I skipped my run today. Not because I wanted to, but because my knee has been nagging me a little. After running through the pain all last year, I'm probably a little hypersensitive about knee tweaks and pains, but I'd rather not take any chances on getting injured. Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day, so I'm hoping two days off in a row will take care of it.
I've been doing a ton of reading about different training methods lately, and I've become really intrigued with the Hansons' Marathon Method. Most training plans have you focus your week on the one long run; but the Hansons' training spreads the miles more throughout the week. It's a high-mileage training plan, but focuses more on running on tired legs, which helps you prepare for the marathon.
The longest run is only 16 miles (could be more or less, depending on pace, but 16 works for the majority of people), rather than the 20 I've done in the past two plans. However, the workouts through the week make your legs tired enough to where the 16 mile long run feels like the last 16 miles of a marathon, rather than the first 16 miles. It's very hard to explain in a nutshell, but the more I read about it, the more interested I am. I'm still 13 weeks out from the race, so I could make the switch if I wanted, and I'm really leaning toward doing that.
My knees don't like runs longer than 14 miles, and I'm really nervous about getting injured once I get into the 16-, 18-, and 20-mile runs. With the Hansons' training, I can't help but wonder if it would be better for my knees. Since I'm going to be running at Andrea's pace during the race, I can afford to try out different plans and see what I like best. I'm really leaning toward making the switch. Mentally, I really think I would like the Hansons' method better, because I get SO nervous for those long runs.
A few days ago, I was at Wal-Mart when I saw the perfect item to try for Taste Test Tuesday!
Does that not sound like it was made for me?! As soon as we got home, I got out some spoons so Jerry, the kids, and I could all give it a taste. I was immediately disappointed. I didn't like it--at ALL. I adore peanut butter, and I'm not at all picky about any nut butters, but I didn't like the taste or the texture of this one. Here are the ingredients:
The texture was very soft and oily, which wouldn't have bothered me so much if I liked the taste (for reference, my favorite peanut butter for both taste and texture is Smucker's Natural). The taste was nothing like cookie dough, in my opinion. It tasted almost fruity to me. I liked that there were tiny little chocolate chips mixed into it, but I didn't taste any chocolate at all. I just tasted the strange, fruity flavor, which I think was the chocolate liquor. I wasn't even tempted to take another spoonful.
I will say, though, that Jerry loved it. He said he would have a hard time staying away from it. The kids had different opinions, too--Noah didn't like it at all, but Eli really did. On one hand, I'm disappointed that I didn't like it, but other the other hand, it's a relief! ;) At least I won't be tempted to buy it again.
Tonight for dinner, I was really craving fish--totally strange, because I never crave fish--so I made some mahi-mahi. I tried a new recipe for potatoes to go with the fish, and they turned out SO good. I've always loved salt and vinegar chips, so when I saw this recipe for salt and vinegar potatoes, I had to make them.
Instead of using fingerling potatoes, I just cut up regular old potatoes, then boiled them in vinegar, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and put them under the broiler. Jerry and I loved them!