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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The Most Runderful Time of the Year

There are running perks to all seasons, but December is my favorite running month for sure! This of course makes my stress fracture a little more painful, since I won’t be able to get out and enjoy the month. A quick injury update: I was cleared from crutches and put into a boot last Thursday. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be free of the crutches! My doctor wants to see me back in 3 weeks to hopefully start physical therapy and after two weeks of that, I may be able to transition back into running (please let this be true – I’m going insane!). But back to the topic at hand…

Yes, so December is awesome for running. I appreciate the cooler temperatures and extra time off to get those miles in. Most of all, I LOVE being able to look at people’s Christmas lights on the run! There is something wonderful about the warm glow of people’s houses and the decorated trees as you run by them. It turns even the coldest and darkest of mornings into a happy time.

Here are a few festive houses along some of my routes here in Atlanta:

Lighted trees lining the streets

I particularly like that the trees are wearing Santa hats

There’s a lot going on here, but hey, it’s festive!

Along with missing out on my everyday runs this December, I am bummed that I won’t be participating in the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler when I go home for Christmas in Virginia Beach as I had planned. The course runs through the holiday lights display on the boardwalk – but never fear, I’ll be checking them out as I cheer on other runners!

Virginia Beach boardwalk; photo courtesy of Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler's Facebook page

Virginia Beach boardwalk; photo courtesy of Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler’s Facebook page

Registration is still open, so if you’re going to be in the Hampton Roads area on December 19, I highly recommend this race! Some other draws if you’re kind of a Grinch and don’t enjoy Christmas lights: great swag, beer at the finish line, and a really fun post-race party. Hope to see you out there!

What do you like most about running during the holidays? Do you have any December races that you love?

*I am a J&A Racing Ambassador and did receive free entry into the Surf-n-Santa (though I won’t be able to use it). Views are my own.