Week 1 DONE!!

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Woohoo!! I’m happy to say I completed all of my schedule runs (& then some!) last week! Here is what my week looked like:

Monday- REST before the big race on Tuesday. We went to the expo, shopped, and ate some delicious food.

Tuesday- PEACHTREE!! My favorite race of all time! I didn’t do as well as I am used to at a 1 hour 16 minute 10K, but hey, I completed the race!

Wednesday- 2 mile recovery run in the middle of the day! What was I thinking? I ran in a hilly area at noon, but it wasn’t actually that bad, and maybe I burned some extra calories!

Thursday- 3 mile run in the morning, not too bad, but a slow time.

Friday- REST! I did take my dog for a nice long walk Friday night.

Saturday- 4 miles aka my first “long run” of the half marathon training. It went really well. I ran the entire first mile without walking which is something I had been struggling with this week. My legs were tired, but the weather was perfect and the route was fairly flat.

Overall, a great first week of training kick-started by the Peachtree! I can’t wait for the next Peachtree when I will have trained for the run!! One thing I struggled with this week was tired legs. I felt like I was running through concrete, and I can’t tell if it was because I am starting pretty much from the beginning with running, or if something else is causing it like not fueling properly.

What are some tips you have to deal with tired legs?

What do you do to fuel for weekly workouts?

xoxo

Clare

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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

Week in Paradise

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In case it wasn’t clear in my last post, I absolutely LOVE the beach and everything about it!! Unfortunately, we had to come home today, but I did have a great time and got in a lot of running. This is what my week was like:
Sunday- 7 miles total (4 in the morning+3 in the evening)
Monday- 5 miles
Tuesday- 2.4ish miles easy run because I was very sore
Wednesday- Rest
Thursday- 5 miles
Friday- 3 miles
Saturday- rest

I’m really hoping I will keep this up after I get home. It’s gonna take some real motivation just because I don’t like running where I live, but I will do it! It’s good to be back to running after my surgery.

My nutrition this week wasn’t that terrible either. I hit or was very close to my calorie goal all of the days except for 2. I’m hoping to keep this ip after I get home, too.

I’m gonna miss the beach SO much, and I’m counting down the days until I can hopefully live there. But until then, I will be training and trying not to miss it too much.

Here’s to a great week!

xoxo,
Clare

Back on Track

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Just wanted to start off by saying that I am writing this post while sitting on the beach!! I am in my happy place! 🙂

So after my wisdom teeth surgery, I took 2 weeks off of running. One week was probably necessary, but the second week was just laziness. Now that I’m at the beach, I have been running with my sister who runs cross country, and I’m getting back on track! I absolutely LOVE running in different places and on vacations especially. I get bored really easily with the same routes over and over, so this has been a nice way to get myself motivated again. Here’s what my week has looked like so far:

Sunday- 4 miles in AM + 3 miles in PM (and a shirt post run swim in the ocean that felt AMAZING!!) [done]
Monday- 5 miles [Done]

I don’t know what I will do the rest of the week. I will probably go by feel. All of my runs will be 3+ miles, but I haven’t decided how many days I will run, and how long each day. I am running with my sister, so it depends on her cross-country training.

This week is going to increase my weekly mileage. It won’t be easy, but hopefully it will give me a confidence boost that I CAN increase my mileage and do more than 4 runs a week.

I am also getting back into a good nutrition routine again after my wisdom teeth. I went from not being able to eat much at all {and losing about 5 pounds!!} to being able to eat again {and not running or exercising at all} and gaining it all back, so I am combining exercise with a good diet to get to where I want to be weight-wise. It’s difficult at the beach with all the good food and eating out, but I am trying to make good choices at restaurants and with cooking.

Here’s to a great week at the beach!


Clare

PS- the picture is my sister and I running into ocean after our 3 miler last night. This was the best feeling in the world.

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A Little Step Back-week 3 training recap

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So this week I made one of the biggest running mistakes that I can think of…I skipped my long run. 😦  This weekend was crazy busy and all of the busy stuff was last-minute, unexpected stuff, but I had time to get in a 5 miler like my running plan called for.

BUT I’m NOT going to let this discourage me!  I am going to continue with my training and make up for the missed run this week!  Here is the next week in training(including today):

Monday-3 miles (Done!)

Tuesday-3 miles

Wednesday-5 miles

Thursday-4 miles

Friday-Rest

Saturday-9 miles

Sunday-Rest

I am skipping cross-training this week, but I am trying to add in a little strength training starting this week with crunches and push-ups just for some muscle tone in my core and arms!

Funny story about tonight’s run:  I was going to run this afternoon after class, but it was almost 90 degrees and brutally sunny and NONE of my favorite running routes have shade on them at all! SO I decided to wait until tonight to run when I knew it would be cooler.  I started out around 8:30ish with the intention of running 5 miles to make up for the missed long run this week, and I was feeling really good (you know that amazing feeling where you feel like you are floating instead of running and you feel like you are running about 500 miles an hour?).  Then I saw it.  Lightning.  I don’t know why, but for some reason lightning always sends adrenaline coursing through my veins.  I am not scared of storms, I LOVE a good summer storm, but lightning in the distance just freaks me out!  And with darkness rapidly approaching, I couldn’t tell what was storm and what was just regular night (and admittedly, I don’t like to be outside alone at dark, for good reason being a woman and all).  So two of my biggest adrenaline-causers (I think I just made that word up): lighting and darkness.  Let me tell you, I ran like an elite runner in the Boston Marathon.  It was my best 3 mile time and pace in over 2 months!  I figured out the key to making me run fast: send me out to run right before a lightning storm! Haha!  I didn’t do all 5 miles just in case there was a storm coming, and I didn’t want to be out past dark, but it was probably a funny sight seeing me running for my life almost.

Here’s to a great week!

Clare

Oh! And its the last week of classes for me! YAY

Week 2 training recap

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So my second week of marathon training is done! I completed all my workouts this week and then some! On Tuesday instead of doing the 3 mile workout like I had planned, I went ahead and did 5 miles because it was a great day and I was feeling good! That was probably my favorite run this week.
For this week, here is my schedule:
Monday- Rest
Tuesday- 3 miles
Wednesday- 4 miles
Thursday- 3 miles
Friday- Rest
Saturday- 5 miles
Sunday- cross train for 30 minutes

This week is gonna be crazy with finals, so I am trying to be flexible with the days I run. Here’s to (trying to have) a great week! Haha

Clare

Resurrecting my Running

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope everybody has had a day filled with chocolate and Peeps!! Haha 🙂
Ever since I ran the last 5k in mid-March, I haven’t been running regularly.  I’ve run maybe 3 or 4 times since then, and I have the Peachtree coming up in July, which I would like to be in a little better shape for this year since it probably won’t be a cool 75 degrees and overcast this year!  I am also looking ahead to the fall, and I am considering doing at least another half marathon, if not a full. So here is my new statement of what I am going to do, and the main reason why I started this blog: I am going to resurrect my running habit and my love for running
I have decided to do the I have had problems sticking with training programs in the past, and I don’t remember ever finishing a training program, especially one for a big race.  I am going to sign up for monthly 5k and 10k races to keep me motivated to train.  I am also going to incorporate one day of cross training into my weeks as the schedule suggests.
Here is what I am hoping my week will look like in terms of my training:
Monday- 3 miles
Tuesday- 3 miles
Wednesday- Rest
Thursday- 3 miles
Friday- Rest
Saturday- 6 miles
Sunday- Cross Train (30 minutes elliptical)
I hope some of you will join me in running or walking this week! It is never too late in life to start running or walking.
Here’s to resurrecting my running and my love for the sport!

Clare