Shamrock Half Marathon Training Week 4: 02/16-02/22

Sunday marked one month until the Shamrock Half Marathon! It also marked the halfway point of my training. Of course, my injury put me behind, and obviously my original goals have shifted. I am not only trying to be half-marathon ready in just 8 weeks time, but my weekly mileage is less than what it would normally be.

I love a good sand castle -Shamrock in 2011

I love a good sand castle – Shamrock in 2011

That said, I’m feeling good! This week’s long run was a big confidence booster for me. My pace is actually not too bad, and I am by no means pushing it for fear of more tibia troubles. My leg was a little sore Sunday morning so I chose not to run a few easy miles that day as planned. Here’s how the week shook out:

  • Monday: PiYo: Upper Body
  • Tuesday: PiYo: Sweat
  • Wednesday: Staff workout at OrangeTheory Fitness (including 3 treadmill miles)
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 8 mile run
  • Sunday: PiYo: Sweat

Total miles: 11 miles

One of the exciting things about my new job is that we have weekly staff workouts. Last week, we checked out OrangeTheory and I really liked it! We rowed, did some speedwork on the treadmills, and mixed in some weights and TRX exercises. If you live in the Atlanta area, try it out!

While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and talk about some other things I am loving this winter! My friend Amy (who recently became a certified personal trainer!) suggested mixing in PiYo after I was cleared to work out again as a way to do some strength training. I really like it! The DVD set came with 9 different workouts and a schedule (which I don’t really use because I’m really trying to get ready for this race). If you’re looking to get stronger without weights, this is a great program!

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With all this cold weather, I’m also loving some new gear. The Mizuno Breath Thermo gloves, hats, and headbands are AWESOME! They keep you warm and are really light weight!

How are you coping with this winter? Layering up? Hitting the treadmill? Anyone else ready for spring??

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Shamrock Half Marathon Training Weeks 2 & 3

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! Since my last post, I finished my old job, started a new job, planned and executed the boyfriend’s birthday weekend, hosted my mom for a visit, and oh yeah, ran/worked out. It has been hard to juggle all of those things but it has been really fun and exciting… although I’m ready to get back to a more solid training routine.

Here’s how the weeks broke down:

Week 2 (02/02/15-02/08/15)

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 3.1 mile run
  • Wednesday: PiYo: Define Lower Body
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Snow tubing and hauling the tubes around at Snow Mountain
  • Sunday: 2.5 mile walk with the dog and the boyfriend

Total: 5.6 miles

Week 3 (02/09/15-02/15/15)

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 2.5 mile run
  • Wednesday: 3.5 mile run
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 6 mile run

Total: 12 miles

The leg is still feeling strong post-stress fracture, and maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve been so busy – I don’t want to run too much, too soon. But this week I will be far more consistent in my runs and workouts for sure!

Now to some exciting news – I have joined Atlanta Track Club as PR & marketing communications manager! While I don’t plan to chronicle my (awesome) new job here, I thought I would at least mention this change since it is indeed running related. I am so happy to be able to channel my professional skills into something I am truly passionate about – for that I am very lucky!

My new work home: Atlanta Track Club!

My new work home: Atlanta Track Club!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day and that you remembered to show your running shoes some love this weekend. My date with my Pure Connects was a very cold and windy one, but we had a great time Sunday morning!

Hope you felt the love this weekend!

Hope you felt the love this weekend!

With all of the cold weather taking over the U.S., how are you coping? Layering and sucking it up? Treadmill?

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Shamrock Half Marathon Training Week 1: 01/26-02/01

It’s great to be back! Obviously my training for the Shamrock Half Marathon is beginning much later than I would have liked, but I still have some time to get it together. Sadly, this will not be the PR I was hoping for this year.

I was cleared to run again as of last Tuesday, but there were rules: no more than 15 miles for the week, no more than 3 runs for the week, and I had to take at least one day off in between runs. I decided to err on the side of caution and did less mileage than I was allowed.

  • Monday: 45 minutes of physical therapy at home
  • Tuesday: 1 hour physical therapy session + 2 mile run
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: 3 mile run + 20 minutes of physical therapy at home
  • Friday: PiYo: Sweat
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday:  5.5 mile run + PiYo: Define Upper Body

Total: 10.5 miles

These runs were more exploratory in nature than anything else. I’m happy to say that the leg is feeling great – no pain at all! I am also not as slow as I would have anticipated after being out for so long, which gives me hope for a swift comeback!

Sunday’s run was along the Beltline. I was happy to see that there is some new art to enjoy since the last time I ran there!

A new mural along the Beltline

A new mural along the Beltline

Awful picture, but happy to be running again!

Sunday’s run also led me to discover that fellow blogger Kristen (Running for More) lives in my neighborhood! She saw the above picture posted on my Instagram and realized she saw me leaving for my run the same time she was heading out for hers! Small world!

How is your winter training coming along? What was your favorite Super Bowl ad? (I of course loved the Budweiser puppy commercial and the Always “Like a Girl” ad!)

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