Last week was… interesting. I made some dietary changes, it warmed up a LOT, allergy season hit, and Beer Geek was on a four day bike ride. All my runs kind of sucked, my core was barely rocked, and my house looks like a bomb went off.
I’m linking up with Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading and Erin at Her Heartland Soul with the details of my weekend.
I decided that it was time to get the eating under control now that my huge mileage was done. I’m not starving myself at all, but I’ve cut out the between meal snacks and most processed foods (which included my favorite carb: bread.) My body has responded by dropping a couple of the excess pounds, which is good, but it has also decided it didn’t like running. Apparently my legs are fueled by processed crap???
Thursday I met up with a couple of friends for a 6 mile run. It was great to run with people, but I struggled to maintain a pace that should have been easy. My legs felt like lead and my attitude matched, but I got through it.
Friday I decided that I wanted the last 6 miles of my 12 mile run to feel something like the end of a marathon. So, despite my lead legs and a warmer than usual day, I went out hard for the first 6 miles. Apparently I played it too well as I struggled to finish the next 4 and then had a 1.5 walk. Ugh. Not pleasant at all, but gave me the chance to practice running on legs that didn’t want to run and then walk as fast as I could. I guess you’d call it a mental strengthening run, but it was about the worst run ever. Perhaps I should have heeded my own hot running advice.
Saturday I was single parenting with two soccer games, so I crammed a run in between the games. My legs still felt like lead and it was 80! degrees. I was just happy to get it done and call it my virtual run for 261 Fearless. I did manage to also rock my core a little bit, but I’m pretty sure I’m the worst participant in this challenge LOL.
With Beer Geek gone, meals revolved around simple and fast, so there were a lot of salads for me and foods from the freezer for the boys. I did cook up the least “Beer Geek friendly” of my Hello Fresh meals on Friday. It was a summer squash pesto pizza and surprisingly good!
When I had four boys after the second soccer game on Saturday, I decided Subway was the answer. I tried one of their chopped salads and it was fabulous. I had him add every veggie except the jalapeños. Yum!
Sunday started off way too early (I love having my kids’ friends over, but my kids sleep in. Other kids don’t…) Once all the friends were gone, it was time to clean and do laundry and get ready for the school/work week. Beer Geek was delayed getting home because of a bike chain issue (not his), so I ended up spending my afternoon cleaning the playroom, which was its own special brand of torture (have you ever stepped on a lego with bare feet???) I contemplated running – the weather was perfect, but 3 days in a row of crappy runs kind of blew my mood. Hopefully my body will continue to adjust to not eating.all.the.things. I’d like to have a good run soon, please and thank you.
At least the cat attempted a workout…
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and here you KNOW mine is up up up and the other kids sleep in.
which I guess is better than yours 😉 but Im the mom who wants to wake the other kids to play with mine
I considered waking mine to be a polite hostess, but man, my kids need that extra weekend sleep.
AT least the cat earns her keep by making us all laugh! Here’s to a better week.
Allergies did come out with a vengence for me too this week but I am loving the warm weather. Have a great week!
I just don’t love weather warmer than mid-60s. Yes, I know, I live in the wrong place.
Yeah, allergies suck. I’ve started to feel the sneeze coming on and had to give my dog a bath so she’d not be spreading pollen all over the place.
I’m glad our cat is indoor only – we don’t need any extra pollen in the house.
Cheers to a much better week! I got my 261 virtual miles in on Saturday too and it was hot and sweaty in Central Florida. We take off Friday and head to Nashville for the Rn’R half and thank goodness it looks cooler there!
Have fun at RNR half! I really wanted to run that one but couldn’t fit it into my schedule.
It hit 80 here too! Now we’re back to rain and 50 degrees, oh well. Hilarious kitty pic!
I prefer 50 and rain. I know, I’m crazy.
I’m trying to totally overhaul my diet as well. I have gained almost 10 pounds since the fall and I’m feeling like crap. I just started Isagenix. I’ve done a lot of research on running/fitness performance while using it and it sounds amazing. I’m hoping for some good results! I know a ton of runners that use it and swear by how easy their recovery is and how their paces have improved!
Hmm, I’ll have to look into it. I’ve heard of it but know nothing about it.
I like those Subway chopped salads too. They are my go-to when I get caught out and there is a food fair close by.
If I’d known they were so good, I would have eaten them sooner.
Week 4! Let’s do it!
How ’bout you do it and I’ll sit here and eat chocolate. That work?
omg the allergies. it’s been so bad for me this week. i’m going to chicago tomorrow and praying it’ll be better there!
Hope you get an allergy break! Have a fun trip!
You are rockin’ your core for sure! Way to go! I have never had a Subway salad…I need to try one! I feel you on the allergies…I’ll be glad when its season is over!
It was really really good. Like all the best parts of the sub without the bread. I kind of want another one…
Your cat is so cute! Mine would be chewing at the seat!
She’s a funny pudgy cat, but she amuses us.
I can relate to your sucky runs. It’s the thing that has slowed my running progress most. In fact I haven’t run since the fall… (Sigh) I will get back out there though now that the weather is breaking!
Hope your running improves now that the weather is better!
Kudos to you for still getting your runs in while your husband was out of town, and in between those soccer games too!
It’s one of the benefits of older kids – they can stay by themselves for a short time.
Lol at the cat! I’ll have to join in on the challenge.
Haha, love the cat on the workout equipment. I know what you mean on the eating. It is so hard to balance fueling workouts without overeating. I’d love to drop 5 pounds before my A race of the season but I have not idea how I can do it and still get in all my key workouts without feeling like a worthless blob.
Yep, I usually only drop weight between training seasons. When I try during, it messes with my workouts. Bleh.
I’m so impressed at how you are killing this marathon training. I can’t wait to see the final results!
Me too, LOL. If the weather cooperates, it could be epic. If not, well…
I am horrible at hot weather running! Great job on your training thus far.
And your cat is a riot. 🙂
Her ability to make us laugh saves her – she can be really annoying too.
I’m not ready for summer.
I’m with you on the allergies!! It’s bad when we start seeing layers of yellow pollen on the cars!!
I know! My grey car looked green yesterday!
Let’s bring the house down with our 4th week of #RockYourCore!!!
Can I borrow some of your energy?
Ouch! Legos underfoot are the worst. So hard to get out to run when the hubbies are traveling, at least your cat got some great miles on the bike 😉 Here’s to better workouts this week!
She’s a sneaky little beast LOL. It was pretty funny to see her – she’d never done that before.
I sure did!! I did 2 days of 12 minutes of abs, and did mountain climbers and russian twists in my tabatas!! Love this challenge, gives me new ideas!!
Way to go you! I’m totally slacking.
That strawberry oatmeal recipe looks amazzzzzing! Something new to add to my list of recipes to try and that is awesome that you were able to fit your runs in between games and everything else that was going on.
I know – doesn’t it look yummy???
I love your posts, Erika; you always get me smiling and laughing! Hey, at least when your house looks like a bomb went off you have an excuse…I don’t have any kids – hahaha! Thank you for linking up with the blog!
Yay for entertainment value LOL. My house was always neat before kids, but mostly because Beer Geek is a neat freak. The boys and I have broken him of that.
Boo to the sucky runs. I hate when my legs feel like they weigh 100lbs each. I suspect that will be me in two weeks when I run the race I’m totally not prepared for. Awesome.
Maybe you’ll surprise yourself! Good luck!
Getting back to eating “normally” after huge mileage is always a challenge for me – I like food 😉
I definitely understand taking a mental day off after a few not-so-awesome runs.
Me too. I particularly like foods with chocolate. Or bread. A donut would work…
I’ve been having some bad runs the past week or so which sucks because I don’t want to feel bummed when I have a race this weekend!
Lol at the catpicture…I always take pics of my cats in awkward positions or places 🙂
I did nothing exciting this weekend due to finals but they’re over now so hopefully the coming weekend will be more fun. Also, I WISH it would warm up here. It was actually snowing yesterday!!