Hi, friends!  Happy Memorial Day.  I hope you took some time today to think of those men and women who risk everything to ensure that we are free. 

I can’t believe it’s Monday evening…really!?  Where does the time go?  I had a great 3 day weekend.  I ate, I shopped, I cleaned, I organized, and I relaxed (a little). Smile 

Before I get into how my training is going, I have two new (to me) good eats I wanted to share with y’all. 

The first of which is the famous Fitnessista Breakfast Cookie Dough CerealI wanted to eat something filling and protein rich before my 6 mile run yesterday, and this cereal mixture fit the bill. 

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Mmmm mmmm good!

My bowl included:

1/2 cup oats
1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder
a small pinch of salt
a few dashes of cinnamon
peanut butter
1 cup skim milk
1 banana

The other good eat I want to share is the massive salad bowl I had for dinner last night.  You may be thinking, “What’s the big deal about salad.”  But I will have you know that my mix not only consisted of spinach, tomato, avocado, zucchini, and goat cheese, but it also contained pieces of BBQ baked tofu.  YUM!  Don’t let the weird sounding combo throw you off…it was so good!

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My dinner tonight was delicious as well, but I’m going to save the recipe for tomorrow.  Trust me…it’s worth the wait!


Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Yoga Meltdown with Jillian Michaels

3 mile run
(3.27 total)

Strength workout with Jillian Michaels

3 mile run
(3.27 total)
REST 6 mile run (6.7 total)

Training is pretty much going according to plan.  I took an extra unplanned rest day this week on Wednesday.  I was so frustrated with myself for not getting up and doing something, but my body needed sleep (more on that in a bit).  I have a feeling that if I continue the way I am, that day will continue to be an “unplanned” rest day.  So, I’ve decided to change the 3 mile run on Wednesday to a 3 mile walk.

I did Level 1 of Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown DVD on Monday.  It’s not as hardcore as her No More Trouble Zones DVD, but it’s still a great workout.  I needed a good stretch this week, and Monday’s workout gave me just that.

And finally, I completed a 6 mile run on Sunday.  And let me tell you, it was a HARD run.  I just couldn’t get into it for some reason, and my legs were definitely feeling it the entire time.  Oh well…I’m hoping the long runs get “easier” as I go.

Lessons Learned

I have two lessons from week 2 (how fitting!).  The first has to do with hydration.  I find that on days where I get at least 6-8 cups of water a day, my workouts/runs are so much more productive.  I don’t feel as tired, and my body is ready to go at 5 am.  On days where my water consumption is less then 6 cups, I feel like I’m working out in slow motion.  I also feel sluggish and dry.  One of my goals this time around is to ensure that my water intake remains above 6 cups a day.  I can honestly say that I’m on track most days, but there is definitely room for improvement.

My second lesson learned has to do with sleep.  I need more of it!  Haha.  I can’t even remember the last time I went to bed before 10:30.  I need to make more of a conscious effort to be in bed by 9:45, so that I can be asleep by 10:00 pm.  My body’s (and mind’s) happy amount is 7 hours.  I need that much to make sure I’m alert and on top of everything all day.  I know from experience that training will go more smoothly if I find a way to fit in one more hour.  I think I can…I think I can… Smile


Well, I hope you had a great long weekend!  If you’re like me, you probably don’t want to go to work tomorrow, but hey, at least it’s a 4 day week!

Have a great night!


By Parita

0 thoughts on “Good Eats + Half Marathon Training: Week 2”
  1. I love me some salads! 🙂 That one looks wonderful!

    The best thing about training for races is when you learn such valuable lessons. Proper sleep and hydration definitely are key. I love that you’re making the changes you need to to stay healthy, happy, and productive.

    Best wishes for your training and the coming week! 🙂

  2. It sounds like your training is going well! And I think it’s good that you’re being flexible with it and doing what’s most important for your body, even if that means taking a rest day.

    Yum I’ve never tried BBQ tofu! In fact, I don’t think I even own BBQ sauce…

  3. You know you’re a healthy living blogger when a salad makes you salivate ;)! Looks like a delicious weekend! Totally agree about the hydration and sleep bit- both make such a difference to workouts! I used to neglect the sleep factor but I’ve become a lot better- if I’m not feeling well-rested, I rather sleep extra instead of work out as planned! Holding a macro view of my workouts has really helped me ‘see the light’!

  4. I’m glad your training is going well! I agree, sleep is so important and I definitely caught up on mine over the weekend! It’s funny how sometimes you don’t even realize how tired you are until your body is like “woah. we need slow down!” I hope your 4 day workweek flies by! 🙂

  5. This salad really looks good, I cannot wait for the recipe!

    I think those two factors are really important for a good walk/run! Great job on the overall progress with the plan.

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