Well, finished up Week 2 of the Half Marathon Training Program! Have to be honest and say that this week did not go as smoothly as the first, but I got it done! Today (Sunday) is the designated day for the "long run" that will continue to increase by one mile each week until the end. Today's run was 4 miles (just like last week). I ran it in just over a 10 min. mile average pace because I was doing the run/walk drill again (run 1 mile, walk 1 min.) to avoid further injuring my knee. I warmed up my legs by doing 20 minutes on the bike (a little over 4 miles). The run went pretty well...the music videos help keep me going...both in that they prevent me from getting bored and because they get me motivated.
Watch this and tell me this video doesn't get you all inspired to kick @$$ at the gym! I watched it 3 times during my run today... LOVE Shakira!
I came home after my run and made a delicious "Hawaiian Breeze" Protein Shake. Here are the ingredients:
1 scoop of EAS Vanilla Protein Powder
1 small banana
1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
1/4 cup unsweetened organic orange juice
1/2 cup of Silk Soy Milk or Low-Fat Organic Milk
It was so smooth and tasted amazing! I felt like I should be hanging out by the pool drinking it. It completely refreshed me after a hard run and I will definitely be making it again! I also posted another protein shake recipe on my other blog with my friends "Cooking to Graduation." That protein shake recipe was for a Blueberry Banana Protein Shake and is also one of my favorites!
And here is the schedule for next week (WEEK THREE)!
3.5 m run
2 m run or cross
3.5 m run +
5 m run
Final update: I made the "Skinny Girl" Kir Royale that I posted a few days ago and can totally vouch for it!!! It was absolutely delicious! I've also started putting frozen raspberries in my iced tea to kind of jazz it up a bit (although I use fresh raspberries for the Kir Royale--see image at right).
I have started making iced tea with my new tea pot that I got for Christmas from my precious sister! I brew the tea hot and then put it into a pitcher in the fridge. It's ready to drink in about an hour (otherwise it may melt the ice and it probably would taste watered down). This was a perfect gift for me because I love tea, as many of you may have already seen on our cooking blog. A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about teas and why you should consider substituting tea for coffee. I drink a lot of tea and suggest you all do as well! If you are addicted to sodas, you may want to consider substituting iced tea (unsweet) instead and sweetening it yourself. It tastes great and is much healthier for you than soda, just ask my awesome sister who quit drinking soda over Christmas break...so proud! :)
Thanks to all my followers for keeping me accountable during this training... I have to work extra hard because I know I have to report back to all of you, so thanks!!