Sunday, October 21, 2012

ghetto guacamole

I love avocados. And I love guacamole. Who doesn't?

However, I hate chopping vegetables...especially onions and tomatoes. I don't think I am doing it right because sometimes when I try to chop an onion, it gets really awkward. One of these days I might accidentally chop off a finger (which has actually almost happened...but with an avocado. I shanked myself and had to go to the ER for 10 hours. I still blame this entire situation on the fact that I tried to go vegetarian 3 days a week)

Anyways, so now I make this ghetto guacamole. All you have to do is mash an avocado with 2 scoops of salsa, a squeeze of lemon juice, and some adobo seasoning. Easy, done, no chopping required.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

half marathon training: week 9

I missed my long run this week. I blame an extremely unproductive day in the library. Which means I need to make it up on Tuesday morning. Not fun.

Here's a photo I took from my unproductive desk during my unproductive day in the library. It is possible that my unproductiveness stemmed from staring out the window all day.

I did get a chance to go the John Adams Courthouse this past week to listen to oral arguments. The John Adams Courthouse houses the Massachusetts Appeals Court, as well as the Supreme Judicial Court. And it is super pretty.

In other news, I'm going to Ithaca next weekend to visit my friend Ranwei and do some fall activities!  I plan to do some leaf peeping, farm animal petting, and pumpkin picking. I'll have to sneak a long run in while I am there. i'm going to force her to come with me (she doesn't know yet).

Half Marathon Training Plan: Week 9 (Oct 15-21)
Monday: rest day!
Tuesday: 10.5-11 mile run (long run)
Wednesday: 25 min run or cross train
Thursday: 60 min run
Friday: 45 min easy run
Saturday or Sunday: 11-12 mile run (long run)

Do I have time to go on all these runs? I am not sure.

Monday, October 8, 2012

10 miles + half marathon training: week 8

I ran my very first double digit training run today! 10 miles! Well, I wouldn't exactly call it a run. By the end, it was more like a crawl. Towards the end of my run, I had a 13+ minute split (you can see all my splits under the half marathon training plan tab). What I did was...I ran the Tufts 10K for Women and then ran the 3.8 miles home. I would not recommend running a race, taking a 1 hour break, and then running some more. During my run home, my legs got really sore...really fast (hence the crawl).

Long sleeve tech tees! My favorite. This was a great race. First of all, it's FLAT. Second, it goes through Boston and along Memorial Drive in Cambridge. I love Boston races and I love racing on my normal running routes. One gripe: While waiting at the start, every 10 seconds the announcer would yell out "AM I GOING TO SEE YOU AT THE FINISH." Yes lady, if all goes as planned, you will be seeing me at the finish. That's the goal here.

This past weekend, I also made some pumpkins muffins!

I am trying to use up the things in my pantry so I made these with Trader Joes Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix.

But I have a GREAT pumpkin muffin recipe that can be found here. It's better than the Trader Joes mix and takes about the same amount of time to prepare. Also, please note at how much better my photos are looking! I got the iPhone 5 and the camera is amazing! So much better than the one on my iPhone 3.

Let's see if I'll stick to this week's training plan. I didn't do such a great job last week...

Half Marathon Training Plan: Week 8 (Oct 8-15)
Monday: 10 mile run (Tufts 10K for Women + 3.8 mile run)
Tuesday: rest day!
Wednesday: 20 min cross train or easy run
Thursday: 60 min run
Friday: rest day!
Saturday: 25 min run or cross train
Sunday: 2 hour easy run (I'm going 10.5-11 miles!)

Monday, October 1, 2012

half marathon training recap by the numbers + week 7

1/2 of 1/2 Marathon training is over. Here's a recap by the numbers:

Total miles run: 79.22
Longest run: 8.7
Shortest run: 1.75
Slowest average pace: 13:20
Fastest average pace: 9:37
Workouts skipped: 6 (ugh)

I've been skipping a lot of workouts lately or punking out during them. Last week I was supposed to do a 4 mile track workout. I ran .75 miles then sat down on a bench. I eventually got up and managed to eek out 2.25 miles with a lot of walking in between. #workoutfail.

For the next 6 weeks of training, I'm going to focus on running more...running more times a week and hitting all my workouts on the day they are scheduled. For Week 7, I have 4 runs and 2 gym classes scheduled...and I am determined to do all of them! Even if life tries to get in the way.

Also, no long run this week because it's a long weekend and I am running the Tufts 10K for Women on Columbus Day! It's a 10K, but I plan on running the race and then running home along the Charles for a total of 10 miles.

Half Marathon Training Plan: Week 7 (Oct 1 - 7)
Monday: 60 min run
Tuesday: 25 min easy run or cross train (I want to go to Total Body Sculpt at the gym)
Wednesday: 50 min run - 3 min hard, 3 min easy. Repeat 4x.
Thursday: rest day!
Friday: Yoga + 45 min easy run
Saturday: 55 min hilly run - 15 min easy, 20 min tempo, 15 min easy
Sunday: rest day!