What I've Been Eating - Week 11
I've started trying to eat more plant-based and less meat and dairy. I would say I'm to 90% plant-based, 90% of the time. The other 10% is a random pizza night (I will go white-trash on some Pizza Hut), honey in my tea (I recently discovered that the mysterious tea served at my local Moroccan restaurant (because everyone has their local Moroccan restaurant, right?) is, in fact, not exclusively grown, packed and shipped for Marrakesh in Studio City to make me want to go there), milk in a Starbucks cold brewed iced coffee (whatever), or I don't know, cookies.
I've also experimented with some other things, like Tart Cherry Juice. I don't think this does anything. And smoothies. Okay, I made one smoothie. And a homemade pineapple-ginger "cleanse" which also didn't do anything. I tried cashew cheese (Heidi-ho) for the first time (amazing in a grilled "cheese" sandwich). I have also been eating a lot of avocados, pears, apples, hummus, and granola.
I'm trying to not have as much soda (I do love Diet Coke, it's true) and have sparkling water instead. The problem is... when I buy a 4-pack of Trader Joe's sparkling water, it's gone in two days. >_<
Next, I'm experimenting with the philosophy that if you're not hungry enough to eat a plate of vegetables, then you're not really hungry. Interesting, no?
Join us next time for What I've Been Eating: Goes to Hollywood!!
Plan: Hal Higdon Marathon 3
Plan week: 10
Weeks til marathon: 14
M - rest
T - 7 m run
W - Bike 45 min
R - 4 m pace
F - Bike easy 30 min
Sa - 5k
Su - Bike 75 min
I'll admit, this wasn't my best week. It started after a crap weekend and I kept thinking I needed to make up for the bike ride I missed. Really there a lot more important things I should have been taking care of, like myself. I couldn't really sleep, and I couldn't exercise, and sitting at work was painful. But I did manage to eat pretty well. On a side note, I love pears. This is all that's left of a pear after I eat it. Is that normal?
M - 41 minutes on the bike...
T - 4.36 miles avg pace 11:32, this was as far as I got before my neck started hurting
W - rest day #1
R - 5 miles, 9:17 pace
F - 31 minutes on the bike
Sa - 5.1 miles total...
Su - rest day #2
That's a really weak week (that wasn't intentional, I swear), but I'm already feeling stronger this week. I was really suffering as far as my neck, but I wasn't generally fatigued, which is good. Having missed two Sunday rides in a row is definitely a sign that Sunday rides might not be the best idea. I already mentioned how much I enjoyed having Sunday as a rest day. I also am usually the most motivated on Mondays, so maybe switching the long rides to Monday mornings isn't such a bad idea.
My neck FINALLY stopped hurting (magically) on Thursday, and though it's still a bit sore, even right now, it's nothing like it was. I am still using the heating pad to get to sleep. (Side note: I think that using a heating pad on your shoulders is possibly a sleep aid.)
I feel good about crossing the ten-week threshold, which, by the way, is a real thing I just made up. Fourteen solid weeks lie ahead!
As you know, I was registered for a local 5k this past Saturday. I was pretty excited and I was hoping to come in under 25:30. I was feeling good about that goal going in.
I prepared a little by stretching the night before. I ate well and went to bed on time with everything already laid out. I was planning to run to the race because it's only a couple miles from my house and I knew I would run much faster having warmed up well.
My alarm went off at 5:40 and I was up and getting ready. I procrastinated a bit and left the house for the start line at 6:55. The race was scheduled to start at 8am and I still needed to pick up my bib.
I jogged slowly and combo'd that with walking. My right calf was a little tight (Note: foam-roll that tonight) and I had forgotten that my Kinvaras seem to just make things worse in that department. I was wearing my old, worn-out Kinvara 4's because it was super muddy and I didn't want to get a new pair dirty. The shoes held up just fine, though.
I arrived to the race site around 7:25 having ran 2.85 miles to get there. I hadn't known exactly how far it was going to be because I had never run exactly from point-to-point, and I was trying to take the shortest route, which usually is not the case.
I picked up my bib, stopped by bathrooms, and started the wait.
They did some announcements, etc. and then a "Breast Cancer Boot Camp" (whatever the hell that is) lady came up on stage to lead the runners and walkers through a series of warm-up exercises as is typical for this type of event. I stood at the back stretching my calves and hamstrings and watched everyone look ridiculous doing arm circles, calf raises (?), and squats. Yes, the lady led the group through a series of squats before they started their run. I thought that was just bizarre.
Anyway, we lined up - 10k runners first, then 5k runners, then 5k walkers.
I lined up near the front, but maybe second row, among the 5k runners. I didn't want to get behind people who were jogging or walking and I could tell by looking around me (I'm not being judgmental here, I'm saying ladies carrying cross-body Coach bags and wear pea coats over their yoga pants probably aren't racing, amiright?) that I was going to be zig-zagging a bit regardless.
The course map was on the race's website. It was to go under the street past the golf course, around the "lake" and back again. 3.1-ish miles. I checked this before I lined up so I wouldn't have to follow anyone. I knew from running to the race that it was well-marked (I ran past this "lake" myself), but there was a point where I wasn't sure what some of the signs meant. When I lined up, I knew 100% what the course was supposed to be.
After the 5-ker's were off, we lined up at the starting mat, counted down from 5 and we were off. We passed under the street and the next thing we knew we were being directed INTO A GOLF COURSE instead of past the golf course toward the lake. I immediately thought this was probably incorrect because I have run by said golf course no less than 100 times and pedestrians aren't allowed. Ever. But there was an actual warm body holding the sign and pointing us in that direction, so I thought maybe we had to go this way to make the course long enough or something and then thought, well that's cool they're letting us do this because people don't ever get to do this.
I wanted to hit around 8:45 for my first mile and then speed up. I hit 8:30 and felt great.
I became increasingly aware this was not the intended course when my watch beeped one mile and there wasn't a mile marker. Or any sign at all. Or a cone. Or an arrow drawn on the path. My first thought was that this was going to be a long course and that after we went around the golf course we would still be directed to go around the lake. I kept my 8:37 pace just in case. When we turned INTO THE GOLF COURSE PARKING LOT there were no signs, and I officially knew we had been failed. Luckily there was a volunteer on hand. As I was approaching said volunteer, I heard a golf cart drive up behind me. It was a golf course manager of sorts asking the volunteer who was in charge because we weren't supposed to be running through the golf course. Ya think?
After the girl in front of me asks the volunteer "Is this the right way??" the volunteer responds with "yes, take a right" and points us BACK TO THE START LINE. This was it. This was all the racing I was going to get today. I picked up the pace and passed a couple people who were in front of me... I was super pissed we were literally racing 2 miles. Then I thought, maybe it's farther than I thought.
No, it was not farther than I thought.
I sprinted under the street again. I ran by I-think-the-photographer who was walking and he says "you make me look slow." I thought that was like the stupidest thing I had ever heard someone say.
I crossed the mat, but I wasn't fast enough. The girl I had passed must have started before me because I ended up third female, but first in my age group. Offical time: 19:08. Obvously I could never run a 5k in 19:08. That's a pace of 8:08 which might still be a bit faster than I could run an actual 5k. Of course, had I known the course was only 2.35 miles I would have ran faster. And I would have won the freakin' thing. Whatever.
Feel free to stop reading now... the rest is just a vent about how the situation was handled.
It's official: I'm running the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon #2 on March 5. I just registered today and I'm REALLY excited. Maybe too excited. For some reason it feels like a reward to myself for working hard. :)
It's a different course than the Griffith Park Trail Half I ran in November. It's actually the race I volunteered at last year. Ahem, at which I volunteered. I originally, for some unknown reason, thought this course was flatter, but I was mistaken.
I can't be 100% sure this map is accurate... but it appears to be. The first mile and a half are okay and then it really starts to climb and is un-runnable until you reach the top. Fortunately the scenery will be well worth it if it's a clear day, and climbing the "back side" isn't as steep.
Here's the profile for the marathon course, and per the course info, the turn-around for the half is mile 6.5. Looks like a climb, then back down, then a turnaround to climb back up and then down again.
This will definitely be a workout, and something I should sub-train for, but without derailing plans I have for Lincoln training. I need to work in some hills and I kind of toyed with my plan to throw those in for March. But I have three long runs (16, 17, and 18) in the weekends after this one and if I can get to the trails for two of them I will be in good shape. Couldn't hurt to throw in some hiking on non-running days, either.
I really want to do well at this race. I sold myself short in the last one assuming I didn't have a chance at placing. I would like to prove otherwise! I ran November's in 2:23 and that was a good amount of hiking. I would like to break 2:10 on this one, but that will take some hard work in the mean time!
So with this new addition, my race calendar is officially in order up through the Lincoln Marathon. Very cool. I've never raced this much in a "season" so this is something new for me. I'll balance the racing with less intense training. I got injured from overtraining last year, so this time I'll try a little lower day-to-day intensity... and save it for race day. :)
Last iteration of the plan... I hope.
I wasn't really thinking about this until I hears Matt and Doug's podcast last week...
My goals were met with massive failure in 2015. And I only had two.
The first was to run 2,015 miles... let's not even talk about it. The second was to read 30 novels. I read... 11. GAH, really?! Yes, really, I just counted. Boo.
I took the approach of picking large, but otherwise arbitrary numbers and trying to meet them by doing a lot of two things I like. Quotas, basically, that I thought meeting would make me happy. Maybe our goals and our happiness shouldn't be tied after all.
This year, I'm taking a completely different approach. No more quotas. Ok, one. But instead, write down really big goals- goals that would be a pretty crazy stretch, and then keep them in the back of my mind. Working towards them, but not being a slave to the goal.
For example, I like running. I like training for and running races. Running a few marathons would be fun and I would be happy if I could actually do that, but "run 5 marathons" is a terrible and arbitrary goal.
I made 11 goals total, but I only am going to share 8 of them. Here goes.
(1) Do a 30-day run streak
Totally inspired by the podcast... I can't do this in January, or probably even in the next few months before my marathon, as I can't risk hurting my ankle, but I think this might be a good strategy for getting on a running habit after marathon training is over. The reason for this goal is because I rarely do something every day. I don't have daily habits really, so why not start somewhere?
(2) Run a 50-minute 10k
(3) Run a 24-minute 5k
(4) Run a 6 minute mile
The 6-minute mile is the loftiest goal on this list. I've been wanting to improve my 10-k time for a couple of years, and I'm just now starting to run 5-k's. I don't think I could actually get to a 6:00 mile this year, but... positive thinking. These are performance goals. They give me something to focus on other than long distances every once in a while.
(5) Run a sub 4:00 marathon
Safest goal on the list? Maybe. Not because it's easy. Just because it's not that far off from previous performance. I don't know that I'll be able to go in better trained for the Lincoln Marathon than I did for LA, but I'm definitely going to try. I haven't actually set a race goal yet. The goal I set for the race will be independent of this sub-4:00 goal for the year.
(6) Run a 50 mile race
NO, I'm not psycho. The next distance after a 50-k is a 50-miler so it only makes sense I would want to do one! I have some dream 50-milers lined up, stay tuned. ;) This goal is about staying healthy and focused.
(7) Start swimming for exercise
This should technically be the safest goal on the list because I can just go do this any time. This goal is all about stepping out of my comfort zone.
(8) Read 20 novels, including the 8 that I own and haven’t read
Yes, I know this is a "quota-goal" but hear me out! I have 8 novels on my bookshelf I haven't read. I keep buying new ones or checking out books from the library. I need to get through one list before I start another one. This goal is all about patience, of which I am generally lacking.
I would be lying if I said that podcast didn't inspire me... Not in the goals that I set but how I decided on them. I think 11 is too many goals. But I contend none of them are back-up goals! They're all real! I am very sure I am overestimating what I can accomplish this year, but why hold myself back?
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