Good morning everyone!
I’m still on a roll with this getting up early aspiration! Although Chris would argue that technically I woke up 5 minutes later than yesterday. But still, I’m overall waking up 10-15 minutes earlier. It’s a start, people!
So I don’t know about you, but yesterday was a total Monday. You know what I mean – those Mondays where you feel like you’re totally dragging and can’t manage to get motivated at all. THAT kind of Monday. I swear I spent most of the morning just trying to convince myself into starting on the giant pile of paperwork.
Luckily a cup of coffee (and a lunch break with some equally unmotivated Monday coworkers) helped jump start me for some super productivity in the afternoon.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who hates Mondays this much? Especially after an awesome weekend.
After work I headed over to the gym for 45 minutes of ellipticalling. I’m trying to take it pretty easy this week in preparation for the race on Saturday. It definitely got me sweating, but nothing too insane.
I have to admit though, ellipticalling for long periods of time totally brings me back to the beginning of my “healthy journey” when I was a cardio-only kind of girl who would just sit on the elliptical for 30 minutes and call it a workout. Oh how times have changed!
After a few errands (where I got some serious stares for wearing a t-shirt and capris walking into Target, considering it’s like 30 degrees outside), I headed home and Chris and I put together this delicious, albeit beige, dinner.
Flounder with a sweet soy glaze (a la Tina), savory roasted acorn squash, and quinoa. Delicious.
First time Training
So since the Disney Half Marathon is coming up in T-4 days (AHHHH), I thought I’d do a little recap on how our training has gone. This is the first time Chris or I have ever done a race longer than a 5K, so we’re definitely newbies when it comes to training. We’ve also had a lot of obstacles in our training, including the insanity of the wedding, a week off for the honeymoon, lots of traveling, and some injuries.
But here are some of the few things we’ve done or learning in this process.
The distance was that part that scared me the most about the half. Prior to training, I’d never done a run longer than 5 miles, so 13.1 was a little scary.
We’ve been following a general training plan put out by Disney that basically has us upping our mileage every weekend by a mile. When we came back from the Honeymoon, we started out at 4 miles, and our longest was technically 9 (it was supposed to be 10, but then my ankle issue started).
However the more we’ve run, the more confident I’ve become with the distance. I NEVER thought I’d be able to run 9 miles, and now I’ve proven to myself that I can do it.
The biggest change I’ve noticed in all of this is our endurance. When we first got back from the honeymoon, 4 miles was a STRUGGLE. Last weekend we did a 4 mile taper and it felt so easy. THAT gives me confidence that we can do this.
This one was probably the most difficult for us to figure out. Chris is much taller than I am (6’0” to my 5’2”), so his legs are like practically twice as long as mine. He easily takes 3 strides to 4 of mine. We are determined to run this first race together, so finding a pace and intervals that works for us both was hard.
We finally settled on a pace that’s slightly faster than I would normally run, but slightly slower than his typical pace. We’ve practiced enough with it at this point that I’m pretty confident that it will work.
In terms of intervals, we’re pretty much settled on a run 13 minutes, walk 2 minute pattern. Again, it took us a while to figure out what worked for us, but this seems to have done pretty well for us on our longer runs, so I’m crossing my fingers that we can keep it up for the extra 4 miles of the half marathon (since our longest run is only 9 miles).
Thanks to recommendations from family and other bloggers, we’ve been trying a couple of different fueling options for race-day.
We both really liked the Clif shot bloks, although they did take a little bit longer for me to digest. My other favorite was the clif shots themselves. I’m still getting used to the gel consistency, but I really liked the ingredient list most on these. I found that most other fuel gels were full of HFCS or fructose/sucralose, which I’m not really a fan of.
Chris and I are going to be picking up our final choices this week from VA Runner, so I’ll let you know what we decide!
That’s where we are in terms of our preparation. As I said, we’re taking it pretty easy this week and adding in some extra carbs where we can, so I’m hoping that all of this hard work is going to pay off come Saturday!
Have I mentioned how excited/petrified I am????
So tell me: Do you have any running or training tips that have really worked for you?
Since this is our first time ever training for a race, we weren’t really sure how to approach it. Hopefully we’ll have a much better idea for our next race!