Week 7: Yellow Layer Cake/ 800 miles

I’ve decided to blog about our latest gluten free baking adventures in parallel to my running.  They go hand in hand on the weekends, I run then I eat the sweets.  This week we planned to make lemon meringue pie but we did not have time for it so opted for a basic yellow cake.  The search continues for a nice gluten free yellow cake recipe that will be our standby family recipe.  This one may be it (see below) but the chocolate frosting did not work out.    We are working through our newest cookbook Gluten Free Wish List, by Jeanne Sauvage.  Last week was cream puffs, highest rating from the crew.  We’ve also made the matcha chocoloate cake.  Cake, 5 stars, matcha frosting– I don’t care for it.  We’ve been watching Great British Baking Show this week as well, a lot of baking AND miles this week.   I’ve hit 800 miles year to date!

 img_4562

Planned 27 miles / Actual 30.9 miles.

Monday – OTF to kick off Monday morning.  Plus 4 easy miles after work.

Tuesday.  Off.  Had thoughts of going for a ‘perfect week’ on Apple watch but it didn’t happen.  No excuse really as i worked from home but it didn’t happen

Wednesday – Orange Theory matched up perfectly with my planned track run.  I was to run 6 x 800 and today’s OTF workout was 1/2 mile sprints on the treadmill.   I ran 3 half miles at OTF and then jumped on my treadmill at home for the other 3.   Workout jackpot for 4 miles total.

Thursday.  6 mile tempo run (5 mile tempo + 1 warm up) plus tried out my new Camelbak hydration thingy.    Apart from choking myself trying to drink and run at mile no. 1, the pack works pretty well.  I think it needs to be tighter though.  Note that my basement treadmill area looks like an episode of Dexter.

Friday – OTF for 2.9 miles.

Saturday – Off.

Sunday.  13 mile long run with Camelbak.  Plus bonus $30 parking ticket!  So I parked where I always park down by the beach which is a strip of road about 50 yards long that connects the main beach road to another back road.   The road is split between two towns and i parked too far on the wrong side of town.   Grrrr….  I guess i should have noticed i was the only car on that portion of the road, but in the morning there were few cars on the road any way. I just assumed i was early for the beach parking rush.

Camelbak.  It worked pretty well for 13 miles.  I did get a bit of chafing on my arm but that could be related to my outfit.   More test runs are required.  I am trying camelbak because I would like to carry one pack/belt/hydration system that will fit all my stuff including my iPhone plus–which doesn’t fit into any belt that i own already.   I have run with my water belt and an arm band for the phone (too much chafing) and then with my water belt AND my spibelt for the phone (2 belts seems too dorky).  Enter the camelbak for long runs.

What about the cake?  Here’s a picture of the yellow cake.  We had family over who helped eat it but the frosting was too runny and oozed out when the cake was cut.   I think with a different frosting this will be a winner!

Next week, I’m striving for a perfect week on Apple watch.  What’s a perfect week? Hitting my goals for exercise (30 mins); “moving” (650 cal) and standing (once every hour for 12 hours during the day).      I’ve hit a perfect week a few times in the Spring, going for it this week!

see you out there,
– Jenn

Week 6: marathon is like grave digging

I started a new audio book this week and in the opening scene the main character is digging a grave and compares it to running a marathon. It takes longer than you think (yup), it’s takes all the strength you have and you have to finish it (yup n yup). I’ve never dug a grave, but this sounds right. From Something in the water, by Catherine Steadman.

Yep. That hole is getting dug. There’s a point in every marathon that I’ve run where you are over the whole thing but you’ve just got to get it done. Usually it’s mile 20 for me, but sometimes it’s mile 14 and you just have to “suck it up” as a friend of mine would say.  And btw this is a really good book so far, i’m really into it!

On to the update. Planned 27 miles / actual 33.5.

Monday: Orange Theory fitness at 0530. Gotta do it as painful as it is on Monday morning.

Tuesday. Track workout on my treadmill. 2 x 1200 and 4 x 800. I’ve gotten into running intervals on my treadmill especially with the hot weather and it’s one more hurdle to go to the local high school track. And most often the track is crowded with high school sports or other folks. Treadmill takes out the guesswork- 0.5 miles in 4 mins. I can do that or fly off the treadmill trying.

Wednesday– OTF

Thursday. Saunders 10K. Start time 6pm. I think I’m done with evening races in summer. I kept under 9 min miles (barely) but was way off from hitting a PR. My PR is 53:15 and I ran a 53:37 in June. This race was 55:37, plus 2 mins from June but June was a regular 9am start and heat wasn’t an issue. I actually didn’t take any pics at this race but I won a T-shirt – they only give to the first 30% of finishers (I think). I also made it to May favorite burger joint before they closed at 8pm. Here’s a pic of the burger which was delicious as always.

Friday.  Whoa-TF.  Made it back from work to hit the 5:30pm Orangetheory class with Coach Nate. Working out indoors in the evening I can do. It was my beast calorie burn for the week

img_4420.jpg

Saturday Rest day and we made gluten free cream puffs which a) turned out great for a first time making them and b) were delicious!

Sunday: long run 13 miles

Felt pretty good on the long run.  I need to figure out a new hydration strategy for long runs.  My current belt is an Amphipod with the larger bottle, maybe 0.4 liter?  Stretchy belt, single bottle and a small pocket that does not fit my iPhone plus.   I ran this run with the water belt AND my Spi-belt with just the phone in the spibelt.  So if you see a dork running around with multiple belts for my stuff, that’s me.  I think i am going to try a Camelbak.   I also have a Nathan armband phone holder, but that chafes my arm on long runs. (whomp whomp).   The struggle is real!  equipment update next week!

Ready for another week! See you out there

– Jenn

Week 5 – More Orange, Less Running

I feel last week was a successful week despite again only managing 2 of my 3 training runs–but i did get my long run and tempo runs in, which were the most important.   i went to Orange Theory 4 days this week so that was probably plenty of treadmill sprints and probably also overdoing it on the cross-training.

Planned/ Actual:  27 / 26 miles

Monday.  OTF with coach Nate.  Good kickoff to the week.  Surprisingly the class was not full and only a “2 group” (24 or less people) rather than 3 group (25-36 people).

Tuesday. OTF.

Wednesday. Nothing / rest

Thursday.  Orange Theory Tornado Thursday!  This was a tough workout.  The ‘template’ for the class changes everyday but this one was a real sweat fest.   It’s hard for me to go over 400 calories in the 55 minute class but today I really pushed it to 450 calories and 10 ‘splat’ points (minutes in the orange zone = 84% max heart rate).

 

AND then I ran the Cigna corporate 5K in downtown Manchester, NH.  The race kicks off at 6:20pm which is better than 5pm but still hot and humid as hell.   The course is actually 3 miles of down hill (literally) and then 0.1 of directly uphill to the finish line.  I wish i was joking.  I had hoped to finish under 27 minutes but really felt the heat after mile 2.   My official time was 27:36.   I also probably didn’t need to work out at OTF in the morning and do a 1 mile warm up.  They opened up the fire hydrant at the finish line and that was refreshing! Happy that  I averaged just under 9 minute miles.

Aspirational goal:  I’d love to get a race photo where my feet are not BOTH touching the ground—where i actually look like i’m running.   This one was the best one and my fire hydrant selfie.

cigna5K-2018

img_4276

Friday.  OTF session #4 this week.   Had a chance to do the 8am class with my workout buddy John.  We don’t get to work out as much anymore since i am always in the 0530 class and John does not do 0530.

Saturday.   Several things tried to derail my long run.  Rain, overall feeling of malaise, I overslept and my iPad was not working (I was going to run on the treadmill to get over the rain problem). I borrowed my husband’s iPad and ran 13 miles. I started a new series, Sharp Objects on HBO. I’ve read the book, but I’m finding the series incredibly slow. Perhaps because I know the story.  Funny story, my iPad was not working at all, would not connect to the internet to stream anything, get email, check the weather, nothing.  I was super annoyed.  Fast forward to Tuesday and I was looking at my xFi app (xfinity wifi app) and saw that i had ‘paused’ my iPad to test out the feature.  Pausing any device blocks it from using the web.  So yeah, I blocked my iPad, forgot about it, then got completely annoyed the thing wasn’t working.  classic.

Sunday. Rest. And we made and ate a peach cafloutis! It’s a thing and pretty delicious! See you out there, – Jenn

Week 3: 700 miles and the devil’s alarm clock

Hey there, another week down for marathon training and another blog entry, i’m on a roll! And I signed up for some more races. For August, I’m running the Cigna corporate 5K on August 9th and joined part of my company’s corporate team.   And then I decided to run the Saunders 10K on the 16th. They changed the course to start and end from Odiorne’s Point state park–much better location and course than the original course that starts down by the former Saunders restaurant at Rye Harbor.  They razed the restaurant several years ago for condos so the race used to start on the side of the road (literally) with no real parking.

This week I realized that I shouldn’t plan each day in detail because I change the plan every day. I also didn’t do my track workout again this week but on the positive side, I hit 700 miles for the year to date!

Monday. OTF workout.

Tuesday. Rest day

Wednesday. Killer OTF workout. I got over 450 calories which anything over 400 is high for me. There were some visitors from other studios and they didn’t know what hit them.

Thursday.  Hey, I got up and ran!  So i continue to struggle with the snooze button and getting up to run.  I downloaded this app called Alarmy and it’s pretty hardcore.  In order to dismiss the ringing you have to either solve math or memory problems, shake the phone hard 30+ times or take a picture of some location that you pre-set.  For example, if you set up the alarm to be a picture of your coffee pot in the kitchen, you cannot turn off the alarm until you take a picture that matches the one you set (of the coffee pot). I have not tried this option but I will try it next because the math problems are hard!   I had to set the math on ‘very easy’ just to get something i can solve quickly when i’m awake let alone just waking up!   You have to solve 3 problems to kill the alarm, here is a very easy problem, a “normal” level math problem and a ‘very hard’ math problem. Who can do this?

So i got up an ran my 6 mile tempo run on the treadmill. I tried the alarm on Wednesday but after solving the math i decided to go back to bed and set my iPhone alarm to something more sane and I went to the gym later in the day.

Thursday work out #2.  I headed to Orange Theory after work for only to get another bingo square.  I’ve been chasing the ‘run/row’ workout square and heard it was happening today.  I took the 5:45pm class and it was a lot of weights and inclines on the treadmill.  Every ‘run/row’ we did was 0.15 miles run at increasing inclines and a ‘push pace’ (8mph for me) and then row 200 meters then repeat at + 2% incline.  I ran the inclines but most days i feign an ‘orthapedic injury’ as my friends keep telling me hills on a treadmill are dangerous.  I don’t usually do the jump squats either, I just figure that would be asking for trouble.  Bingo is over on the 31st and every row of bingo gets a raffle entry for cash and prizes, so they’ve got me hooked.

Friday.  Racked in for the morning after a double workout yesterday.

Saturday I hit OTF and got 3000 km of rowing so I didn’t feel too bad when later we hit Dairy Queen. My kids are so weird. We gave the these options: get DQ on the way home from dinner out or just go home and have ice cream there. They choose going home. Kids, have I taught you nothing? DQ today and the ice cream at home will be in the freezer again tomorrow.

Sunday. Ran 12 miles down by the beach. All in pretty good training week. Planned 27 miles, ran 26.2. Took 2 rest days and no track workout, but also got up and ran before work.

See you out there ,

– Jenn

Marine Corp Marathon Training kickoff: Week 1

Hey, it’s been awhile. I’ve thrown myself headlong back into running this year and committed to running 1000 miles in 2018. More on that in a next post. I’m more than half way to 1K so far and hope to finish by November.

So after my 2 week vacation in June, I kicked off Marine Corps Marathon training last week.  We are 16 weeks out from the race on 10/28 and I feel that I have a good base to start from having finished a 2 spring halfs and a 10K.   Here’s my plan with adjustments for week 1, July 9-15th.

I’m following my own hybrid training plan that is based on the Run Farther Run Less methodology merged with an old Team in Training training plan plus adjustments for various life events or other races.   I generally try to get in two or three 20-miler runs in the the plan leading up to the marathon.  For now the plan is on a piece of paper but soon to be updated on google sheets. Here’s how the week went.

Monday: Went to Orange Theory Fitness (OTF)  subject for a later post but I am really into this gym/class.  It’s HIIT and I can say that it has helped me improve my overall fitness.  In the past i never cross-trained, but OTF I will do and it’s a great addition to just running.  I usually get between 1.5 and 3 miles total each OTF workout on the treadmill plus rowing and weights.

Tuesday:  Nope.  took a rest day, already couldn’t face the training plan. Had planned to get up at 6 and run before work but that didn’t happen.

Wednesday: Yay, treadmill track workout to beat the heat. I’m pretty happy that I did get up before work and run my track workout on the treadmill.  I am not a morning person so this was the big accomplishment.

Thursday: My usual 0530 OTF Class.  I’ll get out of bed for this especially because there is a fee for no-shows.

Friday:  Found time to run on the treadmill while working from home. Then went to OTF at 5:30 for a crazy hard class.

Sunday: wow, so hot and humid.  Was planning to run 10 miles but my stomach was feeling iffy at mile 8 so i ended up with 9.2 miles.

Follow me on Strava if you like.  I am tracking all my workouts and miles there for the year so I can keep track of my progress toward the 1000 miles in 2018!

See you out there,
– Jenn