May 9, 2012

One day post my “first” run since being on vacation/finishing the half marathon (I did a few scattered runs here and there, but nothing serious ) and I’m feeling pretty good.

Last night, despite coming up with every excuse in the book, a few friends and my guilt complex finally convinced myself to get back out the door.  I have about 5 weeks until my 10 miler and I will not handle quitting a race very well.  I also don’t want the race to destroy me, so I knew it was now or never to get serious about training.  All of these combined got me out the door and into the steady drizzle for a 4 mile run.  My legs are a little sore, but that’s to be expected.  Happily, they’re not the “oh my gosh, I cannot walk” sore that I had the very first time I went for a run outside waaaaaaaaaay back when.  So physically I feel pretty good, which is actually a lie.  Physically, even after just a day – I feel so much healthier.  Which probably has a lot to do with the mental component of working out, endorphins and what not.   But on top of it all, I have the pride of being able to say “I didn’t want to, but I did it anyways”.  Self discipline is a constant work in progress for me and its always a small victory when the discipline wins out.  And just like everyone says, one healthy decision can lead to another.  I’m really keeping an eye on my meals and trying to really understand the difference between “I’m hungry” and “I’m not stuffed full”.

I’ve also had to revamp my workout schedule.   Five weeks isn’t a long time to train, but its doable.  Because my marathon training starts at the end of the training for the 10 miler, I want to be careful and make sure I don’t injure myself.  I’m willing to sacrifice a few seconds of pace time in order to stay healthy for my marathon training.  With that in mind, I nixed the idea of back to back runs during the week.  I can always add them in if I feel ready and up for it, but until then, I don’t want to burn myself out or risk getting hurt.  I do however, need to make sure I’m physically prepared for a 10 mile run.  It sounds like it should be a no –brainer for someone who’s run a half marathon recently, but frankly I’m not so convinced.    For my training, I also feel like I’m ready to start purposefully working on upping my speed times.  I’ve always said speeds aren’t my main goal when it comes to a first time distance, but there’s always a small part of me that wants to get a little faster.  And you don’t get faster unless you push yourself to go faster.  So with all of that in mind, I whipped up a new training schedule for now through my 10 miler and then made sure to set my marathon training schedule, both based off of Hal Higdon’s training schedules.









Total Mileage



4 miles


2 Mile Speed intervals


7 miles




5 miles

(Negative Split)


2 Mile Tempo


7.5 miles




5 miles (Negative Split)


3 mile Speed


8.5 miles




6 miles


3 mile Hill


10 miles




3 miles

3 miles


3 mile




Because the marathon training starts right at the end of my 10 mile training, I’m using that last week of 10 miler for my first week of marathon training  – so instead of tapering, I’ll use my race as my long run for the weekend.  Make sense?

Anyone else ever throw together an “emergency” training schedule?  Its not the best, I know – but I’m not one to give up and quit either!  One thing is for certain though – I feel great after my run and think i’m finally ready to get back into it!


Some news to share!

April 20, 2012

Holy what the wha!? Its Friday.

Annnnd I’m still at work.

It has been one of those weeks that has been looooooooooooooooooooooooong, but no less hectic for what felt like a ridiculous amount of time.  I swear, our last weekend was two weekends ago.

Since I have VERY little exciting to share about my day, I thought I’d share a piece of news with you that i’ve been holding out on for awhile.

When I first started running, I figured I’d stop at 3.1 miles and call it a success.  N.  A few weeks into my 5k training,  I signed up for an 8k.  Its funny to think of how nervous I was about running 5 miles!  I figured I’d call it quits after that.  ow, when I run in the morning I always think “i’ll just stop after the first 2 miles”  and then bang out the 5 mile training run.  A few weeks after finishing the 5k, I nervously hit send on my registration for a half marathon.  .These nerves made my 8k nerves look wimpy.  13.1 miles? No way no how would that EVER be possible, I thought I’d stop after 13.1 miles.

I’m not stopping.

Not by a long shot…

Shortly before I ran my first half marathon, I very very VERY nervously pressed the send button on my registration for the FULL Baltimore Marathon on October 13th.  So nervous in fact, that only a handful of people knew.  Until now.

Its very true that I’m nervous about the idea of running 26.2 miles.  But I was nervous about a 5k, I was nervous about an 8k and I was nervous about a half.  I’m nervous every time I go out for my long run on a weekend.  But somewhere in between slowly ticking off the miles and sticking to my training plans, I realized Iwould run 13.1 miles.  I can only believe that the same is true for a FULL marathon.   My official “marathon” training starts the last week of my Baltimore 10 miler training, so its a good overlap to me.

Is anyone else participating in the Baltimore Running Festival this year???


ps – Happy Friday!

I hope every one had a great holiday weekend this past weekend, whether it was Passover or Easter 🙂   We had a great time hosting my parents and little brother for a few days and enjoyed a homecooked (by yours truly!) Easter dinner and some fantastic baseball seats! I spent the better part of Saturday in the kitchen and while I made a whole bunch of food to be proud of (ham?!), this little beaut was probably my most favorite part of the night (although hummus platter is a close second)

On the menu?

Homemade Hummus with Homemade crackers (!!) and veggies (not, homemade), ham, cranberry apple lentil loaf for the veggie (me), some side dishes and a vegan carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  That EVERYONE liked.  I love when Vegan meals can surprise people.  I also love that 3/4 of our food was homemade by me.  Saved some serious bucks and cooking makes me happy.

After a night of food, we spent Sunday at the ballpark – I couldn’t have been happier!  Check it out!

And yes - he is younger than me!

Mah papa!

Small crush. Small one.

After a weekend of fun, it felt really good to get back into training this morning!  Today started my training for the Baltimore 10 miler in June.  And like the rest of my Hal Higdon schedules, I opted to keep my Mondays as my strength and stretch day.  Even though I had a rough night of sleep, I’m really glad I made it to my Body Pump class.  It was a great set of tracks and I upped my weights for most of them.  I felt strong and toned all day – and there is NO better way to start the week 🙂
Does anyone else love starting off the week with a morning workout? Or do you prefer to sleep in and ease back into the routine??
How was your weekend?!?  (Go O’s!)

New goals

April 3, 2012

Well.  The race is over and I’m starting to come down from that post-run daze.   The one where you feel like “um…what do I do with myself now?”

It feels pretty strange to have put so much dedication and emotional effort into training for something, that to not have it there anymore, is different.  As much as I hated getting up before 6 in the morning, I enjoyed the self-imposed structure in my life.

Not running feels weird.   Sleeping feels nice.  So what’s a girl to do???

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I have some other goals that I’m not quite ready to bring up yet, but for now – this will be an awesome interim race.  I’ve modified a training plan from my go to Hal Higdons and luckily, timing works out that training starts next Monday, which I’ll share later this week.  Its funny, even though I just ran 13.1 miles, I’m back to the pre-training jitters of “wow, 10 miles, can I do that??”.  I am nothing, if not a creature of habit.  🙂

I did sneak out for a quick and easy 2 miler or so after work, which felt good both physically AND mentally.   Knowing that I can get myself out there for an easy run without having a schedule telling me to is a big accomplishment.  I can’t forget I have other goals for this year that don’t include a distance, but rather speeds and getting faster and achieving those goals is going to take more than upping my mileage each week.

So there you have it.  The next goal is in sight.  A fun 10 miler.  I think this time I may try to focus on increasing my speeds a bit more.  I know I can handle the distance, I’d like to add another facet to my running.

hate to chat and run, but this girl has got stuff to do before heading to bed!

Happy almost middle of the week 🙂   Who else is training for another race right now?? Anyone in Baltimore running this?