I feel totally lost without my camera. Luckily, my sister overnighted it so I’ll be back in business tomorrow (THANKS WENDY!!) 🙂
Today’s eats have been boring but quite nutritious and delicious. I started out the morning after another failed attempt at getting up to exercise with some fruit.
1/2 cup grapes plus one slice of canteloupe (1 pt together). I got an email from my farm today saying we are getting another melon in this week’s box so I cannot wait for that to come since this was the last of it! I also had a Stonyfield organic yogurt (unpictured) for 2 points plus a coffee with just a splash of skim to round out breakfast.
Lunch was leftovers from last night’s delicious salad, reworked. I took the blanched green beans (0 pts) and cut them down the middle lengthwise, and then mixed in a chopped hardboiled egg (2 pts) and 1/2 can of tuna packed in water (1 pt). I mixed in 1 tbsp of Olive Oil Mayo (1 pt) and had it on a bed of mixed greens (0 pts) with Wasa Rye Crackers (1 pt).
It was actually awesome. Before last night, I hadn’t had hardboiled eggs in ages and I almost forgot how good they are! This salad was a great mix of protein and veggies but still felt pretty indulgent because of the mayo. It was only 5 points though and was VERY filling. I snacked on two small peaches for dessert, one regular and one donut (1 pt together).
I also had an unpictured mini biscotti that my sister gave me on Sunday (1 pt) and 5 peanut M&Ms. Clearly not doing that great on the low-carb part…
So two additional things to share:
1.) Thank you for all your advice/concern on the dress. As I mentioned, it actually looks pretty good, its just a bit too snug for comfort. I’m going back to the tailor tonight to see if there’s any way they can let it out a bit, because even a centimeter will make a huge difference. I’m also going to look into a body shaper/Spanx like was recommended, and I actually did a bunch of research today and found plenty of affordable strapless body shapers online. I’m probably going to go check out Macy’s tomorrow to see if I can find one after I talk to the seamstress tonight.
2.) My Half Marathon Training Plan – I realize I never shared this with you guys after I formalized it! I mostly modeled my own plan based off Hal Higdon’s plans, but wanted to combine some things from both the Novice and Intermediate Plans (even though I consider myself a novice since I’ve never run this distance before). My goal was to develop a plan that would have two main things: 1.) running about 3x a week so that I could balance it out with other forms of exercise and 2.) running more than 10 miles for my longest run because I’ve heard others say they hit a wall at the 10 mile mark if they hadn’t gone farther in training.
So, my plan (which I’ve been doing for a few weeks now) involves 2 shorter runs during the week with one longer run on the weekends. The shorter runs will mostly be Tuesday/Thursday (unless my schedule deems otherwise) and started at 3 miles each, but now I am moving them up from 3 to 4 miles, and they will eventually be 5 miles once my overall mileage is up. As for the long run on the weekends, I started at 4 miles, did 5 miles two weeks ago, and did 6 miles this past weekend. I plan to up my long run by 1 mile per week, which allows me to get up to 12 miles as my longest run IF I do a long run every single weekend from now until then. I am giving myself flexibility for one week if I’m too busy (lots of traveling coming up in August!) or if I want to repeat the previous weeks distance so my body can get used to it, which will mean I get up to 11 miles in training, which I am fine with. My goal is simply to be able to run the entire 13.1 miles, not to finish in a certain time. If I come out the other end alive, I may want to do another half and then I can think about beating my time for this one, but for now I’m just focused on finishing!
So, there you have it!
Do you have any races coming up? How do you normally approach training for distances that are farther than you’ve gone before?