Another week is gone, and I am another week closer to the big day. If you read my blog last week, you know that last week I had put my mind and body through the grinder. I vowed that this week would be different and guess what, it was! This week I ran a lot, but I fueled my body with lots of fruits and vegetables and dairy (especially chocolate milk after my workouts). If you know me, you know that I LOVE CARBS. I eat carbs for every snack and meal of my day. When I say carbs I mean pretty simple carbohydrates like cereal, bread, pasta and rice, lots and lots of rice. As a marathoner, I burn most of it off, but usually my diet is very unbalanced. This week I was putting extra effort into eating properly. This week, I must say, it was different. I ate lots of salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, kale and carrots. I ate lots of fruit: raspberries, apples, nectarines, strawberries, blackberries. I ate lots of dairy: yogurt, cheese, milk, chocolate milk. I ate a little bit of meat: chicken, eggs, pollock, hamburger. As usual, I ate more than enough of my grains, but all in all I think I did really well this week. A couple of days in, I felt great, like a well oiled machine.
Saturday I did my longest run of my training. I did 24 miles and it felt great! I am very pleased that it went so well, it makes me feel ready for my marathon in 6 weeks. Now I know that I can do it, I just need to work on some speed and recovery. The game plan for the next 6 weeks is to continue fueling my body properly, go for massages (with Mike Booth at Massage Athletica) and recover properly with stretching and drinking lots of water, chocolate milk and electrolytes.
I don't have a lot to share for today, I'm pretty tired and just about ready for bed, so I will share with you what I have been watching/listening to while I have been running on my own in the past few months.
My Running Soundtrack
- First Aid Kit - A great female band full of upbeat songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKL4X0PZz7M
- The Dead South - A band that we heard at Festival du Voyageur, their songs tell awesome stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiqZvsoY0Q4
- Hootie and the Blowfish - I think you know who they are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYES9WI-hIk
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - I recently found out that they will be playing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year so I have been listening to them to get me ready for the summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHEOF_rcND8
- Dan Mangan - also coming to folk fest!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRcXULN6mp4
- Hozier - A little emo at times, but I am still a big fan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw
- Imaginary Cities - So good, local, upbeat, fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEcm3G3bMf0
- The New Basement Tapes - compilation of unrecorded Bob Dylan songs sung by a variety of people including Marcus Mumford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MwOarNpBcw
- The Strumbellas - Just pure fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gm-y6c925s
- Random dance music including: Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, Milky Chance, Mr. Probz, Vance Joy
- Serial by NPR
- Invisibilia by NPR
- Stuff You Should Know by Howstuffworks.com
- TEDtalks by TED
- Departures - Canadian travelers going around the world http://www.departuresentertainment.com/
- Happy Endings - group of silly friends, I've watched all of the seasons 3 times now...
- Friends - another group of silly friends
- Full House - an oldie but a goodie
- Portlandia - hipster goodness recommend by my friend at school
- Various movies including: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Way Way Back, Across the Universe, The Interview