When you have leftover ham…

…Eat lots of ham sandwiches. I went home with a lot of meat leftovers from Kirstyn’s shower on Sunday. I bought food based on the amount my family eats (a lot!) and we had a lot leftover. Since the ham was from Honey Baked Ham, I did not want it to go to waste. PS the honey mustard sauce that goes with it is amazing.

Dinner on Monday:

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Dinner on Tuesday:

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Other eats from the week so far:

Vegetable platter from Salsa Grill. We had a lunch meeting yesterday (nice to meet you Chad and Bryan!) and I ordered this plate of Peruvian happiness. I will be going back soon. πŸ™‚

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Fresh fruit!

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Fresh Easter candy! I’ve started to carbo load in the best way possible. πŸ™‚ I may have crushed a bunch of these up and added them to a Frosty…

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Be safe if you are experiencing bad weather today! It’s terrible out there.

What’s the best thing you ate this week? My meal from Salsa Grill.

What’s the last thing you ate? Fruit! Might eat a doughnut soon.

An “Under the Sea” themed baby shower.

My college roommate (and one of my BFFs) is expecting her first child in June and we celebrated his upcoming arrival last Sunday! Here are some pictures from her “Under the Sea” themed baby shower. πŸ™‚

Fishbowl candy bar!

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“She’s about to pop!” Popcorn favors.

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Food!

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Games!!

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Cupcakes from LaCakerie!

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Congrats Kirstyn and Matt! We can’t wait to meet your baby boy!

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Tuesday Training Recap: Week of 4/21-4/27

Hi everyone! Here is how training went last week…less than 2 weeks to go now!

Monday:

7 mile tempo run on the NCR Trail. I averaged a 7:29 pace and the last 3 tempo miles were tough! A steady incline plus a head wind = slower pace while putting forth more effort.

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Tuesday:

PB Fingers 30 Minute Boot Camp Workout. I loved this quick workout and I did it in my basement during my lunch break. πŸ™‚

Wednesday:

Track workout! It was VERY windy and chilly…again. I keep waiting for these workouts to feel easy and they never do!

8 x 800m with 1:30 RI (rest interval). Our times ranged from 3:12-3:18 for each 800m.

Thursday:

Body Pump class

Friday:

6 easy miles on the treadmill at an 8:34 pace

Saturday:

13 miles on the NCR Trail. It was tough to keep up the speed towards the end, but I got it done with an overall pace of 8:10 per mile.

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Sunday:

Rest and eat lots of cupcakes day!

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How is your week going so far?

When is your next race?

Expired snacks, I wanted to quit, and my new strategy.

So when I woke up yesterday, I felt terrible. My stomach was all messed up (maybe it was the Starbucks and Easter candy at 9 pm), and I just felt blah. I decided a nice healthy breakfast would fix everything, so I raided my stash at work and found this bar.

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I’m glad I noticed the “best by date” of June 2013 before I ate it. Don’t worry, I did end up finding a non-expired Clif bar and did not go hungry. πŸ™‚
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Wednesday has been “track day” for a while now, so of course it was chilly and very windy for our workout. This workout was a killer and I wanted to quit so many times.

8 x 800m in 3:17 with a 1:30 RI (rest interval) between sets. We ended up running each 800m in about 3:14-3:15 and I really had to channel my inner Shalane and remember that Bart Yasso (Yasso 800s) is one of my BFFs. πŸ™‚

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After the workout, I refueled with a very healthy lunch and some healthy fat from my guacamole dressing.

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Dinner was a chicken salad sandwich (2 separate sandwiches put together) and fruit with the best company around…AB and my parents. πŸ™‚

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Since I’m trying to cut back on my ice cream consumption, I used one of Annabelle’s bowls AND the ice cream was “light”. Even though the bowl doesn’t look that small in the picture, it’s much smaller than my usual mixing bowl.

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What’s your go to breakfast right now?

Would you rather run in rain, snow, or wind?

Last dessert you ate?

Lots of pictures (of Annabelle) from last weekend!

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Happy Belated Easter!

Week of 4/13-4/19: Training Recap

Hey everyone. Since I can’t seem to ever post “Marathon Training Monday” on Monday, this post has a new catchy title, “Training Recap.” I know it’s super original, but please feel free to use it if you would like. πŸ™‚

Monday:

8 tempo miles – 1 warmup and 7 at a 7:36 pace (this run was followed by lots of cake to celebrate my mom’s bday).

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Tuesday:

Body Pump class

Wednesday:

Track workout – 10 x 400m with a 400m recovery jog in between sets

Our times:
1:37
1:37
1:34
1:37
1:42
1:38
1:41
1:41
1:39
1:38

Thursday:

Body Pump class

Friday:

Last 20 mile run of training!!! 20.5 miles at an 8:20 average pace. It felt pretty good and I’m so glad we start a slow taper from here on out. πŸ™‚

Saturday:

Hang around the house and eat lots of good food. Rest days are super important and I take them very seriously. πŸ™‚

2 1/2 weeks until race day! After watching the Boston Marathon coverage on Monday, I want this BQ even more. ❀

Have a great day!

That’s going to hurt in the morning.

I took a body pump class during lunch today. This is nothing new and I’ve been taking 2 classes a week for a while now. However, today’s class was a new release (#89 I think?) and it was heavy on the leg work. As if the squat track wasn’t hard enough, squats were also thrown into the back and lunges track. My legs should feel really great during my 20 mile run tomorrow morning.

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(This is our last 20 miler! Race day is 3 weeks away!)
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If you have ever read my blog or seen my Instagram pics (follow me at lindarunning4two!), you know I LOVE dessert. I eat ice cream (or something sweet) every single night. I do eat pretty healthy the rest of the day…salad, fruit, yogurt, etc….

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…but this whole ice cream/dessert obsession might be getting out of hand!

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Maybe I’ll try to cut back to just weekends…MAYBE. πŸ™‚

How often do you eat dessert?

Ever taken Body Pump?

Track workouts are tough.

Today’s track workout called for 10 x 400m in 1:37 with a 400m recovery interval. When I first looked at the workout I thought, “That sounds pretty easy. Thank goodness for an easy track day.” After completing 2 sets and 2 recovery jogs, I knew that it wasn’t going to be so easy.

Our times were pretty much on the money and they ranged from 1:34 to 1:41. Our times went up during the last 5 sets because we were sharing the track and had to run in the outside lanes. Including the jog over and back, we ended with about 5.5 miles for the day (2.5 fast and 2.5 easy).

I’ve been having some very “tough feeling” runs lately, so I’ve come up with a list of things that help me push through and get the job done.

5 Ways to Survive a Tough Run

1. Visualize your ultimate goal: Try to remember what you are training for and your ultimate reason for training so hard. When I picture myself qualifying for Boston (hopefully!), I am able to push through and finish strong.

2. Split the workout into chunks: It is so much easier to split the workout into small, manageable pieces. For example, think of a 20 miler as four 5 mile chunks or 10 x 400m as two sets of 5. It’s all mental, but it really helps.

3. Repeat a quote or phrase that motivates you: Find a quote that you really like and repeat it when the times get tough. I’ve been using this one lately…”Comfort is a great place to be, but nothing grows there.” During the last mile of a race I ALWAYS repeat, “You can do anything for a mile.”

4. Think about someone special: Picture someone who means a lot to you, someone who makes you smile. This helps me to forget about how tough the workout is and let’s me focus on that person who motivates me to keep going.

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5. Visualize a reward: Most often I think about what I will eat later in the day… Whatever your reward may be (a pedicure, a margarita, an ice cream sundae), make sure to treat yourself every once in a while everyday!

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How do you get through a tough workout?

Anybody else do speed work today?

The best mom in the world just had a birthday!

My mom’s birthday was on Monday! Doesn’t she look really good for 40? πŸ˜‰

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We started the celebration on Sunday with lunch at Friendly Farms. This place is awesome…I had a crab cake and fried shrimp and the table shares a bunch of all you can eat sides.

My Aunt Janice (my mom’s sister) and my Uncle Gren were nice enough to come and surprise my mom. πŸ™‚

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Feeding the ducks!

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Love her.

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Me, Annabelle, and Poppy ❀

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We continued the festivities on Monday and my mom and I enjoyed dinner…and lots of cake! Chocolate cake with whipped frosting to be exact.

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My bowl of cake AND ice cream. :-))

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She really is my best friend and the best example of a truly amazing mom.

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Favorite cake flavor?

Any other April birthdays?

Marathon Training Monday V: #MTM

Yes, it’s Tuesday. I started this yesterday and had the best intentions to post it yesterday. I failed.
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Happy Monday!Β  I can’t believe how fast April is going…race day is now less than a month away!

Here is last week’s training recap:

Monday:

9.2 miles on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.
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Tuesday:

Strength Training = power tone class (similar to body pump but not as structured)

Wednesday:

Track Workout: 3 x 1600m at a 6:51 pace

Our times:

1600m in 6:46
1600m in 6:46
1600m in 6:39

With the jog to and from the track, we finished with about 4.5 miles.

Thursday:

Strength training and cardio – I went to lunch with coworkers, so I squeezed in a quick workout after work.

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15 minutes on the bike

3 rounds of the following:

15 squat jumps
15 push-ups
10 back kicks on each leg
10 tricep push-ups on each arm
15 tricep dips
30 sit-ups or bicycles
10 push up planks on each side

This was a great workout and I will try to show a demonstration of some of the moves that aren’t that familiar soon. πŸ™‚

Friday:

7 easy miles total. Some outside with friends and a few on the treadmill.

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Saturday:

A 10k race with friends! I finished in 45:39 with an average pace of 7:22. Serge and Lisa did great too! Lisa placed first in her age group!

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Sunday:

Rest day and eat lots of food day!

I hope your week is off to a good start!