It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about running on my blog and I’m so excited to fill you all in on some GREAT news.
After my marathon (7 months ago) my body kind of went into shock. I had terrible drops in blood sugar that were causing major panic attacks throughout the day, I felt weak in my workouts, I was always dizzy, my joints ached, I wasn’t having a monthly period and overall just knew something was VERY wrong in my body.
After countless amounts of doctors visits, blood draws, ultrasounds…etc we finally came to the conclusion that I was overall pretty healthy (THANK GOD) but my body needed rest, I was severely lacking healthy fats in my diet and my hormones were thrown off.
A few months ago I started making a very conscious effort to eat more healthy fats. Not going to lie even with my background in nutrition I was skeptical of eating so much fat. We’re talking coffee with heavy cream, eggs with coconut oil and a whole avocado, whole milk yogurt with nuts, more avocado at lunch, Perfect Bars, meats, eggs…yep ALL THE FAT! (I’ll do a whole post on fats and how they helped me plus marathon training mistakes next month) I also continued using 1-2 scoops of Vital Proteins collagen daily to help balance my hormones and you guys it worked!
To finish everything off going into 2017 I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox and I’ve never felt healthier and more in control over my body. I am so incredibly excited to begin the 2017 racing season feeling the best I have in almost a year and what better way to start it off than with my all time favorite race the Hot Chocolate 15k!
This will be my third year running the Hot Chocolate 15k! I just can’t pass up a race that gives you a high quality race JACKET instead of a shitty t-shirt, has chocolate fondue at the expo, chocolate on the course AND another round of chocolate fondue at the finish. HEAVEN!
Last year’s awesome race jackets + Nuun of course!
Post race chocolate fondue aka HEAVEN!
Seriously check the Hot Chocolate Run website and see if they are doing one where you live. They have them all over the U.S. and this race is simply too sweet to miss out on.
In addition to the Hot Chocolate 15k at the end of March I am also planning on running the La Jolla Half Marathon on April 23rd, Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Half on June 3rd and then Lululemon SeaWheeze on August 12th up in Vancouver. While I don’t currently have any marathons on my schedule it’s kind of tempting to consider one for the fall…but we shall see how I’m feeling after these first races of the year.
I did the Hot Chocolate Run with my mom and sister last year!
Hot Chocolate Run Training/ Weekly Workouts
The Hot Chocolate Run is Sunday March 26th which gives me about 8 weeks to prepare.
Not going to lie the longest I’ve ran in a long time is 6 miles so I’m definitely going to need to train for the 9 mile distance on a very hill course.
Thankfully the Hot Chocolate Run provides free training plans for runners of all levels when you register. I chose the plan to PR since I’m confident I can work up to the 9 miles in 8 weeks and run well.
The plan has you running 4-5 times per week which is different for me. I’m usually more of a run 2 times per week gal where I run like 5 miles during the week then kill myself on a long run over the weekend. I learned from my marathon and halves last year this is not the way to train and that weekly mileage v. individual long runs is SO MUCH better. When the La Jolla Half gets close I fully plan on following Kara Goucher’s half marathon training plan which has you running 5 times per week as well. I’m hoping this type of training works better for my body and hey may even snag a PR!
The biggest thing I struggle with when training for races and running so much is balancing it with my classes at Corepower Yoga. I am OBSESSED with the sculpt classes which are yoga classes with weights and HIIT type training so doing both running and a class and get exhausting. I’m going to try doing my running in the mornings then yoga sculpt at night this week and see how my body responds.
Here’s my plan:
- Monday: REST- thank god because my legs are dead from skiing this past weekend
- Tuesday: run 40 mins easy on treadmill (am) + yoga sculpt (pm)
- Wednesday: yoga sculpt
- Thursday: 45 mins running intervals on treadmill
- Friday: run 5-6 miles
- Saturday: C2 yoga
- Sunday: run 7-8 miles
Finishing strong getting mean mugged by some random lady haha!
Post race amazing-ness!
How do you adjust your diet during heavy periods of training?
Do you fear fats?
What races do you have coming up?