Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Race Giveaway

Disclaimer: I am not being financially compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.

I’ve participated in a handful of virtual races.  There are a number of reasons that I like participating in them, some of which include:

  • They serve as a source of motivation to get out the door and run or walk
  • They are a great way to bring like minded people together from across the country, and sometimes the world, to participate in the same event
  • Unlike a traditional race that takes place on a set date, at a set time, and on a set course, virtual races allow for time and location flexibility
  • Like you would at a traditional race, you’ll often receive a set of swag for participating, which can include a participant shirt, finisher’s medal and/or a race bib

Personally, I like to use virtual races as training runs as I prepare to run a goal race.  They offer me the extra motivation that I need to push myself just a tad harder during a training run, and are a great way to test where I am with my pace and endurance as I prepare for my goal race.

Fellow runner and blogger Kristy has put together a virtual race as part of her college thesis project.  (She is using this virtual race as a way to assess the validity of influencer based advertising.  You can read more about the project here.)  The “Sea to Shining Sea” Virtual Race will take place from September 17th-23rd, and offers participants three race distances to choose from: half marathon, 10k, and 5k.  As a part of registering, participants will receive a race bib, a shirt, and a finisher’s medal.

Unlike other virtual races, participants in the “Sea to Shining Sea” Virtual Race will be:

  • Helping support the small businesses that are working with Kristy to help with the production of race materials
  • Helping support a college student with their research for the thesis

Although I received a free entry into the “Sea to Shining Sea” Virtual Race I have decided (with the approval to do so) to give my race entry to one From Dancing to Running reader.  Be sure to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win an entry into this virtual race.  Don’t delay, as the giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 31st.

Eager to join the virtual race fun?  You can also register now for the race, and use code “FUNRUN15” to save 15% on your race registration.  This code is valid from now until August 5th.  Don’t delay with registering though, as the registration price will increase from its current price of $28 to $35 after August 1st.

QOTD: What is your motivation for participating in virtual races?

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 7

On October 8th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause.  Thanks!

Boy am I glad that this past week was a cut back week.  We were under Heat Advisories here in the D.C. area multiple days in a row, including during the weekend, which made for an incredibly challenging week of working out.

Monday, July 17th

My body was still tired, and my feet and calves were still incredibly sore, from last Saturday’s 14 miler and my friend’s wedding.  So instead of doing my first run of the week, I decided to take another rest day from running, and opted for an easier workout at the gym instead, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing weight training.

Tuesday, July 18th

My body was finally feeling a bit better Tuesday morning when I headed out for my run with little man.  The heat and humidity were already in full force at 8:00 in the morning when we headed out, and the difficult stroller run unfortunately set the tone for the rest of my running last week.  After completing my 5 mile run I walked another 1.76 miles, which was a welcome workout after completing a mentally and physically challenging run.

Running with the stroller is never easy, but it’s during the difficult runs that I keep reminding myself that the stroller is making me stronger with each mile that I run with it.

Wednesday, July 19th

Sore muscles + lots of playtime with little man = an unplanned rest day.  I took him to an indoor play place on Wednesday, and his smiles while we played together were well worth taking a rest day.

Thursday, July 20th

Little man and I kicked off the day with a walk to the grocery store.  Our round trip mileage was 2.63 miles.  Because of the high heat and humidity, and the heat advisory, I opted to complete my run on the treadmill Thursday evening as opposed to running outside.  I attempted to do a 5 mile progression run, but around the end of the 4th mile I started to feel dizzy, so I decided to cut my run short.  Better safe than sorry, especially with the heat outside.

I was so happy to be done with that run!
Around 4 miles I started feeling lightheaded and dizzy, and since I couldn’t shake it off I cut my run short. Its much better to be safe than sorry!

Friday, July 21st

Preston was off from work on Friday, so we decided to kick off the day with a family walk.  We walked just under 3 miles, and afterwards I did a 35 minute full body strength training workout.

Saturday, July 22nd

I had been looking forward to a slightly shorter long run, and had 10 miles on tap for the day.  Unfortunately from the moment that I started my run, my legs felt heavy and I struggled with the effects of the heat and humidity.  Although I chose to run on a fairly shaded route, it was also quite hilly, which made dealing with the heat and humidity extra challenging.  There were several times when I wanted to give up, but I wouldn’t let myself stop.  I did wind up taking some extra walk breaks during the last four miles, but the important thing is that I didn’t cut my run short, and still ran all 10 miles that were on my training plan.

After a challenging and difficult week of training, I’m not surprised that Saturday’s long run was an extremely hard one for me. My legs felt heavy from the moment I started, and I wound up having to take extra walk breaks during the last four miles.

Sunday, July 23rd

Between being exhausted from my long run and battling a migraine for most of the day, my body had been screaming for complete rest, which is exactly what I gave it.

Total Weekly Mileage – 29.80 miles (1.39 miles less than week 6)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 192.16 miles

QOTD: How do you adjust your workouts to accommodate for high heat and/or humidity?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Summer Running

There’s no nice way to say it: summer running is hard!  I’ve trained for half marathons over the summer before, but with me being in the midst of training for my first full marathon this summer, I have found running this summer to be more challenging than in the past.

Nice and sweaty after a long run

Summer is one of my favorite months of the entire year.  My least favorite is winter.  I hate layering up, especially when I head out for a run.  I hate dealing with snow, ice, wind, the cold, pretty much anything and everything associated with winter.  Even though summer means I can wear shorts and tank tops, especially when I’m out running, it also means that I’m sweating much more than in the winter.  And what often comes with sweat?  Chafing, which is so incredibly painful!

While in the winter you get to battle conditions like cold and wind, in the summer you get to battle heat and humidity.  Although I would much rather be hot over cold, the summer weather conditions do make it difficult to run sometimes.  There are plenty of times over the summer when I question my sanity about running outside, but I’ll take being hot and sweaty over not being able to feel my face, hands, and toes any day.

I’d much rather be hot and sweaty than shivering like I was during much of this year Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon

One of the many reasons that I love summer is the longer days and greater number of hours of sunshine.  I hate how dark and dreary the mornings and evenings are in the winter, especially when I find myself at work for the majority of the daylight hours.  It is often a race against the clock to beat the sunset so that I can run after work, but during the summer that is far from the case.  During the summer, especially on days of long runs, its often the opposite, trying to beat the clock to get outside for that long run before it gets too hot and humid.

Summer running is also more scenic.  Many of the flowers and trees that bloomed during the Spring are still retaining their color.  During the winter, the scene more sparse and far less colorful.  I love the way that the sun shines through the trees and creates picturesque backdrops while I am out running.

One of the many beautiful scenes that I have been able to capture this summer while out on a run.

So while there are pros and cons to summer running, and I do have a love/hate relationship with it, I would take running on a hot, humid, sunny day over a cold and snowy winter day.

QOTD: Which do you prefer: summer or winter running?  Why?

Today I’m linking up with PattyErika, and Marcia for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 6

On October 8th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause.  Thanks!

This past week was another incredibly active, busy, and productive one.  I pushed my long run mileage to 14 miles, which is the furthest that I have ever run before.  (I have run a couple of 14 milers prior to previous half marathons.)  When I next increase my long run mileage, I will be pushing myself to a distance that I have never run before, which is exciting and scary all at the same time.

My workouts this week brought my current mileage total for 2017 to just over 600 miles.  It was so exciting to import my Garmin data last night and see the progress that I have made.

Monday, July 10th

I kicked off the week with a stroller run in the morning with my little man.  I felt strong throughout the run, and managed negative splits.  The cooler weather and lower humidity were a huge help with me being able to complete a strong run while also pushing the stroller.  Since it was such a beautiful morning, I walked an additional mile after completing my run.

Negative splits with my little buddy was a great way to kick off the week.

Tuesday, July 11th

Tuesday morning little man and I walked three and a half miles while running errands.  That evening, I completed a 35 minute strength training workout, utilizing the new lower body workout that had been included in this month’s StrideBox.

I opened up this month’s StrideBox right before my planned strength training workout on Tuesday and found a great lower body workout on this month’s workout card. I added my ankle weights, and after 35 minutes was feeling the burn.

Wednesday, July 12th

My one and only gym workout for the week was Wednesday evening.  I cross trained for 30 minutes on the elliptical, and followed it up with a 30 minute full body weight training session.

Thursday, July 13th

Since my dad had been in town for the night, I was able to leave little man at home with him and escape for a solo morning run.  With little man at home with me for the summer, solo weekday runs are a rare treat, so I’m thankful for whenever I’m able to get them in.

Thursday morning’s run was quite peaceful, and it was nice to be able to run by myself.

Friday, July 14th

On Preston and I drove north to State College, Pennsylvania for the weekend for a friend’s wedding.  It was our first weekend away from our little man since he was born (we have only previously left him for one night).  My father-in-law came into town to take care of him at our house, so Friday morning was spent picking him up at the train station, and getting him and little man situated at home before we hit the road.  It was a very busy day, with no time to workout even after we got to State College, as we attended a welcome party with the bride and groom.

Saturday, July 15th

Even though we were out of town, I still had to keep up with marathon training.  The bride knew about this, and a couple of weeks ago was able to forward a couple of running routes to me that she had received from another one of her friends.  I ended up choosing the route that included running at Penn State.  Despite how hilly the route was, the weather was quite beautiful Saturday morning (it was in the low 70s and only 65% humidity during my 14 mile run), which made running the hills a bit more bearable.

With the Penn State Nittany Lion statue during my 14 mile run through campus.

That evening we attended my friend’s wedding.  Preston and I had a blast celebrating with everybody, and didn’t walk back into our hotel room until almost midnight.  It had been a long day, and despite wearing flat sandals during the reception, my legs and feet were very sore from the day’s activities.

Preston and I before the start of the ceremony

Sunday, July 16th

Before leaving State College, we attended the wedding brunch, and then made a stop at the famous Penn State Creamery with a couple of friends.  It was a delicious way to celebrate National Ice Cream day.

We didn’t arrive back home until around 6:00 p.m.  Because we had been away from little man for the weekend, I prioritized spending time with him over anything else.  Even though I hadn’t met my strength training goal for the week, family time last night was much more important.  Today marks the start of a new week, and the opportunity to work towards reaching my goals.

Total Weekly Mileage – 31.19 miles (1.88 miles more than week 5)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 162.36 miles

QOTD: Have you ever completed a long run and attended a wedding in the same day?  How did your body handle all of the activity?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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StrideBox Review

Disclosure: I received a complimentary subscription to StrideBox for purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received.  As always, all opinions are my own.

While exploring new products can be fun and exciting, there is always that hesitation to purchase a full box or a full supply of something new, because you just never know whether or not you will like it, or if it will work out for you.  While reading a running magazine over the weekend, I was introduced to a new flavor of one of the energy sources that I rely on during races and long runs.  However, I am fearful of wasting money on a full box of this new flavor, in fear that the taste won’t be to my liking.

That’s where monthly subscription boxes, like StrideBox, come into play.  They are a great opportunity to be introduced to new products without having to take the risk of purchasing a full supply of them.  StrideBox prides itself on being “the best subscription box for runners.”  Each month, subscribers receive a box full of assorted running related items to try, usually including snacks, body/skin care products, running gear/accessories, recipes, and workouts to try out.

This week I received my July StrideBox.  This month’s box included:

  • The Gluten Free Bar, Oatmeal Raisin Flavor
  • Science in Sport Isotonic Energy Gel, Orange Flavor
  • Nuun Performance, Blueberry Strawberry Flavor
  • Swish Energy Mouth Wash
  • Kinesys Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Stridebox Essentials Hydration Vessel
  • Bodyweight Leg Workout Card
  • Chunky Monkey Baked Oatmeal Recipe Card (on the backside of the workout card)
  • Motivation Sticker

Last night I opened my box right before my planned strength training workout, and found a great set of lower body exercises listed out on this month’s workout card.  I threw my ankle weights on, and after 35 minutes, was feeling the burn.

I opened up this month’s StrideBox right before my planned strength training workout last night, and found a great lower body workout on this month’s workout card. I added my ankle weights, and after 35 minutes was feeling the burn.

Some of the positives that I have found with StrideBox include:

  • A wide variety of products and brands are included in the boxes
  • The opportunity to sample new to me products before purchasing them
  • I’m more likely to use the products included in StrideBox as opposed to other subscription boxes that I have previously tried out
  • No two month’s boxes are the same
  • Each box includes a card with detailed information about the enclosed products, as well as purchasing information

The only negative that I have found is that I cannot log into a StrideBox account to indicate preferences, favorites, etc. to have my boxes customized.  StrideBox puts together the same box each month for all of its subscribers.

At only $15 a month, StrideBox is a low risk opportunity to discover new products.  Want to give StrideBox a try for yourself?  Head over to their website to sign up!

QOTD: Have you ever tried a subscription box?  What are your thoughts on them?

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Weeks 4 and 5

On October 8th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause.  Thanks!

The past two weeks have been incredibly busy, as well as productive.  They have included a long weekend out of town with family for the 4th of July, lots of running, and reaching my RMHC fundraising goal!  I am so excited to have the stress of reaching my goal out of the way.  Just because I have reached my goal does not mean that I will stop my fundraising efforts though.

Week 4 Training:

Monday, June 26th

I kicked off my first day of summer break with an evening run.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, and it was the perfect way to celebrate finally being done with the 2016-2017 school year.  Since it was cooler and less humid I was able to push my pace a bit more than I have been able to recently.

As of lunch time on Monday, this teacher was finally on summer break! And I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful summer evening for my first run of Summer 2017!

Tuesday, June 27th

Little man and I kicked off our first full day of summer break with an almost three mile walk, during which we ran several errands.  I also did 20 minutes of strength training at home that evening.

Wednesday, June 28th

Little man and I enjoyed an absolutely beautiful summer morning.  Since the weather was so nice, I ran for an hour instead of my usual 45 minutes for my weekday runs.

It was a beautiful morning for Mommy to run and little man to nap in his stroller.

Thursday, June 29th

After Preston got home from work I headed to the gym where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 30 minute full body weight training session.  Although I love being home with my little man, it was nice to have a short break to just focus on me.

Friday, June 30th

Friday was my only rest day for the week.  After such an active week, I knew that I needed to rest my legs for my long run on Saturday.

Saturday, July 1st

Although I had planned to do my eight miler solo, little man had other plans for me.  Since he woke up before 6am, I wound up turning my solo run into a stroller run.  Although the stroller slowed my pace down, I will never regret spending time with my little man, especially outside since he loves being outside just as much as I do.

I had planned to do my run solo, but that plan changed when little man woke up before 6 am. One of the keys to motherhood is definitely flexibility!

Sunday, July 2nd

After my run on Saturday we packed up the car and drove to New Jersey to spend the holiday weekend with my in-laws.  On Sunday we took a day trip to Ocean City, NJ (about an hour away from my father-in-law’s house).  Little man’s nap time offered me the opportunity to get in a long walk on the boardwalk.  I pushed him in the stroller while he napped, and I got in an almost four mile walk.  It was a win-win situation.

Nap time for little man meant that I was able to take an almost 4 mile walk on the boardwalk.

Total Weekly Mileage – 28.82 miles (1.94 miles more than week 3)

Week 5 Training:

Monday, July 3rd

Although I didn’t do any formal training on Monday, we did go to the Philly Zoo for half the day, where I did quite a bit of walking.  While it wasn’t at a brisk pace, I was on my feet for most of the morning and early afternoon.

We enjoyed a fun day at the zoo!

Tuesday, July 4th

I kicked off Independence Day with a five mile run around my father-in-law’s neighborhood.  It felt good to push my pace, run a relatively flat route, and run all sub 10 minute splits.  After my run I did a 30 minutes of strength training.

5 miles to kick off 4th of July

Wednesday, July 5th

We drove home from New Jersey Wednesday morning, and while Preston went to work for half the day little man and I took a two and a half mile walk to and from the grocery store so that we could restock the fridge.

Thursday, July 6th

It was quite rainy and stormy here on Thursday, which left me with no choice but to complete my run on the treadmill at the gym.  Preston and I met up after he was done with work for the day so that I could pass little man off to him, and afterwards I headed to the gym for my run.  I did a progression run on the treadmill, running the last mile in 8:46.  It felt incredible to run fast, which isn’t the norm lately because of the heat and humidity outside.

I did a progression run on the treadmill Thursday evening, and ran my last mile in 8:46!!!

Friday, July 7th

We kicked off our day with a three and a half mile walk around the neighborhood.  Afterwards I did 25 minutes of strength training.

Saturday, July 8th

I had planned to head out the door early for my 12 miler, but wound up getting a late start due to little man wanting to cuddle in bed with me after he woke up.  Although this choice made for a very hot and humid long run, I don’t regret my decision to spend quality time with my little boy.  I finally started my run around 7:30, and the further that I ran the stronger the sun got and the hotter that it got.  Surprisingly, I felt pretty good for the first nine miles, and it wasn’t until the tenth mile when I had to start taking extra walk breaks.  While there were several times when I wanted to give up, I pushed through the heat, humidity, and hills, and finished my 12 miles in 2:07:23 (10:37 pace).  I was drenched in sweat afterwards, but was so glad that I didn’t give up.

Heat ➕humidity ➕hills makes for one very hard long run. There were several times when I wanted to give up, and I’m so glad that I didn’t.

Sunday, July 9th

Church, running errands, and chasing my little man around made up my “rest” day.

Total Weekly Mileage – 29.31 miles (0.49 miles more than week 4)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 131.17 miles

QOTD: Do you usually stay active while away from home, or do you take a break from exercise while traveling?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – Potpourri v. 20

Happy Belated 4th of July!  If you follow me on social media, then you may have noticed that we were out of town for the long holiday weekend, and I made a last minute decision to not blog while we were away.  We had a busy four days away, which included time at the beach, a trip to the Philly Zoo, and lots of time with my in-laws.  Since its been a week since I last blogged, let’s catch up a bit.

My little family on 4th of July

1.  Last Friday, I reached my fundraising goal with Ronald McDonald House Charities!  In October I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team RMHC, and am excited that I no longer have the stress of needing to reach my goal.  That doesn’t mean that I am not still accepting donations, and welcome any and all support as I prepare to run my first marathon.

2.  While we were away, I did keep up with my training.  On Monday I will recap the past two weeks of training with my usual training log and share all of the details of how I’ve been staying active.

3.  Since school ended last Monday, I have been thoroughly enjoying my temporary time as a stay at a home mom.  The past two weeks have just flown by, as little man and I have been staying quite active.  It makes me a tad sad to think about how quickly time has flown, and that before I know it it’ll be time to head back to school.  But in the meantime, I’m soaking up all of my time with my little man.

Last Friday at a local splash pad

4.  This coming week I will start working on the annual summer curriculum project with my school district.  While I am not excited about having some of my time with my little man taken away, I will be working from home for the majority of this year’s project, so I am appreciative of the ability to continue to spend as much time with my little man as I can.

5.  This weekend I will continue to increase the distance of my long run.  I have 12 miles on tap for tomorrow’s long run, and before I know it I’ll be reaching new PDRs (personal distance records).

QOTD: What did you do to celebrate Independence Day?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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July 2017 Goals

I cannot believe that tomorrow marks the halfway point of the year!  This year is just flying by!  Despite how busy I knew that June would be with the usual end of the school year activities, I set ambitious goals for myself and was able to successfully meet most of my goals.

1.  Log at least 100 miles.

Grade: A

My monthly total was 106.6 miles.  Now that marathon training is well underway, I have no doubt that my miles will continue to quickly add up as I work towards my 2017 goal of 1,000 miles.  So far in 2017 I have run, walked, and logged on the elliptical 533.4 miles (53% of the way towards reaching my goal).  As I further progress with marathon training I will reevaluate this goal and consider altering it.

I reached a huge milestone for the year last week when I logged my 500th mile for the year

2.  Strength train at least two times per week.

Grade: A

After a couple of months of working on this goal, I finally met it.  I’ve been able to successfully get to the gym once a week for weight training, and the other times I’ve worked at home on my strength training.  I now have a set of ankle weights and a bosu ball, but there are also plenty of exercises that I can do that don’t require any equipment, some of which I shared here on the blog a couple of months ago.

3.  Cross train at least two times per week.

Grade: A

Now that I am finally out of school on summer break, it is even easier to get my cross training in.  Little man loves going for walks in the stroller, and I hope to walk to run errands at least once a week with him during the summer.

4.  Lose two pounds.

Grade: C

Although I didn’t lose any more weight this past month, I have noticed that some of my clothes continue to fit better.  The shorts and pants that used to feel snug on me don’t feel as tight anymore.  Clearly, strength training is paying off and I’m building muscle, which I keep reminding myself weighs more than fat does.

After a very productive and successful June it is time to up the ante for the coming month.

1.  Log at least 115 miles.

It is very scary to see another triple digit number for my mileage goal.  This past month was the first time that I have ever reached triple digits in a single month, but I know that I can push myself even more, especially as the distance of my long training runs continues to increase.

2.  Strength train at least three times per week.

This goal also scares me, and I know that increasing my strength training goal will take a lot of diligence in order to meet it, but I’m up for the challenge.  Because of time limitations with a toddler, I foresee continuing to do weight training at the gym only once per week so I will focus on increasing my strength training practice at home.

3.  Cross train at least three times per week.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate for me to be able to take little man out for more walks throughout the summer.  And like I mentioned earlier, I hope to focus on walking to run errands at least once per week during the summer, at least during the weeks when we are at home.

4.  Stop obsessing about my weight.

Weight loss is a huge mental game.  I have to keep reminding myself that as I continue to build muscle that muscle weighs more than fat does.  While it can be frustrating to not see the number on the scale go down, the way that my clothes are fitting is a sign that my strength training is working and is paying off.

5.  Enjoy the month’s social activities.

We have a lot on our calendar for the coming month.  From spending time with family to a friend’s wedding to having my sister visit us, July will be anything but boring.  It’ll certainly be a challenge to balance my training with everything else going on, but I want to make sure to fully enjoy all that we will have going on in the coming month.

QOTD: What are your goals for July?

I’m linking up with Ange and Carmy for the Monthly Goals linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

I’m also linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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2017 Goals – 2nd Quarter Check In

Even though the second quarter of 2017 doesn’t end until Friday, since I reached a mileage milestone for the year last week I figure that its more than okay to go ahead and check in on all of my yearly goals.

1.  Log 1,000 miles.

Progress Report: A

As of yesterday, my 2017 mileage was 524.7 miles, and there are still three days left in the first half of the year.  Unlike first quarter when I was slightly behind of pace for the year, I more than made up for that shortfall during this past quarter.  I’m starting to wonder if I need to increase my mileage goal for the year, especially since I haven’t started to hit the high mileage weeks of marathon training yet.  Instead of reevaluating my goal now, I’m going to see how the summer goes and reevaluate my goal after the third quarter and after I’ve completed almost all of my marathon training.

Being able to run with my little man, in addition to training for a marathon, are the two main reasons why I’m now ahead of pace to hit my mileage goal for the year.

2.  Run my first marathon.

Progress Report: N/A

I am currently in the middle of the fourth week of my Chicago Marathon training.  Although I have started my training, my longest run so far has been ten miles, which is less than half the distance of a full marathon, so I don’t think that I can fairly evaluate my progress yet towards meeting this goal.

3.  Make strength training a priority.

Progress Report: B

Since starting to set a specific monthly goal for myself for strength training back in April, I have found it much easier to stay on top of this goal.  Last week I was able to exceed my monthly goal for the first time, and I’m hoping to continue to increase the frequency at which I work on my strength training.

4.  Stay on top of my blogging.

Progress Report: C+

I did slightly worse with keeping up with my blogging during the second quarter of the year than I did during the first quarter.  I wrote and published 77% of my planned blog posts from April-June, unlike 79% of my planned blog posts from January-March.  To be honest, I lost some momentum to blog this past quarter, especially when things got especially busy and stressful at school.  Often times, the last thing that I wanted to do when I came home was sit down in front of the computer and write.  Overall for the year, I have published 58 of the 74 blog posts that were scheduled on my blog calendar (78%).  There is a lot on my personal calendar for the summer, so we’ll see how it goes during the third quarter with keeping up with blogging.

5.  Put my family first.

Progress Report: B+

Looking back, I know that I put more time and energy into my family during the second quarter of the year than I did during the first quarter.  That might partly be due to the nicer weather, which encouraged us to spend more time together outside as a family.  I’m very much looking forward to being home with my little man for the summer and spending even more time with him than I am usually able to during the school year.

These boys mean the world to me

QOTD: How much progress did you make during the second quarter of 2017 towards meeting your 2017 goals?

Today I’m linking up with PattyErika, and Marcia for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 3

On October 8th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause.  Thanks!

Another busy week has come and gone, but despite how busy it was with wrapping up the school year (I will finally be on summer break as of this afternoon!), I was incredibly motivated to train and wound up only taking one rest day last week.  Only one!  I cannot remember the last time that happened, or if that has ever happened before.

Monday, June 19th

I had hoped to kick off the week with a training run, but the weather dictated otherwise.  Since I didn’t have time to drive to the gym, I instead did a 25 minute strength training workout at home.

Tuesday, June 20th

After some strong thunderstorms came through our area Monday afternoon and evening, Tuesday’s weather wound up being absolutely beautiful.  Not only was the temperature back in the 80s, but the humidity was also noticeably lower, so I was excited to head out for a run when I got home from work.  During my run there was also a cool breeze, and I was able to maintain a sub 10 minute pace for the first time in two weeks.  After struggling with running in intense summer weather, I felt like I was flying during Tuesday’s run.

Thanks to the lower humidity and cool breeze during Tuesday’s run, I was able to maintain a sub 10 minute pace for the first time in two weeks!

Wednesday, June 21st

After work I headed to the gym where I got in a really great workout.  It was one of those workouts where I left the gym feeling sore, so I know that I worked really hard during my 35 minutes on the elliptical and my 35 minutes of full body weight training.

Thursday, June 22nd

After a brief break from the high heat and humidity, they both returned in full force on Thursday.  Another air quality alert day led to me admitting to myself that it would be best for me to complete my run on the treadmill.  So it was off to the gym that I went.

The heat and humidity won today, and I ran on the treadmill for the first time in I can’t remember how long. Despite feeling like I wasn’t running anywhere, it did feel good to run fast tonight!

Thursday’s run was also monumental, because I ran my 500th mile of the year!  I am well on my way to reaching 1,000 miles this year.

My mileage goal for the year is 1,000 miles and on Thursday I hit the halfway point of my goal!!! It feels so good to be ahead of pace for this goal!

Friday, June 23rd

My one and only rest day of the week was on Friday.  It was well deserved.

Saturday, June 24th

Since we had a busy Saturday planned, I knew that I had to head out the door extremely early for my long run.  By 6:30 a.m. I was in the middle of my first mile of my long run.  I don’t think I have ever run that early on a Saturday, unless it was during a race, but for multiple reasons I am so glad that I complete my run early.  Not only was it nice to run with the temperature in the high 60s/low 70s, but it was also nice to not have the sun beating down on me until the very end of my run.  It felt great to be able to push myself during a long run, and all of my splits were sub 10:30.  My faster mile was my 10th mile, which I ran in 9:32!

I felt great after running a strong ten miler on Saturday! After a couple weeks of slower runs, it was so nice to be able to push my pace in the cooler air on Saturday.

Sunday, June 25th

My little family kicked off our Sunday with a three and a half mile family walk, after which I spent 30 minutes doing strength training.  It was a great way to end my training for the week.

Total Weekly Mileage – 26.88 miles (4.02 miles more than week 2)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 73.04 miles

QOTD: What was one training highlight for you last week?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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