Fitness Update | Marathon & Strength Training

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Its time! Time for me to hit my Marathon Training hard. I have been doing the Jeff Galloway 52 weeks plan most of the year, but recently I found myself bored with it, so last week I began the Hal Higdon Novice 2 training plan for the Marathon. I am exactly 16 weeks out, meaning I changed over last week starting in week 2 of the program.

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I wasn’t feeling mentally prepared for my long runs on the Jeff Galloway program, which is totally subjective. The plan was effective as I was in good shape to switch to Hal Higdon’s program. I am enjoying his program, and will continue with it until the Marathon. I also wanted to incorporate some strength training, but I did not want to go to a gym or spend an hour on an at home fitness routine. Plus, all of the weight training programs I was running into on the internet did not take into account that I am running so much. In other words, I did not want to sacrifice my running for strength training.

After much searching, I ran across a strength training plan for runners on Runners Connect.com for $49. It just so happens that my $70/month gym membership contract just ended, so I went ahead and purchased the program. Its low budget, but who cares. It is set up specifically for runners! The program should help me stay injury free and give me the necessary strength to complete my first Marathon with less of a grimace on my face :-).

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I begin the Strength Training for Runners program today, so I will update in four weeks. In the meantime, I plan to purchase a Camelback because I am finding that I need more water for my long runs and the handheld water bottles I have are heavy and annoying. Have I given up Yoga? Nope, never! I still practice Yoga most mornings, I haven’t been to a class in awhile because they do not fit in my schedule, but I have been keeping up with my Tara Stiles DVDs, Kino Yoga on Youtube, and I recently discovered Yogabycandace.com.

I am staying active, eating healthy, and it shows (I’ll post a current pic of myself laster tonight)!

Healthy Eats | Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

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I love roasted chicken and veggies, its easy, quick and a great meal. I will add one caveat, if you are going to roast chicken, it must be on the bone. The bone and skin add flavor, you can do without the skin, but you will have flavorless chicken without the bone. I like to use drumsticks or thighs in this meal because chicken breast tends to be more wishy washy concerning doneness.

Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

1 lb Chicken
3 Carrots
6 Baby Potatoes or 2 Yukon Gold Potatoes
1/2 Onion
1/5 Cup and 1 tblsp Olive Oil
4 Rosemary Stems
1 Tablespon Mrs Dash Grilling Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Mrs Dash Garlic Seasoning
1 Lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. In a bowl or ziploc bag, combine lemon juice, 1/5 cup olive oil, 2 rosemary stems, salt, pepper and mrs. dash seasonings
2. Cover chicken with marinade
3. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight (2 hours minimum)
4. Preheat oven to 425
5. Slice potatoes and place in a bowl
6. Season potatoes with salt, pepper, 1 rosemary stem and remaining olive oil
7. Place chicken and potatoes in oven safe dish and cook for 25 minutes
8. After 25 minutes, add remaining vegetables around and over chicken and return to oven for another 30-40 minutes
9. Chicken is done when juices run clear
10. Let cool and serve!

*30 Minutes for firmer vegetables, 40 Minutes for less firm vegetables