Marathon training’s “Stepback Week” #2 started with an Easy 7 miler this morning. In full anticipation of becoming restless with that distance, as I see it across the days on my plan, I have a game to play with those miles.
Each day reads “easy”; no Tempo miles, no repeats, no Long Run. As I continue to adjust to the altitude and keep reaching for the pace I left behind in Sea-level (but humid) DC, I hesitate to take yet another week with the slow pace. Instead, I will happily take it easy for six miles. That lucky number seven will use up most of what’s left in my tank.
Why just “most”? There is a reason for a Stepback week! This is ideally when your muscles recover a little bit; they restore glycogen used up in LR after LR and they build back up tissues that are damaged by the weekly grind.
All of that being said, this morning went according to plan! I started with a sluggish 9:22 (wondering if I left my energy in the Mint Room? Or maybe with a Summer’s Day Ale? Hm.), rounded out the middle miles with 8:40s, and ended with 7:16. Mission accomplished! Sevens, you won’t be so bad.
In other news, Mondays start the week with a Meatless trend – are you following?
As most of you know, all of our meals are meatless (there is an occasional egg or fish sighting), so it’s no shocker this one followed suit. 🙂
Basil Spinach & Tempeh Pasta
2 cups Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves
1/4 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
1/4 cup Purple Onion, diced
1 serving Tempeh, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (optional substitute: Tofu)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 svgs Sundried Tomato Pasta Noodles
1/2 cup Marinara Sauce
Salt, Pepper, Oregano
1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Makes 2 servings. Boil water and cook noodles. In a separate sauté pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add onions & tempeh, sauté until tender. Add spinach leaves, basil, salt, pepper & oregano. Heat until all are cooked through & seasoned (spinach is cooked down). Drain noodles, add to the sautéed mixture and mix in remaining ingredients.
The cheese should stir in until melted. Optional: Top with grated parmesan!
Protein: Tempeh, Cheese
Fat: Cheese, Olive oil
If there anything better than freshly cooked noodles and vegetables surrounded by a warm melted cheese, I don’t want to know about it!
What’s your favorite Meatless Dish?