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6/30/13

Weekly Recap: Half Marathon Training Week 3

Happy Sunday all! I hope all of your training, races and family time went fabulous. I have been extremely MIA this week due to a new full time job and adjustment to 5 a.m. runs. It has been an interesting week but I managed to complete all my runs (which was amazing to say the least)! 

Monday: First day of the new job, which meant I couldn't sleep and ran to catch the bus. 

Tuesday: 3 mile easy run @ 12:57 pace



Wednesday: Rest Day = a busy day of work and orientations. 

Thursday: 4 mile easy run @ 13:19 pace



Friday: Hooray I made it through my first week of work! Celebrated with movies on the couch. 

Saturday: 7 mile long run @ 14:26 pace (6 miles was on the schedule but felt too good to quit!)



Sunday: 3 mile recovery run @ 13:39 pace



I will have to say my longest run and longest training week definitely put a huge smile on my face. I also finished listening to my audio book 50/50 by Dean Karnazes and I would highly recommend it to any and every runner. I laughed and cried while I was on my runs. Even though I am NO WHERE near being an Ultra-Marathoner, it gave me wonderful inspiration to push through those difficult days. 

"Your only limitation is between your ears" - Runner from 50/50

This next week I will be back to a normal schedule of Les Mills Body Pump plus I have decided to take on some July challenges. I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I will not quit before trying! I hope you all have a fantastic week and a Happy 4th of July! 

Happy Running! 

6/23/13

Weekly Recap: Half Marathon Training Week 2

This week was amazing! I have to admit that the thought half marathon training over the past few months has been a little intimidating. However, these first two weeks I have felt amazing and still in good spirits. One major change I have made in this training versus my 10K training is very intentional warm ups, cool downs, stretching and foam rolling. Sure it adds additional time to my workouts but if it means less chance for injury, then sign me up! 


Monday: 30 minute treadmill walk.

Tuesday: 3 mile easy run @ 13:08 pace.



Wednesday: 60 minute Les Mills Body Pump class.



Thursday: 4 mile easy run @ 13:18 pace.



Friday: Rest Day (Bear assisted me in a full day of rest).



Saturday: 5 mile long run (in the rain) @ 14:08 pace.



Sunday: 3 mile recovery run @ 14:02 pace.



I hope you all have a fantastic week! Never give up! 

Happy Running! 

6/21/13

Rest Day and Follow Friday

Rest days. I don't know about any other runners, but I really have to FORCE myself to take a break. Yes, I understand that physically my body needs a break in order to perform better and I will prevent injury. I just hate that I end up in "busy body" mode hoping if I finish every chore known to man I will be able to head to the gym. Of course, my spouse and dog-son are not letting me leave the house.

He is pretty adorable, right?

Well, back to resting up for a long run tomorrow. 

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Many good wishes to all those heading to Boston this weekend to run the B.A.A 10K and everyone else racing! 

Happy Running!



6/18/13

Biggest Loser Run/Walk 5K Recap

I love road races! I was thrilled that after over a month off of heavy training I could get back to racing. Of course, I had to go all out on the first race back and make the drive up to Rockford, Illinois for the Biggest Loser Run/Walk 5K. Packet pick up was only scheduled for the Friday before the race which meant an afternoon drive through central Illinois.

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge (crossing over the Illinois River)

 The Health & Fitness Expo.

I also had to take a "Hollywood" shot in front of the Biggest Loser sign. Yes, I am extra dorky!


Quite possibly the coolest part of the entire event was getting to meet Francelina and Jeff from Season 14! They are such amazing down to earth people and I was lucky enough to also hear their talk on fitness and health. There were two particular quotes that really stuck with me:

"You have to want it more than anything else."

"Your mind will quit before your body does but you have to push through."

While both may seem relatively straight forward, I think sometimes we tend to forget the foundation of our journey's. I know that there are times when I find myself focusing too much on pace instead of appreciating the simple fact: I am running. I can run. Running calms my soul. I want to be healthy so I am able to spend a full and long life with my spouse. We all have our motivators and I know these two really helped me to remember why I am on this journey. 

After all the hoopla of meeting Biggest Loser celebrities, I proceeded to grab an early dinner and relax in the hotel. I have never traveled out of town overnight for a race so I wanted to make sure I was prepped for a 4am wake up call. 


The next morning I was up and out the door by 5:30 breakfast in tow. 

I think this race spoiled me because with such a small town came a parking spot right by the starting line. Side note: I love runners. I was attempting to take a picture of myself before the start (rather unsuccessfully) and a nice lady offered to take my picture. 

There were no official corrals but there were tons of people running the 5K that we had to be let out in groups. I stayed near the middle of the pack (rain and slippery pavement made me nervous) to attempt to control my pace. 

Sadly I didn't take any pictures during the race. There were tons of people, plus I didn't want my phone to be showered with water in the process. The course led us out through some cute streets filled with shops and restaurants then we began the trek through a local park. Now, my one "not so warm and fuzzy" experience from the race was the bottleneck that began at around 1.5m for about a mile. Due to the out and back nature of the course, there was major congestion plus a teeny tiny sidewalk. Other than that it was great to see so many runners and walkers taking the first step in their journey to a healthy lifestyle. I will admit during some parts of the race I gave encouragement to other runners and for a moment they smiled. I teared up several times because I know how important those little motivators can be, especially during a road race. All in all it was a great experience and I may have to sign up for the Chicago race in August. 

Did I mention I met Jeff after the race? Again such a cool guy! He ran the 5K (Fracelina ran the 15K) and was soaked from rain but still stopped to take a quick photo with me. 


I am not going to lie, after this race I was tempted to go home and sign myself up for more this summer. It took a lot of convincing from my spouse to have some restraint (I was reminded of my very important half marathon training). 

Happy Running!