Posts tagged with "half-marathon training"

Weekend Recap {March 6-8}

Posted March 9, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 7 more

Happy Monday! How was your weekend!

My weekend flew by! But the weather was beautiful all weekend, so I spent lots of time outside. Spring is finally coming! By the end of winter, I start to feel unmotivated and uninspired. The cold and dreary days start to get to me. So I am extremely grateful for warmer days!

Did you remember to turn your clock forward? I felt pretty groggy Sunday morning, but I'm feel more energized today. I even got up and went to the 5:30 a.m. BodyPump class!

Here's how the weekend went...

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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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What's New and Good

Posted March 20, 2015 in Yellowstone, travel, travel planning and 6 more

I've been a terrible blogger this week!

I usually prepare a bunch of blogs for the week over the weekend. But last weekend was crazy busy, so I didn't get anything done. Which is why my blogs have been a bit sporadic this week (I don't always have the time or energy to blog on weeknights). But I thought I would check in with you just so you know I'm still alive.

I'm going to be honest, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed and exhausted. So I need to take a moment to think about the things in my life that are fun and awesome.

Here are some things that are new and good right now...

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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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Week of Workouts [March 21-27}

Posted March 28, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workouts, fitness and 7 more

This week was a bit rough!

My half-marathon schedule had me go back in miles for my weekend run, so the BF and I did a short 3 mile run last weekend. It was a nice break from the long runs we've been doing.

I ended up sleeping in every morning and skipping BodyPump all week! My body was feeling really sore and tight, so I felt like my body needed a break. I was also feeling extremely tired this week. So I just listened to my body and gave myself a break.

I didn't get in all of my weekday half-marathon training runs because I'm still struggling to run on days I teach classes (I'll do a half-marathon training recap soon!).

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Weekend Recap {March 27-29}

Posted March 30, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 11 more

How was your weekend? I had a wonderful three day weekend! I spent time with people I love, I ate delicious food, I ran a long long way and I spent a little bit of time pampering myself.

I took a little break from being productive this weekend for some much needed rest after a week of feeling run down. Read more in my Week of Workouts post.

Here's how the weekend went...

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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

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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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Weekend Recap {April 3-5}

Posted April 6, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, running and 9 more

It's Monday already! The weekend was wonderful, and went by way too quickly.

The BF and I went on a long run, recovered, ate lots of delicious food, celebrated Easter with our families, ate sweet treats and I did yoga. It was a successful weekend!

How was your weekend?

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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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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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Week of Workouts {May 16-22, 2015}

Posted May 22, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you have fun plans!

The BF and I will be in Colorado for Bolder Boulder. Running the 10K is a tradition for us every Memorial Day.

The past week as been weird. I wasn't feeling well Wednesday and Thursday. When I was running on the treadmill Wednesday I had cold sweats, weak muscles and fatigue. I thought I was just having a bad run, so I went to a Pound class. Unfortunately, I still felt pretty crappy during the class.

Side note: I didn't love Pound It was so loud and jarring, and it was hard to keep up while maintaining good form. However, we did do lots of lunges and squats, and I could definitely feel them the next day. Have you ever taken a Pound class? Should I give it another try?


My throat was sore all day Thursday, so I made myself an immunity boosting tonic - orange juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, honey and ginger - in hopes that it would rid my body of whatever illness was lurking.

I felt a bit better on Friday, but I had another ailment. My ankle! It was so sore, it hurt to walk. After work, I iced and elevated it.


This morning, the BF and I were supposed to go for a 9 mile run for our half-marathon training, but my foot was still in a lot of pain. After searching my symptoms on WebMD and realizing I could have a stress fracture, I decided to go to the doctor. The verdict...I have plantar fasciitis and tendinitis. My doctor prescribed heat for 30 minutes twice a day, using a cortizone cream and wearing arch support ALL the time. I can't be barefoot, wear flip flops, ballet flats.

I'm actually so grateful that I don't have a stress fracture. My doctor said I can still run and teach fitness classes!!!

Since it was such a weird week, I gave my body a bit of a rest.

Here were my workouts this week...

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Weekend Recap {Jan. 29-31, 2016}

Posted February 1, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 8 more

Happy Monday!

I had an indulgent weekend celebrating the BF's birthday. We had a party with friends, a date night and brunch with my family. All the eating out has me feeling a pretty bloated and heavy today. 

So today is all about moving on and getting back on track. When I have an indulgent weekend, I don't spend time feeling guilty about my food choices. I actually enjoyed every single indulgent bite, and was happy to be celebrating my guy. 

To get back on track, I'll feed my body with nourishing foods and drinks all day. I started my morning with an apple cider vinegar drink and oats, chia seeds, blueberries, almond milk, cinnamon and almond butter. I'll sip on some green juice later in the morning, and drink lots of water throughout the day.

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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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Weekend Recap {Feb. 12-14, 2016}

Posted February 15, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 9 more

I can't believe we're already back to Monday. I know I say this all the time, but weekends go by way too fast.

I'm feeling pretty cranky today. I didn't sleep well last night, and I'm starting a very busy week with piles of laundry, a sink overflowing with dirty dishes and an overall dirty house. This makes me feel incredibly overwhelmed. I'll be teaching fitness classes or meeting with clients every evening after work, so getting these things done won't be easy. Take a deep breath!

Despite going into the week feeling like a mess, I had a great weekend. I ended up doing a lot more than I anticipated, but there was lots of celebrating! Here's a look at my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {February 19-21, 2016}

Posted February 22, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 5 more

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

My weekend was all about running and eating. It's getting to be that time in my half-marathon training when my weekends revolve around eating to prepare for runs, running and eating to recover from runs.

Here are details about my food, workouts and other adventures...

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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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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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Weekend Recap {March 11-13, 2016}

Posted March 14, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 5 more

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

The BF and I didn't have any major plans for the weekend...he had to work and I had to run. 

When I wasn't running, I was eating, doing a bit of work, celebrating my niece's birthday, listening to Serial and watching Jessica Jones on Netflix.

Here is a look at my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {March 18-20, 2016}

Posted March 21, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 4 more

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

My weekend was great! I ran, I ate, I relaxed and I prepared for a healthy week. I actually had a list of things I needed to do (taxes, fitness instructor CEUs, etc.), but I felt like I needed some relaxation and self-care this weekend. 

Sunday was the first day of spring! I'm really looking forward to warmer weather. I also love spring because it's a time of renewal and new beginnings. I have something exciting planned for you this spring! Make sure you follow me on Facebook so you can get all the details on this amazing challenge!

But until then, here's a look at my weekend...

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Using Essential Oils for Running

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

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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 (like...is 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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Weekend Recap {April 1-3, 2016}

Posted April 4, 2016 in Weekend Recap , running, half-marathon training and 9 more

I hope you had a weekend filled with relaxation and rejuvenation!

Before the weekend began, I made a long list of things I felt needed to be done. But I ended up feeling like I needed some down time to rest and recover. 

I have a lot on my plate at the moment, and I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Sometimes some Real Housewives is just the cure for feelings of overwhelm!

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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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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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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? 

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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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