08 April 2014

Training Tuesday - GNC Lean Shake

This week's workouts:

Tuesday, April 1:
Speed work.  2mi repeats with half mile recovery in between.  1mi warm-up and cool down.
6.58mi in 1:17:27.  Avg pace: 11:46.  No intervals.  10:07 for first 2mi; 11:23 for second 2mi.  It was WAY hotter outside than I thought it was going to be, and even though I dressed properly, I wasn't hydrated well enough, which shows in the drastic slow down of the second set.  This is what I get for not getting up early enough to run before work!

Wednesday, April 2:
I've turned into a slacker... no "official" workout today, but the munch and I did go on a walk to the park, and I pushed him in the stroller.  Total was 2.5miles.

Thursday, April 3:
Hill workout.  Switched it up a bit this week.
3.26mi in 36:36.  Avg pace: 11:14.  I swear these hills felt more intense than they look on this elevation chart!

Friday, April 4:
5mi easy in DC and 45min yoga class.  So excited to get into town for the race on Sunday.  Had a little trouble getting my GPS to sync, so I don't have the official stats on my run, but it was something like this:
5mi in roughly 55min.  No intervals, just cruising through my favorite place!

Saturday, April 5:
didn't manage to get in a bike ride or spin class, but did walk on the mall for a bit.

Sunday, April 6:
Cherry Blossom 10miler race.  I absolutely love this race because I love running in DC.  This year, I remembered the importance of gloves and pants because MAN it's cold in DC in early April.  I ditched my pants right after my walk from the car to the start (and got going pretty quickly - the benefits of having magical parking luck in DC) but don't worry, I had on a skirt.  I kept the gloves for about the first two miles and then ditched those as well.  The great thing about most races is that they pick up discarded clothing and donate it to a local charity.  By the end of the race I was down to my skirt, tank, and arm sleeves.  It did get a little chilly, but I ran 10 miles, so I managed.
10mi in 1:39:05 (official time).  Avg pace: 9:54mm.  Did not do intervals, only walked through water stops.
Training plan called for 12 miles, but I figured I was ok with my warm up/cool down walk from the car.

Monday, April 7:
moving.  My parents are moving next month, so today my siblings and I did a lot of traipsing around the house making sure our important knicknacks weren't going to be sold at the upcoming estate sale. It was a lot of walking up and down the stairs and carrying stuff.  Also, today is technically supposed to be my rest day, so there's that.

This week, I want to talk about my post-run recovery process.  As long as I have the five minutes to do it, I am pit-stopping in the kitchen when I get back from a run to make a smoothie.  I have my post-run smoothie down- 1C of Almond-Coconut milk, 2T natural peanut butter, 1 frozen banana, and 2 scoops of chocolate peanut butter Lean Shake.  It is my go to after activity workout.  It's got a great balance of protein and carbs, and it helps me feel focused and replenished after a run.

I was introduced to Lean Shake from GNC when I won a year's supply of protein powder and now I want to share my bounty with you.  Here's some information about Lean Shake straight from the GNC website:

GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25 Powder
GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25 offers a well-balanced blend of high quality protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fat. This great tasting combination makes a healthy addition to your dietary regimen. With 25 grams of high quality protein per serving, Lean Shake™ 25 can be an effective way to increase your feeling of fullness and satiety. Dietary protein can also help support lean body mass.
    25 grams of high quality protein
    8 grams of fiber to help you feel fuller and satisfied

    24 vitamins and minerals

This week I am giving away three flavors - Banana, Mixed Berry, and Cookies & Cream - so you can try it for yourself.  I've tried each of the 9 flavors that came in my supply and each has a great flavor.  While the Chocolate Peanut Butter is my favorite (read: I'm not sharing those), I also really love the flavor of the ones I'm sharing with you all.  The Mixed Berry tastes just like a blueberry muffin!  The Cookies and Cream (made with milk) tastes like a milkshake.  The banana is a very subtle flavor and I usually mix it with some of the other flavors, like Rich Chocolate or Mixed Berry.

I've played with recipes and found the ones that work for me, but I'd love to hear what your favorite smoothie recipe is.

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bookgirl said...

I love smoothies with strawberries, almond milk, kale, and sometimes PB2!

Loove Run said...

almond milk, frozen banana, protein powder and whatever fruit i have on hand

kishcrafts said...

i like a green monster smoothie for breakfast. vanilla protein powder, almond milk, strawberries, baby spinach, kale and ice!

Stephanie Superty said...

I don't really have a smoothie recipe, I just add water to protein powder and go, but I think I need to explore the smoothie realm!

BarbieB said...

I don't have a smoothie recipe. My hubby usually makes me something with protein powder and peanut butter or banana. I need a few good recipes though

BarbieB said...

I don't have a smoothie recipe. My hubby usually makes me something with protein powder and peanut butter or banana. I need a few good recipes though

Tami said...

Chocolate protein shake, coffee, ancho chili, cinnamon and almond milk. So good!

Jane Thompson said...

don't really have a go to smoothie recipe. i just kinda throw things together in my vitamix and hit blend. lol

Bee Hare said...

Soy milk, fruit and e56 protein.