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September Runfessions

Happy Friday!

These months are flying's hard to believe summer is over and we are 1 week into fall! I am not looking forward to when the days start getting shorter, but it's coming, soon... I've already seen the signs of it on my morning commute.  I'm looking forward to the weekend... I have a few easy runs to get in, and some packing for the big race.  Before we get into the weekend festivities... I've got to come clean on my September runfessions.
September Runfessions

Since Harvey, my gym has been mostly closed (it partially reopened recently).  My workouts have mostly been all outside, in the heat & humidity... those paces that I was supposed to be hitting... yea, just no.

My "survivor guilt" is strong since Harvey... so much so that I feel bad running in the neighborhood (there were so many in our neighborhood that flooded), running past allt he piles of debris is just gut wrenching.  So I've been driving and parking to run to…

Mission Tejas Trail Run Recap

I ran the Mission Tejas Trail Run 25k on Saturday, September 9.  The 25k was one of multiple races on that day which included a 50k, 25k, 10k, and 5k.  This is my Mission Tejas Trail Run recap.

Race day eve had me home a little early off work to get prepared. Once home, I prepped my things for the morning ate a quick dinner (garlicky green spaghetti) and headed to bed early... wake-up time was going to be early!

On race day morning my alarm went off at 2:30 am!  I made some coffee, took a shower and geared up.  I made up some almond butter toast and grabbed a banana and another cup of coffee for the road.  My departure time was by 3:45 am... really early!  The park was about 2 hours away from the house and I needed to get there in time to pick up my race packet (and pump some gas).
Mission Tejas Trail Run Recap
The race started and ended near the Mission San Francisco de los Tejas in Mission Tejas State Park.  Parking was a bit away from the start, but they had a shuttle running to ferry …

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 14

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 14 in the training cycle. In 2 short weeks, I'll be running the streets of Chicago!

This week I started my taper, and while I was still waking up tired I remedied that Saturday night, clocking 13 hours of sound sleep.

I got to the gym once this week for a strength session and made it to yin yoga twice this week!

I continued eating pretty good this week... making another large batch of Roasted Broccoli, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Salad for lunch.  This week I added in some baked tofu for extra protein.
Chicago Marathon Training - Week 14:
Monday - 4 easy miles treadmill miles thanks to the thunderstorm that popped up on my way home from work.

Tuesday - Strength training & Yin yoga.

Wednesday - 8 miles.  This was supposed to have 6 miles at a tempo effort, but the heat and humidity caught up with me and it was just a train wreck of a run.  I did manage to complete the 8 mile…

5 Great Recipes for Fall

Happy Friday! While it is officially the first day of fall, in H-town summer sticks around until at least mid-October.  To tell you the truth, it feels like we have been in endless summer since last year. I am looking forward to our first official fall cold front, but not the shorter days.  I'm joining in with the Friday 5 fun today, where the topic is fall activities. I don't do a lot of traditional fall activities... pumpkin patch, hay rides, apple orchard (probably because I don't have kids), so I'm going to share 5 great recipes for fall.

ps.  there is no pumpkin or pumpkin spice in any of these recipes.
5 Great Recipes for Fall

Hearty Harvest Chili
Sweet Potato Chili
Buffalo Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Blue Cheeze Drizzle
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with spinach, Curry Spiced Chickpeas & Cashew Cream Sauce
Sauerkraut & Dumplings

What are your favorite foods for fall? Are you a pumpkin spice fan? 

I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for …

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 13

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 13 in the training cycle. In 21 short days, I'll be on the streets of Chicago running 26.2!

This week was my highest mileage week in this cycle.  "Life" happened a couple of nights and I was unable to get workouts in... our refrigerator and washing machine decided to stop working this week - FUN!

My gym partially reopened post-Harvey on Thursday, for that I was very thankful as I split my long run on Saturday between the trails and the treadmill. I'm hoping to get back in there for some strength sessions in the weeks ahead.

My diet was pretty good this week, for lunch this week I made a large batch of Roasted Broccoli, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Salad ... it is so good, and has so many good things in it.   I did splurge on a piece of dark chocolate each day for dessert - but antioxidants, so I figure I'm still ahead.  I also tried out the new dairy-free B…

5 Things Seen On My Summer Runs

Happy Friday!  I'm joining in with the Friday 5 fun today, where the topic today is unique running routes.  My routes aren't too unique.. so I'm sharing 5 things I've seen on my summer runs!
5 Things I've Seen On My Summer Runs

Turtles... I usually don't see snapping turtles, he must have been relocated after Harvey.
Big white birds
On my weekend long run, I get to see the sun coming over the trees!
One route has is a koi pond

The coldest water fountains in the summer... seriously the water is ice cold!What unique running routes do you have?  Do you see a lot of wildlife on your runs? 

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

Xterra Magnolia Hill Race Recap

In July I ran in the Xterra Magnolia Hill 21k trail race.  While I had planned on running it as a training run, it did not go down anywhere as expected.  It's taken me some time to put my thoughts down, as this race questioned my ability and my sanity.

The day before race day, I had a 4 mile easy run in the morning, it went well... I even had to remind myself to take it easy.  The rest of the day was spent relaxing ... being sure to hydrate and eating my pre race meals - salad for lunch and a pasta bake for dinner.  I laid out my outfit for the next day and got to bed early since my wake up call was at 3:30 am.

Xterra Magnolia Hill Race Recap
As I knew it would... 3:30 came early.  I was up and had coffee and my breakfast of toast/almond butter/banana, hit the showers and got dressed.  I made a nuun slushy for the road, as it was going to be a warm one (79 and 93% humidity at the start).  The drive over to Navasota was pretty one once the sun came up... the sunrise was gorgeous, and …

Garlicky Green Spaghetti

Garlicky green spaghetti is a super easy meal to make and a great way to carb load before race day.

One of my favorite things to eat is pasta... I could literally eat it every day.  I think I pretty much did in one form or another in college... whether it was raman noodles, mac & cheese with broccoli, or just spaghetti with butter, parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Pasta is my favorite on the night before race day.  I usually do a pasta bake with some sort of protein and vegan cheese.

Friday night, facing a 2:30 am wake-up call... I didn't have much time to get too fancy.  What I did have was some baby kale/spinach, a jar of marinara and some already cooked spaghetti... with time at a premium, this dish was created.

Garlicky Green Spaghetti Ingredients 2 cloves garlic, minced olive oil for pan 2 TBS water 2 cups greens (I used a baby kale/baby spinach mix), chopped 8 oz marinara (I used Mezetta whole garlic & sweet basil marinara) 1 cup spaghetti noodles Instructions Saut…

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 12

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 12 in the training cycle. I'll be running in Chicago in 4 short weeks!

This week I got through most of my workouts without a hitch.  I was scheduled to run mile repeats on Monday, but it was my birthday and I just wanted to run for fun.  Since I had mile repeats also on the schedule for Wednesday, I didn't think it would hurt.

As I had mentioned before, my gym is closed for repairs... it got Harvey'd.  I missed out on any type of cross-training or strength this week.  I've got a plan for next week!

This week, Houston was blessed with the most gorgeous weather I have experienced in early September.  It sure made all my runs feel effortless!

Saturday, I drove out to East Texas for a trail run of 25k... it was a beautiful day for a run through the forest, more on that later.
Chicago Marathon Training - Week 12:
Monday - 4.9 easy miles for my birthday!

Tuesday - Rest.