Work Dates and Pumpkin Carving

My weekend started out as every weekend has for the last 3 months - with a long run! I would say I'm going to miss them when the marathon is over (T-14 days) but I'll still be running on Saturdays. This week we did 16 with 10 at marathon pace and it wasn't a confidence boosting run for me. Hey, they can't all be I suppose.2013-10-26 09.32.40It was the coldest weather we've had for a LR yet (low 50's which, for us Floridians, is basically freezing.) I was also breaking in my new Mizuno's so my feet were throbbing by mile 10. I kept the pace up the whole time and finished with the group but it was a struggle. Hopefully these 2 weeks of tapering will have me refreshed in time to dominate the marathon!

That afternoon I spent 3 hours doing food prep for the week. It took a bit longer than usual because it's finally cool enough for me to turn the oven on and roast veggies. I also hard boiled eggs which I haven't done in months but I'm craving some new protein sources. Here's a run down of this week's menu:

Snack 1: 2 hard boiled eggs with hummus

Lunch: a version of this Quinoa with roasted squash, cranberries and pepitas recipe

Snack 2: Cottage cheese with pineapple

Dinner: faux chicken and steamed veggie salad with sesame ginger dressing

2013-10-26 15.30.24From the bit of reading I've done on carb loading for a race it appears one successful method is to lower carb intake when you start to taper and then switch to about 60-70% of your diet being carbs the 3 days before the marathon. By 'starving' your body of carbs for a few days it will absorb it more when you load up. It sounds logical enough to me - and with my oatmeal breakfast and quinoa at lunch I'm clearly not cutting it out completely!

Salem was particularly photogenic that afternoon. He loves to sit in the bathtub. I call him a dirty boy.

2013-10-26 17.28.19Glamour shots. 2013-10-27 09.21.33That night I met up with a friend at Panera to exchange some expertise. We went to grad school together but I hadn't seen him in years until I came across one of his video's on youtube a few weeks ago. He's a massage therapist and knows a lot about TMJ so he's been giving me some great insight into managing my symptoms. He's also working on getting his own health-focused blog going so I showed him some of my favorite tricks and tips. I'm supposed to mention that he is strikingly handsome, but instead I'll tell you he was in a musical.

:) 2013-10-26 18.29.03Sunday I loaded up the car and headed to the parentals for the day. Represented my favorite running store! Yes, I realize my glasses are 4x to big for my face. 2013-10-27 10.04.40-1Dad and I engaged in our pumpkin carving tradition. I don't know about him but I only carve them for the roasted pumpkin seeds after. I'm using them in my lunch this week #SoResourceful 2013-10-27 12.38.40-1Any surprises I went with a cat-centric design

2013-10-27 13.18.25-1I didn't think so.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!