Wednesday, July 25, 2012

#TrainingTruths: Workouts & Veggie Burgers


I'm about 4 weeks away from my next big race, Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Providence, RI, and my training, although modified, has been ramping up. Last week I ran four times for a total of 21.42 miles including my longest distance (9.2 miles) since my last half marathon in May. Here are my latest..


WORKOUTS:

#TrainingTruth: Running hills is really a mental game with yourself.

Part of my training for RnR Providence includes getting ready for the hilly course. I'll be honest, I dread hills. What I realized this week, however, is that I can conquer the hills if I just focus on how I'm really feeling. My legs get tired and feel the strain, but really it's my mind that wimps out. Slowing down allows both my legs and mind conquer the hill.

#TrainingTruth: Last minute rest room visits make all the difference.

As I've gotten older, I have noticed that the need to pee intensifies greatly not long after the start of my runs. I have found myself literally running across finish line of a race and not stopping until I reach the port-a-potties. Eyeballs floating is not a fun feeling! I have been making a point to visit a rest room immediately before starting my runs and it has been successful so far.

FOOD:

#TrainingTruth: I accidentally bought some veggie burgers and I like them.

In the summer I'm all about keeping it simple and light, especially since often times I am the only one home for lunch. I picked up some Morning Star Grillers after seeing a commercial that showed how easy it was to heat these pre-cooked burgers. It wasn't until I had my first one that I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they are veggie burgers. They taste good, are low in calories, high in protein and low in fat.

A favorite burger that I like to make is a salmon patty burger.


Ingredients:

1 can salmon
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
salt & pepper

Directions:

In a bowl combine drained salmon with 2 tablespoons of liquid reserved, egg, and bread crumbs. Mix ingredients together. Form into 1/4 patties. Cook in skillet over medium heat in EVOO until browned.

Don't forget to check out other great recipes at the WIAW link up at Peas & Crayons.



#TrainingTruths is not just about me. We all like to see what everyone else is doing and use that information to asses ourselves. It's not judgement. It's a way to share and learn and make changes when necessary.

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I look forward to reading your #TrainingTruths!







21 comments:

  1. oooh we love those salmon burgers here too.
    and tuna!

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  2. My training truth that I realized during RnR Chi last weekend is I think I detest heat/humidity even more than hills. And believe me, hills are no friend of mine.

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    1. Ugh, yes. Humidity is not my friend in running or hairstyles ;)

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  3. I looooooooove the Rock-n-Roll marathon series; I hope you have a blast!! I did R-n-R New Orleans (1/2) last year and loved it so much I've signed up for the full already! Here's a link to my #TrainingTruths: http://noshingonasphalt.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/training-truths-mcm-week-2-2/

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    1. I'm hoping to improve my time from last year b/c I hear we get a special prize for PRing!!

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  4. I hear ya on the hills! They are my nemesis! So props to you for tackling a hilly course head on! Keep it up girlie!

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  5. I hear you on the bathroom visits. I must time those babies perfectly.

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  6. Hills are so mental with me... I have convinced myself I hate them and stink at them and therefore I do. Trying hard to change that by tackling them head on.

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  7. I just bought a can of salmon to make salmon burgers! Great minds think alike. And yes - potty breaks just seconds before starting to run do make all of the difference.

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  8. So true! So much of what we do is a mental thing. We can talk ourselves out of things "I'm too tired, I can't run last mile" etc. But if we can overcome that, we CAN do it!

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    1. It helps to have a running partner that can push you too!

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  9. I love veggie burgers and you reminded me to get some!

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  10. Good luck with your ramped-up training! The last few weeks of training before a race are always so exciting. I'm with you on the hills--I don't like them when I'm running up them, but I know they make me stronger. I'm a big fan of veggie burgers when I need something quick and healthy. Microwave it for a minute or so and you're done. Doesn't get much easier than that.

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    1. Thanks Beth and you're exactly right, so easy!

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  11. Salmon burgers are so easy and delicious. I think i like them better than regular ones! And I agree I often compare myself to others but is not judgement, its just helpful for my own training and eating habits!

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  12. I despise hills, but great job for tackling them head on! Also love salmon burgers. I could eat them constantly and probably never get sick of em :)

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