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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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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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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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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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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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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Wed, 09-26-2012 - 5:12pm

Week 2:

Easy 3 or XT - Monday
Hill Intervals - Tuesday
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles
Rest or XT
Long 7

Did hill repeats yesterday - ugh!!  I haven't had a chance to upload the data off my watch but I can't wait to see what it looks like.  I'm certainly slow going uphill and believe it or not I'm kinda slow going down - feels like if I go down to quickly I get a side ache - as if I'm clomping instead of striding. 

Food: 1628 calories
Breakast: plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries
Lunch: 1/2 chicken enchilida, green beans
Snack: Banana Oat Muffin
Dinner: Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast, corn

Water: 48oz

Food was much better but I'm still struggling with if I'm recording the correct portion and the right things.

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 9:33am
iv_miranda_d wrote:

I hear you on getting something done in the kitchen - I"m more of a poached egg gal, but have been relying on it a bit too much (as well as eating out) this month.

I've been browsing recipe sites trying to get inspired but I'm not having much luck at the moment!  I just can't seem to find the desire to cook right now.  Maybe I'll just pull out a few tried and true recipes and see if I can't make those...anything is better than eggs right now!

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 9:30am

Week 2:

Easy 3 or XT - Monday
Hill Intervals
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles
Rest or XT
Long 7

Headed to the gym yesterday over lunch to try a new class - Peak Alignment.  It was touted as a mat based class designed to teach alignment principles.  It was ok...perhaps I'll try it again but I'm not sure.  It was 50 minutes of stretching like moves which was ok but the instructor just stood at the front of the class and read what we were supposed to do - she didn't even demonstrate it.  I kept having to look around to see what was going on and once I did an entire set completely wrong and she never corrected me.  I think the class has potential - the instructor just didn't work for me.  Regardless I'm counting it as cross training...lol!

Food:  2030 calories
Breakast:  plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries
Snack:  cheddar cheese
Lunch:  1/2 chicken enchilida, baby carrots with butter/brown sugar
Snack:  Banana Oat Muffin
Snack:  Raw almonds, salt and pepper pistachio's - while dinner was getting ready
Dinner:  Cabbage, carrots, ham, roll, cucumbers/vinegar, Pumpkin Pie

Water:  48oz

My food really could have been better.  If I hadn't eaten those nuts while waiting for dinner or the pumpkin pie for dessert I'd have been much better off.  I almost wasn't going to track the day since it wasn't great but I decided a dose or reality was in order!

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 4:47pm
The weekend sounds fabulous!! I'm so glad you got some quality girl time in too!! :-)

I hear you on getting something done in the kitchen - I"m more of a poached egg gal, but have been relying on it a bit too much (as well as eating out) this month. I can't wait to hear about the running class - see if you pick up any new tips!!

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 9:36am

September Miles: 51.1

Week 1 Wrap Up!

Easy 3 or XT (crosstrain) - Monday bike
4 miles Intervals - Wed 3.7
Easy 3 or XT - Tuesday
3-5 mile Tempo - Thursday 3.65
Rest or XT - Friday 30 Day Shred Level 1
Long 6 - Sunday - ran a slow easy 5 and then fast for the last mile  6.1m

I'm tired...lol.  I managed to get all my workouts in last week but it certainly was a struggle!  I've never worked out so much in my life before!  My eating was horrendous - lots of "birthday celebrations" going on!  I weighed in at 135.2 this morning...it is what it is and I know where I need to focus this week!

My weekend getaway to the hot springs was fabulous!  We spent 6hrs by the pool on Saturday - Caden pretty much continously looped the waterslide with his cousins the entire time while us adults relaxed and swam.  I snuck away for an hour for a pedicure with my girlfriend...so nice!  It was such a relaxing weekend and one that we will certainly do again!  My girlfriend and I did get a 6 mile long run in Sunday morning while our hubs/boys swam.  I feel like I should be able to count double miles for it since it was accomplished while on a relaxing weekend getaway...lol!

So this week ahead...  Week 2:

Easy 3 or XT
Hill Intervals
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles
Rest or XT
Long 7

Another 6 workouts - no rest for the weary!  I really need to concentrate on my food this week so my goal will be to track 4 days during the week and 1 weekend day.  I'd also like to prepare a new recipe this weekend - seems this warm weather is hampering my desire to spend any of it in the kitchen and I'm not sure how many more nights of scrambled eggs I can get away with!

My week ahead is fairly normal and I don't have much planned this weekend - hopefully I can concentrate on getting some things done around the house.  I do have a Chi running class with my friend on Friday morning which I'm very excited about - supposed to show us proper form to run run faster, quicker, and easier while being injury free!  I'll take that!

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