Weekly Updates: Race Training Week 4 & DIY Oatmeal

Weekly Updates: Race Training Week 4 & DIY Oatmeal


Half Marathon Training – Week 4

Brooklyn Half Marathon at Coney Island
Brooklyn Half Marathon at Coney Island

I wish I never started writing about my training. Because now I have to admit to all my mistakes. In week 4, I skipped my long run, again. That’s twice in a row. I spent a lot of time beating myself up over it, which certainly didn’t help anything. I need to remind myself that it’s still February. I have three solid months before the race.

Training is starting to be a boon to my working out. If I miss a day I feel guilty for most of the morning. Missing a day certainly isn’t going to seriously affect my running. And for the four half marathons I ran in the past, I never even trained at all! I need to relax and enjoy what I’m doing – currently working on the mental aspect of running which I’ve never been very good at.

Aside from cardio, I have began taking advantage of the other stuff in the gym by strength training. I’ve got a handle on lat pull downs and the leg press. Then at home I can do some squats, stair work, and lunges. Surprisingly, I’ve never done any of this stuff before. It was always only about the running. Probably because that’s the free part.

Sub 2:15 Half Marathon – Week 4
Treadmill: 5 mi / 56m 22s / 11:16 pace
Spinning: 4.7 mi / 20m
Elliptical: 0.9mi / 10m
Running: 4.7mi / 55m 56s / 11:54 pace – Ocean Parkway to Coney Island

Week Total: 15.3 mi / 2h 22m 18s / 11:35 pace

Food: DIY Instant Oatmeal

diy instant oatmeal in containers or packets
Bring diy instant oatmeal with you to work

Several years ago I wrote about bringing diy oatmeal with you to work. But since then I’ve perfected this!

Here’s what I do for an individual serving but I suggest multiplying this and storing the bulk mix in a jar. Then when you want oatmeal in the morning, just take out about a quarter cup and you should be good to go.

Ideally, this requires use of a food chopper or food processor. I bought this mini food chopper for $9.

To Blend:

  • 2 Tablespoons quick oats (cooks in 1 min)
  • 1 teaspoon cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc)
  • dash of salt

Add these to your food chopper then run for about 30 seconds. This mixes everything together, gets rid of brown sugar lumps, chops up the nuts, and cuts the oats almost to a flour texture. That is the key! Adding this “oat flour” helps thickens your oatmeal and makes it very creamy without needing milk.

In a plastic bag or container (I use a small tumbler glass covered with saran wrap), put in another 2 Tablespoons of quick oats, then add your blended mixture. This is one serving.

To eat, pour very hot water into the oats, stir. Let sit for 1+ minutes. Water & sit time depend on your preference of thickness. I prefer mine thicker while a friend prefers to drink his.

This is a quick and super filling breakfast, especially great for wintertime. I promise it will leave your belly warm and full.

Books: Power of Less by Leo Babauta

Productivity from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits: The Power of Less
Productivity from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits: The Power of Less

There’s more I could say about this book but really it comes down to this: just read his blog

After this, I started reading “The Essential Sheehan” which is a compilation of various George Sheehan articles and talks. He was a runner but what he talks about can apply to life in general. A lot of his principles over lap with Leo Babauta’s as well, so I will write about them as one next week.

Internet Best Of: Links

The Cost of Living in Paradise – Budget and the Beach

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make Money – Broke Girl Rich

Running Every Block in Ditmas Park – The Weekly Nabe


3 Replies to “Weekly Updates: Race Training Week 4 & DIY Oatmeal”

  1. I’ll be using the oatmeal idea – I love oatmeal, and it is the most cost effective breakfast for me. I’ve been having a hard time making it since we don’t have a microwave. Thanks for the tip!

    I’m doing a half marathon next month, and I can tell you my training is not going well. :/ I have started to love running again, so I’m counting it as a win.

  2. Thanks for the link mention!!

    And that oatmeal looks great. I love mixing oats, quinoa and maple syrup with milk and letting it sit in the fridge overnight. Then I just throw it in the microwave for a minute in the morning. It’s a great lazy girl breakfast.

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