A Running Rut a.k.a Chicago [Week 6]

happy Mondau

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! 

Guys. I’m in a slight running rut. My last 2 weeks of training have been terrible. I’ve barely run in the last week (again) & I’m feeling extremely guilty about it. I hate letting myself down but I’ve been lacking motivation lately because I’ve just been so dang tired. I think know it has something to do with my diet… specifically, I’m not getting enough protein (and probably other very important nutrients) -> I’m not doing enough substituting and my body is feeling the effects. I want to be back in the groove so badly, but I’m just lacking the energy to get there. I believe this is contributing to why I’m finding it so difficult to get out of bed & workout in the morning. Before you ask, yes I’ve been going to sleep by 9:30 just about every night. I want to get up at 5am to run (really, I do) but my body says otherwise. I could be wrong, maybe I’m just being lazy. However, I really don’t think that’s the case because it is something I have done before & truly want to commit to doing again. Not only is it affecting my motivation to get up early, I’ve been more tired than usual throughout the days as well. I can’t wait for 5pm to roll around so that I can get home to my wonderful couch.

I want out of this rut ASAP so I’ve made an appointment with a Registered Dietitian to get some guidance on my nutritional needs and figure out what is missing! I’m looking forward to meeting with her next week and hopefully get myself back on track. I started to transition to a plant based diet about 2 months into my last training cycle. I felt amazing and my recovery times were improving. I felt good about myself and the difference I was making. I want to feel that way again & won’t stop until I do! There’s no going back now. I’ve learned/seen too much the last few months & refuse to revert back to my old eating habits.

Chicago Training – Week 6

  • Monday –Rest Day
  • Tuesday –6 miles + 20 min tempo
  • Wednesday –8 easy miles
  • Thursday –6 miles w/ 8×20 sec hills
  • Friday –6 miles
  • Saturday –5 miles
  • Sunday –17 miles

(this is what the week was supposed to look like)

Weekend Recap:
Friday night -> I got to hang out with baby Emma. She slept preciously in my arms the entire time. So stinkin’ cute ❤


Saturday -> Charron Lobster Fest. My boyfriend’s grandparents & their friends have been putting this on for the past 4 years but we could never attend. I’m so glad we were able to go this year! Nothing beats sunshine + lobsters + steamers + corn on the cob. I’d never seen lobster cooked the way it was before but they turned out to be delicious. I felt bad eating them but got over it pretty quickly because they were so good. This was one of the last times I’ll be eating lobster so I definitely enjoyed myself AKA I had 2 tails 🙂 After the BBQ, we went home and ended up passing out by 8:30 #NoShame

Sunday -> I love this day up until about 8pm when I realize the next day means back to work. Sunday’s are for snuggles, long runs, pinterest, grocery shopping & getting life in order. I pretty much did all of those things… except the most important one. We’ve been getting most of our fruits & veggies from my boyfriend’s grandparents garden as well as a local farm stand which I love!


How was your weekend? Any long runs?

Fellow veggies -> have you ever had any trouble with your protein intake? Have any advice or tips for me?

13 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve been on a run-cation myself, only doing a couple miles here and there on the treadmill. Don’t beat yourself up…sometimes our bodies have other plans for us!!!

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  2. Try vegan protein shakes, string cheese (if you do dairy), egg whites, and legumes to up your protein!

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    1. Thanks Michelle!! Any vegan protein powder you can recommend? I’ve been doing dairy still for the most part (except actually drinking milk haha) but no eggs for the past 2 months-ish. I was def eating lots of eggs before. I love my beans but sometimes they don’t love me 🙂

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      1. Hmmmm maybe an egg white sub?? I’ll keep my eye out for you! GNC has a good vegan brand I believe!! I’ll check next time I’m there!

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      2. You rock! Thanks Michelle 🙂

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  3. Love the lobster hats! So funny! And I’m way jealous you had lobster… I’m sure you’ll get back into things. Non-meat sources of protein I can recommend adding some wheat germ to yogurt or cereal, and lentils have a lot of protein.

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    1. I’ve never dabbled with wheat germ– I’ll have to pick some up later! thank you 🙂

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  4. Hang in there! Running ruts don’t last…and some rest is always a good thing. Your body knows what it needs and is telling you! The lobster looks fab!

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    1. I’m trying to hang in there! I just want to figure out what’s going on…

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      1. Summer and hot weather! I bet you will be logging normal miles as soon as the temps drop. It’s soooo hard to be motivated in the height of the summer and the dead of the winter!


  5. Amy Lauren says:

    I’m not vegan but I have a lot of vegan proteins. My favorites are Garden of Life and also Vega. They can be pricey but Costco carries vega now which helps. I drink a shake almost every single day after my morning run, and I really believe it helps. Otherwise, I would wait to get a meal in and I wouldn’t’ want to eat for an hour or two.

    Also, make sure your iron and ferritin are not low. They won’t test ferritin unless you ask, but that’s definitely something to check if you go to the doc.

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    1. I need to make it a habit of drinking a shake post run! I’m definitely going to have them check my ferritin- i’d never even heard of that until now! Thanks 🙂


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