As you may or may not know, I am part of a team for the RTB Relay in October in New Jersey. My mileage should be around half marathon distance so I am going to be using a half marathon training plan based on Hal Hidgon‘s intermediate plan. I used his Novice program for my first half and loved it, but this one I had to change a bit.
First of all, I can’t run more than 3-4 times a week because my schedule is very hectic right now. Lately its been more like 3x, which I think is better for my body too. I seem to break down more when I push it and run too much each week so I’m going to ease up on the mileage this time, but making sure to always get in my long runs! I think this will be good for me and my horrible old-lady body.
Another part of this plan is physical therapy and a LOT of strength training. One of the main flaws in my last plan was the lack of this type of exercise and I think it may have contributed to my developing IT Band Syndrome. So now I’m all over this and need to make sure its a big part of what I do.
So here’s the plan.. click it to make it bigger..
Another part of this is that I’m making sure to be flexible with my runs and workouts. I want to try to stick to this as much as possible but I’m totally open to mixing it up a bit as long as I get in my weekly mileage. I’m two weeks in and so far I think this plan will work for me!
The other day I made an awesome protein smoothie, one of my favorites ever, and decided it was absolutely necessary to share it with everyone! If you remember, I was sent a few packets of Vega Energizing Smoothie powder to review recently by the awesome people at Vega and I loved it! Vega is an all-natural product with:
- Two servings of veggies
- 10 g of complete, plant-based protein
- 5 g of fiber
- 1 g of Omega-3So as you can see, there’s a good reason I love this stuff. Its so healthy! My favorite flavor was Choc-a-Lot Energizing Smoothie, which I loved so much I went and bought a big bag of it. And with it I made this recipe:
Chocolate, Cherry, and Chia Protein Smoothie
(loving the alliteration here)
1 scoop Vega Choc-a-Lot Energizing Smoothie Powder
10-12 cherries with pits removed
1 cup milk
1 tbsp non-fat greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 banana (optional)
Directions are easy: blend all the ingredients together! Add in a few cubes of ice to chill it if you’d like but make sure the ice gets totally chopped and dissolved in the drink! Enjoy
What’s your favorite fruits to add to smoothies?
Whats your favorite way to get some protein?