Exciting Things Are Happening

Hello and Happy Monday!

CallieHere’s another cute picture of Callie because she is my fave and whose Monday can’t be improved by looking at a cute cat picture?

This week in running featured a good speed workout and a 12-miler on the weekend (eee, longest run since May!!)

On Wednesday, I ran the following workout-

Speed workout

The distance worked out to about 7.6 miles (my cool down was a little over a mile). I didn’t have a track to run this on so I just used a nice flat stretch of my usual running loop. It was a little awkward looking down at my watch to see where I was at on distance for each repeat. Overall, I think I did pretty good and my last set of 200s was nice and fast.

We officially hit this mark –

I was thinking the other day that I’m kind of glad I still have 3 months to go till this race. I haven’t had to do any 16-20 milers yet, and maybe (*fingers crossed*), we will make it into the cooler Fall weather before I have to run that long. I remember SUFFERING through some hot and humid long runs last year training for Baystate and I’m kind of glad marathon training hasn’t been like that this year.

My 12 miles on Saturday was fueled by Nuun performance hydration mix. I picked up some of this at the Boston Marathon expo back in April and I’ve been waiting for some longer runs to really test it out. I LOVED it on my run today. It’s not as sweet as Gatorade but it still gets you those electrolytes.

Pre-long run there was coffee. Obviously.

Nuun

And then on the run, there was Linkin Park.

Linkin Park

I loved Linkin Park when I was in high school but I hadn’t listened to them much recently. After learning about Chester Bennington‘s passing, I started listening to more of their music again and remembered how much I loved it. And it is AWESOME running music.

My total mileage for the week bumped up to just over 37 – keep the miles comin’!

In non-running news, I have an exciting announcement (that actually is kind of running-related)! After 2 years working in the obstacle course racing industry, I am changing jobs! I will be working at a local running store in the Boston area and assisting them in putting on local road races. I am SUPER excited. ๐Ÿ™‚ It will mean less travel and it won’t be the typical 9-5 office job. I’m sad to leave my coworkers but overall I think it will be a great change of pace and I’m glad to be a little bit more immersed in an industry I am absolutely passionate about.

So lots of happiness and excitement going on in these parts.

Hope you had a great weekend! Have you been watching the IIAF Track and Field World Championships at all? Emma Coburn’s performance in the 3000m Steeplechase was AMAZING!


When your Running is Going Swimmingly

Hello!

I got back from West Virginia on Friday and boy, does it feel good to be back home. Fun fact about West Virginia: there are hills EVERYWHERE.

I was dying. I am used to FLAT FLAT FLAT but I didn’t have any other options but to suck it up and get on with my runs. I was a little nervous heading into the trip just because I knew my hours were going to be long and wonky and I was worried about fitting in my training since Philly and RnR Montreal are coming up fast.

While I missed a few runs, overall – I was really happy with how I did fitting it all in. I even squeezed in a marathon pace workout. I didn’t think I’d be able to hit the paces with the hills/heat/humidity I was battling, but I actually nailed it. Workout was 2 mile warm-up followed by 1 x 2 miles @ 8:01, 800 meters rest, 2 x 1 mile @ 8:01 with 2 minute recoveries, 5 minute cooldown. Actual splits were: 9:15, 9:07 (warm-up), 8:03 and 8:02 for the first set, 8:05 and 8:00 for the second set.

Marathon TrainingIt didn’t feel super easy, BUT I’m optimistic that all my half marathon training did build my fitness this spring and that this pace will continue to become more comfortable. And if I can hit those splits WITH all the hills, then I think it bodes well for doing these workouts in Boston.I flew home on Friday last week and went for a run along my regular route that afternoon. Even though it was sunny and hot, I felt AMAZING on this run. Maybe I was just happy to be home, but I found myself easily running a sub-9 minute pace. My easy pace usually ranges from 9:00 – 9:45, but I decided to roll with it and I’m kind of glad I did as it was a nice confidence boost that I am getting faster. My average pace ended up being 8:35/mile for the run.

This past weekend, I had my first “real” long run since early May – 9 miles! I was stoked. It was hot and sunny, but I got it done and I’m excited to see the long runs starting to bump up.

Things are starting to fall into place!

How is your summer training going?


Training Runs and Patriotic Sneakers

Hello!

Hope you all had a great weekend. I have an extended work trip coming up (2 weeks in West Virginia…) so I was happy to relax at home this weekend and get some good workouts in.

Things have been continuing to go well running-wise post 2-mile race!

Holy Moly, did I feel that 7 minute pace after the lack of speed work in June. Even that afternoon, the soreness was setting in in my quads and I felt pretty wiped out – even if it was a measly 2 miles. The guy who won the race is actually a member of my running club in Boston and ran an 8:54 to take the win (4:30 mile, followed by a 4:26). Haha, clearly I shouldn’t be complaining about being sore!

On Wednesday, I went for an easy 5 miles and my pace showed the fatigue – average of 9:42/mile.

2 Generations RunningThursday, I think my legs began to feel normal again and I got in a good 9:18/mile pace for 4 miles in the morning before work. I had some energy still in the evening when I got home from work, so I went to the gym and did 25 minutes of spinning on the bike and worked up a good sweat.

On Friday, I meant to wake up early and run before work, but sleeping in won out. While it rained all day, luckily it pretty much cleared up by the late afternoon when I got out for my 5 miles. It was sticky and humid and I wasn’t really feeling it, but I got in 5 miles nice and easy. As I was running through one of the fields in the park that I usually run in, I counted 21 rabbits! Not exaggerating. They were all hanging out and as I ran by, they would spring into action, running into the bushes. Haha, I felt kind of bad for disturbing them but this was also probably the highlight of my run.

Saturday, was a no running day on my calendar so I enjoyed sleeping in and a leisurely cup of coffee before heading into Boston for a barre class. This was only my second class, but I am really enjoying adding something new to my fitness routine! The classes are low-impact and consist of a lot of core work, arms, squats, and planks. I’m hoping to try to incorporate 1-2 classes a week into my routine at least until my mileage starts getting crazy towards the end of the summer.

And as a sidenote, check out the beautiful sneakers I HAD to purchase for the 4th of July.

Saucony Freedom IsoSaucony Freedom ISO

I am a total sucker for a pair of patriotic sneakers and when I saw Saucony post these babies on Instagram the week before the 4th, I knew I needed a pair. They are the Saucony Freedom ISO, a model I actually got to test at The Running Event when they first launched. I’ve only taken them out for one run, but so far, I’m feeling really positive about them. I’ll post a review and let you know how they compare to my beloved Kinvaras once I get the chance to test them out some more.

Sunday, I had an easy 5 miles. This was one of those runs where I felt great and was easily able to keep the pace a hair on the fast side (ran mile 3 in 8:54 – technically a little faster than my easy pace, but it felt fine). There were tons of people out running and walking around and also enjoying the beautiful weather. After I finished up, I popped into CVS to pick up a couple of things and could not resist this chocolate milk (please excuse my extremely red face.)

Chocolate milk

Yum. So good for recovery!

This week, I’m looking forward to some more runs and actual workouts as I slowly begin to pick things up again!


1 Week Till Race Day!

Welp, here we go again. The Fast Half is this coming weekend, on Saturday. Typically, I prefer Sunday races, but I’m actually kind of looking forward to getting this one done and then being able to relax the rest of the weekend, rather than worrying about the race (I don’t usually get nervous for races at all, but going for a PR does add another level of pressure.)

Overall, things have been going pretty well running-wise with a couple of small hiccups. I noticed a couple weeks ago that I had some tightness in my Achilles that persisted for the first mile or so of my run before subsiding. I’m no stranger to aches and pains, so I wouldn’t have thought much of this… apart from the fact that it became consistent. For the past couple weeks, that tightness/discomfort has always been there for the start of my runs. It’s not terribly painful and I have been able to run through it, but it’s been a cause for concern.

I tried to book an appointment to get into see the chiropractor my mom was seeing for a while but he didn’t have any openings until JUNE. Not super helpful. But I’ve been doing various exercises (heel drops, ankle circles, wobble board moves) and those seem to be helping, as it hasn’t felt as tight on the past couple of runs lately. So maybe I dodged the bullet? Who knows… I was happy I was able to complete my last hard workout this past week. 2 mile warm-up followed by 2 times 12 minutes @ 7:32, 3 minutes @6:56 with 3 minute recoveries. I ran early in the morning and I was a little nervous I wouldn’t feel awake enough to hit those paces, but I was almost spot-on.

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Getting to see this sunrise was another AWESOME bonus.

Obviously, I’ve been weather stalking like a crazy person, even since we got inside the 10-day forecast window. Originally, they were saying 60s and rainy but now it’s looking like a high of 55 with afternoon showers. Honestly, I hope it doesn’t change too much because that would be PERFECT. Warm enough that I won’t freeze my face off the way I did at Half at the Hamptons but definitely not hot.

Half at the Hamptons

I’ve also been obsessively studying the elevation profile.

Fast Half

It looks like my first challenge will be just after Mile 4, then Mile 6-7 will be tough. 7-8 will have some climbing but it doesn’t look too dramatic. Fortunately, it looks like the end of the race will have more downs than ups. Is it going to be easy? Absolutely not. But I’m happy to at least know what I’m in for. I hadn’t been able to find any elevation maps for the Half at the Hamptons, and so that had turned into a nasty surprise.

Half at the Hamptons

Woof, that’s a big climb.

Anyway, that’s pretty much where I’m at! This week, it’s just about taking it easy, upping my carb intake just slightly, and keeping calm.

Bring on half marathon #18!


Half Marathon Training Check-In #5

Happy Monday everyone!

After the most boring winter ever, New England finally got hammered with a nor’easter this week and now the snow just seems to keep coming. It’s made for A LOT of treadmill runs this week. Honestly, I’m starting to get sick of it. I will take heat and humidity, I just want to be able to run outside again! But anyways…

The half marathon is 3 weeks away and after this week, it looks like my training is beginning to taper. I hope I’m ready. Here’s what the past week of training looked like.

Monday – Easy 4 miles on the treadmill in the morning. I was a little sore after Sunday’s long run/workout the day before but not terrible.

Tuesday – Easy 60 minutes also on the treadmill.

Wednesday – I had been pretty tired the night before so I decided to sleep in and do my run in the evening. I knew temps were forecasted to be uncharacteristically warm (high 40’s) so I figured I would run home from my office in the evening and tack on a couple miles for a total of 6. It was probably a good thing that I did this because when I went outside Wednesday morning, everything was a SHEET of ice – it was literally everywhere. If I had gotten up in the dark to go to the gym, I would almost certainly have slipped and fallen.

Thursday – Workout day. This time it was a 2 mile warm-up followed by 6 x 800 meters at 6:53 pace with 2:30 recoveries, followed by a 2-mile cool down. This was tough, but doable. I felt this in my quads and I KNEW I was going to be sore the next day. I knocked this off on the treadmill and the snow was just starting to fall as I came home. Unlike most of Boston, I still had to go to work but it was kind of cool seeing the city so empty and so snowy!

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Friday – As expected, I was very sore. Luckily, I only had an easy 35 minutes to run which I knocked off on the treadmill since the streets were a slushy, icy mess. Later, walking to work, I slipped on some ice and fell flat on my back. The joys of winter… So in addition to my quads being wicked sore, my tailbone was also in pain. What a week.

Saturday – Easy 6 miles. The streets were still in terrible shape so once again, it was treadmill time. Thankfully, the Bibrave podcast kept me entertained through it and my quads were finally starting to feel normal again.

Sunday – Long run day and of course, there was more snow in the forecast. Ugh. I debated breaking up the run to do my first couple easy miles outdoors but the streets still were not in good shape and it would have required a lot of wardrobe changes going from street to treadmill. So I decided to suck it up and do the whole thing on the treadmill. The workout consisted of 2 mile warm-up, 1 x 3 miles at 7:32, 1 minute jogging recovery, 1 x 1.5 mile at 7:32, 5 minute jogging recovery, then 5 x 400 meters at 6:52 pace, capped off with 2 mile cool-down.

I really would have preferred to have done this on the road, BUT 11.15 miles later, it was complete. It was actually kind of nice that there were so many parts to this workout because it made it go by a lot faster. It was also probably good for my mental toughness.

Total # of Workouts: 2

Total Mileage: 45.5

Are you as sick of winter yet as I am?ย 


Thoughts on Hard Workouts

Happy Wednesday!

As you all know, I started working with a coach in early November. I was ready for some extra guidance to help me reach my goals and wanted a little more support than a training plan copied out of a book can offer.

Coaching | 2 Generations RunningSo far, it’s been an AWESOME experience. I used to think I understood what I was doing with easy days and workouts but looking back now, I feel like I was blissfully ignorant. I would do my workouts, but I always targeted paces I knew I could hit. I didn’t like to fail (and I still don’t). And then I would always follow up workouts with total rest days, which meant I wasn’t running as many easy aerobic-building miles as I could have been.Consistency | 2 Generations RunningThings are finally getting consistent.

But the thing about targeting paces you know you can hit is that it means you aren’t really pushing yourself as hard as you could be. My coach has given me workouts that excite me, but also sometimes leave me questioning whether I’ll be able to complete them and hit the prescribed paces. But I’m learning to trust her and just give the workouts a shot. Sometimes I nail the workouts and sometimes I don’t. Last week I had a workout of 2 x 2 miles at 7:36 followed up with 5 minutes at 6:59. I was pretty much right on for the 2 mile repeats, but that last 5 minutes? I was WAY off – I averaged 7:24, basically 30 seconds slower than what I was aiming for and I was spent. I knew going into that interval that I didn’t have 6:59 in me, but I was willing to give it my all. And if I wasn’t working with a coach, I don’t think I would have ever given myself this workout or pushed myself this hard.

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10K PR | 2 Generations Running

Casually running 10k PRs in workouts these days.

So I’m learning that these difficult workouts are supposed to ride that line between what you’re capable of at your current fitness level and where you are trying to get to. And that’s where the improvement comes from. Before I started working with my coach, I was thinking about targeting 1:41 in the half marathon (a 4 minute improvement for me). And even that I worried, would be too aggressive. And after a few months of coaching, I am pretty darn confident I can do even better than 1:41 (though I really don’t want to jinx anything by saying that). Just have to wait till March to see what happens though. For now, I’m going to keep trusting the process and giving it my all in those hard workouts.

How’s your week going so far? Any tough workouts coming up?ย 


Half Marathon Training Check-In #4

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m fresh off a challenging but exciting 12-miler as I write this (Sunday afternoon). With only a month to go to the Half at the Hamptons, things are really starting to click. The workouts are hard, but I’m hitting and maintaining paces that I KNOW only a few months ago would have been impossible for me. It’s exciting but also nerve-wracking because now I’m beginning to worry about all the factors that are totally outside of my control. What if we get a snowstorm and the race is cancelled (definitely a possibility for a March race in NH…) What if there’s a terrible headwind and I just can’t hit the paces? What if, what if, what if. I know it’s not practical to worry about these things since there’s zero I can do about them, but the thoughts are still popping into my head.

But anywho, here’s what the week looked like for me:

Monday – Easy 6 miles on the treadmill and my last miles of January! I ran 165.7 miles for the month. Pretty stoked aboutย that! I bet I can beat it in February even with it only being 28 days though because I know the training is going to continue to ramp up.

Tuesday – Rest day.

Wednesday – Workout on the treadmill. It came out to 8.6 miles and consisted of: 15 minute warm-up, 1 mile at 7:20, 2 min recovery, 3 miles at 7:40, 2 minute recovery, 1 mile at 7:10. Boy do those 2 minute recoveries feel short… This one was another tough workout and it didn’t help that I had forgotten my headphones, so I had togut it out and shut down the negative self-talk as I got progressively more tired. I tried to think of it as mental strength work. ๐Ÿ™‚ I ran this one early in the morning and felt a little tired walking around the rest of the day but not terrible. The next day though – HOLY DELAYED ONSET MUSCLE SORENESS!ย My quads were toast.

Brooks Launch 3 | 2 Generations runningI also got new shoes on Wednesday which I was excited about. I’m trying out the Brooks Launch 3. Review to come!

Thursday – Easy 5 miles on the treadmill. I was surprisingly more sore walking around than I was during this run, but I still kept it nice and easy.

Friday – Easy 6 miles on the treadmill plus some core work.

Saturday – Easy 6 miles outdoors around my favorite loop. The wind was rough but it felt nice to be off the treadmill.

img_2468Sunday – The BEAST of this week’s workouts. 12 miles total. The first 3 miles were the warmup and then it was 2 x 3 miles with alternating paces of 7:32 and 8:01 with 2 minute recovery in between sets. 3 mile cool-down. I knew this was going to be hard, but I was excited to see what I could do. It’s still not comfortable, but I have noticed 7:30 paces beginning to feel more and more manageable as this training cycle has progressed. Here’s how I did on the repeats:

Set 1: Mile 1 – 7:31, Mile 2 – 8:03, Mile 3 – 7:32 (NAILED IT, but also starting to feel really tired).

Set 2: Mile 1 – 7:37, Mile 2 – 8:25, Mile 3 – 7:27. This second set is where things got interesting. I had to fight tooth and nail for that 7:37 in the first mile. I felt like I hadn’t recovered at all on my measly 2 minute recovery and I had to launch into another 7:30 mile??? My legs were not having it. So I started that interval with my pace hovering around 7:45. And I got angry. And I thought about how I was going to completely fail at the paces on this second set. And then somewhere in there I realized I could still fight. The mile wasn’t over yet. I managed to get it down to 7:37 and was happy with that. But then I was wiped out again and my pace fell off on the 2nd mile while I recovered and mentally prepared myself for the last mile. This last mile I’m very proud of though. I knew it was the end and I promised that I was going to give it everything I had left. I had felt so spent running that 7:37, but somehow I turned around and ran a full 10 seconds faster only 8 and a half minutes later.

I think I’m beginning to learn that these workouts are as much mental as they are physical. Self-talk is having a huge effect on my ability to keep pushing myself through the interval (or not). It’s something I need to continue to pay attention to and work on, especially so that I don’t turn on myself when things get tough during the half.

All in all, I’d call the workout a success. I gave it a solid effort and came pretty close to hitting the intended paces. It also resulted in another new 10k PR which I was happy about. ๐Ÿ™‚

10K PR | 2 Generations Running

How was your week? Did you watch the Super Bowl yesterday? Any plans for this week?


Half Marathon Training Check-In #3

Happy Monday everyone!

I had a fun little trip down to North Carolina and got to skip most of that snow/sleet event that hung out over Boston for 2 days, but it feels good to be back and settling into the regular routine once again. As usual, I wanted to update you all on this week’s training!

Even with the business trip sprinkled into the mix, this was one of my highest mileage weeks in a long, long time. My body feels great though! I remember when I was running 45-50 mile weeks in marathon training, I really did feel kind of beat up by the end of the week, both mentally and physically. There was a lot of resting and watching TV on the couch after Sunday long runs. So far, that isn’t the case this time around. I know, I’m training for a half marathon NOT 26.2 miles, but I’m actually running similar mileage to what I ran in peak weeks of training for both Delaware and Baystate. I think it would be really interesting to get into a detailed comparison of these training cycles, but I’ll save that for another post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, here’s how the week shaped up:

Monday – My travel day. However, my flight was around 9 am, so I got up at 4 am to squeeze in a workout on the treadmill. Workout was 2 mile warm-up, 5 x 2 minutes @ 7:25, 5 x 1 minute @ 6:59, 5 x 2 minutes @ 7:25. I had 30 second recoveries on the 2 minute intervals and 90 seconds on the 1 minute intervals. It was tough, but I felt so proud of myself for getting up early to get this done. This wasย definitely one of those days I would have skipped running if it wasn’t for having a coach.

Tuesday – 6 miles easy. I got up early once again to knock this off on the hotel treadmill. For the first 3 miles or so, I was humming along, doing just fine and then WHAM – the treadmill jerked to a sudden slow-down of just a hair above walking pace causing me to fly forward. Then, within a matter of seconds, it got back up to speed. I was super confused and frustrated. The first time, I just kind of hoped it wouldn’t happen again… But it did. Roughly every quarter to half mile, it would suddenly slow down. But by this point, I really wanted to get the full 6 miles in. I just focused on playing it super careful and got really good at estimating when it was going to slow down on me so I’d be prepared with my hands on the bar.

Wednesday – I was supposed to try to squeeze in another easy 5 miles but I really could not stand the thought of dealing with that ย awful treadmill again. The area the hotel was in was also right off a busy highway so running outside was not a safe option. I decided to bag this run.

Thursday – I flew home in the early afternoon, so was able to hit up the comfortable, well-functioning treadmills at my gym in the evening. I knocked off an easy 6 miles with a little core work to round out the day.

Friday – Workout day. This was to consist of a 15 minute warm-up followed by 2 x 2 mile repeats at 7:36 with 3 minute recoveries. Then, 1 x 5 minutes at 6:59. I knew this was going to be super tough, but I was excited to give it a shot. I also ran this one outdoors so I couldn’t rely on the treadmill for hitting the paces.

Here’s how I did – 1st set: 7:36, 7:34. 2nd set: 7:44 (I was 100% riding the struggle bus on this repeat), 7:36. I was happy I was able to bounce back for the 2nd repeat in the set, but this was definitely mentally challenging. I felt like I was working really hard and then I had the 5 minute interval looming over my head. Somewhere during the 2nd set of mile repeats, I realized there was no way I was holding a 6:59 pace for 5 minutes that day. I just didn’t have it in me. So I just said to myself that I would gut it out and give it everything I had for the last interval and whatever the pace was, I wouldn’t be upset about it. It ended up being 7:24. Pretty far off from the 6:59 I was aiming for, but a really solid effort. I think part of the issue might have been that my body was still a little out of rhythm from the travel the day before. I don’t know for sure, but I hope that if I get a similar workout again, I’m able to get a little closer to that 6:59 pace.

The other positive of this run was that it added up to a new 10k PR for me, even with the 3 minute jogging recoveries in between sets! Sure, I don’t race a lot of 10ks, but it still felt like a nice pat on the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Saturday – 60 minutes nice and easy. I had to get up kind of early to fit this run in, which always bothers me on weekends (since my sleeping in opportunities are pretty limited) but the plus side was that I was treated to some beautiful views of the sunrise.

2 Generations RunningWinter running can be kind of pretty I guess if you can get past the cold temps.

Sunday – 12 miles nice and easy. This run felt perfectly comfortable. I did my thing and didn’t worry at all about my pace. I felt really strong and just chugged along, running some pretty heavy-duty hills but handling them easily. It helped that I knew there were going to be teff pancakes from Run Fast Eat Slow waiting for me at home when I finished. ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Generations RunningLiterally, there is NOTHING I enjoy more than pancakes after a long run. ๐Ÿ™‚

Total Mileage: 47

Total Workouts: 2

How was your week? Can you believe it’s almost February??ย 

 


Half Marathon Training Check-In 2

Hey there and happy Monday folks!

I am off to North Carolina for a quick business trip today but I wanted to pop in and tell you all about another solid week of training in the books!

Monday – MLK Day so I got to sleep in AND go for a run! 60 minutes easy which came out to just about 6.2 miles. Brady joined me for a little cool-down in the backyard. ๐Ÿ™‚

img_2331-editedTuesday – Treadmill workout Tuesday and boy, this was another challenging one. I had a bit of an epiphany during this run which I’m saving for another post. The workout itself consisted of a 1.5 mile warm-up, 2 x 800 meters @ 6:58 with 3 minute walking recoveries. Then, 4 x 400 meters @ 6:32 with 90 second recoveries. Rinse and repeat (i.e., did the whole thing twice). 1.5 mile cool-down. Mileage-wise, this came out to 8.7. Since I was running on the treadmill, I just dialed into the correct paces and tried to put myself on auto-pilot, but it was hard. I’d be curious to see how this one would go if I was running it on a track.

Wednesday – Rest day! Even though I didn’t have a run scheduled, I had really good intentions to get up at my regular early time and go to the gym to fit in my core/strengthening routine. But I wimped out and slept instead. I’m not beating myself up about it, but I do hope that I limit these occurrences.

Thursday – 5 miles on the tread. Kept them nice and easy.

Friday – 45 minutes easy, on the treadmill in the evening. I was pretty surprised how crowded the gym was for a Friday evening! When I first got there, I walked into the locker room to drop off a few of my things and was amused as I saw a guy staring at his phone so intently and not looking up at all – walk straight into the womens locker room. Luckily no one was in there (apart from me) when he walked in there and he had the decency to look super embarrassed when he realized what he’d done.

Saturday – LONG RUN DAY! I mentioned this last week, but I’m really loving having long runs back in my routine. I wouldn’t say I’m itching to get back to running 20-milers but 10-15 miles is right in the sweet spot. ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew this workout was going to be a challenge but I was excited to see how my legs would handle it. 8 mile warm-up followed by 20 minutes aiming for 7:36 pace. My actual splits were 7:35, 7:35 and 7:36 so RIGHT ON THE MONEY!ย I definitely felt wiped after it though and my last cool-down mile was nice and slow. Total distance came out to 11.98 miles. Honestly, I would have just run the extra .02 to make it an even 12 but I ended the workout on my watch before I realized. Oh well, I know there are longer runs in my future.

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Sunday – 40 minutes nice and easy. I ran on the treadmill at the gym, entertaining myself with a couple episodes of The Office before switching over to some core work.

Total Mileage: 40.8

Total Workouts: 2

How was your week? Did you watch any of the football games this weekend?


Half Marathon Training Check-In

Happy MLK Day!

Hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. I’ve been doing LOTS of running and cooking from Run Fast, Eat Slow so I’d say it’s been a productive weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually had our first recipe post all typed up and ready to go and meant to publish it last Friday, but somehow totally forgot to schedule it. Whoops. So that went up yesterday and you can catch up here if ya missed it!

This week included both my highest mileage run since Baystate as well as the most miles I’ve run in a week since I was in marathon training mode. Overall, I feel like my legs are handling it well and I’m excited to be getting back into long runs finally. Here’s how it shaped up:

Monday – 5 miles easy on the treadmill

Tuesday – Workout! 2 mile warm-up, 3 x 5 min @ 7:36, 3 x 2 min @ 6:59, 3 x 1 min @ 6:35, with 2 minute jogging recoveries between each repeat. 2 mile cool-down for a total of 8 miles! I’ve never done speed work at sub-7 minute pace on the treadmill before. Seeing this workout on my calendar was both exciting and scary, but mostly exciting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Working with a coach and doing workouts like these has only reinvigorated my love for running if anything, so I think it’s a good sign.

Wednesday – 30 minutes easy on the treadmill which came out to just a hair over 3 miles. My hips felt SUPERย tight during this run. I made sure to do some stretching and core work afterwards which I think helped.

Thursday – 60 minutes easy. I actually ran this one outside since Boston got hit with a weird heat wave and temps were in the mid 40s, even at 5:30 am. It was a nice break from the treadmill.

Friday – 4.7 miles easy, back on the old ‘mill. I think the front lady at the gym is starting to remember me.

Saturday – LONG RUN DAY. I was so excited to see this double-digit distance on my workout calendar. The fact that I was so excited to get back to running 10+ miles probably means I’m officially a crazy distance-running nut if I wasn’t already. This one was a doozy and it probably didn’t help that I stayed out late with friends the night before. But oh well. This consisted of: 2 mi. warm-up followed by some dynamic drills + stretching. I’m pretty sure I got some weird looks from my neighbors doing high knees and butt kicks down my street, but what can ya do.

Then, I got into the good stuff. 1 x 4 miles at 8:05 was the goal. Actual splits were 8:06, 8:02, 7:59, 8:05. The first mile felt so fast compared to my warm-up pace but then I settled into it and was really happy with how it felt. Then it got tougher though. 2 x 1 mile at 7:36 with 3 minute walking recoveries. Actual splits were 7:34 and 7:39. The last one was hard and I think I ran most of that mile a little too slow and then was fighting to make up time during the last .4. That was followed by a 2-mile cool-down. All in all, my warm-up ran a little long and I added a little extra distance to get to my running path before diving into the 8:05 miles, so this came out to 11 miles. Unlike some long runs, I never got bored during this since I was so focused on each individual part of the work-out. It was tough, but really fun.

Sunday – 45 minutes easy, which came to just about 4.7 miles. Brady and I had a little fun playing around in the backyard after. ๐Ÿ™‚

Half at the Hamptons Training | 2 Generations RunningI may or may not have a tennis ball behind my back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Total Miles: 42.6

Total Workouts: 2

That long run has me excited. I still have a month and half till the Half at the Hamptons and if I can continue to run workouts like that, I think I will be in pretty awesome shape. But don’t want to jinx anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend? Did you watch any of the football games (they were perpetually on in my house!)? Any fun plans for your Monday (I’ll be watching The Bachelor this evening!)?