Peak Week

Not only was this week was peak foliage in New England, but it was also my highest mileage week for this marathon training cycle. I ran 77.5 miles - my highest ever! Here is what I did this week:

  • Monday: Rest day

  • Tuesday: 10 miles easy - 8:32 pace

  • Wednesday: 10 miles easy - 8:38 pace

  • Thursday: 13 mile workout (2 mile warm-up, 10 x 1 mile [6:15 - 6:25 pace] with 1 minute recovery, 2 mile cool down)

  • Friday: 9 miles easy in AM - 8:17 pace, 4 miles easy in PM - 8:14 pace

  • Saturday: 8 miles easy - 8:33 pace

  • Sunday: 22 mile long run workout (5 mile warm-up, 12 miles at goal marathon pace [7:00 - 7:10 pace], 5 mile cool down) - 7:37 average

I am feeling really good and so proud of my progress. I have two weeks of lower mileage as I taper before the marathon, and then there will be lots of rest after the marathon!

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While the running is important, there is so much more that goes into training especially on a high mileage week. In addition to focusing on running slow on my easy days so I can run fast on my workout days, I have been getting 8-10 hours of sleep (the dogs slept till 6 AM this morning!), eating well, and making an extra effort to rest my legs (no yard work!). It’s really all about listening to your body - taking a nap when needed, eating when you’re hungry, and finding the right speed and terrain for your legs (lots of dirt roads to soften the impact from pavement).

Nutrition continues to play a huge role in keeping me going. We need to stock lots of food and snacks to stay fueled. Here are a few of my favorite snacks recently.

 Barbara’s peanut butter puffins cereal, Stonyfield strawberry smoothies, Chobani yogurts (especially blackberry and key lime pie), Clif bars (especially Sierra Trail Mix and Chocolate Brownie), and homemade trail mix (almonds and walnuts with mini chocolate chips)

Barbara’s peanut butter puffins cereal, Stonyfield strawberry smoothies, Chobani yogurts (especially blackberry and key lime pie), Clif bars (especially Sierra Trail Mix and Chocolate Brownie), and homemade trail mix (almonds and walnuts with mini chocolate chips)

Other recent snacks include hard boiled eggs, crackers with hummus, banana with peanut butter, and chocolate chip cookies. :)

Here are some of my favorite dinners the past few weeks:

  • Chili (made in the instant pot!) with cornbread

  • Honey lemon chicken, roasted beet salad with goat cheese, and brown rice

  • Chicken fajitas with peppers, guacamole and salsa

  • Frittata (kale and cherry tomato) with roasted potatoes from the garden and salad

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Here are Dennis’s favorite dinners the past few weeks:

  • Homemade pizza (half tomato sauce with mushrooms and half pesto with roasted red peppers) and side salad

  • Spaghetti with homemade bolognese sauce and side salad

  • Coconut chicken curry with broccoli and brown rice

Still working on keeping those iron levels high! Our garden has mostly finished, although we have a bucket of potatoes I dug up and some raspberries continuing to grow. There are also a few herbs left until we have a hard frost. Looks like snow has come or is coming for many of us. Hope you can still get lots of fresh air!