10k Trial Run

I had the best training run ever!

I’m signed up for a 10k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day (a week from tomorrow!) and I really wanted to see where I was speed-wise. Yesterday’s 4.0 miler was not too bad, but it wasn’t easy either.

This morning, I decided that I would let my BODY do its thing, and not let my mind get in the way.

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I pounded out 6.2 miles (10k) to get a base time for next week. My legs felt SO fresh and ready to run fast!

I was so afraid that after such a big break (for me) I would have trouble getting back in. I realized that 90% of it was mental, only 10% physical. Everything felt the same, except for my mindset.

 

I finished my run in a total of 51:27!!! It rocked! I was smiling from ear to ear. 😀

 

Check out the Negative Splits!!!!!

Mile 1:  8:52

Mile 2:  8:38

Mile 3:  8:19

Mile 4:  8:05

Mile 5:  8:03

Mile 6:  7:56

Mile 6.2:  1:31 (7:37 pace!)

 

Before I left, I grabbed a hunk of CLIF bar on the way out.

 

When I got back, I took care of the toes… and got to making breakfast.

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It was the quickest thing I could think of:

  • Kashi H2H
  • Granola
  • milk
  • flax
  • strawberries

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Lunch

For lunch I really needed to use up an eggplant that’s been here since last weekend’s trip to the farmer’s market.

First, I sprinkled the pieces with a bit of balsamic vinegar, then sprinkled salt, pepper, garlic, and thyme on them. I grilled the slices on my George Foreman for a few minutes on each side.

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Along with it, I had some spaghetti, with fire roasted sauce. I know its boring, but I really like spaghetti!!!

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Perfect!

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I need to get to work on packing.

I leave for New Jersey at 6:00 am!!! I can’t wait to see my BFF Debbie!! 😀

 

What do you think? Is running more mentally or physically challenging?

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Caffeine:

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Cereal:

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Snackage:

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Lunch:

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Studying!

 

❤ MegaNerd

Slept Through My Run

I forgot to set my alarm last night to wake up early enough to run. 😦

I have 4.0 miles on my marathon training plan and I slept through it! I have a TON of stuff to get done today (mostly on campus) and I just didn’t have time to run, shower, and be back in time for class.

My breakfast was a bit rushed, but still yummy! I made a bowl of Kashi Heart to heart, with fat free milk, and strawberries:

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Looks like I’m going to have to get that run in after class tonight!!

I usually prefer running in the morning, because it gets too hot otherwise. I also have trouble exercising with a full stomach (like after dinner) or when it’s very empty (like before dinner).

I’m usually less motivated when I wait until the end of the day to run, and am always so tempted to skip it. Waking up and getting it out of the way usually works best for me!

Do you prefer to get your exercise in when you wake up, or do you wait until after work/school? What are your reasons?

❤ MegaNerd

Late Start

Sorry for the delay in posting.I didn’t get home from class until 11:00 pm, and I let myself sleep in!

I woke up around 8:30 this morning, and felt really sluggish. It took me an HOUR to get out the door for my run! I really didn’t feel like running this morning, which was shocking, considering the past two runs I have been super excited about!

I saw 6.0 miles on the marathon training plan and got a little freaked out. Why? I don’t really know. I told myself just to get out there and run at any pace that felt comfortable. I think that worked for me, because basically I was lazy and didn’t feel like pushing it this morning. I ended up completing 6.25 miles in a little over an hour, because I walked a bit (and didn’t stop the watch).

Before I left, I had half a blueberry crisp CLIF bar. I swear it tastes like a Blueberry Muffin!

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I am just now eating breakfast! (Yes, it’s really 11:00 am).

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I used up the last of my Kashi H2H cereal, which was probably two servings, plus a banana, and fat free milk.

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Yesterday…

After lunch, I worked on a project for school, and munched on pretzels and PB straight from the bag. My appetite is still pretty low, so I didn’t worry about eating the whole bag or anything. I love this snack!

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I was SERIOUSLY dragging yesterday. Waking up for a 7:30 am class… and then having to go to class again from 4:30-10:20pm is painful. I stopped for some caffeine!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s basically a nonfat latte, with one pump pumpkin spice, no whip cream. The real thing is SO sweet, and adds like 200 extra calories. Not necessary at all.

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I packed two leftover tacos for dinner, which I had to eat cold. They got a little soggy, but it was better than paying $$$$ for food on campus.

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I made them before I left:

  • soft taco shells
  • black beans
  • pepper jack cheese
  • green bell pepper
  • tomato

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I wrapped them individually to make it easier to eat and walk.

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When I got home, I needed a little snack. I cut up an apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, and microwaved it for 30 seconds. Delicious!

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Ok, It’s almost 11:30 am. I need to get my day started!!!

❤ MegaNerd

Pre-Race Checklist

I think I’m  ready for tomorrow’s 15k!!

I made a little checklist for myself, to make sure I got it all done. Let’s see how I did, shall we?

 

Pre-Race Checklist

  • Carbs- check!

…a pear

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vanilla soy milk

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Honey Graham Clif Z-bar

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  • iPod with 15k Playlist- check!

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  • Running outfit- check!

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  • Shoes, fitted with D-Tag timing chip- check!

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  • Race number, map, and directions- check!

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  • Charge Garmin- check!

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  • Set out pre-race fuel and water- check!

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  • Properly hydrate LOL- check!

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  • Fill my belly with delicious dinner (aka… more carbs!)- check!

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(chicken and sweet potato dumplings!)

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Soo good!

  • Complete top secret baking adventure with Meghann and eat mystery dessertcheck! check!!

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  • Blog- check!

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  • Set alarm for 5:00 AM (Caitlin, NOT pm!!!)

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  • Head to bed early- check!

 

Anyone else racing tomorrow? Good Luck!!

 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for an official race re-cap!

❤ MegaNerd

No Expectations

Tomorrow is the big day! Well, just a 15k (9.3) race. Who am I kidding, that is awesome!

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I have never raced this distance before, and I’m really excited! I honestly have NO idea how I will do, but no matter my speed, I’m automatically going to PR! I am thinking of pacing like I was in a half marathon, just finishing 4 miles early. 😀

I have no expectations for tomorrow other than to try my best and have fun! I put way too much pressure on myself during the Rock N’ Run 5k two weeks ago, and I didn’t enjoy that race as much as I normally would have. I finished and said, “meh, 24:23”… when honestly that is a great time for me! I think it’s important at this to remember why I am there, to have fun!!

 

My body was begging for extra sleep, so I stayed in bed until 8:00am. That might not sound late, but I am used to waking up at 5:00-6:00 every single day including weekends, so I greatly appreciated the extra rest!

I finally got up and moving and made some breakfast. Purple Peanut butter oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (so good!)
  • 1 TBL peanut butter
  • thawed out berries

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I love it when I mix it all up and it gets purple!

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Lunch was a refried bean and cheese burrito:

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side salad with spinach, tomato, green pepper, avocado

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…and some black bean chips (x2) 😀

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I’m trying to focus on including a little carbs/protein/fat in each meal. I think this does a good job!

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Have you ever run a 15k? That distance seems so odd to me. I once ran an 8k… even weirder!

 

In Other News….

Jason’s camera battery died, so I guess I’ll be back to using my 4.0 mega pixel brick 6 year old junk camera until he finds the charger!!! Good-bye beautiful food photos… see you soon! ***cough, Jason find the battery!!, cough***

 

❤ MegaNerd

Afraid to Try New Food?

Normally waking up is a breeze, but today I was quite tired! I still managed to drag my butt out of bed and into the gym.

I ran 2.0 miles on the dreadmill, and did about 15 minutes of free weights. I am LOVING lifting weights! I feel so strong. 😀

When I got back, I only had half an hour to get to my 7:30 am class, so I made a quick bowl of cereal:

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It had:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi H2H
  • 1/2 cup Kashi GoLean
  • banana
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 TBL flax

I got back around 10:30 am and felt starving! I munched on a handful of the mixed nuts from the ABC expo…

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…and a bowl of grapes.

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Those two combined actually held me quite well! I didn’t get hungry for lunch until almost 2:00 pm!

For lunch, I tried to recreate the Mega Veggie pizza from the other night at Mellow Mushroom:

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It was Delicious, but something about their crust… MMM.

I started out with a whole-wheat pita, buried deep in the freezer. I had to let it thaw first, but it didn’t take too long.

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I then added sauce, tomato slices, spinach, and green peppers:

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Next layer was broccoli, onions, and mushrooms:

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Topped off with black olives and banana peppers.

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That’s right… NO CHEESE! I didn’t even miss it.

This may sound CRAAAZY… but I actually never had black olives OR banana peppers until Saturday night. I feel like I’ve been missing out!!

I really liked both! It made me realize that I was always scared of trying them for no reason really. It’s pretty silly!

This year I have tried to venture out and try new things! Examples of stuff I’ve tried…

  • Tofu (love it!)
  • Tempeh (hate it)
  • nuts other than peanuts
  • soy milk
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini/squash
  • eggplant
  • Greek yogurt
  • flax

There are still a few things on my list of “need to try” and some may shock you:

  • okra
  • pears
  • starfruit
  • all olives (other than black now)
  • artichoke
  • brussel sprouts
  • kale
  • pickles
  • chia seeds
  • beets
  • cauliflower

Are there any foods that you have been afraid to try?

❤ MegaNerd