My 2nd Half Marathon

Remember when I worked a street corner last weekend? I was volunteering at a race near me and would love to say that I normally spend my weekends volunteering but I don’t. I did it so I could get a free race entry! And now I am officially signed up for my 2nd half marathon!

half impressed

And now it’s time to really train again! Summer is over and my life has gotten back on schedule, I made the commitment to do another half marathon! My first half was was back in June and I managed to train for it (and a sprint triathlon) during one of the busiest times of my life – the final semester of grad school.

twin lobster half marathon

This time around, I am training solo which scares the hell out of me. And my training schedule is far more compressed. I devised this 9-week half marathon training plan based off a suggested plan from the my asics app.

9 week fall half marathon

I learned a lot from my first half and plan to make a few changes when training for this one.

  1. Drink water during training runs – I didn’t do this at all last time around because I was nervous about running with water. Dumb. I’m not sure what my plan will be (running with water, stashing water somewhere, planning routes around the house so I can stop in and grab a sip?)
  2. Take in more calories during long runs – I researched how to do this thoroughly but realized I need to take in calories more often than most people recommend. I love Clif Shot Bloks but might try some real food this time around.
  3. Run in shorts – Training for my first half in the late winter and spring, I wore capris almost always. Then, race day came and it was hot! Well, it was hot for June. I didn’t want to switch things up on race day so I wore capris and was dying of heat.
  4. Foam roll, foam roll, foam roll – And more foam rolling. And more stretching, especially after long runs. And I would love to say more yoga but its hard to fit in.

Technically, this plan started last week but I super failed at getting all of my runs in but I am focused this week and can’t wait to hit the fall leaf covered sidewalks (and the treadmill). This is week 2 of my training and last night I completed some fun cross training last night and have my clothes ready to go for a 3-mile run tonight.

I am really looking forward to get my run game back on track!

Half MerryThon – December 7th

Past Training

Dual Training – Sprint Triathlon & Half Marathon

Vision Board

I started my vision board years ago and it has been lying dormant in my parents house unfinished and not looked at for a long time. When I started making this board I was really in a weird place in my life. I had just gotten out of a long-ish term relationship, I was unhappy in my current job and I was just realizing that health and fitness had or was going to have a huge part in my life but wasn’t exactly sure how to fit it in.

vision board

As I was packing up my old bedroom this past weekend, my mom asked if I was going to keep it. I first noticed that I had never fully finished (and said I should) and secondly I noticed I had already realized a bunch of my visions.

This made me take a second to think back on the last few years and how much I have accomplished.

Ran my first half marathon

half marathon

This has been something I have been wanting to do for years. What I really needed to accomplish this goal, but didn’t know until recently…a friend. I needed my running buddy and bestie to be there by my side and that she was. It was an amazing experience and I had a blast training and running with one of my best friends.

Spontaneity and exploration

Spontaneity and exploration

Now, I doubt I will ever say that I have fully completely being spontaneous or that I have fully explored all that I want to explore but I did book a trip to Iceland on a whim and travel by myself. It was one of the most amazing trips of my life and I cannot wait to go back one day (hopefully with SL).

Iceland Trip Recaps:

MBA Program

MBA Schedule

When I sat with my advisor (who later turned out to be one of my favorite professors) to make my schedule I though Spring 2014 would never come. But low and behold it did, two and half long, hard years later I am officially a grad school graduate.

I haven’t fully completed everyone of my vision board but it is a fun reminder to push for the things in life that will make your life most worth living. I am going to finish my vision board and keep it someone a bit more prominent so it is always reminding me to strive for more.