PRR Training Week 6: Take a Stepback

Even though not running for almost a whole week was tough, I got better from being sick quickly and was able to do everything on my training plan last week.

Also, it was extra nice since last week was a stepback running week, which meant no long run. Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point explains exactly what a stepback week is HERE.

Thank goodness a long run wasn’t on the schedule, because a heat wave swept through DC and it was HOT out.


Instead of a long run, I was supposed to do a 5-K on Saturday. But I am currently trying to save some moolah at the moment, which meant hosting my own personal 5-K on the trails.

Per usual, I got overexcited at the beginning and ran faster than I should have and died on the second mile. Sound familiar? 



Overall, the run was a little slower than I would have liked – but I really did try my best. And in the end, that’s all we can do!

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Week #6 Recap

Monday: 3 mile run, 8 – minute abs

Tuesday: 3 mile run, under goal pace w/ Mal

Wednesday: yoga

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: rest

Saturday: 5-K run

Sunday: rest

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What did your training look like last week? 

Do you ever go out too fast on a run?

Friday’s Five

doing a mini-manicure on my 5-year-old cousin


pasta salad salad


my bro and his gf getting engaged (!!)


finding an antique pearl necklace when cleaning out my desk


 GOOD LUCK to MAL at her marathon on Sunday


Happy Friday!

Are you running a race this weekend? How far is your long run this week?

Veggie Mac and Cheese

This meal was inspired by our very own What I Ate Wednesday hostess, Jenn @ Peas and Crayons!

Though her Confetti Mac is fancy, mine could be eaten (and made) by a child.

Perf, if you ask me. 😉

Plus – I used boxed mac and cheese from Trader Joe’s, so at least it was whole grain pasta, right? I was glad to get my veggies in on this easy Friday night meal.



  • boxed mac and cheese
  • 1/3 cup baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, heated
  • 1/2 cup frozen broccoli, heated
  • 1 tsp garlic power
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp red pepper taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cook mac and cheese according to directions on the box.

Stir in veggies of your choice.

Season and stir again.



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Yum. A classic with a healthy spin.

PRR Training Week 5: The Week That I Only Did My Long Run

I came down with a gross sinus infection early last week and spent most of my time blowing my nose with 1 ply.

Unfortunately, running took a backseat to getting healthy. I debated doing some yoga but decided downward dog wouldn’t be the best thing for my aching head.

I felt a little guilty for not getting off of the couch, but I thought I was okay with the whole not running thing. Then later in the week I ended up stomping my feet at life while sobbing “I don’t know why I’m getting so upset, I haven’t been running, wahhh.” Embarr.

This week taught me that I truly NEED the endorphins my body gets from moving in order to function. I’m not saying I need to run every day or that I should run when I’m sick, but that I’m personally much less of a basket case when I exercise. Maaaybe I should have taken a walk or done some sitting-down yoga to go along with my Vitamin C binge.

Going from working out several times a week and then NOT AT ALL really affected my mood for the worse and made me realize that running is a stress reliever and my way to decompress from the day. It lets my brain wander and relax into an almost meditative state that helps me stay sane.

Not running for even a few days showed me how important it is to me and that I want to keep my body healthy so that I can run for the rest of my life.

Thank gawd I felt almost 100% better on Saturday and could spend the whole afternoon on the trails!

For some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to run all of the miles in under 12 minutes, which is hard for me to do on a long run (I am slow).


Damn that last mile. It felt good to push myself though, and I was very proud of myself for putting in the effort on my one run for the week.

Miles 4 and 5 were very exciting because I ran them on a part of the trail that the PRR Half Marathon will be on. I can’t wait to get more practice trail runs in because the actual trail (and not asphalt) was throwing me off a little bit…


Week #5 Recap

Monday: sick

Tuesday: sick

Wednesday: sick

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: 8 mile run

Sunday: rest

Tell me: 

Does exercising make your mood better? Do you ever run when you’re sick?