A Little of This and a Little of That

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Happy Wednesday!

How has everyone's week treated them so far? Mine has been pretty typical...work, blog and training! Here is a little update on what my week looked like last week:

I did a lot of cross-training in the gym last week. It felt good to get some cardio in that wasn't running. I spent quite a bit of time on the StairMaster and I also did some incline walking.

I used to do a ton of steady state incline walking. I forgot how much of a sweat you can work up doing it! The day before my planned long run I did 60 minutes of cross training on the StairMaster.

It pretty much rained throughout the entire weekend here in Houston. But I got up early on Saturday and was able to get in my long run before the heavy ran moved in. After my unsuccessful attempt at 8 miles the previous weekend, I set out on my run with a different mind set. I was able to push past 7 miles and run 8 without stopping. The slight rain was actual nice because it was a pretty humid run. I was also worried that my legs would feel extremely fatigued during my 8 miler because of my long 60 minute cross-training session the night before, but to my surprise they felt great.

I made a few slight tweaks in preparation for this long run. I purchased some padded running socks and I also fueled a bit differently.

I feel like I still have a little bit of time to play around with what I eat before my long runs and what I fuel with during them. I wanted to switch it up last weekend and I ate a package of Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks at mile 5.

What I use to fuel during 1/2 Marathon Training!

 From what I've read, it is recommended that you consume 30-60g during your half marathon. One package of these fruit snacks has 18g of carbs, and 10g of sugar. So I feel like I could easily pack two packages of these in my Camelbak Water Bottle for race day and be set. However, I still feel extremely awkward eating and running at the same time! 

After my run on Saturday I came home absolutely drenched, exhausted and in major need of a shower. Schoen knew that the potential flood threats throughout the weekend would put a damper on our Saturday night date plans so he improvised and took me on a day date before the rain got too bad! 

Lunch and shopping? Music to a girls ears! 

After a quick shower and a protein smoothie we headed to Cheesecake Factory for Lunch. I had the Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps and some Edamame. 

Sorry for the blurry picture, I was starving! Schoen had the Fish & Chips and a piece of the the Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Galore cheesecake for dessert. 

I had a small bite of his cheesecake and wasn't a huge fan. I'm traditional when it comes to cheesecake. I like plain ol' cheesecake with some strawberries.

After lunch we went to Target, the mall and a few other places before heading home for the evening. It was a nice relaxing day of shopping! 

The rest of our weekend was spent doing typical weekend related tasks: grocery store, laundry, cleaning and some meal prep. 

This week is off to a pretty good start as well! I ran an easy 5 miles yesterday evening after work. I was super bummed when I realized that my Polar FT4 didn't track any of my activity during my run though. 

I've had this bad boy since college so it's definitely taken a beating. I've replaced the strap once and the batteries numerous times...so it looks like it may be time to invest in a new heart rate watch! I'd like to get something that has GPS on it as well. Any recommendations? 

I have some cross-training planned for today another 5 miles is on the schedule for Thursday and some more cross-training on Friday. I am also planning on making my own long run fuel for my run on Saturday morning. I'll be sure to share what it is and how it worked next week! I have 10 miles on my schedule so I definitely plan on eating a larger meal on Friday night with a significant amount of carbs so I have energy on Saturday morning. 

And now I think we're all caught up! I hope you all are having a great week! 

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