It’s no secret I’m no master chef (or any kinda chef for that matter), but ever since training started I’ve been trying to experiment with pasta dishes so that I can find the ultimate recipe for success come race day. I’ve tried a few variations of this very simple recipe that I found off Runner’s World, and I’m liking it. It’s basically just pasta, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, and a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with parmesan cheese. The few modifications I have made is that I do not include lemon zest and use about half of the oil suggested. This last batch I also added a little bit of chopped up onions since I had some leftover from the other day.
I also included turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s. I realize they don’t look too appetizing in the photo, but they were a good addition to the pasta. Like I said, I’m no cook, and I don’t really enjoy handling meat (haha-stupid), so I didn’t mind having a little help from Trader Joe’s.
This was my Saturday night pre-long-run dinner. Verdict? It sat well in my stomach that night and the following morning. So, this could be a contender.
And this is how week four of training went:
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 3 Mile run + 45 min of strengthening
Wednesday: 6 Mile run at marathon race pace
Horrible, horrible run. The weather was actually decent (or as decent as a NY summer can be) but I felt low on energy, sluggish, and very slow. Trying to run and hold a 9-9:15 minute pace felt as difficult as running a sub-8:00 pace for this length. I could shrug it off as it just being one of those days (which I think it partly was), or I could acknowledge a few possible red-flags. First, I probably did too much strengthening work the previous evening. I think strengthening is important, but I either have to figure out a better day to do it, or go easier, especially since Wednesdays will always be my second longish run day. Second, I only ate a banana before my run. I have a difficult time waking up an entire hour before running in the morning (before work) to eat a decent breakfast, so I usually skimp out before my weekday runs. For the most part it’s been fine for my shorter runs, but anything over 5 and its starting to effect my energy levels. So…I must figure out a better plan for eating.
Thursday: 3 Mile run on the treadmill + Yoga
Whereas yesterday’s 9:00ish pace was rough, I was fine running around the 7:40-7:50 mark on the treadmill. Granted it was only 3 miles, but I still felt significantly better the entire run. Maybe I’m not getting slower after all!
Friday: 45 min strengthening
I battled with myself over going to spin in the morning, and in the end, decided to sleep in and take it easy while catching some of the Olympics, and I’m glad I did.
Sunday: 11-Miler at around 45-60 seconds slower than marathon race pace
Most of this run felt good! I didn’t have too many issues with energy levels or body soreness. I was a little sluggish right out of the gate (but I usually am), and I started to get a little bit of knee pain around 8-9 miles but it subsided after a mile or so. Also, the weather was decent in comparison to week’s past.
We started on Metropolitan heading out towards the waterfront, down Kent and then Flushing Ave towards Dumbo. This time we went across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, and then back into Brooklyn via the Manhattan Bridge, since the run was a few miles longer. Running across the Brooklyn Bridge was a bit like that Gecko (I mean Geico) commercial and we had to run through the Financial District/Chinatown to get back onto the Manhattan Bridge. I’m sure if we run this path a few more times we’ll get the hang of it and maybe the Hulk in me won’t come out.
For the most part, our splits were essentially on target, maybe even a little bit too fast on some miles. Right now I’m aiming at about a 9:00 marathon race pace, so for the longer runs, I should be running anywhere from 9’30-10’00 miles (maybe even slower, but that seems like a stretch right now). I’m guessing the slower 10’00 miles were around when we were dropped in Chinatown and there was some stop and go but I’m not sure WTH happened during that 10’53 mile. There were a bunch of stop-and-go moments while we were trying to figure out how to get onto the Brooklyn Bridge (oops, ran out of sidewalk and into the freeway on-ramp! oops, dead end!) but I didn’t think it was that much.
Like I mentioned, I felt pretty decent during the run, but I was soooo spent afterwards. I felt like I just ran a Marathon! Not that I know what it would feel like after running 26.2 miles, but I was SO exhausted and started to freak out about what running a whole 15.2 miles more might feel like. What did I get myself into???!