Marathon Training Week 13 and an Award!

I can’t believe that it’s been over 3 months since I began training for the marathon. In some ways I feel like I am starting over. My runs are slow. I have yet to do a long run over 13 miles. However, the great news is I am running and going to the gym again.  So here is the breakdown of the past week.


Scheduled Run

Actual Workout

Sunday, 10/9/11 Rest Day Rest Day


Monday, 10/10/11 5 Mile Run 5 Mile Run


Tuesday,  10/11/11 Rest Day Rest Day


Wednesday, 10/12/11 7 Mile Run 7 Mile Run
Thursday, 10/13/11 Rest Day Rest Day


Friday, 10/14/11 5 Mile Pace Run 4 Mile Run


Saturday, 10/15/11 15 Mile Run 45 Minutes on the Arc Trainer at the gym


Beginning this week I am revising my training schedule to reflect where I am at now. I appreciate the comments I received here during the broken rib ordeal. Writing about my experience helped me to take the time I needed to heal. I remain marveled by the body and its ability to endure something so painful yet repair itself as though nothing had ever happened. Rest assured that while I feel terrific, I am still going about the training in a mindful, cautious manner.

In other news the very sweet Marion, from Affection for Fitness awarded me a Liebster Blog award.

As she explained the word Liebster means ‘Beloved’ in German–and a show of love and support is what this award is all about.  The idea is to bring attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers.

Thank you so much Marion. I am participating in Marion’s Fruits & Veggies 30 Day Challenge. She keeps everyone focused with daily articles or information about fruits and vegetables. I am enjoying the challenge and it has really made a difference in my diet over the last couple of weeks. Marion’s love of weightlifting is inspiring and motivating. Learning to lift weights at the gym can be a bit overwhelming especially for women. I love her attitude towards the gym. I just know if we went to the same gym she would have had me bench pressing a long time ago!

As I am relatively new to the blog world as an actual blogger I have very few followers. For those who read my blog and continue to come back, thank you very much. If you are new to my little blog please leave me a comment even if it is just to say hello. Please link to your blog too. I will repay the visit.


No Debbie Downer here today. I woke up feeling a little better today. I went to get my eyebrows waxed last night which made me feel like a new woman! I could barely sit in the chair but a girl’s gotta do what she has to so the brows don’t become one. I’m getting my hair done this weekend, go away grey! I spent some quality time with my husband last night catching up on life. Today is our official 10 year wedding anniversary. Luckily our anniversary trip to Bermuda came earlier in the month. See these posts for a recap of our gorgeous weekend in Bermuda.

I have been enjoying a few recipes around the blog world. I am inspired everyday by the amazingly talented bloggers out there who graciously share their delicious creations. I have been moving towards a whole foods plant based diet. For me this is a process. It is certainly made easier by the wealth of vegan recipes shared online. So here are some of the dishes I’ve made recently with links to their origin.

With all this rest I’m getting I have even managed to watch a few things in their entirety. I never watch television so everything I watch is on my computer. I generally watch movies online on Netflix although unless I buck up and pay for the online membership that will be a thing of the past soon. So here’s what I’ve been watching.

  • The Biggest Loser on NBC – this is the only television show I’m watching right now and I’ve only seen the first episode so far. I know this isn’t a realistic model for weight loss, but the personal stories of the contestants get me every time. Although I have to say I have conflicted feelings about the contestants running a marathon without dedicated training.
  • Forks Over Knives – this is a film which follows the journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the author of the book “The China Study” and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they explore the relationship between the food we eat and our health. The overwhelming message of the film is that we have the ability to take control of our health simply by eating a plant based diet. I am slowly making my way through the China Study on the Kindle App on my iPhone. It’s interesting and definitely makes me think about my food choices.
  • A Diet for all Reasons – I discovered this on one of my new favorite blogs, Marion’s Affection for Fitness. This is an hour long presentation of Dr. Michael Klaper as “explores and explains the relationship between diet and health.” It very much echoes the sentiments of the information provided in Forks Over Knives, but interesting none the less.


I have to confess that I am still on the fence about this blog business. I am trying to find my groove with it, but it still feels awkward at times. I worry about blog etiquette, like did I link to everything I was supposed to, did I reference a recipe properly, am I supposed to tell bloggers if I link to them or their recipe, etc. I read a number of blogs but I am not out to emulate any of them. I want the blog to feel natural and therefore I want readers to come to it naturally. I’m ok with the fact that practically no one reads it yet. If it’s meant to be read then it will be read.

I like having the blog. I love writing about running and fitness, my struggles with weight and my journey to a more healthful life. When I was much heavier I was miserable and it was evident, but for so long I felt like I couldn’t talk about what I was feeling inside. Unfortunately when you start making positive changes people don’t want to hear about that either. They either think you’re preaching or they are envious. So I appreciate having an outlet to write about the great things happening in my life and equally the not so great things that are bound to happen from time to time.

I think I just convinced myself to keep blogging!

Well with that out of the way how about some more confessions about me:

  • I have recently succeeded in eliminating all meat from my diet, but I haven’t been able to give up fish/seafood yet.
  • I really want to go on the Amazing Race.
  • I love working the night shift.
  • I  ♥ my MacBook and my iPhone.
  • I don’t like mayonnaise (this always seems to surprise people?)!
  • My idea of a fun night out is browsing Whole Foods alone.