Weekly Wrap: Almost Time to Start Fall Training!

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

Jul 23

I hope you’re having a great day!  July continues to fly by and I’m really looking forward to finally getting back into training mode for my fall races!

Once again, I’m joining Hoho and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap!  It’s such a great linkup where dozens of awesome running and healthy living bloggers participate and share what’s going on in their active lives each week!

I’m also joining Courtney for her Weekly Training Linkup!  While I’m officially not in training mode right now, I’m getting back to tracking my workouts so that I can keep myself accountable over the next few weeks!

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Weekly Wrap: Getting Back to Training Mode!

I reached out to the amazing Coach Laura last week and gave her the heads up that I’m ready to get back to training!  I took a month off of working with her so that I could enjoy my summer off-season…but this week will get me back to work!  I’m really excited to be back because I love the structure that training gives me….honestly, I’ve felt a bit lost without it.

So starting this week, I will be in training mode for the Rock ‘n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon in mid-October.  If you’re running the race, let me know because I’d love to meet up before the race!  Remember, you can save $15 with code BIBRAVE15!  I’ve already set a goal for the race, but it’s still a little bit too scary for me to say out loud, lol!  Thankfully, I know that I’m in good hands with my running coach.

I’ll be running 4 days a week and getting back to my real training recaps, weekly report cards and all.  Thankfully the weather won’t be as hot this week so hopefully, I’ll be able to have a strong start for my first week of half marathon training!

Workouts for the Week:

Sunday 7/16:  No workouts – did more errands around the house and relaxed!

Monday 7/17: Run to the Barre Class.  The class starts with a 2 mile run in the neighborhood and ends with a traditional barre class.  It has been on my radar for a few months but this was my first time taking the class.  I

Tuesday 7/18:  I ended up not working out.  I didn’t realize until it was too late that Track Tuesday was happening in the evening so I didn’t have any running clothes at work – I guess I need to leave an emergency outfit in my office!

Wednesday 7/19:  One hour of yoga during lunch.  It was great to finally be back!  I asked Amanda to focus on core and she delivered…

Thursday 7/20:  Even though the alarm went off way too soon, I got up at 5 am to get ready for a 3 mile run before work.  The temperature was in the low 70’s and the dew point had to be in the 70’s as well…ugh.  Craig David tunes helped me get through the run…I was pretty miserable and eager for it to be over!

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Friday 7/21:  Had a really rough day and just tried my best to decompress.  I wish I had running clothes at work though because a run on the treadmill could have really helped!

Saturday 7/22:  Another lazy day, no workouts.

Empty Calorie Challenge Week 2

In last week’s wrap, I shared a recap of my first week of the Empty Calorie Challenge.  I have been completely avoiding empty calories like alcohol and junk food and having only one “cheat meal” per week.  Well, week 2 was MUCH tougher than week 1, but I’m still on the wagon!

Unfortunately, I had some very emotionally challenging days this past week related to my work life and personal life.  I really, really wanted to drown my sorrows in junk food, but I was able to resist temptation.  It wasn’t easy though.  It was very interesting to realize how much food can be a comfort during hard times. Not having that “crutch” was the biggest challenge I’ve had so far.

Constantly keeping everything stocked and prepared for the week was a real nuisance this past week…I ended up having a lot of repeat meals and had take-out Crisp Kitchen for lunch one day, but I always made healthy choices.  Our dinners were great, my breakfasts and lunches can be better, and I just need to make more snacks!  I guess a challenge shouldn’t be easy, right?

  • Breakfasts:  Fruit smoothies and a bowl of whole grain cereal and milk
  • Lunches: PB&J,  Spicy chickpea burgers (leftovers), a couple of small oranges
  • Dinners:  Spicy chickpea burgers with roasted green beans, Grilled pork chops with corn on the cob and grilled veggies, Grilled turkey burgers, grilled pineapple
  • Snacks:  Protein Chia Fudge (almond butter, honey, chia seeds, protein powder), Nature Valley granola bars (not the best but good in a pinch), pineapple, watermelon

ECC Week 2 Report Card

Despite all of the stress, I did not binge on junk food or go on a bender, so that was definitely a victory.  I didn’t have any alcohol the entire week and I still haven’t had any junk food at the time of writing this post!  I’ll give Week 2 of this challenge a B-…I just didn’t feel as good about things.  Honestly, I’m not sure if I can keep this up for 2 more weeks, but I’ll do my best to try.

How were your workouts this past week?  Do you find food to be comforting at times of stress?

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