Burgers and miles

When I’m running this much, I pretty much eat whatever I want. I’m generally a pretty healthy eater, but I definitely won’t say no to to a steak sandwich, a burger, or some Ben & Jerry’s. That being said, sometimes I recognize the need to eat a little cleaner. This past weekend, I had a little veggie burger dinner party at my apartment. My guest doesn’t normally eat veggie burgers, so I wasn’t sure how successful dinner was going to be, but Lightlife’s garden veggie patties passed the test! The final verdict from the non-vegetarian: “I would definitely eat the rest of the box.” Do they taste exactly like a hamburger? Well, no, but I respect that. When I eat a veggie burger…I want it to taste like vegetables and grains, not meat. I really liked that these patties were a little bigger than what I expected from a veggie burger. When I have a 20-miler planned for the next day, the last thing I want is to finish dinner and still be hungry.

On the menu:

I tried to make this dinner as sustainable as possible by using real dishes (no paper plates) and earth-friendly paper napkins (maybe next time I’ll try cloth). Even the music was “recycled” – we listened to the 1970’s Motown Dance Party playlist while we ate. I liked this dinner a lot. But let’s be honest…I love anything that’s a vehicle for ketchup and mayonnaise.

In other news, I ran the Philly Rock ‘n Roll half with mixed results. It was no PR, but the time was about what I expected. I trained through the race (no taper), so my legs weren’t exactly fresh. Walking around Philly + burger and beer for dinner might not have been the best race prep, but while running is important to me…it’s not the only thing that’s important to me. I try to keep that in mind as I go through every training cycle. I know what needs to get done: long runs, workouts, getting enough sleep, but I also want to make sure that I’m still enjoying life and spending time with the people I care about. Sometimes that means a few less miles or a less than ideal pre-race dinner, but I’m 100% okay with that. I don’t have anything too remarkable to say about Philly…I started out conservatively, picked it up after 5 miles, and pretty much held on from there. I would have loved to finish up with some sub-7:00 miles, but that just wasn’t in the cards. I think this was a result of few different factors: my head wasn’t completely in the game for this race, my legs were fatigued from the miles I’ve been putting in, and from a fitness perspective…I’m a bit behind where I was last year. I was feeling a bit disappointed in this year’s time, but I have to remember that I’ve really only been training for 6 weeks or so. I was running 35 miles a week by the end of July (with no workouts)…I’ve doubled my mileage and stepped up my workout game since then, but fitness gains take time. Hopefully I’ll see a noticeable difference 6 weeks from now, you know, on marathon day (!).

The best parts of the Philly weekend? 1) I did not miss the finish line and 2) I had a Dairy Queen blizzard (there are no NYC locations, fyi).

Do you think this photo is copyrighted or something? Heh.

Besides the race, it’s been a pretty solid 2 weeks of training. Last week I hit 70 miles for the first time since March and managed to finish a tempo and a 20-miler. I’m not going to say my legs feel fresh, but I think they’re absorbing the mileage better than they were just a few weeks ago. I’m really glad I was able to do a 20-miler without too much struggle. I intended on running my first 20 a few weeks ago, but I felt TERRIBLE and ended up only running 17. Meh. The plan is to hover around 70 mpw for a bit, max out around 80 miles, and then finish up with a 3 week taper. You can see my training schedule on google docs (note: it’s constantly being revised depending on how I feel, my schedule, etc).

  • Monday, Sept 17 – 7 miles
  • Tuesday, Sept 18 – 7 miles
  • Wednesday, Sept 19 – 10.5 miles
  • Thursday, Sept 20 – 6 miles a.m., 8.5 miles p.m. including 10k tempo in 44:50.
  • Friday, Sept 21 – 6 miles
  • Saturday, Sept 22 – 5 miles
  • Sunday, Sept 23 – 20 miles
  • Total: 70 miles

Also, surprise! Tomorrow (Tuesday) is my last day of work. I’m starting a new job on October 1. Ahhh. Apparently 2012 is the year of changes. Needless to say, this last month has been a little nuts.

This has nothing to do with running, but….I’d like to know – what do you think is the best use for ketchup or mayonnaise?


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  • Rachel

    Congrats on the new job and half marathon result! I’m running my first half next week and keep thinking about how you train. You’re a big inspiration for me! Will you be blogging more with your new job?

  • nihan

    Best use for ketchup and mayonnaise: on french fries. Both together!

  • Congrats on the new job! And that is an awesome picture despite all the watermarks (boo watermarks! I bought my first race picture today because I finally got a decent one and that happens like as often as a unicorn sighting…) I love your colorful shoes! What kind are they, and what kind of shorts are you wearing??

    Sorry to say I hate mayo and pretty much only like ketchup with fries, hashbrowns, potatoes of any kind…though when Carla and I were little, we used to eat it on white rice. Is that weird??

  • runningseal

    I just had a craving for fries today because I wanted ketchup. I don’t know why I never used to like it?! I love spicy mayo on my sushi. Congrats on the new job!!!!

  • Meg

    Toast with mayo and sliced fresh tomatoes, salt and pepper. Best/easiest dinner or snack ever!

  • runnerskitchen

    ahh yes, i think i have to agree with you. i’m not sure what i’m going to do once tomato season ends…this has been my go-to dinner since July!

  • runnerskitchen

    french fries + ketchup = i want some right now.

  • runnerskitchen

    ahhh, a mayo-hater? i do not understand!! just kidding. 🙂 i have confidence you will come around some day…

    the shoes are the NB 1600’s (a lighter version of the 1400’s) and i love them! they’re pretty light/minimal, so i was worried that they would cause problems during the half, but they worked out great. highly recommend them!

  • runnerskitchen

    yesss, i like that combination. i need to do it more!

  • runnerskitchen

    thank you, rachel! my future blogging schedule is still TBD, not sure how much time i will have, but i’m hoping to be a little more regular at least through the NYCM. 🙂

  • Anna

    I had mayo on french fries (excuse me, “pommes frites”) for the first time last weekend and it was pretty exciting.

  • i love ketchup with grilled cheese!

    i would have to agree with you about the best parts of your philly weekend, especially #2. and i decided that the RnR finish line is much better (i.e.,closer after you come off west river drive) than the philly HM. but the philly HM is overall better.

  • Meghan

    I hate to tell you, but I’m really not a ketchup fan. I only put it on burgers (beef, not veggie – though I do love veggie burgers, but with mayo) and hot dogs on the rare occasion I have them (pretty much only at baseball games). I eat my French fries plain and firmly believe that ketchup ruins them! I do love mayo though!

  • Kate @ Naturastride

    Congrats on the new job! Can’t wait to hear all about it. Enjoy your few extra days off.
    I love ketchup as well, esp the ketchup mayo mixture on a burger. That is an excellent point about wanting a veggie burger to taste like veggies/beans and not a meat substitute. I like that. And agree.
    Congrats again on your speedster race!

  • Sun

    I like using ketchup to make a sauce for veggie meatballs (Trader Joes are pretty good!). Mix 1 cup ketchup, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 medium onion – diced, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Combine sauce and meatballs and bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees. Makes an easy appetizer 🙂

  • MealsforMiles

    that’s so exciting about the new job! Good luck 🙂

    also, congrats on a strong race and great training so far! I can’t believe it’s almost October – so crazy. I’d have to say my favorite use for ketchup is with fries, on a burger or on occasion, with eggs. Mayonnaise I’m not super crazy about, but sometimes on a turkey sandwich it hits the spot.

  • runnerskitchen

    I think my love of ketchup and mayo are a little abnormal, haha. I want all of the things you just wrote about in this comment…!

  • runnerskitchen

    Oooh, I like this. Thanks for sharing. It actually sounds very similar to the sauce my Mom would make for meatloaf when I was growing up. I’ll have to try this on meatballs!

  • Yummy! I’m not a huge fan of mayo unless it’s of the chipotle variety but I LOVE ketchup- on eggs, on baked potatoes w cheese, and especially on burgers!!! In college I used to put it on my turkey sandwiches!

  • runnerskitchen

    I’ve never tried ketchup on a turkey sandwich, but I like the sounds of it!

  • Hey Megan! Found your blog today (we met up at City Bakery with Sophia and Leslie, ages ago). Ended up moving to Vermont instead of NYC, and been catching up on blogs. Hope you’re well.

  • runnerskitchen

    oooh, I love Vermont! Where did you move? Nice to hear from you. 🙂

  • Guest

    Near Montpelier. Love living in the Green Mountains!

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