1. I have quite a sweet tooth and this little recipe is saving me some major calories.
O.K., so I’m not a food blogger. The chocolates don’t look the best but they are the best! Easy to make, delicious, sorta healthy, what’s not to like?
Sure they are full of calories too but it is all ‘real food’ and much better than folding to an afternoon snack of ice cream. One bite of this chocolate after lunch and again after dinner has been keeping my chocolate cravings at bay.
2. Summer time Nursery Rhyme Time at the library has resumed. We had to miss during the winter because we had school on the same day. Now we’re free to enjoy the songs, books and fingerplays each week.
3. I’m happy that I’m the type of person to be on this kind of mailing list.
I’m doing two other half marathons this fall so I’m not able to run this particular half but it still makes me happy to get it in the mail.
4. Our neighbor has this in his backyard.
He recently had us over to check it out and the kids loved it. Of course they would, trains are their favorite toys!
5. Little E is now 4 months old!
She’s smiling, laughing and has rolled over a couple of times. I’m not sure how but her clothes right now are sized anywhere in between 3 months and 9 months. Such a precious little girl!
Do you have a sweet tooth? How do you keep from caving?
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My week of running started out with a new training plan for a race in the fall.
Since I’m running with Team in Training I thought it was appropriate to wear my Cancer Sucks Bondiband for my first training run.
It was a nice and slow 2 mile recovery jog. I’m going to try and stick to certain paces during my training. I usually enter a 5K race time into the McMillian Running Calculator but this time around it’s a little different for a couple of reasons.
The first being that my last 5K race isn’t an accurate race time. I think I can do better. It was on a warmish evening and I had previously been used to running in the cool mornings.
It was also a month ago. Since then I’ve ran every single day because I’m participating in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak. Every day. I know this has made me a little faster and a little closer to my pre-pregnancy speed.
The second reason is that I think my fitness level is changing pretty quickly.
|A 4 month old Little E = 4 months postpartum for me.
I’m 4 months postpartum this week and I’m almost feeling like a normal runner again. Running is still really hard for me right now but I think at this point it has more to do with the heat of the summer than fitness lost throughout my pregnancy.
So what to do? When I entered my info into McMillan’s calculator the training paces came back very slow! According to that my recovery jog today should have been between an 11:53 and 12:44.
I’m still pretty slow but that seems awfully slow to me. But should I doubt it? Should I slow down almost a minute per mile once a week on these recovery runs?
I’m fine with the long run pace. The past two weeks my long run has been in this range. I don’t want my long runs to be that slow but it’s what they are right now.
The easy run pace also seems a little slow to me. Most of my easy runs have been at least 30 seconds faster than that.
What this is telling me (I think) is that I need to run by feel and keep these paces as a guide. If I’m feeling good on an easy run day and the effort feels ‘easy’ I can bump up my pace a little. If it seems difficult I know I can slow down to McMillan’s range above and still be o.k. for training.
I also usually use his pace guide for speed work during training as well.
I haven’t kept times during recent speed sessions so I’m not sure how these times will work for me right now. I plan on starting with these paces for various types of workouts and then adjust them if needed.
Do you run by feel? Do you follow certain paces during training?
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Yesterday I finally took a few minutes to figure out what my half marathon training plan is going to be this time around. Just in time too because my training officially started today with 3 miles this morning.
I ended up meshing two plans together. I used Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan for the mileage and I used the Finish It plan from Train Like a Mother (by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell) to add in strides and speed work.
I’m pretty excited about this plan but I’m nervous about it too. The strides (up to 10 at the end) and the speed work will be tough. While postpartum running has been difficult, I’m ready to really get back into running and this plan will help me.
Runner’s World Summer Run Streak Update
And the streaking continues. Day 29 was this morning. The rest day 1 milers are still pretty fun. I’m not burned out on running and the end is in sight. It might feel weird to not run for a day after this streak is over.
Monday: 1 mile run (10:17 pace), Strength Training
Tuesday: 3 mile run (10:15 pace), Core Work
Wednesday: 1 mile run (9:25 pace), Strength Training
Thursday: 3 mile run (11:23 pace), Core Work
Friday: 2 mile run (10:17 pace), Strength Training
Saturday: 1 mile run (8:30 pace)
Sunday: 6 mile run (11:23 pace)
Total Running Miles: 17
Weekly Average Pace: 10:42
June Running Miles: 59
2013 Running Miles: 128.38
Are you racing in the fall? Have you started your training plan already? What plan do you use?
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