Week 4: Cross Training Fails and High Protein Granola Wins

Every week I'm learning a little more about what I can and cannot do during marathon training, or maybe should and shouldn't. These past couple weeks I've learned two main lessons:

  1. I can't lift heavy and train for a marathon.
  2. Eating for training for a marathon is different than eating to train for a bikini competition.

Lifting.

I should've learned this lesson during my half marathon training but apparently I didn't. My typical training program consists primarily of lifting and HIIT training, neither of which are in my marathon training program.

Yes, cross training is so important to keep your body strong during your runs... but I should've skipped leg day. 

Wednesday's are my mid-week off day of running and so I decided to lift my traditional leg day and was feeling pretty weak. I went for high reps and low-ish weight. I did a series of squats, squat jumps, Bulgarian squats, dead lifts, shoulder presses and rows. I was feeling good. 

Thursday morning I wasn't. My legs were heavy. And by Saturday for my 8 miles, my legs were like lifting led. They weren't sore but they were tired, and it was a terrible feeling slugging through 80 minutes of pulling what felt like dead weight. 

Lesson #1 of the week: I can't be a body builder and a marathoner. And that's OK.

I've been a body builder before, I can be a body builder again. Right now I want to be a marathoner. 

EATING.

Which also means I need to be eating like a marathoner. So much of how I learned how to eat to train was eating for a bikini competition show, which is 110% different than training for a marathon. Instead of counting calories and breaking down macros I'm eating tons of whole nutritious foods until my body is satisfied. I'm not counting calories because it doesn't matter in the same way it did for the show. My body needs way more carbs and fats to keep me satiated. I just have to focus on those carbs and fats coming from good sources: sweet potatoes (by the dozen), oatmeal, bananas, almond butter, avocados, cashews (and way more). 

I'm learning to retrain my brain to stop focusing on those big numbers so much and more on the ingredient list. I'm spending more time at Whole Foods (bummer :) ) and really paying attention to what I'm purchasing, taking the time to cook more and have more meals available to me for those post run RUNGRY feels. Which also means I've been playing with recipes and wanted to share my new obsession, homemade high-protein chocolate almond granola with ya'll!


High Protein Chocolate Almond Granola

Dry Ingredients: 

3c oats (I use Bob Mills Thick Cut Oats)

1/2c chopped almonds

1 teas cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

1/2c unsweetened applesauce

1/3c honey

3 tbsp coconut oil

2 scoops chocolate protein (I use Pescience Select Chocolate)

1. Preheat oven to 300 F, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil

2. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside

3. On the stove top over low-med heat combine all wet ingredients and continuously stir as to not burn the bottom. Heat until the mixture thickens up 5-6 minutes and then pour over wet ingredients. Mix well.

4. Spread mixture onto aluminum foil evenly and bake for 30-40 min, stirring every 5-7 minutes as to not burn.

5. Let cool and then enjoy with your favorite yogurt, nut milk (mine is from Jugos), or just on its' own!


This week's training plan: Jan 17th - Jan 23rd

Tuesday: 5 miles intervals --> I did this workout at MyStryde with Owner Becca, my first Endurance class!

Wednesday: Off day --> This was the faulty leg day. I'm going to start sharing some cross training workouts that incorporate strength but are manageable to balance with longer runs too.

Thursday: Off day --> 45min of boxing with George Foreman III at EveryBodyFights

Friday: Off day 

Saturday: 8 miles --> I felt really good during this run, it was also the day of the Women's March so seeing so many women walking to Boston Commons in their pink hats, I was fired up! I also was listening to Rich Roll's podcast with Coach about his experience in the Civil Rights Movement and being on stage with MLK during the 'I Have A Dream Speech'. How could you not crush your run during those!?

Sunday: Off day

Monday: 4 miles --> I got 3.5 in at MyStryde during Kelli's Power Stryde class, a series of hills, intervals and kettle bell work.

And as always, I'd love any and all support to help me reach my Boston Marathon fundraising goal of $9,000 for Horizons for Homeless Children. You can donate to the cause here! THANK YOU A MILLION!


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8 Days.

Happy Friday world! I woke up jumping out of bed this morning. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, and I had energy to get after my fasted cardio. This week (2 weeks out) has been a really important week of my prep, it's the last big push before the show. In addition to my normal five workouts, I have three days of cardio and four mornings of fasted cardio.

Fasted cardio = my personal hell.

I've mentioned before that I don't like morning workouts, and morning workouts where I have to keep my heart rate high for 30 minutes when my body is sore all over from yesterday's workout and on no food...the worst. However, fasted cardio is really effective for me. Jump starts my metabolism in the morning and I feel it burning all day. And today it wasn't so bad! I've been feeling minor shin splints this week so instead of my usual run I did some HIIT in Copley Square instead. Then ya know what happened? These babies were poppin!

For a good reason. In addition to the extra workouts I've had this week, my diet has also changed. All week I'm slowly depleting carbs (as Johnny tells me to), every two days the diet changes. I'm hovering around 1200 calories, with my protein intake remaining high and as my carbs are cut my fat intake raises (YAY peanut butter!). 

I had to go two days this week without peanut butter and I honestly think it was the first time in YEARS I hadn't had it. Thank goodness that's over.

Basically I'm tricking my body to burn all of the existing fat to use for energy opposed to the carbs I'd be feeding it. Then early next week (peak week!) I'll get a MAJOR re-feed day where I eat a ton of carbs (clean carbs) for my muscles to fill out again. They're working in overdrive this week so we gotta keep them happy before the big day.

So I'll leave ya with highs and lows for the week:

Highs:

  • ABS!
  • I have a whole new love for food since I've been so hungry this week.
  • Matcha. My afternoon pick-me-up.
  • Everything Hoodie Allen.
  • Low energy but high spirits!

Lows:

  • Fasted cardio. Ew.
  • I skipped fasted cardio yesterday. I was a little disappointed in myself but my body was telling me no.
  • No posing practice yet. I need to learn how to walk on stage now. Crunch time people!
  • My hands are torn up from my arms/back days. Ouch!
  • Low energy levels, but big spirits!

Huge final shout out to my boyfriend who has saved me this week. I forgot my lunches at home one day (grabbed the wrong tupperware) and he drove them to me at work. LIFE SAVER!!! Second shout out to my parents who have given me some great pep talks supporting from afar! Then finally my coworkers...sorry you have to sit with HANGRY Erin all day, but keeping me away from the unlimited kid cereal and M&M's is crucial. Couldn't do this without you guys. 

A final BIG THANK YOU to all the social media love. This is honestly one of the toughest things I've done and the messages, texts, Instagram likes and comments truly mean the world to me. When I need extra motivation, that's what keeps me going. Thank you.

"People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do something difficult." - John Porter.


Instagram(Inspirations).

I love Instagram. I'm on it all the time. Whether I'm shamelessly uploading gym selfies or browsing through posts at lunch, I love it all. What I love most about Instagram is the health and fitness community I've found. I often need an extra push to go to the gym, or a small reminder to stay on diet. That's what Instagram has been for me, an added tool to connect with like-minded people and stay on track!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite people/pages that I follow and you should follow too!


@katefit_

Meet Kate! She's wonderful. We connected back in the fall as we both went through the NASM training to be personal trainers simultaneously. Since then she has launched her own training business and website you can check out here! I really like her page because she posts quick workouts you can do at home, beginner yoga challenges and her adorable husky. 


@rawfigure

Meet Cathee! We actually met randomly at the gym (Equinox), I had seen her around for a few weeks and she absolutely crushes it. She's wonderful, extremely determined and traveled international to compete in figure competitions. It's great seeing her lovely, familiar face in the gym. I love her Instagram because her abs are insane (amazing motivation) and she often posts simple clean recipes that I love to help switch up my normal diet. She also introduced me to #BuffButter so God bless her for that! Check out her website here.


@emmakate_92

Meet Emma! I randomly found her but I really like her page because of her authenticity. She's currently in college studying accounting and training/prepping for NPC competitions. Knowing how hard it is to stay on track with a career, I can' imagine how much will power it must take to do it in college! She's so cute and not afraid to tell you about her crazy cravings and fights through them!! Plus I love all her Nike gear, duh. Her next show is in one week so good luck to you lady!!


@fitmissdani

Meet Dani! She's a college student at my alma mater, UNCW! She teaches several classes at the college gym (which I always thought was a cool job and wish I had done!). I love her page because like Emma, she does a great job of balancing the healthy life with the college life. My favorite though is she posts amazing and simple recipes that are so yum. Her sesame tofu recipe is bomb!


Then I of course wanted to share the pages of the girls on my Anthrofit Team! They are a constant source of support and inspiration!

@lorenpete1991 @ashley_hatcher @jcfitness4u @nicole_kulma @johnny_loreti


And don't forget to follow my page! @ebailey_fitness

My Workouts with Johnny

My workouts are more fun than yours. 

I wanted to give you all an inside look at what a typical workout for me looks like. Johnny creates all my works (5 each week) and once a week we workout together. As I've mentioned before we typically train legs or glutes together as it's helpful to have him there to spot me and really push me. Lifting heavy can be scary. First and foremost form is so important because it can dangerous and easy to hurt yourself if you aren't careful. 

This has been a tough part of me. I've made great strides in my strength, and am really proud of how far I've come. I feel comfortable in the "boys" section of the gym and I love that. Even still I get nervous about lifting too much if I don't have someone there to spot me. I've had to learn to trust my body. Trust in the strength I've built. It's just as much a mental game as physical, something I didn't expect.

So for the workout, I'm still in the "Heavy" phase, meaning I'm back to working to build muscle. Workouts are centered around low repetitions and high weights. Below I've included all my statistics from Thursday nights leg day with Johnny and videos for you to follow along!

Legs: HEAVY

Warm-Up: 5 minute walk/jog

Barbell: Full Squats [4 sets, 4-5 reps each]

5x135lbs - 5x145lbs - 5x145lbs - 4x165lbs

Barbell: Reverse Lunges [3 sets, 10 reps]

10x75lbs - 10x75lbs - 10x75lbs

Barbell: Deadlifts [4 sets, 5-7 reps]

7x115lbs - 7x115lbs - 7x115lbs - 7x115lbs

Cable: Leg Curls [3 sets, 10 reps]

10x30lbs - 10x30lbs - 10x30lbs

Weighted Sled Push [3 sets x 10 reps]

**I don't know how much weight was on this...but it was really heavy.

Cable: Calf Raises [4 sets, 10 reps]

10x100lbs - 10x100lbs - 10x100lbs - 10x100lbs

Cool down: Make your coach work instead...

I love leg days! Partly because they are my strongest feature, so I enjoy pushing myself here and feel confident doing so. It's also great because I've found a coach that's awesome, and whom I look forward to seeing and working out with weekly. If you'd like to learn more about my workouts and what it's like to train with Johnny, contact him at johnny@anthrofittraining.com. Or check out his site at http://www.anthrofittraining.com.

Almost 9 weeks out!! Have other great exercises you like? Let me know! I always enjoy trying new moves. Have body parts you're having trouble hitting? Let me know and I'll post videos of those next!