Sunday, 27 September 2015

Run Ajax 5km + Meal Prep

I mentioned last week that I signed up for the Ajax 5km on a bit of a whim. Which kind of seems to be my Race MO these days. My hubby was signed up for the half and I was working the event for Polar, so I figured why not?

I am not in 5km shape.

In fact. the last speed session I did was in April before my May Half Marathons. I then basically proceeded to halt/severely limit all training in favour of starting a family - which has not really gone according to plan. Training-wise I have not been myself for the last 5 months. And the last few weeks - for obvious reasons - have been a struggle.

I admit I feel heavy, out of shape, and not quite at my best at the moment. (Just keeping it real, as runner you notice every little change in your body, and it can lead you down a critical path)

So I signed up expecting very little.

I started out at a 5:27/km pace (8:45/mile pace for my American friends). The course had some rolling terrain, so I wasn't convinced I could hold it. But after the first kilometer I felt pretty good so I settled in around a 5:30/km pace (8:50/mile pace) and felt pretty good through out. I ended up finishing in 27:09 and 4th in my Age Category. Which I must admit I was quite surprised about.

My finishing time is only 38 seconds shy of my 5km Personal Best. Which means despite all the negative self-talk I have been throwing at myself, I am not as far off the mark as I think I am.

The hubby crushed his half marathon in 1:36:39. And as you can see below he was flying all the way to the chute.

It ended up being a pretty good day of racing around for the Bishops. And it left me feeling anxious to get back into more structured training this week - especially since I won't have to spend quite as much time on the road.

This week felt more balanced than last week, but I was still working a ton. Saturday ended up being my only day off for the last two weeks, which has left me feeling a bit run down. I opted for more rest days then I originally planned this week, but I feel like my body needed it.

Monday: Rest - I was feeling worn out from the weekend
Tuesday: 40 minute HIIT Workout at Goodlife Fitness
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 60 min Ride on the Trainer in the AM and a 5km Run with the hubby in the PM
Friday: 30 minute HIIT Workout
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 5km Run Ajax

Meal Prep:

Again, not a lot of meal prep happened last week. But I did use my day at home yesterday to get some meal prep done for the upcoming week. And I am actually feeling organized, which has been a novel concept lately. I made a batch of my Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins and crockpot full of Black Bean + Squash Stew. So next week is shaping up to be a better week.

This week was by no means perfect nutrition-wise - I caught myself snacking more in the evenings, I had some chips Friday, and more than one Pumpkin Spice latte helped get me through this week. But it is all a work in progress.

Monday: Gluten-Free Pasta with Pesto and Ground Turkey
Tuesday: Sushi from Whole Foods while on the road
Wednesday: Butternut Squash Soup
Thursday: Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche
Friday: Feta and Spinach Perogies + Ceasar Salad
Saturday: Herb and Garlic Chicken with Rice and Greens
Sunday: Gluten-Free Chicken Alfredo

Hope you all had a great weekend!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,