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The End of Mid-week 8 Milers!

Sometimes it’s the little things that make me happy. Completing my first 20-mile run of this particular marathon training plan felt great, but for some reason, the fact that my mid-week 8 mile runs have come to an end made me ecstatic!

At this point in my training, an 8 mile run isn’t all that bad, but it’s the mid-week part that gets me. My schedule goes something like this: race out of work at 5 p.m. on the dot. Pray the trains aren’t slow or backed up. Race off the subway to our apartment. Change. Gulp down some water. Hit the bathroom. Try to head out by 6:00 p.m. Run my 8 mile run at a decent clip. Get home by 7:15 or so. Stretch, stretch, stretch, and drink some water. Hop in the shower. Get out and get dressed. Race to the kitchen to throw together some semblance of a dinner. Try to be done by 8:30 at the latest so that I can maybe relax for an hour before exhaustion strikes.

Phew, just writing that tired me out. I feel like my 8-mile run nights are kind of fast forwarded or played at super sonic speed. I often think of the warp speed mode in Space Balls…I’ve gone plaid. I try to squeeze everything in and get it all done at a decent hour. And then I collapse. So when I updated my mileage on my training plan last night and saw that it was the last mid-week 8 miler, I did a little happy dance. Next week, my highest mid-week mileage is 6 miles, which is very okay with me. 🙂

Do you ever feel like in your quest to fit it all in your time is super compressed or your rushing around like a mad woman?

Or maybe it’s just me and I do it to myself. I’m one of those people who gets upset if I don’t maintain or beat my commute time to work. That’s kind of sick right? I’m constantly early. For every job I’ve ever had I’ve been “the early girl.” At my first job, a co-worker once called me when his car broke down on the way to work and asked me to tell the boss once he got in. He said he called me because he knew I’d be the only person at the office already. My early-bird ways worked out great when I was getting paid by the hour, but at this point in my career it really doesn’t matter.   

Anyway, I have no food photos from yesterday since besides being on warp speed mode, I was apparently on totally forgetful mode as well. But here are my stats from my last mid-week 8 mile run!

Mile 1 – 9:09
Mile 2 – 7:52
Mile 3 – 8:27
Mile 4 – 8:04
Mile 5 – 7:56
Mile 6 – 7:44
Mile 7 – 8:09
Mile 8 – 9:59

Total mileage – 8:00 in 1:07:02. Average pace – 8:22 minute miles.

After my run I threw together a chicken, pasta and broccoli dish that also involved chicken broth, lemon juice, white wine, cheese and butter. It turned out pretty good and I will be enjoying some of those leftovers for lunch today.

I managed to catch the last 1 1/2 hours of Biggest Loser too. And I would like it noted that I became pretty peeved when I saw the new Yoplait Greek Yogurt plug. Sure, I can understand why Yoplait is jumping on the Greek yogurt bandwagon. I’m sure their sales have taken a hit as the Greek yogurt craze took off. But, if you’re going to enter a new market, at least DO IT RIGHT!! There are plenty of other Greek yogurt producers out there that are making natural products that taste amazing. Why would you create a brand new product that is less than the best? Why create a product with Milk Protein Concentrate (MPCs) and other unappealing and unnatural ingredients and try to sell it as being as good and as “healthy” as all the rest. Seems like cutting corners and producing it cheaply to me. And it seems like they put very little stock in consumers being able to tell the difference. They think consumers will see “Greek” in giant letters on the side and dump it in their cart.

I’ll pass thanks.

Sorry for that little rant. I think I gave Biggest Loser a little more credit than that. Their product placements are always a little out of control, but my recent taste-test and ingredient look-up of this new yogurt only fueled my annoyance with this plug. And I’m sure a lot of people out there will try it and like it ,and that is completely fine with me. I certainly don’t eat all natural and/or organic all the time, that is for sure. I’m just saying – why not at least try to make your new product as healthy as possible?  Oh if only I were a billionaire CEO. 🙂

Hope you all have a happy hump day!

Yucky Yogurt and IT Band Issues

Good morning. Happy Hump Day. My week seems to be moving by slowly. I am very much looking forward to the weekend and possibly even sleeping in on Sunday!

But first, my Tuesday recap. For breakfast I had some delicious oatmeal with banana in an almost-bare peanut butter jar. Yay for oats in a jar!!

Early morning snack was a granola bar and then lunch could not come soon enough. I was so hungry. I had sliced chicken breast with two slices of american cheese and mustard on an Arnold Sandwich Thin. And three pickles on the side. These were the leftover pickles from last week’s jar-breaking in the fridge catastrophe, so I figured it was time to eat them.

For my first afternoon snack I tried Yoplait’s new Greek yogurt. Apparently, there was a raid on Price Chopper in Whitesboro this weekend and all the thieves stole was Chobani yogurt. Seriously, the shelves were absolutely bare! So, I tried to make do with a few other kinds of Greek yogurt, Yoplait being one of them. I added some Kashi Go Lean cereal to this yogurt and gave it a whirl:

Decision: This yogurt was less than stellar. It is not nearly as thick and creamy as Chobani and it had kind of a weird taste. Not only that, but this yogurt is not all natural. The ingredients include: CULTURED PASTEURIZED GRADE A NONFAT MILK, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SUGAR, STRAWBERRY PUREE, KOSHER GELATIN, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, COLORED WITH BEET JUICE CONCENTRATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, , VITAMIN A ACETATE, VITAMIN D3.

So all the ingredients highlighted in red made me suspicious. For the first one: milk protein concentrate, I found this info almost immediately:

“Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) sounds OK, but how would it look if we saw the word “glue” on our food and beverage labels? MPC is legal for glue and for industrial uses, but it has never been approved for human consumption. Why then does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permit MPC use in any food or beverage without first having this unapproved ingredient tested for safety and nutrition as required by law under federal “Generally Regarded As Safe”(GRAS) status?” from www.farmdefenders.org.

Yuck – did I really eat that?! I dug a little deeper and found that  New York Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill back in 2009 that would levy higher tariffs on imports of  MPCs. The dried dairy product is used in many processed foods in the United States because it’s cheaper than domestically-produced dried milk powder.

Bleck!!

Next on the list: Kosher Gelatin – sounds yummy doesn’t it? Well, Kosher gelatin can be made from fish bones, beef, Japanese insinglass, agar agar, carrageenan, and Irish moss, according to The Vegetarian Resource Group. Double ewww and gag!!

I’m a little rusty in the periodic tables, so I googled Calcium Chloride next and Wikipedia told me this:

Calcium chloride, CaCl2, is a salt and the compound of calcium and chlorine. It behaves as a typical ionic halide, and is solid at room temperature. It has several common applications such as brine for refrigeration plants, ice and dust control on roads, and in concrete. The anhydrous salt is also widely used as a desiccant, where it will absorb so much water that it will eventually dissolve in its own crystal lattice water. It can be produced directly from limestone, but large amounts are also produced as a by-product of the Solvay process.”

Oh yum – this yogurt is really sounding tasty now, right? Widely used as a desiccant – delish!

So next is Vitamin A Acetate. I had a hard time finding info on this vitamin additive. My searches kept bringing up facial beauty products and information about retinol. I’m going to continue searching, but in the meantime, maybe I should be rubbing the yogurt on my face instead of eating it?

Anyway – I bought one more container of this yogurt and part of me doesn’t even want to eat it, but I also don’t want to waste food either. Tough call.

After work I set out for my 8 mile run, fueled by all the really great and inspiring comments posted yesterday (thanks all – you’re the best!). Everything was going really well until about 3 miles in when my left side thigh area really started hurting. I trudged on and finished my 8 miles, but the pain in my leg was searing from my butt all through my upper thigh afterwards. Here are my stats from the run:

Mile 1 – 9:14
Mile 2 – 7:58
Mile 3 – 8:30
Mile 4 – 8:26
Mile 5 – 8:02
Mile 6 – 7:55
Mile 7 – 7:52
Mile 8 – 8:50

Total mileage 8.01 miles in 1:06:43. Average pace – 8:19 minute mile.

I was definitely pushing myself a little bit harder than I probably should have, especially after my 20-mile run on Saturday. But I so wanted to prove to myself that I could run harder without any issues.

I guess that was not true last night. When I got home, I tried to stretch every way possible to help with the pain and then finally it dawned on me that perhaps this was IT band related. I’ve heard so, so many runners mentioning IT band pain, I needed to check it out.

And all my searching told me that it likely was related to my IT band. I wasn’t experiencing any knee pain, but the pain from my butt throughout my upper thigh sounded like one of the symptoms of an IT band issue. I then searched for many different stretches and happened upon Megan’s post about her IT band stretches (including awesome how-to photos). So I spent a solid 20-3o minutes throughout the night doing her stretches. Hubby even turned to me later in the evening and told me all I’d been doing since I got home was stretching. Darn right!!

But it must have been IT band related and the stretching worked because my leg feels about 80% better today. I got out of bed very cautiously, waiting for the pain to hit, but it was gone! Hurray. At least now I know the cause and how to stretch it. Plus, I’ve decided to take tonight’s and tomorrow’s runs REALLY slow. Seriously, I am going to force myself.

Have you ever dealt with IT Band issues? Did they ever go away completely or do you just work to keep them under control and at bay as much as possible?

After my run I made us a yummy dinner of chicken, rice, lettuce, a little cheese and salsa in a bowl. I call this dinner a mini “burrito bowl” and it was totally satisfying.

I swear there is some chicken and rice in there….

After dinner I stretched away, vacuumed up gobs of Murphy hair and watched The Biggest Loser. Does anyone else feel like it’s time for Sam to go home? I like the guy and all, but I don’t think he needs to be there anymore. He is totally motivated and has got this – he can do it at home.

So that was my night. Hope you had a nice day yesterday and that Hump Day flies by for you!!