Columbus Half Marathon Training: Week Two

Another week down, and another week closer to some fall racing! Here’s a look at last week’s training.

Monday: Twin Sizzler 5k

Tuesday: 0

Wednesday: 0

Thursday: 4.3 Miles

Friday: 0

Saturday: 7 Miles + Abs, Hips & Arms

Sunday: 3 Miles + Abs, Hips & Arms

Total Miles: 17.4 Miles

I started the the week with the annual Twin Sizzler 5k on Monday. Fresh off our mini vacation to Texas, we were welcomed by cooler weather in the 60’s. I actually didn’t end up racing this, but instead, we ran as a group and took it really easy. Surprisingly it was the first time I didn’t feel miserable running this course, the same course used for all Medina 5k’s.

Coming into the finish line.

Coming into the finish line.

Thursday night I met up with Second Sole for the Pub Run with New Balance. The New Balance sales rep had us test out some shoes, and I ended up taking the Vazee Pace v2 out for a test run. The shoes were pretty comfortable, but at this time I have way too many shoes in my closet. We ran from the store to Roscoe Ewing Park and back to the store again. We finished up with some food and drinks at P.J. Marley’s and watched some of the Olympic Trials.

Looks pretty, but hot as can be!

Looks pretty, but hot as can be!

Saturday I headed out for my long run. I ran out on some back roads and into some developments I had never run through before. I felt pretty good most of the time, but I struggled around mile 4 when I didn’t have any fuel.  But by the time I got to mile 5.5 I felt good, and I finished up strong with a 9:30 average pace.

Always a half mile away from a farm

Always a half mile away from a farm

I finished up the weekend with a recovery run on the trail near our house. I convinced Darren to join me, so while I ran, he ended up biking between 8-9 miles. I felt pretty rough, mostly because I ate a large lunch not too long before lunch. But I still managed to get my miles in and finished up the week with a strong outlook.

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Columbus Half Marathon Training: Week One

Base miles are finally over and I’m finally back on a training plan! I’m excited to have structure back in my running and my workouts will be focused on the goal of running Columbus half in October. I’ve made a few changes for this plan, mostly because I’m still a bit worried I could fall back into the injured category. Here’s what’s different this time around.

-Back to 16 weeks. I’m spreading out my mileage more than my sweet spot of 14 weeks. Hopefully I won’t get burnt out with the longer training schedule.

-Running 4 days a week. I’d prefer to run up to five days, but I’m keeping mileage a bit lower this time, and adding more days to recover in between workouts.

-Lower mileage. I’ve always done well on the lower end of mileage, but I’m keeping it a bit lower than normal. Lower mileage plus fewer days running will hopefully keep me injury free.

-Yoga, lifting, and ab work. The more cross training I do, the stronger I hope to be.

Here’s what I have planned for the next 16 weeks.

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And now to week one recap.

Monday: 4 Miles + Abs & Hips

Tuesday: 0

Wednesday: 3.25 Miles (1 mile w/u, 2×800 w/200 recovery, 1 miles c/d) + Abs & Hips

Thursday: 6 Miles

Friday: 0

Saturday: 3.5 Miles

Sunday: 0

Total Miles: 16.75 Miles

Monday was the first day of the training cycle, and typically I use Monday as a rest day. Because of some travel later on in the week, I had to get my run in then. Lucky for me, it was incredibly hot and still 90 degrees when I got home from work. But even though it was toasty, I still managed to stay just above 9:00 and my legs still wanted to go faster. Thankfully I had sprinklers to keep me cool along the way.

Too hot.

Too hot.

Wednesday was the first track workout of the cycle. I ended up at a new track near my parent’s house and ended up having the whole thing to myself. It was nice to focus in and not have any distractions. Starting from scratch, I did just two 800’s, and ran 3:51 and 3:47. It’s been a long time since I did 800’s, but they felt a lot better than the 400’s from a few weeks ago.

All by myself...Until the fox showed up.

All by myself…Until the fox showed up.

I ended up running my long run on Thursday. Typically my long run would start at 8 miles, but I decided to start at 6. I met up with Mo and we ran a loop through her neighborhood. It was pretty hilly, and my legs were a bit tight. But I still managed to get it done in a decent pace. It wasn’t my best run, but they can’t always go as planned.

We traveled to Houston over the weekend so I moved things around to do my recovery run on Saturday. And I’m so glad I did. I went out with Cori and her pup and we headed to Hermann Park. I was definitely not prepared for the heat and humidity. As early as 7am it was already 85 and felt like 90+.  I felt like I was wearing heavy fleece and had a harder time than usual breathing. I had to take a few walk breaks, but we managed to get 3.5 miles in.

Smiling, but sweating to death.

Smiling, but sweating to death.

So beautiful, yet so humid.

So beautiful, yet so humid.

 

It was a good first week of training. I got all my workouts in and even though my mileage was lower than I typically run, I hit all my miles. I’m hoping to stick to the plan as much as I can, but also know that things may happen and if I feel any ounce of lingering injury then it’s time to back down.

I’m excited to get back into training and see what the next 16 weeks hold!

 

 

 

Weekly Workout Recap

 

It’s been a few weeks, but I’m finally getting into a good routine. And just in time too. I have three weeks until half marathon training starts! 

Monday: 3 Miles

Tuesday: 3 Miles + Abs & Hips

Wednesday: 1 Hour Yoga

Thursday: 0

Friday: 0

Saturday: 4 Miles

Sunday: 6 Miles + Abs & Hips

Total: 16 Miles

 

Monday was a nice wake up call. It was the first day all weekend I didn’t have a migraine and I was running in some heavy heat and humidity. I ended up running on the trail, surrounded by Cicadas and finished up in the development. I kept it easy, but I still felt out of shape.

Beautiful morning on the trail

Beautiful morning on the trail

I met up with Mallory on Tuesday and we ran 3 miles on Roscoe and in the connecting neighborhood. It felt pretty miserable, mostly from the heat. Eventually I’ll get used to the new temps.

Wednesday I took my first yoga class in a long time. I bought a Groupon for Zen Yoga and took advantage of the 10 class pass. I felt stiff, but I felt much more relaxed after class. I’ll definitely be attending at least once a week and hopefully plan to keep it up after my Groupon runs out.

Saturday’s run wasn’t until the middle of the afternoon. I met up with Mallory and we headed to Buckeye Woods. We had a small rain shower, which was welcome after the past week of heat. It was still humid, but much cooler than it has been. We stuck with just four miles due to a time constraint, but it was exactly what I needed.

Sunday I met up with the Running2bWell group at  Hinckley. We did two lake loops and kept it a relatively easy pace. The weather, despite still being a bit humid, was perfect. Rain and 60’s are my favorite! This was also the longest run I’ve done since January. 

Post run hair, not a pretty sight!

Post run hair, not a pretty sight!

Overall it was a really good week. I’m finally back into a good routine and I can start adding on more mileage. As long as I stay aware of my mileage and make sure to incorporate cross training, I hope to be injury free and get back to my old running self.

 

 

Coastal Delaware Marathon Training: Week Three

Three weeks in and I’m already exhausted! It could be that we’re back to a regular work schedule after the holidays, the additional miles, or that I’m only sleeping an average of about 4.5 hours a night. Regardless, I really struggled with staying awake and motivated this week.

Monday: 0

Tuesday: 5.8 miles, 2 mile w/u, 4×800 (4:32, 4:32, 4:28, 4:26) w/ 400 recovery, 1 mile c/d + Abs & Arms

Wednesday: 0

Thursday: 5 Miles, 1 mile w/u, 4×1200 hills w/ 400 recovery, 1 m c/d

Friday: 0

Saturday: 13 Miles

Sunday: 6.2 Miles + Abs

Total: 30 Miles

I headed to the rec center on Tuesday with caution, I was expecting the parking lot to be full and every machine in use. Luckily, it was fairly empty. We started with the warm up on the track and moved to the treadmills. I tried to keep my pace as close as I could to 4:30, so I bounced between 6.7 and 6.8 on speed. I felt fine, but felt slow. We finished with a mile cool down, some ab work and some arm work.

I had to skip Wednesday’s workout because a very busy evening. I ended up getting home at 10pm, and by that point it was dinner and bedtime.

On Thursday I had my first hill repeat workout of the training cycle. I prefer to run my hill repeats outside, but in winter I’m limited to the treadmill after work. I wasn’t sure what incline to use, so I started at 4% and increased my speed on every repeat. Each one felt harder and my hips were getting sore, but I could feel the benefit of the workout, especially walking upstairs afterward!

Saturday’s long run ended up being a tough one. I met up with Jennifer, Kate and Mallory at Buckeye Woods and we set out with the intention of running between 6-8 miles. We ran the inlet to the back roads, to the rail trail. I felt ok in the beginning, but started to get hot and tired a few miles in. I took off my jacket around mile 3 and felt a little better. But by mile 4, I was feeling rough. I fueled with Honey Stingers and stripped down to my tank top. Finally, I felt better and we made our way to a connecting housing development, in search of the house with the cat statue. Gotta make runs fun, right? From here, we were back on the rail trail, and headed back to BW. By this point, I was debating if I should just do my long run since we were expected to have bad weather on Sunday.

Tank tops and cat statues. Both odd in January.

Tank top and a cat statue (under the window). Both odd in January.

So we dropped off Kate and headed around the marsh loop. Within these few miles, my knee was starting to become quite sore. Instead of pushing it to the scheduled 14, we stopped at 11. But after a quick drive home, I felt guilty for not hitting my mileage, so I set out for the final three miles in my neighborhood. The knee pain was gone, and I figured the rest of the run would be no problem. Except for when I started to feel weak and delusional 1.5 miles in. So I headed home and called it quits at 13 for the day. Considering I hadn’t fueled since mile 4, I knew why I couldn’t finish up so I only have myself to blame for this one.

Somehow, I think Sunday ended up as my best run of the week. I was glad I did my long run the day before because the weather started to get nasty when I finally started my run. I set out for 6 miles on the treadmill, and got through 3 episodes of 30 Rock. I fueled with Honey Stingers and Gu at mile 2, mostly because it was lunch time and I was starving, I did not want a repeat of the day before. And I had a small break at mile 4 to open the window for colder air. I felt great and ended up increasing the speed maybe every 10-15 minutes.

After my run, I tallied up my mileage for the week and realized I was at 29.8, so naturally I had to get back on the treadmill for .2 miles to make it an even 30.

Tired legs, stronger legs.

Tired legs, stronger legs.

Overall, this was another good week. I got four workouts in and hit over 30 miles for the second week in a row. I’m not even sure I did that with Wineglass! I think this week was a little harder than last because of the higher mileage. It will take my body some getting used to, but hopefully it will pay off in the end.

 

Weekly Fitness Recap

This was not your typical week. I spent part of my week in Ohio and part of it in Seattle, Washington. Thanks to the holiday, we were able to turn the long weekend into a mini vacation and visit my sister for Thanksgiving. I didn’t get as much running in as I had originally planned, but we did a lot of walking, including hiking a mountain!

Monday: 0
Tuesday: 3 Miles + Abs
Wednesday: 0
Thursday: 4.5 Miles Hiked + 3 Miles Walked
Friday: 7 Miles Walked
Saturday: 5 Miles Walked
Sunday: 13.39 Miles – Seattle Half Marathon + 4 Miles Walked
Total Miles: 16.39 Miles Run + 4.5 Miles Hiked + 19 Miles Walked
Tuesday I stuck to the treadmill and did an easy three miles. Like last week, every half mile I would up the speed. It certainly helped to make time go by quicker, but I’ll need to look into more treadmill workouts if I want to survive another winter. Any suggestions on treadmill workouts? I followed my run up with some ab work and a side of Cheez it Grooves. All about balance, right?

Thursday was our first full day in Seattle. Instead of running, we took the day to go hiking on Tiger Mountain. It was an absolutely beautiful day, completely clear of clouds. It was a steep hike at times, but the views were worth it.

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I’ll trade sidewalks for this view any day!

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Seriously? So much better than Turkey dinner.

We followed that up with an additional 3 miles of walking around the city. I typically don’t log my steps/miles walked, but wanted to keep track this week since we did a ton of walking around Seattle.

Friday I didn’t get a chance to run, I was pretty sore from the hike so I decided to take a rest day. We ended up with around 7 miles of walking in the city. I have to admit, I’m not used to so much walking, so my legs were getting tired, I even starting getting a few almost blisters on my feet. Vacation is hard sometimes 😉

On Saturday I had good intentions of running, but the lazy factor kicked in. We ended up walking 5 miles around the city, and checked out the race expo. By this time I was a bit nervous for Sunday’s race. I’d done barely any running all week and spent a ton of time on my feet. I felt like I was setting myself up for a disastrous race.

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Ready to race!

Sunday, I ran the Seattle Half Marathon. I’ll have a recap up later this week. It ended up being a great race, one that I highly recommend. It was also a lot hillier than I originally thought. And if that wasn’t enough, we walked (hobbled) an additional 4 miles.

Overall my running mileage was low for the week, but I walked a lot more than I typically do, I hiked 4.5 miles with 1,770 gain, and ran a hilly half marathon. It was an active week, but spread out among many activities.

Harvest 5k Recap

Last Saturday, while most everyone was running Akron, I ran a local 5k. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run the half marathon where I wanted to be, so I opted out and decided to focus on a shorter distance. Luckily, Brunswick was hosting the Harvest 5k for the Kidney Foundation.

The race was held at Mapleside Farms, and had a relatively small field. Most of the groups of people were there to attend the walk and had done fundraising for the Kidney Foundation, some traveling as far as two hours away for the event.

I met up with Mallory and we got ready for the race with last minute instructions and indoor bathroom stops. We lined up a few feet from the start line, waiting for the faster runners to show up. But they were no where to be found. The race started and it was clear that we would be leading the pack.

I wanted to keep the same race strategy as the previous week, start out slower and negative split each mile. I tried to keep myself toward 8:40, but my legs kept wanting to go faster. And the slight downhill in the beginning didn’t help to slow me either.

From Mapleside Farms, we crossed the street and ran around the development. I wasn’t familiar with the area, but the roads were horrendous. There were pot holes and cracks everywhere, causing me to stare down almost the entire time.

Mile 1- 8:26

I knew my first mile was too quick, but hoped I could stay with it. I could see the first couple of runners and counted back, I was in the top 10 and was either first or second in my age group.

I was feeling ok, but I was still a little worried that I had gone out too quick. A group of three young girls (high school, maybe?) came up from behind and I stayed with them until the water stop at 1.5 miles. I kept going, but started to feel as though I was working harder.

Little did I know that the first half of the course was all slightly downhill, which meant coming back in, we were running slightly up hill.

Mile 2- 8:46

I told myself I could hold on for one more mile, but my legs just weren’t moving. It was during this mile that another woman (mid 20’s?) came up behind me. I used her as motivation to keep going, but I just couldn’t catch her.

Shortly after she passed me, the three young girls came up behind me. We continued our way along the route, and started to approach the hill we had flown down earlier in the race. I put my head down and focused on each step to the top.

The girls continued to run and I could feel myself slow down even more. This certainly wasn’t the pace or strategy I wanted, but I couldn’t give up now.

Mile 3- 9:06

The ground leveled out and I thought we’d have to cross the street to get to the finish. Luckily the route turned us onto a dirt path to the finish, cross country style.

Last .1 – 8:01 pace

The race didn’t go as I hoped, but I tried not to let it get me down. I didn’t properly execute the plan I wanted, and it left me feeling a bit miserable towards the end. I also know I am far away from good 5k racing shape, but it’s always good to get a few more under my belt.

I ended up taking third in my age group and 11th overall. Mallory ended up with first female overall!

Mallory...Female overall winner!

Mallory…Female overall winner!

Results:

Time: 27:13

Age Group 20-29: 3/12

Female: 8/49

Overall: 11/64

Along with running the race, you received free entry to Pumpkin Village, so we spent some time exploring after the race. It was both our first times to Mapleside Farms, so it was nice to check it out before it got too busy.

Post race visit to Pumpkin Village

Post race visit to Pumpkin Village

Pumpkin Village would be a great place to take your kids. They had a few slides, some mazes, train rides and from the looks of it, a lot more that we just didn’t check out. Even though the 5k didn’t go as planned, it was still a good way to kick off fall!

Mapleside Farms, ready for fall

Mapleside Farms, ready for fall

Hall of Fame Half Marathon Recap

Let’s rewind to last week first before touching on the race recap. I had a pre race blog post ready to go, but decided not to post it after I had some mysterious shin and knee pains. I didn’t want to go in with my expectations out in the open to just absolutely bomb them. So I took things easy, stayed off my feet and decided to accept whatever would happen on Sunday.

I still had a goal that I had written out, but instead of sharing it, I kept it to myself, and honestly, I think it was for the best. In my drafted post, I set out my plan…“Going in, I’m not planning on running a PR. I didn’t train for a PR, and the course is a bit tough from what I’ve heard. So my plan is to run the first 8-9 miles at a 9:20 pace, then drop to 9:10-15 for the final 4 to 5 miles. If I can hang on, then I think I’ll be finishing around a 2:02 time. If the hills really beat me up, and there is a strong possibility of this, then I’ll be around 2:06-2:08.”

And now to Sunday. I got up at 4, ate, stretched and tried to prepare myself for the race. I was feeling more doubt than anything, wondering if I was really ready for this. I knew I had a plan, and if for some reason, things didn’t go as planned, I would still try to do what I could to make it through the race.

I drove to Belden Village to wait for the buses. Unfortunately when I go there the lines were out of control, so we waited, and waited, and by the time we got to the start line, it was already after 7am. Luckily the race was delayed due to the large amount of people who were still waiting for buses. But I couldn’t help but feel that I wasn’t ready, and now feeling rushed.

The race started and we had a bit of an incline, but I used it as a reminder to go out slow. I eventually found an open spot and tried to settle into my pace. I hovered right around a 9:20 pace and felt ok so far. No shin pain, no knee pain. So I told myself to lock it down and just get comfortable.

I zoned in on my pace and thought about my race plan. As long as I felt good as this pace, I wasn’t going to change it. We made our way through city streets, and before the second mile I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned to see Christy, we talked for a moment, and then she was off to continue the marathon. I noticed my pace had quickened, so I tried to reel it back in, focusing on not getting ahead of myself.

Mile 1- 9:21

Miles 2-3 took us through downtown Canton. I actually enjoyed running through the city streets with no traffic and very little spectators. It was refreshing and reminded me of early summer runs while the rest of the world is still sleeping.

Mile 2- 9:04

Mile 3- 9:14

I also knew that we were on the longest street of the course. Market took us all the way to about 4.5 miles in. There were a few rollers, but nothing too terrible. I honestly wondered if the “hills” were just slight inclines that had been over exaggerated. I was still feeling pretty good, despite a bit of head wine, and was still averaging a decent pace to be around 2:02.

Mile 4- 9:28

I took my first Sport Bean at mile 5 and really started to zone out. The course was relatively flat still, and I was actually becoming a bit bored. But then I saw Christy again, and was a little concerned as to how I was able to catch up with her. I saw she was limping, and ran up to her to ask if she was ok. We ran together for a few seconds and then I backed down on my pace. I kept Christy in sight and kept chugging along without going too quick.

Mile 5- 9:23

Mile 6- 9:20

Somewhere around mile 6 I lost sight of Christy, so I kept going, hitting the 10k mark at 58:xx. Feeling good, I zoned out again, trying to focus on keeping my current pace until mile 8 or 9. Then all of a sudden Christy was next to me again. Over the next two miles we didn’t speak, we just ran. We got into a nice rhythm, and even though we were pushing the pace a bit, I felt comfortable.

Mile 7- 9:09

Mile 8- 9:17

After we got to mile 8, I decided to hold onto 9:20 pace for another mile. But unfortunately the hills arrived and they had other plans. Sometime up the first hill and the water stop, I lost Christy. I slowed down a bit, hoping we’d meet up again, but I never found her. So I focused on the hills, repeating to myself that hills were friends, not enemies, I had conquered Effie, I could do any hill.

Mile 9- 9:59

I made it through, but my pace suffered. I continued along, still hoping I’d see Christy, and took my second Sport Bean at mile 9.5. Despite how my legs and hips were starting to feel, this was probably one of my favorite parts of the race. We ran through Stadium Park, and it was beautiful. I wanted to stop and take pictures, but knew I’d never get going again.

I started to get a little warm around this point, and a bit fatigued. I started to count down the miles, noticing my pace wasn’t getting any faster.

At the end of mile 10, we came up a short but steep hill and were met with a view of the McKinley Museum. It was a beautiful view, and gave me a bit of motivation to keep going. But the next two miles were brutal. A continuous incline, my hips were in pain and my legs felt like they couldn’t go any faster. I started to walk some of the bigger hills, pushing myself on the smaller ones. I knew that 2:02 was officially out of sight, but maybe a 2:05 was possible.

Mile 10- 9:25

Mile 11- 10:10

Mile 12- 10:52

The last mile was tough, it was windy and hilly, and my legs were finished. I was ready to be done, but the course just never seemed to end. We passed Fawcett Stadium and did a loop around the Hall of Fame. By now, you could see the look of exhaustion on everyone’s face. After so many turns, I could finally see the entrance to the stadium.

Mile 13- 10:14

Once I entered the side, I heard my name over the speakers. I tried to give it everything I had, but my legs had nothing left to give. I crossed the 50 yard line to the finish of my 21st half marathon with a time of 2:07:03.

50 yard finish

50 yard finish

I got my medal and my blanket and took a seat on the field. I felt a bit weak, thinking that I didn’t eat enough Sport Beans during my race. I sat around for a while, until I heard Christy’s name called. Heartbroken, I knew she had dropped to the half instead of working towards her marathon, but I was proud that she had played it safe and made the right call. I met her at the finish and was glad to see that she was in good spirits.

Fawcett Stadium

Fawcett Stadium

After that, I headed home and really reflected on the race. Even though my splits weren’t perfect, I was on a pretty good pace to end up around 2:02 through mile 8. But just as I suspected, the hills got the best of me, and oddly enough I ended up right between my back up time of 2:06-2:08.

After 21 half marathons, I think I finally have them figured out. I tested a 14 week training cycle, and it worked out really well. I knew what pace I could comfortably handle, and where I would land if I had some trouble with hills. I truly wasn’t sure what to expect, mostly because I was nervous about the what ifs. All year I’ve been nervous to race again, nervous to get back out there. I’m still a bit disappointed with my Wineglass race, but after Sunday’s race, I was finally excited to race again, finally feeling like myself. I think I’m ready to push myself again.

 All in all, this was a great race. The bus situation was a bit stressful, but in due time, I’m sure those kinks will get worked out. Other than that, everything else was very well run, considering they’re only in their second year. The course, while full of some small rollers, has some tough hills in the second half. I didn’t do enough hill workouts, but if you prepare properly, they should be pretty manageable. And the best part of the race? Not only do you get a tech tee and medal, but you also score a really nice fleece blanket.

Race swag!

Race swag!

So my first big race is done for the year. It was one of my strongest training cycles, and one of my stronger half marathons.  I’m excited to see what else this year has for me. On to the next!

 

#21

#21

Results:

Official Time: 2:07:03

AG 25-29: 42/119

Female: 295/993

Overall: 699/1705

HOF Half Marathon Training: Week Nine and Ten

I opted to combine training weeks 9 and 10, because they weren’t anything too spectacular. I had good intentions in the beginning of both weeks, but for one reason or another, workouts were the last thing I had time for.

Week 9

Monday- 0

Tuesday-6 Miles, 6×800 repeats

Wednesday- 0

Thursday- 0

Friday- 0

Saturday- Strongsville Super Saturday 5k

Sunday- 0

Total Miles-9 Miles

I lacked on workouts in week 9, but the ones I did were hard on effort. I had one of my best 800 repeat workouts of the cycle on Tuesday which was definitely uplifting. I had meant to run on Wednesday or Thursday, but things just kept coming up to prevent me from getting out there. Poor scheduling on my part.

Saturday I ran a 5k, recap to come this week, which was again, a solid effort and a hard workout. I’m not sure what happened Sunday, but motivation was no where to be found. I kept putting off my long run until it was too late. I found comfort in the idea that maybe I needed a weekend off of long runs, and to start fresh the following week.

Week 10

Monday- 0

Tuesday- 1 Mile

Wednesday- 4 Miles, 4×800 repeats

Thursday- 0

Friday- 0

Saturday- 0

Sunday- 10 Miles

Total Miles-15 Miles

And then week 10  happened. Our poor cat Pudge decided to eat 6 inches of an earbud cord, which lead to surgery, constant watching, and a very stressful and tiring week. The poor thing had to be kept in a separate room and needed almost constant attention.

Luckily Darren could work from home, and my mom could stop over when neither of us could take off work. Unfortunately, the little guy was having some separation anxiety and would take off his cone while we weren’t home, which means he could pick at his stitches. Cue additional stress.

The little patient

The little patient

Needless to say, we’re in the home stretch, and he should be allowed out by Saturday. But with all of going on, my runs were scattered, rushed, and not what I wanted.

Tuesday I did a quick progression mile. I wish I had time for more, but didn’t, so I tried to make it count. Wednesday I snuck down to the treadmill and hammered out a speed workout. Not as long as I wanted, but it was better than nothing.

Thankfully Sunday I was able to get out and do a long run with Mallory. We ran 7.25 miles together and I finished up the rest on my own. It was exactly the run I needed. I felt a little out of shape at times, but it was the perfect way to step away from the past two weeks and remind myself that I’ll have bad days or weeks.

10 miles of relaxation

10 miles of relaxation

This training cycle has been a weird one. I’ve had my ups and downs, and of course the weather hasn’t helped over the past few months. But comparing myself from previous spring cycles, I know I’m putting in more work, even though I may have moments of struggle.

I’m looking forward to starting a new week and finishing up these last four weeks where I know I should be. And hopefully, warmer weather will follow!

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 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.