Happy Saturday, friends! I know there is usually radio silence on the blog over the weekend and lately there hasn’t been much talk of running, but today I am changing both!
While my plan is still run a half marathon sometime in the next 3-4 months, I am also wanting to work on my speed, so I am also looking at some 5k training plans. Right now my mindset is to not be too strict or hard on myself and run to have fun and be healthy. For a while I got burnt out on running and felt like I had to constantly be running 5-10 miles a day in order to be a real runner.
Anyways. Back to the 5k training plan.
My favorite badass lady Kelly Roberts is currently promoting some 5ks plans and I am loving them! While I am training for a fall half marathon, I love not being super strict and having fun with my runs. Plus, since I am needing to work on speed anyways, this 5k plan should help with that too!
This post is NOT sponsored by NordicTrack. I just really love this product and want to share it with you all.
Short version: I LOVE MY TREADMILL. Uphill, downhill, easy to use.
Longer version: For Christmas I got a NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill. My husband and I had been researching treadmills for a while and we knew we wanted a NordicTrack. They seemed to have the best motors, easy to use and most of the reviews we read were pretty positive.
Even though it probably wasn’t the best idea, Ryan put the entire thing together BY HIMSELF. So it can be done solo.
It’s simple and easy to use and has a large touchscreen which I like. Sometimes it doesn’t react the first time I swipe or touch it, but other than it works great. I like that I can the screens to see a track view of my running, an info screen of calories, distance, pace, etc and an elevation and speed screen.
If you have anymore questions about this specific treadmill, let me know! We got it for a great deal during Black Friday, but two weeks into using it and I already think it is worth every penny.
I love getting to run at home and anytime I want. Here’s to 2017 and my running goals!
10 weeks into half marathon training and my race gets cancelled. NOT COOL.
Unlike a lot of running bloggers I follow, I don’t live in a big city where literally thousands of people sign up for road races. I would say anywhere from 75-150 participants is a good number for Owensboro races.
The biggest thing that makes me mad is I found out the race was cancelled because I’m a part of a local running Facebook group. Owensboro Parks & Rec (the ones who are sponsoring it) had NOTHING on their FB page or website. I had to call them to make sure it was true. They said they cancelled the race due to “lack of participation.”
So while I know my training wasn’t a waste, it’s a bummer to not run this race, which I’ve been looking forward to for months. The only good thing is this gives me more time to train and work on getting my time down — I’m still wanting that sub-2 half.
So now the search for my next race begins, the next closest half is an hour away and on the week I’m out of town. Other than that, I don’t know of a half marathon until April and it’s two hours away.
I didn’t want this post to seem like a pity party for myself, but it sucks that my race got cancelled. I’ve been training my butt off all summer and was so excited to be racing again. I know there are so many other real problems in the world, that this doesn’t even compare.
The good news is I’m in pretty great shape and will only continue to work harder until the next race pops up on my calendar.
Wow. You guys, this weekend was a blur. From leaving right after work to head to Tennessee to coming back yesterday afternoon and diving straight into housework (mowing, laundry, dinner, etc) I feel like this weekend flew by. I need another few days just to recover.
Even though it felt like such a short weekend, it was a good one. Lots of time spent with family that we don’t get to see as often as we would like. We also ate lots of good food and watched a ton of episodes of Texas Flip N Move. Haha.
Even though we weren’t in our typical weekend routine, I did wake up early Saturday and knocked out 8 solid miles at the park by Ryan’s parent’s house. While it was a good run, it sucked having to run 16 laps. Less than three weeks till my third half marathon!
Today will consist of finishing up a lot of loose ends for a work project that is due tomorrow, running and grocery shopping. I am addicted to these baked chips from Aldi and I need to restock ASAP.
Today I wanted to share with you an example of some workouts I try to do every week while half marathon training.
Tempo run: 1-2 mile warm-up, 4 miles at race pace, 1 mile cool down
Speed endurance: 1-2 mile warm-up, 4 x 1 mile a little seconds slower than 10k race pace w/60 seconds rest, 1 mile cool down. <– While my speed workout often varies, this is a pretty standard base formula I use to get my started.
I know you might be thinking that you’re distance runner, so you don’t need to do speed workouts, but my dear friend, you are so wrong. Throwing in spadework every now and then will be great for your overall fitness. Not only do fartleks burn more calories, it will help with your speed. This is great if you’re looking a shiny new PR.
How does one wake up tired? I feel like I have been running on all cylinders lately and I can’t seem to catch up on sleep. I either need the largest coffee I can find or a two hour nap in order to make it through this day.
Weekend recap: Friday night – Nothing too exciting to report here. Ryan and I grilled pork chops and watched some of The Office. We’re almost through season seven and we still need to buy the last two seasons (he’s seen it all, I haven’t). Saturday – Slept in a little because dad didn’t get off work till 7 a.m., so he met with his bike at 8 a.m. while I got in 10 miles. **I like to have someone run/bike with me as a safety precaution.
After I came home and cleaned up, I had to get Ryan ready for work. Me and Murph hangout at my parent’s house — just our typical every-other-Saturday routine. I did finish a nice stretching video that helped me loosen up after my long run. It felt amazing.
Sunday – Woke up early to watch the men’s Olympic marathon. #TeamUSA. Did you see Meb’s finish? What an incredible athlete and person.
USA’s Mebrahtom Keflezighi does push-ups on the finish line of the Men’s Marathon athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Which brings us to the work week: Monday – I got to interview a new dog groomer and doggie daycare owner for a business feature I’m working on, which meantgot to play with puppies yesterday morning. The puppies also loved the camera. It was adorable. After work was crammed pack, so I only did a real fast two miles, headed home, showered, fixed dinner, went to the funeral home with mom, came home and promptly passed out in my bed.
Today I’m hoping to run with the same local group I ran with last week. It was so much fun and I love running with others versus running by myself.
I’m off to go find some coffee (and maybe a blanket!) I’ll be back tomorrow with a running-related post. Go kick butt today, friends!
How was your weekend? Any big plans for this work week? If you have the choice of only running 2-3 miles or not at all, which do you choose?
Can you guys already believe we are halfway through the week?! Work has been crazy busy with lots of different deadlines, so I feel like I am constantly going 100 mph. I know I don’t really talk about my job on here a lot, but I work at a newspaper, managing several newspapers and their special publications (like magazines, visitor’s guides, etc). So I am basically always on deadline. My job is a lot of fun, but sometimes it can be pretty stressful. Thank goodness for prayer, a strong cup of coffee and my wonderful husband — all of which keep me from going insane.
Midweek fitness recap
Monday: Savannah and I ran three fast miles to test out my knee (which has been bothering me ever since I finished up Saturday’s 10 miler) and there was no pain! So happy.
Tuesday: I decided to run with a local running group for the first time! Legends is a locally owned running + biking store that hosts weekly runs every Tuesday and since I didn’t want to run by myself yesterday, I thought I’d give it a try. I’m so glad I did! They were such a fun and welcoming group. I hooked up with a girl who was about the same pace/ a little faster than me and we knocked out almost 4.5 miles at a 9:50 pace. I’m looking forward to going back next week!
On today’s radar is a 6 mile run in preparation for another 10 miler on Saturday. I’m a week ahead of schedule in my half marathon training, so I figured since last week’s run was terrible, maybe I can redeem myself this weekend.
OH. And ONE MONTH until my half marathon. AHHHH. I’m already getting nervous (and excited!)
I want to hear from you! Give me the run down on your mid-week check in — training runs, life, etc.