Posts tagged with "half-marathon"

Must Have Half-Marathon Training Gadgets and Gear

Posted March 10, 2015 in half-marathon, running, run and 6 more

I'm currently training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon, which is May 3 (two days after my 32nd birthday!)!!

This will be my eighth half-marathon! What?!?! It's hard for me to believe I've run 13.1 miles eigth times. Just seven years ago, I couldn't run a mile without stopping to walk.

I definitely don't consider myself to be a natural runner. Running is never easy for me. But I love being outside and running. It helps me clear my head, think about life and enjoy the outdoors. I also feel so accomplished and strong after a run.

When I first started running, I didn't have all the gear. I wore a pair of cheap running shoes, black workout pants and a sweatshirt to train for my first half-marathon. But I've collected running clothes, gear and gadgets that I now feel I can't run without. Sometimes having the stuff just makes your runs a little bit easier!

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Week of Workouts {March 14-20}

Posted March 21, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, BodyPump and 7 more

Happy Spring!

I'm beyond thrilled that spring is finally here. I love the beginning of a new season, especially spring. Spring, to me, is all about renewal. It's a good time to think about your goals and dreams, and recommit to your plan of action.

In addition to renewing my energy to work toward my goals, I also like to give myself a little renewal. Toward the end of winter, there were days that I wore black top to bottom. It's time to brighten things up! I'm excited to get out my spring and summer clothes, get a bright pedicure and change up my makeup. I'm ready to get out of this winter rut!

Last night after work, I totally wanted to come home put on my comfy clothes and lounge on the couch. But at the last minute, the BF and I decided to go out. As soon as I put on my purple maxi dress, put my hair up and refreshed my makeup, I felt so much better! A good start to getting out of my winter funk.

How do you change things up when spring arrives?

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The best methods for recovering from long runs

Posted March 31, 2015 in running, half-marathon, half-marathon training and 6 more


I'm going to be real, training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon this year has been rough. This will be the seventh time I've run Lincoln and my ninth half-marathon. Unfortunately, running doesn't get easier for me.

I've been getting down on myself because my runs have been slow, my hamstrings have been chronically tight and I haven't had a whole lot of energy during my runs. I think back to two years ago, when I felt really awesome running, and I feel like I'm failing.

I know the reason I've been struggling is because of the fitness classes I'm teaching. I'm teaching four cardio classes a week, and I'm struggling to get in my weekday runs and incorporate strength training into my routine.

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Week of Workouts {April 4-10, 2015}

Posted April 12, 2015 in workouts, Week of Workouts, fitness and 7 more

I hope you're enjoying your weekend. I've had a busy, but fun one so far.

I wanted to check in for a moment and share my workouts from the past week. Last week, I mentioned that I was trying to listen to my body more, cut down on fitness classes and focus on running and yoga.

Well, I got in three of my four half-marathon training runs last week! That's an improvement for me. But I slept in every single morning and didn't get in much yoga practice. I must have needed the extra sleep because I slept soundly and long last week.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {April 11-17, 2015}

Posted April 18, 2015 in Week of Workouts, running, half-marathon training and 9 more

Happy Weekend!

How were your workouts this week?

I got in three of the four of my half-marathon training runs (and two of them were good runs!). And I added in a bit of strength training!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Friday Faves post, I started doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series workouts this week. I've been loving these workouts because I can do them at home and they are pretty quick. I also feel like they're effective - I felt a bit sore the day after I did The Mermaid Workout and the Beach Ball Workout.

I feel like this week was a vast improvement from the past few weeks. The only thing I would like to work on is getting up before work to get my workouts in! I hit snooze every single morning! I also didn't do yoga this week! I slept in and missed Wednesday's 5:30 a.m. class at my gym and didn't do any at-home practice.

So next week, get up early and do yoga!

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Weekend Recap {April 17-19}

Posted April 20, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, Denver and 8 more

How was your weekend?

The BF and I made a quick trip to Colorado over the weekend! It was pretty low key, but it was nice to get out of town for a couple of days. We drove back this morning, and I'm getting caught back up on life!

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Week of Workouts {April 18-24, 2015}

Posted April 25, 2015 in Week of Workouts, fitness, workout and 6 more

The Lincoln Half-Marathon is just eight days away!!

I was able to get three out of four training runs in. Seems to be all I can make work. I even took some time off from teaching fitness classes this week! I only taught two classes. The break was much needed and I didn't feel nearly as sore during my runs this week.

However, Thursday's five-miler wasn't pretty. I felt decent the first half of the run, but the last half of the run was into the wind. Running against the wind takes so much out of me physically and mentally. I wanted to give up, I wanted to quit running altogether and I felt weak. When the run was over, I felt angry, frustrated and annoyed. Usually, I have a pretty decent runner's high going on after a run. It took me awhile to get out of my funk, but I finally realized that not giving up was a huge accomplishment.

Lesson: Celebrate your accomplishments, even if it sucked getting there!

I've been doing lots of Tone It Up workouts this week, and I'm feeling really good! I absolutely love these workouts because I can do them at home, and they are pretty quick. I'm also getting in some strength training, which is a challenge for me.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Your Last Minute Half-Marathon To Do List

Posted April 28, 2015 in half-marathon, running, run and 8 more

I'm running a half-marathon this weekend, and I started thinking about the last minute things I need to do to prepare. Getting ready for a race can be a bit stressful, especially if it's your first half-marathon!

Since this will be my eighth (what?!?!) half-marathon, I wanted to share some things that I've learned over the years.

Here's your pre-race to do list:

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Running Mantras To Get You Through Your Next Run

Posted April 30, 2015 in running, half-marathon, half-marathon training and 6 more

Since my next half-marathon is just a few days away, I wanted to share some running mantras that help get me through my runs.

Long distance running requires more mental strength than physical strength. That's actually why I love running half-marathons. In my daily life or in my regular workouts, I don't have to dig down to find that deep inner strength.

Running has been the only thing that has ever pushed me to have to talk myself into continuing when I feel like my body is giving up. You have to use your mental strength to push through physical barriers.

It's a pretty amazing thing.

So what do I tell myself when my hamstrings are burning, my knees are aching and my feet don't feel like they can take another step?

Here are my favorite running mantras...

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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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Week of Workouts {May 2-8, 2015}

Posted May 9, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

I can't believe it's been almost a week since the BF and I ran our half-marathon! It actually feels like it was forever ago.

I felt pretty sore the day after the race. My hamstrings, glutes, back, the bottoms of my feet and my knees hurt. My mom asked if I wanted to go to a Zumba class with her Monday night. I was excited because she had never been to Zumba before, and I thought it would be a good way to shake out my muscles a bit.

It was a lot of fun! I haven't been to a Zumba class in years. Zumba doesn't feel like a workout, and the time flies.

On Wednesday, I decided to try a strength training workout. It felt super hard, and when I was done I laid on the couch for about an hour. I probably could have used a full day of rest or some foam rolling.

My muscles were feeling better Thursday, so I decided to try a HIIT workout. I felt really sore on Friday, so I decided to take a full day of rest.

I probably didn't recover as well as I could have. I really need to do some foam rolling and yoga. My hamstrings are still sore, the bottoms of my feet still hurt and my knees are still a bit achy.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {May 9-15, 2015}

Posted May 16, 2015 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

Happy weekend!

The BF and I took a little over a week off of running after the Lincoln Half-Marathon, and now we're back to training! We're running the Yellowstone Half-Marathon in just five weeks!

I'm teaching fewer fitness classes this time around to try to relieve my chronic hamstring pain. I'm also going to listen to my body more!

I admit, I don't always listen to my body when it comes to working out. I push myself hard during workouts and I push through aches and pains to teach fitness classes.

But running the Lincoln Half-Marathon with so much pain in my hamstring made me realize that I need to get it together.

I didn't do all of my training runs this week, but I did listen to my body and do what felt right.

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Yellowstone Half-Marathon Recap

Posted June 23, 2015 in half-marathon, Yellowstone, travel and 7 more

The Yellowstone Half-Marathon…where do I begin???

When I signed up for the race in February, I was in the midst of training for May's Lincoln Half-Marathon. I thought registering for a half-marathon a month and a half after Lincoln would keep me motivated to continue running. Sometimes after Lincoln I take an extended break from running and lose my running fitness.

The BF and I were also already planning a trip to Yellowstone. We were planning on leaving June 13, the day of the race. We decided to register for the race, and head to Yellowstone a day early.

However, after the Lincoln Half-Marathon I developed plantar fasciitis and had to put training for Yellowstone on hold. I only did one long run and a handful of shorter runs between Lincoln and Yellowstone. I also never practiced trail running like I had planned.

I was super anxious about Yellowstone because I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in for a half-marathon and I was worried about my foot. But I was already registered and driving over 800 miles to get to Yellowstone, so I felt like I had to run the race.

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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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Learning to Love Yourself More {Part 4}

Posted February 25, 2016 in self-love, Self-Love February, running and 9 more

February has been all about feeling the love! We've been focusing on learning to love ourselves more through self-care, by being our authentic selves and by being diligent about self-love even as our bodies change.

Make sure you check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 3!

Movement and physical activity are some of the best ways to begin feeling more love for your body and to build your self-confidence.

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Weekend Recap {Feb. 26-28, 2016}

Posted February 29, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 12 more

Happy Monday! 

I'm starting out my week with something different and fun. I'm speaking at a high school conference for FCCLA members about creating a career in health and fitness. I'll be there all day sharing my secrets (really just having passion and working hard).

My weekend was low key, but full of fun and relaxation.

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 5-6

Posted March 11, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more

I'm still running! 

I'm currently on the 7th week of my half-marathon training! The race is less than two months away, so my weekend mileage is really starting to increase.

My training has been such a roller coaster with headaches, a blizzard, falls on the ice, weird jaw pain and a gross cold. Read about my first four weeks of training here:

Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 3 and 4

Maybe training has always been like this, and I just never noticed because I didn't share such specific details on the blog! 

I'm working on staying positive about my training, and these running memes definitely help me keep a sense of humor about running.

Here's a look at my fifth and sixth weeks of training....

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Using Essential Oils for Running

Posted March 22, 2016 in essential oils, running, half-marathon training and 4 more


I started using essential oils about a year ago, and I've been amazed at how they can supplement my healthy lifestyle. 

I add a few drops of lemon essential oil to warm water every morning to help aid digestion. I rub peppermint essential oil on my temples and neck when I have headaches. I use a blend of oils meant to help relieve stress at night to help me sleep. And I diffuse a variety of oils in my diffusers at home and at work. 

But I recently began wondering how I could use essential oils to increase my performance or aid in my recovery from running. I'm currently training for a half-marathon, and can use all the help I can get! 

So I asked Sarah Sutton, a registered yoga teacher and Young Living distributor/essential oil educator, to share some insight on oils and running. 

I took Sarah's essential oils and chakras workshop last November and I've been taking her yin yoga classes. She is a wonderful teacher, very nurturing, kind and warm. So I was very excited that she agreed to share her knowledge about essential oils here on Sweet Success!

Here's what Sarah had to say…

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 7 & 8

Posted March 25, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more

The half-marathon is getting closer and closer!

My runs are feeling better every week! My shorter runs finally feel somewhat easy, and I don't totally dread my longer runs. 

I haven't had any hamstring or hip pain this time around. I had a bit of knee pain, but I bought new shoes, got more consistent with stretching, foam rolling and physical therapy, and started working with a chiropractor. 

My running coach has been amazing. She gives me encouragement and tips whenever I'm struggling! I'm working with Amanda Brooks of Run to the Finish.

I'm currently working on trying to get up early and run before work. I struggle more with post-work runs (tummy issues, side cramps, fatigue, etc.), and running after work makes my evenings too full. But getting up early is a struggle for me!

Here is a look at the rest of my training...

Weeks 5 & 6

Weeks 3 & 4

Weeks 1 & 2

And here's a recap of the past two weeks...

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My Favorite Running Gadgets, Gear and Fuel

Posted March 29, 2016 in running, Believe Training Journal, foam roller and 7 more


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I'm training for my 10th half-marathon!

I've made some major changes to my training this year. Last year, I had a lot of pain in my hips and hamstrings and I developed plantar fasciitis. I didn't make training a priority - I taught a lot of fitness classes, skipped weekday short runs, didn't do any speed work and slacked on stretching.

So I decided to train with more intention this year. I hired Amanda Brooks of Run to the Finish as my running coach. After asking me about my goals, struggles, schedule, likes and dislikes, she created a custom training program for me. 

She also sends me emails with information on fueling for runs, recovery, physical therapy, stretching, warming up, etc. I also email her with random questions and concerns ( it normal for my knees to creak and crack when I'm doing squats and lunges?)

By following her program and advice, incorporating yin yoga and seeing a chiropractor, I've been able to train pain-free!

In addition to making changes to the way I'm training, I've discovered some new gadgets, gear and fuel. Here are some of my favorites...

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Yin Yoga for Runners

Posted April 1, 2016 in yin yoga, yoga, running and 3 more

When I was training for half-marathons last year, I experienced some major pain in my hips and hamstrings, and I eventually developed plantar fasciitis. It was not fun. 

Before I started training this year, I made a commitment to train with more intention to keep myself healthy and pain-free. My friend, Sarah, a yoga teacher and former long distance runner, suggested that I try yin yoga. 

Since I was already doing lots of flow yoga classes, I thought I would give it a try. Sarah gave me some poses to do at home, and I took her yin yoga class once a week. It has really helped prevent the tightness that I've had in the past during training!

So I asked Sarah to share some insight into why yin yoga is great for runners and the best yoga poses for runners....

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 9 & 10

Posted April 8, 2016 in half-marathon, half-marathon training, run and 4 more

My half-marathon is just a few weeks away! What?!?!

My training has been getting better and better. I've been more consistent with getting in my strength workouts, core workouts and training runs. And my runs are finally starting to feel easier. 

However, my pace isn't really improving. My run times are slightly faster than they were 10 weeks ago, but not much.

The good thing is that I haven't had any pain. My knees, hips, hamstrings and feet have all felt fine! 

Here's a look at my training from the past couple of weeks...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 11 & 12

Posted April 23, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more

The half-marathon is a little over a week away! 

I've been making my long runs a priority, but I've still been strugging with getting up before work on weekdays. Ugh! Weekday evenings are usually full with health coaching and teaching fitness classes, so working out in the mornings would be ideal. 

However, I really hate working out at 5:30 a.m. My body just isn't functioning at that time. 

Stress was also an issue during week 12. I MUST manage my stress in the week leading up to the race!!

Here's a look at the last two weeks of my training...

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Lincoln Half-Marathon 2016 Recap

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


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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Why I Run Races + My Favorite Race

Posted May 5, 2016 in running, run, Eventbrite and 3 more

In the few days that have passed since I ran my 10th half-marathon, I've been thinking a lot about the races I've completed over the years.

I started running about 9 years ago and, in addition to half-marathons, I've run dozens of 5Ks, 10Ks and other races.

I realized that my favorite races were the ones that I wasn't trying to PR and that I was running with the intention to have fun. 

I don't really like spending a race checking my running watch and pushing myself really hard. I find satisfaction in simply finishing a race and having had a good time. 

One of my favorite races I've done is the MidSummer Night's Trail Run in Hastings, NE. It was an evening four-mile trail run that took place in July in Highland Park, which is located outside the city. I think the last time I ran this race was in 2013. 

This race took place each summer from 2011 to 2015, but they aren't planning another one. 

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Losing Your Identity as a Runner

Posted May 5, 2017 in running, runner, half-marathon training and 6 more

When you've been a long distance runner for nearly a decade and then you stop running, are you still a runner? 


All week photos of me running the Lincoln Half-Marathon have been popping up in my Facebook memories. 

The race is Sunday, and it's the first time since 2009 that I'm not running. 

The photos bring back a lot of good (and bad) memories from half-marathon training and race day. But the photos have also made me feel a little lost. 

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