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Chicago Marathon Training - Week 6

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 6 in the training cycle. This week was a cut back week in both mileage and intensity.

Again, the treadmill was my friend fore 75% of my workouts.  It is pretty swampy in H-town and the treadmill allows me to hit my paces on my temp runs and speed days without suffering from heat stroke. I do, however, feel like I'm cheating just a bit by taking the easy way out (running on the treadmill in the a/c). While some would say that the treadmill offers a mental workout, I'm not sure if that holds true if I watch movies and tv shows that I've downloaded to my kindle.

My calf is feeling so much better. I think that a full week of easy runs coupled with taking an extra day of rest and alternating biofeeze and tiger balm and consistent rolling really did the trick.  It was great to get in my long run this week pain free! I did not get any planks in this week despite my goal …

July Runfessions

Happy Friday!

These months are flying's hard to believe summer is nearly 2/3 over! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the long weekend!  But, before we get into the weekend festivities... I've got to come clean on my July runfessions .


It's a steam bath in Houston now, I know that complaining about the heat doesn't make it any bettter, but whoa! I've been doing most of my training runs on a treadmill at the gym... I can't imagine trying to do anything but easy runs when the "real feel" is already at 102 at 9:30 am.

These treadmill runs have me going to the gym to do it... in the morning... early.  While I have been enjoying being able to get them done first thing and am loving my free evenings! I am not a morning person by any means, and by the time Friday gets here, it's all I can do to stay awake all afternoon.

I got my first calf cramp at a trail race earlier this month. Wow, did that hurt... I seriously thought t…

Jamaican Jerk Hummus

Most folks don't associate hummus with Jamaica.... but here I've combined jerk seasoning with some chickpeas to create Jamaican Jerk Hummus.

Hummus is a dip traditionally made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic is not only a tasty treat, it is quite nutritious.  The chickpea itself has a good amount of protein, plus a good source of folate, iron, and zinc.  No wonder it is a vegetarian staple.

The mild taste of the chickpea lends itself well to many different taste sensations... take a look at your local grocery store and you will find several different varieties of hummus. With this in mind, I set upon creating a hummus that would capture the spice and flavors of Jamaican cuisine.

Jamaican Jerk Hummus Ingredients 1 can of chickpeas, drained 1 lime, juiced 2 TBS coconut cream 2 TBS almond butter 1 TBS jerk seasoning (I used Walkerswood) Water to thin Instructions
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and start to process. Add water unti…

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 5

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 5 in the training cycle.

This week the treadmill was my friend fore 75% of my workouts.  It's a total steam bath in H-town and the treadmill allows me to hit my paces on my temp runs and speed days without suffering from heat stroke.  After the terrible calf cramp last week, I rested it for a day and I was able to run most of my runs without issue... it just felt tight.  However that all changed on Saturday, as I tried to get in my prescribed 12 miles.  It started really hurting at mile 7... by mile 8.5, I decided to call it quits and grabbed an Uber home.  I only got in 2 planks this week... 2 is better than none, but not anywhere near my goal.

I continued eating healthy and made up some great meals for lunches during the week, which included - curry roasted vegetable and lentil kale salad, vegan nicoise salad, and some spicy chickpea summertime stew..
Chicago Marathon Tr…

Baked Pasta Casserole With Crumbled Tempeh

Pasta… one of my favorite comfort foods.  This baked pasta casserole with crumbled tempeh is a variation of one of my favorite ways to carb load before a race.

I had posted a similar version last year.  This time I mixed it up again by subbing out the meatless crumbles for some tempeh and a blend of greens with kale, spinach, and chard. I love that it is quick and easy and adaptable to pretty much whatever you want to throw in it.  Who wants to worry  about spending a lot of time in the kitchen on the day before a race... not me.

I use a jarred pasta sauce for convenience. I like  "Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade sauces, the ingredient list is clean and it has no added sugar.  To top it off I sprinkle on my homemade vegan Parmesan style cheese.

Baked Pasta Casserole With Crumbled Tempeh Ingredients 16 oz whole wheat pasta, cooked to al dente (I used rotini) 8 oz Daiya mozzarella style cheese shreds 1 package tempeh, crumbled 8 oz frozen greens, thawed (I used Earthbound Farm Organi…

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 4

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 4 in the training cycle.

This week my mileage was back up.... I got in a couple easy runs, a tempo run and participated in a trail run.  I've been doing half of my runs on the treadmill at the gym... it makes hitting those paces on the tempo runs a lot easier than trying to do it with the heat & humidity of a Houston summer. At the moment I'm writing this, I have my leg elevated, with ice and compression... I had a major calf cramp during the trail run and am trying to get recovered so that training can go on!  You'll notice there were no planks in my recap, because I forgot to do them... adding daily reminders to my calendar for next week!

Even though I didn't cook much this week, I did have some great healthy meals thanks to my freezer!  I had the delicious Pineapple Broccoli Quinoa for lunch and dragon breath avocado toast for breakfast most days (if yo…

5 Goals for Xterra Magnolia Hill

Sunday I will be running in the Xterra Magnolia Hill 21k in Navasota, TX. This will be my third trail run for this year... I really do enjoy trail running.  I wasn't really planning on running a half marathon in the heat of a Houston summer, but I'd be running the mileage anyway. This matched up with my training schedule and I thought that it would be a nice change of pace for my long run.  Even though I'm not racing it, I still have some goals for the day.
5 Goals for Xterra Magnolia Hill

Practice pre-race meals (evening prior and breakfast).
Execute on fueling and hydration strategy.
Keep pace "steady" through the race.
Don't fall.
Have fun!!

Any one else sign up for races as training runs?  Do you make goals for races other than time goals?

I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

Everyday Uses for Running Gear

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related. Today's topic is "What running items do you use for non-running activities"

For a "low cost" sport, runners spend a lot on gear and nutrition, so it's nice when we can use our gear for other activities other than running.  I've found non-running uses for a few of my running items.
Everyday Uses for Running Gear
Spandits - It isn't a secret that I love to run in my Spandits ... I love the colorful, fun patterns and the different lengths from boyshorts to tights.  I have been enjoying wearing my capris with a long top to work or to travel in.  They are so comfortable and and I think pretty fashionable.

I recently picked up a pair of Spandits in the boyshort length and decided to wear them as a swimsuit bottom on my recent vacation.  I loved them to swim in... they fit great, were comfortable to swim in and dried pretty…

Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Cashews

Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Cashews... soba noodles, broccoli, and cashews in a spicy tahini sauce... great cold or room temp and perfect for summer dining!

This recipe is a variation from Jeanne Lemlin's Vegetarian Pleasures: A Menu Cookbook.  I adjusted to my tastes and what I had on hand,  I cut out a lot of the oil from the original recipe.

I've been enjoying going down memory lane with this cookbook.  It was the very first vegetarian cookbook I ever owned, and you can definitely tell as it is in "well loved" condition.  Sadly, it is out of print, but the cookbook called Simply Satisfying is an updated version without the menu format.

Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Cashews Ingredients 1 bunch broccoli, florets only, cut into small pieces, steamed until tender-crisp 12 oz soba noodles, cooked according to package instructions and drained 1 TBS Oriental sesame oil 3/4 cup raw cashews, toasted in oven until golden 1/3 cup tahini 1 1/2 TBS tamari 2 TBS chili-g…

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 3

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 3 in the training cycle.

This week I cut back on my mileage a bit, and did some of it while I was on vacation in Jamaica.  While I wasn't able to run on the beach or away from the resort, I did get my miles in.  It was an active vacation, so I'm counting all the swimming, snorkeling, and paddle boarding as my cross-training this week.  I did not get any planking in.

I didn't really watch what I was eating too much.  We stayed at an all inclusive resort and there were plenty of healthy options that I ate... I also indulged in desserts with dinner and croissants for breakfast.  I drank more than I usually did... who ccould resist a "dirty banana" or a "purple rain" on the beach... not me.  I did drink plenty of water to go along with the fruity tropical drinks.

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 3:

Monday - Rest/travel day.

Tuesday - 4 miles - 2 miles…

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 2

I've just finished week 2 of my 16 week training cycle for the Chicago Marathon.

I continued my focus on cross-training and strength training this week, that gym membership certainly is coming in handy.  I had a treadmill run today at the gym, after the whack-a-doo scare in our neighborhood.  I slacked off on my planking, but got in at least one plank most days.

I can't say that my diet was stellar, but it wasn't bad.  I had my Bruschetta Pasta for lunch during the week, but succumbed to ice cream at the office birthday celebration.  It's all about moderation, so I'm not going to beat myself up of it.

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 2:

Monday - 4 miles easy with stride-outs. It was cool enough to run with Anam, she was excited to go!  1:00 am plank/1:00 pm plank.

Tuesday - 30 minutes on bike, strength session focusing on bi's, tri's, shoulders, glutes, and quads.  1:00 am plank/1:00 pm plank.

Wednesday - 6 miles easy on the treadmill with stride-outs.  1:00 am p…