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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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

It’s Tomorrow!!

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I am so so so excited because TOMORROW IS THE PEACHTREE!! This is my second time running it, and this year my sister is running it with my dad and I. [We are actually headed to Atlanta now!]. I love this race and everything surrounding it.
•The expo is really fun and there’s a lot of free stuff {which is great for a college student}
•I love the atmosphere of the race. It’s so patriotic and it’s just an overall fun race. Tons of people line the streets to cheer on runners, and I didn’t feel like this race was a 10k. The miles flew by.
•The post-race festivities at Piedmont Park are super fun too! There are free peaches, ice cream sandwiches, water, sports drinks, and of course the coveted finisher shirt.
I basically love everything about the race and I’m super excited if you can’t tell!! I will post a recap of it in the next few days!
Happy 4th of July too!!

xoxo
Clare

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My Week In Running

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This week was better than I expected it to be with running and nutrition and everything!  I had to take my little sister to her cross country practice four times this week, which was a perfect time for me to get my running in as well.  This was my running week:

Sunday-Rest & Yoga {Yoga was really fun! I recommend trying it!}

Monday-Rest

Tuesday- 4 miles

Wednesday-30 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday- 3 miles

Friday- 3 miles

Saturday- 6 miles

Today’s long run was hard to make myself do, but once I did it I was really happy.  This is the first time I’ve run 6 miles in a while, and I have the Peachtree Road Race 10k [6.2 miles] in 2 weeks!  I still struggle with the guilty {this is the best way to describe it} feeling I get when I don’t do super long runs, but I just tell myself that this is the best distance for me to be doing NOW and I can build up to doing more and more miles in the future.  It is definitely getting better now that I am running more consistently.

I have also noticed a correlation (I think that’s how you spell it) between my running and my eating habits.  On the days I run, I am able to have more control over my eating and I tend to not go for extra snacks during the day.  And on the days I don’t run, I find myself snacking more and eating more than I need to.  Sometimes runners find they eat more during training because they are hungrier from burning more calories, but I find it easier to control my cravings if I have been running!

I’m hoping to log some more great miles this week!  I have a busy week ahead of me, but I’m gonna do it!

xoxo

Clare