Running Lately and Build Up to Spring Races

Lately, life is has been hectic, busy and time consuming.  In the midst of all things-motherhood with a teenager and teaching 4th grade, running is what keeps me together and sane! 

A rare Monday morning run on the last day of January! School was delayed two-hours. This was the last time it snowed in southern Maryland-sad face:(

I will admit, my weekly running and fitness routines have not been as consistent as I would have liked everything to be at this point in the training season.  However, most weeks I am still managing to hit 26-28 miles weekly.  Out of a 7 day cycle, I am running 4 or 5 days.  Squeezing in a 10-11 mile long run on Saturdays.  During the week, managing 5-6 mile runs.  These last several months and weeks have been good, solid base building for aerobic training.  I am steadily building a solid base and will work in more speed and high intensity training as I head into early March.  

Six Weeks till Old Orchard Beach Maine Half Marathon

I have been gearing up for this first spring race of the season! And according to the calendar, spring equinox is March 20th!!  Of course, with all the snow that New England has been receiving as of late, there could still be snow on the ground!  This race is a very flat course that runs along the coast of Old Orchard Beach, Maine!  

Weekly Running and Fitness Routines-

Creating a Schedule and Routine that Fits Your Life! #runchat #running Click To Tweet

Mondays– I typically use this as a rest day.  Coming off a weekend of running, getting ready for a week of teaching 4th grade and my evening tutoring session-it works for me to use this first day of the week as a rest day!  I have found with running and fitness, you have to create a schedule and routine that fits your life! 

Tuesdays- After picking my Redhead from track practice at 5pm, (she runs indoor and outdoor high school track) I am able to get home and run 5-6 miles!!  Thankfully, the sunsets are getting later, but I still head out with my reflective gear to be safe as the sun sets! 

My favorite Reflective Vest along with my wicked awesome and comfortable headlamp  and super warm, thermal moisture wicking Tumbledown Hat made in Maine!

Wednesdays- This is my morning of the week dedicated to core and strength building fitness! I am loving my resistance band routines-such as Monster Walks, Side Clamshells and Bridges!  Check out these resistance band routines!  My other favorite routine is with the Stability or Swiss Ball  Wednesday mornings are busy, but I fit it in because I tutor two students after school on Wednesdays! 

Thursdays- Yes!!  Back to running, after track practice pick up!!  This is usually my speedy 6 mile run in the evening!  I use this night of running to build in a bit of speed through miles 3, 4, and 5. These miles are somewhere from 8:30-8:20 pace.  It’s a solid night of running, then home to eat supper and hit the sheets!  

Friday-TGIF!!  After 5pm track pick up, I am able to get home, prep supper and then head out the door again for an easy 4-5 miles at conversation pace. This evening run is a great way to unwind from a busy, hectic week!  I don’t run hard because lately I have been participating in trail runs on Saturday mornings with my local run club! 

Saturday Trail Running!! – I would rather be running through snow with snowshoes like my New England friends, but alas, there is no snow in southern Maryland right now.  Being born and raised in Maine, I am so missing the snowy wintahs!  So, I took up trail running on Saturdays with my local run club!  Trail running has given me new scenery and terrain to motivate my Saturday long runs!  I was recently researching the benefits of trail running! 

-“, . . .running on an uneven surface can make you stronger overall. “You’re going to be recruiting more of the smaller, more stabilizing muscles that we rely on for proprioception and balance, especially around the ankles,” Dr. Levin” says. 

-“. . .Technical Trails engage different muscles than roads do, which builds balanced strength that may protect you from injury, says Jason Glowney, M.D., of the Colorado University Sports Medicine and Performance Center.” 

Trail Running-The Benefits! #running Click To Tweet

I have built up over the last three Saturdays, to my longest trail run of 10.5 miles!!  I have had to spend more time foam rolling and using my Zensah Calf Compression Sleeves for recovery!  Running on the trails has also helped me to focus on effort as opposed to paces on my Garmin watch! 

“Easy Like Sunday Mornings”- The day after Saturday trail runs, my quads and calves are so sore, but gradually this has been improving as my body adapts to more trail running!  Sundays are usually 4-5 easy paced miles and some core work with the stability ball. This past Sunday was so warm!!  I did some easy recovery and core work outside after my 5 mile run! 

So, this is my weekly running and training routine.  I have found a schedule and rhythm that works for me!  How’s your training going lately?  What works for you? 

Do you run technical trails? 

Black Bean, Garlic and Butternut Squash Zoodle Soup

Warm and Nourishing

Winter is my absolute favorite time of year!  The cold air, snowy weather and running through it all, it’s exhilarating and cold!!  This is the perfect time of year to come in from the cold and snow to a warm, nourishing bowl of soup!

I was craving a soup that was savory and filling!  The ingredients in this soup are full of “good for you” nutrients that aid in recovery after workouts and double as a germ/cold fighter!

Perfect soup to warm and nourish through the winter! #soup #recovery #nutrients #foodiechats Click To Tweet

Key ingredients such as garlic-known for its flu and cold fighting benefits and anti-inflammatory properties, black beans and butternut squash, which contain nutrients such as vitamin b6, magnesium and plant-based protein!  The added tablespoon of turmeric is warm and anti-inflammatory as well!  This soup is a sure winner in the recovery department after a run!!

One Pot Soup!!  I use my deep Le Creuset Saute Pan !  

Black Bean, Garlic, and Butternut Squash Zoodle Soup
Serves 8
Warm, nourishing and full of nutrients!
Ingredients
  1. 2 shallots;
  2. 6 large cloves of garlic;
  3. 1/4 cup of Olive Oil;
  4. 1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon (Better Than Bouillon Brand);
  5. 1 package Butternut Squash Zoodles ( Veggie Noodle Company);
  6. 2 cups of cooked, cooled Black Beans;
  7. 1 tablespoon Turmeric powder;
  8. 3 cups of water
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Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in pan;
  2. add chopped shallots and garlic;
  3. saute until golden;
  4. add cooked, cooled black beans;
  5. add water and 1 tablespoon of bouillon base;
  6. simmer,then add package of butternut squash zoodles
  7. cook everything until beans are very tender,but zoodles aren't mush!
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