Monday, August 3, 2015

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 6

Another rough week of training in the books. What did I learn this week? That slacking off on nutrition and proper fueling can absolutely destroy you.

Until this past Saturday, I had never taken a walking break during a training run. During races, yes...but training runs, no. This weekend though, I had no choice. I just couldn't keep going. My legs started cramping up as early as Mile hips were were hurting at Mile 9 and it was just a struggle through the end. 

Yesterday morning, I woke up with soreness that usually comes after a race. Yes, it was hot during my run, but not any hotter than it was the week before...or the week before that...but when I started thinking about everything that goes into a long run, I pinned it down to my nutrition and fueling. I haven't been planning my meals and fixating on my protein or carb intake. I haven't been snacking smartly or focusing on a good pre-long run meal. 

All of that changes this week. I spent yesterday doing some major weekend warrior cooking and am hoping that that, combined with increasing my iron and B vitamins will turn things around.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 6
Total Mileage Last Week: 31
Missed Workouts: I had an extra 5 miles on my training plan, but I said last week that I would be ok with only 32 miles this week. I was just shy of that, but I'm ok with it. 

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 7 hot, hilly miles with a coworker 
Wednesday: 4 hot, humid miles with The Pilot after work
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 5 nice and easy after work
Saturday: See above...15 super tough miles
Sunday: Rest...unless you count the 2 mile bike ride I went on during which my legs felt like they were being put through a medieval torture device.

Planned Mileage this Week: 39...I probably won't hit that...that's a pretty steep jump from 31 and I don't want to risk another injury.

Goals for the Week: Cross train...seriously. Take my vitamins, eat everything I made yesterday.

There you have it, 6 weeks down, 10 to go. How's your training going? What are some of your favorite things to eat during a raining cycle?

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Feeling... frustrated. I've been trying to get back to Saturday long runs so that I can start my training on Mondays but the last two Mondays, I just haven't been up to running. I don't know if it's that summer heat that makes me feel like I need an extra rest day or what but it makes me feel like I need to cram all of my runs into a couple of days.

Reading... "The Angel of Losses" by Sarah Feldman. I hate this book. It's an easy enough read and I have less than 100 pages but ugh. I think the author had some major family drama...this book reads way too much like a "fictional" account of someone's life...and the main character is insufferable.

Watching... I've been binge watching "Once Upon a Time" all week. It isn't a great show but I really like it. When The Pilot is home, we're still making our way through OITNB and "Mad Men."

Thinking about... marathon training. It's been 3 years since my last long run and I'm really happy about how familiar all of this seems. This weekend will mark my longest run since I got hurt. Wish me luck!

Working on... playing catch up. I'm so behind on my emails, text messages, phone calls, blog posts, everything. I have a lot of friends I need to catch up with, emails to write, etc.

Loving... new friends. It's so awesome to meet people and just connect with them.

Grateful for... nights with The Pilot. He's been working a lot lately so those have been few and far between.

Excited about... weekends. It's crazy how busy this summer is for me at work. Usually the summer is my slow season, but not at this job!

What's on your list?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lisbon Adventures

There are some cities that you travel to and fall in love with - the sites, the food, the ambiance, the culture, all of it, Paris is like that. Then there are cities that you fall in love with because everything just feels right. Sarajevo was like that. Lisbon was even more like that.

In terms of sightseeing, we saw and did just about everything there was to do in Lisbon, but I could have easily spent a month there drinking coffee and reading books in the outdoor cafes, eating pasteles de nata and just getting lost in the beauty and culture that is Lisbon. I love that city and I'm already planning to go back next year!

I didn't really know what to's a pretty off the beaten path city but I think that's what made it so much more blew me away. I flew in from London on a 7am flight and landed in Lisbon about 30 minutes before my mom did. We took the bus from the airport to Marques de Pombal, where we were staying. We picked this area because it was a short walk to the center of the city, but away from all of the business.

We checked into our hotel, popped across the street for a quick lunch and our first foray into pasteles de nata - the delicious custard tarts that are a Portuguese staple, took a quick nap to stave off the jet lag and then wandered into the city to explore.

Top: Rossio Square
Bottom: The river with Cristo Rei overlooking the water and the Ponte 25 de Abril (which looks like the Golden Gate
The Arca da Rua Augusta overlooking the Praca de Comerico

Saturday morning, we were up bright and early for our second (and my favorite) adventure in Lisbon - a food tour! My mom was so intrigued by the food tour The Pilot and I did in Paris that she wanted me to find one in Lisbon! Find one, I did and it was incredible! But you'll just have to wait until next time for all of those details!

Have you been to Lisbon?
What's the last place you went to that you fell in love with?
Do these pictures put Lisbon on your list?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 5

The heat and humidity broke in DC last week which made for some pleasant runs.

I didn't plan to take a step back week but I did. I hate doing my long runs on Sundays and had plans to go to the vineyards this Sunday so I knew I had to get my long run in Saturday. If I wanted to get back on track to running long on Saturdays, this was the way to do it.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 5
Total Mileage Last Week: 23
Missed Workouts: I woke up late Tuesday and cut what should have been 5 miles to 3. Friday I planned for 5 miles but headed out the door and was just too tired. Sunday, I had another 4 on deck but my legs were too tired so I missed 9 miles from last week.
Trouble Spots: Other than the missed workouts, none.

Monday: Yoga (!)
Tuesday: 3 easy
Wednesday: 7 with the first (all down hill) and last 2 at marathon goal pace (all up hill!)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Unplanned Rest
Saturday: 13
Sunday: Planned/Unplanned Rest...I thought I would just see how I felt

Planned Mileage this Week: 36 (I might cut this to 32 since my highest weekly mileage is 29 right now).
Goals for the Week: Get all of my runs in (at least to 32 miles). Do yoga twice.

I didn't plan to take 4 days off from running last week, but sometimes, you just need to listen to your body and I feel pretty good with where I am right now.

How's your training going?

Monday, July 27, 2015

My told by GIFs

Good Morning! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I haven't done a weekend post in awhile so I thought I'd do something fun today and tell you about my weekend in GIFs.

Thursday night I stayed out at a work Happy Hour a lot later than I planned and Friday morning came quickly. The day just dragged on and when I got home from work and tried to head out for a run, I made it to the end of the block before realizing that I was way too tired.

The Pilot and I grabbed dinner at District Taco and watched Fried Green Tomatoes before heading to bed.
Umm I loved it. Aside from the amended timeline (the book spanned their entire lives), it was wonderful.
Saturday, I got up and headed out for 13 miles. From the start, I knew this was going to be a tough run. I didn't get started until 11:00 after thinking it wouldn't be too hot out. Big mistake.
When I finally made it home, I just laid on the floor for awhile...partially because I was tired and partially because I couldn't get up.

This was me at Mile 12. No joke. I just stopped and sat on a park bench for a really long time.
Then I laid on the couch and ate an entire block of cheddar cheese and a snack sized bag of pretzel with cookie butter.

When I finally got off the couch and decided to get dinner...and 8:00, I wanted a burger and fries...maybe even a I went to Good Stuff and ordered the "Vegetarians are People Too Shroom Burger" and they were OUT. I was devastated. My only other option was Sweetgreen. Now, I love me some Sweetgreen but when you want a burger and fries and you get SALAD it is NOT the same.

I went home and ate my lettuce salad and then went to sleep.

Sunday morning was wine drinking time! I headed out to the Virginia wineries with a group of girls and we had a blast. I'd been trying to get out there pretty much since moving here and it was well worth the trip.

We went to Tarara  (which I don't recommend), Lost Creek (do recommend) and Fabbioli  (highly recommend).

I bought a sparkling wine from Lost Creek and a raspberry merlot dessert wine from Fabbioli. After our tasting at Fabbioli, we bought some bread and cheese, a few bottles of wine and had a picnic at the vineyard. It was perfect...such a great girls day out!

We wanted to hit one more vineyard but there was a lot of traffic so we headed back  and ordered Thai food and watched "Easy A" was a perfect evening to an amazing day!

So there you have it...I'll have a training recap up tomorrow and then finally a Lisbon post! 

How was your weekend? DC friends, have you done the VA wineries? What are your favorites? If you aren't in DC, is there a wine region near you that you like to visit?

Have a great week!