Week 8 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week flew past, no seriously!? Can you believe we are coming to the end of August?

I have a few things to recap on, in terms of my training, I ran all my runs this week (total of 40km) but didn’t make it to Bodypump on Monday. I am super chuffed at all the running I did though!

be a better runnerToday is also my last of the #21daysnocheats challenge. True to my honesty on this blog… I bombed this week at the #21daysnocheats challenge. I had dessert two nights this week. So I made it up to 16days without a cheat. I think what this challenge showed was that I have A LOT of sugar cravings during the day, and that when I cut out sugar I have learnt to eat better, healthier options to curb my cravings. I gave in and had pudding when we went out for dinner at a friends place twice this week. I have no regrets about it these 2 cheats. I had a healthy few days (19 days in total) and I enjoyed my little cheats too.

Right so going into week 9 of my training, what do I have planned:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 5km run; Functional Training Teaser at work; RPM
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 10km run; Bodypump
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 10km Wanderers run followed by 6km run to make it 16km on one day.

What is your plan for this week?

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Confessions of a Runner

Following a blog post from Francesca I decided to write some of my own Running Confessions. I realised I could relate to a lot of hers and thought it would be fun to add some of my own:

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  • Lately I have had a lot of “bad run” days.
  • After signing up for my first 21km and following a training plan, I realise I don’t like following a running plan and much prefer just running when I feel like it.
  • I never really been fond of my feet, but since I have been running more, my toenails are in need of a pedi badly!
  • I can’t “eat whatever I want” just because I run. In fact if I am running I need to be super careful what I eat so that it doesn’t come back to haunt me on my run.
  • I wish I ran faster. Don’t all runners feel the same here?
  • I cough, sneeze and blow my nose while I run. It’s super sexy (not really).
  • I love my sleep but somehow getting up to run is the most exhilarating/productive part of my weekend.
  • I have massive piles of laundry each week- all of it consisting of running gear.
  • Gastrointestinal issues are a norm.
  • If I am stuck in traffic in my car, I will work out how fast it would take me to run the same distance.
  • I always feel like I have accomplished so much more in my weekend if I get a long run in.
  • Coffee must be drank after a long run, never before.
  • I secretly judge peoples’ running shoes. This is now since I have a strong pronation shoe, I envy the neutral runners.
  • I’m always kind of hungry. I am not sure this is related to my running.
  • Runners who are faster than me while pushing strollers and/or walking piss me off.
  • I have internal wars with other runners. Generally it is a speed walker or grandpa that I am chasing during a run.
  • Clicking submit on an online race registration is the most exciting part of entering. Then the planning begins.
  • The night before a race, I generally don’t sleep well, no matter what time I go to bed.
  • I fear having to go to the bathroom during a race. This is after a bad experience at the Nike Night Race in 2013. We don’t need to go there again but it was bad. I have nightmares that it will happen again.
  • Running is an instant way to make me angry that I don’t run fast and happy that I ran all at the same time. It’s a love/hate thing.

Whats your biggest Running Confession?

Thinking Out Loud Thursdays 2 {Link Up}

Following last weeks first post on Thinking Out Loud Thursdays, this will become a weekly spot! Yay! More ramblings from me! You know you are interested… 🙂

1. Tax return submitted!

Right, this is super boring, but its a little bit of admin I have gotten done with! And I am getting a payback! Yahooo! (My Credit Card is happy again!)

2. Don’t worry, Be happy!

I am sure I have mentioned this before but if I am repeating myself.. well, so what right? at the beginning of this year I was seriously in a bad space. A lot of things seemed to get me down. I have through the course of my running and training, made an attempt to worry less and be more positive. I can’t tell you what a difference it has all made! I am a lot more kinder to myself and others around me. A lot less stressed because I am exercising frequently. And a lot more happy with life because I focus on the positive stuff.

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3. Dancing in my chair. *Chiggle = Chair Jiggle*

Following on from how happy I have been lately, I have noticed a slightly concerning problem lately. We have Highveld playing in the office while we work. Lately I have found myself dancing and singing in my chair. I am sure people think I am mad – it is an open plan office. But I cant seem to control myself – it happens before I even realise! woops! *Dance break*

chair dance4. Random Observation

During my run this morning we spotted several houses that didn’t have a wall or fence around them. I dunno why but this was truly a bizarre find considering we live in SA and Jo’burg no less. Are people not nervous to have no security around their property?

5. What Fuel to use?

Over the next few weeks I need to look at what to use to refuel during my run. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to use? I have recently tried out Powerade Ion4, I will be writing a review on the product after this weekend’s long run. But what does everyone else use during long runs? I have a sensitive stomach and generally cant eat anything before I run. I have tried a protein shake before I run and that seemed to stay down OK. Anything too carby doesn’t agree with me. Anyway, i need to look at pre, during and post my run since I will be runner longer distances soon I will need to thinking carefully about what I use to refuel.

 What are your random thoughts for this thinking out loud Thursday?

 

3 Weeks No Cheats {Link Up}

For Blogness Sake Set up a 21 day no cheats challenge and I decided this is something I definitely need to try! Read about her no cheat challenge here.

So lets first classify what my “cheats” are:

  • Sugar (no dessert, candy, chocolate)
  • Snacking after dinner (only one allowed – has to be something healthy – no sugar!)

Here is what I’ll add:

  • Healthy Breakfast every day
  • Go up in weights in Bodypump
  • Workout 5 days a week (following my training plan)
  • Eat a serving (or two) of veggies with 2/3 meals
  • No Carbs 3 Dinners a week (this has seriously been slacking lately!!)

Use the below calendar to tick off each day you complete (mine is on my fridge already!)

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Download it here: 3 weeks no cheats

What are your “cheats”? Don’t forget to use #3weeksnocheats on Instagram when posting about the challenge! And LET’S GO!

New Recipe: Stuffed Butternut

This recipe is a must try! YUM-O! Its not super healthy but it is super tasty, and for a cold winters eve – it warms the tummy.

1. Take a butternut and cut it length ways in half. Scoop our the seeds and brush with a bit of oil. Place halves in a roasting pan with a bit of water and bake at 200C for 45min or until soft.

IMG-20140707-WA00032. While the butternut cooks, chop a punnet of mushrooms up (small peices); and 100g of baby spinach. You can add anything into the filling but thats what I used. fry the mushrooms, add the spinach and fry few a few minutes.

spinach mushrooms cream3. Take off the heat and then add the cream. Yip. Cream. and 30g of parmesan cheese. YUM!

spinach mushroom cream4. Once the butternuts have cooled slightly, scoop out the flesh and add to the spinach/mushroom/cream mixture.

IMG-20140707-WA00015. Then stuff the filling back into the butternut shells. sprinkle with a bit of parmesan cheese and bake for 20-25minutes or until golden brown.

IMG-20140707-WA0002We made this with a rather large butternut so we only had half, the other half was put aside for lunch.

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This was edited slightly from this recipe. Go on, try it and tell me what you think?

Goals for July

I don’t wanna bore Ya’ll with my weekly updates, so with the new month starting tomorrow, I bring you….. MEG’s MONTHLY GOALS.

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“Meg the Happy Healthy Monster”

Get Fit Training schedule looks like this:

  • At least 4 workout sessions a week – Body pump, Runs, Races, Super circuit, Gym, anything that gets me sweaty and losing weight, toning and getting FIT!
  • I have two races planned for this month – Pirates 10km and the Kaya FM 67km Relay for Mandela Day (just doing 6.7km)

Get Happy Goals:

  • I will be carrying on with my YOU Challenge each week for July.
  • I want to try and plan to see friends more often – have more braai’s and dinners.
  • Photography
  • Craft projects around the house – thanks to pinterest I have plenty!

Get Healthy Goals:

  • Keep trying new healthy recipes
  • Cutting out/ limiting the bad food
  • Drink 4 x 750ml water a day
  • Pack a  healthy Lunch with Protein Shake for work each day
  • No Starch meals for dinner at least 3 times a week

What are your goals for July?

How did the week’s goals go?

This week  was a good week!

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MONDAY: I went to gym, and did the super circuit, So super right? My calves ached for the rest of the week from all the stairs!
TUESDAY:I tried a new no starch recipe, Skinny Citrus Chicken – totally YUM!
WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday I posted about my YOU challenge; went for a morning run and evening walk – both added up to 4km. I have a 2km route that I am trying to time myself and improve my overall pace per KM, but I had sore calves and cramped half way. Meh, at least I did it right!? In the afternoon I took Jack for a walk/run for 2km’s… still had sore legs but it was nice to get out a bit with my pup. 🙂
THURSDAY: I went to my bodypump class on Thursday eve as planned. Made no bake Granola Bites – totally yum, and no refined sugar!
FRIDAY: was suppose to be a rest day 🙂 but we woke up early, couldn’t sleep, so we took Jack and ran the 2km route. I think some parts of the route I was holding Jack back, that pug can run!!
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SATURDAY: Rob and I planned to run the 5km Delta parkrun. But I didn’t sleep well, coughing and ended up getting a massive headache, so we skipped the run. We went to Builders Warehouse and got all sorts of stuff for the house and my diy projects. Then we had lunch with Rob’s family and went to the civic center in town and watched an incredible show – a must see!
SUNDAY: Woke up at 5.30am and ran a massive 12km run, which was mostly hills, we ran all the up to Northcliff tower. We saw the sunrise and immediately made my weekend that much better!
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Aside from laundry Sunday, we went for lunch and doggie meet up with Rob’s Family too, Jack just loves his cousin Max!

This week I kept up with my protein shake as a snack in the afternoons, before I work out, also drinking lots of water (atleast 4 x 750.ml bottles a day).

So all in all a good week! So how did your week go?