Weekly Updates: Half-Marathon Training Week 5 + Quesadilla Quiche

Weekly Updates: Half-Marathon Training Week 5 + Quesadilla Quiche


Race Training Week 5 – Running for the First Time

Even though I’ve been running for practically a decade, this time around feels like I’m running for the first time. Taking last year off from running & racing was a great decision.

In the past, my mental state definitely wasn’t very positive. And especially not during running. I generally say that I hate running. Even while doing it. Even after doing it. Even when racing. Even after running for so long. I say it is horrible terrible. I say that I hate running culture, and runners, and races, and outside, and parks, and shoes, and clothes, and gadgets. Everything. I would run and think to myself how much I hate everything. That is far from relaxing.

Now I’m at a point in my life where I can be kind to myself. I don’t have to be “that type of runner.” This race can be mine. My time is mine. My run is mine. These shoes are mine. Not yours.

I feel like I’m finally discovering all those things people have said about running. It can be relaxing. It is time for myself. It’s as hard as I make it. I don’t have to be fast. Listen to my body, instead of other’s.

As expected, this has really changed how I feel during running. Instead of negativity and anger filling up my head, I’m trying to empty it. Think positive or think nothing at all. The latter is what usually happens but that’s better than nothing.

This week I did not do a long run but I did listen to my body. I did some strength training, something I’ve never focused on before, and really enjoy it. It helps me feel fit all over. From that, I was feeling sore and tired. Listening to my body, I did some shorter comfortable run instead. I’m not racing to win, here.

Sub 2:15 Half Marathon – Week 5
Treadmill: 4 mi / 0:44:08 / 11:02 pace
Running: 2 mi / 0:20:00 / 10:00 pace
Treadmill: 3.1 mi / 0:34:40 / 11:10 pace
Elliptical: 1.86 mi / 0:20:00 / 10:45 pace

Week Total: 10.96 mi / 1h 59m 48s / 10:44 pace

Food: Quiche-adilla

Quesadilla’s are a staple of my cooking rotation. They can be as simple or complicated as I make them. Cheese ones are perfect for a quick dinner. Vegetable + chicken are perfect when I want something heartier. I always have my mexican spice mix on hand which adds just the right flavor.

This week I wanted to try something new with quesadilla’s. So with the help if the Internet, I decided to make a quesadilla quiche. A quiche-adilla if you will. It turned out really tasty and I definitely recommend it.

Quesadilla Quiche Recipe

  1. Put a large tortilla in a pie plate
  2. Mix shredded chicken + cheese in a separate bowl
  3. Optional add-ins: jalapenos, spices, peppers, tomatoes
  4. Spread mix onto tortilla
  5. Whisk 2 eggs, 1C milk or water, 1C flour in a separate bowl
  6. Pour liquid mixture over meat mixture on tortilla
  7. Bake in oven at 450 for 20 minutes

Books: The Essential George Sheehan

the essential george sheehan

As I stated above, I was never a fan of running culture. So I never spent time reading books, magazines, articles, or anything else about running. It felt none of it related to how I ran. Or it perpetuated the running culture that I did not like. Either way, this is why I had never heard of George Sheehan until this year.

The Essential Sheehan is an anthology of sorts of selections from articles & books written by Dr. George Sheehan. Dr. Sheehan retired from cardiology at 44 and took up long distance running in the 70’s. He was one of the first to incorporate fitness into medical science. And looked at life and running in a different way.

It is notable that I read this book immediately following Leo Babauta’s The Power of Less because they are both quite similar. On the content that crosses over from one book to another, both author has the same opinion on it. The only difference is Babauta tells his in bullet points and Sheehan tells his in essay form. This is personal preference but I really enjoyed Sheehan’s essays. Adding context and personal stories can provide much more motivation than a simple bullet point statement.

For example, both authors say to start with one, simple goal. Don’t try to do too much at once. Don’t attempt to quit smoking and take up running in the same week. Don’t attempt to run a marathon a week into running. Sheehan provided examples that he saw from his fellow runners and even the mistakes he himself made. This really helped to hit home why doing these things were important.

Another example is both authors say to hold yourself back. Which might not make sense at first. Dr. Sheehan explains this is to prevent burn-out and injuries. He then tells stories of runners who take 3-6 months or more off after a race because of feeling staleness in running. Babauta explains burn-out as well but in terms of momentum. We start out a change with so much momentum and excitement that if we do too much at first, we will not be able to motivate ourselves when it becomes challenging. Even if you know you can 4 miles today instead of your usual 3, hold yourself back. Run 4 next week as that will give you something to look forward to.

I recommend Dr. Sheehan’s writings for everyone, runners and non-runners alike. He writes a lot of good life stories and incorporates positivity without this coming off as self-help at all. It is also interesting seeing his perspective change throughout his life. Since this is a collection of his works, he goes from being an intense racer to being a social runner. There are also some articles about his experience with cancer, which is a whole other thing altogether.

Internet Best Of: Links

Why I Don’t Set Long Term Goals – Budget and the Beach

Personal Finance
Traditional IRA: Saving Broke Millennials Hundreds of Dollars – Broke Millenial

Sunset Park is home of Brooklyn’s cheapest pizza pies – Brokelyn

10 Things I Like About Myself: A Link-Up – Avoiding Atrophy

Why My Business is Breaking Up With Facebook – Nuts + Bolts Media

Internet Privacy
This Infographic Shows You How to Delete Yourself from the Internet – Lifehacker

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Onions! The Never-Made-the-NCAA Tournament Club, 2014 edition – SB Nation

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3 Replies to “Weekly Updates: Half-Marathon Training Week 5 + Quesadilla Quiche”

  1. Hearing you speak of long runs so far out from the Half, I had to look up what plan you are on. That’s a serious advanced-level training schedule Run Keeper has! I would recommend making your own modified training schedule that’s more realistic and then strictly keeping to that. I love running, and I’d be so discouraged looking at all those required miles on the long runs this early. Seriously, that’s more of a schedule I’d have gearing up over the summer for a full marathon after I was already in shape from a spring Half. You don’t want to burn out mentally nor physically after the winter we’ve just had.

    I’d recommend to run twice mid-week and twice on the weekend, one of which is your “long” run. Simply add a mile each week to your long run and next week should be 6. Yes: a 6-mile long run. You can do that! When you finally get to 12 miles, you are two weeks out from May 17th. You don’t need to run the full race distance before the race unless you’re a competitive class or doing a 10K or less. The weekend before the race, run a steady 8 miles to taper. Run all these long runs as close to your goal time as possible. I know lots of trainers say you can run these long runs 1:00- 1:30mm slower, but I find that just teaches you how to run slow. When my wife and I ran it last year, our 10 mile run was fast, but the 12 mile was slow and discouraging. But two weeks later on the start line, the fitness was there and we beat our goal time by a large margin.

    One run per week (or every other week at a minimum) should be some sort of speed work. I’d recommend 1/2 or 3/4 mile intervals at sub-goal pace (by 1:00mm), with a 1/4 mile very slow jog between. Like walking-pace, but still jogging. Only 3 to start with, the first should feel easy, and the third should feel like you can barely make it – but that’s why it’s only 1/2 to 3/4 mile. Truthfully, this is probably more important that the long runs, but they are a pain in the ass.

    Good luck! Most days I don’t like running. I love the *memory* of running. I love having had run.

    1. Thank you so much for all this information! Someone else had mentioned that it sounded like an intense program as well, which wasn’t my intention when picking it. I used a modified scaled-back schedule last week and that worked very well. I am going to take your advice and work-up a new schedule incorporating the basics and scaling back the intimidating distances.

      The reminder about race pace and speed work is a good one! This is the first time doing speed work and it certainly is interesting. I wasn’t sure what my pace should be while training but will keep everything focused on the race pace now.

      Thank you again for the advice, this was exactly what I needed! I was a bit self-conscious to write about my running on here but now am grateful because comments like this are extremely helpful.

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