Spring training

Isn’t spring glorious?  I love it even when the weather doesn’t quite live up to what I think spring ought to be.  The extra daylight (and the ability to go outside without first finding my mittens) makes me want to do all kinds of things I feel too lazy to do in the winter.

A couple of recent things I felt like doing recently with my new overabundance of springtime energy: signing up for a race and making some pasta salad.

I signed up for the Dam to Dam 20K in Des Moines the first weekend in June.  I’ve done both the 20K and the 5K at the same event once before.  I was signed up last summer, but it was pouring rain when I got up at 4:30 to board the shuttle and I promptly went back to bed.  At 12.4 miles, this race will be a bit shorter than a half marathon, which I survived last October, so I should be able to handle it.  In an effort to up my speed a little, I’m going to follow an actual training plan this time.  (My training plan for the half was something like “Run as far as you can as often as you can, and hope for the best.”)  Here it is:

3/21 Athlete’s Workout class 3 m run Rest 30 min cross 2 m run or cross 3 m run +
strength
4 m run
3/28 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 2 m run or cross 3.5 m run +
strength
3.5 m run 40 min
cross
5 m run
4/4 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 2 m run or cross 3.5 m run +
strength
3.5 m run Trial Run 5K 5 m run
4/11 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 2 m run or cross 4 m run +
strength
4 m run 40 min
cross
6 m run
4/18 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 2 m run or cross 4 m run +
strength
4 m run Rest 6 m run
4/25 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 3 m run or cross 4.5 m run +
strength
4.5 m run 50 min
cross
7 m run
5/2 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 3 m run or cross 4.5 m run +
strength
4.5 m run 50 min
cross
8 m run
5/9 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 3 m run or cross 5 m run +
strength
5 m run Rest 7 m run
5/16 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 3 m run or cross 5 m run +
strength
5 m run 60 min cross 9 m run
5/23 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 3 m run or cross 5 m run +
strength
5 m run 60 min cross 10 m run
5/30 Stretch &
Strengthen
Rest 3 m run or cross 2 m run 4 m run Rest Dam to Dam

I adapted this from Hal Higdon’s website—it’s the “novice” plan for a half marathon.  The plan on the site is 12 weeks, but I’ve only got 11 before the race.  I reserve the right to switch things around, but I’m going to try to cover the mileage as much as possible and post a few updates along the way.  (That way, when I want to turn off my alarm and blow off some miles, I can picture sad, disappointed blog readers.)

Also (public service announcement!), as you can see, I’ll be doing a 5K during week 3 of the plan—that’s Saturday, April 9, to be exact.  If you live in or near Iowa City, you should sign up right here for the Iowa Student Bar Association Trial Run 5K (search event: ISBA Trial).  It’s at 9 a.m. at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course, and proceeds will go to Iowa Legal Aid. Great cause, fresh air…and you’ll probably beat at least one person, because I’ll be there!

A (wannabe) runner’s got to have some fuel, so now let’s talk pasta salad. Here’s a springtime rendition you can throw together in the time it takes to bring water to a boil and cook some pasta.  I used this pasta:

It’s not bad, and the ingredients are happy and healthy (brown rice flour, spinach powder, and beet powder), but I think next time I would use monochromatic pasta for a more aesthetically pleasing finished product.  I also used a couple of new (to me) ingredients: fennel and Nayonaise (egg-free mayonnaise-y tasting dressing).

Spring Training Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz. pasta of your choice, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 c. peas (I used frozen, defrosted)
  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Dressing:

  • 1/2 c. Nayonaise
  • Zest of 1 lemon and 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Boil water and cook the pasta according to the package instructions.  Meanwhile, combine the dressing ingredients in a blender.  Taste and adjust seasoning to suit your fancy.  When the pasta is done, drain it and rinse it with cold water.  Then combine the pasta, veggies, and dressing in a large mixing bowl.

Have a good weekend!  Oh, and if you’re here thanks to Angela’s latest recipe link post….thanks for stopping by Smile

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One response to “Spring training

  1. Hmmm–from your picture, I’d say the pasta did add some asthetically pleasing color. I like the look of the beet colored pieces. How does it taste?

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