Week 10 – feeling ready, feeling stronger, feeling better

I have to begin by telling you all I had a GREAT last long training run (another 12 miles) this past Saturday. I felt good. I felt stronger and it made me believe I am ready for the October 6 Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon in San Jose, California!

Okay, here’s a look at my week at glance: Monday – ran 5.1 miles; Tuesday – ran 6.1 miles; Wednesday – went to the YMCA and rode bike 8.7 miles; Thursday – ran 4.3 miles; Friday – rest day; Saturday – ran 12.01 miles; and Sunday – ended up being an unplanned rest day, although I hit my 10,000 steps! (It was my son’s 20th birthday and we just hung out at home…it was a BLAST!)

Saturday’s Run

I cut about six minutes off my time from last week’s 12-mile training run, which gave me quite the boost. And although I was totally shot when I was done, I still felt great. A couple of things I learned: 1. Make sure you have enough GU energy gels on hand so you don’t run out when you need it most – on long training runs! 2. Maybe know your route before you start…some areas are much hillier than you think.  3. If you hit your mileage before you get close to home, it can be a long walk back…unless your loving husband comes and picks you up in the car!

On Saturday, I hit the 12-mile mark about 1.5 miles from home. I thought about running at least one more mile, but I was pretty tired. So, I called Al, who happened to also be on a run, but at least he was close to home. I walk about about a mile of it before Al came and got me. When I got in the car, I immediately downed the Zico Coconut Water (MY FAVORITE!) he brought for me (and I didn’t even ask, he just knew I wanted/needed it) and put my seat back and my feet up!

Here’s a look at my route and my pace for Saturday’s 12-miler:

I actually had a couple of negative splits, which I thought were kind of cool!

So, for some reason, I am more excited about this upcoming half-marathon than I was for the one we did last December in Las Vegas. I don’t know if it’s because I actually feel prepared or what, but it kind of feels like my first one. It’s hard to explain. It felt really real when the following email came through:

The countdown is one…13 days until the race!

As for my appetite and nutrition lately, I don’t know what is going on, but I CANNOT shake the whole sweets thing. I’ve been trying my hardest to stay away from high-PointsPlus value, high-sugar, high-fat foods, but it is all I crave – licorice, chocolate donuts, cupcakes, ice cream, scones, candy bars, etc. I have been limiting myself to one treat a day, but if I had it my way, I would eat two, three or four!

I’ve also been craving salty foods, which I typically don’t crave. The other day, this is what I ate for lunch:

At least one part of it was healthy! That bag of chips cost me 8 PointsPlus values (Weight Watchers), but I do have to admit, it was worth it.

At least our suppers are always good and healthy. We tend to have simpler suppers during the week – meat and veggies, taco salads, regular salads, chicken and veggies, stir fry or pork and veggies, etc. We don’t eat a lot of heavy carb foods during the week and most often, the meat, whether it’s steak, chicken, pork or hamburgers, is grilled. Well, actually, most often, the veggies are grilled also. We tend to eat a lot of bell peppers, onions, zucchini, summer squash, sugar snap peas (I usually toss these in a pan with a little bit of butter flavored cooking spray) and tomatoes (baked in the oven with a little mozzarella or asiago cheese on top).

Here’s a good example of what my supper typically looks like – simple, but oh-so-good!:

Well, it’s time to start tapering my training runs (this might be a challenge!) and I will keep working on reigning in my sweet tooth! Until next time, here’s a look at my week in pictures:

Make it a great week!

One thought on “Week 10 – feeling ready, feeling stronger, feeling better

  1. I won’t even tell you how many bags of kettle chips we ate during IM training :) All I wanted was salt and more salt and Mexican Coke after a long bike or run!

    Fantastic week, Celeste! You are ready to rock that race!

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