Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Training for Tuesday (and Halloween Party)

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend (and Monday). If you follow me on insta you may have noticed that KC and I had a Halloween party on Saturday night. I thought I'd share a couple of photos, and then we'll get to training talk.


It was a fabulous night, if I do say so myself. I didn't feel so fabulous on Sunday, but it was worth it.

Ok, onto the reason we're here today. Last time I talked about my goal for my 4th half marathon, which was to just finish run the whole race, and to not do any worse than I have done before (that's no fun).

To recap, here are my previous half marathon times:

2011: 2:37:15
2012: 2:04:48
2014: 2:39:15


And for half marathon #4? 2:33:21. Definitely nothing to write home about, but nothing to sneeze at either. I knew I wouldn't break my dream goal because I was not prepared, and that's my own fault. Just makes me serious about training for the next half. Which will most likely be the KY Derby mini in April 2015. I didn't use an app or anything, I just wanted to run and not have a voice telling me I was going too slow or whatever - I know I'm in the minority, but sometimes I just want to run, nothing else. I listened to an audio book (3 guesses which one...) and it was perfect for me.


the medal is super cool
But anyway - I ran almost the whole thing. The hills sucked, and I was 'running' so slowly that I was exerting so much energy but moving slower than a snail. So I power walked up the harder hills, and ran the rest. My knees did not play up AT ALL which was awesome, one ankle got kinda mad whilst running but was okay afterwards. My hips were so unbelievably sore, I could barely walk. I was seriously worried about the party that night, how could I host if I couldn't walk? I got a milkshake on the way home and did less than 20 minutes of yoga. I have never done yoga after a long run before and OHMYLAWD I could have run another 13 miles right then and there. All the pain disappeared, I'm not exaggerating at all. Then I danced all night and had no issues, and today I'm a little tight but absolutely nothing like I have been before. Thank Zeus for pigeon pose.

I was able to see Rebecca as I crossed the finish line which was SO AWESOME. I felt like a superstar, normally they hand the medals to you but we pretended I was all fancy and she put it on for me. I basically fell into her arms in the pretense of giving her a hug, and she held me up until I could stand on my own... just kidding. I thought I was about to die, so we didn't get a photo and I tried to walk back to her afterwards but was told I couldn't. Boo! I also tried to meet up with Katie, but we couldn't find each other. No fair! It was nice to know they were there either way. 

Anyway. So the point of my training for tuesday post today is to share my new goals.

Running

In April 2015 I want to break 2 hours. I know I can do it because I was so close in 2012, so I need to get back in similar running shape, so my goals right now are to run 3-5 times a week. That's it.

Strength

I haven't done proper strength training in so long, I have really missed it. I have done little videos here and there, but haven't done a full on workout at the gym so I'm excited to get back into that.

Yoga

I don't do enough yoga, I want to get to where I am doing it 4-5 times a week. I'm not very good, but the only way to get better is to keep doing it, right? I think I am going to do the first Erin Motz challenge again before moving on to the new challenge.

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I need to work out a schedule for myself, like running on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and yoga Mon-Fri or something like that. Some kind of schedule with all the workouts. I like routine. It's kinda nice to know that I can just workout for the fun of working out right now, with no race in the near future. I know this sounds kinda silly, but knowing I have running friends (even if they are all on the internet) makes it so much more fun and exciting, and it really helped me with this race - if I didn't have Alyssa or Tracy telling me I could do it and hosting this link up, I probably would have given up training altogether, but I didn't, so thanks ladies!

One thing I really struggle with is continuing to run or workout during the winter. Normally what happens is it gets too cold for me so I take a small break in early November which suddenly turns into February. Anyone got any tips or tricks to stay motivated during winter?


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  1. Getting motivated to work out is where I'm at too.
    So proud of you for running your 4th half - that's awesome!

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  2. Seriously, I am so proud of you for just doing a half marathon... but to be on your 4th?! Dang girl! I ran 2.4 miles yesterday and was exhausted. I can't imagine running a half marathon. Get it girl!! I know you can break 2 hours, you got this!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. Great party pics - looks like you guys really pulled out all the stops with the food table! That jack-o-lantern face on the dip is so cute!

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  4. congrats on the marathon! girl, don't even say anything about your time - while you were running that shizz, all of us were sitting on our couches so you lapped allllll of us :D

    to stay motivated during the winter - just switch your goals around. start lifting/doing yoga and work on those goals with some interval circuits to keep your cardio up. then when it gets warmer, start running outside. that's what i do :)

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  5. that dip (or w.e. that is) in the jack-o-lantern shape is too cute! and yay for another run in the books!

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  6. I can't even believe you are on your 4th marathon! I can barely even make it through 3 miles! Yalls Halloween party must have been so fun!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  7. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations girl that is so exciting!!!!! I can't believe you were hosting a party after you did that. I think I was laying on the ground for the entire day after I did mine. Looks like such a fun party!

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  8. Looks like a great party, you looked great in your costume! Congrats on the half- marathon!! That is amazing, I am super impressed by anyone who can get through a race that long! Way to go!

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  9. Yay for your half marathon!!! Just the fact that you completed another one is definitely enough to write home about. You should go run a half on the coast... they tend to not have any hills :) That's why I picked the one I'm running in December! No hills = winning. Good luck training for your next one!

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  10. Congrats on your nothing to sneeze at time!! I am genuinely impressed at all the running you do and have no tips on how to stay motivated to run in the winter since I hate running at all times. LOL Also...LOVE your Halloween costume and your party looks so fun. :)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  11. Your party looked fun, and I love your costume! And congrats on the run, that is no easy feat! You are killing it girl! #winning

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  12. Congrats, girly! So cool that you listened to an audio book while running, love that. Those are awesome goals, and you got this! :) I need to follow your lead and make some fitness goals for myself asap. Love the asylum decorations btw!!

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  13. ahh that party looks like so much fun! and congrats!! i need to get back into running again. xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a giveaway on cornflake dreams

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  14. Your Halloween party looks like so much fun! Love your costume!

    Way to go! I am seriously impressed. I struggle with 5ks so a half-marathon sounds super intimidating.

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  15. Whoohoo! Good for you! I've been wanting to bust through the 2 hour mark on a half since 2010, and haven't done it yet... Best I've gotten is 2:06. But just like you, I don't train properly! Maybe I'll join your goal for 2015! And YES YES YES to yoga for runners! It's the best for getting those legs and hips stretched out and toned up for better performance.

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  16. You got a great time girl! I didn't PR either. Maybe it would've been possible without those mountains! (They didn't even feel like hills) I definitely walked up those.
    I have never done yoga after a run, I'll have to try that! I'm so disappointed I didn't get to see you. Definitely at the mini, if not before! ♥

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  17. Great job! Considering you readjusted your goals based on your training (smart!), I'd say you nailed it. Hills are no joke, and I have totally been in that position where there is really no point in even trying to run up them because it takes more energy than it's worth.
    Every long run I tell myself I'm going to do at least a few minutes of yoga...and then I don't. But the times I actually do I'm like holy shit WHY don't I do this every time?! It seriously helps so much.
    So yeah, like I told you, before I hit this crazy fast streak (like 2 months ago haha) my PR's were pretty much spot on with yours, so I am confident there is a sub-2 half in your near future! It's been fun keeping up with your training and I'm glad it's helping you to share it! I have a big goal I *think* I want to attempt in May 2015 so yeah....April/May 2015, it's on!
    Also your witch costume is amazing and that food spread looks awesome! Halloween is the best!

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  18. Great costume and that food table looks so good. You did great on the runs and you did it, which is the important part and more than I can say because I haven't raced in months

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  19. Girl such a great costume!! Looks like you had a really great party and all the food looks so good!! Congrats on completing another half marathon!!! that is fantastic!

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  20. Wooohoo, awesome run! I just passed my PT test, so I can finally slow down on the running for now, and I started trying to keep up with Tone It Up. Their workouts always make me sore afterward but feel great.

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  21. The party looks like it was fun! I'm not registered for a race but I need to get back into running so I'm starting a half marathon training program when I get back from Memphis next week.

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  22. I LOVED your costume picture on Instagram over the weekend! You looked so great! But those hangovers aren't very fun anymore... I swear I'm still not 100% after this weekend!

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  23. The costume and party look amazing! So fun! Congrats on being your previous times even though you would have liked to do better. I am sure you can hit your goal with the next one!

    Yoga is something I need to incorporate into my life.

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  24. I have a really hard time getting motivated in the winter. I just don't want to do it!

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  25. That looks like an awesome party! How did I miss this on IG?

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  26. Your Halloween party looks like so much fun! I wish my friends would host something similar, maybe next year!

    I run in the cold and snow, which is not much fun and takes a lot of positive self talk. Or more like "shut up and go run". Lots of layers help, as well as signing up for an early Spring race. Nothing motivates me like spending money!

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  27. Oooh! Do your follow courtney at Eat Pray Run DC? She did a program called Run Less Run Faster and got her goal time! I did something similar (doing HIIT a few times a week combined with sprints/distance runs) and broke 2 hours!

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    1. thanks lindsay for the shout out! i was just gonna comment that - run less run faster is awesome and you'll have plenty of time for yoga if you do it as well :)

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  28. The only way I manage to run in the winter is on the treadmill - I hate cold and snow!!
    The strength work will definitely help your running - I'm sure that yoga will, too but I don't put enough effort into fitting in yoga.

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  29. Loved your costume!! I like the taco dip with the olives in the face of a Jack O Lantern, so cute!! Awesome job on the run too!

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  30. I loved reading about you and Rebecca meeting on her blog too haha! Loved your costume too :)

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  31. Party looks like a blast! You ran a good time! I think you can totally get under 2 hours next year! Yoga is so good for you and I need to try and add it in more too.

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  32. That party looks like so much fun and the food spread YUMMY!

    Way to run the half, lady! rock it out

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  33. Great costumes and way to go on the run time!

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  34. Very cute witch costume! :)

    If you have not checked out Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube, do so! She tends to hold my attention and has me wanting to do yoga more often!

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  35. Looks like you had a blast!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Funny coincidences! I also had a long black wig though I wasn't a witch. Wow awesome race! My sister in law did one as well. XO-Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  36. Ok you need grow your hair super long now because you look way too good with that wig on! And dang girl! Congrats on the half marathon!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  37. I just bought that wig! Thanks for the tip! xo

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  38. I love Halloween parties - it's so fun to see what everyone dresses up as!

    Last year was the first time I actually trained through the winter. My tips would be to make sure you have all the right stuff for it! I got these shoe grips that help you run in the snow/ice and they worked like a charm. I also invested in a few pairs of cold weather running clothes so I knew I would be okay. After 50 degrees and slightly cloudily, my second favorite running weather is 30 and sunny! Good luck!!!

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  39. This past winter when it was so cold & miserable & polar vortexing our butt, I was on the treadmill. I did 10 miles on the mill... something I would never have done if it wasn't awful out - but that's always an option. Planet Fitness for $10 a month - kill their treadmills if its awful during winter.
    I'm so impressed you did a half marathon at an awesome time & THEN partied up! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

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  40. Yes to Erin Motz! I still do the DoYouYoga 30 day challenge routines every once in a while. I used to do the "no sweat morning routine" every morning before getting ready for work and then cardio or HIIT at night. I think even just practicing for 15-20 minutes every day is good for your body! Thanks for introducing me to this new challenge though! I just signed up!!

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  41. Get it girl! I have done the 10 miler before (part of the triple crown) and those hills in the park are killer! My hips were dying after I did that and I power walked up those hills. You can do this! I'd say that I would join but I am not a distance runner. I like to cap out at a 10K.

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  42. Good luck with your training! You've inspired me to come up with some kind of exercise plan for myself. How exciting that you were so close to reaching your goal! You've totally got this :) Also, your witch costume was super cute! Love the different color socks/stockings!
    ~Gianni~

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  43. Your party looks super fun! And go you on your run and training!!! I just signed up for that yoga challenge too! I really want to start doing yoga at least one day a week (Sundays.) Maybe if I like it enough I will do it more often.

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  44. How good do all of those snacks look?! I almost didn't recognize you at first with the wig- love your costume! And amazing job on the race! I've never thought to listen to an audio book while working out- I've never listened to one ever though, haha, but it sounds like it was perfect for you to just zone out and not focus on the miles/time. I need to come up with some kind of better exercise schedule as well- I want to do yoga or pilates at least 1x a week, just need to figure out a routine.

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  45. Congrats on finishing your race and feeling food about it!! I'm trying to get into an exercise routine, it is so hard for me to stay motivated. I kind of hate exercising. Your party looks fun! I love the witch tights.

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  46. First of all... love the halloween costume! Your a beautiful witch! :) That table of food looks delicious right about now! And most importantly... good job on your race! Regardless of the time, it's awesome that you run it! I'm lucky if I even run the entire 5k. Lol.

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