Week 9 – no races, long run, feeling GOOD!

Three weeks from yesterday (Sunday, September 15), Al and I will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose half-marathon! I cannot believe it is almost here. What’s weirder is that I kind of feel ready…kind of!

This past week wasn’t that exciting. Well, okay, it was kind of exciting, but not too exciting because we had no races this week. And, we don’t have any races this coming weekend either – STRANGE!

Here’s a look at my week: Monday – ran 5.11 miles; Tuesday – ran 6.11 miles; Wednesday – went to the YMCA and biked 7.5 miles; Thursday – ran 6.18 miles; Friday – rest day; Saturday – ran 12.01 miles; and Sunday – biked 7.06 miles.

This past Saturday, I ran my longest training run – 12 miles – since I began my training program for this half-marathon. And to be real honest, it was actually the first time I have run that many miles at one time. Yes, I completed a half-marathon last December. BUT…I didn’t RUN the whole thing. I have yet, since I began running three years ago, to actually RUN that far without a little bit of walking. It felt good. It felt exhausting. It felt exciting. It felt scary.

This is what I did when I got back from my run and after I walked in the house, drank some water, took a couple of breaths and unloaded my gear:

I really wanted to lay on my couch or bed, but I was drenched in sweat. So, I decided that the blanket would be easy to wash and I just plopped it down on the floor and laid my tired body down. It felt so good – well, after the ceiling quit spinning! 🙂

Here’s a look at my splits, which weren’t too bad, I guess:

And, here is a look at the map, which shows my route and my elevation, from my LogYourRun app I use on my iPhone (I did run some hills during this training run, which made me feel good for some reason):

I did have a goal in mind when I set out for this run – I wanted to finish in no more than two and a half hours. I was thrilled with my time when I got back – two hours, 24 minutes and 33 seconds. This made me feel good about my time for the upcoming half. I have a goal in mind – to finish AT LEAST 10 minutes faster than last year. If I keep the pace as I did this past Saturday, which I know is on the slow side, I will be able to reach my goal. I also have a goal to just finish, have fun and take it all in – the sights and the sounds and all the other runners and people!

As far as food and nutrition went this past week, I have to say I felt pretty good. I have tried a couple of new things – coconut water and Kombucha. And even though they both have Weight Watchers PointsPlus values to them, I loved them both and am very willing to spend the 2-3 PPVs on them. I have tried a couple of brands of the coconut water and have loved all of them. There hasn’t been one stand out one yet. They were all good. I have only tried the GT’S brand of Kombucha. I loved both flavors I tried – cosmic cranberry and gingerade. I can see the Kombucha becoming a part of my regular diet. YUM!

Another food item I have become addicted to is gelato, specifically the Talenti sea salt caramel. O. M. G. this is some amazing stuff! Seriously, it is the creamiest, yummiest, deliciousness you will ever eat. I can’t believe I am going to say this, but it is better – WAY BETTER – than my favorite treat at Cold Stone Creamery! It does have a lot – A LOT – of PointsPlus values – 14 PPVs per 1 cup. BUT…..it is beyond worth it. Seriously.

I will admit, I have sworn it off though, until after the half-marathon! I will eat some – probably an entire pint – after the race. At least that is my plan for now!

I have also been addicted to something a little bit healthier than gelato – mock mashed potatoes. I think I may have blogged about them before, but seriously, they are SO good. All you use is cauliflower (I used a whole head of it), fat-free cream cheese (I used two wedges of the light regular flavored Laughing Cow cheese), fat-free sour cream (I used 1/8 cup), shredded parmesan cheese (I used 1/8 cup), some salt and some garlic powder. The whole batch was a total of 3 PointsPlus values. After you cook the cauliflower (I roasted mine in the oven for a little bit and then steamed it in the microwave for a little bit more), you throw everything together in a food processor and process until smooth – or a little lumpy like I like mine! Serious goodness – healthy AND filling! Check it out:

Looks like real mashed potatoes, doesn’t it?

So, here is a look at the rest of my week in pictures:

Make it a great week everyone and thanks for taking the time to read about my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you!

3 thoughts on “Week 9 – no races, long run, feeling GOOD!

  1. That dang Talenti sea salt caramel gelato… my weakness!

    Congrats on a GREAT 12-miler! You will crush your half marathon PR! My favorite thing to do post long run: Legs up the wall! And, drink a Mexican Coke 🙂


  2. I would love to try the Mexican coke, but I am just not a lover of pop…any pop. Although maybe if it was flat. Maybe.

    And it is funny that you said you do legs up the wall, because when I was laying on the floor, I put my legs up in the air and it felt soooooo good. I would have rested them on the wall, but I couldn’t move!

    Thanks for all your support and tips, by the way, they are greatly appreciated!


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