Week #9 of Ultra Marathon Training & a Superfood

It’s been an awesome week.  Winter returned and we had some bitter cold and windy days.  Tuesday was a busy day with work, running, grocery shopping, and the boys.  By Wednesday I was feeling rundown and like I was going to come down with a cold, so I swapped running miles for some easy cycling at the gym, doubled my orange intake, and then tried to get to bed early.  Best decision ever!

Also, I found out I placed 76 out of 346 OA and 17/146 females in my race yesterday. Not bad for a training run!

Here’s How this Week of Training Went Down

Monday:  rest

Tuesday:  5.25 miles on xc course with coworkers (10:17 pace) & core and upper body lifting @ gym

Wednesday: cycled 55 minutes (11 miles)

Thursday: 6 WINDY miles, 3 on xc course and 3 on roads (9:13 pace, sub 9:00 for road miles)

Friday:  rest from running, core and upper body lifting @ gym

Saturday: 20.7 miles on trails (9:53 pace, Naked Bavarian 20 Mile Race), COLD and windy!

Sunday:  10.3 miles on trails (11:41 pace)

 

Some Pics from the Trails Today

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Favorite Foods of the Week

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Goat cheese on crackers with fruit and a Larabar.
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My normal concoction of plain Greek yogurt, peanut powder for protein, milled flax seed, a drizzle of honey, and a new addition….cacao powder.  Tasted just like chocolate pudding but WAY more nutritional benefits!

Cacao Powder

I always try to incorporate superfoods into our diets.  Did you know that cacao powder has 20 times the antioxidants of blueberries and that it is the highest plant-based source of iron?  It’s good for your heart, your brain, and even your mood!  I plan to use it in baking, smoothies, pancakes, and protein balls as well.  Read more about the benefits of cacao here.

 

cacao

 

One More Pic from Today’s Run

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Scenic Vista trail in Kings Gap.  Now time to stretch and foam roll!

 

What are some of your favorite superfoods?

How did your running and nutrition go this week?

 

 

 

 

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