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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First Word That Comes to Mind

Janae over at The Hungry Runner Girl listed a fun game, so I loved it so much that I thought I’d share. I’ll share a running term and tell you the first word(s) that come to mind.

The long run. ________________   Amazing and torture at the same time.

Carb-loading. ________________  Wonderful excuse to eat all the food.

Marathon. __________________ Life-changing moment!

Finish line. ________________ HEAVEN.

A beautiful new pair of running shoes. __________________ HEAVEN X2!

Injuries. _______________ (please avoid using swear words;) The devil.

Speedwork. _____________ Death in a form of running. 

Summer running. ___________  Georgia heat and humidity. 

Winter running. _____________ My favorite running season!

Hill workouts. ______________ Avoid them like the plague.

GU. _________________ Salted caramel is my jam.

The treadmill. _______________ Necessary sometimes, haven’t ran on mine in months.

Hitting the wall. _______________ The worst.

Foam rolling. ________________ Avoid at all costs.

Dream race. _________________ New York City Marathon.

Trail running. ________________ My happy place!

Early morning run. _______________ Ugh, struggle bus central but I love it.

Night running. _________________ Don’t do it.

5k. _________________ Super speed and full sprint for 3.1 miles.

Chaffing. _______________ It happens to the best of us.

Tempo. __________________ Only in training.

Personal Record. _______________ In distance, 26.2 miles and proud of it!

Post-race or long run food. ______________ Donuts. 

Running friends. _____________________ The blog world! 

My running motivation. ____________________ To be healthy, to be a long distance runner forever, and to eat all the candy.  

Now it is your turn! Leave me the first word that comes to mind for a couple or all!

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Week #2 of Half Marathon Training

I am back! I had to take a total of 11 days off in order to get well and not develop a severe chest cold. I came back full force and had a great week of training! Here is the week 2 recap.

Tuesday was my first day back and I had to run 2 miles. I was like, “this is doable”. Well, the humidity made it a little hard to breathe. I was still coming off from having a cough and chest issues so this was a lot harder than I thought. But I completed it, slowly, but I managed to knock it out without a break.

Thursday I had 3 miles. I ran faster than Tuesday’s run, and I really felt great after this one. I always feel better about my running when I can complete 3 miles without stopping. Am I alone on this? I don’t know what it is about 3 miles, but when I have to take time off I like to accomplish 3 miles and have it be successful. That is weird isn’t it? Anyway, this one was awesome. I finished being a hot, sweaty mess. The wet blanket weather status in ATL has arrived.

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Friday I had to open the salon (@9) so I had to get up super early and knock this out. Let me just say, having a time crunch helps me out SO. MUCH. I knew it was going to be fast, but not as fast as it ended up being. I LOVED this run! And of course this ended up being a bun day, ain’t no one got time to wash and dry their hair.

Saturday I opted for sleep. Bad idea, not only was the temperature soaring, the parking lot was packed. I ended up having to park on the road, which I hate. I mean look at this!

My car is behind that yellow traffic light sign. I ran another 3 miles, and my legs were feeling tired by this point of the week. But I kept going, never stopped. I did manage to wash and fix my hair for work afterwards. Ha.

This morning was my “long run” of 4 miles. Now, I was a little nervous about this run. I don’t know why, but it was intimidating me a little bit. I woke up at 7, but didn’t hit the trail until late. The parking lot was again, to the max, but today I scored a spot in the front! YES. Small wins, am I right? I took it slow, my legs were tired. And I was really tired. By the time I got to the turnaround point I was like, “I can’t finish” but I screamed at myself in my head and kept thinking just finish. Such simple words, JUST FINISH. The heat picked up a tad bit, I mean it was just 78 with 100% humidity so I got a little dizzy. I walked about .20 in my last mile. Needless to say I finished, and I was so happy.

I came home, showered, and jumped back in bed to finish sleeping. It was glorious. Zach and I got up around 10 and got some coffee and I was starving so I got some coffee cake. Such a great reward ;)

I ran 15 miles total with a weekly average pace of 11:31, week 2 was great. I am thrilled about it!

Tuesday: 2 miles in 23:58, avg. pace 11:59; (12:10, 11:48)

Thursday: 3 miles in 34:00, avg. pace 11:20; (11:45, 11:17, 10:57)

Friday: 3 miles in 33:08, avg. pace 11:02; (11:21, 11:02, 10:40)

Saturday: 3 miles in 34:32, avg. pace 11:31; (11:50, 11:22, 11:20)

Sunday: 4 miles in 47:00, avg. pace 11:43; (11:59, 11:31, 11:36, 11:47)

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I’m Sick so This Isn’t Counting as a Training Week…Right?

Last Friday night I got hit with the worst virus. I started coughing, and it got so much worse over the weekend. Saturday I still worked, but Sunday I pretty much slept all day. Today is another full resting day and this is the most I’ve done so fingers crossed that I can run later this week or start again next week. Ugh I hate getting sick!

Last week I ran twice. This sickness cut my training week way too short. I missed out on 10 miles, that is 3 runs. So lame.

Tuesday I ran 2 miles, kinda at a quick pace for me. It was really hot and I wanted to me done so I was like bust this ish out. No pictures, you’re welcome.

Thursday was my second run of the week, and it was 3 miles. I ran at a steady pace, still faster than norm for me. The heat was intense by 8:30AM. I really don’t understand why my body isn’t getting used to the humidity as this point. Here is the only picture I took, and I swear I was in a good mood!

I was a sweaty mess. That tank top has been such a good investment this summer. It is by Under Armour and the material is strange, but it just feels so light. I love it!

Recap:

Tuesday: 2 miles @ 11:13 avg. pace

Thursday: 3 miles @ 11:20 avg. pace

So there you have it, my sad week 2 of training that I’m not counting as training because it was so short. Good? Ok, good. Girl bye.

Hopefully next week I’ll have better luck and I can run again!

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AJC Peachtree Road Race 2015 

One of my favorite races occurred on Saturday, the AJC Peachtree Road Race! It is an Atlanta tradition and a must do race if you haven’t ran it before.

Unlike last year, I opted to have my bib shipped to me, after the expo experience last year I was not wanting to go back. I get very nervous in large crowds, so the luxury of having it delivered is worth the extra money…even when you forgot that you picked for mail delivery and are surprised to see it. HA.

The AJCPRR is 6.2 miles down Peachtree Road starting in Buckhead and heading into the city, you finish at Piedmont Park. I love this race! Last year the weather was perfect, this year not so much. It was wet. I mean, nonstop rain. Oh and then a thunderstorm popped up during the race.

The night before I got all my running gear together. I wore Oiselle compression shorts, an Old Navy dri-fit tank, Pro Compression socks, Mizuno Wave Inspire 11s, Garmin Forerunner 310XT, and Road ID bracelet.

You can tell the weather was icky. We live about 25 minutes north of Buckhead, so the drive was super easy. No traffic! Such a rarity on 400 ;)  My alarm went off at 5:30, I ate some food and we left by 6:30. Leaving at such a time definitely makes parking a nightmare. We couldn’t find anything like we did last year, so Zach dropped me off and parked at the Sandy Springs MARTA station.

This year I was in corral L. My start time was 8:18 and it was a little delayed, which seemed to be due to the weather. In my corral was   Forrest Gump and someone I’m calling Southern Naked Man. They caused a stir with other runners, they were good sports taking pictures. I just kept thinking, “that is going to chafe and hurt sooooo bad later.” I mean we are running in rain, and just…ahh the pain.

Things I heard in my corral that are worth mentioning: “You know that runner who ran last year? The one that won that big race? You know that one?”  and “Remember that guy named Eb who ran that Boston thing, yeah he ran here last year too.” My heart sank a bit. I so wanted to correct them and say, “oh you mean MEB who won the Boston MARATHON the year after the bombings, yeah him? Yes, he ran last year for charity and did an amazing job!” But I didn’t. Because I am a polite southern belle.

So the rain held off pretty well while we waited, but soon after K left it really started to pour. It was so windy that they took down the American Flag. I was sad that I didn’t get a picture, but the weather definitely was starting to turn sour so they did the right thing. I think everyone was getting really cold because it appeared that everyone started to huddle around everyone else. Finally we were off, and about .5 into the race the first bolt of lightning came into view and not joking, everyone screamed, “OHHHH.” It was right in front of us. I was waiting for officials to pull us off, but it never happened. Other corrals were taken off the course and had to wait for the thunderstorm to pass.

I had no goals in mind for this year. I quickly decided to just run it and be careful, so I stayed behind these two ladies that kept up a good pace. The rain never let up so I was soaked from the beginning. Coming into the first miles I saw Priests with Holy Water, a couple of sprinkler systems, and a fire hydrant going off. Umm it was raining so we didn’t need the extra cool down system ;)

I managed to keep with the ladies until mile 4, which happens right after Piedmont Hospital. I managed to run Cardiac Hill without stopping this year, I call that a win! But the rest of the race was ok. I was slowing down, which is still ok since I wasn’t having a goal. I kept texting Zach to find him, yeah that never happened. I walked in the area that he said he was in so I wouldn’t miss him. We still managed to miss one another. #couplefail but I texted him when I finished and that became the new mission. I was cold, hungry, and wet. But I ran the race a whole minute faster than last year! I was so pumped. And then my excitement turned because  I wanted to get home and find my man, which became another issue because my phone was wet and wouldn’t let me answer his calls. Awesome.

Once we had found each other, we had to walk back to MARTA. It was fun to see the rest of the race and one year I want to watch the elites run. On the trek back home, we got on the wrong train. Yep. Just another delay into getting me happy. Once we finally arrived to the truck, I was like finally. I am really proud of my result. I didn’t plan on having such a good race because my training took a back seat. I feel like my really good races happen in the rain, so from here on out I think I’ll have all my races during monsoons.

Thanks for reading!

Did you run in the PRR? How was your race?

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Week #1 of Half Marathon Training 

So we are into another training cycle. I am so excited! Seriously, I haven’t had the training bug in a while so to have it again makes my heart so happy. I’ve picked a fall half marathon, so I have 18 weeks. I usually like 16 weeks, but the idea of having 2 extra weeks actually makes me feel better. I like knowing I have 2 solid weeks of base running.  Here is how my first week of training went.

I ran on Sunday (6/28) to bust out some hill work. It was death. I hated it, no love what so ever. First run was 3 miles.  This run isn’t technically in my training, but I love this picture so I had to include it.

On Tuesday, I had training with Meredith and afterwards I wanted to go bust out a fast mile. The endorphins  from the killer workout must of made me crazy because I ran a  9:58 mile. YYASSS.

Wednesday I ran 3 miles. It felt good, it wasn’t super easy but not super hard either. I pushed myself just enough to feel like I had a great run. And look at the cute frog! These are spray painted all over the trails.

Saturday was the AJC Peachtree Road Race. I was on schedule to run another 3 miles, but I was so excited to run this race. I had another 10K on June 20th that I bombed (slowest 10K race ever) so I actually wanted to have some great result. I will post another entry about this race, because it was that good! I swear! I finished a minute faster than last year, and I ran the entire length of Cardiac Hill. #winning

And yes, I am completely soaked in this picture because I ran in a monsoon.

Sunday was a recovery run. I had 4 miles scheduled, and I really loved this run. It was relaxing minus the heat and humidity that was choking me, but otherwise it was good. I ran super slow, and my legs were still screaming at me. Those Atlanta hills are brutal.

So my training week was something like this (not including the 6/28 run):

Tuesday: 1 mile @ 9:58

Wednesday: 3 miles @ 11:00 average pace

Saturday: Peachtree Road Race 10K @ 11:18 average pace

Sunday: 4 miles @ 11:55 pace

Total: 14.2 miles with total time of 2:41

I am so excited about this training cycle, look forward to more posts!

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Silent Sunday

It has been over a month since I last posted. I am still training for the Peachtree, just not as much as I should be. I’m still trying to come out of my running funk. Regardless, here are some pics for my life lately!

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I really want a hydration pack.

Drove the super large truck to the trail, its the very last white Tundra. Felt like a beast!

Drove the super large truck to the trail, its the very last white Tundra. Felt like a beast!

 

Melting.

Melting.

5:09 pace to finish. I wanted to be DONE.

5:09 pace to finish. I wanted to be DONE.

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After math of a flooded greenway.

After math of a flooded greenway.

Results of running on a flooded greenway.

Results of running on a flooded greenway.

Summer running, it has officially started.

Summer running, it has officially started.

Have a great Sunday!

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9 Weeks of Training For The Peachtree

I have taken nearly 2 weeks off from running and it was incredibly needed. Normally after a race, I rest for a week at the max and start training just to maintain my fitness level, but this time was different. I was really disappointed by my last half marathon. However I knew I wasn’t going to have a stellar race. And with that I was ok about my effort, but no one likes to see a bad finish time. So I took the time off to rest and it was glorious. Now I am ready to start back and really put the proper effort into this training cycle.

I am starting my training for my 2nd Peachtree Road Race, and last year I had a fantastic time running it…my “race time” not so great. I learned a lot from that race. Like 1) not to eat nearly 4 hours prior and not have a single bite afterwards before you begin 6.2 miles 2) to not get to caught up and run 9:00-9:30 min miles for the first 3 miles and get hit with extreme fatigue as you’re running up a freaking large hill 3) have a crying fit at mile 5 and demand food because you didn’t eat accordingly and ate 4 hours before your start time. I really learned to not eat so early before a race because all 3 of the statements above resulted from that!

I will be trying my best to blog each week about my training. I am not promising I will be great at it, but I’ll be trying!

And I’ll leave you with the biggest ham picture every taken at a race:

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I saved a lot of energy during the last bits of the race just to be able to get up the last hill and take a good picture!

So here is to summer racing and training!

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Georgia Peach Jam Half Marathon Recap and How I Was Humbled

Saturday I ran in the 2nd Georgia Peach Jam Half Marathon, and I’ll just go ahead and let you know it was not my best time. I was slow, in fact out of all 4 I’ve ran in, this comes in at #3 for slowest time.

I will be the first to say I did not take any of this training cycle seriously, if I had I could of done a lot better. I was lazy, and I’m talking like going a good couple of days up to a week of not running. I started out strong when I first started a plan, and somewhere around February I just gave up. My papa had passed 2 months prior, and my uncle passed at the end of January, and my work picked up and I got overwhelmed. I was exhausted nearly everyday, I could sleep at any given time. For a while I was worried, but I realized my running wasn’t helping me feel better. So I cut a lot of it out, but still “training” for a race in April. I managed to run a month’s worth of miles in 16 weeks. Bad, that is very bad. And with all of that, I was humbled on Saturday. I now know I can’t just think I can run long like I could last fall, it takes effort and dedication, and a lot of time. Here is my recap and my motivation to run better.

Saturday I woke up at 5:20, and for a brief second I couldn’t remember why I set my alarm. Ha. I ate a bagel and drank a bottle of water, and while I was eating I watched some YouTube. At 6, I was ready to get dressed, but instead I got too comfy on the couch and finally got ready at 6:20. Once dressed and ready I got to the park around 6:30. I am loving the fact that I live so close to my favorite parks and trails. Packet pick was a breeze, super easy. The race swag bag was better than last year.

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I have missed Shot Bloks and that tiny Clif Bar is so cute! At 6:45 I stood in an already kinda long line for the bathroom, and once I was set I just waited in the car. I was alone for this race, which is strange for me. At long distance races I usually have my family, but this didn’t happen. The course is a little difficult to have people watching so I told them not to come. The rain held off and it was cloudy, the temperature felt great.

We started at 7:30 and everything felt great. Honestly, the first mile was pretty awesome. I  didn’t pay attention to my pace, I just went by feel the entire time. The sun came out for a brief second and then disappeared, and then really came out and made the portion to the first turnaround incredibly hot and humid.

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Those little specks are runners, I have the best photography skills ever. So there is always puddles on the greenway after a lot of rain, and like last year there is a MAJOR one that is deep. Everyone, I mean everyone in front of me was walking around it and taking too much time. Not this girl, I ran straight through it. I don’t have time to waste to miss some water. I even screamed at them, “you’re going to get wet anyway.” I swear I am the nicest runner, HA. I took water at the aid stations, took a gu at mile 5. And I was golden up till mile 7.

Running through those puddles left me with a pain I know all too well. Freaking blister. I didn’t want to look and see how bad it was, but I was having a lot of pain so I walked a lot. At mile 8.5 I finally took a look, and yep, it was bad. Wasn’t a blood blister thank goodness, but still. Ugh I hate them! I walked a ton, my body wasn’t trained to run this and I knew that going in.  Nonetheless I finished. I ran the very last bit because I wasn’t going to give up. I finished in 2:41:03. I could of finished in 2:30 if I hadn’t of gotten a blister and if I had trained, but it didn’t happen and that is ok.

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I do love this race, I really do. And this race totally beat me down, it made me aware on how much I need to work on. I have dreams for the fall, and I’m really going to tackle them. In the mean time I will be training for my best 10K for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. So cheers to an ok half marathon and training for a summer race!

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