Akron Half Marathon Training: Week Eight

We’re halfway through training for Akron Half, and although there have been a few tough weeks, I’ve still had some really good ones. This week was a little tough to plan around. I’m starting to run into the point where we have meetings at least three times a week for the wedding, so getting my workouts in is a little challenging. Plus I was gone for my bachelorette party weekend, so I knew I wouldn’t be doing my best running while gone all weekend.

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 0

Wednesday: 2.5 Miles

Thursday: 0

Friday: 10 Miles

Saturday: 3 Mile Hike

Sunday: 3 Miles

Total Miles: 15.5 Miles + 3 Mile Hike

Wednesday was the first time I was able to get a run in due to Monday and Tuesday’s meetings running long. I decided to stick with the treadmill since it was so hot and humid outside. I only managed to get 2.5 miles in because I had a few other things that needed to get done. It’s clearly not the mileage I should be doing, but it was better than nothing.

Going into the weekend, I knew that Friday would be the only time I’d be able to get my long run in. So a few of us met up early for our long run before heading to New York. As usual, we started our run with the Medina Half course-the Square to developments to Lake Medina to developments- then cut through Roscoe Ewing Park and back up to the Square. We started at 6:30 so the weather was still pretty cool, and pace was around 9-9:10. We started to slow a little after mile 6, but it was also starting to warm up a bit too. We finished up 10 miles in 1:34, which is just two minutes off my 10 mile PR. Considering the route we took was hilly and I wasn’t pushing it, I’m certainly seeing myself getting faster. Hopefully this will translate to some fall PR’s.

I didn’t run on Saturday, but I did hike for about three miles. We were up in Watkins Glen, New York for my bachelorette party, so we were lucky enough to spend some time at the Watkins Glen State Park. There were plenty of stairs and hills to challenge us and it was the perfect way to cross train.

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This view is worth the hike.

Sunday’s run was a short run out on the back roads of Watkins Glen. I was out the door around 7:30 and headed south from our house. It was the flattest area around and it was relatively quiet still. I headed out for a mile before turning around. I was by myself in a new area, so I didn’t want to be too far from the house. Then I went another half mile in the other direction, which was all downhill. I made it far enough that I could see the lake from the road, along with plenty of trees and silence. Coming back to the house wasn’t so easy as it was all uphill and much hillier than Medina and Hinckley.

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Seneca Lake…way down the hill

 

Week Eight Thoughts:

  • I’m starting to become a little concerned for my mileage. Looking out on my calendar, August is extremely busy. The closer we get to the wedding, the more we have going on after work with final meetings. Running at 8 or later is not ideal, but sometimes it’s the only option. Like I had mentioned in the past, I’ll most likely be running what I can, when I can until the wedding is over. I’m still getting my long runs in, and I’ll have a month to get back on track after the honeymoon.

Akron Half Marathon Training: Week Seven

This week I was really focused on getting back on track. And I did! I got every single workout in and I feel like this was my strongest week yet. I just hope this isn’t a one time thing, and I can keep the momentum going.

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 3.75 Miles, 1 Mile W/U, 4×400 w/200 recovery (1:34, 1:28, 1:32, 1:31),1×400 jog turns-sprint straights 2×100 (.19, .18) .75 Mile C/D

Wednesday: 5 Miles

Thursday: 6.64 Miles

Friday: 0

Saturday: 12 Miles

Sunday: 4.28 Miles

Total Miles: 31.67 Miles

Tuesday I stopped at my parent’s house after work. After waiting for the heat to die down a bit I eventually made it to my old high school track with my sister. We started with a mile warm up and then went into our 400 repeats. Claire ran the first one with me, and watched the other three. I forgot how much I hate 400’s and felt like I was going to throw up after everyone. But considering this was the first time I’d done them on the track in over a year, I was ok with my times. Next up, Claire joined me for a lap of jogging the turns and sprinting the straights. She beat me both times, which shows she’s the sprinter, and I’m made for distance. We followed it up with 3 cool down laps.

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You never forget your first track.

Wednesday I met up with Mallory and we headed over to Allerdale after our first choice park was closed. This was only the second time I’d been to Allerdale, the first being last fall. The whole park looked completely different and it was a nice change of scenery. Since the trails are short, we looped around a lot, almost too much. I also forgot how hilly it is, but my legs reminded me as they were screaming towards the end of the run. But the constant hills are almost worth the views.

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Top of the park

On Thursday I met up with Mallory again and we started our run at Medina Lake. We made our way around the lake and headed into The Reserve development.  It was another hilly run with gradual and semi steep hills around the development, the views of the lake, and the far too expensive homes make it a nice place to run. We took a wrong turn and ended up taking the longer way back to our cars via Rt 18. We finished up with almost 7 miles, and very tired legs.

Saturday I was finally able to get the long run in that I’d been hoping for. I met up with Mo, Jennifer and Sarah and we made our way around Medina. We started on the half course, made our way past Lake Medina and looped around a few developments. The first half of the run we kept the pace between 9:05-9:15. I was feeling pretty good despite how many hills I’d already fun this week. By the time we got to mile 8 I could feel my legs starting to get tired. Our pace slowed down a bit due to the weather warming up, lack of water, and a more hillier route we were running. Once we got passed mile 10 I could feel my body starting to slow down more and really I was ready to be done. We finally got back to the square to finish up 12 miles for the day.

On Sunday I met up with Melissa for a nice easy recovery run. We met up half way at Bonnie Park and headed north before turning off on one of the paths. It was pretty warm by the time we started so our pace was a little slow, but perfect for a recovery run. Even though I was extremely hot, sweaty and thirsty, I still felt pretty good considering my high jump in mileage from last week to this week.

Week Seven Thoughts:

  • This week I got in all 5 workouts, which I haven’t been able to do since the beginning of the training cycle. I felt really strong throughout most of the week and thankfully a few rough weeks didn’t hurt me as much as I expected. This past week was what I’ve been aiming to do every week (minus some of the hills) but I just haven’t been able to get things to work out. I’m hoping I can keep up the 30+ miles per week and maybe they’ll pay off when it’s race time.
  • It is now clear to me that 400 repeats are my most hated speed workout. I feel like the entire time I have to be running at full speed or I’ll slip into a much more relaxed pace. And I always feel miserable once I finish.  In high school we ran 400 repeats under 1:30 all the time. Now I’ll be lucky when I accidentally run under 1:30.

Wedding Wednesday

We are exactly one month until our wedding! 31 days remain, and I can’t help but have the wedding on my mind, all the time. I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m a little bit of everything. It’s hard to believe that 10 months ago Darren got down on one knee and here we are just one month away!

Even with a very busy month, we were still able to get a lot accomplished. To make sure I stay on top of the rest of the tasks that need finished before the big day, I’ve created a calendar that has one wedding related job to do a day. This is helping to keep things organized and not too overwhelming…..so far.

Here’s what we accomplished this month.

-Sent out invitations

-Attended Bridal Shower

-Started seating chart

-Finalized evening transportation

-Finished bridesmaid gifts

-Set up final vendor meetings

-Second dress fitting

-Started honeymoon packing list

-Scheduled meeting with make up artist

-Worked on escort table decorations

-Decided on wedding favors

-Decided on groomsmen gifts

-Planned honeymoon excursions and schedule

One of the things I was most excited for this month was my Bridal Shower. It was hosted by Darren’s mom, aunt, grandma, sister and sister in law. It took place at a beautiful club house in Marion, decorated with a wine theme to match the wedding. It was absolutely wonderful to see both his and my family, since we don’t see them as much living close to Cleveland. I was incredibly nervous knowing all of the attention was on me, but I still had a wonderful time. We feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family that care so much for us.

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So many wonderful people

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Now only 31 days!

Looking ahead into the final month, we’re starting to make final appointments with vendors and wrapping up all the details. The hardest part is creating the seating arrangement while waiting for the final RSVP’s to come in. You think you have it figured out, and then one RSVP can change an entire table.

I’m trying to take one day at a time, and each project as it’s own while the final 31 days quickly go by. But I’m also trying to cherish the moments of planning the next chapter of our lives. As much as I’m looking forward to the bachelorette party, wedding and honeymoon, it’s bittersweet to think that all the time spent planning will be over in such a short amount of time.

As I look into the end of July and beginning of August, here’s everything I need to accomplish in the final month.

-Wedding hair trial

-Make up trial

-Final dress fitting

-Final meeting with DJ

-Final meeting with Ceremony/Reception Hall

-Final meeting with Officiant

-Attend Bachelorette Party

-Finish escort table

-Get marriage license

-Buy box for cards

-Design and order wedding programs

-Design, order and send out rehearsal dinner invites

-Send out Bridal Shower thank you cards

-Finish centerpieces

What else am I missing that needs completed in the final month?

Akron Half Marathon Training: Week Six

This week was a horrible week for training, my worst one of the cycle. Going into the week, I planned on at least four workouts. When it was said and done, only two runs and one cross training workout happened.

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 0

Wednesday: 4 Miles

Thursday: 5 Miles, 1 Mile W/U, 6xHill Repeats (½ mile each), 1 Mile C/D

Friday: 0

Saturday: 0

Sunday: SUP Yoga

Total Miles: 9 Miles

My first run of the week wasn’t until Wednesday. Not ideal, but that’s ok. I was supposed to do a track workout, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It was one of those days where you just want to run without thinking or planning or focusing on hitting certain paces. So I went out and just ran. I did an out and back in a development I’ve never run before. My mind was focused on the run itself and nothing else, which was exactly what I needed.

Thursday I was finally able to make it to a Second Sole Group run, but it turns out that run group was canceled for the night. I thought of going home and running in my development, but since I was already in town I figured I’d drive out to my favorite hill and do some repeats. I started with a mile warm up and worked my way up the hill six times before calling it.

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Up, and up and around the turn

The first three felt pretty good, but like always, number 4 was the hardest. I managed to get to six, but my legs were burning. The mix between gradual and steep on the Reserve hill always gets me.

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From the top, the sunset view is the perfect reward

I had planned on doing my long run on Saturday, but instead, woke up feeling sick to my stomach at 4am. I’m now going to add sushi to the list of things not to eat before a long run. After going back to bed and taking it easy all morning, I was finally feeling better by noon, but at this point, it was way too hot to attempt my long run.

Sunday morning was out for a long run because I had plans to try SUP Yoga for the first time. We signed up for this class a while ago, but by the time it got here, I was incredibly nervous. My balance is not great, and I really can’t swim, so I was definitely out of my comfort zone. The class started at 8 with some basic how to info on Stand Up Paddle boarding, followed by about an hour of yoga out on the lake. Hinckley Lake was beautiful and it really was the perfect weather for yoga. I was a little timid with my paddle boarding, but I eventually got the hang of it. My yoga form on the other hand was less than stellar. I was so afraid of falling in the water that I was incredibly stiff and modified a few poses. But once we sat down and had most of our body close to the board, I was ok. I even worked up enough confidence to do wheel pose. Don’t ask me how though. Overall, it was a fun experience. I’d love to try it again, and especially do some more SUP.

Week Six Thoughts:

  • My mileage was way off this week. Part of it was due to schedule, part of it was unseen issues that popped up. But even though I didn’t get my long run in, I was still able to get a hill workout in, which is something I know I need to work on. This past week is done, and now it’s a fresh start to begin a new training mileage and focus on those miles.
  • I’m really glad I tried SUP. It was certainly a new experience, but I really enjoyed it once I started to relax. There’s such a difference between yoga on a mat on solid ground compared to a small board on open water. I think this is a great way to cross train during summer and makes me miss practicing real yoga.

Akron Half Marathon Training: Week Five

I had a fresh start this week with rested legs and a more motivated mind. Unfortunately, things got busy and I couldn’t get all of my workouts in. Even though I was far from mileage, I did have some good workouts.

Monday: 4 Miles

Tuesday: 4.75 Miles, 1 Mile W/U, 4×800 w/400 recovery, 1 Mile C/D

Wednesday: 0

Thursday: 0

Friday: 0

Saturday: 11 Miles

Sunday: 0

Total Miles: 19.75 Miles

Monday I met up with Mallory for some easy miles along Lester trail. It was super hot, humid and buggy so we kept a very easy pace, between 9:45-10:00. It was nice to get a run done on a Monday for once, I felt like I had more energy than normal, and I can start the week not staring down a 0.

I originally planned on doing Jasyoga on Tuesday because I had a dress fitting. But when my appointment was pushed back a week, I knew I’d have time to squeeze in a workout. With the threat of a storm I decided to run on the treadmill in case my workout was cut short. I did four 800 repeats and increased the speed on the last two. I felt ok, but I’m looking forward to getting back out on the track again.

Saturday was my first double digit run of the training cycle. I was a little nervous due to the lack of mileage I’ve been able to get in, but decided to just let my legs do the talking. We had a small group that started at Buckeye Woods to run the HD loop. From BW, we went down the inlet and off on some back roads. The early morning fog was still rising and made for some beautiful views.

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From there we made our way towards Chippewa Lake on the back roads. We stopped for a pit stop around mile 4 or so.

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Chippewa Lake in the distance

We followed along the outside of the lake and passed the old amusement park grounds. We had some hills, but nothing too major. I took a Honey Stinger Chew at mile 7 and had a small increase in energy for the next few miles.

We finished up around the lake, and headed back towards the inlet. Once we finally got back to our cars, I had 10.77 on my Garmin, so naturally I made a few laps around the parking lot to make it an even 11. I felt fairly strong throughout the run, our pace stayed  between 9:20-10:00.

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Beautiful morning on Chippewa Lake

 

Week Five’s Thoughts:

  • This week was the third long run I’ve done using Honey Stinger Chews. So far I haven’t had any stomach issues during the run or after, so I think I may be on to something. They’re much easier to take while running, and I feel full enough after one piece, that I don’t need to eat them as often. Fingers crossed that I can keep up this new fueling plan.
  • I had a plan to get all five workouts in this week, but clearly that didn’t happen. I’m looking ahead at my calendar, and appointments are popping up left and right to finalize things for the wedding. It’s clear that with just under 6 weeks to go, running may not be the top priority all the time. I need to accept that some runs will need to be rescheduled, and some may have to be skipped. As much as I don’t want to change my training cycle too much, I may need to adapt the mind frame of run what I can, when I can. Worse case scenario, I’ll have a minimum of three runs per week- one speed, one long, and one recovery.

Twin Sizzler 5k Recap

Last Saturday, July 4th, I ran my third Twin Sizzler 5k. This year I decided to run just the 5k and skip the 10k. The weather was surprisingly cooler for race day, with 65 degrees at the start and some slight wind a few times on the course.

The race started at 7:45, but I got down to the square by 7:15 to pick up my bib and shirt and hit the restroom before the start. I got a little under a mile in for my warm up and was ready to run. I didn’t have a certain time I was focused on, I just knew I didn’t want to go out too quick, and I didn’t want to have a meltdown on the uphill finish. Surprising, I was actually pretty relaxed. That is until a minute before the race started and my stomach was a mess.

The race started and I realized I was a little too far back in the pack. Instead of going out too fast, I was going out too slow, somewhere around a 9:07 pace. I started to weave in and out of the group to find a better spot, and finally settled on an 8:45 pace. My stomach was still hurting and I was too afraid to push myself any faster at that point.

The course starts on the square with a nice downhill onto Rt. 57 out of town. Eventually the road begins an incline and I was happy I didn’t have to do the 10k after this, with it’s continual incline into Montville Township. Just before our first turn we came across the first mile marker and a water stop. I skipped the water and was starting to feel a little better.

Mile 1- 8:45

Starting the second mile, it was refreshing that for once I didn’t feel like death, clinging onto a time that I wouldn’t be able to hold. I was feeling better with every step I took and wanted to base this next mile off of feel, not time.

During the second mile we went through some developments and had some rolling hills along the way. They didn’t feel as bad as they typically do and I was able to pass people as I made my way along the course. I continued along, quietly bringing my pace down, and keeping my eyes off my Garmin.

Mile 2- 8:33

With the last mile ahead of me I knew I wanted to pick up the pace. I also knew the finish would be difficult, and I was still unsure of what my stomach had planned. I told myself I’d be ok with an 8:20 pace, but again wanted to go by feel, rather than time.

Somewhere in the beginning of the last mile, I noticed a gentleman was near me and would stay around my pace. He’d push when I pushed, and back off when I backed off. It was nice to have a little company, even though we didn’t say anything.

As we made the turn down South Court, I tried to get myself in the zone. I took advantage of the short downhill and mentally prepared myself for the finish. We turned right on South Street, and then left on South Broadway. We were met again with my favorite part, the brick road. I started to pick up my pace a bit, but was careful not to trip on any loose bricks. I could feel the energy that had been saved up and hoped it would stay throughout the rest of the race.

We passed the intersection of 57 and memories of my Medina Half finish crossed my mind. Even though I had started with a sour stomach, it was no where to be seen and my legs wanted to take control.

We passed the railroad tracks, and then started our long incline past East Smith. As I took each step up hill, I knew I would have a much better finish than before. I kept picking up the pace, trying to go faster.

Mile 3- 8:14

With just a small section left I gave it everything I had and sprinted up the rest of the hill and into the finish. I turned around just in time to see the silent gentleman finish and congratulated him on the race.

Last .1- 7:04 pace

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Focused on the finish.

For the first time, quite possibly ever, I ran negative splits on my 5k. And I felt great after I finished. I didn’t run a PR, but I ran a smart race and I ran based on how I felt rather than checking my watch everything 30 seconds.

While I’m not sure I’ll ever PR on the Twin Sizzler course, I was able to run my fastest Twin Sizzler to date. And now I know where I stand time-wise on the 5k and I have an idea of where I can be if I really push myself. There is no doubt that I can drop under 25 minutes for the 5k again, but unfortunately a sub 23 is probably something that I left in college.

Not your flat 5k.

Not your flat 5k.

It was a great race, great weather and I’m glad I’ve been able to run the Twin Sizzler every year. It’s something that I plan on doing every year while living in Medina. And maybe one day I’ll sign up for the 10k again…

Tech tee and trouble

Tech tee and trouble

Results:

Official Chip Time: 25:51

AG 25-29: 4/23

Female: 65/295

Overall: 223/608

Akron Half Marathon Training: Week Four

I changed a few things around this week after I noticed my first cut back week wasn’t until week six. With tired legs from last week, and a tired body from lack of sleep, I knew I needed to make this change for a recovery week. So I skipped a few runs, made some changes to week six, and here we are with lighter mileage and happier legs.

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 3.5 Miles, 1 Mile W/U, 6×400 w/400 recovery, .5 Mile C/D + Core

Wednesday: 0

Thursday: 0

Friday: 4 Miles

Saturday: Twin Sizzler 5k + 2 Miles

Sunday: 0

Total Miles: 12.5 Miles

I got home late on Tuesday due to traffic, and stuck to my treadmill for my workout. I was exhausted before I even started, and lack of motivation was creeping in quickly. But I powered through some 400’s and felt a little better when I was finished.

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Coach checking out my stride

Wednesday evening I had plans, and Thursday I had intentions of running with Second Sole. But because I didn’t get out of work until late afternoon, I decided to skip my run and spend time with Darren, who had been in London all week for work. After a pretty crappy week, it was exactly what I needed.

Friday I was out of the door at a decent time and ran to my trail. It was the first time running there for a while, despite being so close to home. I felt pretty good and kept a decent pace for most of the run. A little solo trail running was exactly what my mind and body needed.

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Clear trails, clear mind.

Saturday I ran the annual Twin Sizzler 5k, race recap to come soon. I opted for just the 5k this year after running both the 5k and 10k last year. The weather was perfect, the race turned out great and I was almost tempted to sign up for the 10k. Between my warm up and cool down, I added two more miles, making it 5 for the day.

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A little red, white, blue, and neon for the Twin Sizzler

Week Four Thoughts:

This week was nothing what I had originally planned for. But even by the end of the week my legs felt better than they had in the past two. There comes a point where everything starts to build up and break you apart. I needed this week to catch up on recovery, sleep, and a little bit of my sanity. I can now start this next week of training with fresh legs and some extra motivation.

Akron Half Marathon Training: Week Three

The third week of training is done, and I think the intensity and quick jump back into running is catching up with me. I gave it all I had for each workout this week and while I didn’t quite hit my total mileage, I feel strong with where I’m at.

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 5.5 Miles, 1 Mile W/U, 3×1600 w/400 recovery (7:59, 7:39, 7:34), 1 Mile C/D

Wednesday: 5 Miles

Thursday: 4.5 Miles

Friday: 0

Saturday: 9 Miles + Core

Sunday: 0

Total Miles: 24 Miles

Tuesday I was finally back on the track and it felt so good to be there. I had mile repeats, which I haven’t done in a long time, so I wasn’t sure what times I’d be able to run. I was hoping for around 8:00 minutes but would adjust if I felt that was too fast. I was somehow able to negative split my three mile repeats, and didn’t feel horrible once I was done. Hopefully I can bring my time down closer to 7:30 for all repeats and see my 5k times drop over the next couple of months.

I stopped by Bonnie Park on my way home on Wednesday. I haven’t been there in almost two years, so it was nice to have a change of scenery. I decided to stick along the parkway and headed North. I was only planning on 4 miles, but I felt great and ran 2.5 miles before turning around. Even though I was supposed to be running a recovery run, my legs didn’t want to go above a 9 minute pace. I was able to keep four of the five miles at sub 9 and my final mile was sub 8:30. It must have been the flat ground that made me so speedy!

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Feels like home

Thursday was Second Sole group run and I almost missed it due to traffic. Luckily I got there in time to join the group for a 4.5 mile run from the store to Roscoe Ewing Park and back. We took it at an easy pace and for once the hills in the park didn’t seem so bad. My legs were tired and a little tight towards the end, so more stretching, compressing and foam rolling is needed in between runs.

I originally thought of racing the 10 for Them 10 Miler on Saturday, but opted out since I wasn’t registered, and didn’t love the idea of racing 10 miles yet. So instead, Mo, Mallory and I met up in the afternoon to do our run. We had a nice window of no rain, but some pretty decent humidity. We ran a few of the developments, including some steep hills and ended up with 8 miles. My legs were exhausted, and I was ready to call it for the day. But, I couldn’t help but think of that last mile that I know I needed, so I slogged through one final mile on my own. It wasn’t pretty, but I got it done. Even with the humidity and hills, I still felt pretty good. I tested out Honey Stinger Chews again, and had no issues during or after my run. Looks like I’ll be sticking with them for the next few long runs.

Week Three Thoughts:

I’m starting to feel the effects of higher than normal mileage. Going from a running rut to my training plan, my mileage has jumped from 10 miles to almost 30 miles a week. I’m also running 4-5 days a week, where I was doing 3-4 days before. I know I’m still not getting enough sleep, which is definitely bringing me down on some of my back to back days. I need to work on getting more sleep, and taking my recovery runs at a recovery pace.

 

Wedding Wednesday

I’m not sure how, but we’re just two months away from the wedding! I’m starting to have a whirlwind of emotions and I can’t grasp my mind around how quickly things have gone since September. I’m also starting a mile long to do list on everything that needs accomplished, bought and reviewed. I’ve remained relatively relaxed for most of the wedding planning, but I feel like these next two months could be completely different.

Here’s what we accomplished this month:

-Addressed invitations

-Ordered our guest book

-Finalized formal wear

-Booked honeymoon flights

-Dress fitting

-Met with Pastor

-Bought part of bridesmaid gifts

-Continued to work on centerpieces

-Collected pieces for escort table

This past month had a lot of little projects that I knew needed to be done or mostly done. This included our invitations. I’ve had them for a while, but we finally got to bring them out, pack them up and address them. It was the first time I really had a chance to look at them, and I’m excited to send them out within the next week.

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Ready for your mailbox!

We were also able to meet with our officiant, finalized the formal wear and gather most of the bridesmaid gifts. Little projects, but the more we do now, the less we’ll need to do in the final month. I felt like we were able to get a lot accomplished this past month, which has always been a little difficult with our schedules, but I know the to do list will just keep on growing.

Here’s what I need to accomplish next month

-Send out invitations

-Attend Bridal Shower

-Finish centerpieces

-Finish bridesmaid gifts

-Meet with makeup artist

-Work on escort table decorations

-Decide on wedding favors

-Buy box for cards

I know there is more I’m missing, but if I listed everything, the post would be way too long. I’m excited to attend my bridal shower and see both sides of our families, knowing it will be the beginning of all the festivities.

Only 59 days to go!

Akron Half Marathon Training: Week Two

Week two is done and I am pain free! Sometimes the best thing is to listen to your body rather than your training plan. This week was a little off, I had to move a few things around, but I was still able to get most of my mileage in despite having to do some tweaking.

Monday: 5.5 Miles + Core

Tuesday: 0

Wednesday: 4 Miles + Core

Thursday: 3 Miles + Core + Lifting

Friday: 0

Saturday: 8 Miles

Sunday: 3.1 Miles

Total Miles: 23.6 Miles

Monday I headed to Blue Heron with Mallory. It’s been months since we’ve ran there and even though it’s all hills, I still love it. We started on the golf course, made our way to the development, and then back through the course. It was pretty buggy and humid, but my legs felt pretty good and I had no pain! It was also the first run in my new Asics GT-2000’s. They felt magical, maybe that’s why I felt so good. We finished up our run and with less than a quarter mile to go, it started to pour. It felt refreshing, and I definitely had an “I love running!” moment. Finally!

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Hello 2000’s, let’s run!

I planned on doing my track workout on Wednesday since I had a dress fitting on Tuesday. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. First my iPad was almost dead, so any chance of watching Netflix wouldn’t last long. Then the circuit popped on one side of the basement, so the treadmill lost power. It was getting too late to get to a track to run by myself, so I set out around the neighborhood. I traveled through a few developments and felt less frustrated as my run went on. I was a bit tight from the hills on Monday, but I didn’t have pain, which was a good sign. I still managed 4 easy miles and some core for the night.

Thursday was Second Sole night, but the weather had different plans. Just as I made it to town, the sky let loose. About 10 minutes later, it stopped, so I thought we could get some miles done outside. Naturally the next round of storms showed up just as we were about to start. So we opted for the indoor track at the rec. We did three easy miles, some core and some lifting. I’m glad we had the option to run inside, but I don’t miss the indoor track one bit!

Saturday morning I met up with a small group to do my long run. We started at the square, and decided to run part of the Medina Half course to get our miles. It was also my first run in my new Asics Kayano 21’s and I was excited to break them in. Our first mile was the slowest, but we kept the pace between 9:04-9:15, also known as my race pace. We kept this up until about mile 6, where Mallory and I veered off so we could finish 8, while the rest of the group did 10. I took a Honey Stinger Chew for fuel and within the next mile brought my pace down to 8:05. Maybe it was the rain, or maybe the new fuel, but I felt great and didn’t feel burnt out by the end. Even though I pushed myself quicker than I should have for my long run, I also know I won’t get faster, unless I push myself.

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Kayano 21….In love!

Sunday’s recovery run hurt the most out of any run all week. I waited until 7pm to run where motivation was at its lowest. I tried to focus on one mile at a time, but couldn’t help to feel sluggish. I ran around the development, got chased by a dog and couldn’t keep my pace straight. Around 2.5 miles in, I started to get a side stitch that got worse with every step. It wasn’t until then that I realized I hadn’t had any water all day. I settled for three miles and a popsicle, and decided a new hydration plan was needed.

Week Two Thoughts:

It was clear that taking an extra rest day last week and getting new shoes made all the difference this week. I know not to let my shoes go over 350/375, but because I was rotating them, I completely lost track of miles. Going forward the 2000’s will be for shorter runs and track workouts and the Kayanos will be for longer runs. This worked out fairly well last time, so why change it.

Another thing I noticed is that I’m really dehydrated. I’ve been trying to drink water and Nuun throughout the day and after workouts, but I feel like it’s never enough. Part of this is because my body is getting used to summer heat, and part is from a new medication that causes dry mouth. I’m hoping to find a balance and work on hydrating myself before it gets super hot!