• Run, Eat, Repeat

    October 12, 2010

    Mal and I have officially reachedΒ Week 9 of marathon training. Nine weeks is a long time, but we still have nearly fourteen weeks to go. My life: run, eat, repeat.

    Today’s workout, Track Workout 4, was done outside at a track. Crazy, right? πŸ˜‰


    TheΒ last time that I did Track Workout 4, I totally messed it up. I only did 6 x’s 400 (instead of 8) and added a recovery lap in between, which extended the workout and really made me tired. So, today, I made it a point to do Track Workout 4 the right way. πŸ˜‰


    This afternoon, I met Mal at the track for our workout. We warmed up together, but then he took off at lightening fast speed and did a different “intermediate” workout that our TNT coach suggested.


    Track Workout 4

    2 lap warm up, 8 x’s 400, 6 lap cool down

    After warming up, I tried to keep my pace around 9:00 for each of the 400’s– some were faster, some were slower. After each 400, I stopped and walked just long enough to catch my breath. On the 6 lap cool down, I trucked along around 9:15 or so. By the end of the workout, I was tired, but not that tired. Should I have run faster on the 400’s? I’m suppose to run my (goal) marathon pace, right?

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    Murphy’s long walk was cut a little bit short today, so when I got home from the track, I took him out for a quick jaunt around the block. While I was gone, Mal got a head-start on dinner.


    He made pasta with butter and grated Parmesan and leftover green beans and garlic bread (Oatmeal Bread + Garlic Gold + butter) on the side. I really enjoyed tonight’s dinner, especially since I didn’t have to cook it! πŸ˜‰


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    I just popped some Apple Crisp in the oven. Mal and I both agreed that we needed dessert tonight! πŸ˜€

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    { 47 comments… read them below or add one }

    holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    That pasta looks great — and bread + garlic gold = delicious!

    I’m making apple crisp too…


    Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    You definitely dessert after a run like that! πŸ™‚


    Mara @ What's for Dinner? October 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Man, just reading about your runs makes me sore… the pasta looks delicious, but i’d love some apple crisp right about now!


    Heather (Heather's Dish) October 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    the simple pastas are the best…y’alls looks perfect (and actually eerily similar to what we had for dinner too!)


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    That pasta looks delish. My hubby couldn’t whip something up like that!


    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Dinner looks delish! I had butter on cornbread muffins last night with my sweet potato black bean chili and it was gooood. i hadn’t had real butter in a while and it is just so necessary sometimes.


    Liesl October 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    About your track workout…you might want to ask your TNT coach, but I think that your 400s should probably have been at a faster pace. Whenever I have done track workouts, the speeds parts are always faster than my goal race pace.
    Then my easier runs are done at or around my goal race pace. Does that make sense? Anyone else?


    Claire October 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I usually do try to increase my pace for such short intervals. I’d check runners world for paces for speed workouts..always a great resource!


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    That pasta looks like comfort food – there is nothing better than dessert after comfort food!!


    Lauren at KeepItSweet October 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    yum that looks like a perfect carbful dinner:-)


    Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) October 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    For marathon training I had the same question during speed workouts. My goal for the marathon is just to finish, but I finished my last half around 9:03 minute miles, so I usually run the speed workouts at 9:00 pace or 6.7-7 mph on the treadmill. I figured as long as I felt like I was getting a good workout and running the intervals were hard for me then I was doing the right thing! πŸ™‚ We’ll see though because this weekend is the marathon!
    Congrats on doing marathon training for 9 weeks! Time has flown!!! It seems like yesterday I was reading that you were training for a marathon!!


    Jessica@tastyandtrim October 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Apple crisp sounds heavenly right now. I wish I wasn’t at school so that I could whip some up! Guess i’ll have to just wait for the weekend πŸ™‚


    Meghan@traveleatlove October 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I love my marathon-training appetite! It feels and TASTES so good to have a great meal after a workout!


    Amanda (Eating Up) October 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Training for the marathon must be so fun to do with your husband! It’s nice to always have someone there supporting you and trying to achieve the same goals.


    Exercise and Eat October 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Tonight does seem like a good night for dessert:) Aren’t they all?


    Mariana October 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Wow, your dinner looks yummy!


    Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice October 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Keep up the great work with your training! I really like your warm and comfy looking dinner plate.


    Zelda October 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I think 400s should be faster than your marathon pace, and the last 6 laps should be slower, as they are more of a cool down. At least that’s how I did them when I was training for races. But you should ask and make sure, it’s different for everyone. Good job! πŸ™‚


    Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I think your 400s should be faster than your goal pace. When I do 400 meter repeats, I run them about 1:45 – 2:00 minutes faster than my (minutes/mile) goal pace.


    Stephanie October 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    400s are usually meant to be done at 1 mile to 5k pace depending on how many and how you feel. Way to bang out so many, I prefer longer an lower reps since it feels like they go faster, even though I know they don’t;) I love following your training, keep up the good work!!!


    Dorry October 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    We’re lucky that our guys know how to cook such yummy dishes! πŸ™‚


    stacey-healthylife October 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Wow that oatmeal bread sounds like just my thing.


    Allison October 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    That sounds like an awesome workout!!! At least for speed work. I dread track works, but not as much as dreadmill workouts. :/ I’m a cross country runner. It’s a lot easier for me to feel accomplished if I run a course or on the road. (: I really am inspired to start training for a marathon. (: It’s going to happen, I know it.


    Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Awesome workout!! It must be weird feeling like you have SO much training left. But look at how far you’ve come!


    Hannah October 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Those beans look so vibrant! Almost makes me reconsider my obsession with roasting beans to crispy brown… πŸ˜‰


    Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    That pasta looks great! I’m also planning on trying your cod recipe this week. Your food has been looking fab this week!


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) October 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    just seeing the track almost made me break out in hives – i haven’t been on one since high school, and i was always “that girl” – the last one to run the mile while the rest of the class watched!!!


    Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Wow, can’t believe it’s been 9 weeks already! Looks at how far you’ve come so far..and it’s not even half way yet! You two will totally rock it come marathon time πŸ™‚


    Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    What a gorgeous track!


    Food & Other Things October 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I love track workouts for variety…sometimes I get bored with just distance runs!


    ida October 12, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Track work outs are great. I would think your 400s should be at 5k pace, but you should ask your coach about speeds for intervals.


    Katherine October 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I agree! Good workout = delicious dessert!


    Laurie @ Cookies 'n Cardio October 13, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Mmmm! Apple crisp! That sounds so perfect for fall and all! πŸ™‚ I hope you had some lovely vanilla yogurt to go with! I’ll have to give your recipe a try.


    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 13, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Your dinner looks divine! Love all of it πŸ™‚


    Shannon October 13, 2010 at 12:25 am

    my instinct was to say that you should be running them faster, but there’s probably many schools of thought. alot of people have tried hal higdon’s, you can check out what he says about intervals & marathon training http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/advancedint.htm.


    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 13, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I love the looks of that full plate of comforting fall food for dinner – yummo!


    the blissful baker October 13, 2010 at 2:17 am

    your dinner looks wonderful!


    Alyssa October 13, 2010 at 3:00 am

    That dinner looks amazing =)


    KatieF October 13, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Personal opinion (from a multiple marathoner)–your 400s should be faster. Try using a tool like the Runners’ World Training Calculator (http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/trainingcalculator/0,7169,s6-238-277-279-0-0-0-0-0,00.html and after you’ve calculated, click on the Training Paces tab). It doesn’t give you a 400 pace but it should give you a better idea of what you should be shooting for. Personally, if your goal pace is 9:00/mile, I think your 400s should be closer to 7-7:30/mi–I’m not an expert, just my opinion. πŸ™‚ Good luck!


    Keri October 13, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I wasn’t able to read all the comments so I’m sorry if this is redundant. Check with your coach but I definitely would run the 400s faster. They don’t have to be crazy fast but they should certainly be faster than MP (marathon pace) I use the book Run Less Run Faster because you can look up your goal time and it gives you paces for all of the different distances. If you want I can see what it says for 9:00…


    whitney October 13, 2010 at 7:14 am

    i love a simple dinner especially when someone else is cooking.

    You guys seem to be so happy together. I hope I can have a relationship like yalls


    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 13, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Apple crisp = perfection!


    Lisa October 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    That’s what my year was like training for Hood to Coast. Run, eat, sleep, run….


    Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) October 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I second the commentors who suggest running the 400’s faster. 9:00 pace is close to your normal everyday pace, right? I would shoot for 7:00 pace, especially since you’re taking rest between each 400m!


    Kati @ Living Well October 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I LOVE your apple crisp recipe. I made it the other night and am thinking another batch is in order :>


    Hannah October 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Tina – you inspired me to check out the track near my neighborhood in San Francisco – it was such a treat to jog on a flat surface! Can you tell me more about the meter distances? Generally, how many laps is 400M or 1600 M?
    Thanks =)


    Tina October 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    @Hannah: On a meter track, one lap is 400 meters.


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