Category Archives: training

Carbs! (Or….Half Marathon Prep + Blondies)

Soooo about that half marathon.  It’s tomorrow.  Let’s talk for a minute about my training.  Back in July and August, it was going pretty well.  I hadn’t done any runs over 10k yet, but I was working on speed and even doing some horrific hill training workouts.  And everything was feeling pretty good.  Then, after that 10k race I did back about 6 weeks ago, it wasn’t really feeling good anymore.

More than two years ago, I suffered a stress fracture in my 4th/5th metatarsal (that’s your toe bone).  Stress fractures are pretty annoying because the only thing you can really do for them is rest them, and my entire life basically requires me to be on my feet.  And I’m a busy body, so there’s also that.  I took about 4 months off running, and then ran the Scotiabank half that fall.  I hadn’t trained properly, because I was scared of re-injuring my foot, so I went into it pretty much cold.  It was painful.  I could feel myself adjusting my stride to compensate for my sore foot, which in turn really hurt my hip.  The race went RIGHT past my front door at about mile 6, and I remember telling myself I should just walk into my apartment and give up.  But, being as stubborn as I am, I didn’t and proceeded to finish the race.  In less than 2:30, only just over 30 mins longer than my best times.  (I probably should not consider this a victory of any sort, but I somehow still do.)

Fast forward to today, and Dr Google tells me that the nagging pain I’m experiencing on the ball of my foot is metatarsalgia, and probably a direct result of this “never-quite-healed” stress fracture.  So about 4 weeks ago, I was faced with a decision: keep training and hope that it doesn’t continue getting worse (but knowing it probably would), drop out of the race, or do the race “cold”, but on fresh feet, and hope for the best.

I chose option 3.

Is it smart?  No.  Am I going to be hurting?  Most likely.  Am I doing it anyway?  Yes.

I got some new shoes that are way more supportive (read: heavy and clunky and I feel like I have bricks strapped to my feet and I hate them) in a last-ditch effort to help.

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One day I’ll learn to stop being stubborn.  But that day is not today.  (Or tomorrow.)

So today I’m enjoying all the perks of knowing I’m running a race tomorrow.  Buying copious amounts of expensive coconut water.  Lazing around.  Eating all.the.carbs.  That’s where the blondies come in.

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I came across this recipe for chocolate chip chickpea blondies on Chocolate Covered Katie‘s blog a few years ago.  I had just recently discovered the amazingness that is black bean brownies and was eager to try these.  I made them for my coworkers and everyone went bananas for them.  They’re my go-to when I’m trying to convince someone that you can sneak healthy ingredients into your desserts and still have them rock your world.  Today I decided to give them a fall twist by subbing most of the peanut butter with pumpkin puree (I kept 1 tbsp pb) and adding fresh ginger, lots of cinnamon and some nutmeg.  I left out the chocolate chips (although I think white chocolate would have been AMAZING in here) and went for icing instead.  Apparently this is a completely stolen recipe, because I used (a different) Katie’s toasted coconut frosting to top them.

I’ve eaten a third of the pan.  I need to go deliver these to someone.  STAT.

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SBC: Day 17

17) Another day in the life

This just so happened to be another day off for me.  I booked a couple days at the beginning of this week to go visit my family.

7:30am – my alarm goes off.  I had the best of intentions for this morning, but I’m still not feeling 100% so I decide to sleep for another hour.

8:45 – ok, now I’m up.  My wonderful brother has made coffee, and I sip a cup while I summon the energy to take the dogs out.  Between my parents’, my brother’s and mine….it’s a lot of dog.

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10:00 – Time for breakfast.  I make pumpkin spiced pancakes with an apple topping for everyone.  Washed down with more coffee, of course.

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11:00 – Brother, sister and I go to the gym.  Given the tiny-ness of my hometown, the gym is actually pretty spacious and well-equipped.

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1:00 – home, snacks and showers, then we head to “the city” for the afternoon to do a bit of shopping.  My big purchase? A new travel coffee mug.  Big spender.  We stop at Starbucks for the first pumpkin spiced lattes of the season and then pick up groceries for dinner.

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6:00 – my other sister arrives and we start dinner prep.  We’re having wonton soup and salad rolls.  It turns out to be just about as labour-intensive as you might imagine.

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8:00 – there’s a little art project underway.  It’s still a surprise, but it involved papier mache.

10:00 – we’re all cleaned up and I’m settled in on the couch with a tea and Kaylee.  I’m leaving her here for a couple weeks since I’m going away, and I think she’s beginning to suspect something’s up!  I’m putting together a workout plan for my brother and sister, so I spend a bit of time on that and catching up on news/blogs/instagram, then get to bed around midnight.

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^ That’s all that comes to mind when I think about my grand plans to actually update over here.  

I have simultaneously no excuse and every excuse.  I got home from Bali and jumped right back into life head first: working 50+ erratic hours a week, catching up with friends and family, trying to carve out a bit of time to teach, training for a half marathon (maybe), maintaining my personal yoga practice, keeping up with the house, the dog….life in general.  

I’m not complaining.  My life is very full and I love it, but I do want to make a conscious effort to be present in this space.

So in that vein, I’m taking on a challenge.  Gracie from girl meets life put together a September Blogging Challenge and I’m going to join in!  I think part of my problem is that blogging isn’t part of my daily routine.  And since it’s supposed to take 21 days to create a habit, hopefully this 30 day challenge will really cement it for me.

 

Since I’m already a day behind (old habits die hard….??), I’ll do days 1 and 2 now.

1) Your goal(s) for the month of September

Well, first one is to actually complete this challenge! 

Like I mentioned, I’m sort of training for a half marathon.  By sort of, I mean that I’m hoping to continue training.  I have a long history of running-related injuries, yet I still can’t seem to let it go.  Call me a masochist, but I’m dead set on keeping running in my life.  Next weekend I’m running the Longboat Toronto Island 10k, and I’m hoping to finish in under 50 mins and (more importantly) injury-free.

Yoga-related, I’d like to get back to a longer daily practice.  On busy days, I’ve been doing 15 mins of sun salutations and random stuff and calling it a day.  While this is better than nothing….it’s not great.  And it doesn’t make me happy.  Time on the mat is so precious to me, and really helps my mental state.  Even if it means waking up earlier (which is so painful for me), I’ll spend more time on my practice.  Also, I need to figure out how I’m going to extend my Sunday morning yoga in the park into the colder months.  My (tiny) group of yogis make me really happy and I look forward to it all week, so I definitely want to make it a year-round thing.

Lastly, I want to sneak in a little trip before hockey season starts.  Not because I’m a diehard fan, but because the restaurant I work in gets infinitely more busy during the season, and I need to check-out and get myself mentally prepared for a few days before it hits.

2) Something you’re proud of accomplishing recently

Am I still allowed to say completing my teacher training? It’s been two months, but I’m still riding high on that.

I’m also proud of myself for really being there for some very important people in my life who are going through some tough things.

And on a more trivial note, I’ve been consistently making all my own almond milk and coconut milk yogurt, which has been a longtime goal.

 

See you tomorrow for day 3!