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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Tuesday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Wednesday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Thursday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Friday: 45 minute incline walk, crunches, push-ups
Saturday: 4 mile run

I started my half-marathon training this week. Really the only difference this will make to my weekly schedule, is a specific mile run on Saturday’s. I’ll be starting at 4 miles and adding an additional mile every week. I am also trying to work on my speed this year, so that is what I do on Monday’s and Wednesday’s- I push the pace. I’m probably going to keep those days to 30 minute runs until I’m 6 weeks in, then I will increase it to 45 minutes. This isn’t set in stone though. Maybe my body will respond faster to the increase in speed (I’m hoping). Or maybe I find out that to stay injury free, I need to keep it on the slow side. Right now I am just seeing how my body responds. All that said, I am not following a specific training plan, other than the one I have created in my head! And that has me running 5 minute miles and winning my age division! :)

Runners, do you follow a specific training program?

Have a great weekend!

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Tuesday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Wednesday: 30 minute run, 15 minute upper-body strength workout, crunches, push-ups
Thursday: Lower-body strength workout, 30 minute yoga DVD
Friday: 45 minute incline walk, crunches, push-ups
Saturday: 1 hour run

I have set my race schedule for 2013! I still might add some shorter distance races, but I’m not sure. The goals for this year are to keep my mileage up, work on my speed, and to stay healthy! I have already looked ahead to 2014 and it will include some special races, so keeping healthy and continuing to take care of my IT issues will be important.

Here’s what’s on the schedule:
April 27th…Cleveland 10 miler
May 19th…Cleveland Rite-Aid half marathon
July 21st…Rock n’ Roll Chicago half marathon
August 17th…Biggest Loser Race Series half marathon
October 5th…Rock n’ Roll Cleveland half marathon

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Did you miss this smiling face?!!

It’s been a while since I shared a running recap with you. Last time we visited, I said that I was decreasing my mileage. Um, well I really did. I stopped running all-together, for a month. It was a much needed break.

Now that we are in the new year, it’s time to lace up the running shoes. So far, I have 3 half-marathons on the schedule- the 1st one being in May. I am looking at a 10-mile race in April, and I would like to add another half in the later part of the year. While training officially hasn’t begun, I am working on building a solid base. After taking a month off, I’m starting off gently by taking lots of walk breaks. No need to go all-out and get hurt! An important goal for this year is to make sure I use my foam roller everyday. Hopefully this will help with my IT issues.

Monday: 30 minute treadmill run/walk
Tuesday: 30 minute leg strength workout
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 30 minute treadmill run/walk
Friday: 30 minute arm strength workout
Saturday: 1 hour treadmill run/walk
Sunday: Rest

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3.5 mile run
Tuesday: 1 hour DVD
Wednesday: 1 hour treadmill incline walk
Thursday: 1 hour DVD
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 5 mile run

I found out late last week, that my last half-marathon (middle of November) has been cancelled. I was really looking forward to this race, for a couple of reasons. The race was going to be run on a race track (automobile and motorcycle race track). I have visited this race track many times, so I was looking forward to having the opportunity to run on it. The other reason was that it as going to be my first relay (Ali and Amie, this just means we need to find another race!).

After a few days, I started to look at the cancelled race as an opportunity. I really struggled to finish my last race, my IT band was hurting me a lot. As you can tell by my weekly recaps, I do very little cross-training, and no strength training. I already have races on my calendar for next year, and I would like to be pain-free for them. So all that said, I have decided to reduce the running to 2 days a week, and to start adding in other workouts. I also have been using my foam roller! I am going to try this for a month and then re-evaluate.

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 30 minute run
Tuesday: 25 minute HIIT
Wednesday: 30 minute run
Thursday: 30 minute run
Friday: 25 minute HIIT
Saturday: 5 mile run

I have been lucky enough to run outside a few days this week! Even though the weather is getting cooler, I am trying to run outside as much as possible. You all know that I am a cold-weather-wuss! Well, I signed up to be part of a relay team for a half-marathon in November…in Ohio! Yup- I’m betting on snow! That said, I am trying to get my lungs used to the colder air…and to figure out the right clothing so that I am comfortable. At least I have a few more weeks to figure it out!

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: River Run half-marathon (#11…recap coming soon)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 25 minute run
Friday: 20 minute incline walk
Saturday: 5 mile run

I needed a few rest days for recovery from the half-marathon, and I don’t beat myself up over taking those days off. I always have that “pleasant” sore feeling for a few days. Nothing really hurts, but the muscles are sore. I think this happens when I have done a lot of treadmill running versus running on the road (or it is just another confirmation that I am getting old!!). Anyways, after a few days off, it actually feels good to run again.

I finally bought a foam roller (waiting for it to arrive)! I have had issues with my IT band for a few years now, and while I have read that foam rolling is beneficial, I thought it wasn’t necessary. Well, I can’t ignore it any more. Now I need to learn how to use it properly! Runners- any suggestions? Are there any videos or books that you recommend?

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday:Rest
Monday: 45 minute run
Tuesday: No workout
Wednesday: No workout
Thursday: No workout
Friday: No workout
Saturday: No workout (12 miles scheduled for Sunday- this will happen)

While over-time at work might do wonderful things for my paycheck, it is not so friendly to my daily workouts. I am struggling with finding (or making) the time to run. As the increase in hours could become a weekly thing, I really need to make some adjustments. Do I get up earlier (I already get up at 4am)? Or do I work out in the evenings (when I’m mentally tired and hungry)? I just know that with one more half-marathon on the calendar this year, I can’t keep repeating these weeks. I need to run.

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rock’N’Roll Chicago Half-Marathon (recap here)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 1/2 mile walk
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 30 minute HIIT, 25 push-ups, 100 crunches
Friday: 30 minute run, 50 squats, 20 plank roll-overs
Saturday: 8 mile run

After coming off the race on Sunday, I took it easy during the beginning of the week. I was a little sore on Monday, so Tuesday I just walked and used it as a good shake-out for my legs. A rest day on Wednesday, and I was ready to get back into a good workout on Thursday. I have another half-marathon coming up in early September, so I can’t slack off on the miles!

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On Sunday, my day started dark and early for the Rite-Aid Cleveland half marathon! I left the house at 4:30 am, in order to make the drive and find parking before they started closing the roads. Traffic was light, so that was a plus! I made it into a parking lot and just chilled for about 30 minutes. At 6am, I made my way to Cleveland Browns stadium, where the start/finish areas were located.

I did not need baggage check this year (last year was rainy, so I had warm-up clothes with me that I needed to check), and I was happy about that as the line was Really. Long. That seems to be an area that they could work on, to get it to flow a little better (maybe 2 rooms instead of just 1?). So I was able to just wander around and take in the atmosphere. I did see a friend and an ex-boss (I received hugs from both!), they were also running the half marathon (and they both did awesome!).

About 6:30am, I made my way to the starting area. Cleveland doesn’t have corrals, and last year they didn’t have anything to indicate where you should start (depending on your finishing time), so there were a lot of slower runners and walkers that started too far up front. This year, they had pacing markers and the announcers did a good job in making sure people paid attention to the markers in order to line up accordingly. That helped a lot!

I like Cleveland’s course. Running through neighborhoods where the people come out and cheer you on. Musicians that are out there with just a guitar and an amp- simple, but effective.  There really is only 1 steep incline throughout the half-marathon course, so it’s considered a fast, flat course!

The only negative I saw, was at some of the later water stations – they seemed to be ill-equipped with water and Gatorade. It was a warm day- when I finished, it was 80 degrees, so I’m sure people were taking in lots of fluids. However, a few water stations had either gotten hit with a big group of runners and they couldn’t keep up with the demand, not enough volunteers for the demand, or not enough supplies. I’m not sure what happened, but I do know that the volunteers were working hard to fill cups as fast as possible.

Heading into the finish is always wonderful! The amount of people cheering from the sidelines is enough to make me pick up my pace and it makes me smile (as they yell at you- Finish strong!). After you finish, Cleveland does a great job at getting runners liquids and food. Water, Gatorade, chocolate milk, popsicles, bananas, chips and pretzels- all of these were available to the runners within 100 feet from the finish line. And you can’t forget the finishers medal! So cute! I’m not sure how many years Cleveland has used this design, but I love the spinning guitar!

Overall, I really enjoyed myself and I had a good race. My pacing was better, but I still have a tendency to slow down in the 2nd half of the race- I need to keep working on that!

Race day apparel: Cleveland swag tech shirt and        Skirt Sports running skirt!

Heading towards the start!

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Another week…another weekly running recap!

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 30 minute run, outside
Tuesday: 30 minute treadmill incline walk
Wednesday: 30 minute run
Thursday: 30 minute treadmill incline walk
Friday: 30 minute run
Saturday: Rest

It’s taper week! Time to slow things down a little. Make sure I’m stretching, eating well, and getting enough sleep.

Sunday will be my 9th half-marathon! I will be running the Rite-Aid Cleveland half-marathon. I ran it last year and really enjoyed the course. Helps that it is close to home also! Still will mean a 3am wake-up time, in order to get ready and get a parking space before they start closing roads!

Anybody else running a race this weekend? I know Miss Zippy is going to be running Cleveland!

Have a great weekend!

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