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Surprises and Stir-Frys

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (9 Comments)

It’s funny how quickly our moods or feelings can change– I really surprised myself yesterday. I just posted about how last week was pretty terrible running and energy-wise. Thank you for all your comments and well wishes! I got the test on Tuesday evening and survived despite my extreme phobia of all things blood/needles. I am hoping to get the results back tomorrow but we may have to wait and see.

I have been feeling a bit better lately, so I attempted a tempo run last night after work. I wanted to run off feel instead of working off a certain pace goal, so I picked a new route I’ve been meaning to try so there would be no basis of comparison to a prior workout if it was going sub-par. I decided to run one entire counter-clockwise loop of Central Park. I thought this was 6.2 miles but it ended up being closer to 6 on my Garmin so I added in a tad more than 1 loop to make it a 10K distance.


SURPRISE: I felt awesome and strong, physically and especially mentally.

Downsides: it was windy, and about 38 degrees– I did not anticipate it being so cold and wish I had gloves as my fingers get numb easily. Is it possible for the wind to always be head on no matter the direction? I swear I never felt it at my back to push me along. Nonetheless, here’s the splits:

Mile 2 contained Cat Hill, and Mile 4 contained Harlem Hill (oof), hence a bit slower. I am most proud of mile 5, that annoying stretch of rolling uphills on the west side after you come down Harlem Hill counter-clockwise; I kept the pace pretty consistent and mentally worked through that mile. The last mile had some fair downhill so the 6:17 is a bit ‘misleading’ than if it was hillier or even flat but I’ll take it.

Just makes me wonder, how can I have low iron when I can bang out workouts like this? During my last bought, I could barely hold a 8:00 pace. Last night was a really strong, solo effort for me. It really boosted my confidence going into the NYC Half-Marathon, like my workout 2 weeks ago did. Maybe last week was just a bout of overtraining coupled with poor recovery? I am happy I took 2 rest days last Friday and Saturday, and took it easy with a 4-miler on Sunday.

I guess we’ll just have to wait for the results of the bloodwork. Maybe nothing is wrong with me. I guess that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world now, would it? :) Just wish there was a reason why I haven’t been 100%.

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I am going to Chicago for a quick work trip on Sunday and Monday, so I’m trying to use up any food left in my fridge before it goes bad. I had mushrooms that weren’t looking so hot, so I threw them into a “use what you have” stir-fry with quinoa for dinner tonight.

What’s in the mix? First, I sauteed the following in a pan with red wine:

  • Chicken breast
  • Mushrooms
  • Chopped Carrots
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Frozen spinach
  • Garlic
  • Onions

Then, I tossed it together with some cooked quinoa! When I make ‘stir-fry’ dishes like this I tend not to measure much, I just kinda toss what veggies I have (mostly frozen) with some flavor (garlic, onions), add in a protein (chicken, steak, tofu, potstickers, etc.),  simmer in a sauce (usually teriyaki, actually), and serve it over rice or grains. Today I mixed it up with a bit of red wine to add flavor, admittedly from a super-old, already opened bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Using what I have!

The thing I love most about stirfry-type dinners like this is how quick they are to make, and how easy it is to amp up the veggies in your meal. I would probably not eat this amount of veggies on the side for dinner so incorporating everything into a main dish is key for me to get the good stuff in.

But no dinner is complete without one a few of these!

White Chocolate Dipped Oreo

How did you surprise yourself this week? What are your “go-to” ingredients in a stirfry-type dinner? I am always looking for more variety!

Weekend Eats

February 6th, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (0 Comments)

After the cold, dreary, rainy day we had here in NYC yesterday, I was sure glad to awake to sunshine and birds chirping (really!) outside my window. Looks like it’s about 40 degrees out today, which feels like spring these days.

Despite the crummy weather and sluggish feelings, I hit a total of 50 miles last week. I know I need to get in another week or two at this level before I start feeling strong.

I added in a Training” tab up above; right now it only shows my running log leading up to the 2010 NYC Marathon, as I typically log my workouts old-school paper style [below] and my current training log for the NYC Half-Marathon is at work. Coming soon! It may not be the most detailed as it’s a bit hard to decipher my chicken-scratch.

Messy paper log for NYC Marathon '10

I know I like reading others workouts and mileage for upcoming races, and wanted to share mine, too! It was helpful especially when I was creating my plan for my first marathon, since I had no idea how much to run!

On Friday night, I enjoyed NYC Restaurant Week Dinner at Nobu Next Door with 4 girlfriends!

Nobu Next Door (source:Myriad Restaurant Group)

I ordered the Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy sauce for an appetizer (so good!) and enjoyed the Beef Toban Yaki (sizzling beef) for my entree– gettin my iron in! The dessert was a bit disappointing, it was a chef’s selection which was some weird tangerine/cream gel? I am typically a fan of fruity desserts and this just did not hit the spot for me. Also had a great cocktail with dinner.

Fun night out with the girls, filled with delicious food! I’d definitely go back. Apparently they are extending NYC Restaurant Week until Feb 27th, so I may make another reservation or two. I also dined at Riverpark and Asia de Cuba for Restaurant week this winter- both were fantastic and highly recommended if you’re looking to make a reservation.

I decided I wanted to share some delicious eats I created yesterday…apple cinnamon oatmeal and eggplant spinach tortilla pizza. I admit, I kinda like photographing my food and making it pretty, but it does take a bit of extra time and I get hungry quickly.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

To all my instant oatmeal friends, I’m sorry. I hate instant oatmeal. My mom always cooked us old fashioned oats over the stovetop and now I do the same. I find old fashioned oats have so much more texture and oomph to them! Instant oats pale in comparison.

This recipe is pretty simple! Cook 3/4 cup old fashioned oats with 1.5 cups water in stovetop. Let cook about 5 minutes, stirring, until water begins to absorb. Take one apple and cut it up into tiny pieces (I used my small food chopper to make them almost minced?) and stir into oats. Continue to cook until it’s thick, and pour into bowl. Add cinnamon and nutmeg to your taste. Enjoy!

This recipe is naturally sweetened from the apple, I didn’t even have to add any sugar.

After a 6 mile run in the rain, and a relaxing pilates class at the gym, I was pretty hungry for dinner last night. I didn’t have plans with friends since the weather made us all want to stay in, so I figured I’d try experimenting with some ingredients instead of whipping up something easy. I had an eggplant on hand that I needed to use up, and love eating eggplant with marinara sauce. I figured it’d be pretty good on a pizza, but I had no dough. I did have tortilla wraps, though, and so was born the…

Eggplant Spinach Tortilla Pizza

Yeah, this probably needs a new name. Any thoughts?

Ingredients (for one hungry person)

  • 1/2 large eggplant (mine was jumbo)
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla (could also use pizza dough, if you had it..)
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/8 cup sliced onions
  • Basil (I use Dorot Frozen Cubes)
  • Garlic (Dorot Frozen Cubes)
  • Cheese!

Take eggplant and chop into 1/4 thick round discs. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and place in oven at 400°; bake until brown, flip and bake on other side until brown.

Combine basil, garlic, onion, and spinach in food chopper/processer, like below. I also added in a handful of cheese.

Spinach, Garlic, Onion, and a handful of cheese

This creates a ‘creamy sauce’ you can spread on later.

Now, get all your ingredients ready. Take your baked eggplant out of the oven once it’s ready, spread your tomato sauce on your pizza, and begin to top!

Ingredient Station!

First I placed the eggplant rounds on the pizza, covering the sauce. Next, spoon on the spinach/garlic/onion spread over the eggplant to coat. Finally, toss with cheese to your heart’s content! I used a mixture of shredded cheddar blend and diced Jarlsberg.

Place on baking sheet and place in oven.

Ready to pop this baby into the oven!

Bake until cheese starts to melt, and enjoy!

Yep, I ate the whole thing (and then some). Gotta get my veggies in!

Now, off to do a long run of 13 or 14 miles (in the sun!) before heading to my friend’s apartment to watch the Super Bowl later this afternoon. I promise you my Super Bowl eats will not be nearly as healthy as the ones above, but that’s A-OK with me :) I don’t even like football, just going for the company, food and beer!

Yep, that's me. From someecards.com

Do you like reading others running logs? What are your Super Bowl plans?

Tasty Lunches & Wintery Runs

January 25th, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (0 Comments)

I am a planner. I like to know what’s coming ahead and not be surprised or thrown off by things I could have controlled if I knew in advance. I don’t necessarily need set routines, but I need to know what’s next so I can adjust.

This is definitely the case when it comes to planning my running and eating schedules. I structure my running around my weekly schedule (after work plans with friends? Run in the morning. Going out hard on Friday? Probably better to save my long run for Sunday…) so it throws a wrench in everything when something unexpected pops up like a late night at work or alarm clock failure!

So, same goes with how I plan my eating. I tend to pack my lunch daily because it saves money. I just can’t justify spending $10 on a salad, sandwich, soup or drink every single day. NYC is expensive! Lucky for me, I actually really enjoy cooking my meals, grocery shopping, and experimenting with new foods and recipes! But, since I do like to eat slightly more adventurous lunches than the standard PB&J or plain turkey sandwich, my packed lunches are often comprised of 3 Tupperware containers, Ziploc bags, and multiple microwave sessions. My coworkers laugh a little at this intensive process but I promise they are usually healthy and tasty!

One of my friends suggested that I blog about creative and easy meals to pack for work. She said she typically just eats frozen meals like Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine because they are easy and cheap, but she often gets burnt out on them day after day. Maybe she just needs some creativity and tips on what to make, and how to make it!

I’ve debated the idea of posting what I eat on this blog for a while. I have gotten so many tips and tricks on recipes and food combinations or preparation from reading other blogs, so I may as well share mine, too. I just cannot be one of those people that post and photograph everything they eat because 1) I can’t bring my camera everywhere 2) I snack way too frequently on little things and 3) I’m hungry and eat too quickly before I can take a picture! J I admire those people who do, and find it really interesting to see other athletes diets and each individual step that goes into a recipe, but it just isn’t me. And that’s ok.

I’ll start with my two most recent lunches. Please note that I usually prepare my lunches an evening or two before, and place it into tupperwares or bags, to be reheated and assembled the next day. Sometimes I even cook lunches for the whole week on a Sunday.

Island Soyaki Marinated Chicken & Broccoli Wrap

  • Frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast (mine were frozen)
  • Broccoli spears (I used frozen ones)
  • Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce (or other teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, or meat marinade)
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap

Place frozen chicken breasts and Island Soyaki marinade in plastic bag. Place in your refrigerator and allow to thaw and soak in the marinade overnight (see, I like to plan ahead.). In the morning, place chicken breasts and a little marinade in tin foil and place in toaster oven (or, real oven) for about 10 minutes or until meat is cooked. Microwave frozen broccoli (or not, if you have fresh) and coat with a tablespoon of Island Soyaki sauce for flavor.

When you’re ready to eat, place broccoli on the wrap and microwave for about :30 to get it all warm. Microwave the chicken for about :90 or until hot and add to wrap, and enjoy! Afterthought: This would also taste really good with pineapple chunks given the sweet teriyaki marinade.

Please note, this was not my whole lunch. I eat a lot more than this on a daily basis. Today, I also ate an apple, a dozen handfuls of animal crackers, 2 clementines, and countless delicious Valentine’s Day hearts. My favorite holiday candy!

So cute I want to eat you up!

Grilled Eggplant Marinara Wrap

  • 1/2 Large fresh eggplant
  • Bit of olive oil, salt, garlic
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (I realllly like sauce…)
  • Shredded or diced cheese (I had swiss cheese, but mozzarella would probably taste better)
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap

I didn’t take a picture of this meal :( But it was TASTY!

Cut ½ of a large eggplant vertically, into discs. Place discs on baking sheet and lightly brush with olive oil, salt and garlic. Bake at around 400 degrees for 15 minutes until slightly brown, then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Add marinara sauce and eggplant into Tupperware, top with cheese. When ready to eat, microwave wrap for about :20. Microwave Tupperware of marinara sauce/eggplant/cheese for about :90 and add to wrap and enjoy!

Hopefully you see how easy these recipes are if you have the right ingredients and do a little prep the night before, or even morning-of. I’ll look to rack my brain about grocery shopping tips and other ways to plan out meals in advance, but hope you enjoy for now!

And now onto running. I was out way late on Saturday night and subsequently woke up at 2pm and lay in bed hungover tired all day Sunday. I did not even left my apartment for fresh air. So much for that planned long run. At least my training weeks start on Sundays so I have 6 more days to get it in :) But see, I don’t like wrenches in my schedule because now I need to adjust the rest of this week. *breathe* and stay flexible!

I woke up Monday morning to discover it was 6 degrees outside. 6! Since I am crazy and give myself too much guilt for laying in bed the previous day, I dragged my butt out of bed, majorly layered up, and hit the roads for 6 miles. I figured it was fitting to run 1 mile per degree. My body internally was warm, but my fingers were frozen solid. I could barely control them to hold my key to unlock my door. As I ran them under hot water to try to return feeling, it was so painful I thought I was going to pass out and/or throw up simultaneously. Luckily that passed and I took a long, scalding hot shower. Why do I enjoy this, again?

This morning I awoke and set out for 7.5 miles, loving the 20 degree increase in temperature from yesterday! I began my run with clear skies, but it began to progressively snowflurry more and more! By the end, snowflakes were stuck on my eyelashes. I found it quite tranquil and wintery, actually. Maybe winter running is not so bad afterall…

What are your tips for packing creative and  easy homemade lunches? I could always use more!

2011 Goals, Not Resolutions

January 6th, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (7 Comments)

I’ll admit it! I hate the concept of New Years resolutions. The phrase conjures concepts of fad dieters and gym-goers huffing and puffing on the treadmill all January, never to be seen in February, left the the same cycle (+5 lbs) next year.

To me, the start of a New Year is the chance to work towards GOALS, not resolutions. You can’t wish for something to happen and expect results, but you also can’t go from 0 to 60 and expect action to become habit.

That said, I have a few goals for 2011 (in running and other areas of life) and some tactics on how I plan to reach them:

1) Run a sub-1:28 half-marathon.

  • I’ve got my 16 week training plan I’ve been working towards, and I plan to do longer long runs this year than last year, increasing total weekly mileage. I ran 1:29:35 during my 1st NYC Half last year (and, split that same time during the NYC Marathon, whoops) so I feel this is tangible

2) Run around a 3:00 Marathon

  • With a 3:04:32 debut under my belt, I feel more prepared and experienced to get closer to the elusive 3:00 mark. I will begin my official training in July, and get in more 20-21 milers. Last year I only did a 19, and only one 21-er. Higher mileage works well for me, just have to get it under my belt.

3) Go to the gym or do “extras” 2x/week

  • Even though I do a large majority of my exercise running outdoors, I have a membership to NYSC because I like having the option to cross-train or do classes, even if I don’t end up going more than twice a month. I’ve lost a lot of core and upper body strength since doing the “extras” (abs, weights, lifting, core, drills) in college basically daily and my IT/glute/hamstring hasn’t been happy. I will go to a class (yoga, pilates, boxing, zumba, whatever!) OR do some core/weights on my own at least twice a week to become a stronger, well-balanced runner and athlete.

4) Stop biting my nails!

  • Ah ha, a non-running related goal! I’m frugal and don’t want to buck up the $ to get regular manicures, but have definitely noticed a decrease in biting and picking my nails when I do. I’ve had this habit for as long as I can remember and its embarrassing and not cute ;) If I can’t stop, I would at least like to decrease the frequency.

5) Floss regularly

  • This seems silly, but I’m really bad about remembering to floss! In the mornings I’m hopping out of the shower and brushing my teeth quickly to get to work on time, and before bed I’m so tired (and, lazy…) that flossing doesn’t make the cut. However, its a good habit and I will start to do it at least every other day and then work up to daily.

6) Do a tempo, interval, or speed running once a week

  • I need to break up the monotony of my regularly-paced runs, so I am going to try to add a tempo, interval, or speed running once a week. Whether this is a dedicated workout, or simply just adding strides at the end of my run, or running a few miles in the middle at a slightly faster pace, this will help keep my runs exciting and make me faster!

7) Eat cleaner and more fresh foods!

  • I do eat healthy by most standards, but I have a bad sweet tooth! I want to try to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and experiment in using these to cook fun and flavorful recipes. Instead of reaching for the fun-size twix around 3, I want to keep out healthy foods to snack on like grapes or carrots.
  • Similarly, I want to be more mindful of my eating! I have a tendency to grab items from the office leftovers just because they’re there and free, not necessarily because I want or need them. I’ll try to discern whether or not the brownie is worth the splurge- is it a really great, unique homemade brownie, or is it a brownie from our regular catering company that will appear again in a few weeks? Choose wisely.

8) Dismiss Negative Energy

  • Yes, I am a generally positive person and consider myself an optimist. But, I find myself getting caught up in negative energy more often than I’d like. Being a catty bitch isn’t attractive on anyone, so I’d like to behave this way less often ;) Also, I have many good things going for me, and not enough time or energy to focus on things and people that make me feel bad about myself or what I do!

There you have it, my 2011 GOALS! Do you like to keep resolutions, or do you like to set out goals to work towards? Do you have any tips or words of wisdom as I work towards mine?

Bib #887, Check Me Out!

October 30th, 2010 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (0 Comments)

Tomorrow marks the 1 WEEK COUNTDOWN until the BIG DAY! It’s hard to believe that I was once doing 100 day countdowns, 50 days, 1 month…and now, just about a week!

The negative thoughts are now converting into energy and excitement. I really rested up last weekend and enjoyed my runs this week, and the springiness is back in my legs! Some days I was tired, but it was my typical “ughh, i’m running at 6:45-am”-tired, not “my entire body and soul feels drained”-tired. Great improvement.

The excitement has been bolstered by constant Marathon reminders around the city…posters in the subway, bus wraps, commercials on TV, everywhere! Flags along the Marathon Route in Central Park give me an extra boost, and seeing the bleachers around the finish area propel me up the ‘hill’ that is the final .2! This is probably stupid, but I don’t know exactly where the finish line is, just the general ex-Tavern on the Green area. Oh well, by that point I’m pretty sure I’ll have entered a state of delirium so it doesn’t really matter.

On Thursday night, I got an email declaring I was accepted into the Local Competitive Start! This is a special start area at the very front of the Green Corral 1 reserved for local-NYC runners who have met a certain time. My 1/2-marathon qualified me, but I’m not attached to any local running club so I didn’t think I’d get in. Nonetheless, moved from Green Corral 3 to Green Corral 1 in Wave 1. And moved from Bib #33XX to Bib #887! Woo! And I hear there is a special warm-up/stretching area with portapotties in the LCS area. I’ve heard the stories of people urinating anywhere and everywhere (hey, running is not a glamorous sport) so I am certainly looking forward to not peeing in public. Yep. It’s the little things.

I’ve also been quite pleased with my cooking skills lately. With more free time/forced relaxed time (read; not spending my Friday nights drinking  and Saturday mornings hungover) I’ve been making more trips to the grocery store and getting a little bit more innovative in my recipes.

Last night, I made a healthy Mexican-Fiesta creation: Seasoned shrimp and ground lean turkey, roasted tomatoes & onions with black beans over brown rice. I sprinkled with some low-fat shredded mexican cheese, and put a dollop of 0% Greek Yogurt mixed in (just like sour cream!) and everything got creamy and gooey and tasted like Qdoba (<3!) but 100x healthier and more delicious! My batch made 3 servings so I froze 2 more easy and healthy dinners for next week. Protein, fiber and carbs triple punch!

This morning, I tried my second attempt at healthy pumpkin pancakes and waffles. I made pumpkin pancakes last week, and while tasty, the consistency was all wrong. I used oatmeal instead of flour, and this week blended the oatmeal to make oat flour and think that made a huge difference. So, I used: oatmeal flour, canned pumpkin, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, 0% greek yogurt, small spoonful of protein powder, baking soda and egg white. I don’t really have measurements because I kinda just eyed it into the bowl.

I poured the batter into my waffle maker and prayed it didn’t become a sticky mess that I would have to scrape off. I used the extra to make two mini pancakes. Luckily, they all came out! Still not as pretty as I’d like- the pancakes get super cooked and browned on the outside but the insides are still a little goopy. The waffle was excellent! I topped it with some maple syrup, cinnamon, and crushed ginger! (Yes, I’m newly obsessed with ginger). They were SO good and will fuel me through the day Extremely low in fat, full of good carbs, and protein!

Sometimes I wish I had more people to cook for (i.e. I want to be a stay-at-home mom who gets to cook delish dinners every night for her family!) since cooking for 1 is hard because things go bad so quickly if you don’t use them, and making larger portions is so much easier. Well, since my dream of being a stay-at-home mom luckily won’t happen for a good decade, I’ll enjoy cooking for myself for now :)

After I finish digesting breakfast in bed, I am off to run the last 10 miles of the marathon course! I’ve heard this is a good way to get to know the end of the course well when my body starts hurting most. Also, I have never even run (or been to?) 1st avenue, let alone the Bronx, so it’ll be a cool experience. No surprises on race day, and I can think back to how awesome this run was (*fingers crossed*)

Happy Saturday to all!

 

It’s TAPER TIME!

October 20th, 2010 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts - (0 Comments)

Taper time? What’s that mean, exactly? Your guess is probably not much better than mine. I know tapering means reducing intensity/mileage to have your legs feel fresh on race day, but I have no idea what a three week-long taper looks like. In college, we tapered for the week before a race: less intense workout tuesday, then 20 minutes and strides Friday before a Saturday race.

Hence my problem figuring out how to gradually reduce over 3 weeks. When I hear “reduce mileage” it just makes me want to run like 2 miles a day for the next 3 weeks. I feel tricked when I still have to do 50 miles this week. Yes, a decrease from last week’s 67, but still substantial! When do I get to the easy 20 min run phase?!

Also, I think I finally just got the hang of eating properly for marathon training! I was enjoying massive amounts of delicious (AND HEALTHY, I swear) foods. I crave greek yogurt, oatmeal, avocado, fresh fruit, EVEN chickpeas. I used to DESPISE chickpeas, people. But now with reduced mileage means I need to eat less, or carry a little extra chub on race day. Or does it mean continue eating the same amount, to fuel muscles and store carbs? See- confusing! And to make it worse, I’ve actually gained weight marathon training. I know, I know, it’s muscle weight (my thighs and calves feel huge!) but shouldn’t I be a little leaner through all of this? I guess the massive amounts of healthy food may not be so great :)

Oh well. TRUST THE TAPER!
In any case, I’m getting a little nervous for the race. When I see we’re 18 days to go (AHH?!?!) I remember I actually have to do this, instead of talking about it. Half of me cannot wait for the thrill, and half of me wants to curl up and die.

I’m also a tad nervous because I experienced a strange twinge in my thigh on my run last Thursday. I was going to do 8 that morning, but did 7.5 since it just started coming on then and I was basically back at my apartment. Better to run a 1/2 mile less than to tear something. I felt it towards the end of my run Friday, and ooo boy did I feel it through all 21 miles on Saturday. Sunday was my planned day off and I continued to massage the crap out of it. I decided to take Monday off too, because I still felt it when walking, I had a massive head cold, and “Hey I’m tapering now I can totalllly take 2 days off in a row!”

Its starting to feel better, though I hope it doesn’t linger around for the Marathon. Its at a point where it isn’t painful, but I feel that its there. My body will get hit with enough problems over 26.2 miles, I don’t need to start the race with one. At least its beginning to disappear- hopefully.

Oh and did I mention that when I massage it, the quad muscle makes a sort of “crunching” noise? Not normal. The closest thing I could find to describe it is crepitus, which usually happens around joints/knee cartilage. This is my upper quad, not really sure. When I googled “crepitus” and “quad” the other day I got “bone cancer”. Well, so much for googling the cause….

This morning I decided to do a little tempo amidst my 8.5 mile run on the bridle path. Just two loops of the large bridle path reservoir, around 3.5? The first loop was 12:10, and the second was 11:35. Holy smokes! I didn’t realize I dropped it by 35 seconds. It was 6:47 pace overall- good for a nice quick tempo on dirt. Tempo miles are okay in the taper phase, right? And it was short!!

So, here’s to the beginning of a loooooong taper, less mileage, minimal weight gain, and weird quad pain disappearing! Though I have a feeling 11/7 will be here before I know it!