Monday in Review

So after a weekend (and then some) of eating out and getting drinks with friends I was ready for some simpler meals cooked at home. And after working three days on top of all that fun I was ready for a rest day and to sleep in. Luckily the birds weren't too loud, probably because the rain drowned them out and I slept until 8am! That's a rarity these days. I wasn't too hungry when I woke up, but once I started making coffee I figured why not make some breakfast. Went with a classic oatmeal with banana and almond cashew butter. I am going to be sad when this nut butter is gone! Enjoyed while reading emails and blogs. I know I should be more mindful while eating breakfast, but this is one of my favorite ways to start my day.

I spent the morning studying for an upcoming final as well as doing laundry. I hate doing laundry. It's the worst. But it's over now! Except for the fancy clothes drying on my drying rack currently.

Lunch was eggs. I love having eggs whenever I am at home for lunch. I had this for breakfast once at Julie's and knew I wanted to recreate it. It was two pieces of bread with some butter and melted cheese, two fried eggs, and siracha. Sandwich style with grapes on the side. Yum!

I studied some more in the afternoon before having a snack to get me through class and the afternoon. I decided on some carrots and chunky peanut butter. I used to eat this all the time in high school. It literally combines my two favorite foods. But I have to say I have qualms (spell check anyone?!) with chunky peanut butter. You end up eating so much more than with creamy peanut butter because it is impossible to spread if you put it on toast and the same amount just doesn't go as far as when you have creamy. But it's okay because my body needs fat to function and my body will let me know when it needs more fuel which might be a little later on. Spoiler alert: I usually eat dinner around 5:30 and that night I didn't even start cooking until 6:30 when my stomach started to make itself known. See how the body is amazing!?

Dinner ended up being a repeat of what I had a few days ago. Salad greens with bell pepper, tomatoes, and tuna mixed with olive oil and pesto. So good! I love tuna and I am definitely feeling the salads lately.

I stretched and foam rolled for a bit and now I'm going to kick back with some ice and maybe some cider or London chocolate 😍

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I had the double decker bar last night and tonight I went with the Cadbury Caramel...I have so much appreciation for London chocolate. Definitely ate the whole bar and I enjoyed every last bite of it.

Sometimes I Wonder

Sometimes I wonder why I signed up for a marathon. I ran a half marathon a few weeks ago and nearly threw up on the finish line. I'm not kidding. Why do I want to run twice that distance when that was already hard enough? The following week I was particularly struggling with the motivation because it was the week after the Unplugged Half Marathon and my brain was like "hey, I already ran the race. It's time to relax." But no, that wasn't THE race that this training is all about! It was also a cut back week and I struggle so much with cut back weeks...

Sometimes I wonder why I signed up for a marathon my last semester of graduate school. This week I am supposed to be building up my mileage and I am actually almost at my peak training. While that's exciting on some level, it's also a bit daunting because this is also peak job application and peak assignment time (there is only 1 week of school left!). My schedule has never been so busy! The next two weeks are crazy. But the past few weeks have been too.

Some days I wonder if my body can do it. I went into training naive and stupid. I rarely stretched. Now I probably have IT band issues so I'm icing and rolling whenever I can. My quads are super sore. My claves while they are rock solid are so so so tight. It hurts to roll and I'm hoping they start to feel better soon.

I constantly have to remind myself that running is about so much more than just checking the boxes for marathon training. Sure I want to do the training because I love the feeling of crossing the finishing line with utter pride! I love setting goals for myself and crushing them. I also want to be my sister's prodigal trainee. But whenever I tell her this she says I am going to PR. Well, duh, Julie. That's because I have never ran a marathon before!

I need to constantly remind myself that

  • Running relieves stress
  • Running improves concentration
  • Running is social
  • Running is fun (now that the weather has improved!)

Running has also improved my confidence and helped me to see my potential. I never thought I could run tempos or speed workouts. And now it's just another workout. I never thought I could run a sub 1:45 half marathon. But I did it! I never imagined myself running 5-6 days a week and not hating every minute of it (especially after my poor exercise habits during my internship).

Every run is a new opportunity to see new potential or to push myself just a little bit more. And I see this confidence spreading to other areas of my life as well.

I worry about cutting back to listen to my body and prevent further injury. I want to be perfect and get all of my training in. Last week was hard because it was my biggest loss of miles yet (5 miles). And then I missed another 5 this week. I'm working through the mental challenges.

So in that sense, yes I am very busy and marathon training makes it a wee bit more stressful than it has to be. BUT on the other hand, marathon training has given me so much confidence and pride in myself that I feel better equipped to tackle my schoolwork, professional work, applications, interview, you name it. It's teaching me about balance and listening to your body and the flow of your life.  Bring it on.

Random Thoughts

I am totally thrown off this week and it's only Monday...that's because I worked Friday and Saturday and had Sunday off. That never happens. It was nice to be able to go out for {a few} drinks with my friends and feel like a 25-year-old again. Sometimes I feel so much older...Needless to say Sunday started a bit later than anticipated but it felt so so so good to just lay in bed with nowhere to be. Anyways, I thought I would pop in with a few random thoughts that I had recently (most of them occurred on my run with Christine).

  1. People think it is so strange that I like to talk while I run. But in reality, what is more distracting and enticing than good conversation? It's also a great time to think. I have had so many ah-ha moments while running lately! It's a better time to come up with ideas than the shower. Also, when out on a 10 mile run you have time to talk about anything and everything. Christine and I got really personal at times, but also had a stimulating conversation about nutrition and eating for athletic performance.
  2. Does anyone else play the Monopoly "game" at Shaws? I never did because I didn't know how and just thought it would be another piece of paper that I end up recycling. But after hanging out with Christine the other night she mentioned that her mom played and won a whole knife set! The prizes are pretty significant. Therefore, I started collecting and I am looking forward to going grocery shopping this week (it's always been a hobby of mine - is that weird?). I had this great idea to plan a dinner with my friends that is Monopoly themed. The only items that you can use are the items marked at the store with the Monopoly symbol (basically a marketing ploy to get you to buy that product because you get more game pieces). This could be a disaster or extremely fun and interesting! Stay tuned.
  3. The part of my body that hurts the most from marathon training are my toes...no lie. The hurt so freaking much. I find myself trying to stretch them by pointing and flexing my feet and even rolling my toes if that makes any sense. Today I stretched while brushing my teeth.
  4. Going off of the previous point I am the worst at stretching. I get done with my workout and I just want to be done. Even if my butt muscles hurt (right now they do) I am just lazy and don't want to stretch. I have been trying to do the number 4 stretch more often for my tight hamstrings...does that stretch have a fancier name?
  5. Is it worth it to buy another pair of the same running sneakers that I have now? Definitely curious for feedback on this one! I LOVE my new Nikes and my shin splints have never felt as great as they do now. While it could be a combination of the shoes and running my long runs in my compression sleeves, but I also found another color of the shoes that I love.
  6. Towards the end of the week I eat so many eggs. I really am not much of an egg eater for breakfast (give me some oatmeal or pancakes any day!), but I typically eat them for lunch or dinner. In the past 3 days I have eaten 6 eggs. I made fried rice twice and then had an egg and toast (and butter!) sandwich for brunch today seeing as I woke up at 10:30am and staying in bed until 11:15am.
  7. This weekend I ran 10 miles and thought wow that is the longest training run I have done in a while. It's half of what my longest training run will be (*gulp*). Julie also ran 10 miles today and her post talks about how this was her shortest run in a while. Perception...it's a funny thing. Not going to compare myself! I am pretty proud of these little legs taking me 10 miles today. Happy to have had someone willing to listen to me ramble for that time and brave the cold and the wind with me.

Those are my random thoughts for this week. There were definitely more, but I have either saved them for another post or forgot them.