Mine and Justin's training plan calls for long runs on Saturdays, which we LOVE because we can knock it out first thing and then play all weekend!
This week was a cut-back week, so our long run was 5 miles. Easy breezy, beautiful
It was a crisp 48 degree morning! I didn't bring a long sleeved running shirt with me, so I borrowed Justin's :)
It's kind of pathetic that it actually fit me pretty well ha.
I even got him to do the running pose with me...
Yayyyy...we love marathon training!!!!!
This was our first week that neither one of us missed a workout. So proud! I'm even more proud of Justin since he's known to skimp on the weekday runs in favor of only doing the long runs.
The other week when we were doing our long run, I whizzed passed him in the last tenth of a mile and gave the victory dance at the end. This was my plan again today until he decided to run a sub-8 pace during the 5th mile. GRRR!!
I was originally running a 7:50ish pace during the 5th mile, but admitted defeat and backed off while Justin just cruised without me...so sad.
He makes running a sub-8 pace look like he's just having a relaxing run. I feel like if someone saw me running that pace they'd clearly notice that I'm sprinting and out of my element.
I'm pretty sure I looked like this in my attempt to keep up with Justin...
Either way, it was such a relaxing yet invigorating run. I could definitely notice a difference during this run after doing all three training runs earlier this week. I can tell my body is getting used to running again, and it's beginning to feel more natural than forced. Then again...it doesn't hurt that it was only 5 miles. I'm sure next week's 9 miler will be singing a different tune. Also, this course was super flat, and the hills in Chapel Hill are a killer on the calves!
Even though my tummy was feeling a little shook-up after my last speedy mile, I knew it was necessary to get some food in my belly.
It's important to fuel your body properly when you're constantly running, and the time period after your run is especially important. The meal should be a balanced healthy carb to protein ratio in order to help repair and build muscle (source).
What better than a super high protein tuna salad sandwich? Easy, cheap and delicious!
High Protein Tuna Salad Recipe
Serves 4 to 5
Time: 5 minutes
- 10 oz Solid White Albacore Tuna aka 2 cans (drained)
- 6 oz plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
- 3 tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish
- 1/4 of a Sweet Yellow Onion (finely chopped)
- 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
- 1 tbsp Dried Parsley
- 2 tsp Dried Dill Weed
- Sprinkle of Garlic Powder
Drain tuna and mix it with the yogurt, relish, finely chopped onion, and dried seasonings. Thinly slice the tomatoes and add it on top of the tuna. Serve sandwich on whole wheat bread.
I made this recipe the other week and healthified the version I found on AllRecipes. I love that website! Yogurt instead of mayo is a healthy substitute that reduces the unhealthy fat found in mayo and adds lots of protein. Protein = feeling fuller longer + builds muscle.
Now it's off to watch lots of football! GO HEELS!!
How are you enjoying this beautiful weather?
I've noticed a lot more people are running and walking along my normal running route. So nice to see everyone being so active!