Half Marathon Training (Jul 7 – 20)

Things have been really crazy the past 2 weeks, between our biggest monthly event of the year at work, not being able to sleep more than 4 hours a night, the heat & humidity and excitement about my upcoming trip to San Fran, I’ve had some ups and downs exercise wise these last 2 weeks.

So here goes…

Jul 7 – 13

Monday: 45 min run – Actual: 4.85 mi in 45:03 9:17 avg pace

Tuesday: 45 min Tempo Run – Actual: 5.19 mi in 45:02 8:40 avg pace – on Treadmill


Wednesday: 60 min bike ride – Actual: 60 min inside, 21.07 miles

Thursday: 45 min hill repeats – Actual: 25 min on hills (this is the day if you follow me on Instagram, you’d know, I got kicked off the hill because it was a private street, oops) finished up after work with another 20 min on the treadmill. Total mileage 3.81

Friday: Strength Training – Actual: skipped

Saturday: Long Run 90 min – Actual: 9.64 miles in 1:29:42, 9:18 avg pace but there were a few stops for stretching, my calves have been super tight


Sunday: Rest Day with Stretching & Foam Rolling – Actual: Drove in the car for 4 hours which isn’t very restful and did a little stretching

Heading home from Palm Springs
Heading home from Palm Springs

All in all this wasn’t a bad week – I just am having a mental block on getting past a certain mile number for my run times.

Jul 14 – 20

This week was a bit different and didn’t go nearly as well as the previous week.  I don’t think I slept more than 4 hours any day this week, until Saturday night, although I was awaken by a work text at 3:56am which is always fun.  My diet was off because of the events and being at the hotel and I just wasn’t very motivated, which happens from time to time.

Monday: 45 min run – Actual: 3.01 miles 26:59 8:58 avg pace in the morning, it was so unbelievable humid I split the run, 2.25 miles on the treadmill in the afternoon 20 min

Tuesday: was supposed to be a 45 min tempo run Actual: I had to work from 6am – 8:30pm so I asked to have the day off, plus my knee was bothering me so I thought it was good to take an extra rest day


Wednesday: 45 min tempo run – Actual: 4.65 miles 45 min 9:41 avg pace on treadmill, I was still feeling a bit of a twinge in my knee when I went too fast so I backed off on the speed and just ran

Thursday: 45 min run – Actual: Rest Day I actually felt like I was going to fall asleep the entire day at work, took a nap by the pool and felt better

Friday: Strength Training – Actual: Another rest day with another nap after work, although, I ended up working for an additional 2 hours later in the afternoon

Saturday: 2 hour long run – Actual: 10 miles 1:35:20 9:32 avg pace – I misread my schedule oops, I was supposed to do 2 hours but since I’ve been doing 1:30 for the longest time, that’s what I had in my head

Best part of my run, sunrise :)
Best part of my run, sunrise 🙂

Sunday: Rest day with stretching & foam rolling – Actual: real rest day, I finally slept practically the whole night, only woke up 2 times and was able to fall back asleep both times

Obviously more rest was needed last week and some weeks are going to be like that.  While it’s not as hot as I remember it being last year, it’s definitely been a LOT more humid for us and I know that’s playing a role in my training.  Less than a week from my 19th half. I’m excited to be running in a new city and having a lot of friends to visit with.

Until next time, keep running!




Half Marathon Training (Jun 30 – Jul 6)

Only 20 days until The San Francisco Marathon (1st half for me).  I’m really excited because my sister & brother-in-law are doing the 5k so it’ll be a bit of a family affair.

This week was so much better, I felt good, my nutrition was great, no slip ups even with the 4th of July.  The only issue was the heat and more significant the humidity.  It has gotten crazy humid this week, and while I know that it’s nothing compared to what people in other areas of the country are dealing with, for us, 40% humidity is horrible.  Earlier this year, I was running with 6% so as you can imagine that’s quite significant.  I had a bit of an issue with the heat but powered thru the best I could.

Monday: 45 min Tempo Run
Actual: 45 min – 5.09 mi, avg pace 8:52 – 82 degrees/30% humidity

Tuesday: Run Clinic with my coach & others, 30 min strength training
Actual: Run Clinic, we did a dynamic warm-up, a few laps around the track trying different form improvements, along with a lot of drills, I had to leave a bit early so I’m not sure how they ended the session.
Strength Training after work – 2x around all the nautilus machines with 10 minutes of ab/core work


Wednesday: Bike 60 minutes, inside or out
Actual: Walked 1.2 miles in the am from the car dealer – 30 min pool running – 10 miles on the indoor bike, 6 miles on my road bike (60 minutes)


Thursday: 45 min run
Actual: 27 min running 3.12 miles, 8:53 avg pace – 24 min run/walk 2.17 miles – super hot & humid and my legs were sore from the bike the night before, oops 🙂

Friday: Hill Repeats
Actual: Got myself out of bed at 4am on the 4th of July to go find a hill to run up 6x approx. 300 ft of elevation change.

Saturday: Long Run 90 min
Actual: Hard one this morning but I finally managed to do a decent long run, 9.76 miles, 1:33, 9:36 avg pace.  There was a little walking on this one, the humidity is really killing me – I can’t wait for the cooler temps in SF!


Sunday: Rest Day

All in all a great week, I’m feeling much stronger, even with the humidity and heat.  Ready to run!

Half Marathon Training Week 8 (Jun 23 – 29)

This was another semi rough week, I was still detoxing from my sugar issue so I was still not feeling 100% and we had work meetings again this week and it’s hard to stick to my nutrition plan when I’m away from the office.

I think I mentioned last week that I decided to work with a nutritionist again to get myself back on track.  It’s definitely an expense that I don’t necessarily need or want, but having that accountability and adding in the fact that I’m paying to do this, makes me more motivated to stick with it.  I’m going to talk a bit about my nutrition plan in my next post.  This week I was really good, I only had added sugar one time, at Tuesday night’s work dinner at Capital Grille, I couldn’t resist the creme brulee which is my absolute fav dessert ever.  But I’m proud to say that was my only cheat the entire week!

creme brulee, dessert, capital grille
My fav, creme brulee, this one from The Capital Grille.

Now onto my workouts…

Monday: After a second not so good long run, my coach suggested I take an extra rest day and do some yoga & stretching

Tuesday: 60 minutes crosstraining on the bike – Actual: 45 min on the bike – 15 miles – I was running a bit behind for work and this was our 15 hour work day so I think it’s ok 🙂

Wednesday:45 min tempo run – Actual: I did 4.96 miles in 45 min on the treadmill, not quite a tempo run, but it was consistent and I felt pretty good outside of a bit of of a twinge in my left glute.

Thursday: 30 min easy run – Actual: 3.5 mi avg pace 8:35 (Nike+ was a bit off from my Garmin) not exactly easy pace but I actually felt great and it didn’t seem like I was going that fast. And a little yoga after to stretch out.

Post run half-moon at sunrise :)
Post run half-moon at sunrise 🙂

Friday: 30 min strength training – Actual: 30 mins of light weights and lots of abs – also 30 minutes of running in the pool

Saturday: 90 min run with 4x5min of between 8:00 – 8:30 pace  Actual: Trail Run 7.28 miles with 596 ft of elevation change 1hr 39min, avg pace 13:39.  I was with a friend who was being conservative because of the uphills, but I took the lead at one point on the downhill and was totally killing it – I seriously felt like I was flying, it was so awesome!  I don’t do a lot of trail runs because it is so hot during the summer.  When you have to go out around 4/4:30am it’s not really safe to trail run in the dark by yourself, but I do really enjoy them.

Going out a 4am is so worth it...sunrise run.
Going out a 4am is so worth it…sunrise run.

Sunday: Rest Day

I finished June up with 88.66 miles – which wasn’t too bad considering how bad I felt for most of the month :).  I’m ready to rock July!