Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#TrainingTruths: Workouts and Rachel Ray

Last week was a busy week with school, graduation, a faculty party, and trip to MA for a family shindig. I was only able to complete 2/3 of my scheduled training runs for a weekly total of 12 miles and I had to get creative to make that happen!


#TrainingTruth: I really like the feeling of a PR!

On Saturday I had 7 miles on schedule, but I also had a 5K that didn't start until 10 AM. In order to get in my mileage for the day, I chose to run 4 miles before the race. I've never done that before, but we were leaving after the race to drive 2.5 hours to MA. I had to go before.

My goal for the 5K was to do at least as well as last year, and I thought this might be a struggle because of the pre-race run. After crossing the finish line of the non-chip timed race, it dawned on me that I might have done better than last a lot.

Later that evening I checked the results and discovered that not only did I beat my time from last year, but also my PR from SIX YEARS AGO! I am really starting to like the feeling of becoming a better runner!

#TrainingTruth: I'm a little nervous about running in the summer heat.


As we make our way through the month of June in New England, the temperature has been steadily climbing. We've already had some really warm days, and I find myself struggling with breathing and maintaining my energy. I don't know much about how to run in the heat and I want all of my runs to be productive, so I've got some researching to do.


#TrainingTruth: I could eat parm-crusted haddock daily!

In an effort to try to eat healthy and because we love fish, we have been trying new recipes. Rachel Ray has a great recipe for tilapia, but we modified it for one of our favorite fish, haddock. It's a process to make, but it's so delicious!

You can find the original recipe in her book rachel ray's look + cook on page 136 or on the Rachel Ray Show website. And more delicious recipes can be found here.

#TrainingTruths is not just about me. We all like to see what everyone else is doing and use that information to asses ourselves. It's not judgement. It's a way to share and learn and make changes when necessary.

To participate all you have to do is share your #TrainingTruths:
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I look forward to reading your #TrainingTruths!


  1. mine? It is a struggle EACH DAY for me to do cardio.
    I hate it.
    I do it.
    TRUTH :)


  2. i am terrible at stretching...even though i know i should do it!

  3. Mine is I have been truffling to get up on the morning o work out.

    1. I'm a total morning person, but I haven't tried a before sun rise run yet. Going to try this summer!

  4. Mine is I still struggle with finding the time to work out when I'm super stressed and busy, even though I try to make working out a priority.

    1. I hate missing workouts too. Need them to feel my best.

  5. I forgot my TT blog post this week. Writing it in my calendar for next week. Congrats on the faster 5k! Running in the heat is a struggle! I try to get out as early as possible.

    [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

    1. Thanks! Cut a run short yesterday because it was already so hot. Going to try some of the tips I've been given.

  6. Congrats on your pr!! And I hear you on the heat- it really takes it out of you... I've learned not to worry about pace, and go on feel.

    1. Thanks! I am guilty of still worrying about pace - got to let it go!

  7. Thanks for the RR link! I'm going to check it out now :)

  8. Great post. "I Love PR" — thanks. I love you too!

    As for running in the heat, hydration is going to be key. You are going to need something more than water. Try different electrolyte drinks to get an added boost and dri-fit clothes that are extremely breathable helps. You can find them anywhere (target, ross, old navy). Also early morning runs are great. You can head out as the sun is coming up and be home before it is at it's peak.

    One more thing: run on the shady side of the street. There is always one. Building shade counts too!

    1. Thanks for the tips. I followed the shade yesterday and it did help some. Have to reconsider my fuel & hydration during runs though.

  9. oh what a fun idea, i love this!! I agree that seeing progress is really exciting, especially when you least expect it!

    hmm my truth...I don't feel like it was a good workout if I'm not sweating


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