Week 1 of Training for my Fast Half Marathon 

This is my 5th time around for training for a half marathon. The half is hands down my favorite distance. I haven’t trained for anything else since my full marathon in 2014 (in November it’ll be 2 years since I did it!) and this time I am so pumped. In October I had my best finish time for a half, it was 2:23 and I was gunning for a 2:20. I had trained well for that time, but race day is unknown. I suffered pain in my ankles in the last 2.5 miles and it was hard to put pressure so I did my best. I still had  PR and this April I want a 2:15.

Today concluded my first week of training, and boy am I tired. My legs are feeling a little heavy, but I know with time they’ll get used to it. So here is my recap with the past week of running. Enjoy!img_3484

My beloved Greenway was damaged on Sunday. We had rain/ice/snow/HURRICANE WINDS the week before and although the sun was shining, the aftermath was ugly. I did manage to cross this on the make-shift balance beams to the left, but I was a little scared. HA! I’m sure the kids were having no issue having the guts to cross, but my 27 year old self was like “please don’t fall.” I ran 5 miles in 52:46, averaged 10:32.

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Monday I was up for 3 miles, but I had no time. I know, its an excuse, but I attempted to make it up Wednesday.

Tuesday I was off so I did my speed-work. I have a love-hate relationship with speed-work.  I love the feeling of really pushing myself, but I hate that it takes so long to finish. Say what? Each one of my speed sessions is for a long-ish distance. I mean running hard for miles at a pace that is uncomfortable for you gets annoying. But I love the results. I seriously do!

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This workout was 1 mile warm up, five repeats of 800m at 9:30-9:40 pace, with 3 minutes or 400m  recovery jog, 1 mile cool down. I messed up my laps. I was so good about tracking them, and then for some reason I missed one and it shouldn’t of messed me up, but nope. So I don’t know what I was pacing for my repeats. But I finished in 54:45, average pace of 9:57.

Wednesday I attempted my missed Monday run, it was 3 miles at easy pace. I started this so late. I was losing daylight and I was running on a different trail around the park because the track was completely taken up with a high school. So after my first loop, I was done. I was not having it. I told Zach that it wasn’t feeling great, so no need to finish. I ran 1.8 miles in 19:04, averaged 10:46.

Thursday I had 3 miles at easy pace with four 20 sec strides and 10 sec rest between each stride. Again, ran in the evening. It was windy so I ran kinda fast because I wanted to be done. I hate running in wind. The trail was still covered in mud puddles from it flooding the week before, and I saw this tree just hanging across the trail.

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By the way, this trail always floods. And each year when I run the Georgia Peach Jam, this puddle is deep and I always have to run through it. Maybe this year it’ll be dry.

When I was finishing the run, I went to the track to finish my strides. Now, my heart is still full from this moment. I was running my stride at 7:28 pace (which is like WAY fast for me) and this coach had asked if I could pace his student for her strides, she wasn’t maintaining pace. So I said “YES!” And she and I went out for the strides and cool downs and it was a blast. I couldn’t believe it. I am beyond proud of this moment. I ran 3.2 miles in 33:01 at a 10:19 pace. I did not for some reason keep my watch going for my last cool down lap..? I was tired.

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Friday was REST. Glorious rest.

Saturday I ran 3 miles, did it on track and at night. I met Zach there after work because he brought me my clothes, best husband ever. And I ran at a pretty good pace. I was a little tired at the end because 1. I was working all day and 2. I ate at 12:00 and nothing since then. So this was good in the fact that I was able to run this pace with no energy. 3.15 miles in 31:13, average pace of 9:55.

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Today was my long run, 7 miles. I ran 7 miles 11 weeks ago. Since then I’ve hit 5-6 miles as my longest run. I was super excited about this run today. I knew my legs were tired, but I wanted to take it easy but if I ran a little hard that would be ok.

I ran decently. Until I didn’t. I started easy, too easy. First mile at 11:39, second mile at 11:10. I maintained 10:55 for miles 2-6 which is good. My stomach cramped like something fierce at at 5.5 miles and I had to stop. I had to figure out my next step, because I hadn’t experienced this in a hot minute. Well…one bathroom stop later I felt great. I did however suffer in the last mile, I could not pick up my pace. I was just…over it. My last mile was 12:18. So, that was that.

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I was  tired. I finished with an average pace of 11:15. There is always another run. Next week will be better. But let me tell you, so I finished and started walking to meet Zach at the top of the hill on the other side of the park. I told him I was tired and my legs were done, but he’s like “I’m waiting for you.” UGH. So this was in front of me and I could of cried.

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Nope. Was not going to happen. I just wanted to share what my husband wanted me to walk up to get to him ;) but I forgot about the other path way so I took that. Still uphill but not so steep.

Man that is one long post. Maybe I should do mini recaps? HA. I don’t blog enough for that ;)

So I had a great week of training, it was good. I ran each scheduled run minus Monday. Total miles (minus the 5 mile run last Sunday) was 20.6 miles, I was scheduled for 21.5.

Thanks for reading!

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Welcome 2016

Can you believe it is already the new year? I can’t even deal with 2015 being over. It was a crazy, great year for me. Even though I ran a lot less than my norm, I still had a great year of running. I ran my slowest 10K in a trail race and had a blast, and I ran my fastest half marathon in October. In between the spring and fall was a hot Georgia summer where I ran until I was a sweaty mess with heat exhaustion but a smile on my face. I overall enjoyed my time running in 2015. However towards the end, I was tired. I took a break. I got sick and my body needed rest. So that is where we are now!

2016 will bring me my goal for my fastest half marathon. I’m wanting at 2:15 and I am giving myself two times this year to achieve it. October 2015 I wanted a 2:20, but my foot hurt during my race so I ended with a 2:23:04. I could of achieved my goal had I not hurt myself. So this year I am going with an open mind, a healthier body (info coming), and a stash of inspiration!

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From “Mile Markers”

“Contentment and improvement are not mutually exclusive. It is indeed possible to be good enough in the midst of getting better.” <—LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

2016 is a new year with new possibilities and I can’t wait to share with you!

GOALS FOR 2016:

  1. RUN A 2:15 HALF MARATHON
  2. RUN 1000 MILES IN A YEAR
  3. Add more strength training and stretching.
  4. Run one more step. <–my mantra this year
  5. Be a badass runner! :)

What are your goals for 2016? Are there certain times you want to beat or run a new distance?

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Crazy Weather and Stuff

This Georgia weather has been crazy! I swear the last 2 runs were in summer temps. I ran in a tank top Wednesday and this time last year I was in long sleeves and fleece tights. And now it is freezing. So strange.

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WWWHHHHYYYY??????!!!!!!! BOO.

As you can see we had some glorious weather and then, BAM! Chilly and windy and ew. I also pointed to a breakout I was suffering from on Wednesday.

I’m starting to get back into my running, slowly but surely. I’ve been super busy with work and I’m putting a lot of energy into it, so I’m balancing everything right now. Isn’t it funny that running becomes such a big part of your life that it almost controls it? Like you start to get depressed when you can’t run, you start to stress when you miss a day or two. This is what happens to me and I start to feel like I’m not a runner anymore, but then I get back into the groove and viola, I’m able to juggle everything. This always happens in the winter I swear.

How is your running going this winter? What sort of things are you wanting for Christmas? I told Zach that I would love a new pair of Superfeet inserts, I know such an exciting gift ;)

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Life. It’s Busy.

Life. Funny how it can get super busy. That has been my struggle with this blog lately. I’m on the fence about it, I want to continue with it, but then I don’t. I love having the space to share, but it is constantly on the back burner. I need to schedule time for it. I just wanted to share that information. We shall see what happens.

So remember how I was training for my half marathon? I wanted to run a 2:20. Well October 31st came and went. I ran a 2:22. My stats are different on official results, but the official results are not correct. The race organizers made a HUGE mistake with timing chips, so they are getting everyone as close to the times as to what they finished. Mine has yet to be changed. Anyway, it was a good, hard race. I loved every step until mile 9. I kept my pace on track and was ahead of my time which of course made my heart explode with happiness. But an annoying discomfort pain became a full on “I’m sure there is now a stress fracture with my ankle.” It was bad. I saw my dream PR slowly slip away at mile 10. Regardless it was a great race, I put so much effort into my training and actual race day that I wouldn’t change a thing. I loved the course. If you want to run the Silver Comet Half Marathon, do it! It is flat and gorgeous. Zach snapped this praise worthy finish photo. I’m in love with it!

In other news, I have dived into my work head first and reading a ton of books. Legit our house looks like Barnes and Noble. Anything related to customer service, self help, etc. is currently in my possession. I love it. This book, Strengths Finder 2.0 is fantastic! It is crazy to find out your strengths and what you could follow on with your life. I got Restorative as my #1 strength, which is great if you want to be in a customer service industry, like working in a salon. Love it! Also love the Compound Effect.

Random, but I cannot stop eating these. I seriously cannot get enough of them. Kroger has a deal of like 3 of $5 or 2 for $3 and I get that many each time. One bag lasts a day. They’re that good! Get them, but not all of them so I can get my bags too ;)

Also, Clemson is #1 for ACC and 10-0! WOOHOO!

There is my life lately. I am in my second round of training for another half marathon in January. This is week 2 and so far not starting out great. Feel slightly under the weather today, but it’ll be ok. Hope all is well for you today!

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Updates 

How are y’all? I hope well. I’ve been uber busy and cray cray so I haven’t updated as much as I’d like. I have my half marathon in 2 weeks! 2 WEEKS!!! I’m super excited/nervous/scared/happy about it. I have a pretty hefty goal for this race, and I’ve put in as much effort and gut as I could. So fingers crossed it goes accordingly.

I did a track workout. It was intense! I had to document every step for proof. I wore my new lululemon long sleeve, which is incredibly different than the tanks. Like I felt kinda constricted, but I didn’t mind it. It just took some time getting used to it.

1 mile warm up, then 5 repeats of 800m at 9:30-9:40 pace, 3 minutes recovery, 1 mile cool down. I finally figured out how to lap my 800m’s and it was so much easier to track. Ha, I swear I’m not a techie.  I averaged 8:59-9:20 for my 800m and it was awesome! I couldn’t believe it!

Love the track!

I then ran some long miles. I ran 8 the week prior, so this time I ran 9. It was a little hard at first, I struggled a bit. But it was a gorgeous run. Until I ran into a mud puddle. Kinda bummed  me out! The fall leaves made up for it though.

Came home and immediately did some research on how to clean your shoes without a washing machine and dryer. Just soaked them in warm water, used a shoe cleaning stick, and bam! clean as a new pair. Score!   (and yes, I have been running in the insoles and not my SuperFeet blue ones, these haven’t caused an issue so hopefully it stays the same :)

And last week I turned 27. Woohoo!  I had a great birthday, and I’m truly blessed to have such great family and friends.  That highlight be on fleek.

So hopefully these last 2 weeks in training so really well! I did take today as a rest day and will do my long run of 10 miles Wednesday. Everything feels like SOS miles (something of substance) at this point, but I do have one last speed workout and 2 long runs, then some filler miles. Thanks for reading!

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I Don’t Know What Week Im in For Training, But Here is A Long Recap

I’m that terrible blogger that only blogs like once a month. I’m sorry! I always try to get back on track with my blog, but life gets in my way. I have never stated this before, but I love my job and I value how hard I work, and when I have off time I throughly enjoy my off time. I don’t want to work on this blog all the time, and I know I probably shouldn’t have it if I feel it as a burden. However, my blog isn’t a burden, it is something I put on the back burner until I have the will to come to it. That can change, or it could continue.

Anyway, enough adult talk. I seriously don’t know  what week I am training in. But I know I have like 5 weeks left before my race. This is a post packed full of pictures. Enjoy!

I ran 10 miles at the beginning of September, and this was my first double digit run of this training plan. I was so excited! I finished under 2 hours, that is huge for me. I know it is still slow, but that was a good time for me. I averaged 11:39.

I ran some speed work on the treadmill, I was a little excited to get back on my treadmill. I enjoy running anything that requires me to push my pace, because 1. it gets my pace correct and 2. I can step off if I’m about to die.  This was on 9/9 at it was 6 miles, 1 mile warm up and 4 miles at 10: 50, 1 mile cool down. I averaged 11:07. I stretched afterwards, and rested on the belt. It was hot and felt so good!

Yes I am that pale, but also thanks to the awesome lighting in our apartment.

I ran 10 miles again on 9/13. My Garmin died as it was finding satellites so I had to use my stopwatch on the phone. Now, I was concerned if my distances would be accurate so I made sure to start at the exact starting point and lap myself at each mile marker sign. This could be a little off, but I followed my gut and I ran my FASTEST 10 mile long run ever! Y’all, I was flying!  I averaged 10:49, 10:49! I need to run a 10:41 or faster for my entire 13.1 miles so this was exciting for me.

Ran in my new lululemon hat that I bought for my race. Which, I love. I wore pretty much all lululemon on this run, I just realized. HA! I love the hydration pack y’all. I cannot believe how awesome it is.

This is how excited I was, can’t even tell I just pushed my body to a hard limit for 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Last Tuesday I had the best day at work so I had to run and make it an even better day and busted out a fast 3 mile run. Don’t know what got into me last week, I was running fast. Not complaining!

Sunday, oh Sunday. This was 9/21 and my plan had 11 miles on schedule. This was not a good run. I took a new supplement before hand because a lot of people rave about it for long distance runners. My body did not like it. I was running fast, but my breathing was so labored and my heart rate was so high that I had to cut this short and only run 8 miles. I had the worst headache afterwards too. At 4 miles I had to break for like 10 minutes. That never happens to me, not that soon into a run. So I listened to my body and did a run that felt good and distance that was doable. You have to know when you can, and when you cannot. This was a cannot, but lets do what I can.

I still ran fast, and again another run under 11:00 minute miles. I averaged 10:58. I wish I had finished those 11 miles, and I kept telling myself I could run those last 3, but I knew I’d be making a mistake.

This was the last humid run, I was drenched and couldn’t believe how hot it felt. But it could of been the beta-alanine I took beforehand.

There you go. I’m done. Sorry for the long post! But I will be making more effort, I promise. I’ve got a little time left before my race and I am driving myself mad with trying to get this goal of a 2:20 or better half marathon.

Thanks for reading!

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My Favorite Post Workout Snacks

As a reader, you know I love food. I love all types of food, especially sweets, but sometimes you cannot eat your absolute favorite foods after a tough workout. The thought of ice cream after a long run makes my stomach churn (but low-fat chocolate milk sounds heavenly ;) )

A lot of people grab whatever they can find, but that isn’t necessarily the best. Now in no means am I a registered dietitian or nutritionist. But I do know what works for me, and it could possibly work for you.

So what are the right snacks to eat post workout? Keep reading and you can get some ideas!

  1. I love something nutritious that is easy to get ahold of and that you can drink super quick. —-> LOW-FAT CHOCOLATE MILK! I know, it sounds weird, but the milk has a more equal balance of electrolytes than a sports drink and less sugar so it is better for you.

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2. Grabbing the Protein Bistro Box from Starbucks is also a healthy post workout snack. It contains a high amount of protein –> 13 grams!  That is awesome for some quick, post recovery food. And it tastes delicious.

3. If you have time to make a post workout snack, try making  trail mix. Nuts.com has an amazing inventory of all kinds of snacks. They offer organic, raw, sugar-free, and gluten-free snack options.  One of my favorite things to grab is trail mix. It tastes delicious, and its super quick.  Nuts.com has a ton of options to purchase from, even an option to customize your own trail mix. They also offer a healthy snacks page with a ton of ideas!

A quick recipe for me is this:

1 cup dried fruit, think like pineapples or papayas (or both, yum!)

1 cup granola

1 cup cashews

1 cup almonds

1 cup coconut flakes

Mix it all up and enjoy!

4. Protein drink or bar. This is self explanatory, but it really is a great post work snack choice. I love drinking a chocolate protein shake, and Quest bars are hands down the best protein bar around! I love having both as an option so I don’t get burnt out on one or the other.

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5. Jerky. Yes, jerky is a fantastic source of protein after a workout. It can really give you a boost of energy. Trying to find a healthier one can become a challenge, but Nuts.com does offer jerky!

I once ate an entire bag of beef jerky after an 18 mile long run, oh man did it hit the spot.

Grabbing something post workout is incredibly important, you need to refuel and replenish what you just depleted from your body. Making sure you’re grabbing the right thing is just as important! I hope this helps with your future snacking!

***This is not a sponsored post from Nuts.com, but this post was done in collaboration to share some healthier, post-workout recovery snacks.***

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Week #5 and #6 of Half Marathon Training and Some Random Stuff

I’ve been super busy and unable to post as much as I’d like, so here are the past weeks of my half marathon training. Now there are not a lot of runs, life has gotten hectic. But I’m making sure to get the crucial runs in.

Saturday, 8/15 I ran 4 miles. I ran slower than usual because I was tired. I didn’t get a picture, it was lack-luster. Hey, not every run can be spectacular right?

That Sunday (8/16) however, I had my first long-ish run of 8 miles. I love getting past the 6 mile mark. This is my favorite, long distance running. So Sunday I was giddy.  I took it a little more conservatively because I was still a little tired from the week. I did run  the second half quicker than the first 4 miles. Gotta take the small wins!

My run did create a beautiful rat’s nest in my ponytail. Brushing that out was fun. This is the last long run I’ve done on a Sunday! These past 2 weeks it has been rainy and icky on the weekends so it’s making my training a little bit more challenging to schedule it around my work schedule.

Sunday I recovered with Vega’s Recovery Accelerator. I forgot how much I love the taste of these, but the last gulps are hard to get down. Just being honest.

I finally found the Swedish Fish gum a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been loving it. Swedish Fish are one of my favorite fuels for running.

Zach went and visited him mom one weekend and came across one of his first magazine appearances.   I love the caption! “Could this rookie rider be DK’s Robbie Miranda’s future teammate? Only time will tell.” He looks so cute!

Getting into week 6 I was coming off of week 5 with 2 runs. That is great right? I’m taking this training season with great commitment  ;)

On Wednesday, (8/19)  I had speed work on schedule, and being honest I hate 400 repeats. Like, hate them. I just dislike any and all speed work in general. But hey, if you want to achieve a dream you’ve gotten do all the work. So I was on schedule for 1 mile warm up, 12 x 400, 400 recovery jog in between each, and 1 mile cool down. Well, I was getting into the 3rd 400 repeat and hating life. Like I couldn’t get my speed under control, I kept running too fast and not the times I needed. So this other runner was on the track and I could tell she was running the same distance, so finally I asked her if she was doing 400 repeats, and her answer was yes, wanna join me? Now 1. I usually don’t talk with other people when I’m running and 2. I was legit terrified.

I bit the bullet and said yes, and afterwards she tells me her pace. 7:40. My head could of exploded. I don’t run that fast. Like I would love to, and probably could run at that speed in a good couple of years, but right now…yeah, nope. I couldn’t back out, so we agreed I would “try” to keep up with her. She only had 3 more repeats left so I stuck it out with her.

No joke, I thought my lungs were exploding. I managed to run about 4 seconds behind her. NOT BAD. Oh, and we didn’t have any recovery jogs. She gave great advice, she just wants to get the hard part over and done with, and then really recovery with a thorough cool down. I was game for whatever. I ran in total 3.35 miles in 30 minutes. That is legit speed work for me.

During one of those sessions I ran a 7:36 mile. I RAN A 7:36 MILE!!! :)

Now, I know that was not the correct workout, but I didn’t and still don’t care. I felt like I put in more work and effort on this than I would of with my own work out. The one downfall was I didn’t get her name or info! I was so thankful for her that I forgot in the moment to get her basic information. I hope to see her at the track again so she can teach me some true speed.

My next run of that week was again, Wednesday on 8/26. I ran 9 miles. I ran 9 perfect miles and I wish every single run would feel that good. The rain finally left (even though it is back today) and the trail wasn’t flooded. The weather, OMG the weather was perfect. It felt like fall. I came across a craw-dad who was very defensive.

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Sorry for the photo quality, my phone was in a protective sleeve.

I ran my fastest 9 miles ever. I couldn’t believe it. Everything just clicked.

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But burning almost 1000 calories can definitely make you hangry real quick, so I had to hit up somewhere for food. Thankfully there is a Starbucks right around the corner from our home. I grabbed my favorites,

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I love the protein box. It always fills me up, and I added back the low-fat chocolate milk for a post run recovery drink. This just hit the spot!

So there you have it. My ridiculous long post about 2 weeks of training that don’t make sense in terms of weeks. I know, but I’m working around my life as best as I can. But this week I am in week 7, and hopefully for September it’ll be back to my normal training schedule.

Week 5:

8/15: 4 miles in 46:04, avg. 11:31 (12:08, 11:23, 11:22, 11:09)

8/16: 8 miles in 1:33:01, avg. 11:37 (12:15, 11:44, 11:46, 11:28, 11:25, 11:44, 11:27, 11:07)

Week 6:

8/19: 3.35 miles in 30:55, avg. 9:14 (warm up 1 mile, 2 X 400 repeats with 400 recovery jogs, then 3 x 400 with no recovery jogs, 200 sprint, 400 recovery) (10:42, 9:08, 7:36, .35 @ 10:02)

8/26: 9 miles in 1:39:48, avg. 11:05 (11:51, 11:15, 11:25, 11:06, 11:01, 10:56, 10:55, 10:48, 10:27)

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Week #4 of Half Marathon Training 

Week 4 was good (sorry I’m posting so late) and I managed to have some great paces. But my Sunday run was a little iffy <—more on that later.

Tuesday was a good 5 miles. I took it easy and just enjoyed the run.

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Thursday I had 3 miles. The weather was a little gloomy. I was waiting for it rain, thankfully it didn’t. So I had a great running time. I brought a lot of brightness to the dreary weather.

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Saturday was another 3 miles. Now, I was supposed to run Friday, but I skipped it. It wasn’t in the cards for me, sleep was. I swear every week I have missed a run because I need more sleep. So Friday night it rained, and the trail was wet. Wet broad-walk with tons of wet leaves make it a little challenging. I ran a lot slower.

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Sunday was 6 miles. I was pumped about this run. I miss the longer runs and am so excited about getting back to those numbers. I started out great, had some awesome paced miles and then BOOM! Pain in my left hamstring. It started to ache 5 miles in, so it wasn’t the whole time which I am happy about. But it caused me to stop and stretch a lot. It felt like a cramp that wouldn’t loosen up. But it hurt to walk too. I ran a lot slower in the last mile, enough to where it didn’t hurt. For the rest of the day though, my hamstring ached. So with that being said, I haven’t ran since Sunday. I’m icing and resting. I will run again tomorrow morning (week 5 might be a short one :/  )

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OMG and the weather was HOT. I was dying. Thankfully I brought my water. FYI: I only bring water and food on runs longer than an hour. I finished when the temps were 88°, I started when it was 76°. That is how hot GA is right now, it jumped 12° in a hour. I did start a little later than I wanted though, I was lounging on the couch with Zach instead of getting dressed, etc. Finally he was like, “you need to get out before its too hot.” I think he just wanted me to go so he could ride his motorcycle ;)

So week 4 was good! Like I said, I had some great times. Total of 17 miles, total time running 3:12.

8/4: 5 miles in 56:26, avg. 11:22 (11:57, 11:19, 11: 18, 11:08, 11:10)

8/6: 3 miles in 33:13, avg. 11:04 (11:13, 10:51, 11:08)

8/7: 3 miles in 34:36, avg. 11:31 (11:57, 11:27, 11:08)

8/8: 6 miles in 1:07:26, avg. 11:14 (11:30, 11:09, 11:06, 11:08, 11:04, 11:28 <-when my leg hurt)

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Week #3 of Half Marathon Training

Week 3 was a great one. I had a great training week and now I’ll give you the recap.

On Tuesday I ran 4 miles. I wanted this to be a little faster than the Sunday run and I managed to do that. But don’t let that 6:39 pace fool you, this was like the very last .01 of my run. HA. I would love to run at that speed though.

Is that not a gorgeous picture?! I love the Greenway. And waking up super early to run here is so worth it.

Thursday was my next scheduled day and again, 4 miles. However, I was not planning on running faster that I did. I went off by feel. And I guess I was feeling great because I held on to an 11:00 minute average pace. I remember when this was a slow pace for me, and now its a faster pace. Funny how life changes. I don’t mind running slower, I just like running longer.

I skipped Friday morning, Now, I know that is wrong when training. But first let me tell you, I needed the extra hour of sleep. It was only 4 miles on schedule and I decided to miss out on those 4 miles. You have got to listen to your body!

Saturday I ran a little bit longer, I was on schedule for 4 miles and had 5 on Sunday so I wanted to see if I could handle the extra distance. So 4.5 miles meant I could run an extra half mile the next day. I know, so weird.

Sweaty Saturday Selfie. Yet I looked dry as a bone, but trust me I was not. Hot mess express now boarding. Ha.

Sunday was my longest run in weeks, 5 miles. I was so excited. I knew I could run it, because you know I ran 4.5 miles on Saturday. The weather was great. Last week we had a couple of great mornings with low humidity and not so hot temperatures. It felt like fall.

I swear the Greenway is the prettiest place north of ATL. It is a hidden gem. The trail is built on wet lands and half of it is over a swamp, or at least I think it is a swamp. It definitely smells like one. I will miss all the greenery when fall and winter comes. So I’m soaking it up as much as I can right now.

After my run, I headed home and went to Sephora for their VIB Rouge event, which was meh. I came back and showered and jumped in bed for more sleep. Nope, Zach woke up like 2 minutes after. So I needed some caffeine if we weren’t going to sleep anymore, Starbucks it was.

Yes, I needed something large to keep me going for the rest of the day. Iced caramel macchiato with raspberry. So good. So needed.

Week 3:  17.5 miles, total hours running 3:18

7/28: 4 miles in 46:18; avg. 11:33 (12:06, 11:34, 11:29, 11:05)

7/30: 4 miles in 44:01. avg. 11:00 (11:32, 10:58, 10:47, 10:45)

8/1: 4.53 miles in 51:41, avg. 11:24 (12:02, 11:34, 11:10, 11:10, .53 @ 10:48)

8/2: 5 miles in 56:36, avg. 11:19 ( 12:03, 11:21, 11:05, 11:18, 10:48)

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