Another week just ran past me at the speed of light and now I'm one week closer to October 9, the day of the Chicago Marathon. Training is going well and getting more time consuming and intense, as I knew it would. I'm so happy that the weather has been cooperating. I haven't had to run in driving rain or on the treadmill yet. Please keep your fingers crossed for me that I won't have to, because I really don't like running on the treadmill, or in driving rain. If you're training for a race, I'll send good weather vibes your way. Here they come!
Hopefully you had a great week and you're looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend. My weekend will be fun, but not so relaxing. My long run is on Saturday and I have a singles tennis match on Sunday. No rest for the weary.
Speaking of weary, I really am feeling tired today. On Sunday I went to the Dixie Chicks with a group of friends and one of them had a bad cold. Of course I was stuck in a car with her while she was sneezing and coughing, and guess what? Yep, I woke up a few days ago with a scratchy throat, congestion, and a booming headache. I don't want to sound like a biatch, but really, if you're in the thick of a nasty cold, don't spread it around. Stay home. Please. The good news is that I feel like I caught it early enough and the oregano and vitamin D supplements I'm taking will fight it off quickly. If you see some errors in today's post, cut me a break, because I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this.
Let's keep it short and sweet and get right to it, cuz I need a nap.
Eating a Healthy Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet and Training for a Marathon
I woke up at 6:00 am and chugged a big glass of lemon water and sipped on a mug of Nespresso coffee with warm frothy almond milk. I also noshed on a banana with my coffee.
I sat at the computer and answered email and comments on the blog for an hour, then I had two pieces of avocado toast with yellow tomatoes and a glass of water. The bread was eight grain bread.
After I ate my breakfast I took the dogs on a one mile walk and ran the hills at the beach for fifty-five minutes, for a total of 4.8 miles. The ramps go from the beach to the top of the ravine, they're approximately .3+ miles. They may not look like they're steep in this picture, but trust me, they are. Take a look at the picture of the steps to get an idea of slope.
I drank about twenty two ounces of water during my run. If you're looking for a great runner's water bottle, Amphipod makes a great one. You can put your identification and goo in the little sack and it's comfortable to hold.
Because I was tired and chilled from fighting a cold I heated up a bowl of roasted tomato soup (get the recipe here) that I made for dinner a few nights before. I ate it with a piece of whole grain bread and.....a glass of water!
I'm all about vitamin C to fight this cold so I had a juicy orange and a handful of almonds.
Late Afternoon Snack
A cup of Earl Grey tea and a small dish of Enjoy Life chocolate chunks.
Stuffed Portobello mushroom caps (recipe coming soon), a big sweet potato with a little salt and black pepper, I never put anything else on it as I don't think it needs butter, and steamed spinach with a squeeze of lemon juice. A glass of water and a glass of red wine to clear out the pipes. 😉
A bowl of sweet watermelon sprinkled with crunchy raw hemp seeds.
A glass of water and sweet dreams!
A Summary of What I Ate on a Vegan Diet to Train for a Marathon
Water - Coffee - Banana
Avocado Toast with Tomato - Water
Spinach, Pineapple, Protein Powder Smoothie - Water
Tomato Soup - Whole Grain Bread - Water
Orange - Almonds
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips - Earl Grey Tea
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Sweet Potato - Spinach - Water - Red Wine
Watermelon - Hemp Seeds
How Much Protein is in a Day's Worth of Plant-Based Food?
I calculated the protein that I consumed from all of the plant-based foods that I ate on this day and the total was a whopping 74.85 grams! The average amount recommended for a typical adult woman is 46 grams, for a man it's 56 grams. Now that I'm training for a marathon I need more to keep my muscles strong, I'd say that I'm doing just fine, wouldn't you?
Mileage and Activity for the Week
Friday - Two hours of doubles tennis and a 2 mile walk with the pups.
Saturday - 8 mile run and an hour and a half singles tennis match, plus a two mile walk with the dogs.
Sunday - Active rest day. I took the dogs on a three mile walk and grooved to the Dixie Chicks.
Monday - Two hours of doubles tennis, a 4 mile run, and a 2 mile walk.
Tuesday - 4 mile run and a 2 mile walk.
Wednesday - P90X workout and a 2 mile walk.
Thursday - 4.8 mile hills run and a 1 mile walk.
Friday - Two hours of doubles tennis and upper body work, and 2 mile dog walk.
Total Miles Run - 13.6 miles
Total Miles Walked - 16 miles
Have a fantastic weekend! I'm going to take advantage of the heat that's moving in to the Chicago area. Hello beach!
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