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The Runner We Hope You CAN’T Beat

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By |April 20th, 2011|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized||Comments Off

The Longest Long Run…EVER!

This week’s recap: The training schedule called for 30 miles. I abided by the two rest days, did a slightly longer than planned long run, and came out to 31.1 miles.

Sunday morning I had 15 miles on the schedule but was mentally shooting for 16 miles. I started panicking a little the night before because I realized I had never done more than 9 miles all alone on my own. There’s a reason I’m a self-described “serial half marathoner”. What a great way to keep a strong base of a 13 mile long run than going to fun races! And because of this, I just hadn’t really had to do that kind of distance in a solo training run before.

I didn’t set out with a definite route but instead picked a place to park my car and picked another place to stash some water and Gatorade in the bushes and thought I’d just figure it out as I went.

Let me add that I am a runner who does not do music on their runs. For me personally, I find it a big safety issue for the following reasons:

1) I often run at night

2) I often run on city-paved hike-and-bike trails. Bike-pedestrian accidents can be fatal!

3) I’m often on secluded trails that aren’t terribly busy, so while my city has a low crime rate, I don’t want to bump that up as a lack of awareness leads to a potentially dangerous situation.

I do feel running with music is a personal choice, so I don’t judge other individuals decision on the topic.

The first few miles weren’t too bad, but by mile 6 I already wanted to take a sharp object to my throat. This seemed ridiculous […]

By |April 19th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget Batson’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 9

Chef's Kitchen Cupboard Dinner. I won’t bore you with all of the details of a chef’s day but what led up to this week’s recipe… It’s inventory time, the pastry chef is out of town and I was starving from a late night work out.
By |April 15th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

The Mental Battle

Sunday’s 16 miles were done in one of the worst running weather days I can remember for only being April. It was a scorcher. Those were hard miles to get done and scared me a little…maybe a lot. After conversations on Twitter Sunday as I worked through getting in the miles, it’s become so obvious to me how mentally defeated I am about the marathon distance. While I think some newer runners don’t respect the distance enough, I have moved beyond respecting it to flat out fearing the distance of a full marathon.
By |April 12th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget Batson’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 8

Mac and Cheese- The Healthy Way!

You will need

1 T olive oil
8 oz. quinoa pasta shells, cooked1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 cup goat milk, low fat
pinch celery seeds
pinch dry mustard
pinch paprika
1 heaping teaspoon cornstarch
4 oz soft goat cheese
3 T  apples, peeled, diced
2 T chives
olive oil
salt & pepper
1 cup goat milk, evaporated

In a medium pot sauté the shallot in the olive oil until golden brown.  Add the evaporated milk, 3/4 cup low fat milk, celery seed, paprika, mustard, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. In a separate bowl whisk the cornstarch and remaining milk together, then slowly whisk it in to the sauce and gently simmer until it slightly thickens. Add the goat cheese and stir until smooth. Bring the sauce back to a simmer the sauce for 2 – 3 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon. Stir in the pasta, chives, apples, salt and pepper.

Goat products have a creamy texture, low in fat and high in flavor. The low fat and fat free cheeses had an unpleasant rubber like texture. Also try adding 4 oz of your favorite cheddar for a richer flavor and still have a lower amount of calories.

For more information about Bridget Batson or Gitane Restaurant, please visit www.gitanerestaurant.com

By |April 11th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Sickness Interrupts Marathon Training

Life happens. And if your training schedule is not designed to take this into account, you need to rethink things. Your training schedule not only needs to include this important fact, it needs to reflect how much interruption your life is likely to take. In the absence of excuses, procrastination, and laziness, what’s the probability of training execution going awry?
By |April 6th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget Batson’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 7

Baked Polenta with Ricotta, Spinach and Basil

You will need

350 degree oven and a baking dish
2 cups instant polenta
4 cups water or chicken stock
2 T low fat ricotta
½ cup spinach, cooked
2 T basil, chopped
1 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
2 T Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

In a small pot bring the liquid to a boil and slowly whisk in the polenta stirring frequently until the liquid is absorbed about 8 – 10 minutes. Whisk in the ricotta, spinach and basil, season with salt and pepper. Pour the polenta into a baking dish, cover with tomato sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place into the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the polenta is bubbling.

A delicious recipe thats quick and easy to make and a fun new way to get in more while grains! This can be made a few days in advance and just popped into the oven allowing a few more minutes to bake. You can also skip baking it and enjoy right away.

For more information about Bridget Batson or Gitane Restaurant, please visit www.gitanerestaurant.com

By |April 1st, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Sources of Motivation

Recap of the Week: I realized in my post a week ago I was so focused on total weekly mileage, long run miles, and base-building that I failed to mention anything about at what pace I was going to do each run. I clarified that in my blog this week.

I was scheduled to do 27.1 miles this week through a planned half marathon on Sunday as my long run and 4 other runs during the week of 3-5 miles each. I ended up 0.9 miles under the intended total but with some motivators for workouts sprinkled in…

Online Communities Provide Motivation

While there are many great websites and applications for logging workouts and connecting with other runners, I do this through Dailymile. About a week ago, a March Madness Challenge started on their website. Through multiple rounds of both high mileage and speed challenges, they whittle away competitors to one male and one female winner. Here’s my progress on the challenge.

While I wasn’t the most conservative on my running in the last week as a result, this challenge ended up being a great motivator for getting in workouts. It was easier to get myself on the treadmill for 4.8 miles Tuesday while accruing miles in Round 1 of the challenge. Walking out the door Friday night for 4.2 miles was well-motivated knowing I need to race a 5K to record for Round 2.

I know I won’t end up winning this challenge. There are too many great fast, high-mileage runners that I’m competing against. But I found a challenge that was a good fit for pushing me to complete the distance.

Using Races as Training Runs

This Sunday was also the Dallas Half Marathon, and here’s my race report.

I […]

By |March 29th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget Batson’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 6

Date Spice Muffins

You will need:

325 degree oven a muffin tin and papers
1 cup all – purpose flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
pinch ground cloves
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup dried dates, pitted, chopped
zest from 1 orange
½ cup low fat yogurt
¼ cup milk
1 egg
2 T olive oil

In a bowl whisk the yogurt, milk, egg, olive oil and zest together. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Fold the yogurt mixture into the flour just until it is combined being careful not to over mix.  Divide the batter into 6 paper lined muffin tins and bake for about 15 minute or when a toothpick inserted comes away clean.
You can add nuts or substitute different dried fruits. A fantastic muffin recipe with healthy fats, antioxidant-rich spices, and carbs to help “top off” your glycogen stores. A wonderful sweet treat or pre-workout snack. Enjoy!

For more information about Bridget Batson or Gitane Restaurant, please visit www.gitanerestaurant.com

By |March 26th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

The Training Plan!

And Now… The Training Plan… Oooh!

First, a recap of the past week… my highest total mileage of the year was reached: 27.8 miles. I feel comfortably adapted to a 13 mile long run after the last handful of weekends. And Saturday I ran my first trail race, Grasslands Half Marathon. Here’s my race report as it was a hard race and I learned quite a lot in doing it!

And now, the cornerstone of every marathon training season, the training plan (insert dramatic music). I’ve attached my training plan here…

I’m an RRCA-certified running coach, but only recently so… like in the last month. I’ve developed training plans and programs for others over the years but now have a certification with my name. Before that distinction, but now especially with it, comes the disclaimer that this is a plan for myself – based on my physiological and mental situation as a runner. One size does not fit all.

With this being my first marathon, my plan has a slow increase in both total weekly mileage and the long run. I’ve made it long enough of a schedule to include stepback weeks in later parts of the plan. In other words, when I climb to a newest longest long run, I’ll back off the next week to a shorter long run to allow some recovery.

This plan includes 1-2 rest days a week. This plan is focused on running miles because I’m a mom of two children, one of which is an infant. While cross-training is always ideal, I’ll work in some strength training, i.e. squats, lunges, and balance-and-reach exercises where I can.

My longest long run before race day will be 20 miles. Some plans go to 18 miles, […]

By |March 22nd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||3 Comments