Weeks 6 & 7

So nothing super eventful has happened over the last couple weeks, just continuing to grind through training while attempting to maintain a social life. Spoiler alert: I barely have a social life since I’m working out 5-6 days a week and when I’m not running or lifting, I’m walking my dog (who turns 1 tomorrow BTW).

Last week I finished up my 4 week lifting program and I’m going to do another 4 weeks before backing off in order to taper for the half marathon on May 6. I’ve noticed such an improvement in my running form, back and core strength and my legs are basically in beast mode now. I went from leg pressing 85 lbs to 130 lbs in 3.5 weeks, which is amazing IMO. I’ve also noticed some booty gains, much welcomed since I’ve been as flat as a pancake for basically my whole life. Oh yeah, and all my pants are a little bit looser. Tons of non scale victories happening!

Going vegetarian has been going great as well. I’ve really been challenging myself to make things other than rice and beans with veggies. Last night I made a cheesy pesto risotto with pea and cherry tomatoes for my family that was a huge hit (recipe found on Pinterest!). I had vegan meatballs with mine, seriously so good. This week I’ll be trying vegan sloppy joe’s again. I feel much better since eliminating meat, I’m less bloated, eating more vegetables, and just feel good. I’ll find out next Wednesday if how I’ve been feeling will translate on the scale when my nutritionist does my blind weight. I told myself I’d do this till Easter and then decide if it’s something I want to do long-term. I don’t like to give myself labels so I’ll probably just end up limiting how much I’m consuming because I do love a good steak every now and then.

As far as my running, I’ve been doing my runs primarily inside since it’s still been cold here in Pittsburgh and I can’t seem to get rid of the chest congestion/cough I’ve had for the last couple weeks. Fortunately it’s suppose to warm up over the next couple weeks so I’ll finally be able to get back outside again. I’m about 40 days out from race (and birthday) weekend, I can’t believe how close we’re getting.

Tonight I did two active recovery miles with Henrik, he loves when I bring him along. 🙂IMG_9172 copy

 

Till next time

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