NYCM Training: Week 6

25 Aug

 

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Here we are.  10 weeks away from the marathon! Beth likes to send me these countdown tweets, which I try to pretend not to see.  Although I’m obviously recapping my training each week, I really have tried not to think too much about the race.  I know it will sneak up on me soon enough and I like to take it one week at a time with training.  Sometimes one day at a time.  Things are still going well and I’m feeling strong.  Knock. On. Wood.  Here’s Week 6:

Monday 8/18: CrossFit.  This. Workout. Was. Brutal.  

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I only went to one WOD last week, so this one was particularly tough to come back to.  I did better than expected, finishing Jackie in 11:20 (with 35lb barbell and pull-up bands) and part 2 in 10:58 (using pull-up bands and 25lb kettle bell).  

Tuesday 8/19: 6 miles, including 2 mile repeats (8:18, 8:17).

Wednesday 8/20: 4 easy miles (10:22 avg pace) + 4 strides 

Thursday 8/21: CrossFit.  For this partner WOD, I teamed up with Meredith and Astrid, both of whom are training to run the NYC Marathon also!  They’re total CrossFit rockstars and I loved partnering up with such motivating and inspiring girls.  The workout was:

For time:
10 Box jumps (5 rep increments)
20 Wall balls (10 rep inc)
30 Push-ups (5 rep increments)
Run 800 m
30 Box jumps (5 reps increments)
40 Wall balls (10 rep increments)
50 Push-ups (5 rep increments)
Run 800 m
50 Box jumps (5 rep increments)
60 Wall balls (10 rep increments)
70 Push-ups (5 rep increments)

We finished in 22:11 and then added on a 800m cool down.  

Friday 8/22: Rest

Saturday 8/23: 14 miles.  I was dreading a solo long run, so decided to drive into Manhattan and run with my favorite running buddy, Beth.  I did 7 solo miles in Central Park before meeting her on the West side.  We also ran into Ashley, who was nice enough to slow down and run with us a few miles up to the Little Red Lighthouse.  

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Thank goodness for these ladies! I’m pretty sure my 14 miles would have been a wreck if not for them.  My Garmin was acting up again…so I don’t have an average pace for the entire run, but I did reset my watch to clock the faster miles (7 & 14) which ended up being 8:50 and 8:53.  I carried my Fuelbelt handheld water bottle which I refilled about 3 times and I took Gu Chomps at around 5 miles and 9 miles.  I added those Salt Stick pills every 30 minutes and guess what?! No headache. :)

Sunday 8/24: I was supposed to do 3 recovery miles, but spent the day eating and drinking with boyfriend and his family instead.  Oops!?

Weekly totals: 25.5 miles, 2 CrossFit classes, 2 rest days

This week is going to be a little bit tougher to squeeze in training, between work, travel and celebrating my friend Julia’s wedding all weekend!  Stay tuned…

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No-Bake Energy Balls & KIND Giveaway Winner!

19 Aug

Today is exciting for two reasons: I have a KIND giveaway winner to announce and I’m going to share a super easy and tasty recipe!  

First, let’s announce the winner for the KIND Snacks giveaway:

stCongrats Stephanie (@FoodFit2Real)!  Shoot me an e-mail and we’ll get your 1 week supply of KIND bars sent out! :) 

Next up, a recipe for no-bake energy balls.  These are seriously SO easy and so good.  I wanted a quick snack I could grab on-the-go for times when I don’t want a whole bar, and these totally do the trick.  
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Cranberry Almond Energy Balls (Yield 18 balls)

1 cup almonds

8 large Medjool dates (pitted)

1/4 cup pecans

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Combine almonds and dates in a food processor (I used my Ninja) and pulse until well combined.  

2.  Add pecans, cranberries and chia (you could use hemp too!) and pulse for another 30 seconds until all ingredients are evenly combined.  {You may have to use a spoon/ladel to prevent “dough” from globbing up in processor.}

3.  Add chocolate chips and pulse just a few more times.  

4.  Roll into 1″ balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to a week.

I just made ‘em on Saturday and boyfriend and I have already gobbled them all up, so I plan on making some more tonight!  They’re that good.  Also, these bad boys are gluten-free and paleo friendly so pretty much everyone can enjoy them.  Try ‘em for yourself and let me know what you think! 

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