Monday, September 9, 2013

(Half) Marathon Monday #2

Another weekend has already flown by! Mine was spent mostly studying as my first psych test is this afternoon (wish me luck!).  I did manage to get in my 4-miler though, just one day late. I was not feeling well on Saturday so all I managed to do was sleep and study on-and-off all day.  Top that off with a Notre Dame loss and the whole day was just rough. On to the training, eh?

Week 1
Sunday // stretch & strengthen // 3.12 miles (11:52 pace) and Pure Barre
Monday // 3 miles // REST
Tuesday // 2 miles or cross // 2.18 miles (12:16 pace) and Pure Barre
Wednesday // 3 miles + strength // Pure Barre
Thursday // rest // 1 mile FAST (9:21 pace)
Friday // 30 min cross // 2 Pure Barre classes
Saturday // 4 miles // REST
Sunday // stretch & strengthen // 4.15 miles (12:53 pace)
Scheduled workout is in gray and actual workout is in pink.  Rest days are orange.

As you can see, I had to move a few workouts around and I am okay with this.  It's a training program but life gets in the way and school comes first.  I'm currently in Psych rotations that are every Wednesday from 6:20a-6:20p.  I was able to make it to the 7:00p Pure Barre class this week but I can't say that will always happen or that I'll be able to make a run happen on those days.  And for those of you suggesting I work out before clinical.... um, no. I have to leave my house by 5:40a to get there which would mean joining the 4am club and as my grandfather would say, that's an AGH - ain't gonna happen

On Thursday I was planning to run my 3 miles that I skipped on Wednesday before heading down to Galveston to visit some family for the afternoon.  My stepsister, her husband, and her new baby were visiting from France and most of their trip is being spent in Austin but a few days were at the beach in Galveston.  With school, I knew I couldn't swing a trip to Austin but Galveston was possible. Plus, my mom was there and it is always great to see her since we don't live in the same city.

Well, I ended up oversleeping (seems to be a trend the day after clinicals) and toyed with the idea of skipping the run altogether. I was tight on time because I needed to leave Galveston by 4:00p in order to get home, drop of Milli, feed the dogs, and then get to babysitting by 6:30p in Houston traffic.  To make the most of an hour and a half drive to Galveston, I wanted to get on the road by 11:30a which would give me 3 hours to see family. So I made what I feel was a smart running decision - I decided to do just 1 mile but really push myself to run fast.  I knew I could get 1 mile done and still have time to get ready before needing to leave.  Generally, my personal mindset is "slow and steady wins the race."  Speed has never been on my side and my goals are this point in time are to finish.  Once I know I can do it, then I can always work on my time.

I ended up pushing myself really hard and ran the mile in 9:21. That is insanely fast for me!  I hope one day to look back and have 9:21 be more of my average pace and a time in the low 8s/high 7s to be considered fast, but for now, I am proud of myself. Which means that Week 1 was a success!

Copilot Milli, the only picture I took in Galveston. My mom loves this little nugget so I brought her with me to cheer her up.  Hopefully I'll get some pictures from my fam to show off my new nephew!

Bright red but happy about finishing my 4-miler!
It doesn't count if you don't post a picture of your Garmin, right?
Keeping track of my workouts so I can stay accountable.  And I love these pens that Justine sent me in my Cara Box!

I'll leave you with this adorable picture of B and our nephew taken after Sunday dinner last night. They were watching an episode of Blue's Clues together on his phone.  That kid is obsessed with Blue's Clues and it is the cutest thing ever.

How was your weekend? Spend any time with family? Accomplish any fitness goals?



  1. Good for you on the training! I was so happy with my gym progress this weekend, but I think one of the AC units there went out because it was SO HOT. Not cool, 24 hour!

  2. Can you imagine getting up at 4am? Oh man. I know many MANY people do and I consider myself an early person big time, but ya..that's way too intense.

    Another week down!! Good job!!

  3. Woo you are doing great! My own training has been not so hot, but this is inspiring me to get out there! I am running the half in January, so I will be starting a plan similar to yours in November! Now I just do shorter runs of 1-3 miles and pace runs, and work on building my endurance!

  4. Great job keeping up with all your working out! I'm impressed!!

  5. Wow you're doing awesome! I'm so inspired! Thanks for linking up this week!!


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