Weekend Happenings & Week 8 Recap

As I was in Sydney last week I didn’t get to train properly – long days and nights – so a full post on 3 runs wasn’t really necessary. So I’ll mesh it in with the excitement that was my weekend. Hang onto your seats. J

Tuesday – I was down for a 3*3km run so did it on the treadmill in the hotel gym. For some reason I thought this would be easier than the outside world. It wasn’t. I don’t know if it was the heat or the constant speed but it was tough as. Outside you can pull the speed back for a bit but it’s just constant on the treadmill. Anyway I did it – averaged 4.20mins per km for each set.

And that was it until Saturday!! We started each day at 7.45 and with timezones that was 5.45am in Perth. So I just was too lazy / tired to make myself get up at 4am Perth time to fit a workout and shower in.

Saturday was a long run – 26km with 19km @ MP (4.50)

This was definitely one of my hardest long runs to date. I thought I would feel good after a week off. But all I felt was every single piece of cake, chocolate and rich food I ate in Sydney….and the 3 course birthday dinner I finished at 11pm the night before. J Combined with the faster pace this was a hard slog and Rick – my training partner – and I really had to push through it. We managed to keep the 19km around 4.50 – mainly too fast at around 4.40 – so that was good.

Sunday – 6km recovery run. Nice and easy.

So not an amazing week – I missed Wednesday and Thursday but a good lesson on food. I don’t drink alcohol so I tend to compensate with sweets. And as I am training hard I am not putting on weight despite all the sweets. So there is no obvious and immediate side-effect to my bad habits. However I could really feel it on Saturday – I was lethargic and sluggish and just didn’t feel energized.

I spoke with a girl in the club after who is a nutritionist. She likened it to a machine – if you had a racing car and put cheap subpar gas in the tank would you expect it to perform the same as with the best quality fuel. Same with a racing horse – wouldn’t you feed it the best quality food you could. She explained people are no different. If you put crap in you will not perform as well.

So I am really focused over the next few weeks on cutting back on the junk food I eat. Which is hard as my job supplies it for free. But I really need to cut down on sugary treats. Not calories, just the junk. She recommended Greek yoghurt and fruit if I feel I need a sweet treat. Not the same as a twix but I will give it a go! Or one square of dark chocolate…..if I could stop at one square I wouldn’t have this problem!

And on the subject of food that was essentially our weekend. We went to a beautiful Italian restaurant on Friday night for Franman’s birthday. I had beef carpaccio, some chicken thing and we shared a chocolate fondant and biscotti.

Saturday after the long run, Fran got to pick a brunch spot as it was his birthday weekend. He chose a French place called The Partisan in East Perth. Nice grub and a great view.

Sunday Franman did a huge bike ride and wanted lunch fast when he got home! So we went to halo in South Perth for grub. This is not a food blog yet it seems to be turning into one….I will need to start taking some pictures! In the meantime here is one of me leaving halo.

If you want to read a proper review go here to the baking jogger blogger –  An awesome food blog from the fastest runner I know! Her runs and dedication would put you to shame! She is running the C2S marathon soon and I have the honour of running the last 10km with her – I can’t wait!

We did a bunch of boring house jobs after that and I made a dairy free lasagna on Saturday night. I haven’t had lasagna since I gave up cheese when I was 8. OMG – I can’t believe I didn’t look a recipe up before. It was the bomb!

You replace the cheese and white sauce layer with a basil pesto and it really works. Fran said he prefers it to the cheese type….he is not afraid to give his true feelings when it comes to food. No minding my feelings! So I believe him.

So recipe is as follows:

Meat Sauce.

  • 2 onions
  • Garlic cloves – I used 5 but up to you
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 celery stick chopped
  • 1 bottle of passata
  • Stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mince

 

  • Make the meat sauce by sweating the veg and then adding the meat.
  • Cook over a low heat until the meat is browned.
  • Add passata and stock and bring to the boil.
  • Let cook for 25 minutes uncovered to allow it to thicken.

 

Basil Pesto:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 30 mins or overnight
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water – I used more to stretch it.
  • 1.5 cups fresh basil leaves (lightly packed)
  • 3/4-1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste) + freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)

And then all you have to do is assemble it! We used whole wheat lasagna and did a layer of lasagna, then meat and then the pesto sauce. If you wanted to make it healthier you could use ½ meat and ½ vegetables and the taste would be the same.

Cook for 40 mins @ 180.

Enjoy! And excuse the bad pictures!

We had this on Saturday and by 3 on Sunday I was looking forward to dinner again! I normally hate leftovers so that’s a good sign. Even if you eat cheese try this. You could also use the pesto on pizza, pasta etc.

So that was the weekend….2 runs and food….why change a winning formula!

Gilly

5 thoughts on “Weekend Happenings & Week 8 Recap

    • Hey there! Thanks! Yeah – always the temptation of lovely food! :)
      How is your cooking? Any nice recipes you can recommend?

    • Thanks hon. How was your race? I cannot believe how good that lasagna is – make it!! The cashews make the pesto so creamy…..maybe it’s because I am not used to creamy food anymore! Besides the chocolate fondant I had on Friday – it killed me on saturday but was worth it.

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