Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 7

I didn’t do so hot with the cross training last week, but got in some solid runs. Goldy’s 10 mile is 3 weeks away, and I’m feeling good about it. The coming week is a step back week and then I’ll pick things up one more time before race week.

Monday – 3.31 mile run (9:39/mile pace)

After a long run on Sunday, I wasn’t planning to run this fast. But I was running with a friend and we were chatting, so I was not paying attention to my pace at all. On the bright side, I felt great on the run and it was really nice to catch up with a running buddy!

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Tuesday and Wednesday – rest

Tuesday was a planned rest day. I didn’t necessarily plan on another rest day Wednesday, but plans after work made it too hard to fit in a workout.

Thursday – 5.05 mile run (10:03/mile pace)

I think the extra rest and slightly cool temps make this 5 mile run go so well.

Friday – rest

Friday afternoon/evening was all about NCAA tournament basketball. I watched a bunch of the games with friends — including watching my Blue Devils win in the 2nd round. Considering they lost in the 2nd round last year, I was quite excited. :)

Saturday – 8.53 mile run (10:06/mile pace)

Looking at the weekend weather, it looked like Saturday was going to be the best day to get in a long run since they were calling for snow on Sunday. I headed out planning to do 8 miles. Knowing that the Goldy’s 10 mile has historically been a bit hilly, I wanted to get in some hills on this run. There are a couple decent hills close to my usual route, so I made sure to add them in.

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I felt good enough to tack on an extra 1/2 mile to the run.

The rest of the day was about errands and basketball. That night, I met up with some friends for a girl’s night.

Sunday – 50 minute elliptical

I woke up Sunday morning and started sneezing. I was still able to get some stuff done in the morning, but the sneezing was non-stop all day. Felt good enough to finally get in some cross training for the week. Actually, it was the only hour all day that I wasn’t sneezing.

I watched some more basketball in the evening. My bracket is doing ok so far — I’m sitting somewhere in the middle of my bracket pool. We’ll see how things go in the Sweet 16!

Did you fill out a tournament bracket?

Are you gonna run a marathon?

“Are you gonna run a marathon?” I used to get asked this question and would say, “No way.” Well, never say never…

I took a big step toward my 2015 goal of Running the Twin Cities Marathon by officially registering last week!

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The registration fee was going up the next day and I realized now was as good a time as any to pull the trigger and register for this race that I’ve been thinking about and talking about for months.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao-Tzu

What steps are you taking to reach a goal?

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Weeks 5 & 6

I got a little lazy last week and didn’t get a weekly recap up, so you’re getting two weeks. :)

Week 5 was a cut-back week, so not as much mileage and nothing too eventful.

Monday – strength, stretch, foam roll

I took this day to focus on some strength training and foam rolling. I could tell I’ve been slacking on the strength training by the sore muscles that appeared the next day.

Tuesday – 3 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – 2.5 mile walk

Friday – 3.07 mile run (10:06/mile pace)

Saturday – 47 minute elliptical

I got up to meet some fellow CCFA volunteers at the Hot Dash 5K/10 mile. We were volunteering at the race on the “green team,” meaning we manned the compost and recycling bins at the finish line and after party. Luckily, the temperature wasn’t too bad and the sun was out, so standing outside for 5 hours was bearable. They also gave each volunteer a free scarf, so had a little extra warmth.

Hot Dash

Even though it was a nice day, I still hit the elliptical for some cross training.

That night, I took my sister to dinner at Brasa (one of my fav restaurants) since she had never been. Their Wine Cooler Brasa Style was pretty tasty!

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Sunday – 4 mile run (10:09/mile pace)

I soaked up a little sun after my run and took in the view of the river.

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Finally! The weather took a turn by the end of the week and I’ve been able to get outside for more runs and walks in week 6.

Monday – rest

Not having to run after work allowed me to try out a new recipe. I made this Easy Fajita Chicken Bake. It ended up being really easy and only requires a hand full of ingredients that I normally have around anyway. I think it will become one of my more regular recipes.

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Tuesday – 3.02 mile walk

Wednesday – 5 mile run (10:03/mile pace)

I set out on this run not sure if I’d end up doing all 5 miles that were on the training plan, but it was a beautiful day and my legs carried me through a solid run.

Thursday – rest

Friday – 3 mile run (10:03/mile pace)

Saturday – 4.61 mile walk/run

I got up and met a couple friends for brunch! So nice to catch up with them!

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It was a cross training day and the weather was gorgeous. I started by walking for 10 minutes, then ran for 15 minutes–nice and easy at about 10:30/mile pace. I took a break and walked for 10 minutes before running for 10 more minutes. I finished with 15 minutes of walking. It was a 60 minute workout in total.

That night, I went to a game night with friends. We made pizza on the grill and played a few card games. A really fun night, but definitely got to bed later than I have in a while!

Sunday – 7 mile run (10:17/mile pace)

It was a bit cloudy outside and about 50 degrees when I got up. I was kind of happy about that knowing I had a longer run ahead of me. The cool weather was perfect. I was running into the wind for the first two miles and the last 1.5 miles which was a little tough. But, overall it was a good run.

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 4

Feels like the weather continues to be a roller coaster here. Warms up a bit and then dips back down. I can’t wait for summer! Even with the up and down temps, I managed to get in two outdoor runs last week.

Monday – rest

Tuesday – 3 mile run (9:59/mile pace)

When I got done with work, it was sunny and the temp was above zero even with the windchill. I resolved that I was running outside! The wind was a little brutal, but I managed 3 miles and felt good. The cold definitely helped me pick up the pace, too!

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Wednesday – 4 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

On Wednesday, it was back to the treadmill. :(

Thursday – rest

I met some friends for dinner and hockey! I hadn’t been to a Gopher hockey game in a long time, so I jumped at the chance to go.

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Mariucci Arena is an awesome place to watch hockey. I’ve missed it! We had fun reminiscing about when we had season tickets as students. So many good times at those games.

The game started a bit rocky when Michigan State scored three goals in the first 10 minutes. But, the Gophers came from behind and won, making it a great game to watch!

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Friday – 40 minute elliptical

Saturday – 50 minute walk (2.7 miles)

Sunday – 6 mile run (10:05/mile pace)

A beautiful day for a long run. A bit windy, but manageable with the sun and temps in the 20s. I was happy with my pace, too. Again, I think the cold weather kicked me into gear. Mile 2 was the slow mile, but I’m going to blame that on some hills at that part of the run.

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This next week is a step back week, so will be taking it down a notch while heading to the second half of training.

Did you have season tickets to a sporting even in college?

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 3

Another week of training in the books! This week was much better for sticking to the training plan. It was a good mix of running and cross training.

Monday – 3.5 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

Tuesday – 35 minute elliptical

Wednesday – rest day

I had plans after work and then headed home to watch the Duke vs. UNC basketball game. It was a tight game at the end and went into OT, so of course I had to stay up to make sure my Duke Blue Devils pulled out the win. They did! This pretty much sums up my Twitter feed after the game…

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Thursday – 3 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

Friday – rest day

It was a rest day, but still had a running theme. I met some friends for happy hour after work and then we headed over to Mill City Running for their spring fashion show.

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It was a lot of fun! The models showed outfits for different spring running situations (e.g., trail run, rainy day, race day).

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Everything the models were wearing was on sale after the show, so of course we did some shopping, too. I picked up a sweatshirt that I’ll probably be living in–so cute and comfy. Seeing all of the spring running fashion gives me hope that spring will be here soon!

Saturday – 35 minute elliptical

I got up and hopped on the elliptical for a bit before some friends came over to watch the MN vs. WI basketball game. Our Gophers lost, but still fun to watch a game with friends.

Sunday – 5 mile run (10:30/mile pace)

I’ve been itching to get outside for a run. It was a bright, sunny day, but when I looked at the temp and saw this…

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…I knew today was not the day. It. Was. Cold.

I settled for the treadmill, but the time actually passed by pretty fast. I had HGTV to distract me.

Who watched the Oscars? What are you most looking forward to this spring? 

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 2

Last week turned out to be somewhat busy and exhausting. But, a lot of my busy schedule was filled with fun stuff, so I can’t complain too much. Thankfully, this weekend was a long weekend, so I get an extra day to relax and recover.

Monday – 30 minute elliptical
Jumped back into my routine after the weekend away in Atlanta. After a longer run on Sunday, an elliptical workout felt like a good way to unwind after a long work day.

Tuesday – 2 mile run (10:30/mile pace)
Tuesday was another long day, so opted for a slightly shorter run.

Wednesday – Rest
I had a happy hour with coworkers and ran a couple errands, so got to take the day off from training.

Thursday – Rest
I wasn’t planning to take another rest day, but I ended up needing to run some errands after work so got home later than expected and was tired. One of those days where I decided rest was better.

Friday – Rest
Yea, again. I met up with a couple friends Friday evening to finish planning for a friend’s baby shower we were throwing on Sunday. We started decorating and did some food prep including decorating cupcakes. Here’s a sneak peek at the incredibly adorable mini panda cupcakes!

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Saturday – 4 mile run (10:30/mile pace)
I made myself get up early to get in a run. It was freezing on Saturday, so I had to hit the treadmill. I did a nice solid 4 mile run. I didn’t actually need to do that much, but I wanted to make up for missing a workout. My right calf had been a little tight at the beginning of my runs recently, but felt great on Saturday, so maybe the extra rest was actually good.

After my run I met my sister for brunch.

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I got a haircut in the afternoon, ran errands and did some more food prep for the baby shower.

Sunday – rest

I headed out to meet some people for brunch in the morning. We were making plans for ways to get more young professionals involved in CCFA. I’m excited for the opportunity to participate in more volunteer opportunities and meet some new people!

After that, it was off to the baby shower! We had a great time, and I think we came up with some fun activities, food, and decor to help celebrate the day. I thankfully have some crafty and creative friends, so we had a lot of fun putting everything together. Here are just a few highlights.

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How do you handle balancing training and a busy schedule?

Goldy’s 10 Mile Training – Week 1

I signed up for Goldy’s 10 mile for the third year! I like the push it gives me to keep training in the colder Minnesota winter months.

With my sights set on the marathon this fall, I’m planning to take it easy in other races. So, I’m following a basic training plan (no speed work) that will just get me up to the mileage I need to be at. Here’s a recap of this week’s workouts.

Monday – 3 mile run (10:20/ mile pace)

I hit the treadmill after work for my first training run. Nothing big or special, just a solid training run.

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Tuesday – rest

I headed to the MN Wild hockey game with a friend. It was a great game that the Wild won 3-0!

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Wednesday – 30 minute elliptical

Thursday – rest

Friday – rest/Atlanta walking

My friend, Hyedi, and I traveled to Atlanta to visit friends and get away from the MN winter for a couple days. No “real” workout on Friday with an early flight, but did get in some walking in the airport and walking around town a little.

I can’t talk about the trip without talking about the food. After we got in, our friends picked us up at the airport and we headed to Flying Biscuit for brunch. I’d been dreaming of the biscuits and gravy there since we booked the trip.

Flying Biscuit

We got to hang out and visit for awhile in the afternoon until it was time to check in to the hotel and get ready for dinner. We headed to The Spence. I’m a big Top Chef fan, and the executive chef there, Richard Blais, was on the show. I ordered the mahi mahi and it was delicious! Great spices and served with tomatillo sauce, blood orange, potatoes and rapini.

The Spence

For dessert, I splurged! Blondie cake with coffee ice cream and frozen caramel. OMG – fantastic!

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Saturday – 2 mile run (10:30/mile pace) and 3 mile walk

On Saturday morning, we hit the hotel gym for a quick workout. I got in the 2 mile run I hadn’t done earlier in the week.

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We had an initial thought that there might not be enough treadmills, but as soon as we walked in we saw that wouldn’t be the case. The hotel gym was big – it’s actually a gym that you can join if you live in the area.

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After getting cleaned up, it was off to brunch. We headed to South City Kitchen, just a short walk from the hotel.

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Love palm trees!

Had to start the meal off right with fried green tomatoes (w/ pepper coulis and basil). I loved them.

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For the main course, I had to get the chicken and waffle. I don’t think I’ve ever ordered it before at brunch, so I figured ATL was the place to do it and I was right. The fried chicken and waffle were great, and it was served with real maple syrup. A bite with everything gave you a fantastic salty/sweet combo.

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After brunch, we met up with our friends again and went for a walk on the Atlanta BeltLine. It was a gorgeous day (60 and sunny). We walked to the Krog Street Market to explore some of the vendors and get some Jeni’s ice cream!

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Jeni's ice cream

The total mileage for our walk to and from the market was about 3 miles.

Following that, we got ready for dinner and headed to Holeman and Finch. Apparently “The Burger” is a big thing on their menu. It used to only be available at certain times, but recently made it’s way to the main menu. Of course, we had to try it. It was really good! Nothing fancy – no special sauces or odd ingredients – just beef, cheese, pickles, and house made ketchup and mustard.

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Sunday – 4 mile run (10:26/mile pace)

Before heading to the airport, we took a short walk to get bagel for breakfast, then it was time to say good-bye to Atlanta. All around, a really nice getaway.

I got home and unpacked, headed to the grocery, and headed outside for my long run for the week. It was in the 20’s and a little windy, so I bundled up but got in a great run.

What spring races are you training for? What do you do to escape the cold winter weather?