Baltimore Half Training – Week 1


Wowza!  That was one hot weekend!!!!  I hope you all stayed hydrated!  I read a lot of posts from people who cut their runs short or just had a miserable time.  I spent Saturday at Hershey Park!  For those of you not on the East Coast, Hershey Park is an amusement park based in Hershey, PA, AKA Chocolate Town!  It was my first time there in a bajillion years and Charlotte’s first trip.  We told her all about the chocolate tour that shows how they make chocolate so all week she was asking about riding through the oven.  (There is a part of the ride that goes through a “roasting chamber”.)  It was crazy hot so we only rode a few rides, Charlotte got to drive the old timey cars, meet a Hershey Kiss, and met a “super tall man”.

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She was really into the characters, so that makes me super excited for Disney World in September.

So lets get on to the workouts…

7/13 – PT, core work, foam rolling

7/14 – 2.67 Miles – This was supposed to be our 2-mile time trial to set paces for the season.  Unbeknownst to any of the coaches (half or marathon) the college where we do track work had some lacrosse camp or something going on on the field and said there would be too many people on the track.  So after running to the track, we ran another two loops around the campus.

7/15 – Rest Day – I was just tired this morning.

7/16 – Tempo Run – 2.12 Miles – I totally nailed my tempo run!  Kinda sorta.  I was on cloud 9 after the run.  I was supposed to run 5 mins easy, 20 at tempo pace, then 5 mins easy cool down.  I ran 5, then my mathematical skills were challenged and instead of running the tempo pace until my watch hit 25 minutes, I stopped at 20 minutes.  Soooo, I only ran tempo pace for 15 minutes.  Although, my tempo portion was at 11:31.  Prior in the week someone said to focus on time during the tempo run, don’t worry about the miles and that’s what I did – not sure why I get it now, but I do and I’m excited to do it for the full length this week.

7/17 – PT, core work, foam rolling

7/18 – Hershey Park – lotsa walking

7/19 – 6 Miles – This long run had all the makings of disaster.  It was humid, my Garmin was dead, and my legs were so tired from the day before.  But, since I am choosing to embrace my “easy” pace this season, I figured I would just take it easy and get through it.  I started up Map My Run and went to town. My splits were:

Mile 1 – 12:44
Mile 2 – 13.51
Mile 3 – 12:18
Mile 4 – 14.15 (pee break)
Mile 5 – 12:27
Mile 6 – 11:53

So my goal in addition to running long runs easy is to at least have a strong finish mile – which I was happy to have done here.  I also ran into Lisa out on the trail.  I saw her running towards me and though could that be her?  I called out her name and sure enough.  I also came across these guys:


So I’m giving this run an A.  I felt great the entire time and even though it was off to a rough start, it never felt like a struggle.

Total Miles – 10.79

This week I’m traveling again – but I’m meeting up with the Second Sole training group here in Cleveland to get my 2 mile time trial done on a track.  Now that I’ll have my first drop in out of the way, I won’t be so intimidated to drop in again when I come into town.

Hope you all have a good week!  If I can get another post in this week I will.

Do you have trouble slowing your pace for long runs?




Workout Review – 1/12 – 1/19

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  Mine was spent celebrating Charlotte’s 3rd birthday!  I cannot believe that she is 3 years old already.

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Friday, we surprised her at school with cupcakes for her class.  And a cute little Birthday Girl headband.


Saturday we had a party with the grandparents and she received her beloved Tangled cake.


Sunday she was diagnosed with Strep Throat!  Happy Birthday Charlotte!  She’s a trooper though.  Aside from saying her breath hurt and not eating, you wouldn’t really know she was sick.

So on to the workouts.  I had to prep for that cake!

1/12 – Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – Level 2

1/13 – PT Exercises & Spin Class

1/14 – 1 mile run & Yoga

1/15 – 3 Mile Progressive Run (got scared when I hit 5.5 and started going backwards to finish out the 3 miles)

1/16 – rest

1/17 – This was Charlotte’s birthday so I put off my long run so that I could be home when she woke up for snuggles in the big bed.  I did do my PT exercises and some Sun Salutations to get a little workout in at home.  Charlotte rolled out a mat beside me and did some down dog too.

1/18 – 5 miles on the treadmill.  It was a tough 59 minutes.  I played with my speed a bit though to keep it interesting – it makes it easier to break it into chunks.  I’ve been running faster on the treadmill than I have before, so part of me feels like I am getting faster.  I can’t wait for next weekend when it’s warm enough (and not icy out) to do a long run outside

Today I finally got back to Body Pump after 2 weeks of missing it.  It was a tough class today, but I loved it.  I added weight to squat & chest.  I left arms and shoulders alone (glad I did).  I could barely raise my arms to wash my hair this morning.

Total Miles – 9

Today I’m off to Atlanta where the highs will be in the 60s!!  I’ll be working a few long days, so I don’t think I’ll be able to make it outside for a run, but I’m going to enjoy the sunshine anyway.

How was your weekend?  What was your best workout this week?

Aaaah Friday!

So this week was a little hectic. When I travel for work, I’m always a little off. I got home really late on Wednesday night. After weather delayed my flight an hour, I then had to deal with construction traffic on the beltway to get home. This is how I spent my time at the airport:


I got home at about 11:30. And as I always do, I woke my daughter up for hugs and snuggles. She was excited to see me and equally excited to go back to bed.

Thursday was just a lot of catch up at work. No time to work out and I just didn’t feel like it anyway.

This morning I got up, took a walk around the block, and then did some strength training in my living room. Nothing too exciting because tomorrow is my first group run with my half marathon training group!


AAAH I’m running a half!!!!

I’m really excited & nervous to get started. There are so many thoughts and fears running through my head. I’m afraid I’ll be the slowest one. I’m afraid that at some point my knee is going to really act up and that I’ll have to drop out. I’m excited to do some real & regular speed work as well as figure out how to do a tempo run. I’m excited to learn about fueling. I’m also really excited to meet more runners and make some new running friends. So I guess there are more things to be excited about than nervous about. I usually run by myself so this will be a new experience.
I’ll make sure to post a recap at some point!

Any big plans this weekend? Do you prefer to train alone or with a group?