Have you ever found a good deal for a half-marathon and signed up on a whim? Well, that’s exactly what I did…A MONTH before the race. Did I also mention that my weekly mileage was at an all time low, oh and one more thing…it was a night race!!
(I started this draft a long time ago, but obviously failed to complete it. Better late than never, right?! 😏)
On December 4th, 2016, I completed my 5th half-marathon! Not only did I add another medal to my collection, but I completed the entire race (well almost 🙄 <– you’ll see where I’m going with this later) with my husband by my side! Not only did I run it with my husband ( oh yah! I’m officially a married woman! I’ll save that blurb for another day though. 😉), but we ran it in the cold and pouring rain!! ⛈☔️🏃🏻♀️
Race date: March 20, 2016
Another great race in the books!
The Expo was on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was planned around the same time as the HEB Big League Weekend event at the Alamodome, which was just down the street from packet pick up at the La Quinta. Traffic was a nightmare, and we were one of the last ones to make it next door into the Rivercenter parking garage (big mistake!). The Expo was straight to the point, and we were in and out within 10 minutes. I didn’t stop to check out the vendors, and the packet pick up line for the half was short. We weren’t so fortunate when it came to leaving the parking garage. The line was backed up multiple levels, because there was stop traffic outside the garage.
Finished my third half marathon on Sunday!! I honestly had so much fun. It’s going to be a tough one to top!
The weekend started off with the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday when I went to go pick up my packet at the Convention Center. I never really stick around for long, just picked up my number, gear bag, t-shirt and whatever free goodies I could gather. Tried some Kombucha soda, the rootbeer was delicious! Won a water bottle, and got soo many lightly salted snap peas. I also happened to watch a Q&A with Meb Keflezighi, and took a photo with him after!! (yes, J believes I’m becoming a total running nerd, which I took as a compliment!) Meb is definitely an inspiration, and so personable! I have no idea how he does it after meeting so many people.
Hello all! So remember a week ago I mentioned that my training was going good “so far”? Well, I must have knocked on some pseudo-wood, and instead of waking up early this morning to hit the trail…I woke up and sulked on the couch.
I am 4 weeks away from running my 3rd half marathon, so I figured I’d give a little update. Overall, my training has been going pretty well ::knock on wood::. But…attempting to hit a 4-runs-a-week training program this year didn’t work out. Instead, I’m running 3x a week with some scattered yoga, pilates, stretch routines, strengthening and cross training. I also recently switched my long runs to align with race day, but my next goal is to actually wake up at race time. I’ll start tapering in about 2 weeks. Some of my most recent challenges include rainy weather (flooded trails), and limited access to a treadmill. Good news is my gym should be re-opening again soon, and at least I’ll have it there for backup.
Hey there! Happy weekend, or at least what’s left of it! Yesterday, I finished up my first week of training. One of the reasons I started earlier this year, was so I could get used to keeping a schedule. This week was proof that a couple of trial weeks were definitely necessary! I missed a 2 mile run and xtraining, but I will try again next week. I’m fully aware that life happens, so I’m not too hard on myself. Here’s a quick summary of my first week of half-marathon training!
Although I try to make every season running season, I don’t kick it up a notch until training. Another year has passed, and tomorrow my half-marathon 16-week program begins! I’m starting a little earlier to spread out my milage, and hopefully avoid injury. I’ve put together a plan that works for me inspired from different sources (Hal Higdon, POPSUGAR fitness, halfmarathons.net). This isn’t set in stone; now with a full-time job, I’ll have to make adjustments on the weekends I work and flex days. Join along these next few months for updates on my training!
1. Keep a family member/friend in the loop: Let them know exactly where you’re going, and what time you plan on starting/finishing.
2. Take your phone: Just in case of an emergency, or unexpected injury. Once, my hip gave out on a long run, and I was 6 mi. away from my car! Fortunately, I was able to call for someone to pick me up at the nearest trailhead.
3. Personal ID: ID bracelet, emergency contact numbers, blood type, allergies, etc.
So I’ve realized that the best way to set running goals is to act on my emotions. At least that’s how I ended up running my first half marathon! Now, for my first running goal of 2014…On a whim I’ve decided to participate in the 2014 Winter Miles Challenge by Jess (Brought to my attention by Lisa at Chasin’ Bunnies). The free challenge begins on January 6, 2014. It is exactly what I need to continue to make running progress and to stay motivated when I start my last semester of PT school. I’ve decided to choose the Intermediate level- 20 miles each week. I was barely running a little over 20 miles a week towards the end of my training, so I definitely think this will be a challenge.