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I eat things like this:

But worry not, it has all my favorite things, turkey balls, leafy greens, goat cheese and salsa.  Power salad when I’m too lazy to wait for anything that take’s longer then 4 minutes of microwave and 1 minute of cooling to prepare.

But first a catch up on running… but first the charity case… please vote for me Team Refuel

A few workout catch up since Monday.

Tuesday I had an amazing run… really.. 7 miles at an avg pace of 8:02 on a treadmill at incline 2.  I have proof!

Wednesday I had a less than fabulous 6 miler at 3 incline barely making it at a 9 minute pace average.  I was going to quit this run at each half mile mark after my first 2.5 miles but somehow through lots of sweat (the gym was super humid) I walked/jogged it through  while chugging water.

Today and Friday I am taking off from running to taper for Twin Lights Half Marathon on Saturday.  I googled my competition (yay for races that post all runners names and their goal times) and I have my eye on the age group award.  I would say gender but the ladies in the 30-40 age group are beyond my league!

So today I banged out 12.5 miles on the elliptical while watching Glee and Don’t Trust the B- in Apt. 23.  I didn’t intend to stay on the elliptical for that long but I really got caught up in watching Don’t Trust the B… it’s really witty!  Ever since I got Hulu Plus for my phone, me and the elliptical have been getting along.  The treadmill has no place to my phone so I usually stick to podcasts for running.

Now for the latest running inspiration:

Amazing, makes me feel quite petty for my minor aches!

Onto other things like food:

Can I mention that on Tuesday, Tony made the best turkey Tacos ever:

He’s on a cooking streak this week and I got no complaints!

 Now since its my turn to cook, I need to think of a good & easy recipe to make with the leftover riccota cheese from arancini made the other night.  Any suggestions?

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I must confess, I plan my rest days around the weather.  I take a look at my dinky Iphone weather app and on the day the sun icon is the biggest, I schedule my long run.  Real science at work there.  Although with my work schedule, I only have two options: Saturday or Sunday.  Regards, its cold and rainy this morning and after 5 days of running it was time for a break.

Friday was the first sign of a rest required.  6 Miles – 2incline – 52:30 – 6.9MPH. 

Too slow for a speed workout so I’ll write it off as an easy run even if it felt less than easy.  After my run, I came home and enjoyed some Spaghetti Squash and some frosty adult beverages.

Also, is anyone else addicted to Temple Run?  It’s a silly Iphone game where you run and collect coins.  Pretty simple but addictive. Anyways I finally broke a million!  If you’re in the 5 million and up club, don’t laugh at me!

On Saturday I decided a rest day makes a great day for volunteering. Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Aside from hanging out with some awesome people while peeling potatoes I get to enjoy an awesome free lunch!

Roasted veggies, spicy taco meat, rice, black beans and a crispy quesadilla!  This is totally worth peeling some potatoes for!  But the real part I came for was the dessert!

Chocolate cake, Ice cream and a toffee bar.  It was a triple birthday party at CS so triple dessert.  I love my birthday but other people’s birthdays are pretty awesome too.  Especially when I get cake!

After some volunteering I put my apron and hair-net away and went to Trader Joe’s to load up on wine for my fundraising party I’m throwing next week.  You think this is a single serving?

And because I haven’t posted a cat picture in a while here’s Agent Meower ready for his bath:

Rest day for the cat

Jack Meower like me is also taking a rest day and is enjoying the comfort of sleeping on my butt behind my legs.

Did you get snow or rain this weekend?  Where are you?

We had 3 small snow storms before Friday and then rain today.  I’m in Boston =)

What did you do with your Saturday?

After volunteering I am now catching up on episodes of Fringe and my book “Girl who played with fire”

What are you favorite rainy day activities?

Mine include ice cream, books and tea!

What about Sunday?  Anything fun?

Hopefully my last longest run before DC.  I’m targeting 26.2 miles

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I’ll start with some happy news.  Yesterday after work I ran 15 miles on a treadmill.  Total time 135 minutes 2 incline.

First 10 miles were run in 88 minutes while the other 5 in 47 minutes.  Also for the first time since I started doing greater than 7 miles on a treadmill runs, I didn’t feel like poop afterwards.  I was hungry yes, but my knees were happy, my stomach was okay enough, and my energy was not wiped out.  Practice may not always make things perfect, but it definitely makes them better!  I went from dying/wanting to throw up after a 14 mile TM run to actually feeling great in the span of 1,5 months!

Now was the less happy news.  I had a bit of a rude awakening this morning.  I did my Inbody analysis.  And lets just say that results since marathon training were not the ideal health type.  No I didn’t gain weight, but I lost muscle which was replaced by fat.  So no weight gain or loss; yay!  Switching muscle for fat; boo!

So first what is Inbody?  The InBody uses bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) [try saying that aloud 5 times!] to analyze your body composition.  BIA is a technique that measures body impedance by sending an electrical current through the body.   How futuristic! Its quick and you feel nothing at all as the current only passes through the water fluids inside the body, and based on the impedance values collected, the body water volume is calculated.  Since water fluids are usually inside muscle tissues, by using the water volume, the fat-free mass can be calculated.  Body fat calipers measure skinfolds to calculate how much subcutaneous fat(fat under the skin) a person has.  According to research it’s highly accurate and not subject to human error (me pinching in different places).  However, water fluctuates and to avoid that its recommended to not eat or drink 2 hours before your test.

Now in summary this shows I’m a healthy, average person who could use a few or many core workouts.  My trunk muscles are non-existent.  This can lead to back problems, bad posture and all sorts unpleasant stuff from working at a desk job all day.  That was already known to me.  Also, between the 6 weeks I did not gain any weight which is awesome being that its winter and all.  I didn’t lose any weight, which is fine since that was not my intention with running.  However, my overall fitness level went down.

I lost two pounds of muscle and traded it in for two pounds of fat.  Clearly with my desire to be healthy and fit, this is not the direction I want to go in.  So I needed to evaluate my recent habits and see what’s going on.

Biggest change in my life for the past 3 months?  I’m training for my FIRST marathon.  Its super exciting and I’m learning everything the stupid way because I’m just that brilliant.

Here are a few reasons for my body change (even if it’s a 2% change)

“Change in eating habits”

I’d like to say marathon training has made me a healthier eater, but it has not.  While before I used to eat a small light meal at lunch (salad or a small deli sandwich from home), I find myself needing bigger meals to get through post work training runs.  My cooking time has also drastically decreased.  I am no longer cooking balanced meals, but instead picking the option of eating out.  When I get home at 9PM post run, I want food NOW, not an hour later once I’m down slicing, dicing and baking.  Tortilla chips and pop chips seem like great options as I savage through my kitchen.  While those make a great in between meal snack, I shouldn’t be adding them in addition to my regular dinner.  Also due to time, I have created a more vegan diet.  I am skipping lean meats like chicken and replacing it with a more fatty protein like peanut butter and other nuts.  Why?  Those are much easier to pop in my mouth as I am always in a rush.  However, while I am keeping up with my protein intake, I’m sure my fat content in my diet is increasing drastically at a higher rate.

Solution: I need to keep an eye on my healthy fats intake.  I need to cut back on peanut butter.  I’ve been really going to town on that jar and eating it in place of a more balanced snack such as an apple or yogurt.  I’m also going to make an attempt to increase my lean meat consumption instead of just relying on nuts to get my protein content.  I don’t feel like I need to cut calories, but I definitely need to change the content of them.

 “Are you resting more than usual?”
I read this somewhere and I think it applies to me.  I am no longer running in addition to my normal activity.  Instead it’s become in place of my long walks or biking or hikes I used to do.  No more Jillian Michaels workouts.  My mind has taken the mentality of “wow I ran far…I can relax the rest of the day”. Before marathon training a typical Saturday was a few hours of hiking followed by grocery shopping, laundry, pretending to clean and then out with friends. I was moving constantly. Now a Saturday involves two to three hours of running followed by vegging on the couch most of the day and a bag of tortillas for “carbo-loading”.

Solution: Don’t let running take over my life.  Even though it’s winter, it’s coming to an end and definitely make a better effort of staying social.  Try to go hiking when the weather is good.  Clean the dust of my bike.  Don’t direct all my energy to just running.  I know this will get easier once I feel like I have the base for running 26.2 miles and am not paranoid that I do not have enough training.  Also cut back on “carbo-loading.”  If I eat healthy, I’ll have enough, there’s no need to find an excuse to stuff chips in my mouth for every meal.

“Calories Rewards”
As my running mileage starts doubling for the week; it has become very easy to say “why yes I deserve a 3pm cookie!  10am cookie, this is just breakfast part 2, I ‘pomise’;” Puppy dog big eyes.

Solution: I really have no need to eat half a bag of M&Ms with my tea before lunch time.  Save my sweet tooth for 3PM.  Cut giant cookie in half or have a few M&Ms.  I don’t really need both items.  Better yet, but a cool kid and half an oz of dark chocolate.  I hear it has some pretty nifty health benefits.  Also just because I have free baked dessert at work available daily does not mean I need to take advantage of it daily.  Grab an apple instead!  If I’m not hungry enough to eat the fruit, then I’m definitely not hungry enough to eat the cookie. 

“Building glycogen stores”

Another reason for my loss of muscle and gain of fat could be my glycogen stores.  Everyone and their great-aunt know about the importance of glycogen storage for distance.  Your body automatically stores water with the glycogen and that might lead to weight gain and a reading of less muscle mass.

Solution: None needed, it’s okay I should be happy with this as my races are coming up.

“Rebound Hunger”

As common with others, (I am not a unique snowflake) I am not feeling very hungry post long run but am famished the next day.  Problem is when my hunger is out of whack, I make silly eating decisions.  “Why yes, peanut butter brownies make an excellent breakfast” vs. a normal oatmeal serving like a normal child.  Repeat this for a couple of days a week and bam fat/weight goes up within a few weeks of training.

Solution: Seriously, as stated earlier in this rambling, I do not constantly need to be shoveling chips, almonds and M&Ms into my mouth.  Take the time to eat an actual meal so I don’t find myself famished when my metabolism catches up to me.

“Lacking of Strength Training”

Also, I need to make more time for strength training. As my running mileage increases, I still have the same limited amount of free hours in a day.  This leads me to cut out my strength workouts I used to do.

Solution: Take the time to cross strength.  Skip a run and do a Jillian Michaels workout instead.  Do 5 minutes of planking a day.  Wake up, Plank up, shower and head out.  It’s not too complicated, I just need to stop finding excuses.

Basically the conclusion is, although its great that my endurance is growing, I need to stop using my running/training as an excuse to eat crap (chips, how did this habit start) and avoid weight/strength training (I really hate weights and non cardio workouts).

Have you ever one of these body composition analysis?

Have you ever noticed changes in your body as you were training for something?  What were you training for and what changes did you notice?

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