Two Thumbs Up for Tuesday and a Recovery Week

 

Good morning!

Whelp, it’s Tuesday. I have some things that warrant a two thumbs up today.

Let me just share them with you.

 

It’s a recovery week with my Runner’s World Challenge training plan. I get a bit of a break and don’t have any Yasso 800s or a super long run. I have a tempo run and a 16 miler, so after last week which was my highest mileage pretty much ever in my life, I’m looking forward to this week.

Love these emails.

Your Workouts for Monday, September 23

Workout #1: WEEK 12 5 MILES EASY
Type: Run
Planned Distance: 5.0 miles
Description: This is week 12 of training. After this week, race day will be one month away. This is a challenging week. You’ll get a break from speedwork; instead of heading to the track tomorrow you’ll have a seven-mile run with four miles at your tempo pace. This weekend your long run will drop back to 16 miles so you can recover from the mileage buildup so far. Next week is your final big week before the taper.

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I made it through my classes and even this little run last night (just barely).

As in the email above, I had a 5 mile run on my training plan, and darn it, it was not easy to get motivated. I had a few conversations going on in my head and some excuses ready, but I told myself not doing it was just not an option, so I got on that darn treadmill.

And hey, as luck would have it the very first episode of Modern Family came on for a little entertainment. Seriously, love that show and can’t wait for Wednesday for the new season to start. Random, but did you know that Julie Bowen who plays Claire was pregnant with twin boys when they shot the pilot episode? I think we’d be good friends in real life. Ha.

Anyhoo…

Posted this on instagram right after I finished my run. The picture is horrible, but the message is a good one.

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There’s going to be days (or nights) when workouts are tough and you don’t want do them. But, if you remind yourself WHY you’re doing it and think about what you REALLY want, well, then you put in the time and make it happen. You’re that much better when it’s done. Yes? Yes.

I had to do a lot of reminding myself of my WHY and that if you dream big, you’ve got to put in the time and the work to get there. And really, when you do, you feel that much better.

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Funny that when I got home I saw this quote.

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So true. I don’t know about you, but my BIGGEST competition is that darn voice in my head that tells me to quit, tells me I might fail and tries to get me to stop working hard so if I fail I have an excuse. Time to kick that little voice to the curb. Ha.

 

Let’s see, what else?

 

We found another egg. If you missed the video of our first one, check it out here.

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Yep. Exciting stuff around here.

I might take my Giant Jump Rope to the gym again today to play with. I think I’m about ready to tackle it again (or for it to tackle me- if you saw the video you know what I’m talking about).

I’ve been experimenting with that ginormous plantain muffin a bit more. You know topping it with coconut butter and peanut free NuttZo like I do everything else.

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I’m currently finishing off my homemade coconut milk that I made following this recipe. Not sure if I’ll be making it anytime soon, especially because I like this one from Trader Joe’s quite a bit and it’s not that expensive.

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But, here’s what went down.

I soaked the coconut in water overnight (1 part coconut to 4 parts water).

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Blended it up in the morning.

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Drained it through a cloth and then added a little vanilla extract and guar gum following the recipe directions.

And viola.

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I’m pretty proud. Next up I want to try making my own almond milk. Feel free to share your tips. Not really sure what to do there.

Oh, these two things are a daily staple around here these days. My favorite cocoa powder and coconut oil.

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Combine them, add a little almond or vanilla extract, cinnamon and coconut milk to make a dark chocolate spread.

Yum. Very similar to unsweetened dark chocolate sauce, but better because there’s a little coconut oil in there too.

When I’m too lazy I just go for some of this when I want some good unsweetened dark chocolate.

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Speaking of chocolate, you know what really deserves two thumbs up?

This brand new Quest Bar flavor that I got my hands on from Quest Nutrition.

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Double chocolate chunk. It’s not on sale yet, but there is no sucralose in it at all and it’s sweetened with stevia and erythritol.

The pressure is on to do something fun with this bar. Hmm….. maybe a chocolate Quest Tart?

 

I’m still doing the cassava “fries” thing. I recently discovered they are really great made with Slap Ya Mama seasoning and with Trader Joe’s guacamole.

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The whole lunch yesterday looked a little something like this,

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but the highlight was the cassava “fries” and guacamole on the side.

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Moving on to recovery week.

I’m really focusing on resting this week. Proper fuel, proper supplementation, sleep, my PT exercises, and just bracing myself for the craziness that’s coming our way very shortly.

Mizuno Marathon Mezamashii Week is just four short weeks away and depending on a couple things, it might just be turning into more of a month of Mizuno racing madness. We’ll see.

But, now is the time to have a recovery week.

 

Thought I’d share some tips and information from Coach Jason since he’s a doctor AND since I learned the hard way that recovery is just as IMPORTANT as training hard.

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He also said this in the same blog post (you can find it here on his website).

A lot of runners I’ve met don’t like to take recovery weeks because they feel guilty that they’re not doing enough training. But that guilt is overcome when you understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. When designed this way, with both stress and recovery given equal attention and diligence, your training plan is an elegant system that works.

I totally get that. The whole, “wait, am I working hard enough this week?” thing. I’m learning. Resting and recovery is such a huge piece of the puzzle.

Jason has told me time and time again that training is systematic. Yes, yes it is.

 

Okay, time to move on to tackle Tuesday.

Two thumbs up for this Bible verse that randomly popped in my head.

I love this verse when I think about making time for different things (and the movie Footloose- he he).

Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

1For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven.

2A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to plant and a time to harvest.

3A time to kill and a time to heal.

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

4A time to cry and a time to laugh.

A time to grieve and a time to dance.

5A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.

A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

6A time to search and a time to quit searching.

A time to keep and a time to throw away.

7A time to tear and a time to mend.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

8A time to love and a time to hate.

A time for war and a time for peace.

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Two thumbs up friends.

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Have a good one!

 

Ever have to quiet those darn competitive voices in your head?

Anyone else having an easier week training wise this week?

What’s your absolute favorite chocolate bar?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Lindsey Dishman says:

    Thank you so much for this post it’s nice to hear that other people sometimes struggle with motivation or the “giddy up and go” as I sometimes call it. Today had begun as one of those days for me as I have had terrible sinus problems and the last thing I wanted to do today was attend my regular spin class and do my weights. After reading this my motivation feeling has increased because I know if I don’t go I will just be even more miserable :) so I’m going to push through and go bc I know it will make me feel better! Anyways, thanks for the encouragement today!

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    Allyssa says:

    I definitely have those voices in my head sometimes, especially in the beginning of a run or workout! But after I remind myself how good I’ll feel afterwards, it usually goes away! I saw your coconut milk post and was the milk or butter hard to make? I would love to be able to make it myself to help save on cost!

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    Michelle Kim says:

    Thank you for the verse from Ecclesiastes :)
    And I find it a challenge sometimes to decrease the miles and give myself a recovery week… but it has been happening only because I have been traveling to some places.

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    Right now the competitive running voices are going strong in my head! I am sidelined for a bit, so we will wait and see what happens but I can really muster up some negative self talking during injury! Glad for the support I have around me!

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    Currently trying to silent those “negative Nancy” thoughts in my head and as to whether or not I want to tackle this Sprint Triathlon on Sunday. I keep trying to make excuses, but then I want to do it, because I know I can and know I need to do it for the right reasons, because I want to keep training hard, dreaming big, and make this happen. Not only with this race this weekend, but also with my personal and professional life. :) I want that muffin ASAP!

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    Sarah says:

    Do you ever eat bread/oats/crackers? I don’t want this to come off as rude. I am actually curious and wonder if there is a reason for it. It just seems that with all of the exercise that you do, eating such a large amount of vegetables may not be the best way to get your carbs. I’m definitely not a nutritionist, so I could be totally wrong. Like I said, I hope I didn’t come off as rude! I love reading your blog for workout motivation.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      I do, but not often. My body does not like them. I think it might be the gluten. I can handle oats, but anything in packages (Which I do eat occasionally) makes me have some issues. Since giving that stuff up though I have definitely upped my intake of carb rich veggies and fruit. :)

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    Tess says:

    I LOVE this bible verse. I read it for my Meem’s funeral many years ago and it had stuck with me ever since!!! Thanks for bringing such powerful words to my attention today!!!

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    I’m in a total workout funk (rain+fighting a cold=zero motivation) so it’s nice to hear I’m not the only one struggling! I can’t wait to try that cocoa spread. Sounds easy and delicious!

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    Stacey says:

    where did you get your large container of coconut oil???

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    Pregnancy is a nine month exercise in quieting the competitive voices :-P
    I don’t have a favorite chocolate bar but right now I’m really liking dark chocolate covered raisins.

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