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A blow requires follow through to produce power. I've never properly followed a training plan approaching a race, but working towards my first full marathon I can't afford to slack off. Inspired by awesome women, yet again.

 

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Goal #1: Marathon training 3x/week

Following the Jeff Galloway plan, with walking intervals.

 

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued

This worked really well for me last challenge.

 

Goal #3: Support the training

Multiple things here: Stronglifts 1-2x/week (1x if I have soccer that week)

Would also like to hit 1x/week active alternative -- could be a walk, rock climbing, swimming. Whatever I feel like.

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night

Because I'm still struggling with this one.

 

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk

As the stress at work gets to me, I'm finding myself wanting to drink more. But I know it affects my sleep quality and detracts from my workouts. Especially my Saturday morning run.

 

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily

Want to get more engaged with the community this time around.

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Week 1 Day 0 - SUNDAY

Whoops didn't realize this started on a Sunday. Documenting it anyways.

 

Goal #1: Marathon training - off day

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - off day

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - not quite

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - nope

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - not counting

 

Breakfast: coffee berry tea, cheddar popcorn

Snack: cheese and crackers, pickles, tastes of what I was cooking, chicken wings

Dinner: bite of sausage, wine (2-3 glasses)

 

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Week 1 Day 1 - MONDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - off day

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - Soccer! check

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 0/1

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 0

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 1/1

 

Breakfast: coffee berry tea, 2 mini meatloaves, roasted green beans

Lunch: teriyaki chicken, sweet potato soup

Dinner: chicken wings, 2 glasses wine, a few pickles, salad w/parmesan, almonds, vinaigrette

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Found you!

I always ignore the Sunday start... It messes with my structure [emoji14]

I think it's good to keep working on those goals you were struggling with (sleep nudge nudge) to give it time to become a habit.

I approve of the alcohol reduction goal too - you brought it up a number of times last challenge, so it's obviously weighing on your mind... I think you're going to feel really good about wrangling that one!

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Week 1 Day 2 - TUESDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - check

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - lunges, foam rolling

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 0/2

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 1

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 1/2

 

Breakfast: coffee berry tea

Lunch: 2 mini meatloaves, steamed green beans, caprese salad

Snack: potato chips

Dinner: bacon burger with aioli, cheese, fixings, shared chopped salad, 1 slice bread w/butter

 

It's burger week in Cincinnati! I'm indulging ($5 each, nom) Luckily most of the burgers don't include fries, so that mitigates the health impact a bit.

 

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Week 1 Day 3 - WEDNESDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - off day

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - MISSED

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 0/3

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 2

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 1/3

 

Breakfast: coffee berry tea, 2 mini meatloaves, steamed carrots

Snack: chocolate almond protein bar, 1pc chocolate toffee

Early Dinner: burger with onion ring, aioli, cheese, fixings

Snacks: handful potato chips, spoon of chocolate sorbet, cheese and crackers

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On 7/19/2016 at 11:15 AM, Raxie said:

I love your goal for active alternative training! Switching it up can be so much fun :] 

 

Following!

Switching it up is totally necessary because otherwise I get borrrred...

 

On 7/19/2016 at 0:32 PM, Fonzico said:

Found you!

I always ignore the Sunday start... It messes with my structure emoji14.png

I think it's good to keep working on those goals you were struggling with (sleep nudge nudge) to give it time to become a habit.

I approve of the alcohol reduction goal too - you brought it up a number of times last challenge, so it's obviously weighing on your mind... I think you're going to feel really good about wrangling that one!

Hmm that's smart to just do what works for you -- my instinct is to be a rule follower, ha. Ugh and I'm stillllll struggling with the sleep. But I suddenly remembered (last night) how much I enjoy tea at night, though it's less comforting in the summer than the winter. 3 no-booze days knocked out for this week so far!

 

20 hours ago, Fonzico said:

Good job getting that training in! 

 

Mmm burgers... drool!

 

I'm confused by your sleep tracking - is your goal to get 8 hours every night? Or just at least so many nights a week?

It is my goal to get 8 hours every night, but I'm counting some things out of 6 days this week because I didn't know there was a Sunday start and missed it :P maybe I should just use your structure...

 

7 hours ago, jmk said:

Following Alliance team member!  Your meal plans look interesting!    What is sweet potato soup?

I went and following you too but haven't caught up yet.

Oh I made it up based on a yummy soup (sweet potato coconut ginger) that I like from a nearby restaurant.

1. Sautee some minced garlic and ginger in oil (I think I used bacon fat)

2. Add a bunch of broth

3. Add chopped, peeled sweet potatoes and simmer until super soft

4. Puree with stick blender

4a. I repeated steps 3 & 4 with carrots because the soup was thinner than I wanted

5. Stir in coconut milk (or coconut cream), smoked salt, pepper, smoked paprika, cumin to taste

It came out pretty good, though very sweet and not as gingery as I would like. Easy on the digestive system though :)

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Okay I went back and changed my day numbering so Monday is Day 1 and it FEELS SO RIGHT.

If for no other reason than because I actually posted the challenge on Monday so obviously hadn't started on Sunday.

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Week 1 Day 4 - THURSDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - MISSED

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - Foam rolled, rested

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 0/4

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 3

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 1/4

 

Breakfast: coffee berry tea, 2 mini meatloaves, steamed carrots

Lunch: sauteed pork belly, green beans

Snacks: potato chips, chocolate sorbet, part of a chocolate bar, 2 pcs naan (1 with butter, 1 with cheese)

 

The hormones hit me hard yesterday, and I was feeling extremely groggy and unwell all day. Due to the nagging weirdness in my knee I opted to take another unplanned rest day, did a little foam rolling and stretching so I feel okay with it. STILL struggling to make myself sleep earlier despite taking a handful of Benadryl and melatonin an hour or two before I plan to go-bed.

 

Sunday's meal prep is saving my eating, because even if I eat like a crazy person when I get home, I have two paleo-style meals per day without effort or decision-making.

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Week 1 Workouts

Planned vs Actual:

Monday - soccer DONE

Tuesday - run 30min DONE + lunges

Wednesday - SL SKIPPED

Thursday - run 30min SKIPPED

Friday - alt w/o

Saturday - 14mi

Sunday - rest

 

So I'm 2/4 so far, but it's hard to feel guilty about it when this morning my knee/thigh finally feels better, just in time for my long run tomorrow. I worry that on the weeks with a long run scheduled, the whole week leading up to it ends up being about feeling ready for that run -- which is not terrible, but I need to find ways to be active *cough*swim*cough* because I need regular endorphin hits to boost my mood...and I need to strengthen the supporting leg muscles + start working on upper body for Spartan. On the plus side, I foam rolled and stretched on the days I skipped, and as of Friday morning my leg feels pretty good.

 

The plan (improvements):

I bought new running shoes for the Ranger mini bonus this week, and I realized it's also time to replace my Superfeet insoles -- we'll see if that helps with my knee issues. I am newer to natural running (been running in the inov-8's less than a year), and I took some time off from running before that, so I guess my weaknesses are getting exposed. I mayyy have gotten too excited about the Ranger mini -- it would have been smarter to do the lunges Monday/Wednesday, which are my scheduled potential strength days. Will also continue the foam rolling for pain prevention; I tend not to to remember/bother when I'm not in pain.

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6 hours ago, Hiroro said:

I went and following you too but haven't caught up yet.

Oh I made it up based on a yummy soup (sweet potato coconut ginger) that I like from a nearby restaurant.

1. Sautee some minced garlic and ginger in oil (I think I used bacon fat)

2. Add a bunch of broth

3. Add chopped, peeled sweet potatoes and simmer until super soft

4. Puree with stick blender

4a. I repeated steps 3 & 4 with carrots because the soup was thinner than I wanted

5. Stir in coconut milk (or coconut cream), smoked salt, pepper, smoked paprika, cumin to taste

It came out pretty good, though very sweet and not as gingery as I would like. Easy on the digestive system though :)

 

Thanks, but not much to follow other than me not getting anything accomplished!  That soup sounds yummy.  I eat paleo 85% of the time so this sounds like it will fit in for a quick lunch!

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21 hours ago, jmk said:

 

Thanks, but not much to follow other than me not getting anything accomplished!  That soup sounds yummy.  I eat paleo 85% of the time so this sounds like it will fit in for a quick lunch!

I slurped some up today as pre- and mid-race fuel and it sat in my stomach very well. I would up the ginger next time to balance the sweetness

 

12 hours ago, Fonzico said:

Yay for new shoes! Have fun on your long run this weekend - let the step challenge games begin!

They arrived in the mail yesterday! So I'll buy new insoles today and have the brand new set ready. Just finished my run -- gauntlet thrown!

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They arrived in the mail yesterday! So I'll buy new insoles today and have the brand new set ready. Just finished my run -- gauntlet thrown!

Ahhh! I'm working today (damn desk job!) But I'll be playing catch up as soon as I'm done!

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Week 1 Day 5 - FRIDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - off day

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - missed :(

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 1/5

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 3

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 2/5

 

Breakfast: coffee berry tea, 2 mini meatloaves, steamed carrots

Lunch: 1.5 sausages, green beans

Happy Hour: a couple fries w/short ribs+cheese, a croquette, 1 cider, 1 beer, 1 moscow mule

Dinner-ish: a few crackers with cheese, 1 glass wine

 

Yeah I basically had alcohol for dinner. It added up to 4 drinks with minimal food (I dodged the pizza that was ordered), but I drank enough water to avoid a hangover. Definitely not optimal for the night before a long run, but I got it done anyways. And yet again, thanks to meal planning I had a healthy breakfast and lunch before going off the rails a bit.

 

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Week 1 Day 6 - SATURDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - 14 MILES DONNNNE

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - off

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 2/6

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 4

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 2/6

 

Pre-run: a few sips coffee berry tea, bit of sweet potato soup

Mid-run: (SO MUCH WATER), more soup

Lunch: gyro sandwich (after craving it for weeks!)

Snacks/Dinner: cheese popcorn, kettle corn, a little coffee, paleo crackers with truffle mousse pate, 2 slices prosciutto, 1/8 small pepperoni pizza

 

Was exhausted after the run, should have taken a nap but didn't. So hot outside, I did the first ~10 miles outside and the last few on the gym treadmill. Felt a million times better running inside. Despite the weird afternoon eating, I felt good about the day because I finished the 14 miles (with a lot of walking, admittedly). I didn't bail on the run even though I had a bit too much to drink Friday night. Perseverance! 

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Awesome job!!

 

I was a terrible competitor this weekend - I'm sorry I wasn't much of a challenge :( This weekend was a weird one. Next weekend though, bring your A game! I'm disc golfing again, and you know that means about 1,000,000 steps!

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Week 1 Day 7 - SUNDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - rest day

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - day off :)

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 2/7

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 4

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 3/7

 

Breakfast: a few bites fried potatoes, 1 slice bacon, a little coffee, cheddar popcorn, kettle corn

Lunch: burger with creamy herb cheese

Dinner: Korean beef, rice, salad w/vinaigrette, feta, almonds, apples

 

Went a little nuts with the carbs and popcorn this weekend, but got some protein and veggies in there too.

 

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On 7/24/2016 at 6:05 PM, Xena said:

Yay! Great job getting your long run done!!!

Thanks, it was a long hot slog.

 

5 hours ago, Fonzico said:

Awesome job!!

 

I was a terrible competitor this weekend - I'm sorry I wasn't much of a challenge :( This weekend was a weird one. Next weekend though, bring your A game! I'm disc golfing again, and you know that means about 1,000,000 steps!

My run next Saturday is shorter, so I'll have work to do to keep up with you!

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Week 2 Day 1 - MONDAY

Goal #1: Marathon training - rest day

Goal #2: Meal prep, continued - DONE

Goal #3: Support the training - STRONGLIFTS DONE

 

Bonus Goal #1: 8 hours sleep/night - 1/1

Bonus Goal #2: Abstain from alcohol 4 days/wk - 1

Bonus Goal #3: Post on mine +2 threads daily - 0.5/1

 

Breakfast: 2 mini meatloaves, cherry tomatoes

Lunch: rice, beef, green beans

Appetizer: 2 slices prosciutto

Dinner: steak, asparagus

 

Yesterday was pretty much the perfect day health-wise. My only miss was forgetting to post on other peoples' threads, whoops.

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