Weekly Meals and Workouts 12/29

Hey there!

I can’t believe this is the last Sunday in 2013!! It’s crazy how fast time goes. This marks the last weekly plan for the year, but first, let’s talk running ;)

I got in a great outdoor run on Friday. With the recent weather being cold, snowy, and icy, most of my runs have been on the treadmill. I’m not a fan of running in single digit degree weather since I usually head out at 5am or so, and I won’t risk injury with the icy terrain. (Call me a baby if you would like, but dark, cold weather with icy streets is not my cup of tea ;) ) Therefore, I’ve opted for the indoors. Not my favorite, but it works!

Since Friday’s weather was looking up and I was able to do my run in the afternoon, I charged my garmin, laid out my clothes, and mapped out a route. I opted for a hilly one since it was one of my shorter runs and it’s been a little while since I’ve done “real” hills (as opposed to simulated ones on the ‘mill). I got home from work, changed, and headed out. The weather was perfect and my legs felt pretty good given I did a leg workout the day before.

I looped through town trecking up and down the numerous hills; some rolling, some steep, and some never ending (or so it felt like it). I was shocked how good I was feeling since my body was sore, but I guess I needed the run to loosen up. I knew I was cruising along and was happy to see sub 9-minute mies showing up on my garmin. I finished with negative splits (yay!) and even beat my 6 miles time :)

20131229-213955.jpgMile 1: 9:08
Mile 2: 8:47
Mile 3: 8:51
Mile 4: 8:40
Mile 5: 8:33
Mile 6: 8:26

Total: 6.01 miles in 52:32 with an avg. pace of 8:44min/mile

I refueled with my (soy) chocolate milk and then a fruit and greek yogurt bowl about an hour later. I’ve been loving the leisurely runs lately, but I’m itching to get back into racing! While I begin to figure out my racing calendar for 2014, let’s get to the plans for the week.

Meal Plan

I’ve been reading through my new cookbooks this weekend and decided to try some new recipes. This week is a short one for us, so I picked two new recipes to try early in the week.

Sunday: Homemade roasted whole chicken (my first time ever and it was delicious!), Butternut squash and kale salad – Runner’s World Cookbook
Monday: Roasted Salmon, roasted broccoli, and Mexican chopped salad – Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbook
Tuesday: Still deciding, but lobster tail will be the star
Wednesday: Spaghetti squash with kale/almond pesto (Runner’s World Cookbook), and turkey meatballs (Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbook)
Thursday: Out to dinner
Friday: Dinner with family
Saturday: wing it/leftovers

Prep Ahead

I spent this evening making the dressing for the chopped salad, slicing veggies for lunches, and made the kale/almond pesto (1/2 for dinner on Wednesday and the rest frozen in ice cube trays for later another time). While I prepared dinner, I put a large pot filled with veggies, lentils, and kale on the stove and made some soup! I kept enough out for some lunches this week and froze the rest. I’ve finally re-stocked the freezer with quick meals for crazy weeks – took some time, but I’m glad we have things on hand for when life gets hectic ;)

I’ve been slacking on my usual weekly prep lately, but I’m looking forward to getting back to it in the new year!

Workouts

Not much new on the fitness front. Still getting in my workouts and runs – pushing myself with each workout and surprising myself every time with how strong I’ve become over this past year. I’m so excited to see what I’m capable of in 2014 ;)

Monday: 40 minutes bike/elliptical, upper body strength workout
Tuesday: 6 miles speedwork, strength workout with Jess
Wednesday: yoga or  a 5k fun run
Thursday: 5-6 miles hills depending on time, 15 minutes core work
Friday: Leg workout and yoga
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: 9 miles

Enjoy the last bit of your weekend :)

Question:

1. Racing or running for fun? Which do you prefer?

2. What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?

~ L

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Comments

  1. Hey, Great post!

    We love running for fun but, we’re thinking of getting our team in on a race or two in 2014. We’ll see how it goes.

    Happy New year! We’re looking forward to reading more from you in the new year.

    My Virtual Mission.

  2. Awesome job on the speedy 6 miles! I love both racing and running for fun- not sure I could choose. :-)
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