from Runner's World because of course we can apply it to training, but I think we can also apply it to many parts of life. Sometimes we have doubt in ourselves, but in the end, the best feeling is when you realize you were stronger and more capable than you ever thought possible!
Make it a great week!
You have good days and you have bad days. We all do.
Now, speaking from the runner side of me today... On those bad days, for whatever reason, it can be a struggle to pull it all together and have a decent run. This can happen to a first time runner, or a person who eats, sleeps, and breathes running. It can happen across the board. There are so many factors that affect our running.
BUT - I am starting to realize: There is no such thing as a bad run.
Bold statement? Maybe. Trust me, if you were to ask me in high school when I was training for soccer and field hockey - I would have told you how much I hated running. If you were to ask me about running in college, when I was training with my Division 1 field hockey team, I would have told you that I hated running. I think the main reason I hated it back then was because running was treated as a form of punishment sometimes. Or you were being timed, and if you didn't hit the expected time, you had to run more. I just think when training during sports, running can be easily affiliated with some negative connotations.
When I started running again a year or two after college, it was mainly to lose a few pounds that I had gained. Then, it became more of me in search for the inner athlete that I once was. I almost lost her, and needed to become reacquainted.
Now, as I am training for my first half marathon, I do not hate running. Running has taught me some amazing things about myself - but I will save that for another post.
Last week, I ran outside for the first time in a few weeks. Temperatures have been hovering around 0 degrees and below in my neck of the woods. I am running a 5k on Feb. 1 and it will be outside, so I really wanted to get outside for a few runs before the race. I hated every bit of it, the hills, the cold, the wind. It was only 3 miles, but it was slow. It felt like it was never going to end. When it did end, I was so thankful, and all those negative feelings I had during the run disappeared. I was thrilled I finished it - and that I made it home without frostbite.
That run might not have gone as planned, but I completed it. Instead of dwelling on how slow my run was or how awful the weather was, I decided to let it go and look forward to the next run.
You can do everything right, and you will still have runs that go poorly. For every few runs that make me feel like I’m on the top of the world, another one will come around that tests my resolve and shatters my confidence.
While it may seem obvious, it bears repeating: You can’t feel great on every single run. You can’t set a personal best in every race. The upside? Toughing out the bad runs makes you really appreciate the days when you feel like you’re flying. All we can hope for is that the great runs outnumber the bad.
We learn something from every run we take on, and usually that lesson is the importance of perseverance – and other times, we learn about letting go and trying again. Accepting that not every day will be perfect – but we’re much better off than we would have been if we never tried at all.
What have you learned from running?
Since, I posted a crockpot soup recipe (Crockpot Turkey Taco Soup) earlier in the week, I figured I would stay with the theme and post another. When I made this soup a couple weeks ago, I posted a picture on Instagram, and got several messages asking for the recipe. So, I thought it was only natural to share the recipe here :)
1 carton (4 cups) vegetable stock
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 small yellow onion, diced
1/2 bag frozen corn
1 bag frozen green beans
1 bag frozen okra
1/2 bag frozen lima beans
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon parsley
1 Tablespoon basil
Cook in crockpot on low for 8 hours
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