Posts tagged with "Lincoln Half-Marathon"

Lincoln Half-Marathon 2015 Recap

Posted May 5, 2015 in Lincoln Half-Marathon, running, run and 7 more


I can't believe the Lincoln Half-Marathon is already over! I spent 12 weeks training, and in one morning it's done.

As I mentioned in my training recaps (here and here), I suffered from some chronic hamstring pain throughout training. This was due to teaching 4-5 cardio fitness classes a week on top of training for the race. In the two weeks leading up to the race, I only taught 1-2 classes a week in hopes that my hamstrings would recover and my legs would feel fresh for the race.

Unfortunately, my hams were hurting within minutes of beginning the race.

The BF had a little hitch in his run also because he was battling a chest cold the entire week before the race. The morning of the race his coughing sounded pretty rough.

We decided to take the race slow, not worry about our time, and just get through it.

Here are more details about what we ate before, during and after the race, and how we did during the race...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 1 and 2

Posted February 9, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, Lincoln Half-Marathon and 7 more


I started my training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon!!

This will be my 10th half-marathon and I'm running the race on my 33rd birthday! 

Going in to training, I was not feeling confident at all. My last few half-marathons have been extremely challenging (Yellowstone Half-Marathon), my pace has been getting slower and slower, I've been having severe hip and hamstring pain and I developed plantar fasciitis the last time I trained.

My other struggle the past two years has been training while teaching group fitness classes. I would often skip my weekday short runs because I was too exhausted from teaching or just didn't have time. 

I really wanted to train with intention this time. I want to feel strong and confident on race day. So here's what I'm doing differently...

  • I hired a running coach. I really wanted a customized training program that would help me build strength and endurance, and help me stay injury-free. After looking at my local options (and not finding what I was looking for), I ended up going with Amanda Brooks from Run to the Finish. We had an initial phone call so she could find out about my goals, struggles, schedule, workouts I enjoy, etc. Then (within a few days), she had created a customized plan for me. I love my training program because it includes workouts that I like doing and fits perfectly with my schedule. She's also pushing me to incorporate hill sprints and hard effort into my runs, which is something I've never really done before. Amanda is also providing tons of tips on warming up, recovery and more, and I'm getting support and encouragement in her private Facebook group. 
  • I'm doing lots of yoga. Amanda included yoga in my training program, but I also talked to Sarah Sutton, a local yoga teacher and former long distance runner. She convinced me to give yin yoga a try to help with my recovery. I'm taking Sarah's yin yoga class through Kearney Park and Rec, and I've loved it so far. Not only is it incredibly relaxing, but the stretches feel so amazing. 
  • I cut back on teaching fitness classes. I'm currently teaching two classes on Tuesdays, and not subbing much.

As I get deeper into my training, I'll share more details about what I'm doing. But these are the most significant changes that I've made to my training so far. 

Here's a look at my training from the first two weeks...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 3 and 4

Posted February 24, 2016 in running, half-marathon, half-marathon training and 6 more


I can't believe I'm already in my fifth week of half-marathon training. Running is finally beginning to feel slightly easier! 

One of my biggest mental hurdles has been not getting down on myself for running at a slower pace than in the past. During my six mile run on Sunday, I started thinking back to when I first started running about eight years ago. 

I didn't know any other runners. I didn't know what a fast pace was. I didn't even have a running watch or GPS on my phone. I ran at the middle school track to keep track of my miles. 

When I finished training runs, I felt a great sense of pride. Running any more than 3 miles seemed like such a huge accomplishment. The first time I ran 10 miles, I bought myself a giant cocktail ring to celebrate. 

I'm working on accepting where I am in this moment and taking time to congratulate myself after each run. 

Here are details from my training...

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What I'm Doing to Prepare a Week Before My Half-Marathon

Posted April 25, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, Lincoln Half-Marathon and 9 more


My half-marathon is in less than a week!

I'll be running my 10th half-marathon on Sunday, and I'm nervous! Although I know what to expect on race day, I feel different going into this race.

During 2015, I ran two half-marathons and experienced major hamstring and hip pain and I developed plantar fasciitis. 

When I started training in January, I was coming off of a six month break from running. 

But I really wanted to give the half-marathon another try, so here I am! It's been quite the journey. I've had some new mental hurdles that I've had to overcome (ie. my slower pace and running alone) and I've had to keep an open mind about my training since I hired a running coach to guide me. 

Although my pace is still slower than it has been in the past, I've trained injury free! That was my one and only goal for this half-marathon. 

I honestly wouldn't have made it through training without my running coach - Amanda from Run to the Finish, the BF, my family, my chiropractor and the likes, comments and support from you!

To calm my nerves and make sure I'm feeling healthy and strong on race day, this is what I'm doing this week...

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Lincoln Half-Marathon 2016 Recap

Posted May 3, 2016 in half-marathon, running, run and 4 more

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I finished my 10th half-marathon!!! I ran the Lincoln Half-Marathon on Sunday, May 1, which also happened to be my 33rd birthday!

My family and the BF helped me celebrate my day and supported me during my run. It was a fun weekend, and I was really proud of myself for completing the race.

Here are details from the weekend and the race...

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