HOF Half Training: Week Six

This week didn’t go as originally planned. I wanted to work towards my goal of hitting 100 miles for February, but that idea quickly diminished after multiple things kept popping up that kept me from running. Wedding planning took over big time this week and it felt like almost every day I was meeting with someone or doing something from the wedding. Unfortunately, this meant training took a back seat.

Monday- 0
Tuesday- 0
Wednesday- 1 Mile
Thursday- 5.5 Miles, 1 Mile w/u, 5×800 with 400m recovery, 1 Mile c/d
Friday- 0
Saturday- 0
Sunday- 10 Miles
Total Miles-16.5 Miles

Such low mileage, it’s embarrassing. Since I couldn’t make Tuesday’s speed work, I pushed it to Wednesday, but for some reason my knee had a twinge that made me nervous to continue past my warm up mile. So I decided to play it safe and call it.

Thursday I knew I had to run something, so I did my speedwork. I felt ok, but probably didn’t push myself as much as I could. But I was glad I didn’t push it off.

Saturday was supposed to be my long run, and after waking up to a temperature of -15, I knew I’d be on the treadmill, then we had some unexpected visitors, and so I pushed my long run to Sunday. I spent my long run on the treadmill while another storm was dumping snow outside. I’m almost to the point that if I’m going to be on the treadmill, I’d rather run long than short, but I still don’t love it.

I made my way through more episodes of Friends, currently at season 2, and started to feel tightness in my left hip by mile 9. After another mile, the soreness wasn’t going away and I knew it was caused by the way I was landing on the treadmill. So instead of 11 miles, I stopped at 10 and stretched out as much as I could.

Not my best week, but I’m still hitting my speed workouts and my long runs, everything else is just recovery. I ended up with 77 miles for February, which honestly is my highest mileage yet for that month, and still higher than the 63 I ran in January. I’m thinking of going on a break with my treadmill, now that we’re supposed to have a heat wave of 30-40 degrees. I hope that with the end of February, we’re done with the cold, miserable, snowy weather and I can finally enjoy some outdoor running.

Wedding Wednesday

We’re just six months away, six months! I think this mile marker really hit home and I realized how quickly everything was going by, and how little time I still have left. I’m told that I’m ahead of schedule and that I shouldn’t have anything to worry about, but I still feel like I have a lot to do.

Here’s what we were able to accomplish this month

-Sent save the dates

-Booked the cake baker

-Created a short list of rehearsal dinner restaurants

-Designed invitations

-Booked the DJ

-Found my wedding day shoes

-Bought wedding bands

-Verbal agreement with officiant

Some things really just fell into place and have been fairly easy. Our cake baker lives down the street from us and has a mutual acquaintance, so once we had a meet and greet we knew we were in the right direction. Sending out the save the dates was pretty easy as well, with the exception of a few stragglers, but now that they’re out, I can focus on the invitations!

Some things have not been as easy, such as finding heels that will look good with my dress and also come in a size 5. Luckily I found the perfect pair, and they fit perfectly. Finding restaurants for after the rehearsal dinner has also been a little challenging as well. Trying to keep proximity, budget and non chain restaurants for consideration wasn’t as easy as we hoped, but we’ve narrowed it down, and now have to try them all out.

To keep myself from stressing out, I’ve started to make a list of what I want to accomplish every weekend. It’s helping, but I still can’t help that I’m forgetting things. Thankfully my mom and sister have done a few shopping trips to help me with centerpieces and decorations.

This was a good month for getting things done, but it’s only going to get more hectic from this point on. Here’s what I want to accomplish in the next four weeks!

-Book our honeymoon

-Order invitations

-Finalize dinner menu for reception

-Decide on formalwear

-Decide on favors

-Book our florist

-Book the officiant

-Order our Guest Book

-Finish our wedding website

-Prep wine bottles for painting

How do you break down your wedding projects? What little things am I forgetting?

HOF Half Marathon Training: Week Five

What a week. I was stressed from almost every single angle, and running was the only way to keep me semi sane. I think I have reached my breaking point with winter. These brutal temps and deep snow have me longing for warmer weather, and right about now, I’m considering anything above 25 degrees tropical!

Monday- 0

Tuesday- 7.5 Miles, 2 Mile W/U, 5×800 w/400 repeats, 2 Mile C/D

Wednesday- 2 Miles

Thursday- 0

Friday- 0

Saturday- 10 Miles

Sunday- 7 Miles

Total Miles-26.5 Miles

Tuesday was a much needed speed workout. We started with two miles on the track and 5×800 repeats on the treadmill. It was pretty busy and abnormally hot at the rec, so these weren’t pleasant, but it was nice to run somewhere other than my basement.

Wednesday was a rough day. It was uncomfortably warm in the basement and my iPad’s battery died after 2 miles. I definitely wasn’t feeling the run, so I just called it. I also noticed a bit of a pull in my arch, hoping it was just the angle I was running, and that it doesn’t lead to anything serious.

The normal view these days

The normal view these days

Saturday I was determined to hit my long run, one way or another. I had thought of joining the group run, but when I noticed how quickly the snow was coming down, I decided to attempt the treadmill. I broke it up into episodes of Friends, and upped my pace at every new episode. I’m not sure how, but I made it. 10 miles on the treadmill is rough!

Sunday I met up with Mallory and Mo to run outside for the first time in two weeks! It was chilly, but absolutely wonderful, and just what I needed to get rid of some cabin fever. We ended up with 7 miles around town, about 9 minute average pace. While it felt amazing to get outside, my legs were a little tight later on in the day from all the hills and inclines.

It hit me that we’re already getting into week 6, and I feel that I’m at a much better point this year, than I ever have been for a spring half. Looking forward, all of my long runs will be between 10-14 miles with the exception of two cut back weeks. And even though I had a tough start, I feel more confident than I ever have at the end of February. What’s most surprising is I’ll be ending the shortest month of the year with almost 100 miles…which has never happened. I’m still debating if I want to push for 29 miles in six days, but I’m already close so I might as well!

 

HOF Half Marathon Training: Week Four

Week four is complete, and my body is starting to get used to a regular schedule again. This was a cut back week, so I knew going in I wouldn’t have too many high mileage days, but I ended up a little under what I should have done. I’m also super tired and feel like I’m on the edge of fighting a bug, so crossing my fingers I don’t get sick any time soon.

Monday- 0
Tuesday- 2 Miles
Wednesday-5 Miles, 1 Mile W/U, 4×800 repeat with 400 recovery, 1 Mile C/D
Thursday- 0
Friday- 0
Saturday- 4 Miles
Sunday- 5.5 Miles
Total Miles-16.5 Miles

Monday was a rest day, and well, Tuesday wasn’t too active either. I got home late and just had no motivation to run on the treadmill. So I did an easy two to get something done, but I actually felt pretty tight from all the miles over the weekend. Not a huge problem, instead switched Tuesday and Wednesday’s workout.

Wednesday I was determined to get my speed work done. Because we didn’t meet for our regular Tuesday workout, I was alone on the treadmill at home. I turned on my trusty iPad and knocked out four 800 repeats while watching Friends. I felt pretty good, and it was nice to push myself a bit.

Thursday and Friday were off, but Saturday I was back on the treadmill. It was pretty gross outside, so I stayed in the basement. To mix things up a bit, I changed the incline every time the scene changed in Friends. It was definitely a different way to make it through a workout, but at least I wasn’t too bored.

Sunday was my longer run, and again I spent it on the treadmill. I slogged through 5.5 miles, but it actually didn’t feel that long. I’m getting to a point where I’m ready to run outside again, but unfortunately, the weather is just not cooperating.

HOF Half Marathon Training: Week Two & Three

After a week of traveling, and another week of playing catch up, I was finally able to get caught up on my training recaps. Because weeks two and three were less than normal, I’ll be combining them together.

Week 2

Monday- 0

Tuesday- 3 Miles Biked + Core

Wednesday-0

Thursday- 0
Friday- 0

Saturday- 0

Sunday- 6 Miles

Total Miles-6 Miles Run, 3 Miles Biked

Talk about a horrible week! I was traveling in Toronto from Tuesday through Thursday, so I was stuck with a tight schedule, and limited gym equipment. The only time I got to the hotel gym, I was forced to the bike because all of the treadmills were taken. The rest of the trip was spent schmoozing with customers, fancy dinners and tracking down my luggage that was left in Canada. The only positive of the trip was the beautiful views outside my hotel room.

Beautiful downtown Toronto

Beautiful downtown Toronto

Saturday was intended to be my long run, but instead we were on the road from 9:30am to 6pm picking up our new treadmill! Our new (to us) treadmill was a Christmas gift we bought from my aunt. It’s in perfect condition, and I spent Sunday morning trying it out. I’m looking forward to many miles in the basement after spending so much time at the rec center doing laps!

Week 3

Monday- 0

Tuesday- 6 Miles + Core

Wednesday-0

Thursday- 0
Friday- 0

Saturday- 9 Miles

Sunday- 6.5 Miles

Total Miles-21.5 Miles

It felt so good to be back to a somewhat normal schedule this week. I started Tuesday with speedwork. Bob taught us about his half and half progression workout for the treadmill. For every half mile run, bump up the speed by half. So we started at 5 and got up to 7.5 for a total of 3 miles. Pair it with a two mile warm up and one mile cool down, it was a great workout. I don’t do many progression runs (on purpose) so it was a nice way to break up the normal 800 repeats.

Mid week was spent catching up on things after work and surviving the snowstorm, but the weekend was all about the miles.

Saturday was my long run and I spent all 9 miles on the treadmill. This was the longest amount of time or miles that I’ve spent on a treadmill, but I managed. I decided the best way to help pass the time was to start watching Friends from the very beginning. I was able to get 4 episodes in and it really didn’t feel like I spent an hour and a half on the treadmill. Mission accomplished!

Perfect post treadmill ice bath!

Perfect post treadmill ice bath!

I expected to feel rough when I woke up Sunday morning, knowing that the previous day’s mileage was the furthest I’ve gone since the marathon. Surprisingly I felt great, and met Mallory for a recovery run. We ventured down Roscoe, but were greeted with ice and slush so we went to the surrounding neighborhoods. I felt great despite the fact our entire route was rolling hills. Quickly a four mile recovery run ended up at six and a half and I think I could have gone even further.

A beautiful mess

A beautiful mess

So a few weeks of up and downs, but it’s still early on, so I’m not too worried. Winter is always a challenge with training, once March rolls around, things should be pretty much back to normal.

HOF Half Marathon Training: Week One

Week 1 of the spring training cycle is complete, and unfortunately it was off to a rocky start. Like every January, traveling for work and training go hand in hand. Luckily this year, I only have a few days of travel, but they can still divert training. Sunday through Tuesday I drove over 350 miles and worked two trade shows, limiting my time to work out and tiring my feet and legs. Thankfully, I had the rest of the week to make up for it.

Monday- 1 Mile

Tuesday- 2.5 Miles

Wednesday-1 Mile

Thursday- 4 Miles

Friday- 0

Saturday- 7 Miles

Sunday- 4.2 Miles

Total Miles-19.7 Miles

Monday was a travel day, and I got back from Michigan just late enough to miss PiYo, but I did get my mile in for the streak. It took everything in me to run, especially with incredibly sore feet and legs. Tuesday was a planned track day, but no one could make it for our regular time, so I ran in my neighborhood instead. My feet felt shattered and my legs felt like bricks, and with every step I took, my legs hurt more and more. I forgot just how much working a show can wear down my legs.

Wednesday, we had a wedding appointment after work, so I knew I wouldn’t get much in, so just a mile for the streak. Thursday I had a tempo run on the schedule. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go on the indoor track, but somehow I found my groove. My first mile was 8:40 and by the last mile I was down to 8:01. I felt fast and confident, but I was still working hard.

Friday I broke the streak and I’m 100% ok with it. I lasted 22 days in a row, and I don’t regret skipping a day for a much needed night off. To be honest, I had been thinking of quitting all week. The days of just one mile runs to keep the streak alive starting to become junk miles, dreadful miles. Not only do my legs need a break once in a while, so does my mind.

Saturday was my first long run of the cycle and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I started out on 7 solo miles on the back roads. My pace was a bit all over the place, jumping to 8:3x going down hill, then jumping to 9:1x going uphill. I actually felt pretty good and tried not to focus on my watch as much as I used to. Somehow I kept a 9:00 average pace, and surprisingly felt amazing the whole time.

Home sweet home on the back roads

Home sweet home on the back roads

Sunday, after a fun MCRR banquet, I met up with Mallory and Mo for some snowy trails of Buckeye Woods. This was definitely treated as a recover run, and even though the ground was a bit tough to run on, it was still great to get out there.

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A rough start, a broken streak, but three amazing runs to make up for the bumps along the way. I’m certainly feeling good about this training cycle!

Wedding Wednesday

Another month has gone by and now we’re just 7 months away from getting married! This month was a little tricky with the holidays, but it helped that I had vacation days to get a bunch of things accomplished as well. Here’s what we’ve done in the past month.

-Created short list of honeymoon locations
-Finalized guest list and addresses
-Researched Florists
-Researched Cakes
-Researched DJs
-Started our gift registry
-Started collecting pieces for our place cards table
-Picked our first dance song
-Picked father-daughter dance song
-Mailing out save the dates this weekend!

Something we knew we wanted to get narrowed down this past month was our honeymoon location. We knew we wanted a beach, but there are just so many places out there to see, it’s hard to narrow it down. Luckily, we’ve got it down to three and we should have it down to one in just a few weeks. Now it’s just time to do the pros and cons list of each location!

One of the fun things we started this month was working on the table for our place cards. I found a unique idea to display place cards so I’ve started gathering material and creating a plan. I’m crossing my fingers it comes out just like I imagine it. It’s still a secret for now, but I’m really excited for this unique idea!

I wanted to get my save the dates out last week, but just didn’t have time. So they’ll be in the mail this weekend. I waited until a few weeks after Christmas because I didn’t want them getting lost with old Christmas cards and accidentally thrown away. Addressing all the envelopes took a long time, but it also started to make things seem real!

With seven months to go, there’s still a decent amount of time left, but I want to make sure I stay on top of things. So far I haven’t been stressed out, and don’t spend as much time working on wedding things like I thought I would. Hopefully that doesn’t mean I’m behind. Anyway, here’s what I hope to get accomplished within the next month

-Book our honeymoon
-Book the cake baker
-Create short list of rehearsal dinner restaurants
-Design invitations
-Book florist
-Book officiant
-Book DJ
-Order Guest Book
-Find my wedding day shoes
-Finish our wedding website

Have I missed any big task yet?

HOF Half Marathon Training Begins

My next training cycle is finally here! On April 26th, I’ll be running the Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon. Many of the Medina Road Runners ran it last year, and after hearing great things, I put it on my schedule for 2015. I’m mostly looking forward to the race for the challenge. This won’t be an easy course, it has plenty of hills. But I want to challenge myself more this year, I want to push myself past my comfort zone.

I’ve learned a lot about my running over the past year. Last year I was in the best shape of my life, hitting the distance and times I didn’t think were possible. But something I noticed through my training plans was that I peaked at 14 weeks. During the Medina Half training, I ran sub 2:00 in Cleveland, at 14 weeks. Then during marathon training, I ran a 2:01, my second fastest half at River Run, again at 14 weeks. Coincidence? I don’t think so, which is why this time, my training cycle will be 14 weeks with one week of taper. And although I’ve used the regular 16 week training cycle since my first half, I think I know my body well enough that this is the right decision.

As always, I have things I want to focus on while training, whether it be running based or health based.

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night on weekdays, preferably 8
  • Eat some sort of fruit and vegetable every day
  • No alcohol on weekdays except for special occasions
  • Core, core, core!

Here’s my training plan for the next 14 weeks. I’ve accounted for races that I plan to run, as well as the run streak. There are a few things to note.

  • What is considered a rest day will be one mile to keep up the run streak.
  • Thursday’s distance may increase due to whatever is scheduled for Second Sole run group.
  • PiYo is listed, but I’m not 100% committed to the class. I may substitute for yoga or pilates videos.
  • The second week of training I’ll be in Toronto, this could change the schedule based on time and facilities available to me.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 1 Mile Speed-4.5, W/U, 6×400, C/D 1 Mile Tempo 4 1 Mile Long Run 7 Easy 3
Week 2 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-5, W/U, 4×800, C/D Easy 3 Tempo 4.5 1 Mile Long Run 8 Easy 3
Week 3 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-5, W/U, 3×1600, C/D Easy 4 Tempo 4 1 Mile Long Run 9 Easy 3
Week 4 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-6, W/U, Ladder, C/D Easy 3 Tempo 4.5 1 Mile Easy 6 Easy 3
Week 5 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed- 5, W/U, 8×400, C/D Easy 3 Tempo 5 1 Mile Long Run 10 Easy 3
Week 6 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-5.5, W/U, 5×800, C/D Easy 3 Tempo 5.5 1 Mile Flirt with Dirk 10k+5 Easy 3
Week 7 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-5 W/U, 6×400, C/D Easy 4 Tempo 4 1 Mile Long Run 11 Easy 3
Week 8 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-4.5, W/U, 6×400, C/D Easy 3 Tempo 5 1 Mile Long Run 12 Easy 4
Week 9 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-5, W/U, 4×800, C/D Easy 4 Tempo 4.5 1 Mile St. Malachi 5 Miler Shamrock 5k
Week 10 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-5, W/U, 3×1600, C/D Easy 4 Tempo 4.5 1 Mile Super Saturday 5k Spring TRAINing 10 Miler
Week 11 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-6, W/U, Ladder, C/D Easy 3 Tempo 4 1 Mile Long Run 12 Easy 3
Week 12 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed- 5, W/U, 8×400, C/D Easy 4 Tempo 5 1 Mile Easy 3 Towpath 13.1
Week 13 PiYo + 1 Mile Speed-5.5, W/U, 5×800, C/D Easy 3 Tempo 5 1 Mile Earthday 5k Easy 6
Week 14 PiYo + 1 Mile Easy 3 Easy 2 Easy 3 1 Mile 1 Mile Canton 13.1

 

Just under 14 weeks to go!

2015 Race Schedule

It’s a few weeks into 2015, but I can finally say I have most of my races figured out for the next 12 months. Originally I wanted to run a race in every month, but I don’t think that will happen now. January is a tough month for races, and most of them are trail. I’m not that good at trails, and combining them with harsh weather is just asking for an injury. So I move on, and look to other races.

There’s no marathon on the schedule, mostly because I won’t have the time or effort to put towards that distance this year. But instead, I’m looking to run more 5k’s, half marathons and spend more time on the trails. I want to focus on speed this year, and break my fear of pushing myself past my comfort zone.

I’ll have two half marathons I’ll focus on this year, Canton in the spring, and Akron in the fall. Both are courses I’ve never run, and both will bring me a challenge. I’ll throw in a few others for fun, but the goal will be to hit 1:55. I know I can do it, I just have to want it enough to push myself through the 10-13 mile wall.

As for 5k’s, well, I’m certain I’ll break 25:00. I’m nowhere near my college speed, so hitting 22:xx/23:xx won’t be happening. But 24:xx, it’s there.

Here’s a look at my tentative race schedule for 2015. It will change, races could be dropped, and races could be added. I’m still waiting on two websites to update, but for right now, this is what I’ve been able to gather.

February 7, 2015 – Blizzard Busters 5k/10k

February 28, 2015 – Flirt with Dirt 10k

March 14, 2015 – St. Malachi 5 Miler

March 2015 – Shamrock 5k/15k

March 21, 2015 – Strongsville Super Saturday 5k

March 22, 2015 – Spring TRAINing 10 Miler

April 12, 2015 – Towpath Half Marathon

April 18, 2015 – Earth Day 5k

April 26, 2015 – Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon

May 9, 2015 – Flap Jack & Jill 15k

May 30, 2015 – Medina Half Marathon

June 12, 2015 – Down and Dirty 5 Miler

June 21, 2015 – Towpath Ten-Ten

June 2015 – Park to Park Half Marathon

July 4, 2015 – Twin Sizzler 5k

July 5, 2015 – Muddy Paws 5 Mile/10 Mile

July 2015 – Wellington Cheese Fest 10k

August 2015 – Buehler’s Heart & Sole Half Marathon

September 2015 – Run for the Trails 5k

September 13, 2015 – River Run Half Marathon

September 19, 2015 – Dirty Rocks 10k

September 26, 2015 – Akron Half Marathon

October 17, 2015 – Chippewa Creek 10 Mile Challenge

October 2015 – Towpath Half Marathon

October 2015 – Medina SPCA Paws for the Cause 5k

October 2015 – Buckeye Half Marathon

November 12, 2015 – Dirty Dirty 12k

November 2015 – Brunswick Devil Dash 5k

November 26, 2015 – Turkey Burner 5k

December 24, 2015 – Frosty 5 Mile

Any races that I need to add onto my schedule? What’s your goal race of 2015?

Weekly Fitness Recap

Here we are at week two of 2015 and just one week away from my first training cycle of 2015. This was also the first full week of my 365 day streak, and so far so good. But this week wasn’t easy. We had our first polar vortex of the year with temperatures dropping to -23 with windchill. Yikes! But, I made it through, spent a bunch of time at the rec center, and managed to get my highest weekly mileage since the marathon.

Monday- 1 Hour PiYo+ 1 Mile
Tuesday- 5 Miles + Core & Lifting
Wednesday- 3 Miles
Thursday- 3 Miles + Core
Friday- 1 Mile
Saturday- 3 Miles + Core & Lifting
Sunday- 1 Mile
Total Miles- 17 Miles

Monday started with a new class at the rec, a PiYo class. I had barely heard of PiYo, nor taken a class, but after reading the description, I figured it was worth a shot. It was faster than I expected, and my whole body got a work out (my whole body was sore until Thursday). I’m not 100% sure what I think of it, but I like the teacher, so I’ll give it another try. After class I ran my one mile, where my legs felt like jello and called it a day.

Tuesday we got back to our “track tuesday” where we actually did speedwork on the treadmill. Both Mallory and Mo have started their training cycle, so I followed along what they had on schedule, but modified my pace. We ran four 800 repeats with 400m recovery, and I felt exhausted. For some reason, 800’s on the treadmill are so much harder than on the track. I also felt pretty sore from class the night before. We finished up with some core and lifting.

Wednesday and Thursday were relatively uneventful. I ran on the indoor track by myself, both days an easy three miler and listened to Serial. Yep, I got hooked. I finished up Thursday with core and about a million questions for Adnon.

Friday, which is typically a rest day, was just one mile. I also did some core and some lifting, just to even things out.

Saturday I was tempted to run outside because it was absolutely beautiful out, but considering it was in the negative temps all morning, I went to the rec. I managed to run three miles with negative splits. I’m reaching my limit of days that I can run at the rec center per week, but hopefully it’s just because of the added amount of people. I tried to do core and lift, but it was too crowded, so I finished that up at home. And Sunday was supposed to be a longer run, but after Chipotle and after the Packer’s game was over, all I could get out was my one mile.

Overall, I felt pretty good for my first full week of running every single day. For running 11 days in a row, I think I’ve tried to balance things out pretty good. I’ve been able to build a small base these last few weeks which will help to transition into my training cycle.

How do you deal with super cold temps? Do you prefer the treadmill or indoor track?