Balancing working full time and training for a half marathon can be challenging.
Do you run before work? After work? What if you get stuck on a project and have to skip a run?
I am not a morning person AT ALL so unfortunately most of my running has to be done after work. With that comes the added morning stress of packing to be sure to have I have clothes, fuel, sunscreen, body glide, a hat…etc.
Over the past few months I can’t tell you all how many times I forgot my Clif Shot Bloks or Body Glide and debated skipping my run. I never actually skip my runs BUT they’re certainly just a little less enjoyable when I’m missing one of my running essentials.
I’m 3 weeks into Kara Goucher’s Half Marathon training plan and all I keep thinking to myself is why the hell did I not try this plan YEARS ago.
When I started running I had no idea what I was doing and created my own training plans that were centered around a weekly long run and 1-2 recovery runs. I figured the best way to get better at distance running was to run long distances over and over again right? WRONG! I would end up blowing out my legs and being too sore for any other running.
My crazy training plans worked because I’ve now completed 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon BUT I have never felt in any of these races that I could have gone any faster. My body was so use to running the same speed over and over and over pushing the pace wasn’t even an option.
Back in January I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox program and really cleaned up my diet. My energy levels were high, my stomach wasn’t bloated and I didn’t crave sugar/junk AT ALL.
Well…over the past couple of months I’ve noticed my bad habit of consuming WAY too much sugar sneaking back into my life. We’re talking FLAVORED creamer in my coffee, cookies after lunch, Justin’s peanut butter cups instead of a healthy snack and more peanut butter cups after dinner.
Uhhh…hello sugar addiction.
I clearly realize that doing something like the 21-Day Sugar Detox again probably isn’t productive because the second its over my bad habits will probably come right back. So what’s a girl to do when they want a freakin’ treat but also want to reel in their crazy sugar addiction.
So, here we are again on Sunday afternoon… you know Summer is fast approaching and you want to make this the week you FINALLY start eating healthy and cooking at home.
However, we’ve been here before: super motivated and with all the best intentions in the world BUT the healthy eating and cooking part never actually happens.
No worries guys, I’m here to help!
I feel at this point I have the whole meal planning thing down to a science and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for setting yourself up for success since we all know the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”.
One of my ultimate pet peeves is when people say “I’m too busy to eat healthy/ cook my own food”.
Uhhhhhh…newsflash everyone is busy!
There are seriously some days where I wake up at 5:00 am to blog, leave for work at 8:00 am, get off work at 5:30 pm, sit in traffic and drive to yoga at 7:00 pm then get home at around 8:30 pm and STILL cook myself a healthy meal because I value my health.
The goal of this post is not to make you all feel guilty or like you’re lazy because lets be honest… it’s freakin’ hard to think of quick, healthy meals that taste good! My goal is to give you a little inspiration and a few ideas of easy, healthy meals that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Oh and to make your lives even easier all the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Trader Joe’s.
I have so much running related stuff to update you all on so we’re just going to jump right into this post okay?
In 2016 I ran all my races with 1 goal in mind: finish without dying. This year I’m a lot more comfortable with my running abilities and after last weekend’s Hot Chocolate 15k I’m feeling more confident than ever that I can chase down a half marathon PR!
My next half marathon is the La Jolla Half in just a couple of weeks. I’m not in shape enough to PR on that course especially with all the crazy hills. So the race I’m really training and working towards is the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon on June 4th.
My current half marathon PR is 1:54:23 which is pretty freakin fast! For Rock ‘N’ Roll I’m not looking to just shave a minute or two off this time I’m looking to CRUSH IT and work towards a 1:45:00. This would require me to run about an 8 minute mile for the entire race and considering my average pace on today’s 12 mile trail run was 10:30/ mile I’ve got A LOT of work to do.
I’m assuming if you’re reading my blog you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee before but just in case you haven’t lets back up for a sec to explain what this drink is all about.
Creator of the Bulletproof brand, Dave Asprey, says Bulletproof Coffee should be made up of low-mold coffee beans; at least two tablespoons of unsalted butter (grass-fed, which is higher in Omega 3s and vitamins); and one to two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, a type of easily digestible fat.
Apparently having this high fat, 450+ calorie cup of coffee instead of breakfast can lead to weight loss, suppress hunger, increased energy throughout the day and helps with mental clarity and focus.
Naturally, I was very intrigued.
One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.
Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!
Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint.
My 3rd Hot Chocolate 15k is officially in the books!
Before I start this recap I have to give a HUGE shout out to the race organizers and volunteers. I was blown away how organized this entire event was from start to finish.
There were no bathroom lines, parking was a breeze, corrals were actually enforced and there was hydration every mile or so on the course. AWESOME job Hot Chocolate run!!!
Anyway let’s start this recap out reviewing my goals for this race. My main goal was to finish (obviously) but also to use this as a practice run to get back into racing groove after 7+ months off. Well, spoiler alter…I ended up PR-ing on the course and am very confident that I can do the La Jolla half in a few weeks!
BUT the day didn’t quite start out as perfectly as it ended…
Spring has sprung!!
Yep, March 20th was officially the first day of Spring which means we have a whole new crop of produce coming into season.
When I think of Spring produce I immediately think of asparagus and strawberries. Every year for Easter I swear the highlight of the meal for me is that perfect, skinny, flavorful asparagus that you just don’t see any other time of year. Oh and strawberries…mmmmm. There really is nothing better than a fresh juicy strawberry on a cheesecake or with some whip cream.