Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Race, New PR

 So much has been going on since the last time I posted, I keep telling myself that I will start posting weekly but man..days and weeks seem to fly by. One thing I am so thankful for is that it is finally FALL and the weather is finally cooling off. This means perfect running weather! I have been taking advantage of this every chance I can get. This past weekend was super busy as they all are. I ran in a 5k on Saturday, the race was new to me and the route was beautiful with hardly any incline....which means a perfect time to set a new PR. I try not to check my watch when I am running in a race because I tend to get a little crazy and want to run as fast as I can then I get tired...I'm slowly making progress and learning how to listen to my body. I'm so pumped that I came in 3rd in my age division. The picture below is the first 5k I ran on the left (April) and the one I ran in Saturday on the right! Probably about a 35lb difference which I credit to weightlifting and macros. I was wearing an XXL and now am comfortably wearing a L. Its always nice to be able to wear smaller clothes however sometimes its more motivating to take measurements instead..especially if you do not see the scale moving. In other news...I am all about holidays with Halloween and pumpkin spice season being no exception. I mean...can we talk about this Halloween tank from target!
Dogwood Days 5k/W.C. Lumberjack 5k
One of my goals has always been to be a better runner, and in order to do this I need to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone; meaning running faster, and running longer distances. I am so lucky to have such a good group of friends that helps keep me motivated and always wanting to do more! About a month ago I decided I wanted to sign up for my first half marathon. I always said I was going to do one but when it came to committing my time and my money I was so nervous. So now we have an awesome training calendar thanks to Tara and I officially took the plunge and am running in the Route 66 Half in November. All of this added running means I need new gear for the fall/winter weather. In addition to keeping myself safe I also need to make sure I am warm enough. With the time changing I need things that are reflective since a lot of time when I/we run it is dark outside.
It is really important to keep up with your mileage on your running shoes. I thought my old faithfuls could get me through another race until I figured out I had ran over 350 miles in them..yea..they need to be replaced. I will forever and always talk about how I love Saucony and how they feel like your running on air. I always get excited over what color I am going to choose..and the winner is....
The rest of my weekend consisted of grocery shopping, meal prep, and cleaning. We are still loving our home chef subscription at my house however we still need some staples and things for lunch. If any of you are interested in Home Chef feel free to contact me and I have a code for $30 off your first order...which is a pretty sweet deal and they have amazing customer service. Not to mention the meals are tasty.
 For my lunches this week I found a macro friendly soup recipe on Pinterest. Something about cooler weather just makes me want soup. The macros on this serving are stellar coming in at 3f/10c/31p for a 2 cup serving. I pair it with some cheese or deli meat and omg! I keep telling myself its as good as chicken and dumplings lol.

October is in full force and here are a few goals:
  •  Increase mileage without slowing pace
  • 1 1/2 gallons of water daily
  • Workout 6 out of 7 days a week
  • 10 lbs

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