Tuesday evening launched the fall marathon training with the DRC Training Orientation. It was packed! I was blown away with the number of people who signed up to train through this program.
The session was informative and very inspiring but we didn’t get the training schedule that evening, much to my dismay. We did, however, get placed into our pace groups. I’ve been placed in the 4:30 pace group, which I think is a good place for me to start due to my lack of outdoor running over the past four months. The heat definitely slows me down! There are three opportunities throughout the training season to change pace groups, the first of which I’ll be out of town. So as the weather cools down and my body adjusts to road running again, I’ll be able to pick up my pace.
24 hours later, the leaders emailed out the training schedule! I like to plan ahead, so this 24-hour wait was torture!
This is the schedule they sent out (above) and I took that and imported my fall calendar (conflicts) and made a few small adjustments for when Nick and I go on vacation, all of which you can see in the schedule below.
You should be able to click on the images to see them at full-size if you are curious about the details. I know I’m going to have more conflicts pop up that aren’t on the calendar yet, but I’ve listed what I know as of right now. I also plan on doing strength training three times a week, which I didn’t put on the calendar, but the hope is to do that on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning unless I have a conflict that evening and need to move the evening run to the morning. Strength training was a component that I thought was really important in my half marathon training, so I really want to keep it apart of this training schedule although the training program doesn’t formally list it as a workout.
I’m ready to go for tomorrow’s kick-off long run, 7 miles at 6:00 AM. I met my pace leaders and I’m excited to meet the other 16 or so people in my pace group! Getting up at 4:55 AM every Saturday for the next 20 weeks is going to be rough, but hopefully it will be worth it!
Switching topics, I’ve got an okra-filled Project Cookbook entry for today!
Chicken and Okra Gumbo
Seasonal Food: How To Enjoy Food At Its Best With More Than 200 Recipes
By Susannah Blake
This dish was a little time-consuming, taking about and hour and a half to make, but to use up the latest Urban Acres share of okra and have Nick eat it, the time was worth it! If you recall, okra is Nick’s least favorite vegetable but I think I made it work for him with this dish. On top of that, I used the entire share’s worth of okra (about 15 ounces) instead of the recipe’s instruction of using 9 ounces.
The tabasco sauce gave this dish a little kick, but it didn’t call for any salt so I added some to taste once I dished it out. Coming in at 456 calories per serving, I got pretty stuffed from this meal and I will definitely consider making this again if we keep getting okra in our co-op shares! (Although Nick has requested that I try pickling them the next time okra shows up in our bin.)
Have a great weekend!