Half Marathon Training Week 12 & Race Results

As you all know, the half marathon that I’ve been training for was this past Sunday and it went really well! I didn’t hit my 2:15 goal but I did run it in 2:19 which is 4 minutes faster than when I ran in 2014…three years older and 15 pounds heavier 🙂  I took the week of the race pretty easy so that I had fresh legs on Sunday.  Below is a quick recap:

Monday – 1.25 mile easy run on the treadmill + 10 minutes on the bike

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 20 minutes on the bike + 5 minutes of rowing

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 3 mile shakeout run with the Oiselle team.  This run was supposed to be at an easy pace but those girls are speedy so I ended up running faster than usual at a 9’56 pace with the 1st mile at 9’12! After the run Mike and I took Winnie to the Salt River to show her the water.  She wasn’t too sure about it but got in waist deep and absolutely loved being outside and the new terrain. Ended the day with pizza and beer…carb load perfection!

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Sunday – Race day! 13.1 miles at an average of 10’32/mile pace.  Finished in just over 2 hours and 19 minutes.

Overall it was a pretty good run.  I felt solid until mile 10 when I slowed down quite a bit.  Miles 10 and 11 were tough physically and mentally but as soon as I saw the 12 mile marker I picked it up and finished strong.  It helped knowing that Mike was waiting for me at the finish line with a bottle of water and a hug 🙂 So happy he was able to finally see me run a half marathon! He was so proud and treated me to a yummy lunch of crab legs and oysters.  The Oiselle team was amazing as well.  They provided motivation and support along the course and encouraged me to keep going.  Like I mentioned, most of those ladies are speedy so they were all standing near the finish line cheering on the rest of us as we came by.  They definitely inspire me to keep training and working hard to reach my goals.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to sign up for the Mesa/Phx half marathon on February 25th.  My calves are pretty sore so I’m going to see how the rest of the week goes before I sign up.  I know one thing is for sure…I’m not going to stop running anytime soon! I’ve seen my pace pick up over the last few months and my heart rate decrease.  I feel like I’m just starting and still have a long way to go.  I was never an athlete growing up and I feel like this is my time.  This is the time to prove to myself that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined.  That I am an athlete.  That I am strong.

I started day 1 of this 12 week plan running 2 miles at a 13’38/mile average and ended it with 13.1 miles at a 10’32/mile average.  This is a great reminder that all good things take time.  You will get faster and stronger if you put in the work.

Half Marathon Training Weeks 10 & 11

This is the big week!! I run the Phoenix Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday and I cannot wait! I feel SO much more prepared this year than I did last year. If Sunday goes well I am going to run the Mesa/Phoenix half on February 25th also.  Week 10 was a huge week for me.  My long run on Sunday was the best run I’ve ever had in all my years of running.  It felt effortless and enjoyable.  My long run this past Saturday was awful but I’m trying not to think about it too much.  You have to take the good with the bad.

Week 10

Monday (Run) – 3 miles @ 10:28/mile pace on the treadmill after work

Tuesday (Strength Train) – Didn’t do…whoops

Wednesday (Rest Day)

Thursday (Run) – 3 miles @ 11:20/mile pace on treadmill after work.

Friday (Rest Day) – My sister, mom, nephew, and niece came to town…yay!!!

Saturday (Active Rest Day) – walked around the park and the zoo with the family and took Winnie for a walk.  Great day spent with the family showing them around Gilbert.

Sunday (Long Run) – 8 miles @ 10:12/mile pace!! So happy with this run.  3 of the miles were under 10 minutes/mile.  I’m chalking it up to having 4 rest days this week haha 🙂

Week 11

Monday (Run) – 3.20 miles @ 10:37/mile pace on treadmill after work

Tuesday (Strength Train) – Tone It Up Booty & Abs video

Wednesday (Run) – 3 miles @ 12:46/mile pace.  SO sore from the day before!!! My legs felt like lead.

Thursday (Run) – 2.68 miles @ 10:38/mile pace on treadmill after work

Friday (Rest Day)

Saturday (Long Run) – 8.5 miles @ 11:23/mile pace.  The wind was really bad and I was going against it the whole time.  My legs were sore.  Not a fun run especially since it was my last long run before the half.  Tried not to get too discouraged.

Sunday (Yoga) – tried a new yoga studio that I found on Groupon and I loved it! It was a 75 minute Yin/Yang class and felt so good.

Although my training wasn’t as great as I had planned and I missed more runs than I should have I overall feel prepared for Sunday.  When I started training I was hesitant about setting a time goal because I don’t want to get discouraged so I wrote down 2.15 but haven’t really trained at that pace.  If I don’t finish in under 2 hours and 15 minutes it won’t be the end of the world it’ll just encourage me to train harder next time.

I’ll post next week to let you all know how it goes or you can follow me on Instagram @lovecookrun

Half Marathon Training Week 5

Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve had a great weekend.  We got a puppy yesterday!!! Gilbert (our city) was having an adoption event at one of the local parks and we found the sweetest little pup…it was love at first sight.  Her name is Winnie and she’s 3 1/2 months old.  She’s a Cattle Dog mix, definitely has some lab in her.  I can’t wait until she gets a little bigger and can start running with me! She’ll be the perfect running partner.  Right now all she wants to do is lay on the sidewalk and eat her leash 🙂

This week I did pretty good and stuck to most of my training schedule.  Didn’t strength train at all so I’ll try to be better about that next week.

Monday – Started to feel like I was getting sick so I used an extra rest day

Tuesday – 3.2 mile run @ 11’00/mile pace

Wednesday – 3 mile run @ 11’00/mile pace

Thursday – no excuses, just lazy

Friday – Rest day

Saturday – 6k run at the adoption event.  Did much better than I expected (10’46/mile average).  After the run I walked 1.64 miles down the street.  So all together got in 5.37 miles.

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Sunday – Active rest day.  We’re going to try to take Winnie on a little walk and see how she does.  I have a feeling we’re not going to get very far.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week! I think I’ll finally do some Christmas shopping 🙂

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And So It Begins…Training Day

Happy Monday and Happy November! The beginning of my favorite season…Christmas season!! You better believe I’m already listening to Christmas music and anxiously waiting to decorate.  Oh I love the holidays.

Today starts day 1 of Phoenix Women’s Half Marathon training.  I know I said I’d probably never register for a half again but I got the itch and it needed to be scratched! Also, it’s a Oiselle Volée meet-up run so I couldn’t say no 🙂  I’m a little nervous about training because I am nowhere near in the shape I need to be in.  I’ve been running every now and then but haven’t been consistent and my speed or lack thereof shows! I have no idea what the next 12 weeks has in store for me but I know that I’m going to do my best and give it my all with no excuses.

I’m going to document the next 12 weeks so that not only am I held accountable but also so that I can look back and see my progress and/or what worked and what didn’t.  I REALLY wish I would’ve kept a journal or blog of some sort when I was training for the half marathon in 2014 because now I can’t remember what training plan I used and how the training went.  I did so well that year and would love to have some sort of documentation that I could look back on besides a few Instagram posts.  This time around I won’t make that mistake.
If you’ve followed me for awhile you know that in February I was supposed to run the Surf City Half Marathon and I didn’t (Confessions of a Runner).  I let distractions, self-doubt, excuses, wedding shenanigans, and everything else get in the way and ultimately gave up on my training.  Since then life has not slowed down and I’m quickly learning that it probably won’t which means I need to make time for training and have a solid plan set in place.  I need to remind myself that events, colds, and everyday events will happen and it’s ok if I miss a day or two but to not let that day turn into 5 days.  I need to remember that awesome feeling of crossing the finish line and continue to remind myself of why I signed up in the first place.
I signed up because I miss the feeling of accomplishing my goals.  I miss the feeling of being genuinely proud of myself and not giving up.  I miss feeling strong and healthy.  I know I shouldn’t have to run a race in order to feel these things, trust me I do, but I think this is what I need to get my groove back.  This is what I need to drop those pesky 15 pounds that have slowly crept up and are not coming off.  I need to run this half to remember why I fell in love with running in the first place.  And I want to make the hubby proud and show him what his wife is made of 🙂
My mantra during this training is “Stay Positive, Work Hard, and Make it Happen!” I saw this on Instagram the other day and it was perfect.
Follow along over the next 12 weeks and wish me luck! January 29th will be here before I know it!! I’ll be posting my workouts at the end of every week including some of my favorite meals that powered my training.