Back in the Saddle

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Today was the first official training run of my half marathon training! I did 2 recovery miles. My legs were super sore from the Peachtree the day before, and I had some lower back pain from the race yesterday.

I started run-journaling again today. I used to record all of my runs with the time and pace along with a little bit about how I was feeling on the run that day. I have decided to do that again so I can look back and see how far I have come!

Along with training for the half marathon. I am starting to try to eat healthier to get back into shape. I am trying to cut out extra sugars and eat more fruits and vegetables. I am also trying to reduce how much I am eating out. I got into a bad habit of eating out at school and after work, which has contributed to a much less healthy lifestyle.

I’ll keep you guys updated on my training and transition into a healthier lifestyle!

xoxo

Clare

How do you try to eat healthier on a budget and without much time to cook?

How do you stay motivated to finish your training when things get crazy with work/school?

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Hello, Again

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HI!! This is Clare. Remember me??

I started this blog a couple of years ago in the peak of my running career trying to motivate myself to work harder at my running! Well, I’m here to tell you, I went to college and did not keep up with my running like I wanted to.

Since I left this blog I have:

  • Run 4 half marathons, none of which I trained for
  • Run 2 more Peachtree Road Races (I ran one today)
  • Run sporadically to “train”

With this last Peachtree, I found myself in a place I never thought I would be as a runner. Running a 10K in 1:16:23. That doesn’t sound bad to someone who has never run before, but to me, that’s the lowest I want to go. My last Thanksgiving half marathon was right at 3 hours. I never want to see a time that high again.

SO…

I’m ready for a new me. I want to be healthy again. I want to be an athlete again. I want to have times I can be proud of again! I started Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Novice 1 plan today with the Peachtree Road Race as my first training run for the Thanksgiving Half Marathon in the fall. I am going to update my blog weekly with how training is going!!

I’m so glad to be back running!!

xoxo

Clare

Back at it

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Hey everyone! It has been a super long time since I blogged last, but I’m still here! The past few months have been crazy busy, but things are finally winding down with summer being here!

I have not had as much time to run as I used to, but I have been fitting it in when I can.  I am running the Peachtree Road Race again in July, and I am super excited about that!!

One thing I am hoping to do in the next few months is train for and run a marathon.  After the Peachtree, I hope to build up to be able to complete a marathon.  That has been one of my biggest goals since I started running, but I have always been scared to try.  Last January, my sister and dad ran a marathon in Charleston, SC, so I am thinking that could be a good race for my first marathon, but  haven’t decided yet.

What marathon in the southeastern US would you recommend for a first-time marathoner?

Also, what training plan would you recommend?

See you soon!

xoxo

Clare

Looking into the New Year

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Every year that I have been running, I have tried to set a set a goal for the New Year that would challenge me, but was attainable.

Last year, I set out to get a 5k PR/good Peachtree Road Race Qualifier.  I ended up going from an average of a  28:30 5k to a 26:04 PR.  Not as good as I wanted, but still a great improvement for me.

This year, instead of time, I am going to focus on distance.  My goal for 2015 is to run a marathon.

I have run a half marathon (about to run another one!) and I am ready for a new challenge.  I’m not crazy about long distance running {a 10k is my favorite race} but I have always wanted to run a full marathon so this will be the year I will do it!

Any suggestions for a first-time marathoner?

What marathon should I sign up for?

Switch it Up

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Lately my running has felt a little boring.  There is a one mile loop near my college that I run over and over and OVER for almost every run.  I use it because I know exactly how far I’ve run and I feel very safe there since security is always driving around and there are a TON of people running and walking this route.

But today I decided I have had enough of boring runs where I loop the same buildings 4 to 5 times a run, so I decided to try some new things to mix up my workouts.

I have never run on a treadmill.  Sure, I have used a treadmill, but never for a scheduled run.  So today I went to the rec center at my college {I’ll admit for the first time since I got here in August} and ran 4 miles on the treadmill.  It wasn’t the most exciting run ever, but it was something new and different.

It is so important to switch up things when you are running, especially when you train for long distance races like I am right now.  Running the same 2 or 3 routes can get very monotonous and make running not as fun.  And when running isn’t as fun, you have less motivation to get your workout in or complete your workout once you start it [especially if you run by your car 5 times during your run…]

What are some of your favorite ways to switch up your running and keep things interesting?

Confession Time…

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[It’s about to get real y’all! haha]

So the main reason why I started running was to lose weight.  I started almost 2 years ago with a small running group that did a maximum of 2 miles along with strength training for tennis.  I really enjoyed the group and that fall, I did my first 5k.  That next summer I ran my first 10k (the Peachtree) and from then on I’ve been addicted to racing and running!

Along the way, I have struggled with my weight and eating healthily (if that’s a word? haha).  Finally last fall, I got it under control with counting calories and running, and I was at a comfortable weight for my height and I felt good about it, then the Christmas season happened…I gained about 15 pounds in 6 months.  It has really affected my running.  I have had less and less motivation to run, and I really struggle with eating healthy.

I find myself eating unhealthy foods {and not in moderation} and most days turn into “cheat days.”  Even when I do hit my calorie goal, it is usually not with healthy foods.  I really want to eat healthy and clean and stay away from junk food, but the temptation is very real and hard to conquer.  I get really discouraged and just give up.

I’ve tried to up my mileage, reduce my calories, cut out certain food types, and many other things, and I never stick with it.

If any of y’all have tips or suggestions for me, that would be awesome.  I’m struggling with what to do, and I don’t want to keep gaining weight like I have been.

 

xoxo

Clare

Excuse my absence…

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Hi everyone! I am back from my almost month-long hiatus! After the Fourth, things just got super busy & I didn’t have as much time to run and blog as I hoped I would. Unfortunately, I haven’t been as focused on my running goals and keeping up my training in the past month as I was before, and I think a lot of that has to do with the Peachtree being over.

A lot of times, runners training for a big race (either a new distance or a really fun race such as the Peachtree Road Race) will stay very dedicated to their training in the months and weeks leading up to the race. They think everything is great and they will just keep running & training hard after the race. But many times after the race, there is a sort of let down, and runners find themselves thinking “what now?” This often leads to a lack of motivation to run and train. I know for me it certainly does!! And this is not a fun time because its kind of like “well, if I don’t have a big race coming up, what’s the point of training?” And it can be hard to get out of this slump.

The good news is, there ARE ways to get out of the post-race slump! Here are a few of my favorite ways to get back on the right track post-race:

1. Sign up for another race! It doesn’t have to be a huge race or a longer distance, just any race will do. For example, after I ran the half marathon in November last year, I went ahead and signed up for a low-key 5k in December that I knew I could do well in so I would have a reason to keep up training.

2. Look for a running partner or group that will keep you on track! Running with other people can really spike your motivation to get running. You are more likely to go for your run if you know that someone is counting on you to run with them. (Plus its nice to have someone to talk to on long runs!)

3. Reward yourself for your hard work! Go to your favorite running store, and buy some new running clothes, shoes, or accessories. I know nothing gets me excited to run like a new pair of shoes or some new stuff to try out!

4. Destination running (at home!) Find somewhere fun that you want to go to near you such as a store, coffee shop, park, or whatever you want and run to it! Tell a friend to meet you there (with a car! haha) and this will motivate you to get out the door. For example, if you live near a mall, you could tell a friend to meet you at the mall, and you could run to the mall. I, personally, would be more motivated to run if I knew I had a fun day of shopping ahead of me when I got done running!

These are just a few tips of how to get back to running after a big race, and I hope they help you like they help me! Feel free to comment some of your favorite strategies of how to get out of the post-race slump!

Happy Monday!

xoxo

Clare