Posts tagged with "runner"

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 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

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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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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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