I passed a running milestone this week – my first double digit run. I have been nervously anticipating Friday’s run for the last two weeks. I know I’m supposed to only focus on the current day’s workout, but Friday’s 10 miler was looming. Even though I’ve been gradually working up to this distance for the last 4 months, 10 miles just seemed like such a long distance. It was mostly a mental challenge, and I happy to say I passed. It didn’t even seem that hard, probably because I had turned it into such a mountainous feat in my mind. I need to learn to just trust in my training and I’ll be fine.
I was a little nervous about running that distance on my ankle, since it’s been bothering me, but it seems fine. The tape and exercises seem to be helping.
There were 3 beers left in a 6-pack of Guinness my husband brought home last week. I really wanted one of those, but I decided I should have something healthier instead, so I made a smoothie. (I did have a Guinness later in the day. I ran 10 miles after all, so I figured I could have one.)
Ever since I stared this half-marathon adventure, I have been trying to eat better. I ate pretty good before, but I realized I could do better, especially in the vegetable department. I have no problem eating plenty of fruit, but I’m not too keen on veggies – especially the green, leafy kind. I’ve found that by sneaking them into my smoothies they are much more palatable. At first I thought that greens in a smoothie sounded weird, but actually it works out pretty well. I can’t even taste the greens. Here is the smoothie recipe I’ve been relying on lately.
Spinach Cherry Smoothie
- 1 cup plain kefir (If I don’t have any kefir on hand, I use 1/2 cup of plain, Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of almond milk instead)
- about 1/2 a cup of frozen cherries
- big handful of spinach
- about a 1/4 inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
- 2 TBSP of flax seeds
- a small handful of raw almonds
- scoop of protein powder (optional)
- honey or agave to sweeten (optional)
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend it together.
Tips and other suggestions
- Because of the almonds, this will have a crunchier texture than a normal smoothie and you’ll have to blend it a little longer than usual.
- Sometimes I put a small banana into the mix.
- You can also use baby kale in place of the spinach.
- If it’s too thick for your liking, you can add a splash of almond milk or orange juice to the mix.
Half-marathon Training Week 10
- Sunday: Yoga
- Monday: 3 miles, last 2 race pace + strength
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: 6 miles with hills + yoga
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: 10 easy miles
- Saturday: 2 easy miles