Carrie's Turkey Day Race Journal

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Carrie's Turkey Day Race Journal
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 4:37pm

So I've decided to keep a journal outlining my 10 week training for the Huffing for Stuffing Thanksgiving day race instead of a monthly journal.

I'm going to use this week to get ready to start my training next week - so figuring out my GPS watch, heart rate monitor, setting goals, looking/understand the workouts, etc.. and then next week I'll start Week 1 of the "Own It - 10K plan" from "train like a mother".

Planning Week

weight:  132.5 (probably a drop from the big run the day before - my goal is to keep it in the 132's till next Monday)
Goals:  track food 4 days, prepare to start plan next week

Monday:
Calories:  1561
Water:  good
Exercise:  4 mile run   I read somewhere that you should run a slow "recovery run" the day after a race to help your muscles loose the lactic acid that causes them to be stiff and sore.  That's a big lie - I ran at lunch and by the afternoon I could barely get out of my work chair!  I have to admit that it did feel uplifting to do it though!

Tuesday:
Calories:  awfull!  I was doing o.k. till I got home and had to make caramel corn for Caden to bring to daycare for his birthday treat.  I ate a lot of it in the process of making it... it doens't have a single redeming quality to the recipe either!  Oye!
Water:  good
Exercise:  none

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Thu, 09-27-2012 - 10:54am
Your food and exercise looked great yesterday Carrie! I know what you mean about portions and whether I'm recording enough. I always overestimate, that way I don't fool myself - so if I'm out for dinner and have a pasta dish I'll record it as three servings if I eat the whole thing because they're always so huge! LOL

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Thu, 09-27-2012 - 11:54am

Week 2 - Wed

Easy 3 or XT - Monday
Hill Intervals - Tuesday
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles
Rest or XT - 30 Day Shred Level 1
Long 7

I'm getting confused with my workouts!  I thought I had another XT day on my schedule but it looks like it was a rest/XT option.  Oh well - it's done!  That workout is HARD!  I can do all the cardio/ab workouts but the strength part has me suffering through it!

Food: 1670 calories
Breakfast: Banana Oat Muffin, 3 eggs scrambled
Snack:  Cheese, Banana Oat Muffin
Lunch: 1/2 chicken enchilada
Snack: Baby carrots
Dinner: hot dog on whole wheat bun, peas, spinach/spring mix salad with lite rasp dressing, mashed potatoes
Snack:  1/2 serving pirate booty

Water: 64oz

It was a carb heavy day - those 2 muffins certainly didn't help!  I told myself I wasn't allowed to eat any mashed potatoes with dinner and that I'd have a salad instead but I found myself taking bites of them while I dished the kids up!  Then I had to actually have DH clear the plates so I didn't eat the mased potatoes that were left and I even found myself about to take a big bite of what was left in the bowl when I was putting it away.  UGH!!  I made Dh put that away also!  Talk about self control or lack thereof!

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Fri, 09-28-2012 - 2:43pm
Carrie low carb can be tough - but you made some adjustments - not serving yourself any, and then getting hubby to clear away the plates. If you didn't have any self control you just would have dished yourself up a plate and not even bothered about it. So good for you! And I really admire how you're keeping to your schedule - now what is the plan you're following again?

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Mon, 10-01-2012 - 5:33pm

September Miles: 62.1

Week 2 WRAPUP

Easy 3 or XT - Mon Peak Alignment Class
Hill Intervals - Tues
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles  Thursday
Rest or XT - Wed  30 Day Shred Level 1
Long 7 - Saturday

How did I manage to get all my workouts in except the "fun workout"?  That just shouldn't be!!  I kept meaning to fit in a walk or maybe some xbox kinnect game with Caden but it just never materialized this weekend.  I could have...I just didn't.

My food is still atrocious!  It's downright awful!  I can't seem to be energize to actually cook anything so it's snacks, snacks, and quick/easy food and it's all starting to add up!  I know where my focus needs to be this week...  I did try a new recipe - an egg salad spinoff where you use avocado and plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo.  My avocados were as hard as rocks though and I should have waited but I wanted to try it....it was "meh".  I think it would be super yummy with a ripe avocado so I'll try it again when the other avocado ripens. 

 I also made a new cookie recipe - highlight this part if you want to hear about it.  :smileyhappy:  You take a peanut butter/sugar filling and smoosh it between two pretzel twists and then dip in chocolate.  OMG - so good.  Sweet and salty which are my favs.  I ate way to many...way, way, way to many.  There are still hordes of them in the fridge to so I'd better find a plan to deal with them...one that involves rationing and NOT eating them!   http://pinterest.com/pin/170785010840371558/

My poor friend (running partner) ended up in the hospital last week with a viral infection so I ended up watching her 2yr old from Tuesday - Friday so her husband could be at the hospital with her.  It made for some very long days between adding in an extra daycare dropoff/pickup and then just the dynamics of 2 kids with one in diapers!  The poor boy was more than ready to go home on Friday and while he is easy to watch I'm not going to lie - I was ready for him to go home to!  Needless to say we cancelled our Chi running class for Friday morning and we'll reschedule when she's feeling better.

I didn't get my closet cleaned out like I wanted to either...I guess that goal will make the list this week also!

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Mon, 10-01-2012 - 5:41pm
Miranda - I'm following the "10K Own It" plan in the "Train Like A Mother" book. The books have two plans per distance - a "finish it" plan and an "own it" plan depending on your level of experience. This is the first time that I've ever followed a plan and I've finding it very motivating. I've always just gone out and ran a steady (but usually slow) run - now I'm mixing in hills, intervals, tempo's and such with her plan and I think I'll be much more prepared come race day because of it.

Here is a link to the 5K finish plan they offer on their website for free if you want to check it out and see what they look like. http://anothermotherrunner.com/2012/08/27/beginningrunner/
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Tue, 10-02-2012 - 9:18am

 

Oct Miles:  4

Week 3:

Workouts:
Easy 3 or XT
Long Intervals - Monday
Easy 3 or XT
Long Tempo
Rest or XT
Long 8

I did it girls - I finally ended my workout with an overall speed of less than 10 minute miles!  Woo hoo!  I managed an overall speed of 9:51 and did 4 miles total.  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/229205339  I didn't have enough time to do a full warm-up or cool down though so I'm sure that was a big part of getting me there.  I did a 0.5miles warmup and cool down instead of 1-2 miles as written in the plan.  I just had to shorten it so I could fit it in on my lunch break.  The interval runs actually made me feel queasy so I know I was pushing my limits for speed on them - I'm hoping that feeling goes away as my body adjusts to the quicker cadence.

My food was actually pretty good (though I prefer to keep my calories up nearer to 1500-1600) and I managed to only eat 1 of those peanut butter bites!

Calories:  1332
Breakfast:  Coffee, plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries
Lunch:  Black Bean Burger, pear, banana oat muffin
Snack:  Banana
Snack while preparing dinner:  baby carrots
Dinner:  1/2 venison burger on whole wheat bun, mayo/ketchup, sweet potato fries, spring mix, lite rasp dressing, 1 peanut butter bite

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Tue, 10-02-2012 - 11:38am
Great job on the run!!! I love checking out your garmin stats! Plus if I go to the satellite view it's like we're visiting! LOL And thanks for the peanut butter recipe - I'm a big peanut butter fan, so once I actually get all my gut issues under control that might be something I try! I do love Pinterest! I found another awesome recipe website called www.gojee.com that I've gotten some good ideas off of too!

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 9:10am

Miranda - I'm really loving all the data I get from my Garmin!  It seems to be a huge motivator for me to when I'm in the moment hurting and can see why.

I've managed to ration the peanut butter cookies but I'm not gonna lie - it's been tough!  I've told myself I could only have 1 a day...lol.  At least with them in the fridge they aren't so much in my face calling my name!

I'll have to check out that website for new recipes!  Unfortunately I spend a lot of time browsing recipe sites getting hungry yet not making anything new...lol!

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 9:14am

Oct Miles: 4

Week 3:

Workouts:
Easy 3 or XT - Tuesday  October Challenge Week 1
Long Intervals - Monday
Easy 3 or XT
Long Tempo
Rest or XT
Long 8

I'm counting Miranda's Week 1 October Challenge as cross training...lol!  Anything that leaves me sweating when I'm done counts!

Calories:1625
Breafast:  Coffee, Tea, plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries
Snack:  Banana
Lunch:  Venison burger patty, 2 servings sweet potato fries
Snack: Grapes
Dinner:  Apple, Rice a roni angel hair pasta with peas, 1 peanut butter bite

Water:  56oz

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 11:01am
Carrie that looks like a great day! How do you like the venison burger? Is that something you guys make at home or buy?