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August 5th, 2010

Creating An Action Plan

Breakfast today was a repeat of yesterday, just in a different location!

OIAJ

  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 3/4 coconut milk
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1tbsp Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
  • approx. 1/2tbsp of regular, all natural peanut butter (leftovers from the jar)

I didn’t add any Fibre 1 Honey clusters because I found that they got all mushy when mixed with the hot oats!

Dinner was inspired by one of my favourite chefs! Emily from The Front Burner! She posted this morning about zucchini pasta with tomato mushroom sauce and I knew I just HAD to try it! The only difference in the recipe is that I added basil to the tomato sauce ’cause tomato + bail = lurve

This dinner was amazing! The zucchini was lightly sauteed and it made the dish! It was nice and soft and complimented the sauce really well! I topped it with a bit of feta for protein and had a side of lightly toasted sandwich thins with a wee bit of Earth Balance and a sprinkling of pepper, for some carb action.

This dish was easy to make and phenomenal. I almost opted against saving Alan a plate until I realized I already told him that I’d save him a plate…D’oh!

Half Marathon Training Check Up

I figure that since I’m about half way into half marathon training I’d give ya’s an update!

Training is going well! With the exception of one day I haven’t missed a run session yet and with the exception of one really bad long run where I ached for days (due to spending an entire day hunched over a laptop), I’m feeling GREAT! I find that I’m simultaneously stressing over long runs as well as looking forward to them. Of all the runs in my week, my long run is the one that makes me feel the proudest when I finish up. To say that last Sunday I ran 15km astonishes me. I’ve been running for over two years now and I’m still coming to terms with the simple fact that I’m actually doing it!

The downside to my training is my cross training. I’ve been slacking BIG TIME. For the last two weeks I’ve let it slide due to my major school projects and lack of sleep but I haven’t done much this week either. My training schedule was made to be flexible. The exact days are just a guide, as long as I get what I scheduled done, I don’t care when I do it but I actually haven’t been doing ANY cross-training in several weeks and my only excuse this week is just laziness. I got a taste of sleeping in and I’m getting too accustomed to it! So I’m here to say that this is my last week of slacking off in the cross-training department. Cross-training is really important in training for a race, it gives your body a rest and works the muscles you haven’t been working while running to decrease your chances of injury. I do not want to get injured so this is really important to me.

So what do I do when I notice that I’m starting to slip in an important step? I make an action plan!

It goes something like this:

1. Identify the problem. In this case my lack of cross-training.

2. Come up with a solution

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

My solution is thus: for the first three weeks, instead of trying to cram in three days of cross training a week, I’ll add ONE (with a goal of three). My cross training consists of circuit training (for cardio + strength) and yoga (to rest and flex those hardened muscles). So for the next three weeks I will focus on getting ONE day of circuit training in combined with short bursts of yoga throughout the week. So instead of having one full, 40-45min yoga session, I’ll chop it up into three or four 5-10min sessions. After three weeks I’ll add my second day of circuit training in and decrease the amount of days I do my yoga but increase the amount of time I do it. So about 2-3 days of yoga, each being between 15-25min.

This will give me a few weeks to get back into the habit of circuit training without feeling like I’m overdoing it and gives me the flexibility to move my yoga sessions around (heh – get it? Flexibility? Yoga?) and won’t make me feel as if I’m going crazy.

With that being said, I’m going to go and do 10 minutes of yoga! I have a 7k tempo run tomorrow and 16k long run on Sunday to prepare for!