Week 4 – 1/3 done!

First things first – I ran 8 miles this week. At one time. In an hour and a half. Whoa.

Monday – 3 miles – 33:47

Tuesday – 3.8 miles – 42:20

Wednesday – 3 miles – 33:12

Thursday – Cross train

Friday – 3 miles – 34:13

Saturday – 8 miles – 1:31:09

Sunday – Rest day

This week my little running app cranked it up into high gear. We’re now running 5 times a week. Yikes! Saturday was intimidating. I had to force myself to stop thinking about it on Friday because if I would have psyched myself out and quit if I thought about it too much. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day outside and my dad volunteered to be my support crew/water station. He dropped me off at the top of the River Walk Trail in my hometown then met me further down the trail with water and starbursts. What a champ.

Weekly mileage: 20.8 miles

I’m off to go soak these tired ol’ muscles and joints of mine. What a week!

Week 3- I’m Running. I’m in a Store and I’m Running. (the lesser known Buddy the Elf song)

Oh my goodness. I can’t believe I’m a forth of the way through this running program and that Christmas is almost here! Where did the time go?!

As you can see, I’ve shaved about 50 seconds off my overall pace time since I started Week 1.

Monday – 3 miles – 33:51

Tuesday – 5 miles – 54:44 (8 minutes faster than last Tuesday!)

Wednesday – Crosstrain

Thursday – Rest day

Friday – 3 miles – 32:08

Saturday – 6.2 miles – 69:33 (My first 10K!)

Sunday – Rest day

This week I decided to run a Reindeer Race on Saturday since I had to run 6 miles anyway for training. I was the only one in reindeer antlers – what a ripoff! I’m pretty sure I was the last person across the finish line, but in my defense, I was running with basically a running club and it was 65% hills. I think I needed that experience to teach myself how to keep going even if I’m in last place and how to run in the cold. Plus, I crossed the finish line right as it started to snow.

10K

Weekly mileage: 17.2 miles

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!!

Week 2 – I’m Flirting with Running.

Race day (and my 25th birthday) is a mere 10 weeks away! That’s so hard to believe. It feels like just yesterday, Abby and I were feverishly trying to get into runDisney’s website to register for the race.

Again, I’m using the coaching feature in the Nike+ Running app. It is a 12 week training program that schedules running and cross-training days for you each week up until race day. This week was Week 2 AKA Fundamentals.

Monday – 3 miles – 35:01

Tuesday – 5 miles – 62:02

Wednesday – Crosstrain

Thursday – Rest day

Friday – 3 miles – 31:48 (shaved 3.5 minutes off last week’s time!)

Saturday – 5 miles –  55:04 (shaved 7 minutes off Tuesday’s 5-miler)

Sunday – Rest day

This week was much better than last week. Well at least the last half of it was. Friday morning, I went for my run before work and ran my fastest mile ever since using the Nike+ Running app. I was so encouraged – I felt unstoppable! Saturday, it was super cold and all I wanted to do was lay in bed, but I decided to get the 5 mile run in that morning because I had to work that afternoon. I decided to test out some fueling techniques and oh my gosh – what a difference! After I walked for 2 minutes, I ran 16 minutes without stopping, y’all. That has never happened in my life. Not even in my soccer days. When I realized that, I felt a mixture of pride and determination. I finished that run by running 11 minutes and walking 2 until I finished the 5 miles. My pace was 5.4 mph, which is leisurely, and that allowed me to run a mile, walk .20-.25 then get back to running.

My fueling technique was nothing special. I just ate a peanut butter sandwich and took an Aleve about 45 minutes to an hour before I hit the gym. Who knew that my pre-game ritual from high school would still help me out?! I also have been reading about energy gels and alternatives for bursts of fuel while running. I went the easy candy route or as I told Abby, “Strategically placed Starbursts”. I would eat one about every 18-20 minutes. It’s weird how you can manipulate the body and mind to do what you want it to do. Here’s to another good running week ahead!

Weekly mileage: 16 miles

Week 1 – I Hate Running.

We are officially 11 weeks away from my first half-marathon and my first trip to Disney World! I really should be more excited, and I am excited about Disney. But…I hate running.

Week 1

I’m using the coaching feature in the Nike+ Running app. It is a 12 week training program that schedules running and cross-train for you each week up until race day. This week was Week 1 AKA Warm Up.

Monday – 3 miles – 36:16

Tuesday – 4 miles – 48:01

Wednesday – Crosstrain

Thursday – Rest day

Friday – 3 miles – 35:04

Saturday – 4 miles –  49:39

Sunday – Rest day

As you can see, this week was not very encouraging. I had more runs tagged with tired faces than “so-so” faces, and my Saturday run made me question why I even was doing this. The silver lining is that I did finish that last run when I almost quit several times. And there’s a lot to look forward to like the Reindeer 10K in a couple of weeks. Here’s to a week of motivating runs and better times!

Weekly mileage: 14 miles