Half Marathon Training {July 20-26}

This past week of running was the worst. It’s such a bummer because last week, I was feeling great on all of my runs and I even got a nice, “easy” 3-mile run in. What happened?!

July 22: I cannot believe how bad this run was. I had a lunch meeting at Sidebar, a local burger place, this day and chowed on an amazing beer cheese burger, fried zucchini fries AND had two diet cokes. Those three things, while delicious at the time, made this run terrible. Kev came with me, thank goodness, because I had no desire to run in the first place so I’m glad I just got a mile in – even if it was terribly slow and miserable.

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July 23: I thought my bad run for the week was past, but WOW this run was the worst. It was so hot this day and I just wasn’t feeling it. It was just all around bad.

Splits:

  • Mile 1 – 12:08
  • Mile 2 – 12:49

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July 26: The weather was amazing during this run, which I really think helped a lot. It’s amazing how much weather can impact a run. It’s safe to say I’m dreading training for this thing in the dead of winter. But anyways, this run was much better. Still not great, but better.

Splits:

  • Mile 1 – 12:02
  • Mile 2 – 11:48

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I guess I’ll just consider this week a rough one, and I’m hoping the next few runs are much better.

Can we talk about my weekend?

Hi. Can we just talk about my weekend for a hot minute? Yes, let’s.

I had the fantastic opportunity to work with the media at this year’s Forecastle Festival, which is an annual three day music, art and activism festival that takes place right in the heart of Louisville at the Waterfront Park. It. was. amazing. Here are some snaps from the weekend:

I had to wear a radio/earpiece that made me feel like I was in the FBI. The good part was the all access badge that pretty much made me feel like a king even though I was an absolute nobody. I also wore a fanny pack and I’m not ashamed.

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The festival is nautical themed, which as many of you know, is right up my alley. Sailor gear and lifeguards everywhere!

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This was my view for a lot of the day. Can’t complain too much!

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When I wasn’t shuffling media around or helping Holly out (who is da bomb dot com and “first mate” of forecastle, she’s also my coworker which is how this whole thing came about for me), I got to walk around and check out some of the things going on besides music. I wonder if I can buy this boat?

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We also need to talk about The Bourbon Lodge and how awesome it is. My client, Four Roses Bourbon, was one of the bourbons in the Lodge and their set up was so awesome. Check out the chandelier in the top right corner of this pic! Again, I wonder if I can buy that? (Oh and see the news station’s camera too. See? I actually worked.)

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Me and my coworkers, Holly and Sarah had a blaaaaasty blast at the end of the night when Jack White came on. Which is actually what we need to talk about now.

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I cannot get over this performance. Holy forecastle.

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I watched the first part of the show from the view above, but then I moved to a REALLY CLUTCH SPOT for the second half. Jack White blew my mind. I can’t even.

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Note to self: don’t run three miles the day before you work Forecastle Festival. Not a smooth move. I got home and crawled into bed after taking a couple Advil PM because my entire lower half of my body was thriving. (Holly, I don’t know how you’re still standing. #Champ.)

After sleeping in so late, Kev and I headed back to the festival yesterday for FUN!

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The weather was beautiful. The music was great. The people were awesome. Jack White was the. best. ever. Told ya I had a good weekend.

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Too bad I kicked off my week by walking into my office, seeing my bare desk and realizing I left my work laptop at home. I had to turn right back around, drive home, grab my laptop and come all the way back to the office. AGH! I call it my Forecastle hangover (even though I had two beers all weekend). WORTH IT.