Ship’s Log–March 12th

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I’m happy to announce that I’ve registered for my first big run of the year! June 8th, I’ll be heading up to Boston to join my wonderful sister running in the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half. This race starts and ends at my Alma Mater, Boston College, and follows part of the famous Boston Marathon course, ending just after Heartbreak Hill. I’m moderately concerned about the hill(s), since there aren’t that many in my area to train on, but as I’ve got more than 2 months to get ready, I think it is doable.

I also signed up for the training package available to runners in that race, and I’ll start following that plan Friday. I would have started today, but I had already completed today’s training run before signing up. The program is promoted as shaving 7% off previous race times, which would get me to under 2 hours. It certainly is a bit different from how I usually train (which is to just go out and run a few times a week), and I’ll have to do new things like strides, intervals and some weird-looking warm up drills.

My food is going to become more critical, too, as my mileage starts to add up. My knees are already starting to whine a lot from the squats we’re doing this month, so including lots of anti-inflammatory foods is now vital. Welcome back, daily doses of avocado and dark chocolate! I may also bring back the soy milk for my morning smoothies rather than the lower-calorie almond milk I’ve been using, since I should up my protein intake a bit but would prefer to keep the powdered stuff out of the house.

Baked, sugary treats, like the boxes and boxes of girls scout cookies, will be banished to special occasions only: March 23rd to celebrate Thing 2 and The Hub after their BJJ tournament, Easter, and mid-May for a family birthday. I’m going to try really hard to not reward myself after long runs with waffles, which I’ve done in the past to the detriment of my waistline and finish time. Maybe I’ll substitute a trip to the local juice bar or brunch at a place that makes a mean tofu scramble.

It feels so good to have an event on the horizon again!

Fitness:

  • Morning: March Full Body Challenge Day 12 (45 push ups/60 sit ups/70 squats)
  • Training run: 3.39 miles

Breakfast:

  • Small smoothie: banana, blackberries, frozen blueberries, spinach, mixed greens, flax and chia seed, almond milk, and water
  • Broiled grapefruit half with strawberry
  • Slice of soda bread with almond butter
  • Coffee

Lunch:

  • Salad: red leaf lettuce, romaine, kale, blood orange, avocado, and blackberry ginger balsamic topped with tempeh, red onion, and celery dressed in barbecue mayo
  • Almond milk cappuccino

Afternoon Snack:

  • 1/2 PB&J
  • Coffee
  • Popcorn

Dinner:

  • Amy’s Kitchen burger on whole wheat bun with almond cheese, smokey chipotle mustard, tomato, red onion, and lettuce
  • Kale chips

Late Night:

  • Plate of leftover brown rice pasta
  • Cracker with herbed tofu spread
  • Small glass of white wine

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