Sunday, June 9, 2013

MarathonFest Training with Track Shack

Running with a group is fun!
Saturday morning I woke up at the pleasant time of 4:45am to meet up with Track Shack's MarathonFest training group for the first long run of the fall/winter training session.  I have never run with a group before and since I'm actually going to run a full marathon (again), I thought the group would be great on long runs.  I'm also hoping to maybe get a little faster and push myself harder.
So early. So blurry.  Why am I holding FRS? 
Food note: I had half of a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and coffee in the car on the way there.  I fueled with 5 sport beans and the 4 mile mark.  Post run I had an Evolve chocolate protein shake in the car.

There were over 100 runners on hand for the first weekend run and the paces varied from those shooting for a sub 2:50 marathon to a 12-13 minute per mile training pace and race walkers.
Coach Krystal checking everyone in.
I placed myself in the Kristi/Kimber group which trains at a 9:00-9:45 pace.  I may "bump" myself up to the Ed/Seth group as the long runs progress, but we'll see.  I do love this group and was very excited to be able to run with Victoria who blogs over at Running Peanut and my friend Lori too!
The group is made of runners training for different fall/winter marathons.  We had the option of doing 4,8, or 10 miles. My marathon training program said 8 miles, so that's what I did.  We did two 4 mile loops so those only doing the shorter run could finish back at the parking lot.  There are also water/Gatorade stops set up to help us hydrate.  This is a huge plus, because when I run near my house I often have to circle back to water fountains.  I am not someone who is able to run with a water bottle.

Our group started off around a 9:00-9:10 pace.  My first thought was, "Whoa this is fast", but Victoria explained to me that the 9-945 pace includes walk breaks.  Today we ran 10 minutes and walked one.  I was told that once we start longer runs we will cut the walk breaks on any run under 10 miles.

At mile 2 we had our first water break and something very tragic happened.  Brace yourselves. This requires all caps. MY GARMIN FORERUNNER 305 DIED.  It froze on the "loading satellites" screen and no hard reset or battery draining trickery has helped.  I will be heading to Track Shack Monday to sadly buy a new one.  RIP Garmin.  You will be missed. (they no longer make the 305 hence my despair)
It felt so weird to not be able to look at my Garmin.  I am such a number watching, "Type A" runner.  I spent a lot of time chatting though and before I knew it the 8 miles were done.

8 miles - 1:14:44 - 9:16 average pace
With Victoria and Kristi post run.
I never really felt pushed at this pace, so I'm happy about that.  I also would not have kept that pace alone, which is another good thing about the training.

The MarathonFest group meets three times a week.  Tuesday are track workouts, Thursdays are tempo or hills, and Saturdays are our long runs.  The training is about a 35 minute drive from my house, so there's going to be a lot of very early mornings.  Kyle is annoyed that I'll be waking him up early.  Apparently I'm like a "big brass band" in the mornings.  I just tell him that it's all part of the running addiction. And boy am I addicted.

What running GPS do you use?  Suggestions?
Are you loud in the morning?

Love and electronics,
Carissa & Kyle

Races I'm training for:
Southernmost Key West Half Marathon (use code F2F10 for $10 off)
Space Coast Marathon

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chicken Meatloaf with Oatmeal

Meatloaf tastes good.  It feels like a comforting meal that reminds you of home.  Meatloaf is very easy to make at home and make healthy.
Meatloaf also reminds me of Will Ferrell.
I do have a fondness for the loaf o' meat.  I usually go back for a tiny second helping just to make sure I've had enough of the savory goodness.

I've shared several meatloaf recipes before:

Can you blame me? Meatloaf is so easy to make and the leftovers are great too.
Today's recipe is another "semi-homemade" favorite with a great helping of soluble fiber from oatmeal and lycopene from the cooked tomatoes.
I served it with roasted sweet potatoes and a spinach and tomato salad.  I also used Coach's Oats since I usually don't have "instant" oats on hand and they worked great. Don't skip the turkey bacon.  It adds so much smokey flavor that I just adore. Finally, if you don't have ground chicken then ground turkey or beef would still work.

This cat -----> Big meatloaf fan!

Since it's also the mid-week food link up at Peas & Crayons, I'm sharing this post and dose of pop culture love on Jen's site too.
Have you ever had chicken meatloaf?
What's your favorite comfort food?

Love and Old School,
Carissa & Kyle