Princess Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

Despite having a sick toddler at the end of the week, I was able to successfully get in all of my workouts last week.  While it took a bit of flexibility, I am so glad that I persevered and completed all of my planned runs, cross training, and strength training during my peak mileage week of training.

Monday, February 5th

I started the week off with a very strong run.  It was one of those when I felt strong from start to finish.  I managed to negative split while running on the treadmill, and ran my 4 miles at a sub 10 minute pace.  I’ve been frustrated lately that my pace hasn’t been where it was a year ago, but its runs like the one that I completed on Monday that make me hopeful that with more persistence, dedication, hard work, and patience that I’ll be able to overcome the unwanted weight gain that I experienced in late 2017 due to some health challenges, and eventually get back to being the runner that I want to be.

Hopefully more strong runs like Monday’s run are in my near future.

After my run I completed a one mile cool down walk and finished my afternoon at the gym with 10 minutes on the stair master.

Tuesday, February 6th

Just like on Monday, I headed to the gym immediately from school and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 35 minutes of full body weight training.

Wednesday, February 7th

Since I had a doctor’s appointment after school, Wednesday was my first planned rest day of the week.

Thursday, February 8th

Even though I had put my gym bag in the car when I left for work in the morning, I decided as I walked to my car after school that the weather was cooperative enough for me to run outside.  So instead of going to the gym like I had originally planned I headed home instead to change into warmer running clothes than what I had packed that morning.  Thursday’s run was one of those when I thoroughly enjoyed being outside and running, and I didn’t want my run to end, but I had Mommy and wife responsibilities to tend to back at home and couldn’t just run all evening.

I felt a bit like Forrest Gump on Thursday and just wanted to keep on running.

Friday, February 9th

Friday evening was a rough one at our house.  Little man was very sick, he and I each had to take multiple baths/showers, and we wound up with a lot of dirty laundry.  Seeing my baby sick is always so hard!

Saturday, February 10th

After a very rough night that involved getting up several times with little man, our entire family was exhausted by the time Saturday morning rolled around.  Even though I had a run on the agenda for the day, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to push through my run without taking a short nap while little man napped.  It poured all day long, and I wound up not making it to the gym for my run until after 5 p.m.  But I still got my planned 5 mile run in.  Better late than never!  My husband was even kind enough to support me staying at the gym after my run, and I was able to do 30 minutes of lower body and abdominal weight training.

I’m so thankful that I was still able to get to the gym on Saturday, despite the fact that little man was sick.

Sunday, February 11th

I had 13.1 miles on tap for my last double digit run before the half marathon in two weeks, but it was still pouring rain during most of the day on Sunday.  Thus, it was back to the gym to complete my long run on the treadmill.  Even though I started off at an easy pace, the last third of my run was very mentally and physically challenging.  I was incredibly happy when I finished my run, and walked an additional mile afterwards to stretch my legs out.

Now that my last double digit training run is done, the countdown to Princess Half Marathon weekend is on! Two weeks from yesterday I’ll earn my 15th half marathon medal!!!

Total Weekly Mileage – 31.57 miles (13.21 miles more than week 7)

Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 175.31 miles

QOTD: Would you rather run a half marathon in the pouring rain or on the treadmill?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Princess Half Marathon Playlist

With two and a half weeks to go until Princess Half Marathon weekend at Disney World, I’ve started to think about what music I’d like to listen to during the two races that I’ll be running that weekend.  When I run I usually run to a mix of pump up jams, but I thought that it would be fun to mix things up for my next race weekend and put together a playlist of upbeat Disney music.

Some of the songs that I’m planning to include on my Princess Half Marathon playlist include:

“Friend Like Me” from Aladdin

“Go the Distance” from Hercules

“Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King

“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King

“Let it Go” from Frozen

“Life is a Highway” from Cars

“Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid

“Zero to Hero” from Hercules

QOTD: What upbeat Disney songs should I add to my playlist?

Thanks to JanelleKim, and Steff for hosting the Tunes Tuesday linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Princess Half Marathon Training Log – Week 7

After dealing with the onset of my groin pain two weeks ago, and then taking it easy and not pushing my luck too much with lower body exercises a week ago, this past week was the first time since my pain first started when I felt like I was able to have a “normal” week of training.  It felt great to really focus on lower body weight and strength training again, especially since its my lower body where I’m carrying the majority of the extra weight that I’m trying to lose this year.

Monday, January 29th

Unfortunately, the week didn’t start off great when it came to my training.  I had a dentist appointment after work, after which I sat in absolutely horrible traffic during my drive home.  We’re talking standstill traffic on the interstate.  By the time I got home at almost 6:00 p.m. all I wanted to do was cuddle on the couch with my little man, which was what I elected to do instead of trying to force myself to do an at home strength training workout.

Tuesday, January 30th

When it came to my motivation, Tuesday was much better than Monday was.  After work I immediately headed to the gym, where I ran a 5k followed by doing 30 minutes of full body weight training.

After beautiful weather the previous week, I was disappointed to see the return of cold winter weather, which also meant a return to the treadmill for me.

Wednesday, January 31st

I closed out January with almost a complete repeat of Monday after work.  The only difference was that I went to the chiropractor instead of the dentist.

Thursday, February 1st

After not completely reaching all of my January goals I was very eager to get the new month started on a positive note.  I ran four mentally and physically strong miles that evening.

4 strong miles to kick off the new month!

Friday, February 2nd

My enthusiasm for getting the month off to a great start carried over into the second day of February.  After work I headed to the gym, where between the elliptical and weight training I spent 85 minutes working out.  I cannot remember the last time that I spent that long working out on a weekday!  It felt so good!

Saturday, February 3rd

Even though it was quite cold again on Saturday, and that would normally send me straight to the gym run on the treadmill, I couldn’t bear to do another long run inside.  So instead I bundled up and braved the 23 degree wind chill.  Between the cold, on an off strong winds, and my tired legs from the previous day’s workout, my long run was anything but easy.  But I didn’t give up, took a couple of extra walk breaks when needed, and still completed all 6.2 miles that were on my training plan.

Don’t let that sunny blue sky fool you, it was quite cold on Saturday. The wind chill was 23 degrees when I started my run. But since I couldn’t bear to do another long run on the treadmill, I braved the cold and refused to give up, even during the last two miles when my legs were super cold and stiff.

Sunday, February 4th

Although I didn’t work out, I was quite busy in the kitchen chopping veggies for both the Super Bowl party that we went to as well as a little meal prep for the week.

Total Weekly Mileage – 18.36 miles (8.34 miles less than week 6)

Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 143.74 miles

QOTD: Has the weather in your area been just as much of a roller coaster recently as ours in Northern Virginia has been?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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February 2018 Goals

Like most people, I was very motivated to get the new year started off on the right foot.  I set ambitious goals for myself for both January and the entire year.  And despite a set back mid-month when I dealt with some groin pain, I did really well with staying on track with my January goals.

1.  Log at least 100 miles.

Grade: A-

My January mileage total was 92.2 miles, just 7.8 miles short of my goal.  In the past, I’d be kicking myself for coming so close to meeting my goal but not reaching it completely, but I’m allowing myself some grace since I wound up needing to skip a couple of workouts in favor of extra rest for my groin.  The 92.2 miles that I logged last month puts me 7.6% of the way towards reaching my 1,200 mile goal for 2018.

2.  Work out at least five days per week.

Grade: A-

I met my goal every week in January, with the exception of one week when I was dealing with the groin pain.  Again, I’m trying to not be hard on myself about this since I needed to listen to my body and give it the extra rest that it needed.

3.  Weight train at least two days per week.

Grade: A-

Just like with my second goal, I met my weight training goal every week except for one, though I did do an extra strength training session that week, it just wasn’t with weights.

4.  Lose at least 2 pounds.

Grade: A

Even though the month was a bit of a roller coaster in terms of my weight loss (by mid-month I had lost three pounds, but then gained most of it back and lost some again), I ended the month exactly two pounds lighter than I started the month at.  Success!

It also always feels good when you feel better wearing a certain piece of clothing that was previously tight on you.  I had the exact feeling earlier in the month when I wore a dress to work that when I wore it back in December I was far from happy how I looked in it.

5.  Cook in larger quantities.

Grade: C

Each week last month I did cook at least one larger meal each week, which resulted in some leftovers but not enough to last the entire week.  My family also ate out or had take out only a handful of times in January.  Although I wound up taking far fewer frozen entrees to work for lunch last month (even though they are far from the healthiest option the convenience factor cannot be beat), I still have some progress to make.

Overall, January was a very successful month and I’m optimistic that the same motivation that I had last month will carry over into this month.

1.  Log at least 100 miles.

Since I fell just a tad short of my mileage goal last month I want to go for it again this month.  Even though February is the shortest month of the year, I still want to see what I’m able to push myself to accomplish.  I do have two double digit runs on the calendar for the month (my last long run for Princess Half training will be next weekend, and then the half marathon is at the end of the month), which will greatly assist me in reaching my mileage goal.

2.  Work out at least five days per week.

Even though I already met this goal last month, I want to continue moving forward with my weight loss, which means I need to continue to remain very active.  February is historically a roller coaster month when it comes to the weather, and the weather always affects my motivation for working out.  So hopefully by having this goal I’ll remain motivated to keep moving regardless of what the weather is like outside.

3.  Weight train at least two days per week.

Since I didn’t 100% meet this goal last month I want to go for it again this month.

4.  Lose at least 2 more pounds.

Even though I know that February will be more challenging than January was in terms of weight loss, I want to continue moving forward.  In addition to having several social events on the calendar this month, I will also be away at Disney World at the end of the month.  There will be lots of tempting opportunities to get off track, but I need to stay focused if I want to be successful.

5.  Don’t overindulge at Disney.

I am now just under three weeks away from a fun girls’ weekend at Disney World for Princess Half Marathon weekend.  Just because I’m away doesn’t mean that I can let all of my goals go out the window though.  Yes, I want to enjoy a couple of treats while I’m there, but I also don’t want to completely undo all of the progress that I’ve already made with my weight loss.  The last thing that I want to do is return home and feel like I’m starting all over again.

QOTD: What are your goals for February?

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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Princess Half Marathon Training Log – Week 6

After a difficult and very painful week of dealing with unexplained groin pain, I took my chiropractor’s advice to heart this past week and avoided lower body strength training for the majority of the week.  When I saw her on Monday, she said that my alignment was definitely off and agreed with my assumption that I had pulled a muscle.  She suggested that I do four things: extra stretching, continue to take extra rest, not push my running pace too much, and lay off of any lower body weights for the week.  So that’s exactly what I did last week.

Monday, January 22nd

I started the week off with my first visit of the week to the chiropractor.  Since I was in a bit of pain when I got home I took the day off from working out.

Tuesday, January 23rd

There were so many reasons to smile after Tuesday evening’s run: the weather was absolutely gorgeous for late January (sunny and in the low 60s), it was my first run in new running shoes, and I completed the run pain free!  All reasons to celebrate!  Post run I did 20 minutes of upper body and abdominal strength training.

Beautiful weather, new shoes, and no groin pain made for an absolutely wonderful run!

Wednesday, January 24th

After work I headed straight for the gym where I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by 20 minutes of upper body and abdominal weight training.

Thursday, January 25th

Thursday evening’s run was one of those that reminded me why I hate winter running.  The cold air got the best of me during my run and I was never able to get into a good running rhythm.  I wound up taking extra walks and ended my run disappointed in my performance.

Who else agrees that winter running sucks?

Friday, January 26th

With it being the end of the semester students were off from school and I had a teacher workday to work on grading.  I kicked off the day with my second visit of the week to the chiropractor.  Even though I had gone the majority of the week in much less pain than the week prior, there were still moments when I felt some pain.  After my appointment I spent a long day at school grading papers.

When I arrived home I received an exciting text from Kathleen: that our Magic Bands had arrived at our house!  That means that our girls’ weekend at Disney World for Princess is right around the corner!

Yay for Magic Bands!!!

Saturday, January 27th

I had originally planned on doing another set of back-to-back runs this past weekend to help prepare me for the Fairy Tale Challenge, but since Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day and it was supposed to rain all day on Sunday (which it did), I opted to scrap the shorter run and move my long run to Saturday.  I’m so glad that I did.  Despite the high wind, it was 62 degrees when I started my run.  It felt amazing to run in short sleeves at the end of January.  Despite the fact that I spent much of the last 6.5 miles of my 11.5 mile run running into 20+ mph wind (sometimes uphill and into the wind), the sun and warm temperature made for a really enjoyable long run.

You couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face after being able to do a long run in short sleeves in January!

Sunday, January 28th

I ended the week at the gym with a late Sunday afternoon sweat session.  I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical and then did lower body strength training for the first time in a week.  I took my chiropractor’s suggestion to heart and did less weight than I usually do, but even after 30 minutes of lower body and abdominal weights I left the gym pain free!

Total Weekly Mileage – 26.70 miles (8.99 miles more than week 5)

Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 125.38 miles

QOTD: Do you prefer being hot or cold when you run?  I’m all for summer running!

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Medal Mode Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary medal display from Medal Mode.  No other compensation was or will be received (unless you use the affiliate link below to order your own display).  As always, all opinions are my own.

Like many runners, I look forward to proudly displaying my medal post race, especially after milestone races.  Several years ago, my husband and I put together our medal display wall in our office, which includes a couple of medal racks for our medals, and a special one on which his medals from the 2014 Dopey Challenge and my medal from my first half marathon are able to be highlighted and standout from the rest of our medals.  Even before crossing the Chicago Marathon finish line back in October, I knew that I’d want a special way to showcase my first marathon medal.  Enter Medal Mode, a small family owned and operated business in Wisconsin.

My display arrived in three pieces, including two special edition end caps for the Chicago Marathon.  The display was incredibly easy to assemble thanks to the “how to assemble” video available on their website.

With each Medal Mode display you have the option of either hanging it on the wall or leaving it as a free standing medal display.  In addition to the assembly video, several other how to videos are available on their website, including how to wrap your medal(s) onto the display, how to hang the display on the wall, and how to change the end caps on your display should you want to switch them out.

2017 Chicago Marathon End Cap

Displays are available in multiple sizes (for 1 to 25 medals, priced from $14.99 to $34.99).  A variety of end caps are available as well.  Everything from solid color end caps to special edition race specific end caps are options available for purchase.  Race distances are also options for the end caps.

Want to give Medal Mode a try for yourself?  Don’t hesitate to head over to their website and check out all of the available options and ways that you can create your own special medal display.

QOTD: What’s your one special race medal that you want to display separately from the rest of your medals?

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Princess Half Marathon Training Log – Week 5

This past week was quite a roller coaster, both physically and emotionally.  Living in the D.C. area, there was the obvious emotional roller coaster associated with the uncertainty of whether a government shutdown would happen, and now we’re facing the first weekday of the shutdown.  Physically, I dealt with some unexplained lower body pain during the second half of the week.  I don’t want to say for certain until I visit my chiropractor this afternoon, but I’m thinking that I pulled a muscle in my groin.

Needless to say, last week was not that week that I had hoped for.

Monday, January 15th

I kicked off the week with a gym session, where I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Tuesday, January 16th

I had to talk myself into going for my first run of the week.  It was one of those days when I really didn’t want to run, and would have rather curled up on the couch when I got home from work.  But I resisted the temptation and was so glad that I did in fact go for my run.

Wednesday, January 17th

My groin pain didn’t start until almost the end of the school day, but by the time I left school I was in so much pain that I could barely walk.  I cannot pinpoint an exact moment when the pain started, or if I did something specific to cause the pain.  The only thing that I can think of that would have possibly caused it to start on Wednesday would have been slipping on the strap of a student’s backpack and rushing to catch myself.  Needless to say, the pain was so bad that I struggled to walk around Target after work.

Thursday, January 18th

After a painful Wednesday afternoon and evening I woke up Thursday morning to find that the pain had gone away.  I didn’t have to deal with any pain until the last hour or so of the school day, but since the pain came back I opted to skip my run that evening.

Friday, January 19th

Although the pain didn’t come back at all on Friday, I decided that instead of trying to make up my missed workout that I’d rest again in hopes of still being able to complete my long run the next day.

Saturday, January 20th

Another day of no pain, so I decided that I would still complete my planned long run.  Although my energy and endurance diminished during the second half of my run, I didn’t experience any pain and was able to run all 6.2 miles that I had on my training calendar.

Yay for a beautiful morning for a long run!

Sunday, January 21st

Since it hit 62 degrees Sunday afternoon, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a 3.49 mile family walk.  We all enjoyed the time that we got to spend outside on a very unusually warm January afternoon.

The entire family was so happy to be able to get outside for an afternoon walk.

Sunday evening I did 25 minutes of lower body and abdominal strength training.  Unfortunately during the last couple of minutes of my workout I started to experience some groin pain again, though it was nothing like what I had experienced earlier in the week.

Total Weekly Mileage – 17.71 miles (8.00 miles less than week 4)

Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 98.68 miles

QOTD: How do you mentally and physically deal with unexplained pain?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Five Health and Fitness Must Haves

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We’re officially halfway through the first month of the year.  Most people are likely still enthusiastic about doing what it takes to make progress towards meeting the health and fitness resolutions that they set at the beginning of the year.  Although attitude, focus, and motivation are a huge part of what it takes to reach those goals, its often helpful to have some tools to assist along the way.  I’m not somebody who needs the latest and greatest when it comes to gadgets, but there are several things that I do enjoy having on hand to aide me in living an active and healthy lifestyle.

1.  AfterShokz Headphones

I am one of those people who finds it much easier to focus while working out while listening to music.  I used to use the basic white Apple headphones that come standard with Apple devices, but often found that they fell out of my ears while working out and that the sound quality deteriorated rapidly after just a couple of months of using them.  I received my AfterShokz headphones last Christmas, and I haven’t used a different pair of headphones since I received them.  I absolutely love how they fit, and the sound quality is still as amazing today as it was when I first received the headphones last December.  They connect to my phone via Bluetooth, which means that I no longer have to battle cords running from my face to my device during my workouts.  Without a doubt, these are the best headphones that I’ve ever owned.

I love how comfortable AfterShokz headphones are, no matter if I’m running a 5k or a marathon or a distance in between

2.  Flectson Reflective Vest

Its no secret that I’m not a fan of winter, and one of the reasons for that is because of how short the days are.  I often feel that I’m under a time crunch to get home after work in the winter in order to get a run in before the sun sets.  I’m usually unable to get my run started early enough in order to get back home before the sun sets, so I’m incredibly grateful that I received a Flectson Reflective Vest for Christmas.  Even though I would much rather run while it is still bright out, wearing a reflective vest makes running at dusk much safer than it would be without wearing one.  I appreciate how easy this vest is to put on and how adjustable the size is, so even when its cold and I am wearing several layers the vest still fits correctly.

Sporting my vest earlier this week, which still fit even on top of the multiple layers that I wore in order to stay warm.

3.  doTERRA Grapefruit Essential Oil

When I decided that one of my goals for 2018 was going to be to lose some weight, I started to do my research on what I could use to supplement a healthy diet in order to support this goal.  After doing some research, as well as talking to my chiropractor, I decided to give doTERRA Grapefuit Essential Oil a try.  This essential oil aides in helping to increase motivation for working out, as well as helps to support a healthy metabolism.  I add a couple of drops of the oil to a cup of water at least once a day, and have already noticed a difference in my enthusiasm for wanting to push myself even more than previously towards reaching my goals.

4.  SmartyPants Vitamins

I’ve always had an issue with tolerating swallowing large pills early in the morning, so from the moment that I first tried out SmartyPants gummy vitamins I was sold.  Not only are they easy on the stomach but the women’s complete version, which I take, includes 15 essential vitamins, as well as omega 3.

5.  thredUP Account

thredUP is an online consignment store, which features clothes for women and children.  I have found several great pieces, including workout apparel, on thredUP, and paid pennies for them compared to what I would have paid had I purchased them retail.  Many items sold on thredUP are still brand new with the original store tags on them.  Want to give thredUP a try yourself?  Use this referral link and you’ll receive a $10 credit when you create your account.

These Gap Fit capris are one of the gems that I have found on thredUP. They looked brand new when I opened the box, yet I bought them for less than 30% of their retail value.

QOTD: What is one of your current health or fitness must haves?

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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Princess Half Marathon Training Log – Week 4

What a week, especially when it came to the weather.  I started the week off with yet another snow day, after having had snow days on both Thursday and Friday the previous week.  When we finally returned to school on Tuesday, the day flew by both due to the two hour delay that we had due to ice ,as well as the result of trying to play catch up with my students after three snow days in a row.  Then by Thursday the temperature was 59 degrees!  And yesterday the temperature struggled to get out of the 20s.  This weather is just nuts!

I did my best to take advantage of the nicer weather, and managed to complete two of my runs outside.  I cannot wait for it to warm up again because running on the treadmill is getting a bit boring.  Despite the roller coaster weather, I managed to have a very productive week of training.

Monday, January 8th

I took advantage of the snow day and the fact that it was nowhere near as icy as school transportation officials had predicted.  After spending a couple of hours at school working on getting caught up in my empty and quiet classroom, I headed to the gym where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, did 30 minutes of full body weight training, and ended my workout with 5 minutes on the stair master.

Tuesday, January 9th

46 degrees felt incredibly warm after more than a week of freezing temperatures.  I took full advantage of the mild winter weather and ran outside for the first time since before Christmas.  The run was far from a great one, especially since I was almost hit by not one but two cars, but it was so nice to just enjoy being outside, and post run I walked an additional 1.40 miles.

Wednesday, January 10th

After an incredibly stressful day at work I opted for an unplanned rest day.  Relaxing on the couch with my little man was a much more appealing idea that evening than working out was.

Thursday, January 11th

Since it was 59 degrees outside I was able to run outside again.  My body struggled during this run with running outside as opposed to on the treadmill where I’ve been stuck running lately, but a slower run outside was definitely better than a faster run inside.

Friday, January 12th

Since I had back to back runs on my schedule for Saturday and Sunday in order to help prepared me for running the 10k and half marathon on back to back days next month at Disney, I took a full rest day on Friday.

Saturday, January 13th

I debated for a couple of hours whether to run outside or inside, but ultimately decided that because of the 20+ mph winds plus the temperature in the low 20s that running inside was the better decision.  After completing an easy but speedy 3 miles I did 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Sunday, January 14th

With the wind chill in the single digits Sunday afternoon it was back to the gym where I completed my long run on the treadmill.  Sometimes long runs on the treadmill can be a huge mental and physical challenge, but this run was far from that.  I really focused on pacing myself and took it extra slow during the first couple of miles of my run in order to help prevent physical burnout.  My conservative approach to my run really paid off, as I felt strong from start to finish and managed to run some speedy splits for a long run.  I finished up my time at the gym with a mile long cool down walk.

Total Weekly Mileage – 25.71 miles (7.09 miles more than week 3)

Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 80.97 miles

QOTD: How has the weather been in your neck of the woods?  Are you also experiencing roller coaster winter weather like we are here in Northern Virginia?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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My 2018 Race Calendar

One of my goals for this year is to PR in every race distance that I run.  I know that this is going to be quite a challenge, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not up for it.  This goal has been in the back of my mind as I have been working on figuring out which races I’ll be running this year.

I’m currently only registered for four races this year, but I have many more on the list of possible races to run this year.  I don’t want every race that I run this year to be a goal race, so I’m trying to carefully balance my choices out while also considering the needs of my family as well.

Below is what the draft of my 2018 race calendar currently looks like.  Races in italics are the ones that I have not yet registered for.

February 3rd – For the Love of It 10k – This race will be a last minute decision, mainly because I want to keep my eye on the weather and see if the weather will be more or less ideal for running a winter race.

February 24th – Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 1 of the Fairy Tale Challenge) – As I’ve previously shared, my friend Kathleen and I will be running this race with the only goal being to have fun.

February 25th – Princess Half Marathon (Part 2 of the Fairy Tale Challenge) – Like with the 10k, the one and only goal of this race will be to have fun.

March 4th – Reston 10 Miler – Like with the For the Love of It 10k, whether or not I register for this race will be a last minute decision based on the weather.  I haven’t run a 10 mile race since April 2015 so I’d like to change that this year.

April 22nd – Loudoun Half Marathon – I ran this race last year and really enjoyed it for multiple reasons.  This will likely be my first half marathon PR attempt this year.

After last year’s Loudoun Half Marathon

July 4th – Firecracker 5k – I have no idea what our 4th of July plans are yet, but if we’re in town I’d like to kick off our country’s birthday by running this local race.  I’ve previously run this race in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

August 19th – Leesburg 20k – This race should work well as a long training run for the Chicago Marathon.  I absolutely loved my race experience back in 2014 and this would definitely be a fun way to complete one of my marathon training runs.

Nearing the finish line of the 2014 Leesburg 20k
Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

October 7th – Chicago Marathon – I’m hopeful that with the right focus, dedication, and training that I will be able to run this race faster than I did this past year.  Just like last year, I’ll be running with Team RMHC again.  I cannot wait to represent this fantastic organization once again this year.

There are a couple of other races that I have in the back of my mind as possibilities for this year, but this is the current list of races that I think is most realistic for myself and my family.  I cannot wait to see what I’m capable of accomplishing this year and how close I’ll be able to come in reaching my PR goal this year!

QOTD: What races are you most looking forward to running in 2018?

I am linking up with Deb for the Race Linkup.  Be sure to also check out her post for more race ideas.

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