Marathon Training Week 14

Happy Thursday.

Kids are finally getting over their cold. It always takes them about 2 weeks to get over a sickness. I’m sure this is from them slobbering all over each other and sharing their drinks. Germs get swapped back and forth. Yuck.

School is intense. I can officially say I am overwhelmed and incredibly busy. One of my projects for the food writing class is to develop and write a blog. I have a few ideas brewing. I was thinking I could start a cake blog. I would post all of my cakes on the new site and this blog would focus on running and nutrition. I have a few other ideas that I will share once I have them worked out.

So much to do

Running this past week went well. I was short 4 miles, but made it up with a great hill run and long run.

Monday- Rest

Tuesday- Easy 4 miles on the treadmill in 89 degrees, ugh.

Wednesday- 5 miles with 2 miles at marathon pace. I had planned to run 9 miles with 6 miles at marathon pace, but I ran out of time.

Thursday- Rest

Friday- Hills 8.33 miles. This run was amazing. It was 75 degrees outside and felt great. It is crazy what 5 degree differences does for my running.

Saturday- Easy 3 miles on the treadmill.

Sunday- Long run of 17.5 miles. The first 7.5 miles was a steady incline of 436 ft. I also didn’t listen to any music for the first half of the run. I’m trying to wean myself off music while I run. I don’t want to need music to run. I also want to use music as a motivational tool or for when I’m dying out there. I also took 3 GU and drank about 30 oz of water.

Speaking of GU, look what came in the mail yesterday. I’m excited to try all of the flavors.

 

GU

 

I also have two pairs of these bad boys coming in the mail today. Woot, woot. My legs will be so happy.

 

PHD GRADUATED COMPRESSION LIGHT SMARTWOOL

 

I have a 20 mile long run planned this Sunday. This will be my first 20 miler, and it’s safe to say I’m nervous. All I want is to complete the run. A girlfriend of mine is planning to run the first 6 miles with me. Yay. I love running with friends. At least the first 6 miles will be fun.

My husband and I share the Apple cloud backup, so that our pictures and calendar sync together. Every so often I will look at our shared photos to see if my husband captured any cute pictures of the kids. This is what I found this morning.

 

Sluts R People Too

Yes, sluts r people too!

Have a great day.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cupcakes

These are the cupcakes I made for the 4th of July. The cupcakes were good, but I thought the cookie dough was a little too sweet. The cookie dough frosting was out of this world delicious. 

4th-July-Cupcakes-A_thumb

The chocolate cupcakes were made from my own recipe. You can use any chocolate cake recipe or even a chocolate box mix.

Cookie Dough Chocolate Cupcake

Seriously, the frosting was amazing.

COOKIE DOUGH FILLING: (Adapted from RecipeGirl)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons granulated white sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt with a whisk. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the butter, sugars, milk and vanilla until blended. Stir the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips into the wet ingredients. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until the cookie dough is firm enough to scoop. Scoop 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of cookie dough and place on a cookie sheet. Freeze for about 20 minutes or until firm.

Once the cookie dough is firm, place one cookie dough filling in a cupcake liner and pour enough cupcake batter to fill about 2/3 up the liner. My first batch had too much batter and caused huge cupcake tops. The second batch, I filled the liners with slightly less cupcake batter and they turned out great. You can always test a couple of cupcakes to figure out how much batter to use. I baked the cupcakes for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees and they turned out perfect. When you test the cupcake for doneness, make sure you place the toothpick in the cupcake only and not into the cookie dough.

Frost your cupcakes once they have cooled completely.

COOKIE DOUGH FROSTING: (Adapted from RecipeGirl)

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix butter and sugars with an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smoothed.

Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes and garnish with a few mini chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cupcake

Enjoy.

Marathon Training Week 13

My kids have been sick since last Saturday. I hate when they are sick. Usually one will get sick, then the other. My husband and I have also caught their bug. This is what happens when two babies are slobbering all over us. Even though they are sick, they have been in a great mood. Almost too good of a mood. They have been into everything today and are not listening to a word I say.

Elena's  Serious FaceElena has several different faces she makes. This is her serious face.

Elena's SmileThis is her smile. It always makes me laugh.

Sam's CurlsSam’s curls caused by the rainy weather. Cute.

It has been raining all day and I am bummed that I cannot go for a run. I would love to run in the rain and the 70 degree temperature. I saw so many people running this morning. Seeing them run made me want to run even more.

I really struggled motivating myself to run in the mornings this past week. Most of my runs were done in the hot afternoon on my treadmill.

Monday- Rest

Tuesday- 4.5 miles easy on the treadmill. I really didn’t get into this run until I reached 4 miles. 4 miles was my limit, but I felt so great I decided to run another 1/2 mile.

Wednesday- 7 miles with 4 miles at marathon pace on the treadmill.

Thursday- Rest

Friday- 5 miles with 8 hill repeats on the treadmill. I had planned to run 8 miles with 8 hill repeats at a parking garage, but didn’t get up early enough or plan well enough. I don’t like doing hill repeats on the treadmill because I don’t get any downhill running. I’m thinking about getting some boards to put under the back of my treadmill to somewhat mimic downhill running. Has anyone ever done that before?

Saturday- 4 miles easy on the treadmill. I had originally planned to run outside with a friend, but I slept through my alarm. Ugh.

Sunday- 14 miles long run. This was a good run. I didn’t drink much water during my run and didn’t eat at all during the run. It was hot like usual. At the end of the run, it was 91 degrees. I’m seriously ready for fall.

One of my goals at the beginning of the year, was to make a cake or cupcakes once a month. So far I have kept up with the goal, but just realized I have not made a cake for this month. I’m trying to decide between a buttercream cake or a fondant covered cake and of course a design. So basically, I have no idea what to make. Does anyone have any suggestions or maybe a technique you would like to see?

I still have a cupcake recipe to post and I made a rosette cake at the beginning of July that I need to post. Hopefully, those will be posted soon.

School and Pushing Past the Uncomfortable Pain

This Monday, I’m starting school. It has been a long time since I’ve been in school and I’m starting to get nervous. I’m not nervous about actually going to school, but more about how I’m going to handle the workload and all of my other responsibilities. I don’t remember talking about my classes before, so I thought I would share them now.

The first class to start up is a Food Writing course. This class is a basic writing course centered around food and nutrition. I’m hoping this class will help me improve my writing and grammar skills.

The second class I’m taking is Phytochemicals. This class is an overview of phytochemicals (non-nutritive compounds) of fruits, vegetables, cereals and oil seeds. This class will cover the chemistry, physiological functions and potential health implications of phytochemicals.

Sounds fun and interesting, huh? Don’t worry, I’ll share all of my wonderful education with you. I know…exciting!

Uncomfortable

The other day, I was complaining talking about how crappy my long runs have been. Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can make them less crappy and whether or not they are supposed to be that way.

Yesterday, I was reading a book that talked about the pain that comes with running long distances. And how once you accept the pain, you can move on from it. It got me thinking about my long runs. I’ve been so bummed that my long runs aren’t going smoothly that I have started to lose my confidence in running and the marathon.

My long runs haven’t been physically (injury type) painful, but more of an uncomfortable pain. The type of OMGoodness I want this to end and I’m still 3 miles away pain. I’ve been giving into this pain. I realized I’m letting my mind win instead of pushing past it and letting my body win. My mental toughness has worn thin and if I don’t do something to rebuild it I’m going to lose all confidence in my running. Of course, this is easier said than done.

I read a quote that got me thinking about that uncomfortable feeling.

“The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behavior”. ---Anthony Robbins

Just like I’m training my body to run 26.2 miles, I need to train my mind to help get me across the finish line. I need to train my mind by continually practicing a new positive way of thinking until my thoughts are natural. Similar to the saying, fake it till you make it.

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” ---Vince Lombardi.

Red heart

When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?

Marathon Training Week 9-12

Happy Monday! It is hard to believe it has been a month since I lasted posted anything. We had a great time visiting family and Pennsylvania. We were busy running around and playing hard. I’ll share the details in a later post.

Marathon training didn’t go as planned while on vacation. It rained a lot while we were there, which didn’t really effect my running, but the humidity was a killer. I felt like I was choking on it. It took about a week to get used to it. There were also a ton of hills. The hills helped my knee feel better, but I wasn’t able to settle into a decent pace. 

I decided to get refitted for a new pair of running shoes. I had a little less than 300 miles on my shoes, but I thought hoped it would help my knee feel better. After about 10 miles in my new shoes, my knees felt great and I have not had any pain. Yay.

Saucony Running Shoes

I went to a great place to get fitted, The Rapid Transit in State College, PA. The people there are friendly and knowledgeable. The guy that helped me told me I wasn’t running enough during the week. He said my long run should be about 30% of my weekly total mileage. My long run was roughly 50% or more of my total mileage. I had no idea. I’ve been running forever and never heard of this rule. I decided to redo my entire plan and I am now running 5 days a week.

My running is starting to get back to normal since we have been back from our trip. My pace is a little slower than usual and my longs run have been terrible, but I am slowly getting back to normal.

Monday- Rest

Tuesday- 4 miles easy treadmill run

Wednesday- 7 miles with 3 miles at marathon pace treadmill run

Thursday- HIIT

Friday- 8.5 miles with 4 hill repeats outside run

Saturday- 4 miles easy run outside with a girlfriend

Sunday- 15.01 miles outside

My long run was terrible and it is really starting to effect my confidence. I need my next long run to go well. There are a few changes I plan to make next Saturday to set me up for a great long run on Sunday. I’ll post about them next week.

Hope everyone has a great week.

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