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Lead Legs & Hooked on Sandwiches

August 10, 2011

After Saturday’s race, I’ve been taking it a bit easy on the running pace and adding in a bit of extra stretching to let my legs recover. However, my legs are seriously still feelin’ it.

On Sunday, I did an easy 6 mile run around 8:20 pace, followed by stretching/foam rolling at the gym to offset the quad soreness and tightness in my legs. I am always, always a fan of easy running  the day after a workout, race or long run vs. taking a rest day. I find it helps shake out the junk and loosen up the tight muscles versus not moving them and letting the junk sit there longer.

Monday was another easy 6 miles, followed by a rest day yesterday. I hit the bridle path this morning to meet up with Natalie, a new running buddy who is also aiming to run a sub 3:00 marathon this fall! Right around the time she split off around 4 miles, my legs really started feeling much heavier than they did earlier. I had to stop a few times to stretch and get water the last 4 miles on my own. It was kind of like my hamstrings and calves tensed up and weighed 8000 pounds. I also may be exaggerating, a bit.

Here’s to hoping my hamstrings and calves decide to relax a bit before tomorrow night’s 6.5 mile workout! When do I hit the point in marathon training where runs actually start to feel good and effortless? I think I felt that way last year, but maybe I’m imagining it to be easier than it was. Shake out runs, foam rolling, stretching, walking (to continue flushing out the junk), and good old R&R typically work for me, but this heaviness is lingering a bit longer than I’d like. I haven’t taken an ice bath in a few years, but might try to incorporate them into this year’s training post-long run.


This shouldn’t be news to me, but today as I ate my lunch I realized I tend to get hooked on a certain meal or food for a while, and become a bit obsessed. I wouldn’t call it a food rut, because I never feel like I’m in a rut. Maybe a routine?

For example, there was a time not too long ago every lunch I packed (and often dinner, too) involved a tortilla wrap. They’re so versatile, so it’s not like I ate the same thing every day. I probably went through a 12-pack of tortillas every week or so.

This past week, I’ve just transitioned over to sandwiches. More specifically, Ezekiel sprouted bread. I love my bread chewy, full of seeds/nuts, and filling. This bread fits the bill, and tastes great toasted as well. In the past week alone, I’ve had:

"Healthy" Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich with Soy Sausage, Egg white, and shredded cheese on toast

Toasted veggie burger with Avocado, Laughing Cow cheese & ketchup

Open-faced burger with cheese, onion, tomato and ketchup

I think grocery shopping/cooking is the main culprit here, beyond the fact that my taste buds really don’t mind routine. Grocery shopping and cooking for just one person is a challenge, so when I buy something (like a loaf of bread), I tend to get hooked and feel like I need to use it all up. And go back and buy another loaf next week. And another. Because it works, and I like it. I never switch it up, when maybe I should have a sandwich one day, salad the next, then soup, or maybe chicken after that…I’d have to keep so much of each type of food on hand at one time I’d get a bit overwhelmed!

The same goes to breakfast, too. The last 3 weeks or so, I’ve had the same breakfast every morning: Plain greek yogurt mixed with one sliced banana, cinnamon and dry oats sprinkled on top. I craved this breakfast every. single. day. This week, it’s all about the Kashi cereal with sliced banana, blueberries and bit of protein powder…and probably will be for the next few weeks because now I’m hooked. Until I get on my next kick 🙂

What’s your favorite food combo you’ve been hooked on recently? Give me some fun sandwich ideas! What do you do when you have sore/heavy/tired legs to get them feeling fresh and fast again?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2011 12:01 am

    I’m the same way with food habits! Fresh produce is always on sale here, so lately my go-to work lunch has been giant DIY salads with mixed greens, watermelon, feta, blueberries,avocado, walnuts, and sometimes sliced turkey (left it out this week because I got sick of it) with strawberry balsamic dressing. And, of course, lots of snacks throughout the day.

    Lately I’ve also noticed that my legs start to feel heavy on Thursday runs. Fridays are my rest days, so I guess it’s a signal that I really do need the rest? Wish I had a cure, too, though…

  2. August 11, 2011 1:49 am

    I have been getting a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches with tomatoes and onions on whole wheat bread at work. I also love caprese paninis. Neither is that healthy…but I am more of a warm sandwich girl and I don’t eat meat so it limits the options a bit!

    To get rid of tired legs ice baths, epsom salt baths and massage all really help me.

  3. August 11, 2011 8:29 am

    Yesterday I came thisclose to getting a massage – my legs have also been feeling heavy like tree trunks. Uhhhh, let’s hope that goes away in the next 11 hours 🙂

    Ezekiel bread is awesome – I don’t blame you for wanting to eat it every day!

  4. August 11, 2011 9:18 am

    Oh! BLT’s! It’s tomato season and they ones being sold at Union Square are amazing!

    I swim to get my legs feeling fresh OR take 2 days off from exercise.

  5. August 11, 2011 11:46 am

    I’m obsessed with greek yogurt, oats and a little peanut butter. With cherries on the side. Never, ever get sick of it! As far as sandwiches, I just love a simple PB&J with ezekiel cinnamon raise bread. So delicious!

    My legs have been on and off feeling good and then heavy. I just do lots of foam rolling and stretching usually. But I’ve also ready that long, easy runs can help get the crap out over time. Good luck at the workout!

  6. August 11, 2011 4:54 pm

    Ugh – I hate the lead legs. And my legs give me no predictable pattern to preemptively strike. Eg: not sore after Saturday, but super sore after some other races. I think shake out runs help, too, as well as drinking lots of water.

    Food obsession lately – overnight oats -1/2 c oats, 1/2 cup fage, 1/2 c coconut milk (or wtv liquid you want) – leave overnight – in am and nuts and fruit. BOOM. breakfast.

    Lately I’ve been into scrambled eggs on toast for sandwiches. Always with cheese, onions, tomatoes, wtv else I have around.

  7. August 11, 2011 10:42 pm

    I’m the exact same way! I’m thinking Ezekiel is next for me, too. I’ve been a veggies and olive oil kind of girl lately.


  8. Natalie permalink
    August 12, 2011 8:58 am

    Thanks for the shout out 😉 Great to have a new running buddy! Trader Joe’s has some awesome pre-cooked marinated tofu that I use in sandwiches with laughing cow cheese, tomato and onion — simple but I like it. 🙂 Have agood weekend and hopefully we can meet for a run soon!

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