Hey all! This week is the first [hopefully] link-up of Kate’s Top 3 so head over there to see what the big fuss is all about!
Top 3 Workouts
1.) Final long MP run: 24.28 miles
I completed my longest run this week. That is, the most amount of mileage in a single run. I feel very good about the way this shook out. I ran for about an hour easy, then picked it up to my MP till about 16 miles, and then ran 8 more miles at an easy pace. After the 16 miles, I remembered to drink some tailwind (nutrition win!) and although it was both mentally and physically hard, I pushed through to average 7:19 for the effort.
2.) Running group: 15 miles
I have talked before about how much I enjoy running with these ladies on Wednesday even if I have to get up at 5:45 to meet them. It is totally worth it and better than running alone. We didn’t have our chef navigator this time (she had just run Boston) so we took a couple of wrong turns, but ended up in the right place. I hope that run is the last run with gloves for the season 🙂
3.) Tempo work: 12.7 miles
On Tuesday I did my first tempo run since the Skunk Cabbage half two weeks ago. I was a bit hesitant just because of how my ankle was feeling, but it went well (I did it on a treadmill) and I felt strong, not depleted.
Top 3 Foods
1.) Cinnamon, banana, walnut protein bowl
This has to take the number one spot simply because it tasted so dang good after my 24 miler. I mashed a banana, added a scoop of protein powder and cinnamon, mixed in a handful of walnuts and then topped it with almond butter. Oh my Lord this was so good!
2.) Coconut butter. On everything.
I had been looking for ways to use up my coconut butter because I didn’t think it was on par with nut butters for topping things. Boy was I wrong! When you need a nut butter break, this is a great way to add some satisfaction to the top of your oats, bread or scones. I finished my jar, and am making more tonight!
3.) Corn and lentil soup topped with hummus
Or really, any soup topped with hummus. I don’t know how I came up with this…but there are no regrets.
Top 3 Instagrams
Top 3 Moments
1.) GETTING TO GO BACK TO RAGNAR WITH STRONG HEARTS VEGAN POWER! On Tuesday this past week, Laura contacted me and asked if I would like to take a spot on team A for Ragnar Cape Cod. The guy who was going to make it had a family obligation that he thought was a different weekend. I feel sad for him, but ELATED for myself! This will be my last long effort before Buffalo.
2.) The amazing amount of tips from work on Monday. It was a long, busy, exhausting shift. I am honestly surprised we got everything done. You know that feeling when you’re tired, but know you worked hard? Well it was great to be rewarded with some extra cash.
3.) Encouragement from fellow runners. I posted about this on Thursday but it cannot be understated. I need a community to help me reach my goals. I don’t have a family. I don’t have a solid support system behind me. This week, I was shown an extreme amount of love and care from my boss Ian and elite runner Julie that talked me down from overtraining. They made me see the folly in pushing workouts and this allowed me to recover from Skunk Cabbage. I think I have found my family.
What’s your Top 3?