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?

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Anniversary Weekend Getaway

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Beautiful photo taken by Poema by Anne on our last camp-out!

This weekend my husband and I went camping to celebrate our one year anniversary! We went back to Crab Tree Falls Camp ground and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! We cooked every meal over the fire, slept in a two man hiking tent, may have gotten rained out, and over the weekend I hiked a cumulative of 15 miles. Being a runner, that doesn’t sound like a lot, but this Crab Tree Falls hike is steep. And I proceeded to run most of the way down (if it was safe to do so). It was an extremely hazy weekend, so the view was magnificent and breathtaking.
After I returned from the hike Saturday morning, Tyler had spent the morning fishing and smoking his awesome cigar. We were on the way back up to the falls to check out the view from the bottom when thunder hit, and we raced back to our campsite to put all of our stuff away so it wouldn’t be ruined by the rain!

Tyler proceeded to build the most awesome thing over our fire in order to try protect it from the rain, and it worked great for about an hour, but the rain was just tooo hard and even the coals at the bottom were out by the time the rain stopped. And our tent that we borrowed just couldn’t handle that amount of rain, so our bedding was wet! So we decided to head home to sleep in the dry soft bed and ended up sleeping straight for TWELVE HOURS. I guess we were more tired than we thought!

The next day we hiked for over 10 miles in First Landing State Park, which was amazing. The trails that we took were right next to the bay, so occasionally we’d come out to a clearing of the ocean. It was so refreshing, and I’m so sore I can hardly move! It was a great weekend and totally worth all the pain I feel today ❤

Back from Vacation!

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Just came back from the best vacation ever! Tyler’s family is much more relaxed on vacation than my family was, so it was an adjustment… and I had to FORCE myself to slow down! We didn’t even have Internet.  Even though it was more relaxed than what my family does, we still did a lot of stuff, and kayaking was one of them! We went twice last week, and I got stuck a couple times because the water was so low– AND I almost died getting stuck over a water fall with rocks jutting out at the bottom! Don’t worry; we only had class 1 rapids on the first two miles, and the rest was pretty calm. 🙂

Since we were nestled in the mountains in the middle of nowhere, there were plenty of hills to train on. Not that I’m actually training for anything right now, but I can pretend. 🙂  I was seriously sore every day that I ran. I did a couple four-mile runs, but on those mountain trails, it felt like twice that! It was so awesome to run on such gorgeous trails.Williamsburg Run for the Dream

I did terrible on not eating sugar during our trip, and I’m going to have to pay for it for a couple days. So back to the strict diet from here on in! 🙂 How are your summer fitness goals coming along? What do you find the hardest to maintain during the warmer months?