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?
Until the next mile marker, 

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Celebrate Week #12: Cap City Half Marathon Training Report

This week, CELEBRATE a Sparkly Soul!

Check out MY Sparkly Soul Headband that I won a couple of weeks ago from the lovely Elle at Eat Run Sail! I love them! Thanks, Elle and Sparkly Soul!! Have you tried Sparkly Soul Headbands? Do you like them? So far, I do because it has not slipped off my head, but it also is not so tight that it gives me a headache. Perfect.  
This training week was oh-so-not-good. I ran four miles. The whole week. Ouch. In more ways than one, actually. I set out for an eight mile training run with MIT on Saturday and made it not even one mile before my knee decided it wasn’t going to work anymore. It hurts every time I put pressure on it. It still hurts today and I am still shuffling around. I was hoping it would be better and that it just needed to rest.
I am trying really hard to be positive and think:

How was your training week? I am so proud of the Lucky 13’s who ran eight miles for the first time!! You guys are going to rock at Cap City! I can’t wait! 🙂
Until the next mile marker, 

Celebrate Week #11: Cap City Half Marathon Training Report

This week, Celebrate the hard run.

As hard as that may be. This weekend was brutal for our long run. Don’t let anyone fool you. With the gale force winds, it felt like 18 degrees outside. The Lucky 13’s ran into the wind on the way out and on the way back. I don’t know how the wind was blowing in both directions, but I assure you, it was. It wasn’t easy – in fact, it was downright hard – but, we did it. I appreciate the hard runs because without them, I wouldn’t know what a truly good run felt like. The hard runs make the good runs that much better. If I would have skipped out on running this Saturday (and believe me, I thought about it) I wouldn’t have run 7 miles at all and that would have made me even more miserable. Next time the sun is shining and there is no wind, I am running – like tonight!  

My Weekly Training ReCAP:

  • WED 02/22 – 3 mile training run in 44 min; 14:49 min pace per mile.
  • SAT 02/25 – 7 mile MIT training run in 1 hr 44 min; 13:29 min pace per mile. 

How was your training week? Was it windy where you were? Do you mind running in less than ideal conditions or do you embrace it?

Until the next mile marker, 

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Celebrate Week #10: Cap City Half Marathon Training Report

This week, Celebrate The Arnold Sports Festival!
In two weeks, the Arnold Sports Festival will be coming to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. I’ve been to the Arnold before and let me tell you, it is a weekend packed with sports, activities, events, competitions and fitness vendors from all over the country. I had no idea the magnitude of this event until I visited it a couple of years ago. It. Is. Huge! That doesn’t even describe it.
I’m planning to go again this year and I couldn’t be more excited. I am looking forward to hooking up with some of my FitFluential colleagueswho I know will be in town for the festivities. I have yet to meet a FitFluentialAmbassador in real life so I am jumping at the chance to do just that in just about two weeks! Not to mention, I get to explore the sights and sounds of the largest fitness expo that I know of. It’s going to be a crazy weekend, no doubt! Don’t forget, the Arnold 5K is on Sunday March 4. The Pump and Run is sold out, but you still have time to register for the run (through race day if it doesn’t sell out)!
My Weekly Training ReCAP: 
  • WED 02/15 – 4 mile training run in 55 min; 13:41 min pace per mile.
  • SAT 02/18 – 3 mile MIT training run in 41 min; 13:29 min pace per mile. 

It was a long week, not enough running. That about sums it up for me. What about you? How did your training week go?

Are you planning to visit Columbus for the Arnold Sports Festival? If so, let me know in the comments!

Until the next mile marker,

Celebrate Week #9: Cap City Half Marathon Training Report

This week, Celebrate ZOMBIES?!?!? 
Zombie Buffet 5K – Click image for details
That’s right, Zombies! THIS is coming to Columbus on 10/06/12! Seriously, I’m excited and it’s not too often that I get excited about Zombies. Here are the rules:
Zombie Buffet 5K – Click the image to find out more!
Who wants to come run it with me? How awesome would it be to have our own team?! Eeek! Make sure you visit the Zombie Buffet 5K to find out if the race is coming to a location near you!
My Weekly Training ReCAP:

Yet another week when my non-running life took over. Yet another excuse that I feel very guilty about. Just running my long run on Saturdays is not okay! Back. On. Track. This. Week.
How was your weekend? Did you run for Sherry?
Until the next mile marker,