Home again

I’m back home after a long week in Madison for CAOHC training.  I feel like I learned more than I will ever need to know about OSHA regulations regarding hearing conservation.

After the conference ended, I loaded up the car and headed out to run some errands before driving back north toward home.  I went to the Indian grocery store to stock up on some curry and naan.  Then I went back to Bean Sprouts for lunch.  I was really looking forward to getting the best wrap ever again.  (I’ve decided that this place needs to be franchised.)  Don’t worry.  This time I took pictures of the wrap!

This time I ordered the grape kabobs as my side.  The wrap was just as good as I remember it.  I think I need to start making wraps at home.  They are so yummy and a great way to get a ton of veggies.

I ate half my lunch in the car on the way to Whole Foods.  It was there that I found the one thing I had been craving for days.  Corn Bread!!  I grabbed a huge hunk with a few pats of butter and ate it in the car on the drive home.  Whole Foods is always an exercise in self control.  I feel like I could buy a ton of stuff there, but somehow I have to restrain myself.

It was so great to be home and be able to sleep in my own bed last night.  I was exhausted.  I put Jaden to bed and then immediately went to be myself.  Lights-out before 8:00.  I think I got about 11 hours of sleep.  Hopefully it is enough to keep me going today.

I started my day with a 6 mile run on the treadmill.  (Actually, I started my day with half a bagel with homemade raspberry jam!)  I wasn’t sure I would make it through the whole 6 miles.  For some reason, my body seems to be getting a bit worn out on running lately.  I still have 71 days until my marathon; and a lot of training to do before I feel ready to tackle the 26.2 miles.  I’m contemplating dialing down my training from 5 days a week to 4 days a week.  That way I could get an extra rest day, or use it for cross training (bike or weights) if I had the energy to do it.

What do you guys think?  If you have run a marathon, can it be done with 4 days of training per week?  Do I need to run 35-40 miles a week, or is 30+ acceptable?  Can I be ready if I focus on one long run, one mid-distance run (6-10 miles) and 2 shorter runs (3-5 miles) per week?  Am I setting myself up for failure if I don’t get more miles in?

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2 thoughts on “Home again

  1. Hey there! Thanks for visiting my blog. First off, that cafe places looks amazing! I love to go places where you can get delicious wraps and things.

    I have never trained for a race or been a big runner, but I would think getting in 4 days of better quality runs would do more for you. I think if you tried to cram in a 5th day and felt burned out it would do more damage than good. I don’t know enough about it, but that would be my thinking on it. I bet you’ll do great on your marathon no matter what you choose. 🙂

  2. First of all, let me say your food choices sound incredible. I have the same prob at Whole Foods. With regards to marathon training, I think that you can get away with four days of running as long as you supplement the fifth day with cross training. I think the most important thing is to think about your goal. Do have a time in mind, or is your goal simply to finish? If your goal is to finish, as long as your mileage is increasing on those mid-distance and long runs, you may be okay. Because I am not an expert and just offering friendly advice, I recommend you check out Hal Higdon’s Ultimate Guide to Marathon Training. It is a handy book and he covers this topic.

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