Celebrate Week #14: Cap City Half Marathon Training Report

This week, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Me, Amy & Judi after the Kinsale St. Patrick’s 4 Miler 
I hope you all had a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day. Did anyone do anything fun? Exciting? Did anyone race? 
I didn’t do any celebrating, but I did volunteer at the Kinsale Saint Patrick’s Day 4 Miler two weeks ago. It was a lot of fun, my job was to man the water station. I had a blast congratulating all the runners as they came across the Finish Line. Many of my MIT pals PR’d at this race, which was also pretty exciting. Great job to all who ran!
Last week, I worked really hard on getting back into the swing of training, hydrating and eating right. Setting daily goals and holding myself accountable has really been helping. It is also helpful to have others check in with me from time to time. You can catch up on my daily goals and tell me about your own HERE.  

  • TUES 03/13 – 2 mile training run in 25 minutes; 12:43 pace per mile.  
  • WED 03/14 – 2 mile training run in 29 minutes; 14:32 pace per mile. 
  • THURS 03/15 – 2 mile training run in 26 minutes; 13:06 pace per mile. 
  • FRI 03/16 – 2 mile hike w/ hills.
  • SAT 03/17 – 4 mile training run with MIT in 1 hour; 14:15 pace per mile. 

And, I have really stepped up my water intake (and I found an app to keep track!). I am really good at hydrating/fueling during a run, but not so much any other time. My goal is to drink 8-10 glasses (8 oz.) of water a day. Here is how last week went:

Journaling, making lists and keeping written track of things really helps me monitor what I am putting in my mouth and burning in calories too. I signed up with Loseit.com (it’s free) to keep track of my calories, weight, food intake and exercise. I have tried a gazillion and three “programs” for keeping track of calories, but am not crazy about any of them. The important features for me are ease of access, simplicity, easy to read/see and easy to see progress made or not made. Loseit.com also has an app that I like for these reasons. I am still learning to use it to it’s full potential and did so only part of the week last week. It offers weekly recaps too, which I really like:
So, this week I am back on track with keeping track! What about you? Does keeping track or journaling about the things you do and want to accomplish help you succeed?
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  1. melissastairs05 says

    have you tried My Fitness Pal? Theres an app or you can use the website. I find it much more user friendly than LoseIt and the food database is MUCH larger (meaning you don’t have to enter it yourself- you simply type in what you ate and 99% of the time, its already in the database). There is also a function on it to log your water intake & exercise. I swear by it! I’ve lost 70 pounds using it in the past year and I havent missed a single day. I’m also training for a half marathon (on May 19) and noticed that you and I run at the same pace. Slow but steady wins the race, right? 🙂 Anyway- I also have a running blog if you’d like to check it out sometime: http://www.runthisweigh.blogspot.com

    Have a great day!

  2. runningperseverance says

    i also use myfitnesspal sometimes to track my food, exercise and water intake just to make sure i am on track 🙂 great job this week friend! i am so excited for you…you set goals and stuck with them…even if they weren’t perfect every day…you made the effort which is always what counts! amazing job on your running 🙂

  3. RunningMandy says

    Great training week Sara!!!

  4. Wow, Sara, you did great this week! Awesome job!

  5. Jail Break says

    Great job well done, Congratulations. Keep it up ! Looking forward always for more updates, it was a fun day for you guys. Good luck !

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