a camera is a save button for the mind’s eye

Week9Resultsnine down, three to go
If you are keeping up with my weekly training posts you’ll notice I’m not doing too good on following the plan. This past week I only ran 3 times and only got about half of the total mileage for the week. It is what it is. Apparently it’s “busy season” at work. damn it.

increase intensity
Week 9 is designed as the “increase intensity” week. I ran a total of 17.93 miles and my average pace was 9:41. My longest run this week was 9.5 miles. Running long distances wears me out, I need to schedule a nap after my long run or I feel like a zombie the entire day but the last few Saturdays I’ve had things to do that doesn’t allow me to nap… ugh. The fun part has been choosing where to go run This past week and the one before that I’ve intentionally picked ones near the coast, it gives me a nice view and it keeps me cool. Who knew that running could take me to all these awesome places :). I guess the only problem is that I make frequent stops for pictures lol oops. But seriously though… I do it for the pictures.

chocolate chip oat cookie bake

oatcookiebakei made you a cookie, but I ate it
Since I’ve started to travel for work I haven’t been in my kitchen much. My awesome routine where everything had it’s place and time including work, school, gym and keeping up with tastearoo got discombobulated. I’m still trying to figure out my new routine so please bare with me. On Fridays I’m home and today I felt like baking something. I made this little treat and it didn’t take long at all, I added some protein powder to compensate for the carbs from the oats and the chocolate chips but feel free to leave it out if you’ll like. Also, it was a good excuse to use my cast iron dish :)
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the voice in your head that says you can’t do it is a liar

Week8Results eight down, four to go
Can’t believe it’s April already but the countdown has begun because I have a little less than 4 weeks left. As if running wasn’t hard enough I’m currently traveling for work so that’s making even tougher to get my runs in. This past week I actually woke up early to run. As in the first thing in the morning, as in wake up to go to the gym… to run. Who am I? Ok, I’ll stop being dramatic but I’ve never done that and to be honest I didn’t like it. I felt weak during the run and I really struggled to get through it. Granted I ran on the treadmill so I’m not sure if it would be different if I ran outdoors. This is mostly because work has been so exhausting lately that I don’t have much energy to do much of anything by the end of the work day, let alone run. This upcoming week unfortunately is not looking any better; but I’m trying, I am… I really am. I’m shooting for running at least 4 times a week so let’s see how that goes.

maintain fitness
Week 8 is designed as the “maintain fitness” week. I ran a total of 22.33 miles and my average pace was 9:44. My longest run this week was 11 miles. During my long run this week I took a Gu Energy Gel around mile 7. Kenne gave it to me, it was the “Espresso Love” flavor, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Honestly I don’t know if I needed it, that morning I ate oatmeal and I think it was enough to fuel my run. I just need to figure out what works best for me so I’ll know what to do on race day. I know I still have about 4 more weeks left but I feel ready. This being my first half-marathon I don’t have any major expectations, I just want to finish and my training so far has given me the confidence to know I can do it.

Foodie Pen Pals: March 2014

The Lean Green Bean

This month’s foodie pen pal was great. If you are unfamiliar with what the program a quick overview of the program entails signing up from a month to month basis, you get set up with someone else (can be another blogger or a reader), you exchange shipping information and any dietary restrictions and then you give and receive a nice box full of goodies! Click on the image above if you want more info. This month my foodie pen pal was Yvette from San Antonio, Texas. My main request for my foodie pen pals is to send me any of their favorite foods or something that is unique or local to where they live… Yvette did not fail to deliver #punintended.MarchFoodiePenpalWhite Corn Tortilla Chips – tortilla chips are my favorite… with salsa, cheese, guacamole and with chili of course!

Clint’s Texas Salsa – what’s better than salsa with your tortilla chips and these are straight from Texas. Haven’t had them yet but I’m excited to try it.

Big Red – Yvette mentioned that you can’t get these outside of Texas so I felt extra special :)

Mexican Wedding Cookies – I seriously couldn’t get enough of these, they were so yummy. They reminded me of snicker doodle cookies, Dave said they reminded him of cinnamon toast crunch… either way they were delicious!

If you want to see last month’s post, click here.

we can’t control the wind, but we can direct the sail

Week7Results seven down, five to go
I feel pretty good about my progress so far. This post will be relatively short; I’m trying to stick with the plan as much as possible but dealing with a few personal matters is making it a bit tough but I’ve been consistently running 4-5 times a week so I feel good about that… so I guess you can say it’s been smooth sailing. This week will bring additional challenges as I’ll be traveling for work but I packed my running shoes so I have no excuse.

test your limits
Week 7 is designed as the “test your limits” week. I ran a total of 22.8 miles and my average pace was 9:50. My longest run this week was 7.68 miles. I intentionally deviated from the plan this week; I skipped Wednesday’s run because my knees were hurting from Tuesday’s 7 mile run. I also decided to run a 10K with Kenne on Saturday so it cut my long run short. We ran a local race, the starting line was a little bit over a mile away from my house so we decided to run there which added to my total mileage for the day. We could have run back but we walked instead because well, I was exhausted! This run provided a new accomplishment for me. I ran the entire thing non-stop so although I didn’t run the 10 miles it did “test my limits” in a different way. It was very challenging but I did it and I was so proud. I finished at 59:14 giving me a 9:32 pace, ranking 19 in the 20-29 female age group. Kenne wasn’t too far behind me and according to her it was a good run for her as well. The course had a few rolling hills but I was able to keep a decent pace. The best part was being able to run with Kenne and although she has a pile of bibs from different races this is the first one we do together.

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