Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Week 6

Even though this past week was race week, I was very determined to be quite active.  With several beautiful weather days, I wanted to be outside as much as I could.  Yes, the Loudoun Half Marathon was my redemption race after a disappointing finish at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC last month, but I also wanted to be as active as possible.  Since I just missed PRing at yesterday’s race, maybe I made the wrong choice this past week in being as active as I was, though I don’t regret my decision in the least.

Monday, April 17th

We spent Monday morning at an outpatient surgical center, where little man had tubes placed into his ears.  After having lost count of the number of double ear infections he has had since he got his first one last June, his time for tubes had come.  After arriving back home, we spent much of the day entertaining a cranky toddler, so I’m very thankful that I was able to find 15 minutes to work on strength training.

Tuesday, April 18th

I did another running commute to/from daycare to pick up little man.  I ran 1.26 miles to daycare with the empty stroller, then 3.24 miles after picking him up.

How can you not smile when you get to spend time with this kid?!?

My Tuesday run also brought me to the 300 mile mark in my quest to log 1,000 miles this year.  Now its on to 400 miles!

Wednesday, April 19th

Another gorgeous Spring afternoon called for wanting to spend more time outside, so I did a walking commute to/from daycare.  By the end of the walk I had logged 3.07 miles at a 15:14 pace.  After arriving home I did a 20 minute full body strength training session.

Thursday, April 20th

I arrived home from work early enough to be able to complete my run solo.  I ran 4.64 miles in 45 minutes at a 9:42 pace.  It was a great final training run before the race.

Friday, April 21st

After work I headed to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 25 minute full body weight training session.  Doing weights only two days before a half marathon probably wasn’t my smartest choice, and may have affected my ability to be able to PR yesterday, but it was the only day last week when I was able to leave work early enough to make it to the gym before picking little man up.

Saturday, April 22nd

My only complete and total rest day last week was the day before the race.  It was more than needed.

Sunday, April 23rd

If you follow me on social media then you already know that I missed my half marathon PR by about only 20 seconds.  I am not at all disappointed in how I did though, as I know that I put my best effort forward at yesterday’s race.  I can’t wait to fully recap my race experience!

After crossing the finish line of yesterday’s Loudoun Half Marathon

Total Weekly Mileage – 29.28 miles (11.45 miles more than week 5)

Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 128.61 miles

QOTD: Who else raced over the weekend?  How did your race go?

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 Goals for Sunday’s Loudoun Half Marathon

The Loudoun Half Marathon wasn’t originally on my 2017 race calendar, but after the disappointment of Rock ‘n’ Roll DC last month, and poor weather conditions making it incredibly difficult to reach my race goals, I started looking online for a redemption race.  I came across the Loudoun Half Marathon, and recalled having read several positive race recaps from other bloggers.  This race is put on by Potomac River Running, a local running store in the DC area.  Having run several of their other races, and having had nothing but positive experiences at those races, this half marathon looked like the perfect choice for my redemption run.

I’ve been stalking the weather for the past several days, and unfortunately the weather is looking to be anything but favorable.  The current forecast calls for rain and temperatures in the low 50s during the race.  I’m okay with running in drizzle, but pouring rain is another story.  I’m crossing my fingers that the forecast will change between now and Sunday morning.  At least it doesn’t look like it’ll be freezing Sunday morning like it was last month for RnRDC.

Since this is my redemption race, I have the same goals as I did for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC:

Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:13:17 (10:10 pace)

Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:15:42 (10:22 pace), which is my current half marathon PR

Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:17:39 (10:30 pace)

Since I can’t control the weather, I’m trying to remain positive, and focus on reminding myself that I’ve put in a lot of hard work, including while on vacation last week.  Here’s to hoping that race day will work out in my favor!

QOTD: Who else is racing this weekend?  What race are you running?

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Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Weeks 4 and 5

We’re home from our wonderful week away in Florida!  If you follow me on Instagram then hopefully you saw just a sampling of our trip, including all of the wonderful places that I got to run while we were on vacation.  One of my April goals was to keep up with training while on vacation, and I’m happy to report that with the exception of strength training, I kept up with that goal!

Week 4 Training:

Monday, April 3rd

After having run 10 miles the day prior, I took a full rest day.  My body needed it.

Tuesday, April 4th

I did a running commute to/from daycare to pick up little man.  I ran 1.30 miles to daycare with an empty stroller, and then after picking up little man ran another 3 miles.  Because the weather was so nice (the temperature was 80 degrees), I also walked another mile after my run.

Picture perfect weather + new running shoes + a quick nap for little man during my running commute to/from daycare today made for a great start to the evening!

Wednesday, April 5th

I don’t normally run two days in a row, but with thunderstorms in the forecast for the next day, I decided to switch my schedule around instead of risking having to do my run on the treadmill.  I ran 4.50 miles at a 9:35 pace and felt great throughout my run.

Thursday, April 6th

After work I headed to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing weight training.  I left the gym nice and sore.

Friday, April 7th

Friday afternoon and evening was spent packing and getting ready for our trip to Florida.  There wasn’t any time left in the schedule to get a work out in.

Saturday, April 8th

We had a very early morning (our alarm went off at 2:30 a.m.) because of our 6:00 a.m. flight.  But it was worth it when we arrived at the beach that afternoon!

Sunday, April 9th

I completed my long run at the beach, and it was glorious.  During the first half of my run I ran south along the main road on Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach, and I felt strong.  I took a Gu at 3.45 miles and ate a couple of Clif Shot bloks during my pit stop at the Don Cesar Hotel at 6.10 miles.  During my run south I ran into the wind, which certainly helped me in maintaining a consistent pace.  My splits during the first 6.10 miles of my run were: 10:14, 10:02, 9:58, 10:01, 10:09, 10:08, 1:04 (last 0.10 miles).

During my pit stop I used the bathroom at the famous Pink Palace hotel and took a brief break to stand on the beach.  The weather was just too nice to not take advantage of it to soak in the warm ocean air.

Mid-run pit stop at The Pink Palace.

I think my pit stop messed with the momentum that I had during the first half of my run.  In addition, running into the wind as I ran north made my run extra challenging.  I took another Gu at 7.98 miles and a couple more Clif Shot bloks at mile 9, but had difficulty pushing myself to run the faster speed that I had been able to maintain during the first half of my run.  My splits were: 10:29, 10:20, 10:25, 10:44, 10:50, 11:06.  My final time for my 12.10 mile run was 2:05:30 (10:22 pace).

Running at the beach with lots of palm trees lining my route, and ending my run on the beach, equals perfection!

Total Weekly Mileage – 25.07 miles (2.70 miles more than week 3)

Week 5 Training:

Monday, April 10th:

Because my calves were extremely tight from my long run the day prior (I forgot to pack compression socks, oops!), I decided to take little man for a walk Monday morning.  Our 2.01 mile walk included a walk around John’s Village Pass, and getting to watch the John’s Pass drawbridge open and close, which little man loved seeing.

Tuesday, April 11th

I kicked off our last day at the beach with a final run around the island.  My legs were still sore from my long run, but the enthusiasm of being at the beach helped me to push myself a bit, and I was able to maintain an average pace of 9:37.

Because when you run on Treasure Island, a post run selfie with a pirate is a must!

Wednesday, April 12th

Even though I didn’t train, I did walk just under 10 miles during our first day at Disney World.

Thursday, April 13th

Before heading to the parks, I ran a 5k around the Grand Floridian and Polynesian hotels.  I absolutely love how peaceful the resorts are early in the morning.  Running on tired legs, and having several places where I had to turn around, meant for a slower than usual weekday pace, but I was running at Disney and didn’t care about my pace.  After getting back to the hotel room I completed 15 minutes of strength training, focusing on my lower body and abs.

I absolutely love how peaceful the resorts are early in the morning!  Magic Kingdom looked beautiful across the lagoon during my 5k tour of Grand Floridian and Polynesian!

Friday, April 14th

Although I didn’t run, I did walk just over 9 miles around the parks.

Saturday, April 15th

We had another very early travel day (3:30 a.m. alarm, 6:30 a.m. flight), and by the time that we walked through the front door of our house mid-afternoon my body was screaming for a nap.  I can’t remember the last time that I took an almost three hour mid-day nap!

Sunday, April 16th

Before kicking off the Easter festivities I completed my last long run of this training cycle.  I felt incredibly strong during the entire 6.50 mile run, and wish that I would have had time to be able to run further.  Other than the first mile, all of my splits were sub 10 minutes, which is very unusual for me on long runs.  My splits were: 10:11, 9:59, 9:55, 9:40, 9:46, 9:41, 4:46 (last 0.50 miles).  I really hope that yesterday’s long run is a good sign of how I’ll feel during next weekend’s race!

Yesterday morning I had one of those absolutely perfect runs.
It was perfect running weather outside and I felt strong during the entire run.

Total Weekly Mileage – 17.83 miles (7.24 miles less than week 4)

Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 99.33 miles

QOTD: How do you ensure that you keep up with your training while on vacation?

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 – Spring Break is Finally Here!

As of this afternoon, I will officially be off from work for a week and on Spring Break!  Because my school district always schedules Spring Break for the week leading up to Easter, its never the same week each year.  With Easter a bit later this year, that also means that Spring Break is a bit later as well.  I’m more than ready for a break from my students, and I’m sure that they’re more than ready for a break from school too.

Tomorrow morning Preston, little man, and I will be on our way to Florida.  I can’t wait to spend the week away with my little family, enjoying the sunshine, as well as time with friends.  There’s so much that I’m looking forward to in the coming week including:

1.  Taking little man to the beach for the first time.

We’ll be spending the first half of our vacation on the gulf coast.  Preston and I haven’t been to the gulf since our babymoon back in August 2015, and little man has never been to the beach.  I’m excited to see how he responds to the sand.  He loved playing in the pool last summer, and when we went to Disney World in November, so I’m anticipating how he’ll react to the beach.

The beach is one of my favorite places in the entire world. I cannot wait to have my feet in the sand starting tomorrow, and to introduce little man to life at the beach.

2.  Staying oceanfront with friends.

While at the beach, we’ll be staying in an oceanfront condo with a couple of friends.  I love everything about the beach, and love the friends that we’ll be vacationing with (one of them is little man’s godfather).  I’m sure that there will be no shortage of laughter and fun while we’re all together.

3.  Running at the beach.

I cannot wait to complete a couple of runs with the beach as my backdrop.  Since we’ll be traveling on Saturday, I’ll be pushing my long run for the week back to Sunday.  I’ve been looking online for good places to run near where we’re staying so that I can take full advantage of being on the gulf instead of resorting to running on the treadmill in the resort’s fitness center.

4.  Staying at Shades of Green.

We’ll be spending the second half of vacation at Disney World, where we’ll be staying at Shades of Green for the first time.  We loved the convenience of staying at The Polynesian during our family vacation last August, but oh the cost!  Preston started a new job last year, and now qualifies to stay at the military hotel on Disney property.  We’ll be a half mile walk from The Polynesian (yay for the path that connects the two hotels!), so we’ll essentially have the convenience of staying at a monorail resort without the hefty cost.

5.  Seeing Wishes for the final time.

Wishes, the nighttime show at Magic Kingdom, is by far my favorite nighttime show at Disney World.  I was so sad to learn a couple of months ago that Wishes will end its run in mid-May.  You can bet that I’ll be taking lots of pictures of this show as we watch it for the last time.

One of my absolute favorite sights at Disney is seeing the Wishes fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle

While we’re away I’ll be taking some time off from blogging so that I can focus on enjoying my time with the family and our friends.  But I can guarantee that there will be no shortage of posts on social media.  Make sure that you’re following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and I look forward to catching up with everybody once we’re back!

QOTD: Where will you be vacationing next?

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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2017 Goals – 1st Quarter Check In

Its hard to believe that we’re already one quarter of the way through 2017!  This year is just flying by!

Last year I only checked in on my yearly goals halfway through the year.  To be honest, after the first couple of weeks of the year, and then a couple of weeks after my mid-year check in, my yearly goals were pushed far from my mind.  In an effort to hold myself more accountable, and to keep my goals fresher on my mind, I plan to do a quarterly check in/reflection this year.

Each month I also set goals for myself to help keep on tracking towards reaching my bigger goals.  My yearly goals are more long term, while my monthly goals are more short term.

I have five goals for 2017:

1. Log 1,000 miles.

Progress Report: A

As of the end of March, my 2017 mileage total was 239.7 miles.  To be completely on track towards meeting my mileage goal, I would have needed to log at least 250 miles.  I’m currently 95% of the way to staying on track with this goal, and I have no doubt that as marathon training starts in June that I’ll easily be able to make up my small shortage.

Being able to run with my little man in the BOB stroller is one of the big reasons why I’ve been able to stay on track with my training this year.

2.  Run my first marathon.

Progress Report: N/A

Seeing as how my first marathon isn’t until October, when I will be running the Chicago Marathon with Team Ronald McDonald House Charities, and that I have yet to start training for it, I cannot assess this goal yet.  Training for and running my two upcoming half marathons will help ensure that I have a strong base when I do start marathon training.

3.  Make strength training a priority.

Progress Report: C

Some weeks I have been better about strength training than other weeks.  After last month I realized that I need to set a specific quantitative goal to help me stay on track, which exactly what I did for April.

4.  Stay on top of my blogging.

Progress Report: C+

Unless I’m on vacation, I do my best to keep up with a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule.  From January through March, I wrote and published 31 of the 39 posts that I had scheduled on my blog calendar (79%).  When work, family life, and just life in general has been busy and a bit stressful, blogging has been one of the first things to be pushed to the back burner.  I haven’t been as diligent about drafting posts in advance, and doing this would help me to stay on track, especially during busy times of the school year.

5.  Put My Family First

Progress Report: B

While I’ve generally been doing a good job and not letting other things get in the way of spending time with my husband and son, there’s always room for improvement.  Little man continues to grow and develop at a rapid pace, and I don’t want to miss out on anything with him!

This kid is growing wayyyyyy too quickly!

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

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Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Week 3

Does anybody else feel like they’re extra motivated at the beginning of a new month?  I definitely felt that way this past week, especially since I not only wanted to close out March on a strong note but kick off April even stronger.  Overall, it was a great week!

Monday, March 27th

We spent Monday flying back from Illinois.  Between a delayed connection, and having to pick up our dog Riley after we landed, it was a long day with no time to work out.

Tuesday, March 28th

I made up for Monday’s lack of training with a 4.50 mile run.  Despite the fact that it was a humid evening, and I had pushed little man in the stroller, I managed almost negative splits during my run.

My first run of the week was a great one with almost perfect negative splits.

Wednesday, March 29th

Even after a long day at work followed by a chiropractor appointment, I still managed to squeeze in 20 minutes of strength training while little man played with his toys.  My fourth blogiversary was also on Wednesday.  Its hard to believe that this little space on the Internet is already four years old!

Thursday, March 30th

My birthday was on Thursday, and I celebrated in one of the best ways possible: by going for a 4 mile run with my little running buddy.

Post birthday run with my favorite little buddy

Friday, March 31st

Friday after work I headed to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.  I left the gym feeling sore, which is always a sign of a great workout.

Saturday, April 1st

Saturday was a very long day.  I started the day off at school proctoring a practice AP exam for my students.  Afterwards I headed to a friend’s bridal shower.  By the time that I got home, I felt like I had put in a full day of work (I was gone from about 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).  Little man’s godmother had been with him while I was gone all day, and we decided to head out for a little outlet shopping and dinner after I got home.  It was a long, but fun, day.

Sunday, April 2nd

I had 10 miles on tap for my long run, and after a little debate, decided to run the hilly route that got the best of me at the end of February when I had set out to run 14 miles but called it quits at 12.  It was in the low 60s during my run, and the sun was shining brightly during my early afternoon run.  Looking at my splits, it is quite obvious which splits were a net uphill and which were a net downhill: 10:27, 10:00, 10:09, 10:05, 10:04, 10:31, 10:15, 10:22, 10:10, 10:03.

I am so happy that I was able to maintain my 4:15/0:45 intervals for the entire run, including when I took a Gu gel at miles 3.4 and 7.75, and a couple of Clif Shot Bloks at mile 5.8.  When I arrived home, Preston and little man greeted me outside and I was able to celebrate a successful long run with them.

I’m so glad that little man took a short break from driving his truck to celebrate my 10 mile run with me.

Total Weekly Mileage – 22.37 miles (4.53 miles more than week 2)

Total Loudon Half Mileage – 56.43 miles

QOTD: Do you find that you’re more motivated at the beginning or at the end of the month?

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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April 2017 Goals

March was an interesting month on the fitness front.  I ran my goal half marathon that I spent ten weeks training for.  My initial plan was to take a bit of a running break after Rock ‘n’ Roll DC and to focus more of my time and energy on cross and strength training, but after a disappointing race I decided instead to register for a redemption race in April.  That decision caused me to have to slightly shift my goals mid-month.

1.  Log at least 90 miles.

Grade: A-

My current mileage total for March is 84.3 miles (94% of my goal).  I’m hoping to make it to the gym this afternoon for cross and weight training, but I’m also realistic in knowing that I won’t log another 5.7 miles today.  That’s okay.  I’m proud of what I did accomplish in March, especially given the number of times that little man got sick, and the fact that we also had a whirlwind trip to Illinois last weekend.

My current 2017 mileage total sits at 239.7 miles, which puts me at 24% of the way toward meeting my yearly goal of 1,000 miles.  I am not at all worried about meeting this goal, especially since I have yet to start marathon training.

2.  PR at at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.

Grade: C

We all know that this goal didn’t happen.  There were factors, mainly the weather, that were beyond my control.  I wouldn’t say that I 100% failed at meeting this goal, since I did put forth my best effort at the race, and that’s all that I can ask of myself.

Trying to warm up post race

3.  Focus on cross and strength training.

Grade: F

Even though I shifted my focus mid-month, I didn’t do nearly enough cross and strength training in March.  I need to be more focused and diligent about this in order to prevent injury, especially as I get closer to starting marathon training in June.

Just as March was a busy month, April will be another busy one.  But as always, I’m setting goals to help keep me focused and on track.

1.  Log at least 95 miles.

Even though I didn’t reach my March mileage goal, I want to slightly up the ante next month and try to push myself a little further.  If I can reach this goal, then April will be my highest mileage month ever.

2.  PR at the Loudoun Half Marathon.

Since I didn’t reach my PR goal at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, I’m extra determined to get a new PR at this month’s half marathon.

3.  Strength train at least two times per week.

I need to be better about doing my strength training in order to prevent injury.  I think that part of why I struggled with this goal last month was because I didn’t have a specific numeric goal to focus on reaching each week.

4.  Cross train at least one time per week.

Same with the strength training goal, I think that I struggled with cross training last month for a similar reason, I didn’t have a specific target to reach for each week.

5.  Keep up with my training while on vacation.

We will be headed to Florida for a week, spending half of the week at the beach and the other half of the week at Disney.  I need to keep on top of my training while we’re away, especially if I’m determined to PR at the Loudon Half Marathon.

QOTD: What are your goals for April?

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!

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

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Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Week 2

Greetings from Central Illinois!  Preston, little man, and I flew to Illinois Friday afternoon because on Saturday my dad was ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church.  It was a very exciting weekend, filled with lots of celebrations and family activities, and of course the time flew by way too quickly.  I’m quite proud of how well little man has been holding up, given that he has been completely off of his normal schedule since Friday, and today will be no exception, given that we’ll be flying back to Virginia today.

The family with the Bishop following the service

The whirlwind of activity, and getting ready for our quick trip, made it difficult this past week to keep up with my training routine, but I did the best that I could and am happy with what I was able to fit in.

Monday, March 20th

The weather on Monday was absolutely gorgeous, and I tried out a new running routine.  I ran 1.26 miles to little man’s daycare, pushing an empty BOB stroller.  Then after picking him up I ran another 3 miles.  Surprisingly, it was actually easier to run with him in the stroller than with the empty stroller, because I felt like I was constantly having to push the stroller down into the ground during my run to daycare.  I’m sure as Spring continues on that I’ll do more of my afternoon runs in a similar fashion.

After my daycare running “commute”

Tuesday, March 21st

Little man had an afternoon doctor’s appointment, but thankfully it was early enough that Preston was able to take little man home with him and I was able to go to the gym on my way home from the doctor’s office.  I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 25 minute full body weight training session.

Wednesday, March 22nd

Little man and I had an appointment at the chiropractor, and by the time that we got home it was time to start the dinner, bath, and bedtime routine.  It wound up being a rest day by default.

Thursday, March 23rd

Even though we had to pack up for our long weekend away, I made it a priority to still fit my run in.  The pressure of needing to get back home helped motivate me to push myself and complete a fast pace run.  I was quite pleased with my speedy splits and overall pace: 9:30, 9:11, 9:34, 9:27, average pace of 9:25.

Friday, March 24th

After going to work for a couple of hours in the morning we headed to the airport.  After a delayed connection, we finally arrived about 2 hours late.  During our delay our gate was changed four times, and with each gate change we had to change concourses at O’Hare airport, so I did get a lot of walking in during our connection.  The whirlwind of family activity kicked off right away, and by the time we arrived back at my parents’ house I was absolutely exhausted.

Saturday, March 25th

Despite the fact that it rained most of the day, and the constant family activity, I did manage to squeeze in a 6 mile run.  I would have liked to have time for a slightly longer long run, but I did what I could in the time that I had.  The rain and need to dodge puddles made for very inconsistent splits, but I still got my run in and that’s what was most important.

During my rainy afternoon run I experienced a first: having to wait for geese to cross the trail!

Sunday, March 26th

I woke up in the middle of the night with a migraine, probably from the constant activity and dehydration.  Between not feeling well and the continued back to back activities, I had to take another rest day.

Total Weekly Mileage – 17.84 miles (1.62 miles more than week 1)

Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 34.06 miles

QOTD: How do you make sure you keep up with your training while you’re away?

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 – What I Learned from RnRDC

Since crossing the finish line of Rock ‘n’ Roll DC earlier this month, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection as to what worked for me last training cycle and last race and what did not.  Obviously, things did not go as I had hoped on race day even though I had overall had a successful training cycle.  After doing a lot of reflection, I’m taking away from the experience a number of lessons that will help me as I train for and run future races.

1.  Plan for the unexpected.

It doesn’t matter how much you plan, unexpected things will always come up.  During my ten weeks of training for DC, both little man and I were sick at various times.  My mommy duties had to take precedent over training on a number of days, especially on days when I received the call from daycare that little man was sick and needed to be picked up.  My grandfather also became ill and very unexpectedly passed away at the end of January.

2.  Flexibility is one of the keys to success.

Piggybacking off of planning for the unexpected, you also have to be flexible and be willing to shift things around as needed.  Depending on what else is on my calendar, I usually plan to complete my weekday training runs on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, and my long runs on Saturdays.  I can’t always 100% follow my training calendar, especially when my mommy duties call, and that’s okay.

My little running partner is worth any and all changes that I have to make to my training

3.  Sometimes you won’t complete every planned run, or all of the miles that you had planned on running.

My last double digit training run for RnRDC is a prime example of this.  I had planned to run 14 miles two weeks prior to race day.  However, between recovering from having been sick, as well as running on a hilly route and battling high winds, my body was screaming for me to stop.  So after running 12 miles, I had to call it quits.

4.  I am stronger than I think I am.

There were a number of times last training cycle that I completely surprised myself with my pace.  On days that I felt great, I pushed myself as fast as I could, and proved to myself that I can run faster than I think I can.

5.  You can’t control the weather.

This has been the hardest pill to swallow since my last half marathon.  Everything can go just “right” up until race day, and then the weather gods decide to present you with completely unfavorable weather conditions.  Running a half marathon with a wind chill in the teens, coupled with strong winds, on a hilly course, is far from ideal.  The weather conditions definitely got the best of me two weeks ago and made it difficult for me to reach my race goals.

Trying to warm up post race

QOTD: What lessons did you learn from training for and running your last race?

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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Loudoun Half Marathon Training Log – Week 1

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit lacking in the motivation department this past week.  Between last Saturday’s disappointing race, and the couple of inches of snow that fell Monday night and during the day on Tuesday, I had trouble finding the desire to stay on top of my training for most of the week.

Monday, March 13th

Since I knew we had snow heading our way, I wanted to ensure that I got my first run of the week in before there were any obstacles on the ground.  The incoming snow helped me push myself a little harder during Monday’s run, and I was able to run at a much faster pace than many of my recent runs have been at.  I also ran negative splits!  9:29, 9:22, 9:18, 9:05

After last Saturday’s disappointing half marathon, it felt so good to run fast for my first run post race. What made the run even better was that my hubby and little man pulled into the driveway as I arrived back home and were able to celebrate with me!

Tuesday, March 14th

Even though we only received a couple of inches of snow from Snowstorm Stella, we finally had our first snow day of the year!  I took the opportunity with the day off from work to work on a number of chores around the house.  It felt great to get a lot done.

Wednesday, March 15th

Both little man and I had a chiropractor appointment after school, which left me no time to head to the gym (and running outside wasn’t an option due to the ice).  I did do 10 minutes of strength training though.

Thursday, March 16th

My plans were completely thrown for a loop.  I had planned to go to the gym after work to run on the treadmill due to the snow and ice covered sidewalks, but that plan was thrown out the window when I received a phone call from little man’s daycare that he had a fever and needed to be picked up.  By the time that Preston got home from work, I didn’t have enough time to drive to and from the gym, and run, so instead I headed out the door and zigzagged/ran circles in the few ice free areas in our neighborhood.  The whole situation made for a slow run, and running in circles was also mentally exhausting.

I spent my entire run zigzagging and running in circles in order to avoid as much ice as possible. Have I mentioned how much I hate winter?!?

Friday, March 17th

Little man was still sick, and I just didn’t have it in me to work out.

Saturday, March 18th

Some of the snow and ice had melted, so I figured that the sidewalks would be clear enough to run on.  The extra challenge was pushing the BOB stroller on the areas where there was still lots of snow and ice, and areas where running on the road wasn’t realistic.  It was definitely a challenging long run, but little man and I did it, but boy was my upper body sore from the experience!  Between the hills and the areas where I had to push the stroller on slushy sidewalks, my splits were far from consistent: 10:36, 10:22, 10:22, 10:41, 10:20, 10:43, 11:10.

Pushing the BOB along snowy and icy sidewalks is anything but easy, but little man and I conquered 7 stroller miles together yesterday! Thank goodness the sidewalks didn’t look like this for our entire run!

Sunday, March 19th

I woke up in the middle of the night with a migraine, which didn’t go away until mid-afternoon.  In between running errands, taking care of chores around the house, and going to a friend’s house for dinner, I did my best to lay low to get rid of the migraine.

Total Weekly Mileage – 16.22 miles

Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 16.22 miles

QOTD: How do you rebound mentally after a disappointing race?

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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