Asparagus and Training Plans

Monday, March 11, 2013
I kind of feel bad for asparagus. It get's such a bad rep. 

I made a salad bar for dinner last night with spinach, kale, sauteed asparagus, eggs, avocado, tomato's, fresh corn, feta and cheddar. 

My favorite part…the asparagus. PJ's favorite part…not the asparagus. 

He swears that even one piece of asparagus makes his pee smell. I've heard people say this before, but I've never experienced it. I could eat asparagus every day. I never notice any change in the odor of me pee. 

I read that it depends on how your body metabolizes the sulfuric compounds in the asparagus, on how it affects the aroma of your urine. I also read that some people just can't smell the change. 

I have a supersonic nose, so I'm going to go ahead and claim that I'm smelly pee free. 

Now that we've cleared that up.

I started today with some eggs and kale.

I've been out of sorts with eggs for about 6 weeks, due to the human I'm growing. Today I hard boiled a bunch for PJ and suddenly wanted to eat one. So I ate four. 

While I ate, Boston and Harper had silent play time….my favorite kind.

This video is very anticlimactic…but it's still cute puppies playing. 


I ended up revamping my very boring training plan. The half marathon I'm looking to run is 12 weeks out, so I researched some half marathon training plans. Then I added in 2 - 3 swims per week, depending on the week, and one day of cycling. This has me training 6 days per week, with 1 rest day, to start. 

This is a whole other topic for another day, but I'm not going to be on my bike for any races this year, which is why I only have one training day on the bike. In short, the reason I'm not participating in the bike legs, is because of the risk of falling. I had 3 falls/crashes during training last season, and obviously none of them were intentional. Crashing while pregnant could potentially be very bad. This season all of my bike training is indoor, on the trainer. 

Speaking of training plans. I always find it interesting when people don't have training plans for their races. I'm such a structure/plan person, that schedules make me comfortable and happy. I like having my plan mapped out, being able to track my progress on paper, and knowing what's coming next. I've learned that in training and racing, there are a lot of aspects that you can't predict…so I like having some control on the things that I can. 

PJ on the other hand, doesn't do training plans. He runs when he feels like it, as far as he feels like. And he performs in his races. 

I can definitely appreciate that approach, when you aren't racing. I just can't wrap my head around it while training for your season. It makes me feel itchy.

I'm headed to the pool. Happy Monday. 

What about you? Do you like training plans? Or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants?

How about asparagus? Does it make your pee smell? Or are you smell free?

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