Divas Half Marathon Training – Weeks 9 & 10

It’s been a BUSY couple of weeks at work. I’ve managed to keep up the training, but have admittedly cut out a run or two or done a little less mileage. Still feeling good about the race, which is only 2 weeks away!

Week 9

Monday – Rest day

Took the day off to rest up after Goldy’s 10 mile.

Tuesday – 4.71 miles (9:34/mile)

This was the beginning of the super busy time at work. After a long day, I had a 5 mile run on my plan, but I cut it a little short. I stopped at 45 minutes.

Wednesday – Rest day

I met some friends for dinner and was definitely in need of an Old Fashioned.

Thursday – 4.02 miles (9:33/mile)

Another long day, another shorter run. But at least I got in something.

Friday – Rest day

I ran a couple of errands after work and made a pit stop at the grocery store. I decided to treat myself to a lemon bar.

Saturday – 7.25 miles (9:40/mile)

I had a 10K race on my plan, but since I raced Goldy’s 10 mile the week before I planned to just do an 8 mile run since I missed doing that distance during the week. It was raining in the morning, so I postponed running until the afternoon. I set out and was just not feeling it. I had eaten a snack earlier in the afternoon and thought I waited long enough before running, but my stomach was not feeling great. My legs were heavy and tired, too. Usually, things loosen up after a couple miles and I get in a groove. That did not happen this time. The temps were also a little warmer than I’m used to right now. I kept trying to power through, but just kept thinking about all of the bad things about this run. I got to 7.25 miles and threw in the towel.

Ugh. That’s about all I can say about this run.

Sunday – 4.22 miles (9:35/mile)

It was Easter Sunday, so I headed to church and then went to hang with family. I headed out for an evening run. Amazingly, I felt great. My legs felt better, I was in a much better mental place, and it was a gorgeous day! So thankful for a good run.

Week 10

Monday – 4.52 miles (9:34/mile)

Runs this week were about training, but also some much needed stress relief. I’m not gonna lie, the week was a bit of blur, so not much detail on these runs.

Tuesday – 4.03 miles (9:29/mile)

Wednesday – Rest day

A combination of wine at book club and a looming price increase made me finally pull the trigger.

I’m officially registered for the Twin Cities Marathon!

It will be my 2nd time, and I’m excited to see what kind of progress I can make.

Thursday – 3.22 miles (9:23/mile)

Friday – Rest day

I didn’t run, but I was rocking my Garry Bjorklund Half shirt at work for Finisher Shirt Friday!

Saturday – 11.01 miles (9:28/mile)

I headed to the chain of lakes for my long run. It was a simply beautiful morning! Of course, that meant the paths were crowded. Had to do some weaving around people. But overall, this was a great run. The miles ticked by quickly as I looped around the lakes and it felt really good to be back there.

Lake Harriet
Lake Calhoun
Lake of the Isles

Sunday – 4.89 miles (9:36/mile)

I met up with my brunch bunch in the morning and scarfed down a goat cheese omelette and hash browns. Yum!

In the afternoon, I met up with a friend at Lake Nokomis for a run. We grabbed a snack at the little outdoor restaurant on the lake.

I love that spring is here and summer is coming! Looking forward more runs around lakes and good food with friends on patios!

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Goldy’s 10 Mile Race Recap

After 5 years of doing this race, I’ve got the pre-race routine down. I got up and had breakfast before heading to campus. I know that traffic can get a bit backed up and I wanted park in one of the lots by the stadium. I don’t mind being early and sitting in my car for a little bit if it means parking close.

Pre-race calm

I hit the restroom line and then just walked around for about 10 minutes to warm up until it was time to head to the corral. I sandwiched myself between the 9:30 and 9:00 pacers since I was aiming for something around a 9:20-9:25 pace.

I started my watch as I crossed the start line and we were off! The adrenaline and crowd often make me start a little too fast, so I tried to keep my pace under control while I warmed up. We headed up University Ave. and then turned into campus. Before I knew it I saw the marker for mile 1. Then my watch beeped a decent distance after I passed it, so I was a little worried the course would be off. I kept up a slightly faster than expected pace in mile 2. A big downhill helped with that. It was immediately followed by a big uphill that took some energy, but I settled into a comfortable pace when I got to the top.

It wasn’t that warm, but it felt humid to me. I felt like I was seating a lot even just a couple of miles in. I wasn’t thinking I’d want water at the first water stop, but I decided to take some cause I was feeling thirsty. I continued down the river road holding a good pace. The mile markers started lining up better with when my watch beeped, so I was feeling a little better about the course.

Around mile 5, I took a GU for a mid-race pick me up. I think mile 6 ended up being my slowest mile, but by mile 7 I picked up the pace again (maybe the GU was working). The last couple of miles have a couple of killer uphills that can make the thighs burn. I managed to keep the legs pumping as I made my way back to University Ave. for the home stretch. I picked up the pace a little and then a lot as we hit the outside of the stadium. Before I knew it, we were turning into the tunnel and hit the field. I crossed the finish line (at the 50 yard line) and stopped my watch.

I grabbed my medal and asked a kind stranger to take my picture. 🙂

My official time was 1:32:04, a new PR! That amounted to about a 9:13 pace, faster than I had hoped. I felt good through the race. I love doing this race every year because I continue to see progress. I feel faster and stronger each time I do it. It’s a nice benchmark early in the year.

Hope it’s a good prelude for my half marathon in a couple of weeks!

Divas Half Marathon Training – Week 7

This was a solid week of training! My training plan is definitely continuing to increase in intensity and mileage. I’m gearing up for Goldy’s 10 mile next weekend, so hopefully all of this work will lead to a good race day!

Monday – 4.78 miles (9:25/mile)

This run came after several straight days of workouts. My legs were feeling it when I started out–super tired and heavy. I resolved after half a mile that this run would be a STRUGGLE. Then after a mile, my legs started to warm up. I didn’t want to get too excited as I started mile 2 because I was running downhill, but surely enough my legs kept feeling better and I kept running faster. I ended up having some killer negative splits on this run!

Tuesday – rest

After that tough run, my legs needed a break. I had a Hello Fresh box delivered that day, so I hopped in the kitchen to make dinner. I made this salmon dish that we actually really good. I’m slowly acquiring a taste for salmon.

Wednesday – 7.01 miles (9:31/mile)

The legs felt pretty good after a rest day, and I was able to knock out the longer weekday run.

Thursday – 25 minute elliptical

I got home from work and made dinner. I considered taking an extra rest day, but ended up doing a quick elliptical workout to get something in.

Later that night I felt a little pain above my knee. Nothing constant or too bad. Wasn’t sure if it was a fluke or if I did something since it hadn’t been hurting when I was actually working out.

Friday – 3.76 miles (9:32/mile)

Walking up the stairs at work on Friday morning I felt a little pain above my knee again. I decided I’d keep an eye on it throughout the day. Going up some stairs at the end of the day didn’t bring any pain, so I tested it out with a run. No pain. (Phew!) Think it was a fluke and I must have just tweaked it weird at some point. If it comes back, I’ll take some extra time off.

Saturday – 50 minute spin class

I got up and met a friend for a morning spin class. I’m so glad to have these occasional spin classes for cross training! Great to change things up and work some different muscles.

It was a GORGEOUS spring day in Minnesota. I ran some errands in the afternoon and just had to get outside a little more before the sun went down. I grabbed my book and found a bench along the river to read for just a little bit to soak up the sun.

Sunday – 9.06 miles (9:30/mile)

Sunday run day! I got up early to get in my long run because I had a full day of Sunday fun day plans. My legs were tired in the first two miles. Not surprised after some tough workouts this week and the spin class the day before. By mile 3 I was warmed up and found my pace.

I showered up and headed out to meet a friend for yoga and a pint! It’s just what it sounds like: yoga in a brewery. The instructor is a lot of fun and the stretching felt great after my long run.

After class, we grabbed a couple of stools at the end of the bar and got our pint. Yoga, beer, and chatting with a friend is pretty much the perfect long run recovery!

After that, I was off to a LuLaRoe shopping party with some friends.

When I got home later, I made dinner and did a load of laundry. Definitely a go – go – go kind of day, but lots of fun stuff crammed in there. Happy to have a little time to put my feet up on the couch before another work week starts.

Divas Half Marathon Training – Weeks 5 & 6

Ok, I’ve been really bad at blogging, so you’re getting another two-week update. The problem with blogging every two weeks is I forget details, so this might be pretty short. Anyway, here goes…

Week 5

Monday – 40 minute walk

Some easy cross training after a 7 mile run and tough spin class the weekend before.

Tuesday – 6.04 miles (9:38/mile)

This training plan has some longer weekday runs that remind me of marathon training. Maybe some good prep for the summer? 😉

Wednesday – 4.02 miles (9:39/mile)

Thursday – rest day

Book club was a good excuse for a rest day.

Friday – 31 minute elliptical

Saturday – 8.07 miles

Long run day! It was a cloudy, gray morning, but I headed to the lakes for my long run. I parked in my normal spot, but it turned out a 5K was happening that morning. I was a little nervous that I’d get blocked in with roads closing, but I didn’t feel like driving around to find something else, so I risked it.

I started off with a loop around Lake Harriet. It’s early enough that water fountains aren’t turned on in the public parks, so I make sure to have water in my car and made a pit stop after going around the lake.

After that, I headed over to Lake Calhoun for a lap around. Parts of the lake were pretty windy.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the lakes for a long run, and it felt really good.

Sunday – rest day

It’s a good thing I got in a nice long run on Saturday, but Sunday was all about brunch! I met some friends for a lovely meal and some impromptu shopping.

Biscuits and Gravy

  

The afternoon was busy with errands and running around town. I had every intention of doing some kind of short workout, but was exhausted when I got home, so I called it good and relaxed the rest of the evening. There was plenty of NCAA Basketball to watch. I was cheering on my Duke Blue Devils who ended up losing. Sad to see the season end. 😦 It also completely busted my bracket.

Week 6

Nothing very notable about these weekday runs. Overall, I’ve been feeling good. Still hoping I can push it during Goldy’s 10 mile in a couple of weeks and maybe PR.

Monday – 4.26 miles (9:25/mile) 

Tuesday – 6.15 miles (9:27/mile)

Wednesday – rest day

Thursday – 40 minute elliptical

Friday – 4.03 miles (9:31/mile) 

Saturday – 3.25 miles (9:15/mile)

It was a step-back week, so I had a 5K race on the plan instead of a long run. I didn’t do an actual race and just did a short run and a quick pace.

In the afternoon, a friend and I headed to a beer and BBQ event at a local brewery. I actually found some decent hush puppies in MN! They still don’t beat my favorites in South Carolina, but nice to know I can get something good to tide me over.

  

Sunday – 35 minute elliptical

This was technically supposed to be a rest day, but I felt like doing something, so I did some light cross-training.

Anyone have a bracket that’s not busted?

Divas Half Marathon Training – Week 3 & 4

Well, I came down with a head cold during week 3 of training and then had a busy week during week 4, so I haven’t been able to completely stick to my plan. I managed to get in some key runs/workouts, but hope to get back on track in week 5 (fingers crossed!).

Week 3

Monday – Rest day

My parents were in town for the evening, so I met up with them for dinner. I took them to Revival for some southern food in MN. I tried the burger and it was fantastic!

Tuesday – 3 miles (9:36/mile)

A quick run after work. I kept it short because I could feel a cold coming on.

Wednesday – Rest day

The cold had definitely hit by Wednesday, so I took the day off. Luckily, I actually had two rest days on my plan for this week, so worked out fairly well.

Thursday – 4.03 miles (9:26/mile)

The cold was still lingering, but it was better, so I headed out after work. I wasn’t sure how far I’d go, but felt good through 4 miles.

Friday – 40 minute elliptical 

Made this my cross training day since I skipped it earlier in the week.

Saturday – 6.02 miles (9:34/mile)

This was my long run for the week. It felt good to be out for almost an hour. Something about that amount of time makes it feel like a true long run.

In the afternoon, I did some shopping and picked up some new shoes!

Sunday – 4.28 miles (9:37/mile)

This was supposed to make up for the 5 mile run I skipped during the week. My legs just weren’t feeling the full 5 miles after several straight days of workouts.

Week 4

Monday – 40 minute walk

Kept the cross training light to let my legs recover a bit.

Tuesday – 3.5 miles (9:40/mile)

I had a meeting after work, so I got home a bit late. I ate a light dinner and then hopped on the treadmill to get in a run.

Wednesday – Rest day

Caught the MN Timberwolves game with the family! I typically don’t watch NBA, but it was actually a lot of fun watching them play. Got to see some former Duke basketball players on the court.

Thursday – 3 miles (9:40/mile)

Got up early and hit the treadmill for this run. I had friends over to my place after work and then we headed to the Science Museum to check out their Sportsology exhibit. We had some fun “racing” pro athletes, testing our reaction time and balance, and goofing off. 🙂

Friday – 3.83 miles (9:26/mile)

It was cold out, but I bundled up (or at least tried to) for an evening run. I think I was a bit under-dressed. Got so used to the warmer temps!

Saturday – 7.01 miles (9:40/mile)

It was cold again! Especially in the morning. I kept warm with some hot coffee and a couple of Girl Scout cookies for breakfast. Ok, that’s not the only thing I had for breakfast, but they were really good with coffee.

Luckily, I ended up being able to do my long run in the afternoon when it had warmed up a tad. I dressed better for this run, which helped.

Other parts of the day were filled in by watching conference basketball tournament games. My Gophers lost, but my Blue Devils won! So excited for March Madness to begin!

Sunday – 50 minute spin class

Daylight savings time made it pretty hard to get out of bed. But I had some motivation since I was meeting a friend for a spin class. I could feel some fatigue in my legs, but powered through the tough class.

Winter decided to make a comeback in the afternoon. So done with that white stuff.

Are you ready for spring? Who do you have winning the NCAA tournament?

Divas Half Marathon Training – Week 2

Ok, I was a little more on my game for week 2. I got in all of my training runs, including a pretty nice pace run that I was really happy with this past weekend.

Monday – 3 miles (9:40 pace)

Treadmill run. Nuf said.

Tuesday – 4.01 miles (9:34 pace)

Since I know Goldy’s 10 mile is a hilly course, I making myself do my hilly route more often. I hit the hills for this 4 miler to start getting ready.

This was supposed to be a pace run, but I kind of forgot. Whoops. I’m hoping I can PR at Goldy’s, so I’m aiming to have my pace runs be about a 9:20-9:25 pace. It wasn’t too far off, so not a total loss, but I’ll pay more attention to my plan going forward.

Wednesday – rest

I headed to a volunteer meeting after work, so was a good day for some rest!

Thursday – 30 minute elliptical

I made myself get up early to hop on the elliptical so I could get in my cross training since I was meeting a friend for dinner after work. It was restaurant week, and we had an Italian feast!

i-nonni

Friday – 3.06 miles (9:29 pace)

All week we kept hearing that a big snowstorm was going to hit on Friday. The storm shifted south and we got exactly zero snowfall. I’m definitely not complaining! That meant I could still easily get outside for a run to end the work week.

Saturday – 5.05 miles (9:31 pace)

It was a chilly and windy day, something I actually wasn’t used to after a period of spring-like temps. But, the sun was out and it felt great to start doing longer runs. I always get excited about hitting the 6+ miles point in a training cycle, so I’m looking forward to next week.

5-miles

Sunday – 3.02 miles (9:18 pace)

I was pleasantly surprised with this pace run and felt really good. The cold temps in the morning probably helped, but I’ll take it!

Divas Half Marathon Training – Week 1

I started 2017 wanting to do a spring half. I had one in mind, but then some discussions with family about a beach vacation made me realize I would be out of town for the half I was planning on. But, as luck would have it, there’s a Divas Half Marathon taking place on the same day as the other half, so I signed up! I’ll run a half marathon and then get to spend the rest of the day lounging on the beach — not a bad plan at all!

Last week officially kicked off training. I’m trying out the Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 plan. I’m used to Hal’s plans, but this one will be a little different since it only has 1 rest day. I’ll add in an extra rest day when needed, but I’m curious to see how this goes.

I had to move some runs around to fit my schedule, which meant a couple extra rest days, but I still feel good about starting the training cycle.

Monday – rest

Tuesday – 4.01 miles (9:23/mile)

I escaped from all the hearts and flowers crowding up my social media feeds and headed out for a run. Views like this are one reason I love running.

#RunLove
#RunLove

Wednesday – rest

I had book club, so skipped a workout to run an errand after work before meeting up with friends. Rather than meeting at someone’s house, we had a little field trip that ended at a brewery. Different location, but same gabbing and laughing over food and drinks.

book-club

Thursday – 3 miles (9:40/mile)

I ended up staying at work a little late, so it was dark when I got home. I’m not a huge fan of running alone when it’s dark, so I opted to just hop on the treadmill. It was actually a good excuse to check out the new equipment in my workout room.

new-equip

Friday – 3.04 miles (9:30/mile)

I took the day off of work and headed back to Wisconsin to spend a couple of days with family. It felt more like spring than winter with temps in the low 60s. I got out for a short run in the afternoon and was actually able to wear a t-shirt…in Wisconsin…in February. Crazy!

Saturday – 4.03 miles (9:40/mile)

My long run for week 1 was just 4 miles. My parents and I headed to a local park so they could walk with the dog while I ran. It was warm again, and I saw some brave ice fisherman out on the lake. I also saw people practicing lake rescues. Good to know they’re prepared.

ice-fish

Sunday – rest

I headed back to the Twin Cities on Sunday morning so I could meet some friends for brunch. Our original plan got spoiled when we heard there would be an hour and a half wait, but we found a good back-up plan just around the corner.

upton43-brunch

Later in the afternoon, I celebrated a friend’s birthday by going to see Aladdin in the theaters. Yes, that Aladdin! The animated Disney movie you watched over and over again (or maybe that was just me). It was fun to watch it on a big screen and be transported back in time for a little bit.

We’ve been spoiled with the warm temperatures recently. Looks like they’re heading back to “normal” and snow is on the way. Back to reality.

What’s your favorite animated Disney movie?