Happy Tummy Equals a Happy Run

Good Morning — Happy Tuesday and we’re done with Monday to everyone 🙂

Zach and I had a VERY relaxing evening — including some delicious grub.

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Open faced sammies and side salads (Have I told you we have a problem with this meal . . . meaning we eat it a couple times a week.  It’s so good).

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The sandwiches were done on toasted golden raisin bread, which was AMAZING, with cranberry herb turkey, fresh heirloom tomatoes, greens and pepper jack cheese.  While they toasted up in the oven, Zach grllled up a HUGE onion he had gotten from the market this weekend, and honestly besides the bread, it was the highlight of the meal.  YUM

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And of course, our side of greens.  Which had purple tomatoes, broccoli, Anaheim pepper and light Cesar dressing.

I topped the meal off with some more cookies. . . which I will be sharing the recipe with you all this afternoon. It’s a GREAT one.

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Our tummies and our souls were happy last night :).

All that good grub fueled me well, and I woke up this morning ready to run.

Well kind of . . . but I have an amazing husband who brought me coffee in bed at 5 til 6:00 AM, so I had a bit of a boost by the time I was in the gym running at 620.

Workout of the Day:  5 miles — speed work

I didn’t take any pictures, because I figure I’ve shared quite a few treadmill pictures with you all lately, but I did keep track of my splits.  Since I was working on speed, I was curious about what my mile times were — and just in case you all are too, I’ll share them with you 🙂

  • Mile 1:         9:42
  • Mile 2:         19:20
  • Mile 2.5:      24:00 (started the speed work)
  • Mile 3:         28:16
  • Mile 3.5       32:22 (one mile of speed work done @ 8:22 min mile)
  • Mile 4:         36:33
  • Mile 4.5       40:37 (second mile at 8:15 min mile)
  • Mile 5:         44:50

Overall I was really happy with how I felt this entire run.  For the next 2 weeks, I want to try and keep my mid-week runs at 5 miles, then drop them to 4 and 3 miles for the last 2 weeks when I taper.

The race is creepin’ up on me. . . I have one more progressive long run (longer than my previous weeks run), then I’m dropping to 10 and 8 or 9 respectfully before the race.  It’s gettin real y’all!



One last thing before I get to work and the reality of the work day:

I WILL RUN outside Thursday morning.  I WILL DO IT.  You all hold me accountable, OK?

Question of the Morning:  What foods have worked REALLY well to fuel a strong run for you?

For me:  Pizza, light pasta, and bagels.

41 thoughts on “Happy Tummy Equals a Happy Run

  1. I wish pizza worked for me! That’s one of my weakness foods…lol I had pizza once and it really slowed me down! Because I only do short runs now, I don’t need to really fuel up beforehand, but I usually have a protein bar about 30-60 minutes before, and then a chocolate milk after.

  2. I like Asian food the night before a long run, usually sushi for medium long runs and then thai for long runs or marathons. I think the sodium really helps me perform better because I’m a salty sweater.

    Grilled onions are THE best :).

  3. Yummm those sandwiches look so good! Nice job on the speed work! I need to do that more often…I will be doing a little this week, but my max run is only 3 miles until the big half!

    I seem to like sourdough bread with a little bit of peanut or almond butter and sliced bananas on top. It doesn’t seem to upset my stomach.

    • I did a lot of toast and PB in previous training — or bagels. . . which I LOVE (I love anything PB). But for my last half I ate a Larabar right before the race (risky, it was the first time I tried it, but I had NOTHING else, we forgot food) and I PR’d so I figure it’s gotta be good luck.

  4. Before a shorter run or speed work, I usually have a date dipped in some peanut butter. Before longer runs, I swear by overnight oats with peanut butter, a piece of fruit, and two cups of strong black tea. I think the chia seeds in the oats keep my hydrated – nothing else works quite as well!

    I’ve not paid as much as attention to what I eat the night before a run – maybe I should!

  5. These pictures look amazing! Did you use your husband’s DSLR?
    Oh god this looks delicious! I’m at the office and my mouth is watering…Can’t wait to see your cookies recipe!! 🙂

  6. You dont like running outside? Thats my favorite! But only nebraskan weather lol.permitting. im going to make an open faced sammie this weekend after seeing your yummy photos!! I smiled when i read that zach brought you coffee in bed 🙂

  7. I’m not really a creature of habit when fueling the night before- before my first half I had pad thai though and that helped me survive 🙂 I’m so jealous of your runs, I’m ready to be out of my boot!

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  10. I always find wholegrain pasta or rice meals great the day before a run. At the moment I am eating lots of fruit and finding this great for keeping me hydrated throughout the day.

    How did the running outside go?

  11. Looks good! Glad you had a good run too! I usually don’t eat much of anything before I run – maybe a Gu or some PB and honey, or some coconut water with chocolate almond milk. I try to build up my carb storage throughout the week before my long runs – usually with meals that have brown rice or quinoa pasta.

  12. I didn’t realize you were doing a Rock n’ Roll half, Ryan has a special affinity for R & R. Also, ask him about their plans for a “revenge marathon” next April in St.Louis. Good Luck, H

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