Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Inverval Workout

Tonight was my first experience doing an interval workout. Training schedule says to do a 4x400 with a 400 walk in between the hard run 400. A total of 2 miles. Since I don't have anyone to do a track workout with and since I'm not sure where the closest high school is to my house, I did it on the treadmill. I did it in 29:30! It was a challenge toward the end but I did not give up and I pushed through!

Derek got me an early Christmas present and it is another way I can cross train!!! Check out his review of the Kinect here.

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love it! It is so much fun and such a good workout!

I also made a trip to the Nike outlet and Reebok outlet this past Saturday and that post of all the goodies I bought will be coming soon!!!! Be on the look out!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A fresh new start

I started a new half marathon training plan this week. I am not running another half until late April but I want to improve my time and be able to run more of it, so I want to go through this 12 week training program twice before the Country Music Half.

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 CT 30 min tempo Rest 3 mi Rest 5 mi 2 mi EZ
2 CT 4 x 400 IW Rest 3 mi Rest 6 mi 2.5 mi EZ
3 CT 35 min tempo 2 mi 3 mi Rest 7 mi 2 mi EZ
4 CT 5 x 400 IW Rest 4 mi race pace Rest 7 mi 3 mi EZ
5 CT 35 min tempo 3 mi 3 mi race pace Rest 8 mi 3 mi EZ
6 CT 6 x 400 IW 3 mi 4 mi race pace 2 miles EZ Rest 10K race
7 CT 40 min tempo Rest 4 mi race pace Rest 9 mi 3 mi EZ
8 CT 6 x 400 IW 3 mi 3 mi race pace Rest 10 mi 3 mi EZ
9 CT 45 min tempo 3 mi 4 mi race pace Rest 11 mi Rest
10 CT 7 x 400 IW 4 mi 3 mi race pace Rest 12 mi 3 mi EZ
11 CT 45 min tempo Rest 3 mi race pace Rest 5 mi 2.5 mi EZ
12 Rest 4 mi 30 minutes 10K pace 2 mi Rest 20 minutes Race Day!

Crossing-training (CT): Cross-training activities allow you to give your joints and running muscles a break, while still working on your cardio. When the schedule calls for CT, do a cardio activity other than running (biking, swimming, elliptical trainer) at moderate effort for 45 to 60 minutes.
Tempo Run: Tempo runs help you develop your anaerobic threshold, which is critical for faster racing. For a 40-minute tempo run, for example, start your run with 5 to 10 minutes of easy running, then continue with 15 to 20 minutes of running at about a 10K pace. Finish with 5 to 10 minutes of cooling down. If you're not sure what your 10K pace is, run at a pace that feels "comfortably hard."
Interval workouts (IW): After a warm-up, run 400 meters (one lap around most tracks) hard, then recover by jogging or walking 400 meters. For example, 3 x 400 would be three hard 400s, with a 400 m recovery in between.
Rest: Rest is critical to your recovery and injury prevention efforts, so don't ignore rest days. Your muscles actually build and repair themselves during your rest days. If you run every day without taking days off, you won't see much improvement. Fridays are a good day for rest, as you'll have run on Thursday and will have your longest run of the week on Saturday.
Saturday long runs: After you warm up, run at a comfortable pace for the designated mileage. Make sure you cool down and stretch after your run. If most of your runs are on the road, and you're not sure how far you run, you can figure out the mileage by using resources such as MapMyRun.com. Or, you can always drive your route in your car ahead of time and measure the mileage using your car odometer.
Sundays: This is an active recovery day. Your run should be at an easy (EZ), comfortable pace, which helps loosen up your muscles.

Credit to http://running.about.com/od/halfmarathonprograms/a/interhalf.htm

For cross training days, I plan to switch it up doing Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred, Spinning Class, Zumba, and strength straining. If you have any other good ideas for cross training, I'd love to hear suggestions.

Also, I need to purchase cold weather running gear. Specifically under armor leggings, a a few shirts/fleece, gloves.

That's all for now...I'm going to be better at this!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sweaty Band Review!

My first review ever! I bought a sweaty band at the women's half expo in Nashville. I was a little skeptical at first because I've tried all kinds of head bands and I guess I'm just blessed with silky hair and head bands like to slide off. I just had to get this one though because it had the official logo on it for our race! I tried it out that night when friend Heather and I went on our last 2 mile easy walk 2 days before race day. It stayed really well to my surprise! Therefore, I decided since I haven't mastered the side french braid to hold back my (longer than I want them to be) side bangs, I opted to wear this beauty:

The inside is made of a velvety material and absorbs sweat and stays in place!Can't really see it well on me right now but I used it tonight on my run!

And it's upside down...oh well! I tried!
You can get sweaty bands of all different patterns, colors, glittery ones, ones that have sayings, etc. I really want these:
They also have a hot pink glittery one that I want but couldn't find it on the site. Anyways the thin bands are only $15.00 and the Thick bands are $18.00. I think they are totally worth it!

Click here to check out Sweaty Bands!

check them out on Amazon.com :

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Women's Half Marathon-Nashville Recap

Half Marathon #2= Check! It's hard to believe that I've completed 2 half marathon's this year. From a girl who hated to run and now I love to train and run! Anyways...The Recap:
This all started the day that Women's Running Magazine announced that Nashville was going to be a new location for their Half-Marathon. I immediately signed up for a discounted price, hoping to talk my friend, Heather, to do it with me. After some begging ;), she agreed and finally we were off to talk about training. To make a long story short, I got tendonitis in my foot at the beginning of the summer, so my training was put on the back burner. This really made me lose motivation, therefore I didn't train my best during the week but about 8 weeks out from the race, I focused on my weekend runs. So the day comes, September 25th, RACE DAY!!
We got up at 4:30 am, ate a Luna Bar and a Banana, drank lots of water, had my pre-race poop...(it's a must!!), and we were on the road. We got downtown around 5:45 or so and we got a parking spot pretty close to the country music hall of fame (start/finish).

This is what it looked like when we got to the start/finish. Heather and I had a warm up jog and a good stretch. We used the nasty port-a-potty's and headed up to corral 3.
The sun was starting to show itself when we were walking up to the corral. I wore a walmart danskin top, sports bra from TJMax, nike dri fit shorts, and drymax socks. I had my Fleet Feet Mizuno wave inspire 6's on and I was ready to roll! I also bought an ifitness double pouch belt (which I am going to review here in a couple posts) along with a fuel belt palm water bottle. I also sported the Women's Half Marathon official sweaty band, which was amazing!
My bestie and I headed to our corral! I LOVED that our bib's had our names on it, for the mere fact that strangers and volunteers from the race would cheer us on by name! It was great! For my recap of the course/how I did: The course was WAY harder than the Country Music Half course. Many more hills and tough hills close to the end. I didn't necessarily get the "runner's high" this time but I didn't hit "a wall" either, which I was very happy about. I was so glad I could be Heather's cheer leader and help her to keep motivated and not give up! I wanted her to finish this more than me! We tried out Gu for the first time the weekend before the race and only liked the chocolate....go figure that they advertised for it and didn't have it on the course. But I took the vanilla with major swigs of water and I really do think that it helped keep me going. We did about 4 power bar raspberry chews during the race, water and Gatorade and the gu. I really liked the live music but I thought there was going to be more bands according to the race video and all the music stops. It was so empowering to see all these women of all ages and sizes! We all had the same thing in common: We are strong, powerful women and we can do this!
Although I didn't beat my first time (3:10 at the CMM), I am very pleased with my time of 3:17 because of how hard the course was and that me and Heather finished this together!
YAY!!! We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cute finishers breakfast by publix and a cookie cafe :)
LOVED the metals and love the charm that I can wear on a necklace to remind me of all my accomplishments. I have created a monster out of Heather and we are addicted to Half's :) Our main goal is to do the Disney Princess Half in a couple years. We want to do the Country Music Half this spring and this one again next year!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Not too much longer...

I have been worse at updating during this training than I was last time and I apologize for that! I want to share all my running goodies that I have purchased so far and review them on here but I want to wait until I hit up the Women's Half Marathon Expo next Thursday. You'll just have to wait until maybe next Thursday night or after the big race!

Couple week re-cap in short:
3 Saturday's ago-friend Heather and I planned to do 8 miles. We went to Radnor lake and it apparently had some problems during the flood because there were gravel places every so often on the road, so we did a quick up and back (2miles) and then headed over to River Park off of Concord Road and finished up total with 7.5 miles.

2 Saturdays ago-I did 6 miles by myself around my neighborhood and on the treadmill

Last Saturday- Friend Heather and I met at River Park do 10 miles. The night before I woke up in the middle of the night with an excruciating charlie horse in my right calf. I tried to stretch it out after I woke up for the day. We warmed up and stretched and it felt a little better. We were going strong and every so often I had to stop and stretch it out. By the time we got to around 8.5 miles, Heather wasn't feeling well and my leg felt like it was about to explode. We decided that we could push through during the half but we probably shouldn't push it before the race. My charlie horse finally went away by this Monday! I've done 2 30 minute runs this week despite my poor allergy condition :(

I have a fun weekend ahead of me and so glad tomorrow is FRIDAY!!
*Friday night-babysit Addy Miller :)
*Saturday-Hubby and I will head to Chattanooga, TN with friends to go to Ruby Falls and a gun show...(their choice)
*Sunday-Heather and I will run our last 8 mile run before the big race day!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Recap of the past couple weeks...

Two weekends ago I trekked out to the Kedron Road trail and did 6.3 miles by myself! I then realized that I can't do long runs by myself or I will not be self motivated! There was a lot of times where I just wanted to walk back to my car and throw in the towel.

This past weekend was the first time my friend Heather and I ran together. We left her house a little before 7 and drove to Radnor lake...we went down the "trail (road" and back. The path must have been washed away from the flood in the spring and it was rough. Heather's new garmin :) told us that down the road was only a little over a mile, so doing close to 8 was not going to be fun considering the conditions and we were definitley side tracked by all the wildlife...6 deer...so we got back in the car and headed to the river park trail off of concord road. We finished up our 7.5 miles..not the best time, since I can't even remember what it was but we had fun and pushed each other...mainly she kept pushing me but ya know....

Tonight, I did a 30 min run on the tredmill while watching my guilty pleasure: The Bachelor Pad.....

This week's schedule:

Tomorrow: 4:15-5:00 Spin Class
Wednesday: 30 min run
Thursday: easy walk
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 8.5 miles (don't know how I'm going to do this since my running buddy is leaving me for OHIO...BOO)
Sunday: OFF

Next post is to show off my new running goodies :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

It's been a long long time...

I promise to start writing more. :) Since the last time I posted, I've swam for exercise, Derek and I got road bikes for our 1st anniversary and have been road biking and we went on vacation to Charleston, SC and stayed on Folly Beach.

While on vacation I had the awesome privileged of running/walking on the beach in the mornings! I did 2.5 miles the first morning and the other times, I causally walked (sometimes at a fast pace) for about an hour or more each morning looking for sea shells!

Two days after we got back from Vacation, my husband Derek plays church league softball and during the game he and another friend collided and he broke his left arm (both bones) and had to have surgery two days after he broke it. He has plates and screws in his arm and developed Fracture Blisters. He starts physical therapy this coming week. I have also started a new school year this past Thursday and love my little first grade friends :)

This morning I did a 3 mile run and really loved it. It was hot but good. Not too much longer until the Women's half and I need to get my butt in gear for runs during the week. Please visit my other page for pictures from my vacation and anniversary: tiffany-lifeinpictures.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Life gets in the way...

So sorry friends! I'm a bad updater in the summer!

Well my training plan for last week was put on hold because my Great Grandmother of 101 years old passed away and Derek and I went to WV to go to the viewing and funeral. I've decided to start the Jeff Galloway training program but instead of walking/running, I'm going to bike, elliptical or swim it for now until my foot cooperates.

His plan goes like this: Monday-30 min run, Wednesday-30 min run, Thursday-easy walk and Saturday is your mileage runs.

I also got these puppies for my b-day!!! Which was yesterday :) Big 23...I got to go to Fleet Feet and get custom shoes for my feet...I also go this topical ibuprofen cream for my tendonitis!

So for training this week, I did 3 miles in 15 minutes on the bike, 1.1 miles on the elliptical in 15 minutes on Monday and today I did 5 miles in 27 minutes on the bike. Tomorrow I plan to do an easy walk in the morning, go to the pool at the rec center for a couple of hours and then get ready for my Birthday night out!!! We are going to Mafiaozo's 12 South in downtown Nashville and then The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar! I'm so excited to go out with my hubby and great friends!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

13 Weeks left to train

My next half marathon (Women's Half-Nashville) is 13 weeks away. My foot still hurt a little bit when I walk, so I am going to do some alternate hard core training to get my body in shape so when I can pick up and walk/run again, my foot won't hurt. I want to try to follow the Jeff Galloway plan this time but I didn't start it in time because of my foot. So I'm going to tweek it a little bit.
Plan for this week:
Monday- Swim for 30 minutes. (4 times freestyle up and back, 4 times back stroke up and 4 times breast stroke up and back) then I did once up and back the kicks of freestyle, back, breast and fly. I also walked 4 laps around the pool. Then in the evening, hubby and I went on a 2.2 mile bike ride and played in the pool.
Tuesday- Bike for 30 minutes in the workout room. Swim for 30 minutes. (Probably the same routine up there but maybe add a lap to the kicks).
Wednesday- Swim for 30 minutes. Try elliptical, if my foot starts hurting with that, then I'll do bike again.
Thursday- Jillian Michael's minus the jumping jacks and jump rope and butt kicks (hurt foot) but I will try the rest. Swim for 30 minutes.
Friday- Swim for 30 minutes.
Weekend- REST!!!

Hubby and I are doing something exciting for our anniversary! We wanted to get each other something that we can use and have fun with together. We are getting road bikes (maybe me a hybrid bike, not sure if I would like a road bike yet) and a bike rack for our SUV so we can take our bike to paved trails to go on bike rides together! I am very excited about this!!!

I promise to try to post more often now. I just haven't been feeling like it since I've hurt my foot!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tendonitis....I hate you!

For almost 3 weeks now, the top of my right foot by my 3 last toes has hurt when I walk, sometimes at night, and sometimes when I'm not doing anything at all. I went to the doc last Thursday because I was worried it was a stress fracture and I wanted to take care of it before it got too bad. I had x-rays and everything...no stress fracture, but tendonitis. So, I had to take steroids, rest it, elevate it when I could, and wrap it with an ace bandage to compress it. I guess they are right when they say "It's going to hurt worse before it feels better." because that is what it feels like....

So this puts a damper on my training for my next half marathon in September :( I was getting all pumped up to start training again and now this happens. So doc's orders were to swim laps to get the exercise in. I started that yesterday. I had the townhouse complex pool all to myself. I did 4 laps of freestyle, 2 laps of breast stroke and 2 laps of back stroke to start off. I rested for a bit and floated in my pool raft and then I used my raft to act as a kick board and I did the legs for freestyle down, breast back, butterfly down, back stroke back. I did this twice up and down the pool. I was definitely tired after that.

Hopefully it won't take 4 weeks for this foot to heal :(

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Back on the Wagon...

I am finally getting into a groove of exercising and and conditioning again before I start my second round of half marathon training! Call me crazy, but after all the pain and many miles ran/walked, I'm signed up to do another half-marathon this year. I posted last week the course map and my friend heather and I drove the course. It is going to be tricky!!!

Here's my plan for the next three weeks before full blown training begins:
*Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred- EVERYDAY!!!
*A mixture/my version of Jeff Galloway's conditioning program (not the full 8 weeks, but 3 weeks and I tweaked it a bit)

I am going to start Jeff Galloway's half marathon training program this time around. Last time I used this training program and it really focuses on mileage but this time I want to focus more on endurance and time.

I am loving this time being out of school and resting/relaxing!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's been almost a month.......I know I've been slacking big time! With the end of the school year winding down and all of the end of the year stuff going on, I have been so busy! Plus, I kinda got burnt out on exercising and training after the half marathon. I guess that is pretty usual though.

Anyways, I'm back on track. Today was day 3 of my 30 day shred and I'm doing this continuously!
I think next week I'm going to start my half marathon training program to get pumped for the Women's Half in September.

P.S. The Women's Half Course is BRUTAL!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day 1 of my 30 day shred!

First off, hello to all my wonderful readers! I had to take a few days off after the big race this past weekend to recoup and re-energize! I'm planning going on a 4 miler with my friend, Heather, (who is doing the women's half with me in September) on Saturday.

Today though, I finished day 1 level 1 of Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred DVD. I have been wanting to switch up my workouts basically because I haven't seen much weight loss and I'd like to loose a couple pounds. Anyways, my friend Heather and I watched the first exercise of this DVD on Sunday to see what we were getting ourselves into....our talk was SO wrong! We watched the first exercise and thought...eh that looks like a piece of cake......tonight while I was doing it...I thought differently!

Jillian definitely makes you work our butt of (literally) in those 20 minutes of torture! I will thank her for it someday when I have a rockin body...in the mean time all I can think about is wanting chocolate after this workout....

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Country Music Half Marathon Re-Cap

WARNING: In this post I will be telling it like it is. I'm apologizing before hand for some graphic stories! This post is also filled with pictures!

Sister and I carb loaded the night before at their house. We got up at 4:30 AM (apparently that wasn't earlier enough!!) My Race Number!

We left by 5 and thought the last shuttle from the finish left at 6 am to go to the starting line. I 24/ I 40/ I 65 split was grid locked a mile before the split. Luckily I had my iphone handy and mapped another route that took us to LP field. We got their past 6 and there were tons of people still waiting for shuttles.

Lines for the Porta Potty's were RIDICULOUS!

We stood in this line FOR-EV-ER!

Starting line!!! We started at 7:29 or so.


Look at all those people! 30,000!!!

At about mile 4-5 or so, I finally go the "Runner's High" and ran for I don't know how long and then it hit me and I came back down! The fueling stations were great. Had Cytomax (or Cyto-cleanse, as I might put it later) and water at almost everyone and LOVED the oranges and bananas.
Around mile 8 or so, struggling but still trying to smile!!

Sorry this one is a little blurry! Belmont Church Praise Band was AWESOME and so encouraging!

Run Kenzi RUN!!

I'm Proud to be an American!!
The guy on the left carried that American Flag the whole time and the solider on the right wore full army fatigues/backpack for the whole race!

Mile 11 right before the DOWN POUR!!

This part was the toughest for me. Kenzie would reach out her hand to help me along when we would run in spurts...I was in a lot of pain by then. I almost teared up on the last picture from the right because we had almost completed a half marathon!!!

WE DID IT!!! 3 hours 10 minutes and 27 seconds later! I completed my first half marathon!
Hubby, Heather, TJ, Jared and Lindsey were there on the final stretch with signs and cheering us on!!! It was so encouraging and great to see and hear them!!!!! Thank you all for coming out and supporting us!

On the way back to Kenzie's house....took us FOREVER to get out of the parking lot.
* Side note* Here comes the brutally honest part. Skip over if you don't want to read! My youngest brother, who is a cross country/swimmer/ and track star, always told me that a "pre-race poop is totally necessary" well, I didn't have to at Kenzie's and didn't have time before the race. I was fine until about mile 8 or so. The Cytomax (cytocleanse, as I like to put it, was kicking in) and I had to pee so bad. I didn't want to stop so, I just kept going. The more I tried to run, the more it felt like I was going to have an accident. I tried to run as much as I could though. We crossed the finish line and it was pouring the rain so we ran to our car and pretty much sat in our parking spot for 30 minutes. We moved a little bit and I decided I couldn't hold it anymore, so I got out of the car, took an umbrella, and my phone and went to the Ramada inn across the parking lot. I got down to the bathrooms and there was a line. Finally got into a stall and let it all out. We finally got back to Kenzie's and I used the bathroom again, ate waffles and bar-b-cue nachos (random I know. but SO good), used the bathroom again. Took an ice bath for 20 minutes............................
After the ice bath, took a short nap/relaxed on the couch where our friend Leah, gave my legs and feet an awesome rub down!!!! and used the bathroom again. I took a shower and got ready to go out with friends for dinner. We ate at Maggiano's and it was SOO yummy. We had dinner with Jared and Lindsey, Steve and Emily and Amber and Brendan. We had so much fun! We ended up crashing at our friend TJ and Heather's house and when we got there....you guessed it, I used the bathroom again. I pooped 5 times in 1 day...and it was regular poop. That doesn't seem normal.

Today, I soaked my feet in Heather's foot bath with Epsom salt and if felt good! I am still in tons of pain in my hips, quads, and hamstrings. I was in pain all over yesterday but my feet and knees feel O.K. today. My toes had and still have big blisters on them the size of TEXAS! I wish they would heal and go away. I've already drained them 3 times....ughhhhh
Thank you for all your encouraging words and prayers these last few months!! They have been a blessing and even though the after-math blows, it was so worth it and will be doing many more in the future!!!

I can now say that I have done a half marathon!!!!!! Country Music Half Marathon-it's been real! Women's Half marathon-here I come in a few months!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Expo Night

Thursday night I headed downtown with Hubby to go to the Country Music Half Marathon Expo to pick up my stuff and look around. I met my SIL there and hubby dropped me off at the door to find a parking spot. Well I would've been able to enjoy it more if he actually parked instead of driving downtown and waiting for me. There was so much to see, seeing that I am a first timer. I enjoyed seeing all the booths but wish there would've been more freebies. I also wish I could've snagged some products to review on here...we'll just have to be patient I guess! I did get a demonstration of The Stick product and man was it nice! Hubby was rushing me to be finished so I didn't quite get to see everything but that's okay. There's always one to look forward to in September and this time I won't bring the hubby :)

KEEP ME IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!!! Hopefully I won't be swept up in a tornado tomorrow and am not completely miserable running/walking in the rain....4 am is going to come early. Tonight, Derek and I are headed over to SIL and BIL house for a spaghetti/pasta carb loading experience!!!! and to watch the episode of 24 that we missed on monday that they DVR'd :)

Happy Running (in the massive storm) Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon Runners/Walkers! See ya on the flip side :)

P.S. I will have my sweet Olympus Water proof Camera with me and will be documenting EVERYTHING!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

3 days to go till Race day!

I haven't posted in forever because just about the time I sit down to do it, my hubby wants me to watch 24 (not like I don't want to watch 24 ;) and he says I need to pay attention to it the whole time...aka not playing on my computer. So here I sit, during my planning while the kiddos are at P.E. typing my little heart out! It's nice to have some peace and quiet during a loud day filled with 6 and 7 year olds.

Anyways, back to my training stories. Saturday, Derek and I were in WV visiting my family and in for a wedding of friends we went to college with. Saturday morning, me, my brother adam (a cross country/track guy), our golden retriever (Tanner) and Derek mapped out our 5 mile loop. Derek rode a bike with us. Our track was 3 neighborhoods in all. Adam made me run up hills and run a lot in general..He says "I've gotten get you in better shape for this race" haha...not going to happen the week before little bro! We did 5 miles in about an hour and 15 min or so...not the best but we did have the dog so ya know....

I took Sunday and Monday off...suppose to run yesterday but lost track of time so my punishment was to get my sleepy butt out of bed this morning at 6 AM and do an easy 3 miles. This is the first morning that I have not hit my snooze button in a LONG time...I mean A LONG TIME!!!!!!!!!!! I was proud of myself! I checked the weather and it said it was 38 so I nixed the running outside thing and headed to our complex workout room! (Good thing I have that!) I did 3 miles in 25:59!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOO HOO for me! Plus I also got to watch Saved by the Bell...one of my all time favorite shows! No wonder why I don't see it on anymore...it come on at the butt crack of dawn.

Alas...I am out for a girls night to see The Last Song with friend Heather and maybe friend Lindsey!!! Tomorrow Derek and I are headed to the Half Marathon Expo to meet sister and pick up our racing packets/goodie bag/gear stuff...

Yikes! Getting nervous/excited....hoping that the weather man is wrong and God blesses us with great weather!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Down to the home stretch

10 days until the Country Music Half Marathon.
10 days until I start my first half marathon.
10 days until I complete my first half marathon.

I did a short train today. 3 miles in 28 minutes! I plan to do 4 miles tomorrow and then hopefully a 6 miler on Saturday morning. We are traveling back to my home state, Good ol' WV, for some friends from college wedding. We'll be staying at my parents house and the wedding isn't until the afternoon, so hopefully I can get in a quick 6 miles that morning. Then the last week until the big day!

I have been wondering about post-half-marathon training. Any good tips? What do you normally do after a race? I've been plateauing lately with weight and I'd like to loose a couple more pounds so I bought the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred! I plan to do that some after the half but I need to keep up the miles because I am doing the 10 miler in Bellbuckle in June. I would also love to get into kick-boxing, zumba, and spinning classes! We'll see! Gotta get a workout schedule that will work for me but let me keep getting my miles in for training.

P.S. Since I'm a first grade teacher, I have to share two little comments from my sweet little children. First: A little girl came up to my desk a couple days ago and said "My mom's gone all organic on me! She buys everything organic! She made me throw away all my snacks and now gives me organic snacks!!!!" later on during snack time she held up her bag and said "Look who gave me organic again! I can't take organic anymore!" SHE CRACKS ME UP!!
Second: A little boy came up to me after working on a math worksheet and said "Mrs. Clark I feel like my brain has been working really hard but I think the left side is broken."
27 more days until summer break! I sure am going to miss those kiddos!

Monday, April 12, 2010

7.5 Mile Sunday and Spring Break Re-cap

7.5 Miles

Sunday, SIL and I went on our walk/run. We started at Centennial Park and instead of going on the course, we went down West End and then to Broadway all the way down until we got to the river, we went down 2nd and up church for a bit, went by the Ryman and then back to Broadway onward back to Centennial. IT WAS HOT! Luckily we had propel and Power Bar Energy chewies! I also was sporting my new dri fit tank from Academy and my "swear by" nike dri fit tight running shorts! While on this trek, I got to make my downtown/Broadway st. to do list, which includes:
  • Eating at Demo's
  • Seeing a show at the Ryman Auditorium
  • Going to the Big Bang-Dueling Piano Bar
  • Going to the Wildhorse Saloon to learn how to line dance
  • Get a pair of Cowboy boots from a store where you can buy 1 and get 2 pairs free!!
  • Eat at The Melting Pot
  • Check out all the other music venues downtown!
If you see something that is missing from my list that is a must do-please comment and let me know!

Spring Break Re-Cap

Accomplished List:
  • Met Tim McGraw with MIL (Ate at Macaroni Grill for the first time)
  • Went Shopping (got new running clothes), Visited Fleet Feet for the first time!
  • Ran/walked a total of 31 miles!
  • Ate at Chuy's for the first time-GREAT!
  • Celebrated Easter with my In-laws, SIL and Hubby. Church service was awesome! Home cooked dinner of Ham, Asparagus, Salad, cheesy potatoes and rolls!
  • Cleaned out the outdoor storage closet with MIL-went to Lowes and got a shepherds hook for our bird feeder and other random stuff.
  • Went to Radnor Lake for the first time- LOVED IT!
  • Went on several convertible rides with hubby!
  • Spent time with my friend Lindsey, who is getting ready to have a baby!
  • Went shopping at the Avenue in Murfreesboro with teacher friend, Amy.
  • Cookout with Friends Jared and Lindsey
  • Helped friends move in this past weekend
  • Picnic in Centennial park after church with friends, TJ, Heather, Lindsey and Jared with Hubby! We ate Chipotle!!! and brought snacks!
  • Got a flat tire on my SUV :( luckily it was the valve cap that was messed up and only cost us $2.19 to fix!
  • Met Kix Brooks from Brooks and Dunn at Arrington Vineyards at the first ever song writers night. It was awesome! Ricky Ray, Walt Aldridge and Kix Brooks sang and played their guitar!
  • Hooked on the show 24 and from last Tuesday until tonight we have watched all of season 1 on Netflix! We are CRAZYYYY!!!
Hope ya'll have a great week! Less than 2 weeks til' the big race!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

*Celebrate good times, Come on*

For some reason, I have that song in my head because I have some pretty exciting stuff going on in my life! After waking up this morning, making hubby an egg sandwich for breakfast before he went to work, I made my self a cup of wonderful coffee (with cinnamon vanilla creamer :), a bowl of cereal and Rachel Ray, I sat down to catch up with facebook, emails, google reader, twitter, etc. To my surprise, Women's Running Mag announced a new city for their Women's Half Marathon!!! AND GUESS WHAT!!!! It's in NASHVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was prepared to skimp on shopping for a couple months and save my blow money to travel to St. Petersburg, FL in November to do the Women's Half because it looked awesome! Now I don't have to because it's basically in my backyard (give or take a few miles...well 30 but closer than FL) AND it is sooner! September 25th!! I am sooo excited about this one!
The charm comes out of the center so you can put it on a necklace! How cool is that!!!!

Visit Women's Half Marathon to register! Between now and April 18th Registration fee is ONLY $50!!! I am signed up and hope all of you Nashvillians sign up as well! Even friends not from Nashville, COME VISIT and do this with me!!!

I am as equally excited/nervous that my first half marathon is only a few short 16 DAYS AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As for training today, I began outside. It was really windy and a little bit chilly. Tut Tut..looks like rain
This is my house!
I did 1.5 miles outside and decided to do the other 3.5 inside to total 5 miles in 55 minutes!

Then after finishing my run/walk, I did 30 minutes of strength training and yoga on my Wii Fit!
Today's workout was so great! I felt great about it!

Tonight we are going here: Arrington Vineyard to hear Kix Brooks (from Brooks and Dunn) sing for FREE! He is the co-owner of the vineyard and it's going to be outside! I am soo excited for this too!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wonderful Tuesday!

Spring Break has been absolutely great so far! Here are some things that I've done:

1. Met Tim McGraw at his new book signing.
2. Went shopping with my mother-in-law and sis-in-law.
3. Ate at Chuy's in Coolsprings for lunch with the above in #2.
4. Went to beautiful Radnor Lake with the above in #2.
5. Had a wonderful smoothie from Smoothie King after Radnor Lake!
6. Beautiful Easter Sunday service at church and lunch/walking with family afterwards.
7. Went to Lowe's with my Mother-in-law and got some cool stuff. (Hook for birdfeeder, my fav)
8. Cleaned out the outside storage closet, changed air filters, changed lightbulbs, etc.

9. Walked/ran 3.5 miles today in the neighborhood where my school is located. It was fun and exhausting. LOTS OF HILLS!!!! and when the wind wasn't blowing, the sun was super hot. Good thing I wore sunscreen!

Still on my to-do list on SB:
1. a couple convertible rides with hubby.
2. Visit with my friend, Lindsey.
3. Shopping trip to The Avenue (Murfreesboro) with my teacher friend, Amy.
4. Laundry, Kitchen, our bathroom (cleaning)
5. Watch Hubby at his bowling league on Wednesday night.
6. Do some more training and long run/walk on Saturday.
7. RELAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

8.75 miles at Radnor Lake

Yesterday, MIL (Mother-in-law, Sandy), and I went on a 2 mile brisk walk before hubby got up and Kenzie (SIL) got here! We had a full day of fun shopping and gallivanting around Cool Springs and the Brentwood area! I got some new running shorts and shirts from Academy Sports and TJ MAXX!! Sister went to Fleet Feet and got new shoes....I'm so jealous! I'm definitely getting my next pair there!! The service was excellent and I was watching the girl like a hawk when she was talking to Kenzie and having her try on the shoes, walk and jog in them! I was so intrigued!

Today, Kenzie, Sandy and I went to Radnor Lake to do our long walk/jog! We did 8.75 miles and Sandy did all of it with us! Halfway through we stretched, ate a powerbar recovery (I was starved and couldn't wait until our training was over!!) and tried a powerbar energy fruit chew! They were really good and gave us just enough boost! I believe that this might be my new favorite place to walk/run in Nashville. Although, I do love the trail off of Concord Road!!!
Enjoy my pictures, taken from my iphone!

I love that this road is closed except for the park workers

Isn't this just beautiful?????

Let's go Kenzie and Sandy!!!!

Look at the row of turtles sunning themselves!!

We are so ready for the Music City Half in 3 weeks!!!! Well almost ready!!

We are also planning on doing the Bellbuckle 10 miler in June and the half marathon in Murfreesboro, TN in October so far. I would love to do the Women's Half Marathon in St. Peterburg, FL in November! We'll see how the budget is and if I can swing it!