Started the week on Sunday by doing a big meal prep for the week
- Roasted one spaghetti squash
- Made a big batch of quinoa in the rice cooker
- Hard boiled a half a dozen eggs
- Roasted two sweet potatoes
- Baked a batch of breakfast cookies
Monday: Strength training session with Andrea!
Did a combination of Gina’s #summershapeup weeks two and three. Arms were burning by the end!
Tuesday: 4.2 miles. 9:33, 9:15, 9:09, 9:17
Day one of marathon training! Alarm went off at 5:40 and I was out of the house by 6. I was just ever so slightly chilly in shorts and a T-shirt, but warmed up quickly. Ran to the gym, checked in, drank some water and did a little rolling. More water and then was on my way back home. Still a little unsure of what pace I should be doing my “slow” runs at.
After work I headed to the new Cossetta’s rooftop, Louis, and met up with Mellissa and Lee for a lovely happy hour! The rooftop was packed due to the amazing weather, but luckily Mellissa had scored a pretty sweet table. No idea why I didn’t think of having someone take our photo.
Wednesday: Rest day
Although I probably would’ve been happy to start the day with a workout, I opted to sleep in to rest up for the long day ahead of me. After work I picked up the CSA share my friends let us have this week while they were on vacation. When I got home I made the carbonara sauce and added in the spaghetti squash I had already roasted and shredded on Sunday. All I had to do was mix it in and heat it up for an easy and quick dinner for the hubs and lunch for me the next day!
Then I jumped on a quick phone call with a company that I am excited to be partnering with soon After the call, I met my friend at the Good Earth where we scored a table on the patio and celebrated her new job (a pretty sweet gig) over peach sangria and wine.
Side note: I’ve been having really terrible service at restaurants lately. So frustrating.
Aaaand if that wasn’t enough to cram into my evening, I did a grocery shopping trip after dinner.
Thursday: 4.01 miles. 9:34, 9:47, 10:02, 9:32
Good run. Tried to force myself not to push my pace too much. Also, my calves are really starting to annoy me. They’ve been incredibly tight, so while watching the USA Track and Field Championships Thursday night, I foam rolled, iced and used a tennis ball for more targeting therapy. Ouch.
Friday: Hour long strength training session (with personal trainer)
I’m so excited to be working with my friend/mentor, Dawn, over the summer for semi-private personal training. We’re going to be meeting once per week and the focus will really be cross training and doing upper body/core/and glute and hamstring strengthening.
Today we warmed up for ten minutes on the KrankCycles, then we did lats/triceps/biceps using dumbells. We also did some TRX suspension work, some kettlebell swings and a fun core workout and myofasical release combo. I was definitely sore the next day!
Saturday: 8.02 miles. 9:27, 9:23, 10:07, 9:13, 9:53, 9:37, 10:55, 10:25
Holy crap, Duluth is hilly. More on this run in my Grandma’s spectating recap that will follow soon, but all I will say is I got my fair share of hills in on Saturday. The photo below was taken after my run:
And then I ended the day with walking/running 30,863 steps and climbing 128 floors.
Sunday: walk/ran 4.01 miles. 11:21, 11:05, 13:03, 14:59
To make a long story short, the Twin Cities got hit by a few rounds of bad storms Thursday-Saturday nights. We were in Duluth for Grandma’s for Friday/Saturday nights’ storms and missed the massive power outages (my neighbor said we lost power for almost 24 hours). We did, however, return home to a flooded basement but luckily no downed trees in our yard/on our house/on my car. Our neighbors were not so lucky and we were met with quite a few obstacles on my normal running route today.
Unfortunately, the relaxing afternoon/evening my husband had in mind post-marathon (btw he BQ’ed at Grandma’s marathon this weekend — but more on that later) didn’t exactly work out. Instead, spent the rest of the day trying to dry out the basement and salvage things that got wet. I did, however, volunteer to do most of the running up and down the basement stairs so he could give his legs a little bit of a rest 🙂
Week one of marathon training is done! Total miles: 20.30. My Tuesday and Thursday morning runs were done without any breakfast/fuel but I’m thinking that once those runs get longer, I may want to eat something first. Post-run breakfasts this week were baked breakfast cookies. I also brought my lunch every day this week and they were generally a combination of the foods I prepped on Sunday. Mashed sweet potatoes with black beans and goat cheese, hard boiled eggs for some protein and quinoa with a little salt and pepper. Satisfying and clean lunches!
Did you get bad storms where you live?
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