As you probably noticed, there was no new Two Ways post yesterday. Between all of the company, things to do, and eating out in the past week and a half I really haven’t had time for much cooking. But I do have some great recipes coming to you soon. Except for the one I tried to make yesterday, I burnt that to hell and back!!
Tuesday I had mentioned that I want to start working on my pace during runs. Specifically, I want to get faster. I found out last night that this is completely possible and the problem was that I just wasn’t pushing myself hard enough.
VS. Wednesday’s Run:
I realized last night that if I try, I can run fast. It’s as simple as that. Well, maybe not completely simple because it did hurt a little!! I do want to start seeing my pace consistently drop under 9:30 and closer to 9:00 and below. I want a 10:00 pace to feel really slow. Because I do my runs solo, it is going to take a lot of willpower to push myself. Yesterday my strategy was to pick out people way ahead of me on the trail and pass them. I also saw a really fast girl running during one stretch and I followed behind her (and probably creeped her out!) until it was time for me to turn around. In the end, no matter how hard it was I really had fun and felt proud after I finished the run.
Now why do I want to run faster you might ask?? Because….I’m running my second half-marathon on November 5!! It is right around the corner and my main goal is to finish it quite a bit faster than the Rock-n-Roll Half. I had hoped to have 4 weeks to train for this half but I didn’t run all last week in order to let a kink in the arch of my right foot work itself out. So now I have 3 weeks (well, less now) to get faster!! I think that this is completely doable, especially since 1/2 of this race is on the road and half is on the trail (the last half). I can definitely run a whole lot faster on trails because it is easier on my feet and legs. Here’s to hoping!
My training plan has been tweaked a bit to make up for last week so now it looks something like this:
Moving on in the most random post ever: a smoothie recipe! I had some leftover canned pumpkin and threw together a tasty little protein smoothie this morning. It’s getting harder to drink ice-cold smoothies in the morning now that it’s so chilly, but I’m gonna do my best to keep at it!
Pumpkin-Chocolate Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- Scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 2 tbsp oats
- Drop vanilla
- Dash cinnamon
- Sweetener of choice (I used Stevia)
- 1 frozen banana
Blend all ingredients but the banana until combined. Add banana and blend until smooth.