What’s Next?

Marathon, DONE. Now what?

It’s time to get stronger and faster. I’ve gone to a couple of bootcamp sessions and one thing is for sure, I spent a whole lot of time at distance running and very little time at strength training. I thought I was doing so well with my here and there workout videos and mini strength circuits, but as soon as I put those non typical running muscles to work….OUCH. Do you know how hard it is to climb a tree or even just hang from the monkey bars when you have little to no upper body or ab strength? The most surprising, even my legs get sore from bootcamp, ummm, I just trained for and ran a marathon, what is up legs?

Don’t get me wrong, running is still my number one exercise love. It’s my mind clearing, attitude adjusting, depression smashing go to. And I would like to run for a very long time, but I know my body is better off with some strength training too. I’m probably a bit “unbalanced”? (such a technical term) when I only run. So goal #1 – GET STRONGER!

#2 GET FASTER – Each half-marathon I have run has gotten progressively slower, over a pretty short period of time. That needs to stop. Next up, Hyannis Half Marathon. And this time, maybe I will actually do the speed work in my training plan. Funny thing speed work = faster runner? Who knew?

So what’s the plan this week? (and here’s last week in case you wanted to check it out).

Oh, not sure if you forgot? But this is also a food blog. Sometimes you only have time to work out and cook, and not so much time to write about it, so here’s the quick version…

Oh She Glows Slow Cooker Naked Apple Butter

Ben said this picture looks gross, but you are getting it anyway. It was declious. Mark Bittman’s Lentil Soup (with lemon and dill).

For Ben’s lunch – Baked Pasta with Sausage & Spinach

Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers

And finally! My fall favorite combo, had to make it twice in one week……

Eat Live Run’s Roasted Root Vegetable Bisque and Ruth Reichl’s Stuffed Pumpkins!

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!