Weekend Update May 23 & 24, 2015

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup! Visit her linkup page and check out how everyone spent their weekends.


Saturday – 15 easy pace miles. Did 1/4-1/3 mile at 2% each mile, the rest at 1%. Salted Watermelon GU at mile 6, Strawberry Banana at mile 11.4 – first try. It’s okay, at least it doesn’t have caffeine, but probably not a fave  Did Myrtls after. My legs were too sore and tired (from run & my trip to the gait clinic) to do more. Wore my 110% knee compression sleeve in the evening as my R knee was a bit cranky. It helped a lot.

Listened to the latest ep of Marathon Talk, with “North East running legend” Jim Alder, who I’d never heard of. Quite an accomplished runner, fun to listen to.

Also listened to Susan Loken on this ep of the Runner’s Connect podcast.

Sunday – 7 recovery pace miles, better than I’d been expecting after W/Th and yesterday’s 15 miler. Followed that up with a starter version of the exercises I got from the gait analysis folks and my Myrtls.

Listened to Runner Academy‘s ep with Dr. Nicholas Romanov. He’d been on a number of podcasts last year since he released a new book, but I hadn’t listened to any of them. After listening, decided to get his book – I’ll give almost anything a try if it makes sense to me. And we know I need another running technique/training or running-related book, right? I might listen to Romanov on Trail Runner Nation but usually one podcast is all I need to get a sense of whether I’m interested. I’ll only multi-listen if I think I’ll get different perspectives or info or hear things a different way. (may do that with Travis Macy – he’s been on Trail Runner Nation, Runner’s Connect, and UltrarunnerPodcast – I know I’ve listened to him on Runner Academy already….I did that with Margaret Webb, who was on a number of podcasts)


Saturday – After my run, I sat on the porch for a few minutes and reloaded my glycogen stores with the frosting (and a little cake) of the coconut/coconut and coconut/chocolate gluten-free cupcakes DH had surprised me with on Friday from Hello Cupcake – what a sweetie! My fave is their gluten-free banana cake with peanut butter frosting, but which gluten-free variety they have varies daily – you have to call to find out (wish they’d put the GF flavor of the day on Facebook or be on Twitter – they’re not – and put it out that way). The chocolate frosting was so dense and overwhelming that I took a bit, gave DH a bit, and put the rest of the frosting – which peeled off nicely – into a container to have later. One bite was plenty. (sorry, no pictures)

Then I spent a little time inside online and had a Japanese sweet potato (JSP) with some Nuttzo on it along with some asparagus and watermelon. I did a load of laundry and spent some time out on the porch reading.

porch reading

porch reading

Did not get through all of these, but at least I had a plan. Spent some time chatting with DH on shoes and gait and running stuff. Then we took ourselves into the basement to go through our chest freezer to make sure we knew what we had, pitch old stuff and bring some items upstairs for use. Then I came back out to the porch to do a few things online before prepping for dinner.

For dinner, we split a “basement find” – a hunk of smoked turkey breast we’d ordered last fall from Salt Lick in Texas. So very good. Their brisket and ribs are terrific too – I kept saying “we have to order from them again” as I was eating. I combined that with some homemade veggie spring rolls with carrots, mushrooms, zucchini and romaine, and a bit of peanut sauce. We opened some potato chips, but it turned out I didn’t really want any. I had about half of the gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookie DH had brought along with the cupcakes but it was too sweet and not peanutty enough, so DH nicely finished it for me. (I hate feeling like food is going to waste, which is a problem for me sometimes.) We watched episodes The Flash, Person of Interest, and Elementary – all have been renewed, yay! (as opposed to Forever, which got the axe) We’re a few months behind in our watching but that’s fine.

Then some Arctic Zero (chocolate, with frozen cherries) and baked potato chips while reading the new Anne Hillerman, Rock with Wings. I’d never read the Tony Hillerman series, only picked it up starting with Anne’s first continuation of her father’s work. I went back and read a bit of some of Tony’s books, but I like Anne’s better, probably because she added a female protagonist.

Sunday – After my run and my exercises, quickly ate some asparagus, a piece of coco bread with jam, and a small JSP with Nuttzo. I was cutting it close in terms of how soon my massage appointment was, but I had been hungry since I woke up at 4AM. (I got back to sleep till 6.) Headed off to my massage – didn’t have one last week due to my massage therapist having a family event, so it was nice. I can tell I’m not quite in full-up training yet though, the time will come when I really NEED the massage but I’m not there just yet.

I ate a Quest bar in the car on the way back – they’re so handy, my go-to meal replacement when I can’t prepare and eat my lunch on schedule, especially on Tuesdays. Got home, hung up some laundry I’d started and then tackled cleaning out old food in the pantry. I was still super hungry, so I ate a little watermelon, a few blackberries and blueberries, and half of a frozen banana topped with almond butter.

Then I headed out to the porch to enjoy the mildly warm weather (less so the neighbor’s music, though at least the landscapers finally left) and write this post. Soon it will be time to get inside for dinner. Maybe a gluten-free pizza (BBQ sauce, chicken, goat cheese, artichoke) from nearby Naked Pizza, or perhaps something from Baja Fresh or Rockland’s. That, along with some TV, will make for a relaxing “second Saturday night”, one of the things I love about three day weekends.

Tomorrow, Memorial Day, is a holiday.

I plan a short run and then “Sunday” breakfast with DH. Perhaps he’ll grill, and I’ll do a few things in the house before succumbing to the lure of the porch. A weekend-style dinner, a bit of TV, then back to work (telework) on Tuesday, when I’ll get to see my chiro and discuss the gait analysis. Wednesday, back in the office. Thursday telework as usual, Friday not sure if I’ll telework or not. I think I’m going to add alternate Fridays to my telework schedule – we are allowed a max of 39 hours in a 2 week pay period, and I can fit in that day under the cap. It’d be nice for summer, and I think I can make use of it once training ramps up.

Speaking of training, the coming week is week 4 of my base period, a “cutback” week. That’ll be followed by week 1 of the workout base period, where I’ll try to start picking up speed. I think (hope!) that taking recovery and return to running more slowly than I have in the past is going to pay off. Today is 21 weeks to Baystate, and it’ll soon be 2 months to Beach to Beacon. Hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Boston.

Hope you had a great weekend! What are you looking forward to this coming week?