Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fartlek+the Jogger

In case you are wondering, the girls were in the jogger.  I didn't just push it for fun :) Although it certainly would have been easier without all the weight!  Today was my scheduled 5-mile tempo run, but I was with the girls all day and wouldn't have had time for it after Shawn got home at night, so I e-mailed Tara and asked her what she thought I should do.  She recommended I just do a fartlek for a total of 3 1/2 miles (1 mile warm-up, 2 miles of 2 minutes hard, 1 minute easy, and a half mile cool down)  if I could fit that in.  She also explained to me how to actually do a fartlek, which was extremely helpful because although we did them in high school track I didn't remember how to do them now.   I thought about it and figured, hey why not just take the girls in the jogger so that I wouldn't have to squeeze it in after Shawn got home and before it got dark.  And I'll tell you this, if running fartleks with a jogger doesn't make me a better runner than I do not know what will.  It was brutal and I actually thought I was going to get sick toward the end, which definately meant I pushed hard because I've rarely ever felt like that.  I ended up doing a 1 mile warm-up, 2 miles of 2 minutes hard, 1 minute easy, and 1 mile cool down.   After I finished I felt really great, I knew I gave the run all I had, and that is a great feeling!

Overall my training is going great this week, I've gotten in all of my schedule miles (aside from 1 missing from today) so far:
Tues: 4 miles w/ 8x100m strides
Wed: 4 miles
Thurs: 4 miles, w/ 2 mile fartlek
Friday is my rest day, Saturday is 4 miles, and Sunday is scheduled for 9 but I'll be doing 10 to make up for the 1 mile I was short today.

I've also done bodyrock workouts on Tuesday and Thursday (in today's workout I got to do cartwheels, how fun is that?!?) And I started the 100 Hundred Push-up Challenge.  I figured since everyone else seems to be doing it I didn't want to be the odd ball out. :)  I've done 2 days of it so far, Monday and Wednesday.  Wednesday I had to do 20, 25, 15, 15, and max (I did 26)  I seriously felt like my arms would have given out if I tried to do 1 single more.  I will feel like such a rockstar when I can do 100 push-ups though. lol  So, an awesome workout week overall and I am definately feeling it!  Very glad that it is a rest day for me tomorrow!

As promised earlier in the week, here is the recipe I used for the Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars:

2 cups oats – roasted in the oven without oil for 10-15  minutes
1 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
1/4 cup maple syrup cup (or agave or honey) *
3/4 apple sauce (unsweetened) *
2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips
1 cup whey protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. ground flax (or flax seeds or chai seeds)

*the original recipe called for 1/2 cup of sweetener and 1/2 cup of applesauce, if you like it sweet I'd readjust this.  I don't have much of a sweet tooth!

Combine all ingredients and spread onto a cookie sheet or other baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, cut and allow to cool, ENJOY!!

Are any of you training for anything or shooting for a goal, share them with me, I love comments!!! :)

One last thing, Jen@Why I Run has an AMAZING giveaway (a Garmin is one of the items!) going on, go check it out!


  1. Those protein bars sounds delicious!! thanks for the recipe.

  2. great week of training, keep it up.

  3. Way to go getting your run in while pushing the kiddos! That's not easy! I'd like to try that recipe. I bet even my kids would eat those! I'm doing the push up challenge as well. You must have started on week 3. I do that next week. You are one speedy woman!