Category Archives: Half Marathon

Post Half-Marathon Reflections

My official race photo.   I think it was around mile 11 or 12.  I really was pretty much by myself for the last three miles of the race.  Thumbs up yo.

After about a week and a half, I am feeling back to my normal self after the half-marathon.  I ran five miles last night with my running buddy and the miles flew by.  Thank goodness.  In reading a lot of running blogs I think I underestimated the impact the half-marathon would have on my body, as a lot of girls make it seem like just another day (heck, it probably is for them).  For me, it was a straight up endurance EVENT that tested my limits and required a week of solid rest.   It just goes to show that you CANNOT compare yourself to other runners.  Say you are just starting out and ran a mile without stopping.  If your body is not used to running, it is going to take a LOT out of you.  When I ran my first 5k last year, I was SPENT.  My legs hurt and I was relegated to the couch afterwards.  Now that I’ve increased my endurance the miles don’t have the same effect, but that is because my body is more conditioned.  Don’t go out there expecting to rock out five miles and feel guilty if you can’t if you are just getting started.  Challenge your body and your endurance. 

I must admit, I was a bit surprised by how tired and sore I was after the half.  I have been reading quite a few blogs with girls training for marathons and they talk about their 15/18/20 mile run as just another training run.  Well let me tell you, 13.1 miles was HARD and punishing.  Amazing, but still punishing.  Perhaps I’ll reach that point where they become just another race, but for now, I am happy with where I am at.   I guess this was my long-winded way of saying that you cannot compare yourself to ANYONE else.  😀

Thoughts on My Training Plan

I created my training plan following Hal Hidgon’s Novice Half-Marathon training plan.   His training plan calls for twelve weeks; I basically started from week four since I was coming off of the Boilermaker 15k and had a decent base to start with.  I started training on July 26 and trained for eight weeks.  I ran three times a week, with a long run on the weekends and “short”/medium runs during the week.  My form of cross-training was hot yoga and I loved it.  It is the perfect complement to a running routine in my opinion!

Mileage wise, I ran 176.75 miles over the eight weeks, including the half-marathon.  My highest mileage month was September at 82.2 miles, and my highest mileage week was 21.05 in mid-September.  My longest training run was 11 miles, and I also ran two ten milers.  Did I feel prepared come race day?  Absolutely!  Would I follow this training plan again?  Heck yes!  I felt like I was training for something but was still able to maintain some semblance of a social life, which I’ll get into shortly.

Essentially, good ol’ Hal’s plan worked perfectly for me.  I missed a few short runs here and there (it happens!) and I still felt confident on race day. 

Fuelage/Weight During Half-Marathon Training

During half training, my mileage picked up significantly which, in turn, led to increased hunger (duh).  When you are training for an endurance event, you need to fuel your body to function (I’m looking at you, Melissa! 😉 )  Towards the end of training, I wanted carbs, carbs and more carbs.  Moreso than usual, since I always want carbs.  😀  I weighed myself once towards the end of training and I think I gained 2-3 pounds.  My clothes still fit the same and I lost an inch on my stomach so I’m thinking it was just water weight.  Which brings me to my next point.  Hydrating is essential during training.   At the height of training I was drinking at least 100 ounces of water a day, and even more on my hot yoga days.  I have a hard time imagining someone that doesn’t drink a lot of water- I would seriously shrivel up from thirst!

Fueling during runs– For any run over seven miles, I would fuel with a gu packet.  My fuel of choice is without a doubt chocolate mint gu.  Yum.  I used to fuel with clif shot blocks but after receiving a free gu sample I never went back.  The shot blocks were wicked chewy and kind of awkward.  The only caveat with using gu is that you should probably take it with water to wash it down.  Very necessary.  During my 10 and 11 milers I fueled with a pack and a half to two packs of gu, and I felt great.  I know some may have stomach issues with gu, so make sure to test it out!  I love it!

Time Commitment/Having a Life During Training

Although training for a half requires a bit of dedication and time, it is still definitely possible to maintain a balanced life.  I traveled to Long Island for a reunion with my college besties, went to a week-long conference in Lake Placid, traveled to Buffalo for a wedding and was IN a wedding (and had too good of a damn good time) and still fit everything in.  Granted, I had to make a few adjustments here and there but my life was NOT all running.  I’m not sure I could say the same if I were training for a full, though 😉


When training for a half-marathon, you will become reacquainted with nature.  I saw one fox (awesome!  but creepy), numerous bunnies and chippies chipmunks, ingested two gnats (barf) and fished two gnats from my eye that were behind my contact (sneaky little suckers!).


I was fairly lucky during this training cycle.  My biggest issue was pain on the top of my foot (I think tendonitis from overuse) and random blisters here and there.  Plus the loss of one toenail (with another one currently purple and on its way out).  Hot yoga and an intense love affair with the foam roller kept my IT Band and knees very happy.  Overall, I would deem this training cycle injury-free 🙂

Weeks Leading Up to the Race

In the two weeks before the race, I decided to forgo alcohol and heels.  Of course, that all went out the door a week before the race when I attended a very fun wedding.  I had about 3-4 glasses of wine so it wasn’t too crazy but I still felt guilty.  It ended up working out fine.  I need to be easier on myself!  I am glad that I stuck to the no heels rule and will be implementing that rule before my next big race as well. 

So, those are my thoughts on training for my first half-marathon.  Have you trained for a distance event?  Do you have anything to add?  I’m excited to take a small(ish) break from distance running.  A break will rejuvenate me- I’m already excited to start training for my next half in the spring! 

Have a good one folks!


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Hudson Mohawk Half-Marathon Recap!

Technically the race started at 8:30 A.M. on Sunday, 10/10/10 (perfect day for a race, eh?).  I’ve been training for the half for over two months now so on Friday when I began my final prep (downloading new songs for the iPod, laying out my race clothes) it felt as though it really started for me.  Obsessively Writing out lists of what I would be wearing/what gear I needed/reminding myself I needed to pick up a bagel for the morning and the like were all a part of this journey to 13.1. 

Saturday brought the race expo and I was super excited- my first one ever!  There were two exciting things about the race expo: 1) I ran into Jen and my friends Nicole and Michael and 2) my race bib had an odd number on it!  A double odd number!  I kind of have a thing about odd numbers.  The alarm always has to be set to an odd number (Brian thinks I’m weird and yeah, I guess I am).  Anyway, the number itself was odd (2383) and when you added all of the numbers together (2+3+8+3=16 and 1+6=7) it was an odd number.  I thought that this bode well for the race 🙂

Saturday night I went out to an early dinner with some friends and looked longingly at their glasses of wine.  None for me, no sir.  I was taking this half-marathon seriously!  Nevermind the wine and dancing at my friends’ wedding last weekend 😉 .  I did carb load to my heart’s desire with some cheesy artichoke dip with french bread.  Excellent pre-pre race fuel!  When I got home on Saturday night, I reviewed my clothing checklist:

  1. Girls on the Run tech tee with lucky race number attached
  2. nike running capris
  3. purple sports bra (I developed a weird affinity towards this sports bra)
  4. thick balega running socks
  5. bondi band
  6. throwaway fleece from old navy
  7. sneakers with timing chip attached
  8. Road Id/iPod fully charged/garmin fully charged/glide for toes

I was all set to go so I set my alarm for 6:01 (heh) and 6:19.  Originally I was going to have to leave my house at 5:30 (wah) to catch the bus to the start but my friend Nicole generously offered to take me to the start at 7:30 since she was bringing her husband anyway.  Sah-weet!  An extra hour of sleep could only be a good thing.  I got a restful night’s sleep, got dressed and checked  35 degrees.  Awesome.  There was nothing I could do about it though!  Good thing I had my throwaway fleece!  I had half of a plain bagel with maple peanut butter with three ibuprofen to stop any foot pain in its tracks (which would come back to bite me in the ass quite literally after the race but that story is for another time.  Or for never).  The temperature gauge on my car was not looking any more promising- 38 degrees.  I received a surprise good luck phone call from Brian all the way from Afghanistan, giving me an extra confidence boost! 🙂  I arrived at Nicole’s mother’s house and we were on our way! 

The race literature indicated that the parking at the half was very limited.  Not really.  I was pleased to see that the start was at the Colonie Town Park.  I spent many days in summer camp there swimming in the pool and jumping off the high dive (aside from one embarrassing incident where I climbed to the top of the high dive, walked out to jump and stood paralyzed with fear for a good five minutes before I climbed back down).  We arrived with a half-hour to start time and I figured I should use the bathroom while I could.  The line was around the building!  I waited for 25 minutes and did my thing, arriving to the start area with three minutes to spare.  Talk about a close call!  

This is right before the gun went off (I’m in the green/black waving at the camera):

Miles 1-5: The starting gun sounded and we were off!  The first mile of the race was very congested- it was kind of trail like and the space was limited so the runners were shuffling at that point.  Still, we were running and I was so happy! 😀  We came across some bag pipers around .75 miles and that was neat!  I was waffling between wearing my headphones or not, since I heard they weren’t allowed and you could be DQd.  Yeah, that would have sucked!  Tons of people were wearing them so I figured I was okay. 

This was around half a mile into the race- the runners were still pretty crowded together:

The first five miles passed in a blur.  I had no foot pain at all and the weather had warmed up slightly.  I was still wearing my fleece though!  I remember stepping on a branch and it sounded like a gunshot- I startled all of the girls around me!  Yikes.  I told myself to just break it down into two 5 milers and one 5k- totally doable!

The half started on a pretty trail and then we ran through some roads and past a train track.  Once I hit mile five I stopped off next to a gas station to take the first of two mint chocolate gus that I would take during the race.  It didn’t slow my time. In fact, I realized that I was way ahead of my predicted schedule!  I kept looking down and seeing my pace hovering around 9:40 and I felt great!  I tried not to push it much harder than that because I didn’t want to fade out at the end.

Throughout the race there were mile markers indicating which mile we had reached, with sayings from a sponsor.  One sign in particular really resonated with me- I think it was mile 4- it said “trust your training.”  Damn right, I thought!  I think it can be so easy to doubt yourself come race day but you just have to remember- you put in the time and the effort and your body knows what to do.  Trust it!  😀

Miles 6-10:  Once we hit mile six I took off my fleece and left it on the side of the road.  I heard that the race peeps come by and pick them up and donate them.  I’m hoping that’s the case.  This portion of the run was mainly on roads that were not closed for traffic- we had to stay inside the cones or else risk being hit!  I began to understand why they forbade headphones and took them off.  We were running next to a major highway (on the other side of a fence) so that was interesting.  I actually drive down it on the way to work so now when I do I will look along the road and think about the half 🙂

Around 9.75 miles my foot started to ache a bit.  At that point I had less than four miles left so I told myself to suck it up!  We entered the bike path portion of the race and it was really pretty- right next to the water.  Here’s a gripe: the bike path was not closed to bikers, which was fine with me.  A lot of them announced that they were coming on your left, etc.  However, this one woman kept riding around the runners without a helmet on wearing headphones, not announcing herself or anything.  Who does that?  She passed me going back and forth a few times (and she definitely was not affiliated with the race).  So weird. 

Miles 10-13.19:  This part of the race was really nice but also challenging.  I ventured off the path at mile 10 to take another mint chocolate gu.  My foot was acting weird on and off but it wasn’t too bad.  The weirdest thing was that I felt like I was running by myself.  There really was no one around me.  I looked at the river and felt at peace.  I was running my first half-marathon, the leaves were crunching under my feet, the sun was shining.  Life was good.  Once I reached mile 11.01 I was at a new personal distance record and couldn’t stop smiling!  I came across some runners and zipped right by them.  I felt really strong!  I got to the last half mile and started to get really excited.  There were a group of drummers- my parents were watching them and apparently I ran right by them!  I came down the chute and saw Amanda and my friends Nicole and Kristin 🙂  I was so happy to see them, as you can tell by this photo!

 As I approached the finish line I noted that the time read 2:14 something and I couldn’t believe it!  After I crossed the finish line I felt a bit like a crazy disoriented person.  I was like that with the Boilermaker too.  A nice volunteer cut my timing chip off and I was handed my mylar blanket (cool!  I felt official) and race medal.  Final chip time: 2:13:33.  Yippee!

(Many thanks to Nicole, my unofficial race photog 😉 )

I hurried off to find my friends and family.  The word yay was tossed around quite a bit (by me.  I have an extensive vocabulary).  I found my friend Bekah and she and her husband and friend Sindy made these awesome signs- “toenails are overrated” and “run like you stole something!”  Hilarious!  And awesome. 


Jen and I after finishing! (photo courtesy of Jen) Don’t we look legit in our mylar blankets? 

Afterwards, a delicious brunch was had, which included a raspberry mimosa.  That probably wasn’t a good idea since I didn’t drink much water during the race (race foul!) but it was delish 🙂 

As I’m sitting here typing this, my feet are yelling at me (seriously, so many blisters dangit) and it is hard to walk around (ice bath and all!) but I am so happy!  When I first started my running journey I always said my ultimate goal was a half-marathon.  Now I am here (I can’t believe it!) and am incredibly proud of myself.  At the same time, I can’t help but ask- when can I start training for a marathon? 😀

Thank YOU for all of your encouragement and support- it truly means a lot.


Filed under Goals, Half Marathon, Race Recap, Running, Uncategorized

I Did It!

After 13.1(9) wonderful miles, I can now call myself a half-marathoner 😀

Official time: 2:13:33 (woohoo!)

You bet I’ll be putting the 13.1 sticker on my car tomorrow morning 😀

I have too many blisters to count and my legs are sore but would I do it again?  In a second,  Now I really want to run 26.2!

Full recap to come in the  morning!  In the meantime, check out my Fall Wadrobe Essentials post over on Courtney’s blog if you are so inclined 🙂



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Girls on the Run Solemates

Good morning everyone!  I am a bundle of nerves over here- my first half-marathon is on Sunday!  😀  I ran my last run before the race last night- an easy 3.5 miler.  Unfortunately, I’ve been having a bit of a foot issue lately.  When I strike down with my right foot, I feel a dull pain.  After some googling (doesn’t everyone play Dr. Google?) a few weeks ago I narrowed it down to a stress fracture (unlikely, seeing that the pain isn’t intense) and a bone spur.  Maybe I’m just tying my shoes too tight.  In any event, I am keeping my fingers crossed that my foot doesn’t go crazy and allows me to cross the finish line! 

 So, onto the topic at hand.  I first learned of Girls on the Run from Caitlin’s blog.  I’ve been reading Caitlin’s blog since March of 2009 and have learned a lot about running and eating well from her daily posts.  She is really inspiring!  Caitlin is one of the bloggers that showed me that I can be a runner if I put in the effort 😀  Naturally, my interest was piqued when she posted about the Girls on the Run Solemates program back in August.  What, exactly, is the Solemates program?

Solemates Logo 2-Color


Girls on the Run seeks to educate and prepare young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living through running.  The program’s vision looks to:

  • Support a network of Girls on the Run councils across the country
  • Provide a life-changing experience for girls and women
  • Promote an environment that allows girls and women to reach their full potential
  • Enhance the lives of all involved in the program
  • Assist in nothing less than a complete transformation in the way girls and women perceive themselves and their opportunities in life (source)

Sounds pretty awesome, right?  I think it would be an amazing experience for a young girl to meet with a group of her peers to learn about healthy living from exemplary role models.  Talk about an inventive way to boost self-esteem! 😀  

I immediately wondered what I could do to help the organization.  This is where the Solemates program comes in.  Essentially, after paying the initial $26 fee, a runner or athlete running a race signs up to raise money for Girls on the Run, pledging to raise $262, the deadline being the month before their race.  This money fully funds the admission of two girls into the Girls on the Run Program. Once you sign up, you get your own fundraising page and get to fundraisin’!

I knew that I could meet this goal with the generous support of my family and friends, so I jumped at the chance to sign up and become a Solemate.  Less than a week later I had a really cool welcome package with a very flattering tech tee that I plan to wear with pride on Sunday (sans hat, obvi). 


Thanks to my family and friends (and the power of facebook :D) I was able to meet and surpass my fundraising goal quickly.  I may or may not have enticed people to donate with the promise of homemade cookies from me :p.  Of course, they would have donated regardless 😀  Participating in Girls on the Run makes my first half-marathon that much more important and special to me.  I feel honored to be involved in such a great cause.  If you are running a race in 2010-2011 (a 5k, 10, triathlon, marathon- any type of race!), I encourage you to look into Girls on the Run!  Many thanks to Caitlin for introducing me to Girls on the Run 🙂

Other options for getting involved with Girls on the Run include becoming a coach and mentor to a group of young girls.  I think that sounds really fun but unfortunately, the closest one to me is an hour away.  Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem but I commute an hour in the other direction.  I have to look into it more though- if there are weekend programs available I am in (if they’ll have me, of course!)

Have you ever ran for a charity?  My blog buddy Linzi is running her first marathon next weekend and has collectively raised over $9,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!  That is seriously amazing.  Linzi, you rock girl!

Have a great weekend my friends!


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A Meatless Monday Recipe (on a Wednesday)

Hi friends!  Welcome to a meatless Monday recipe.  No matter that it is Wednesday.  I’m a rebel, what can I say?  😉  Actually, I really did make this meal on Monday but I’m a wee bit behind in posting.   So what exactly is meatless Monday?  It is an initiative that was started to reduce meat consumption and increase our health and well-being.  I’m down with that.  Well, at the very least, I’m down with not eating meat produced in the horrifying factory conditions that has become of the meat industry. 

I follow a mainly pescetarian diet with the occasional red meat thrown in once a week or so.  My personal belief is that we are meant to eat meat (I think- I’m still struggling with this), just not the meat produced in the conditions big industry puts forth.  Ultimately, I would like to only eat grass-fed, local beef.   Are you a vegetarian/vegan?  If so, what pushed you in that direction?  Do you feel better/healthier?

That was my long-winded way of saying that I am going to be participating in meatless Mondays from here on out (unless I uh, forget that it is Monday or something).  So without further adieu, here is my first meatless Monday meal (oh alliteration, I heart thee):

Penne with Eggplant, Tomatoes and Mozzarella

  • 1 box whole wheat penne
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium eggplant (approximately 1 1/4 pound), cut into half inch pieces
  • 1 carton cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2 in pieces
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh mint basil leaves (the original recipe calls for mint; I had fresh basil on hand and it worked well)


  1. Cook the pasta and reserve 1/4 cup of the water.  Drain the pasta and return to pot
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
    Add eggplant to oil.  Cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown and tender- ~ 8-10 minutes.  Tip- I read this after the fact in a magazine- to make the eggplant less absorbent, pour salt over it and then rinse off.  Once water beads on eggplant, pat eggplant dry.  This makes the eggplant less spongey and it won’t soak up the oil as quickly.
  3. Add tomatoes, garlic, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.  Stir until tomatoes soften- ~ 3 minutes
  4. Add tomato mixture to pasta, along with fresh mozzarella and basil.  Stir and enjoy.

This recipe was yummy and fairly easy to make.   I really enjoyed it.  My parents and brother were also big fans.  I was hesitant to include the red pepper, but it adds a nice bite to the dish.  I will definitely be making it again!  You can find the original recipe here.   Do you have a vegetarian dish that you can share?  If so, hook a girl up!  😀

Okay friends, I’m out.  Stay tuned for a posts involving my Girls on the Run involvement and my adventures in meal planning (hint: it is very scientific and looks a little something like this):

 Enjoy the rest of your day! 🙂


Filed under Half Marathon, Meatless Monday, Recipe

Half-Marathon Musings & Goals

My work hosted our first annual 5k at the conference last week.  Look, my feet aren’t touching the ground- I’m flying (and heel striking, dang it!!) :p

Hi friends!  I appreciate all of your lovely comments on our wedding photographs.  Eventually I’ll have a whole slew of posts with specific details and a plethora of photos to bore you guys with show everyone! 😀

Half-Marathon Goals

It’s hard to believe that my first half-marathon is less than two weeks away.  Less than a year and a half ago I could barely run a mile.  In fact, in my very first blog post in May 2009 I wrote:

Thoughts on running- I always wanted to be one of those people to which running came naturally. Alas, that has never been the case for me. I’m trying to change that, and the past couple of times I’ve gone running it hasn’t been completely terrible. That is, I don’t feel like I’m going to die the entire time. I am still waiting for that elusive runners high… I think if I go longer I can do it!

Fast forward 16 months.  I’ve ran numerous races and even made it to double digit runs, coming in at 445 miles ran in 2010 as of today.  Woohoo!   It’s safe to say that I’ve experienced numerous runners highs 🙂  I’ve endured my share of injuries — IT Band issues and swollen arches come to mind — but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Well, what I really mean is that I sustained these injuries on my path to becoming a runner.  I dealt with them and overcame them and am now a stronger runner for it. 

Going into the race, I have a few time goals in mind, based upon my skill level and my natural pace.  The only person I’m racing is myself.  Which is what I love about running.  Anyway.  When I ran the 14k back in February, it was my first race that was a length other than 5k.  I went into without any expectations and was very pleased with my results.  Of course, I think I ran a little faster/better because I was running with Brian.  I won’t have that luxury during the half but that’s okay.  My final stats were:

  • 8.73 miles ran
  • Time: 1:29:09
  • Pace: 10:12 mi average

Overall I was really happy with my performance.  With that, I went into the Boilermaker 15k with the hopes of finishing in under 1:40.  Mmm that didn’t really happen.  There really was no rhyme or reason for my goal.  I guess I just figured “hey, I’m only adding on less than a mile, I can totally do that in ten minutes,” not taking into account that the 14k course was flat and it was oh, February in Virginia Beach, so quite chilly (which is easier to run in in my opinion).  For those of you familiar with the Boilermaker, it is anything but flat.  And yeah, incredibly hot, hence the race name “Boilermaker.”  Still, I finished in 1:45 and was so proud of myself and my time.  That race was damn hard! 

Looking back at my two longer race times and conditions coupled with the times on my long training runs (10 miles: 1:47; 11 miles: 2:01; 10 miles: 1:45), I have these goals in mind:

  • I know I can: Finish in under 2:30
  • I think I can: Finish in under 2:25
  • I hope I can: Finish in under 2:17

Even with those goals, I’ll still be ridiculously happy if I can just finish.  I’ve come a long way since my “I can’t even run for a minute” days.  😀 

Obviously, running the half is my ultimate goal.  Still, I’ve learned a lot training for it.  One being that I like looking at my stats.  Including:

  • Miles run: 150
  • Number of weeks in training: 8
  • Toenails lost: 1
  • Pounds gained: 3-5
  • Inches lost (in waist): 1
  • Ice baths taken: 3
  • Ice baths enjoyed: 0
  • Gus consumed: ~10
  • Injuries: None, aside from the random toe issue a month back.  *knocks on wood*
  • Cross-training: Bikram yoga 2x a week
  • Number of days a week spent running: Mostly 3, sometimes 4
  • Glasses of wine given up: 1 (I just started last night.  It was painful).

As of yesterday (Tuesday), I decided I will not be drinking any alcohol until the race is over.  Wow, big deal right?  I usually end my night with a glass of red wine so this is kind of difficult, haha.  I have a wedding to attend this weekend, a board meeting to go to with cocktails after AND I’m going to the Bills/Jets game in Buffalo.  Oh well, the half-marathon is more important than a stupid beer.  Or glass of red wine.  Right??  Right.

I’m also only wearing flats.  Which can get interesting since some of my work pants are a bit longer and require heels.  It’s okay though.  I’m training for a half-marathon, not trying to win a style award 😉  I will be wearing heels to the wedding though.  Some things just can’t be compromised.  😀

I stepped on the scale for the first time this morning since I started training.  I’ve gained some weight.  I’m not sure of the exact number since I forget what I weighed before but I think it is in the 3-5 pound range.  At the same time, my waist and stomach have gotten smaller- I can notice it and I measured this morning and saw that I’ve lost an inch there.  I’m assuming the gain is in my quads.  Muscle does not weigh more than fat.  A pound of fat is the same as a pound of muscle.  It just takes up less space.  So I’m just hoping that I’ve gained some muscle (although three pounds worth in two months???  Probably not.  Who knows).  Do you gain weight when training for a distance race?  I’ve heard it’s pretty common.

So that’s where I’m at in my half-marathon training.  I have set attainable goals and am working hard to get there.  I’ve learned a lot and have made some great friends through running.   Thank you for following along with me 🙂


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Scenes From a Saturday

Hi friends!  First thing first… happy six month anniversary to my amazing husband 😀  I love you 🙂

Our wedding album came in!  With it came a cd with all of our images.  Be on the lookout for some wedding recaps soon! 🙂

Last Saturday (the 18th) called for the longest run in my half-marathon training plan: 11 miles!  The weather was gorgeous and the run was great, although my legs were INCREDIBLY tired from miles 9 to 11.  I was so happy and proud once I was finished though! 

Some of the running essentials:

Garmin (of course), chocolate mint gu (YUM!), anti-friction cream (I put some on my toes before putting my socks on and my toes no longer hurt on my long runs!) and my water bottle.  11 miles in 2:01 for a total pace of 11:02/miles.  Not too shabby but I’m hoping more for a 10:30-10:45 pace.   Regardless of what pace I end up with for the half I know I can meet my sub-2:30 goal!

When I return home from my long runs Bailey is incredibly excited/angry that I didn’t take him with me :p

Here he is ignoring me.  He’s quite camera shy.  Does anyone else’s pup get so excited that they need to have a toy with them to focus on, or is Bailey just a weirdo?

“Okay, I’ll look at the camera just this once.”

After the run I went for my standard way to refuel- an egg and cheese bagel sandwich on an everything bagel.  I went to a local coffee shop and was blown away.  They had a brown sugar cinnamon latte (heaven!!!) and the most delicious bagel sandwich ever.  It was so good that I had to take a photo of it:

Best way to refuel in my opinion.  You bet I went back this week and squealed in delight (in my head, obvi) when I saw they were offering irish cream lattes.  Bliss.

Then came the dreaded ice bath.  I took a tip from Molly and wore a knit cap.  I think it helped:

Tres chic.  Note my Girls on the Run tee?  I will be blogging about that later in the week 🙂  It’s a great cause!  Anyway, I endured the ice bath for about ten minutes.  Really the only awful part is when you first get in and get situated.  Yipes!  On Sunday my legs felt amazing and I even went to Bikram yoga to get them all stretched out.  😀

Last Saturday also brought me an exciting adventure:

Say hello to my new car.  I picked her up two days ago.  She is amazing!  I am going to turn into one of “those” people that park out in the boondocks to avoid anyone parking next to them.  On my long run yesterday I brought a towel to sit on afterwards.  I used to be soooo not like that but now I can’t help it! 

After my happy Saturday I spent the weekend getting ready for my conference in Lake Placid.  It lasted all week and was exhausting but very fun and intellectually stimulating.  This past weekend was all about recovery.  Woo!  I want to thank all of my wonderful guest posters for their running stories.  I am really enjoying the series!

How have you guys been?  I am so out of the loop but tonight my google reader will read ZERO!  Have a great Monday peeps 😀


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Half-Marathon Training Begins!

Hi friends!  How goes it?  Yesterday marked an exciting day- the official start of my half marathon training!  😀  It started off with a bang, that bang being a rest day.  After the weekend I had I was certainly glad for the rest day.  I am following Hal Hidgon’s half marathon training plan for beginners, modified to fit my schedule.  Essentially, I’ll be running anywhere from 3-5 miles 2x a week, 2 miles 1x a week and a long run on Sundays, which translates to 4 days a week of running.  I’m still toying with the idea of adding the two miles into one of the 3-5 milers, thereby reducing my number of running days per week to three.  This is because when I trained for the Virginia is for Lovers 14k I was running 4x a week, and by the end of training I had to take a week off before the race because of a swollen arch.  While training for the Boilermaker I ran 3x a week and although the bottom of my foot hurt a little towards the end, I was virtually injury free.  If you’re training for a race, how many days per week do you run?  I am also going to be attending hot yoga 2x a week and throwing some random sets of pushups in there.  I’m excited! 

So, this past weekend was a lot of fun, aside from getting sick.  I went wine tasting in Long Island with my in-laws for my sister-in-law’s thirtieth birthday.  My favorite winery by far was Baiting Hollow– it had a great atmosphere, good wine and a horse rescue farm.  It is quite amazing what they do.  I didn’t realize how poorly some horses are treated after their “usefulness” has expired.  The owners of the vineyard search out horses and rescue them from death.  The newest addition to their stables had only been rescued ten days prior, and you could see his ribs due to how thin he was.  It was simply heartbreaking, but also inspiring to see how resilient the little guy was- he was running around eating and looked at peace.  Anyway, that’s a little heavy for the blog but I wanted to bring it up because it really is amazing what Baiting Hollow is doing.   

Some photos from our day:

My stepsister-in-law, the birthday girl, my mother-in-law, aunt-in-law and me

Some of the rescued horses

Another group shot

My sisters-in-law and I at Baiting Hollow

Me and the birthday girl at Vineyard 48

Overall, wine tasting in Long Island was a lot of fun.  I hit a bit of a snafu Saturday night- it was incredibly hot on the island this weekend, and that coupled with my lack of water and drinking wine earlier in the day led to a severe bout of dehydration for me.  😦 It was not fun.  But, I’m better now and ready to rock my half marathon training! 

Last night I finished reading Born to Run.  Wow, what a great book.  I am going to do a full review once I gather my thoughts on it but it definitely made me reconsider a lot of things with respect to running.  Namely, my running shoes!  But, that’s a story for another day.  Have a great Tuesday everyone! 😀


Filed under Half Marathon, Running, Wine