Fitness Friday: First Week of Marathon (#3) Training!

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 8 miles (10:53 pace)

Sunday: 5 miles (10:30 pace)

Monday: 6 miles (10:54 pace)

Tuesday: 7 miles, 10x400 @ 9 minute pace

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 6 miles (11:00 pace) + Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack

Friday: 6 miles (aim for 10:45 pace)

So, I'm officially in training again. It feels like forever since I've been in training mode, but it also feels like just yesterday I was working toward the Country Music Marathon. It's actually been about 3 months since that last race so I think this is perfect timing to start upping the mileage again. My legs are ready for it! In a very last minute decision I've decided to follow the Hanson Marathon method. I'm going to talk more about why I decided on that plan next week, but I kept reading it was the best plan to PR with and after training for a 4:30 finish for my first race and coming in at 4:44 and 4:52 for the two prior marathons I'm ready to finally get my goal!

One thing I will be doing outside the plan is maintaining strength work. I stopped doing it entirely with the Pensacola Marathon as I was hitting close to 50 miles some weeks and just exhausted. For the second marathon I cut back on mileage and maintained strength work. This time I'm hoping to keep high miles and some targeted core & upper body sessions. We'll see how it goes! Tuesday I had a great speed session and did 10 400's.

2014-07-15 07.37.24Thursday I ran with Travis (successfully this time!) and did some core work after I gave Salem a sweaty runners hug. I finally switched to 10 pound weights for Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack after using 8 for the last year or so. Yay!10409441_778971775458545_8288120985281067068_nMy food prep routine was a bit off this week since I only spent a few days in Pensacola before coming back to Alabama for a long weekend.  Before I left town I swung by Publix and grabbed some of my favorite snacks (sushi, artic zero and popchips!) plus some things to make meals to bring with me. I made baked falafel & humus pita's (so good and can be eaten cold) and steamed almost 2 pounds of sweet potatoes in the microwave and added 2 cans of black beans to them. I seasoned the potatoes and beans with some adobo and will be eating about 2 cups for dinner with some laughing cow queso and fresh avocado. It's nothing fancy, but it was super quick and easy to bring with me.  2014-07-15 14.49.58I'm sharing this next photo out of pure vanity. My hair looked amazing yesterday.  We had unseasonably cool temperatures Thursday morning which made for a great run and nice curls! I had to replace the Redken ringlet I use whenever I want to work with my natural wavy/curly hair (I often work against it and straighten my hair for work) and I love the new version of the formula. The reviews on the website for it were terrible but as you can see it worked fine for me! photo 5Finally, someone turned 8 years old this week! I left him on his actual birthday with Travis. I was a little bummed about it, but I also realize cats have zero conception of birthdays, so I didn't feel like the worst kitty mother in the world. Little did I know Travis was throwing him a birthday party! I received this photo via text on Tuesday and just about died.

Aren't they both perfect?

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This weekend will involve a lot of running, a little working/studying, an excessive amount of cuddling, and maybe even a trip to a water park. Throw in some BBQ and I'm pretty sure that's the perfect July weekend. 

What are you doing this weekend? Have you ever thrown a pet a party?