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Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Races, Running | 6 comments

5 Things that Helped Me Shave 5 Minutes off my PR

When I set out to run the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon 2 weeks ago, I was hoping to beat my Personal Record (PR) of 1:49 by a minute or 2. I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself though. I actually set my expectations low (it was my first half marathon since becoming a mom), and ultimately decided I would just be happy if I finished the race strong.

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Well, I ended up shaving 5 minutes off of my personal best time and crossing the finish line in 1:44! I could not believe what the clock said at the finish line because I remember thinking years ago that anything under a 1:45 was simply unattainable for me. I remember thinking, “Only legit runners can finish under that time.” I know I’m such a cheeseball, but I still get emotional thinking about that. I also laugh because {clearly} I am not a legit runner…but I did finish in a time that I was proud of.

Anyways, today I wanted to share what I think contributed to my success (playing that term a little loose today) during the Savannah Rock n Roll Half and why I think I was able to shave so much time off my splits. As always, I’m simply sharing what I believe worked for me – I’m not saying this is what you must do if you want to get faster. I’m no expert.

Speedwork

 

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I think this played a bigger role in my PR than any other factor. I set aside 1 day (sometimes 2 days) each week and played around with speed work. Gosh, these workouts were SO hard and usually left me feeling quite nauseous, but pushing my body outside my comfort zone paid off big time on race day. I remember hitting mile 11 during the race and feeling fatigued and then recalling all those days of running 400 meter sprints and feeling exhausted after 7 of them, but pushing through the final sets. If anything, it helped me mentally to know I could push through the discomfort.

And I’m sure this is totally obvious, but when you’re running sprints at, say a 6:50 pace, it makes running a 7:48 pace the next day feel a whole lot easier. I’ve never really done speed work/sprints before when training for a race, but I don’t think I’ll ever train for another race without it. #gamechanger

Hydration

I’m going to be honest – I’m not good at drinking water. I don’t drink other things (like soda or coffee)- I just often go without drinking anything. However, since I was fighting a cold the week before my half marathon, I knew I needed a lot of fluids to flush out the toxins in my body. I was downing water/smoothies/green juice and I think that helped me feel really good on race day. I know all the experts say hydration is key, and I guess they are right. Ugh.

*Side note: I also felt like my skin looked significantly better that week. Random, I know. But just another motivator for chugging more water…as I sit here typing this with a dry mouth and a giant zit on my forehead wondering, “When was the last time I had a sip of water today?”

Hills, Hills, Hills

I know what you’re thinking. Oh hill no. Nobody likes running hills, but I think the #1 secret to getting faster is hills. Once a week I would run hill sprints. They were short (usually around 30 seconds to a minute long at most), but they were a killer (I would usually run 3-6 of them). And even on days when I didn’t run hill sprints, my running routes were filled with hills. I think training on a course that was SO much harder than the race course set me up for success because I truly felt like the Savannah RnR course was a piece of cake after running in the land of all the hills for the last 8 weeks. You may end up training slower if you include a lot of hills in your training runs, but I think – for me – those hills helped build up my legs and lungs so I could really GO on the flat race course.

If you don’t live in a neighborhood filled with hills (lucky you), I suggest going to the gym and setting the incline on the treadmill to a 5% grade and then working your way up from there for little extra bursts of challenges in your run. I think this also makes running on a treadmill more fun (I like doing ‘rolling hills’ where I got from say a 5% grade for 1 minute, back down to a 1% grade for a minute and then up to a 6% grade for 2 minutes before returning to a 1% grade, etc).

Recover, Recover, Recover!

 

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Before I had children, I was always really bad about taking recovery days. I just hated missing a day of running or working out. That’s not a problem for me these days. With 2 babies at home, I inevitably miss 1 or 2 days of working out/running each week…and I think I’m better because of it. My body actually gets to recover and as a result I can push it harder on the days I do run. I remember I used to run 5 or 6 days a week before I had Atlas and I was SO much slower back then. Now, I’m lucky if I get 4 runs in a week and I think my body appreciates this change. Physically, my legs feel better and mentally I feel more engaged in my runs because it isn’t something I do every day, so when I do get to lace up my running shoes I’m usually like, “Okay! Lets do thissss!” (instead of, “Ugh – I just did this yesterday & I’m tired!”)

Cross Train

 

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Why yes – my kids are doing squats while eating suckers. It’s called balance.

When I first started to notice my splits getting faster several years ago, I realized the only thing I had changed was adding cross training to my exercise regimen. I was taking group fitness classes at the time that were boot camp style (think lots of squats, plyometrics, push-ups, burpees, mountain climbers, etc) and not only did I notice a change in the way my body looked, but I also noticed a change in how it performed. I was actually building solid muscles in my legs and core and as a result, I was able to run faster. Ever since then, I’ve incorporated cross training to my workout plan. With 2 babies at home, finding time to go to the gym isn’t always feasible, but I still manage to squeeze in 30 minute workouts at home that include a lot of lower body/core work. Jump squats hurt, but they are effective.

And that’s it! I really had fun with this half marathon. My view of running has changed so much over the last 3 years. It is such a gift and I enjoy the solitude it gives me to think/pray/zone out. Running definitely has a huge mental component to it and when I began viewing it as the gift it truly is, not only did I get faster, but I also enjoyed the miles more..and that’s what it is really about. Getting the most out of your miles and enjoying the gift of health!

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I would love to know your tips for running if you are a runner! Leave them in the comments below! Or maybe you aren’t a runner and you just read this post anyways because you like supporting CnC (Hi, Mom!). Thank you for that. And instead you can share 2 things that could possibly make you run (i.e. a big bear or knowing there is only 1 hot donut left in the universe at Krispy Kreme and you’ve got a shot at getting it – I’m pretty sure that would make me run my fastest time ever). 😉

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Races, Running | 10 comments

Savannah Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – 2016

When Dave & I signed up for the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon 8 weeks ago, I knew there was a possibility of setting a personal record (PR), but I wouldn’t come right out and say that was my goal because I didn’t want to jinx it and I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment by getting too focused on a time that I may not attain. I ran the Savannah RnR half marathon in 2012, so I knew the course (it is flat with great spectator support and the weather is usually perfect that time of year, so I think it’s a good course to run if you’re shooting for a PR). Since this was my first half marathon in 3 years (!!) + my first race since having my babies, I decided I would be happy if I just ran a respectable time and finished the race strong. However, I was secretly hoping to break my PR of 1:49.

But then the weekend before the race Andi Rose got sick and I felt like I was going down with her. I tried to stay positive, but I mentioned last week on the blog that I wasn’t feeling great. As a result, I pretty much took the entire week off from running because I felt like I was fighting a flu-type virus. I ran 5 miles one day and it was not pretty. I came home from the run and told Dave there was no way I could run 13.1 miles if I felt like I did in that moment on race day. So, I let all dreams of a personal record go and decided I would just be grateful if I was healthy enough to run the race at all and enjoy the weekend in Savannah with my family. I upped my vitamin-intake, downed lots of water, made lots of green juice and smoothies, coated myself in essential oils and prayed that no matter what happened, God would align my heart with His will so my attitude was pleasing to Him (read: I prayed that God would help me not pout if I had to sit the race out due to an illness).

God went above and beyond because not only was I able to run in Saturday’s race, but I was able to shave almost 5 whole minutes off my PR!

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So here’s the race recap…

On Friday afternoon we loaded the car up and made the 4.5 hour drive down to Savannah. We ended up hitting major traffic, so by the time we arrived in Savannah we had to head straight to the expo to pick up our race-packets.

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I look like a tired hot mess in this photo…because I was a tired hot mess

Dave & I were so excited to walk around the Expo because the RnR Expo is legit, ya’ll! Unfortunately, neither of our kids shared in our excitement. Since it was so late when we got there (I say ‘so late’ – that’s mom talk for 7:30pm) Andi Rose was going hog wild and Atlas wanted me to hold him the entire time, so we ended up grabbing our bibs and heading out to meet up with my Mom and nephew, Pierce. (My mom & nephew drove up from Jacksonville to stay with us and watch Atlas & Andi Rose while Dave & I ran the race. We were so thankful for them because we couldn’t have participated in the race without their help.)

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We rented a 2 bedroom apartment for the weekend, which was more comfortable and affordable than renting 2 hotel rooms. Once we unloaded our bags at the apartment, we headed back out to find something for dinner. By this point it was almost 9pm so we opted for take-out and I ordered a burger and a salad and I ate half of both.

I think my head finally hit the pillow around 11:30 on Friday night. It’s funny how much motherhood changes your perspective on life. I remember always freaking the night before a race about eating the ‘perfect’ pre-race meal and getting 9 hours of sleep and having everything laid out and ready the night before. I didn’t even start thinking about actually running until after my kids went to bed and then I was like, “Hmm…I hope that burger I just ate fuels me well tomorrow. I better make sure everything is laid out for the kids tomorrow so they are good to go in the morning.” I literally threw my race stuff in a pile 2 minutes before I went to bed.

Dave woke up around 5:30am on Saturday to get ready for the race. I have no idea what he did. I heard his alarm go off, but I didn’t get up until 15 minutes before we had to leave. I brushed my teeth and got dressed and used the 3 minutes I had leftover to sit on the couch and scroll through Instagram while Dave stretched. He’s obviously the more serious athlete in our duo.

Our apartment was only a 10 minute walk from the start line, so we made the chilly walk down to find our spot in our corral a little after 7am. I told Dave as we walked to the race that I felt good. I didn’t feel sick (glory to God), but I wasn’t feeling the race. I actually told him I thought it was a little nuts that my mom was watching our kids so we could wake up EARLIER than normal and go RUN. I was all, “Um, next time she watches our kids it needs to be so we can SLEEP and NOT MOVE. This doesn’t feel like a good life decision.” But by the time we made it to the start line the energy from the other runners was absolutely contagious and I was totally amped up to run!

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I loved being surrounded by so many people who were running the full marathon (the full marathon splits from the half at mile 12). It was inspiring and it made me think, “Hey! My morning is going to be better than that person’s! I’ll be eating lunch and they will still be running.”

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The race started right on time and when the gun went off for our corral (I love that they let you start in waves), Dave kissed me on the cheek, then slapped me on the butt and said,”I’ll be chasing you, Baby.” And then that fool ran off and left me.

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Dave & I didn’t train together for this race and I trained way harder. I logged more miles each week and I incorporated pretty intense (for me) speed work. All of my long runs were faster than Dave’s, but Dave is an athlete so I knew when race day came he would push it because that’s how he rolls. Dave has a mental drive that doesn’t allow him to lose at much, so I knew despite his laid-back training schedule, we would still be finishing neck-and-neck. But I was committed to run my race (as opposed to racing him) and we already agreed we wouldn’t be running together (better for our marriage and whatnot). I saw Dave ahead of me around the 1 mile mark and then I didn’t see him again. I assumed for a little while that he was ahead of me, but as I passed more and more people I began to think there was no way he was that far ahead of me and he must be behind me somewhere, but to be honest I didn’t think about it too much.

For the first half of the race I thought about God’s faithfulness. When I ran the Savannah RnR in 2012 my life was so different. I actually fought back tears for a good portion of the race as I thought about all God has brought me through since the last time I ran that course. I thought about the work He has done and is still doing in my heart and how grateful I am for the changes that have happened in my life that I never could have imagined 4 years ago. It was a sweet time for me of prayer and just offering my praises and gratitude up to the Lord.

Miles 5(ish)-8(ish) of the course are so so pretty! I loved looking at all the adorable row homes decorated for fall (talk about stoop goals – SO many pretty porches). This is also where there are a ton of spectators so these miles flew by!

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At mile 9 I got hit with a horrific cramp, but I never stopped running. I slowed my pace way down and just focused on breathing through the pain and eventually the cramp went away and I picked my pace back up and by mile 10 I was ready to kick it into high gear again (obviously using the term ‘high gear’ in a pretty loose form). At mile 11, I knew I was getting a PR. I knew even if I slowed way down, I would still get a PR and that had me all kinds of excited/emotional. Gosh, I was so freaking pumped at this point in the race!

At mile 12, I felt someone come up beside me – all up in my personal space – and I looked over to see Dave smiling at me. I said, “OH MY GOSH! Are we seriously about to finish this race together? I thought I was kicking your butt!” Dave just laughed and then I immediately thought, “Oh Gosh! Are we about to all out race for this last mile?!” But Dave hung with me and allowed me to set the pace. I say, “He allowed me to set the pace” – I found out after the race he was pushing it hard to keep up with me.

When we rounded the last corner and saw the finish line, Dave reached out and grabbed my hand and said, “You are getting a ridiculous PR, Babe! I’m so proud of you!” We crossed the finish line hand-in-hand.

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Yes, I ran with my long sleeve zip on my arm like that for 11 miles of the race. It was more comfortable than having it tied around my waist. I’m aware I look like an idiot.

But here’s the kicker. Dave followed me the entire race (& I had no clue he was right behind me). He said he about died trying to hang with me. At the end he wasn’t sure if he could even finish with me. But he ended up crossing the finish line 1/100th of a second before me. Everything about our times reflected a dead tie, except the official results stated that Dave was the 428th person to cross the finish line and I was the 429th person to cross. So, he is declaring himself the winner in our personal race. CRAZY!! I couldn’t help but laugh at that.

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Anyways, once I crossed the finish line, I gave Dave a kiss and allowed myself to feel all the feels and cry over my accomplishment. The tears of joy totally flowed and it was an experience I’ll never forget (ugh, how cheesy am I). There were seriously so many special things about this race though. My first race as a mother. Shaving 5 minutes off my personal best. Finishing the race hand-in-hand with Dave. It was just pure magic and I spent the rest of the weekend the same way I started the race – feeling so incredibly grateful for all God has done in my heart and all He has allowed me to do.

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And I couldn’t post a proper race recap without documenting my 2 favorite spectator signs from the race…

  1. If Trump and Hillary can run, so can you!
  2. If it were easy, it would be called, “Your Mom!”

Both of those signs made me laugh out loud. The Trump/Hillary sign was pure gold and came at the perfect time on the course when I needed a good laugh.

And on that note, happy election day!

P.S. If you just read all 2,000 words of this post, thank you. That really means a lot to me. That was like a marathon for you, wasn’t it? In fact, I think you deserve some carbs. If we were together right now, I would totally buy you a donut.

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Races, Running | 4 comments

I Ran, I Survived and I Got A Personal Record!

Hey, hey, hey! I’m popping in a little late today to share that our half marathon on Saturday went so great and I got a PR!!! (multiple exclamation points totally required there)  I’ll be sharing a full race recap tomorrow on the blog, but for today I just wanted to share that I ran it, I feel like I conquered it and I’m still floating on that runner’s high this morning!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know I survived the race but if you want the details, come back tomorrow!

Dave & I ended up finishing together (we even held hands at the finish line – you just said ‘awww’ – I know), but one of us managed to somehow cross the finish line 1/100th of a second first, making that person the technical ‘winner.’ Find out who won tomorrow! 😉

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Family Fun, Running | 0 comments

Happy Halloween + It’s Our Race Week!

Hola, Party People! I missed you guys yesterday, but I was (am?) in catch-up mode from being out of town over the weekend (read: I’m drowning in laundry). We had such a fun time in the mountains of North Carolina and I’m so excited to share a recap and a bunch of photos with you, most likely tomorrow! I think I said, “This place is so magical” 36 times while we were there. The fall foliage was unreal.

Tonight, I’m just popping in to give you a quick life update and share a few Halloween pictures (indulge me, please).

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Andi Rose was a dog and Atlas was a police car. Not a police man. A police car. When he picked out his costume, I asked him if he wanted a police costume to wear with the car (he was very adamant that he wanted to be an actual vehicle) and he said, “No, I’m fine.” I pressed the issue and said, “What will you wear under the police car if you don’t wear a police uniform?” He said, “Mom! I’m not a police man in a police car. I’m Atlas in a police car.” I was like, “Oh, okay. So you’re a criminal. Because if you’re in the police car and you’re not the police man then you’re most likely under arrest.” He was cool with that so I just saved the $50 on the police uniform and let the kid’s dream come true.

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Andi Rose was the cutest dog I’ve ever seen (don’t tell Marley & Ob I said that) and I swear at least 5 people stopped to take her picture. She growled at everybody, so she was obviously really into her costume.

Little Life Update

I’m actually typing this up while sipping some warm tea and directly across from me is about 5 pounds of Halloween candy that isn’t calling my name.

When I can look deep into the wrapper of a Reese’s peanut butter cup and feel nothing on the inside, that can only mean one thing. I am ill.

Over the weekend I wasn’t feeling so hot and I chalked it up to the fact that I got a flu shot last week. Every year I get the flu shot and every year I say I’m never getting it again because it makes me feel so crappy. Does anybody else ever feel ‘flu-ish’ after they get the flu shot or is this just me and a weird coincidence?

Anyways, the fact that I’m still not feeling super great today has me thinking I’m fighting a real cold. Andi Rose is down with a cold right now. Well, not actually down. Nothing gets her down. She’s a champ. Her nose is running, but so is she. She never.stops.moving.

Our half marathon is this Saturday so I’m feeling a little panicky about the whole thing, but I keep telling myself that this is not a big deal. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL! But it does feel like a bit of a bummer.

So, this is where I’m at with all of it…

I skipped my long run over the weekend and just enjoyed the rest and time with my little family. That was a good decision. I needed the rest – physically and mentally. No matter what happens on race day, I won’t regret skipping that last long run because the time spent with my husband and kids in the mountains was so much more rewarding.

I skipped my 5 mile run today and I’m on the fence with whether or not that was a good decision. I have such a ‘power through’ personality, but sometimes I think that gets me into trouble because I push it too hard when I should rest. So today, I rested again…but I’m feeling kind of ‘blah’ about that now. I may run tomorrow, but I’m stressing over what my body needs. Does it need to run in preparation for Saturday or does it need total rest to fight this cold bug off? So hard to tell…

I don’t feel full blown sick, but I don’t feel well either. I’m feeling super fatigued, my throat is a bit scratchy and I’m a little achy. I feel like I’m on the verge of getting sick, but I’m not actually sick yet. Does that make sense? Like, I’m still functioning fine. I probably could have ran today – but I just feel ‘off’ so I didn’t.

Today is November 1st and I think this week is the absolute best time to start practicing gratitude. (Gratitude is something I must practice, because it truly doesn’t come natural to me during times of frustration.) So, whether or not I get to lace up my running shoes this week, I’m determined to practice thankfulness. Today I thought a lot about how lucky I am that I made it through 7 weeks of training without getting sick (that’s a record for us since we moved to Georgia). I thought about how blessed I am to have a husband who surprised me by signing me up for a race. I thanked God that He’s blessed me with the health needed to birth 2 children and the endurance to keep up with them. If I get sick and I can’t run this race and that’s the worst thing that happens to me this holiday season, then I’m doing alright. There will be other races and other things to look forward to.

I’m still praying that come race day I feel fabulous and ready to rock my run, but more than anything – at this point – I’m just praying that God gives me the grace to respond appropriately should I go down with a full-blown cold and have to sit this race out. I’m still hopeful, but I’m also trying to prepare myself for the reality that I may end up being down for the count.

Finishing this race has been high on my priority list for the last 8 weeks, but finishing this week out with a good attitude, regardless of whether or not I get to cross the finish line of my half marathon, is now proving to be more important…and more challenging.

So, that’s where I’m at. I would appreciate all the prayers and good vibes you guys got! 🙂 Either way, we are heading to Savannah this weekend so at the very least I hope I feel good enough to chow down on some deep fried southern food.

Oh, and it is November 1st so that means it is officially time to bust out all the Christmas music and play it loud and proud! (We’ve been listening to Christmas music for a while now, but I can officially turn it UP and not worry about our neighbors thinking I’m crazy because ’tis the season!) And no matter what happens this week – there are now Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel! THIS is what we’ve been practicing for, people! GAME FACES ON! The HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!! Doesn’t that just make you want to smile?! 🙂

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Family Fun, Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 6 Recap + Weekend Fun

Hola! This weekend went by way too fast for me and I’m already wishing I could go back and re-live it. My mom drove up all the way from Florida to visit us and watch Atlas’ last soccer game.

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Part of me is glad soccer is over and we get our Saturday mornings back, but part of me is really going to miss watching Atlas run around (albeit somewhat aimlessly) the soccer field holding Boo Boo the Bear.

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Atlas had fans travel from all over the place for his soccer games. My mother in law visited us from Pennsylvania and got to watch 2 of his games and my dad and stepmom also got to watch 1 of his games. He’s got a little fan club, no doubt about it. 😉

My mom graciously offered to babysit our munchkins on Saturday night so Dave & I could go out and we were so excited to have a date night! We met up with some friends from our small group at church and had a delicious dinner and we left saying, “Why do we not do this more?” Dave & I hardly ever step away from our kids, but when we do I feel like we just bond so much and return home feeling refreshed. We are hoping to make date night a more frequent thing moving forward! Also, I feel the need to wear white pants every time I get away from my children…because hello! Nobody is wiping pizza sauce on my pants. (& if you know me in real life and we are friends, then you know I do still wear white pants around my kids…because apparently I love living life on the edge.)

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Sunday was spent doing some blog related things, dining out for a quick lunch (I got this greek salad and I can’t stop thinking about it because it was SO good), perusing Dick’s Sporting Goods (I’m loving the new Calia workout gear by Carrie Underwood), grocery shopping with Atlas (Dave stayed home with Andi Rose so I could have some one-on-one time with my boy) and cooking a healthy dinner (we need some healthy food back in our lives STAT).

Half Marathon Training, Week 6 Recap

And here is the recap of week 6 of my half marathon training….

  • Monday: 5 miles @ a 7:53 pace
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 11 miles @ an 8:08 pace
  • Thursday: 21 Day Fix Upper Body Workout + 10 minute abs
  • Friday: Rest (I say ‘rest’ – I cleaned our house while simultaneously chasing 2 kids around, which felt like a freakin’ workout)
  • Saturday: 10 x 400 sprints on the treadmill (I averaged around a 7:10 pace for the ‘sprints’ and I kept my recovery time super slow, but super short) + 1.5 mile cool down run (5.37 miles total)
  • Sunday: 21 Day Fix Dirty Thirty Workout

I had to do my long run on Wednesday because of Dave’s work schedule + Atlas’ last soccer game. Getting that long run knocked out mid week made for a super nice weekend!

Random Thought on Running

I give mad props to all the moms of young babies out there who train for marathons. I love running, but I also really love sleeping and trying to balance those 2 loves with 2 small children is hard and I’ve come to terms with the fact that while I have thoroughly enjoyed training for this race, I like having the option to sleep in on days when I need sleep. Having to run forces me up and out of bed and while some mornings that is such a blessing, there are other mornings where I’m like, “Dang, I wish I could sleep for another hour and just workout at home for 30 minutes later in the day.” I never regret waking up to run, but it sure is extra hard during this season of life.

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And once again, I feel like I could solve this problem if I just had a treadmill in my house. If I had a treadmill in my house, I’m pretty sure I would have already signed up for 2 more long distance races. First world problems, no?

Happy Monday, friends! Let’s hope today goes by as quick as a Saturday! I’m already looking forward to next weekend. Dave suggested we drive up to the mountains next weekend because he knows my love language. He said we can be leaf-lookers next weekend. He knows how much I love being a leaf-looker.* The question is do we give our kids lollipops or Benadryl to make the experience more enjoyable? Just kidding!

*A leaf-looker is a person who drives really slow to take in all the fall foliage. I assume most leaf lookers are over the age of 65, so I may not look the part, but you better believe I’ll have our family decked out in plaid shirts and puffer vests and I’ll most likely make us listen to Christmas music the whole time because changing leaves means the holidays are practically here! 😉

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 5 Recap

Good morning! I hope you’re tuning into this blog post after a fun fall weekend. I was MIA on Friday because we had a jam packed calendar that involved company leaving our house and new company arriving on the same day. It was bananas, but we had a lot of fun getting to see some friends and family that we don’t get to visit with that often.

My half marathon training plan called for a ‘fall back’ week last week and that ended up working out beautifully since we were entertaining guests.

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I was super grateful I didn’t have to squeeze in a long run over the weekend so I could just enjoy our friends and family and the activities we had planned. I still ran, but there’s a big difference for me between running 6 miles and running 11 miles – mentally & physically!

This is what week 5 of my training plan ended up looking like…

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 5 Miles with 5 Hill Sprints Thrown in @ a 7:45 pace (I’m pretty sure this was my fastest run of this training cycle so far, which surprised me because I felt like my recovery between those hill sprints was pretty slow)faster
  • Wednesday: Upper Body Strength Workout + 10 Minutes of Core Work
  • Thursday: 40 Minute Tempo Run on Treadmill (I covered 5 miles with two 10 minute blocks that I ran ‘fast’)
  • Friday: Cardio Strength Workout
  • Saturday: 6 Miles
  • Sunday: Rest

I originally planned to do closer to 7 miles on Saturday, but I wasn’t feeling it once I started running and I decided to just take full advantage of the fall back week and stop at 6 miles. Plus, this gave me a few extra minutes to get ready before rushing back out the door for Atlas’ soccer game that morning. Saturday was our day to bring snacks for Atlas’ soccer team. I had a little bit too much fun planning out the snacks and I made Halloween themed goodie bags and then had doughnuts made that looked like soccer balls. I’m taking this ‘soccer mom’ title pretty serious, if you couldn’t tell. 😉

I can’t believe we only have 3 weeks left until our race! I’m so excited and even though I’m not sticking to my training plan as closely as I wanted to, I’m feeling good about the race. I know it will be hard, but I keep telling myself that it is supposed to be hard. 13.1 miles shouldn’t feel easy.

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