indy half marathon training

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Hello friends!!!

Sorry it’s been a bit since my last post! My trip to Mexico was SUPER fun! I throughly enjoyed myself and spending time with my friends :)

My enjoyment though, lacked any running (although I did do water aerobics!) haha and unfortunately while I was there I got a cold, so even if I had wanted to run, I wouldn’t have been up to it. The cold wasn’t that bad though, it didn’t spoil the trip or anything. And I’d rather have a cold and lay on the beach then have a cold and be at work. So it really wasn’t so bad!

So, once I got back, I made my return to running! I was still feeling a bit congested and this lovely cold incorporated a cough too, so I wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to breathe while running. Given the crazy weather we’ve been having, I decided to test the run with a short treadmill jaunt yesterday. To my pleasure i felt good!

Today I headed out for one a bit longer, and I actually felt great! My cold is essentially gone, so that helped, but I just felt really good in general! My body missed running apparently :)

I’m going to semi-resume normal training now, making sure I ease back into things. I’m surprisingly not upset about my missed days. I finally realized that I run to enhance my life, not to add more pressure to it. I’m the only one who pressures myself to run, so I need to make sure to give myself a break! Running is supposed to be fun after all, not a stressor! And everyone needs a break from time to time.

Tell me what I missed!! I missed catching up with you all :)

Hi friends!!! I had a great, but busy Easter weekend! My family came down to visit me so I had a full house! The weather was great this weekend too, so we spent plenty of time outside :)

On Friday my parents and brother arrived, and my dad wanted to go for a bike ride, so Scott and I headed out with him (Indy Mini W15D5)! i decided that a bike ride would be a good substitute for an easy run. I haven’t been on my bike in a whileeee but it was fun to get back on it! 

Gave my dad a nice bike tour of my city! It was a nice ride! Pretty scenery around a few lakes and my favorite country roads! We all had a nice time riding together again :)

On Saturday (Indy Mini W15D6) I headed out to run by myself! I had things to do all morning, so I didn’t get out until later, and by then it had gotten hottt! I knew it was going to be, but there wasn’t much I could do about it! So, I decided to just keep it short and sweet since I’m not exactly heat acclimated right now :)

Saturday evening was quite special to me, so I was very happy that my family was there and even Scott’s parents came down for it too. Over the past year, I have been going through the process of becoming Catholic, so on Saturday night at the Easter Vigil I was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith. It was a beautiful ceremony and I feel very blessed and happy that my family was there to celebrate with me. It was a very special night for me and one I will never forget :) there was a photographer there taking pictures, so once I get pictures I will post them :)

We were all up veryyy late on Saturday night due to the vigil, so we all bummed around Sunday morning. My parents and brother headed back to MI after breakfast, but luckily Scott had today off of work too so he stayed! 

Eventually I got out of the house for my run (Indy Mini W15D7), which was supposed to be a long 10 mile run. But, since this weekends focus was on much bigger things than running, I decided to let it take a back seat. And I’m totally fine with that! I felt very please after this easy 6 mile run :)

After the run Scott very nicely helped me out with some yard work, and then we spent the evening relaxing and watching tv together.  

It was a very, very nice weekend and I’m very happy all of my family was here to be with me! I felt very special to have so many loved ones around me on such a special weekend for me.  

I hope you all had great Easter (or regular) weekends!! :) :) :)

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More updates! We are in RACE WEEK!!!

Indy Mini W18D1 - easy 5

Ran nice and easy after work yesterday! The weather lately has been in the pits though! So cold, windy, and rainy. Hopefully it changes before Saturday! But these miles felt fine. A bit sore, but I knew because I didn’t have my foam roller this weekend. And it’s taper week so we all know our bodies like to make us think they can’t run a little right before the race ;)

Indy Mini W18D2 - easy 5

Another nice easy run today after work. More poopy weather. But I love all the easy runs during taper week :) only 2 more runs until race day!!

I realized as I was running that I was wearing 3 different Detroit articles. My shirt, hat, and gloves all came from different Detroit events :)

I can’t believe it’s RACE WEEK!! I’m getting excited for race day and excited to see what I can do! Hopefully the weather improves. Right now it’s saying cold and windy. I know I could manage, but it would be nice if it improved! We will see!

Happy Tuesday!!! :)

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Indy Mini W18D4 - easy 6

It was cold and rainy alllllll day today! But by the time I headed out for my run it was only sprinkling! And it stayed that way my whole run.

I made sure to keep these miles nice and relaxed. Of course my brain did the whole “you feel tired now and have to run over twice as far and 2 minutes/mile faster on Saturday” freak out. But I did my best to dismiss those thoughts! I’ve put in 18 weeks of good training, so now I just have to trust that and have fun on Saturday!

I’m surprisingly calm though! I think about how I felt before Chicago and I am a million times more calm for this race haha I’m most excited to see how I do! I think it will be a fun race, no matter the outcome :)

Happy Friday eve!! 2 days left!!!!

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Indy Mini W14D7 - LONG 12

The long run of death!! I don’t know what happened today, but my legs were NOT having it.

From mile 2 on they just felt like they weighed a million pounds. All things considered I finished with a decent overall pace, but my goodness that took work. I took way more breaks than normal just to basically pout at how bad I felt haha

I don’t know what went wrong either! I got to bed early last night, ate my normal breakfast, and was hydrated. My legs just weren’t moving today.

But I finished! So there’s that! Nothing I can do about this bad run, so on to the next one :)

Hope everyone had good weekends!! :)

Indy Mini W16D7 - easy 4

I was a biiiiit sore today after yesterday’s 12 miles. I took these miles nice and easy haha I was going to do a couple more, but after the first 2 I had had enough so I headed home. No need to push it so close to race day!

But the weather today was amazing!! 60 and sunny and so nice. I had to mow my lawn today too but I didn’t mind being out in the sunshine :)

Hope everyone had a good weekend!!

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Indy Mini W17D2 - group fartlek run!

I was toasty out today!! Not used to the warm temps at all haha 70 and sunny felt very warm! I did a warm up mile around my house before I drove over to the shop just to make sure I got the kinks worked out before hand. I think this helped me a lot!

The group workout was a fartlek run where we were supposed to alternate between easy, moderate, and hard paces based on certain land marks. I ended up running with one other guy the whole time, and I had a really good run!

It was hot, but I felt really strong! My running buddy even said I was doing really great tonight. He was struggling a bit to keep up with me! But I just felt great! I was pushing us both to pick up the pace when we were supposed to. I’m very happy with this run though, it definitely boosted my confidence. I’ve been feeling a little worried about my goal for the Indy Mini, but after tonight it feels within reach again :)

After the run I went and checked on my friends kitty while she’s out of town! His name is Bennie and he’s adorable :)

Happy Tuesday!!

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Hi fiends!!! Sorry I’ve been slacking posting lately! Just been busy :)

W17D5 - easy 3.7

I ran during lunch at work last Friday! In the morning I heard some guys next to me talking about lifting, and they asked me if I wanted to join. I told them no thanks that I was running at lunch! But one of the guys said he’d much rather run and asked if he could join me. Of course I said yes!

We ran a bit faster than I should have, but we went a bit shorter so I think I evened out! It was nice to have a running buddy! :)

Friday night I headed to MI for Scotts birthday! We went out to dinner on Friday and it was really nice to just spend the evening together again :)

W17D6 - easy 8

Saturday I headed out for my run alone. I was deciding between 4 and 6 miles when I headed out, but once I got going I decided I felt good so I’d do 6. But scott called me right as I passed mike 2 and said if I turn around he’s join me for the rest. Of course I did!

I actually felt really good on this run! Once scott joined me we picked up the pace a bit not even on purpose but I just felt great. We decided to make it so I hit 8 miles to get my “long” run done for the weekend. I felt relaxed the whole time and it was so nice to run with Scott again :)

Saturday we went out for some drinks with friends! It was a good time!

W17D7 - rest!

I didn’t plan to take a rest day on Sunday, but I opted to to spend more time relaxing and hanging out with scott on his birthday weekend. It was totally worth it :)

I had a great weekend in Michigan hanging out with scott! Got some good runs in too. And not I’m officially in the final week!!! Eek! Excited for race day!! :)

Hope you all had good weekends!!

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Indy Mini W16D1 - easy 7

My goodness it was beautiful outside today!! I felt like I could have run forever!

I didn’t even have 7 miles on my plan today, but I just felt so amazing and the weather was so perfect, I decided to keep going. I just listened to my music, trotted along, and waved to all of the other people out enjoying the weather too.

This was definitely a soul fueling run. So, so great :)

Hope you all had great Mondays!

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Indy Mini W17D1 - easy 5

I am a dumb ass and didn’t foam roll at all this weekend so my legs felt like complete trash tonight! I stopped after mile 1 to do some stretching and what not and that helped. I just kept the pace nice and easy and ran on the trail near me so there were plenty of people to distract me :)

The weather was so nice today too, so that definitely helped! For some reason on this run I remembered the couple that I ran with when I ran the bayshore marathon who completely saved me at the end. They were so nice and were the perfect distractions and really turned that race around for me :)

Hope you all had good Monday’s!

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Indy Mini W18D5 - easy 3 LAST TRAINING RUN!!

Got up early to get this last lil run done! I was really hoping the sun would be up enough so I wouldn’t be running in the dark, and luckily I was right! I had my head light on for not even the first mile and then it was light enough. Last time I ran in the dark I was so spooked, so I’m glad it was light out for these miles :)

But this run felt good!! I’m still feeling very relaxed and excited for tomorrow! I know I’ve put in the work, so I’m excited to see what kind of results I can get. My mom is driving down to me this afternoon and then when I’m off of work we are heading down to Indy!!

The weather still looks like poo, but at least I know I’ve trained in this weather all year, so I’m ready for it!

Happy Friday!!

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Indy Mini W16D2 - group run - hills!

There was a good group of us for the group run yesterday! I’m sure the great weather helped with that!

The run was scheduled to be just a general group run, but it ended up working out nicely for me. I ended up running with 2 guys and we did part of the local trail that has lots of hills! We kept the pace faster than easy and powered up the hills! It was a good workout and my legs were pooped after :)

After the run we all were chatting and I found out the days of some group bike rides out of the local bike shop! I’ll definetely be taking advantage of those this summer. I hate riding alone so having a group to ride with will be great as I train for my charity bike ride (WAM) again :) glad that I came to this group run and I will for sure continue to go :)

And tonight I am throughly enjoying my rest day! Hope you’re all having great weeks!

Indy Mini W16D5 - easy 5

Got out after work to much cooler temps! Was a relief after yesterday.

I was worried I’d be sore after yesterday, but I surprisingly felt good. I just trotted along nice and easy and the run went by fast :)

I’m planning on doing my long run tomorrow, so I’ve just been relaxing all night! Happy it’s the weekend :)

Happy Friday!!

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Indy Mini W3D2 - easy 4

Definitely overdressed for this run. I was over heating before I got done with the first mile! Thankfully (which is very odd for me to say because I usually hate it) I had the wind on my face when I turned to come home, so that helped cool me off. So it wasn’t too bad :)

One thing that I LOVED about this run tonight is that every one was so friendly!! I make it a habit to wave to every car that even slightly move out of the way for me, just to be polite. I figure I’m out running all the time, people are bound to recognize me, so I want them to think I’m a nice polite runner :) But tonight, every one I waved to waved back!! Every single person! It was so nice! One guy even gave me an encouraging beep-beep with his horn. It just really warmed my heart and made me appreciate the fact that I live in a small town, but that it’s so nice and friendly :)

I did a short leg workout once I got home and man, my legs are tired! I spent extra time stretching after and I’m pretty excited for my rest day tomorrow :)

Hope everyone had a good Tuesday!

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Indy Mini W4D4 - easy 3

Target pace: 10:15-11:00
Actual pace: 10:36

Did these after work on the treadmill. I decided to cut it just a bit short because I was meeting friends after for dinner and didn’t want to be too late! These went by quick though and then I filled my belly with lots of Mexican food :)

Indy mini W4D5 - easy 3

Target pace: 10:15-11:00
Actual pace: 9:41

Not sure what caused me to run these so quick! The weather was great though! I just ran comfortably and enjoyed this run. I didn’t feel like I was pushing the pace at all, even though I ran too quick for my easy pace. Oh well! I felt good :)

This week has been super busy at work! It’s been a long week and I am very grateful for the weekend :)

Happy Friday!

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Indy Mini W6D7 - easy 9 turned 6

Target pace: 10:15-11:00
Actual pace: 10:08

Cut this run short today, it was SO COLD. I couldn’t hang. I didn’t think I had underdressed, but I was just cold cold cold the whole run. It was windy and snowing too, it honestly seemed a bit dumb and dangerous to push for all 9 miles. I think getting two thirds of the run isn’t too bad ;)

It’s not supposed to stay this cold thankfully! So next week should be back to normal mileage :)

I hope you all had lovely Valentine’s Day! I send everyone love and kisses 😘😘

Upcoming Week of Training and Life

I used to do weekly goals and they seemed to stick pretty well.  After yesterday’s late night graham cracker and milk incident (totally stayed within calories though!) I need to remind myself that what I’m eating is what is fueling my runs and while milk is great calcium I honestly don’t need the added sugar from graham crackers.

On tap this week:

Monday – Rest day (whoo!)

Tuesday – 3 miles; 2 miles with the puppy, 1 by myself (or however the change from what the dog doesn’t do)

Wednesday – 3 miles at the gym, 7 bike miles at the gym

Thursday – 3 miles; 2 miles with the puppy, 1 mile at the gym, 2 elliptical miles

Friday – Rest day (maybe weights at the gym)

Saturday – DOGGIE 5K!  Or 1.5 run.  Depends on the weather and how the puppy reacts to all the other dogs at the race.  (It’s an organized fundraiser for a local rescue where you can walk/run 1.5 miles or a 5K) ;  Whatever miles not done I’ll do to equal 5 miles for my training.

Sunday – Rest day


Food goals:

- Get rid of the easy access processed food for dinner (aka, couscous and spaghetti ADIOS)

- Freeze more blended fruit pops for cold treats

- Prepare salads, chicken, and hard boiled eggs for the week’s lunches

Other goals:

- Finish last 3 job applications due this week

- Laundry (gotta have clean clothes to run in!)

- Finish Chapter 3 of thesis so I can resubmit Chs. 1-3 for review while working on Chapter 4

- Find a pattern to knit that needs 3 balls of fine merino wool yarn worsted weight (I’m open to suggestions!)

Indy Mini W7D5 - easy 4

Target pace: 10:15-11:00
Actual pace: 9:53

HOLY WIND. I had to stop at one point because I was running into the wind and it was so strong and there were so many leaves blowing at me I had to turn around so my face/body didn’t get pummeled.

Besides this crazy wind this run was fine! It was 60 and sunny! I wore shorts and a t shirt in February! This weather is CRAZY. But I love it!

On my way out for this run, I noticed my neighbor had a grill with a big “free” sign on it. On my way back I stopped to look at it. It was in good shape, so I knocked on their door, and they drove it to my house! I need a grill for my new place as I have a backyard and patio, so this worked out perfectly! They were so nice and I was so grateful. Gotta love the small town charm :)

Happy Friday! I have a low key weekend planned and I’m excited :)