Friday, February 27, 2009

TGIF (and happy off day to me)

Well folks, it's been a tough running week. Monday I had a rough run over the bridge (shins are feeling much better today, thank you), Tuesday I was entirely too lazy to run (yet still managed to cook a fab dinner for the boo and I), and Wednesday evening I had a good run through the almost-dark almost-ghetto area of Chas, but managed to lose my left contact rendering me almost-blind for the runs entirety.

I was worried on Monday about my running this week because I had been out of town last Thursday-Sunday and had not done ANY exercising and had eaten way too much food (especially food that was not good for me). But now that it's Friday, I'm feeling pretty solid about my long run this weekend.

I did a short and sweet 4.5 miler last night on flat ground, and felt pretty good about it. Although lately I have been doing a great job of listening to my body and not starting out too fast, I was over-confident last night and started out thinking I could run the whole 4.5 at a 8:30 to 9 min pace--this was not to be.

After 1.5 miles I was like WHOA! slow down...which I did, and the rest of the run went smoothly. I don't have exact split times as my Garmin failed me yet again...or rather, I failed it by starting and then STOPPING it without realizing until about a mile in. But I'm going to assume I ran between 9:30 and 10:15 pace, not too bad.

On other fronts, the weekly budget of groceries has been going well! I only needed to stop by the Teet once to grab a few personal items, and I also picked up a cucumber (for Wednesday's night's salad, more below) and a package of fresh strawberries that were on sale (to add to my morning oatmeal). I also snagged a bunch of green bananas since I haven't been able to find an entire bunch of green ones in months! So all in all I would say that yes, we could survive on around $70 a week.

I haven't even eaten lunch out at all this week!
It's amazing what you can do if you only prepare.

So although I am not going to post about everything I eat/make (it's just not my style, plus I am way to lazy to keep up with all that) I will share with you all a few things that I either managed to grab a pic of, or was particularly proud of.

Wednesday night was salad night (marinated portobello for me, marinated chicken breast for the BF) which I had prepared the night before, by prepare I mean I had started the toppers marinating in a balsamic/olive oil/garlic marinade. Boy was that worth it! They were delish.

I didn't get any pics of my salad but I did make enough portobello to use yesterday for a sandwich.

It was very good! I used:
  • 2 slices of regular wheat bread, toasted
  • 1 slice of provolone cheese
  • A few slices of cucumber
  • A few slices of tomato
  • 2 marinated portobello mushroom caps, small ones
  • Tribe roasted garlic hummus
  • A small bit of low fat mayo
  • A dash of sea salt
All in all a definite winner, I want to make these tasty fungi more often. :)

This weekend's running schedule:
I think I might switch it up and start running my long runs on Saturday's for a few reasons. 1) The actuaal marathon I am training for is on a Saturday, 2) This would make it much easier to go out Saurday night and not worry about drinking/coming in early and most importanly, 3) To get it OVER with!

So I am conflicted over what mileage I should run this weekend. My training schedule says 16 (my last long run was 15, two weekends ago), joyRuN's schedule that she so graciously shared for me says to do 11 this weekend and 17 next weekend, and I am thinking maybe I should try for at least 17? Input welcome! So I will be doing one of those distances, hopefully tomorrow morning.

Otherwise, I have a relatively simple weekend planned. Lots of running, lots of cleaning the apartment, and possibly a fun Charleston day with my boyfriend, complete with picinic! I have a few things on my list to (finally!) get done this weekend, now that we aren't traveling/hosting anyone from out of town:
  1. Organize the area underneath our bathroom sink so more stuff stays there rather than on the counter.
  2. Purchase and install two ceiling bike hooks so mine and the BF's bikes aren't taking up precious floor space anymore.
  3. Finally buy some litter box liners. That thing smells rank.
  4. Mop the kitchen floor!
  5. Do laundry--wash all of my work pants. They seriously need it.
  6. Buy som WIN! detergent for my stinky running clothes. I think everyone would appreciate that.
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


  1. You certainly did have a rough running week but it will get better, I'm sure! Do you feel ready for 17? If you've done 15 before, I think you can totally do 17. :-) Btw, that portobello sandwich looks YUMMY.

  2. That sandwich looks DEELISH... pass it over please...

  3. Good luck with your to-do list and have a wonderful weekend! Yes, I think somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 miles this weekend sounds perfect if your last long run was 15 and two weeks back. Have fun!

  4. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one, though I'm sorry to hear that you struggled through your run, too!

    In terms of running plans, I've generally followed a schedule for the long runs that builds every two weeks. So, once I get beyond 12 or so, it'll be 14, 10-12, 16, 12, 18, 12, 20, etc...

    Not sure if that's the right way to do it, but it's gotten me through a few marathons... I'll be interested to hear what you decide to do to prep for the May race.

  5. thanks for commenting on my blog! i'm so jealous that you are going to do the NC -- that was what i was training for until i injured myself again :( so sad!