Half Marathon Training {January 25-31}

First of all…THREE WEEKS UNTIL DISNEY WORLD! After this week of running, I am feeling so ready and pumped to do this.

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January 28: Kev was coming down with a cold but he wanted to get a run in anyways so we were going to do just a few miles each. He finished five so I just stopped where I was, but I felt great during these miles!

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January 30: I was going to do five, but I knew I had a long 12 miles scheduled for the next day so I just did three. Oh and hey that was my best time for a 2-4 mile run, according to my app!

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January 31: The dreaded 12! Kidding, sortof. My aunt, who is running this race with us, text me just as I was heading out to do my 12 saying she just finished. I was so proud of her for making all 12 and it gave me the motivation I needed to stay positive during this run.

Gracie went with me on the first 3 and once those 3 were done, I looped by our house to quickly let her in, fuel with a quarter of a chew and chug some Gatorade (my savior during long runs – I can totally tell a difference).

Feeling nice and energized, I set off to do the rest by myself. Just as I was hitting mile 7 and feeling really good, I got an alert on my phone that said I only had 10% battery left. THE WORST! I didn’t want to lose what I had done, so I headed towards home and ended up finishing 8 outside. I quickly grabbed my keys, chew, Gatorade and left for the gym while I kept my phone at home to charge. I finished the last four miles on the treadmill.

I was so mad that my phone died because I would have been just fine doing all 12 outside, but I knew if I stopped to let my phone charge and wait, I would have never gotten my butt back outside to do the rest. Plus, I wanted to do all 12 consecutively. Regardless, it was a great run and now that I have these 12 done, I am feeling so ready!

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^My first eight outside.

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^Had to enter this manually, but here’s my 12.

Half Marathon Training {January 18-January 24}

January 23: I took a long five days off of running mostly because I wanted to give myself a good amount of time to rest my knees and ankles, but also because it was a crazy busy week at work and I honestly didn’t have too much time to run. This was the first run I had in my new shoes (Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. my old Brooks Adrenaline in case you’re curious) and they felt great! The guy at the shoe store also recommended I get a size 8 instead of 7.5 and my toenails are thanking me for that. Despite having new shoes, this run was tough. Never taking five days off again.

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January 24: I should preface this by saying I am not happy at all with my time. And for someone who isn’t worried about time at all during training, that’s saying a lot. The first five miles was tough…I couldn’t get my breathing under control and my legs felt stiff but once I hit five miles, I took a break to walk, chug some gatorade and fuel. I never believed the hype of fueling but IT WORKED. I walked for a little more than a quarter of a mile, stretched for a minute and the next three miles flew by. When I hit mile eight, I stopped again to eat the rest of my chew and finish my gatorade, making mile nine pretty easy. Mile ten was rough, mostly because my legs were really feeling it at this point. My breathing and energy was fine, but my legs felt really heavy so I had to slow down a bit.

This was the first run I actually stopped to walk for an extended amount of time (vs. just stopping to tie my shoe or something like that), and I’m really surprised how much it slowed my time down. Like really surprised. I was shocked! I guess I’m a really slow walker – ha ha.

I’m trying not to let the time bother me because I still can’t believe I ran (for the most part) ten whole miles. WHO AM I?!

UPDATE: Wow. I am so bad at math. You see, the emergency stop button on the treadmill is right where my hands are when I jog, and I accidentally hit it twice so I had to quickly take a picture of my time while I restarted my treadmill asap. When I added up my time, I added a whole ten minutes extra. Oops! This makes me feel much, MUCH, better. 

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Immediately after that run, I headed to the gym’s hydrotherapy massage bed which felt AHmazing. I put it on the slowest and hardest setting. Hurt so good.

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And when I got home, I took my very first ice bath. I read about ice baths a few weeks ago but never felt the need to take one until now. I really didn’t want to be sore for days to come so I sucked it up and sat in a pretty cold bath for about seven minutes. I actually think it helped a lot because I’m not as sore today as I would have thought!

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Sometimes I get frustrated during training, but I really can’t believe how far I’ve come since THIS post. #woah