Sunday, January 25, 2015

KDF Half-Marathon Training 2015: Week Two

Week Two was a good one! Although I only ran 3 days and wasn't feeling too well a few of the days, I say it went well. I had Monday off so Sarah and I met up and went for a 4 mile run together. I have to say I was secretly dying on the inside, but hey, its the beginning of training. That's normal, right?? Saturday was a great group run at Big 4 Bridge. It was originally supposed to be a 4 mile run across the bridge, some in Indiana and then back, but there was no sign to turn around, so I added a little extra to my run :). I'm impressed with myself that I ran up those hilly ramps and ran the entire time! I really liked that route and I hope I can run that again. That was my first time running on the Indiana side and you get such a great view of downtown Louisville. Here's how my week went...

1-18-15: Walked 2.4 miles; 30 minute Yoga video
1-19-15: Ran 4 miles 38:25; walked 1.5 miles; 35 minute Yoga video 

1-20-15: Ran 2 miles 20:00; strength legs/abs
1-21-15: Walking TM uphill 30 minutes; strength arms/abs 
1-22-15: OFF
1-23-15: Walked 4 miles uphill 60:00 TM; walked 2 miles 
1-24-15: Ran 4.6 miles 43:26; Power Vinyasa Yoga Class 60 minutes

Total Mileage: 10.6 

Another note...I tried out a new Yoga Studio called 502 Power Yoga, which is awesome! It's a fast paced vinyasa style yoga. The room is heated to around 90 degrees. It's an awesome workout and I think it will really help me with my running strength and flexibility. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

KDF Half-Marathon Training 2015: WEEK ONE

Hello!! Training has begun. I hope to keep up with this because I've been slacking in the blogging department. I'm excited to be training again. The Derby Festival Mini-Marathon is on April 25th. I'm participating in the group runs on Saturdays which are a great way to run with other people and push yourself (because it's like a mini race ;) ). Yesterday, I met up with Sarah and we went for a little over 3 mile run with the running group. It was relatively flat and a quick run at 9:09 minute pace. With all this studying that I've been doing lately, running is a great break. I'm looking forward to all the group runs. How's your training going?

1-11-15: Ran 2.5 miles TM 24:50; strength arms
1-12-15: Cycling class 30 minutes; strength legs/abs
1-13-15: Elliptical 30 minutes; strength arms/abs
1-14-15: Ran 2.5 miles TM 26:00; strength legs/abs 
1-15-15: Walking TM uphill 30 minutes; strength arms/abs
1-16-15: Walked 2 miles 
1-17-15: Ran 3.2 miles 29:21; 2.4 mile walk 

Total Mileage: 8.2

Saturday Run

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Derby Mini Coming Soon!

I'm once again training for the Derby Mini-Marathon and April. I plan on updating you on my weekly runs so stay posted :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rock N' Rock St. Louis Half Marathon

Number 7 Half Marathon Complete!! And I did it! I wasn't feeling too good about this one, but I finished and my time was even better than I expected. Sarah and I adopted the saying, "Forward is our pace" Ha!

Sarah and I decided that we wanted to run a half marathon this fall so we decided on the Rock N' Rock Series in St. Louis on October 19th. We signed up back in June (I believe) and it came up really fast. I started training back in July, but I wouldn't say I was serious with my training this time. I did get up to running 10 miles and longer runs on the weekend with 2-3 other runs during the week. It was tough training in the heat of summer, but helped once the cooler temps came around. 

We drove over Saturday afternoon, went to the expo to pick up our packet, ate dinner, and then went to bed early. We had a convenient location, within walking distance of the start and finish line. Our wake-up call was at 5:30 am. 
My definition of carb-loading= cheese, spinach and mushroom calzone 

Hello Arch!

Start Line

Before race. Looking pretty good for 7 am.

Let's just say this wasn't an easy course! Lots of hills. It was a different kind of hilly compared to Iroquois Park. There were hills throughout the race and they were long steady inclines. I felt pretty good the first 6-7 miles and stayed with Sarah. Around mile 8, I was not feeling too hot. I started to get cramps and felt nauseous. At that point Sarah and I parted ways. I pushed myself the last few miles and I felt my body was giving out on me, with my hips, and especially my right knee killing. I actually took a short potty break, so considering my time, I did pretty well. I was quite relieved to cross that finish line with the official time of 2:04:54 (pace 9:30). 

My Splits:
Mile 1: 9:22
Mile 2: 9:22
Mile 3: 9:17
Mile 4: 9:07 
Mile 5: 9:08
Mile 6: 8:57
Mile 7: 9:11
Mile 8: 9:33
Mile 9: 9:43
Mile 10: 9:29
Mile 11: 10:27
Mile 12: 10:12
Mile 13: 9:45

As you can see, I was struggling the last few miles, but I made it!
Yep, beers after the race 
New Medal :) 
Next Half-Marathon: Derby Festival on April 25, 2015!