Bayshore Marathon Week 7

I love that coach changed up the training a bit this week. It was good to get back into my work travel routine, even though packing all my food was tough. I’m almost done with the elimination phase of FODMAP!


  • PLAN- 1 mile 10K pace, 45 minute muscle imbalance work
  • ACTUAL- 1 mile 7:16, 45 minutes hip/glute work, private pilates

I LOVE that I’m “forced” to do 45 minutes of strength training. My hips and glutes were definitely on fire after this workout. It included balance on the bosu, single leg balance on bosu, bosu squats, band walks, single leg bridges and single leg step ups. I focused on arms, stretching and core work during the pilates session.IMG_0087Tuesday:

  • PLAN- 7.5 miles. 10 min w/u zone 2 w/5×15 sec pickups. 4×1 mile intervals zone 4 working to zone 5, 800 recovery, 5 min easy cool down
  • ACTUAL- 7.65 miles. On treadmill- 15 minute warmup with pick ups, 4×1 at 7:08 first half and 7:03 second half of each mile. 5 minute recovery.

A before work, workout that led to a huge bruise on my leg. I was playing catchup on House of Cards and the ipad went flying and hit my leg. OOPs.

That night, we celebrated Rich’s birthday! I brought him a “good” cake at work and made chocolate chip cookies (gluten free and FODMAP approved) for his cake at home so that I could celebrate, too. Surprisingly, they were REALLY good.IMG_0101 IMG_0100IMG_0104Wednesday:

  • PLAN- 8 miles endurance pace
  • ACTUAL- 8 miles 8:41 avg pace 

Travel day to Savannah meant leaving my house super early for work. I checked into the Westin (yay for off season rates) later in the afternoon and took advantage of their RunWestin program. It’s so nice to stay at a hotel that promotes fitness.IMG_0114The loop itself was pretty dull, I ran around an old race track twice and then another 3 mile loop to get to the 8 total. I finished up with a little steam room and then sauna. Can’t complain about that!


  • PLAN- 20 minute core work
  • ACTUAL- 20 minute core work

Nothing like a physio ball to make you feel weak.


  • PLAN- 7 miles. 15 minute warmup Z2, 6×800, 400m recovery, 10 minute zone 1
  • ACTUAL- 7 miles 8:34 avg. Treadmill work at 3:22

Out of town work meant more treadmill speed work. I ended up having to wait 30 minutes for a machine at 6:15am. There was a PT convention at the hotel, so it was packed! I felt really strong with this speed work, it’s getting easier, if that is such a thing.

I worked the morning in Savannah and then had to make the trek back to Atlanta. I hit a food low Friday night. Rich and I had plans to see American Sniper and didn’t really have time to get dinner before the movie. I had strategically packed each and every meal and snack for my work trip and when I realized I had to eat pork, AGAIN on Friday, I lost my mind. I literally had pork tenderloin, rice cakes and a few slices of cheese for dinner. It’s all I had left for the week and I was just so bored with my food.

That may not sound like a big deal to a lot of people, but I enjoy food. I literally ate meatballs for an entire week and pork tenderloin for at least 3 meals of the week. BLEH. You can bet those two won’t be in the rotation for a while. Lesson learned- freeze the extra food for later and have variety- don’t eat it till it’s gone.


  • PLAN- 10 miles endurance pace
  • ACTUAL- 10 miles 8:43 avg pace

I met up with Jesica, Katie, and Amy Saturday morning for our long runs. I don’t think I’ve run with Katie since October or November, so it was great getting to run again. The 10 miles went by quickly, even though it was a very familiar route. IMG_0135


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- restorative yoga

Jesica had told me about a restorative yoga class at Yoga Collective and I had hoped to try it the past few weekends but had other plans. I made it a point to go and I’m so glad I did. It wasn’t a flow class, in fact, we held 3 different positions for 10-15 minutes each. It was so relaxing and it felt SO GOOD to stretch like that. I never take that kind of time to stretch like that on my own. Another ClassPass hit!IMG_0141I did my food and meal prep for the week and then Rich and I went to see the Imitation Game.

Total Miles for the Week: 33.65

All in all, life is good. I’m back in the groove for work, hitting my goals in training, and really able to take some down time outside of all of that. The FODMAPs diet hasn’t been terrible. Even though I hit a low this week, I’m glad I’m doing it. I feel so good, it’s worth the monotony until I can really get a feel for what I can/can’t have (once elimination is over).

And, as much as winter can be miserable for training, I don’t mind it for my social life. I tend to hibernate in the winter and want to just watch movies (which I guess is great for training). I love seeing all the Oscar nominated films and try and see them before the awards show. So far: Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Imitation Game and American Sniper. I can almost guarantee I will see one or two more this weekend.

What’s your preference on your birthday, traditional cake or your favorite dessert? Do you enjoy the Oscars? Have you seen any of the nominated films yet? Have you taken a restorative style yoga class before? 



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  • Happy Birthday to Rich! I’ll take birthday treats in all forms. I love the Run Westin program. But you know how they’ll supply clothes and shoes? The Westin I was at had the most hideous gray running stuff. Not that I needed it, I was just checking it out. Can’t be choosy I guess.
    Caveman wants to see American Sniper badly. But he’s in Asia all month. I haven’t seen a single one of them. I suck.

  • Great week Elizabeth! Your diet sounds tough (but I am a complete wimp about things like that). Happiest of birthdays to Rich!

    So far I’ve only seen Grand Budapest Hotel, but Bryan saw a few of the others while on a plane. I’ve got some catching up to do!

  • Happy birthday to Rich! I don’t care whether I get cake or something else for a birthday dessert as long as it includes ice cream! I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies yet, but they are definitely on my list. I’ve taken a restorative class before and I loved it! I know this food stuff is tough and I would struggle with it and I’m really impressed with how your handling it 🙂

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