1/2 Marathon Training Plan

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I’m back at it. My half marathon is the first weekend in June, and I’m so excited! We (my husband and I) ran the Williamsburg Run for the Dream 1/2 Marathon last year, and it is by far my favorite route in the world. I’m always looking for an excuse to run in Williamsburg, and I always look forward to those glorious 13.1 miles.
We have a lot of changes potentially coming down the chute in the next couple months, so I started my training a little earlier than necessary… just in case there are some ‘set-backs’ to my long runs.

Last weekend I enjoyed my 7 mile run in my favorite park, it was about 40 F so I was bundled up for the first couple miles and discarded my gloves once I warmed up. On the first mile, I found a brand new smart phone! I called a few of the last contacts and left it at the running store I was running with. Hopefully it found its rightful owner.  295550_345102265606645_866713775_n

About a week ago I ran on the boardwalk during the sunrise. I paused to catch my breath, and looked like a total tourist to take some pictures. I tend to do my shorter runs on the boardwalk because it’s about a 6 mile loop, and it would just be the end of the world if I had to run a lap or something. How can I not love running when it gets me our in God’s beautiful creation every morning while the rest of the world is still asleep?

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Where do your runs take you? When is the best time for you to run?

Awesome Run on the Boardwalk

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I know you should be as excited about this as I am… I have a picture to share with you today! This is immediately after my 4 mile run on the boardwalk last night! I have helmet hair because of my 3 mile bike ride there and back, so even know it wasn’t a long run, I still logged 10 miles in. This is my first run since my sprints and coming down with the flu (remember me talking about being sicky-pants?) and it felt soooo good to be back! I think God was smiling down on me because it was a wonderful 80F and the breeze was coming in off the ocean, which made my run seem uber short and extremely enjoyable.

The beach is ALL set up for the surf contest that’s happening right now, Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships, which is amazing. I’m pretty sure the beach was packed because of the competition, because it certainly wasn’t beach weather (notice the lack of people in the water or tanning in photo).

I’m excited about my 10 mile bike ride today, and the weather looks promising once again (hopefully NO rain!).

What workouts do you guys have planned for this week? Weekend? Seriously, BRAG away, Link up your best workout of the month, I’d LOVE to hear about it 🙂

Weekend on the Beach

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What a gorgeous weekend! I finally submitted my final paper for my Capstone class, and it was only 35 pages…. but my professor accepted it and gave me a wonderful grade! What a relief! I was spending about 4-5 hours every night studying and writing after working an 8 hour day, 40 hours a week. Pretty often I would fall asleep with my mac on my lap, halfway through a sentence. I was the BORING friend “I’m sorry, I have to work on school and can’t hang out” *whiny voice*.
After that paper was submitted, I was finally free to enjoy my weekend… so I decided to make it epic! I rode my bike down to the beach, and I went running on Saturday with my wonderful group of running girls. On the beach. On the sand. Four miles later my feet were raw and today my calves HURT. In fact, I woke up at 4am this morning and foam rolled them so I’d be able to run this morning (Monday). But it was all worth it because as we were cooling down in the ocean, swimming around… a couple dolphins swam within about 10 feet of us! It was beautiful and we were ecstatic (and started frantically swimming towards them)!!

This was definitely a break from not being able to run for more than 2 miles all last week, since it’s just too hot and humid. Running off the ocean, partly in the water was SO fun 🙂

Later that morning a group of girls from church had a bible study and hung out at the beach afterwards… and we went ocean kayaking for a little while! (my arms were pretty sore, so I didn’t last long). But all of us had the best time hanging out, getting a tan (aka burn, despite my trusty SPF 30 sunblock!). My friend has a pretty much private beach, so it was great to score some not-so-crowded sand.

Our girls group is going through the book “One Thousand Gifts“, and it’s been so motivating to find gifts going through the everyday motions. From mundane tasks like cleaning to frustrating things like getting stuck in traffic, Ann Voskamp is truly motivating me to see the joy in the little things!