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Yesterday was a busy day. We started the day with our last 20 mile training run before the Istanbul Marathon in 3 weeks! I can not tell you how excited I am for this marathon!

We went to Lake Eymir for our long run. It is just beautiful down there with the leaves changing colors.

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It was a chilly start (41 degrees), but it was a good test run for what the weather might possibly be like on marathon day. I wore shorts, a short-sleeved shirt, and my light weight Nike jacket. I didn’t bring my gloves because I didn’t think it was that cold, but I should have know better because my hands are always the first thing to freeze.

Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who let me wear his to warm my hands up. I wore them for the first 2 miles and then again between miles 4 and 5, but I was fine after that. Definitely going to make sure we have throw away gloves for the marathon.

I ended up wearing my Nike jacket the entire 20 miles, which I wasn’t expecting to do. It wasn’t too bad with it on for most of the run because certain sections of the path around the lake are colder than others. The temperature was about perfect on our last lap around the lake. I probably won’t wear my jacket for the marathon because any longer with it on would have been too warm, as the car said around 61 degrees on our way home.

This run felt better for both of us than our 20 miler 2 weeks ago. Here are our splits for the run:

1— 9:51
2— 9:44
3— 9:43
4— 9:51
5– 10:35 (2 min. walk)
6— 9:55
7— 9:59
8— 9:52
9– 10:42 (2 min. walk)
10– 9:49
11– 9:48
12– 9:53
13- 10:42 (2 min. walk)
14- 10:00
15– 9:53
16– 9:40
17- 10:44 (2 min. walk)
18– 9:59
19– 9:55
20– 9:40

Here I am after our 20 mile run yesterday.

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I practiced taking some pictures while I was running as well. Here are a couple shots of the lake.

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After our run we came home and had a big, delicious lunch. It was so nice to have something healthy to eat after a long, hard run.

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Buffalo-Garlic Turkey Burger with Swiss cheese, a baked potato, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and some Zesty Avocado Dip.

Last night we headed to a friend’s house for a Halloween party. We didn’t dress up, but thought about going as marathon runners. I totally wish we would have done it. Oh well. It was nice just to get out of the house and socialize with friends for a few hours.

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Sundays are usually our rest days, so today has been pretty uneventful. Lots of relaxing.

After a good night sleep, we started our day with a healthy breakfast, as we were both still hungry from yesterday’s 20 miler.

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Eggs (1 egg, 3 egg whites), tomato, broccoli, green pepper, 2 slices of turkey bacon, 2 slices of light whole wheat toast, and a cup of coffee with some coffee mate in it.

After breakfast we took Dasha for her morning walk and it felt good to move around a little bit and stretch out our legs.

4 days! Yes, I got in 4 days of…

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That was my goal! I want to do at least 4 days of core work a week. So far, so good!

Then it was time to catch up on one of my favorite shows!

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I am loving this season so far. I am not sure who is my favorite yet, but I really like Hap, Jennifer, Craig, and of course, Ruben!

Lunch time included a Chocolate Strawberry/Banana and Peanut Butter protein shake and a little bit of reading.

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So far I am enjoying Matt Fitzgerald’s book, Racing Weight. I came across this quote today:

Consuming fewer calories than the body needs to maintain its current weight is the only way to lose weight (44).

He is talking in reference to all the different elimination diets that are out there today. For example, eliminating food types. He says that these types of diets don’t increase weight loss because they reduce the amount of energy you are feeding your body. And, you need energy to workout to lose weight.

If you feed your body nutrient dense food, in the correct portions, and create a calorie deficit instead of an energy deficit you should be able to lose weight without going on some crazy diet. Make it a lifestyle change, not a diet!

Don’t get me wrong, I tried many diets before I realized it was a lifestyle change that I needed, not a diet. It wasn’t until February 2010 that I started my lifestyle change, but I wouldn’t change it for anything now. I am much healthier and happier! If I can do it, you can do it! You just have to believe!

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– Where is your favorite place to run?

– Any other Biggest Loser fans out there? 

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob