Hello!! Had a pretty darn good weekend – wanted to make sure I recharged and prepared myself for the week ahead and I think I did that. If I’m to make the most out of the training plan I have laid out for myself, I have to be ok with the fact that it’s going to mean giving up some social opportunities in exchange for sleep and, on the weekends especially, food prep.
Saturday morning was field hockey – awesome as usual.
And I can guarantee that what happened here is that Kyra, the one with the ball, just stole the ball off Perry and Perry is now yelling at himself (“Oh, Perry! Why did you do that?!”). It’s hilarious. Perry is an awesome player and so much fun to play with…but even better, he talks to himself during the game…cracks me up!!
I wore my garmin again and despite being under a dome, the GPS said it was functioning and reports that I ran 4km (2.6mi) and this is what my HR did
Saturdays, in a perfect world, would have me running easy…but Saturday mornings are field hockey, which I love…so this is what my training is on these days. Although my average HR is 154, it feels (and looks) more like a track workout! LOL
And, as usual, team breakfast followed the game…this week I opted for the BLT and homefries. The main thing is that my meal MUST have bacon!
It was delicious…although not sure why they had to flatten the bread so much! LOL And I really need to take a pic after the ketchup is on…but like I’ve said before…I’m STARVING and once the ketchup is on, I’m not sure I can stop myself from diving in!
Saturday was the first day in what seems like forever where you could take your hand out of your mitt and not risk losing it to frostbite! Aaaaaaaand, we saw the sun. Check out the sunset I got to enjoy on my evening walk with Abby!
Sunday morning was my long run (although this early on in the training plan, the long isn’t really that long!). Not only was it fabulous weather, but it was my first run with Andy – my co-worker’s (and best friend’s) husband. If I can’t run with my team, Andy is a great alternative…although really, almost anyone is a great alternative during the winter! Temperature yesterday was a lovely 16F/-9C with an occasional wind.
Maybe the most exciting part of the run for me and Andy was seeing that the canal had opened this weekend – WOOHOO! Can’t wait to get out there on my skates! You can see behind me, the people skating. Once the entire canal is open for skating, it becomes the world’s largest skating rink at 7.8km (4.9mi).
For my long runs, I’m to keep my HR between 150-165…think I did pretty darn good yesterday!
Despite it being “warm”, I still got this when I got back home 😦
Stupid Reynaud’s. My hands were ok ON the run (ski mitts + hand warmers), but a chill sets in once I get inside…and unless I get in the shower ASAP, this happens. Just a reminder that humans should live in warmer climates. LOL.
I mentioned earlier the importance of food prep for me. I KNOW that I need to plan my meals and snacks ahead of time otherwise it just won’t happen – I won’t take in the amount of calories I need to fuel my training. This means that I spend a lot of my weekend involved in food prep –
- Creating a grocery list (I look a flyers and see what’s on sale and where),
- Meal planning (taking into account my week, if I have to work late or have a meeting in the evening),
- Grocery shopping (I do this after field hockey on Saturday mornings) and then,
- Food prep – preparing my snacks for the week ahead and, making a meal (e.g. crock pot meal) that will last me a few days either for dinners or lunches).
For breakfast, before I walk Abby, I have cereal (post workout, 2 hours later, I have smoothie). I eat a mixture of a SUPER “healthy” cereal (aka it tastes like tree bark) with granola (aka it has a yummy taste)…and to cut down on time in the morning, I mix the cereals together ahead of time so all I have to do at 5am each day is take out that container and dump it in a bowl. Did I tell you that I’m type A?
One of my usual mid-morning snacks is crackers and cheese so, I make my bags of crackers and containers of cheese ahead of time – these are easy to then grab and put in my lunch bag each day.
To help make sure I get enough veggies in me, I have cut -up raw veggies either with my lunch or as an afternoon snack (and have some type of dip to go with them -e.g. hummus, etc). Having them cut-up and divided into these containers REALLY helps make sure they come to work with me!