6 Weeks Until Broad Street

Philadelphia is famous for many great things; the Liberty Bell, Cheesesteaks, Rocky Balboa, and now, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. On Sunday, May 4, 2014, around 40,000 runners will get a fun opportunity to run the most popular 10 mile race in the United States. The entire course is on one street, runs through Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods, and finishes in the scenic Navy Yard. The course is quick (a previous participant set the record for the fastest recorded 10 mile in the U.S.) and is relatively flat and downhill. This a fantastic race regardless of ability level, and a must for any Philadelphia runner!

This year my husband and I are running the race together. We are getting excited and find it hard to believe the race is only 6 weeks away.  While I have completed the Broad Street Run previously, this is my first timed race since I had my daughter a year ago. I used to always enjoy training for races, but lately I found it to be somewhat stressful.  Planning runs around nap time, and forcing myself on the treadmill after little sleep, and a long day of chasing a very adventurous 12 month old has really tested my commitment.  Before I had a kid, I would spend hours working out. With 6 weeks left until the race, I feel my training is on track, but there have certainly been some hurdles along the way.

For anyone else running the 2014 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, or training for any other type of athletic event, or even trying to lose some pounds before summer, here are 3 key ideas to achieving your fitness goals.

  1. MOTIVATION: Remember why you chose your goal in the first place.  When things get tough and are not going accordingly to your plan, take a moment and remember why you started the journey. It is amazing how easy it is to lose sight of a goal in the daily events of our lives, especially when life is busy! Seek social support; having a coach or workout partner is an easy way to keep motivated. Don’t forget to make your training fun. Mix up your workouts and try something new. Most importantly, if you fail (things happen), try again! Personally, paying for a race puts my money where my mouth is and gets me on the treadmill quickly!
  2. NUTRITION: Be sure to eat with a purpose! What you put into your body is the fuel for your workouts. These days I have little time to work out and a slower metabolism. When training, I carefully monitor what I eat and drink. My workouts must be efficient, and so must my meals. For my Broad Street Run training, I am being very careful not to gain any weight (fat) that I wouldn’t want to carry for the 10 miles. I also need energy, and bagels and cupcakes, for example, don’t give me the high energy I need to power through my training.
  3. COMMITMENT: Every single day. No matter what, you should work on your goal every single day. If you are training for a body building competition and today is a rest day for you, then you can read about the preparations of top competitors, research diet-plans, and chat with fellow body builders etc. This will make sure that you are attached to your goal every single day.

Good luck to everyone out there working on your fitness goals!

Meal Log: March 2, 2014 to March 8, 2014

Sunday, March 02, 2014 Monday, March 03, 2014 Tuesday, March 04, 2014 Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Thursday, March 06, 2014 Friday, March 07, 2014 Saturday, March 08, 2014
Breakfast: Buckwheat pancake with just a serving size of syrup Breakfast: 2 eggs with siracha sauce Breakfast: Banana/egg “pancake” with cinnamon Breakfast: 2 eggs Breakfast: Banana/egg “pancake” with cinnamon Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with spinach Breakfast: 2 eggs with siracha sauce
Lunch: Eggs with diced potatoes, mushroom, onions, peppers, and cheddar cheese (1 Cup) Lunch:1/2 sweet potato  with quinoa, chickpeas, roasted red pepper, and spinach Lunch: Salad (spinach, gorgonzola cheese, black beans, salsa) Lunch: Tuesday’s leftover dinner without the chicken Lunch: Monday’s leftover dinner Lunch: Salad with walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, apple slices, and balsamic dressing Lunch: Monday’s leftover dinner
Dinner: Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce with teriyaki vegetables and chicken Dinner: 3 bean chili with diced sweet potatoes Dinner: Creamy chicken, mushroom and asparagus  with Lundberg risotto Dinner: Rice Pasta with olive oil, basil, plum tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms Dinner: Panera’s black bean soup Dinner: 1 slice of pizza and 1/2 sweet potato Dinner: 1 slice of pizza with an apple & peanut butter (out of town)
Snacks/Drinks: Seltzer water, pieces of Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, coffee with splash of Half & Half Snacks/Drinks: Berry Smoothie made with Silk’s unsweetened, vanilla almond milk, 1 orange Snacks/Drinks: 1 apple with Peanut Butter, seltzer water Snacks/Drinks: Melon, homemade oatmeal bite, and piece of cheese Snacks/Drinks: apple with peanut butter, tea, and 5 hershey kisses Snacks/Drinks: Seltzer water and melon Snacks/Drinks: apple, plain Greek yogurt, coffee with half and half

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