Monday, June 27, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training: Week Three

My much anticipated vacation was finally here! I knew I had some workouts to do, but I also knew I was on vacation to relax.

Okay, so Monday I had four miles to shakeout from the 5k (aka my failed attempt at a long run with a 5k PR in the middle). I woke up early before it got too hot. Still in the 70s at 6am, I had to move. I ended up running negative spilts unintentionally which was freaking awesome! (9:30 9:07 8:51 8:29). 

Tuesday we had threats of thunderstorms all day so we decided to take a trip to the Dogfish Head Brewery for a tour. It was awesome! We got to sample four beers and then at lunch at the brew pub a few miles away. 

Wednesday was my tempo workout for the week. Again, 6am with temps in the 70s and 100% humidity. Great day to be doing this. Anyway, I had six miles on tap with 1200x4 at 10k pace. I figured this should be between a 7:30-7:40 pace. Splits weren't bad, (5:42 5:45 5:55 5:47) but I knew that one was slow. It's only week three, I'm getting there. 

I was going to do my long run on Thursday but I woke up to a thunderstorm. Instead, hubs and I went outlet shopping! I got some awesome deals and it was so nice to spend time with him. 

We ended up celebrating my birthday on Thursday night. All of our friends, and some others, came over for some margaritas and card games. I even made it until midnight!

So since it rained on Thursday, I attempted my long run on Friday. I knew from the second I walked out this door this was going to be a struggle. My legs felt so heavy, it was super muggy (we had a tornado warning later in the day) and I just didn't want to do any more. I stopped at six miles. Walking on sand will crush your legs, plus I realized I hadn't taken my iron pill all week. Might be the reason why I felt like crap. 

Friday night we had our last big evening with everyone. We had such a great week and I had a wonderful birthday. 

Saturday was another reason to celebrate. One of my best friends from high school got married! It's the first time all of my high school friends have been in the same room in about 10 years! 

Guys, this wedding was awesome! I don't think I stopped smiling the entire day. It was just the perfect end to a fantastic week. 

Sunday we drove back to Pittsburgh. The whole time we talked about the amazing memories we made the past week. I have no worries about missing a long run. 

Weekly Total: 16 miles
Monthly Total: 57.1 miles

I'm home. It's time to put in some work this week! I've eaten a lot of random food, had way too many drinks and I need to get back in my routine! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Birthday Edition of Five Things Friday

Yes, you read that correct! Today is my birthday! I have officially reached the final year of my 20s! I told hubs I can't wait to get out of this age group!

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that I've done on my birthday in years past! Some are quite random, but all are memorable! Since its a free week in the linkup with Cynthia, Mar and Courtney - lets do it!

1. I finished graduate school on my 23rd birthday. It was the greatest feeling in the world to be done with not only a challenging program, but that chapter in my life. Oh it was the best birthday gift ever. 

2. Two years ago hubs and I were walking around Consol Energy Center and down the escalator was this HUGE man. WWE was in town that night and I thought it was a wrestler. Turns out it was one of my favorites, Cesaro! He wished me a happy birthday and even took a picture with me!

I'm 5-4, he's tall.

3. I love going to the zoo. I just love looking at the animals. Hubs surprised me a few years ago by taking me to the Cleveland Zoo! To our surprise, you could feed the giraffes (which are my favorite animal)! Before I could turn to Joe, he had money out for me and I ran in line! 

4. In 2012 I ran a 5k on my birthday and finally broke 25 minutes. I also placed second overall female which is still my best finish in a race!

5. I spent my 18th birthday in Europe. I woke up in London, after spending the day before at Wimbledon, and fell asleep in Paris. The entire trip was an incredible experience and I made so many new friends. 

Thank you all for all the birthday wishes already! Today is our last day of vacation and we have a wedding tomorrow so if I'm late to respond I'm sorry! I hope you all have a wonderful day, I know I will! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Father's Day 5k Recap

I knew I needed to race a 5k before RnR Chicago 5k to gauge where I am. Luckily, while on vacation in Deleware, I found a 5k in Rehoboth Beach and my friend Allison was going to come with me.

Since this 5k was actually scheduled in my long run, I ran three easy miles before the race started. I also got a wicked patch of sunburn on my chest from missed application of sunscreen. It was warm, but not unmanageable. The sun, however, was already hot. 

Okay so I lined up near the front of the pack because there were a lot of fast looking men and teenagers. Since I was in Deleware, I knew the course would be flat. It weaved around some neighborhoods, which provided very little shade. 

First mile was fast. Really fast. Like sub-7 fast. I knew I had to tone it back, and I was really mad at myself for making that mistake. I wanted to run a consistent paced race. 

When I finally settled into a pace I was running with a pre-teen and a high school girl. The pre-teen looked pretty comfortable and the teenage has the most annoying breathing cadance I have ever heard. I was very thankful when she passed me. 

Coming back in towards the end of the race I could feel some life coming back to my legs. I made the turn to the final stretch of the course and could see the finish line. I looked at my watch and realized I was super close to my 5k PR. Well legs, let's see how this goes! I kicked, and finished right behind the pre-teen. 

23:34! I PRed by four seconds! A two year 5k PR was broken! I was in shock! I finished in the top quarter of the participants and fourth in my age group! 

My main goal for this race was to be around 24 minutes and I blew that out of the water. So early back into training I am thrilled with how this turned out. My confidence level for Chicago went up tremendously. 

The volunteers were all so friendly for this race. There were a ton of people from out of town and they made it so easy to navigate. They also had a post race party, which we did not attend. If you are in the Rehoboth Beach area around Father's Day, add this race to your list! 

Here is the course map, elevations and my splits for this race. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Huge Thank You!

I just wanted to take a second and make a big announcement! 

I have surpassed 100,000 page views today! 

I am so grateful that all of you have taken the time to check out my little corner of the Internet! 

Here's to many more adventures down the road!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training: Week Two

Let's be honest, some weeks life happens. That was this week. Thankfully, it's early in training and hopefully it's all done for this training cycle. 

Monday I worked all day including a high school baseball game. Needless to say, no training happened. 

Tuesday I did three miles on the neighborhood hills again with five strides. I feel myself getting stronger and my time is coming down. These hill use to kill me, but I'm getting there. I also did my core workout from Monday. 

Wednesday was another all day work marathon. I did roll a lot on Wednesday, which felt amazing.

Thursday was the day that ruined the week. The weather had been showing some crazy storms coming our way, and boy did they. 

We got rocked twice. Once around 4:30pm and the other closer to 10pm. My street flooded and so did my basement. Apparently my neighborhood and about five miles around me were the hardest hit. Fantastic, right before leaving for vacation. Luckily we got everything cleaned up. Oh, I did do a strength workout, so there's that. 

Friday we left for vacation!! We are vacationing in Deleware with a bunch of our friends from college. We decided we would split up the trip and spend the night my my girl Lauren and her hubs in Virginia. We got ice cream from a place called "The Dairy Godmother" and I had no words. I had a Rice Krispies treat sundae. It was a great night. 

Saturday Lauren agreed to run with me and Mandy, Tori and Laura decided to join in! We ran four miles around her hood. It was so much fun. Nice and easy, just talking about anything. I'm so lucky to have such great friends!

Oh, and I got sunburnt at the beach on the top of my feet and one corner of my chest. That was fun. 

Sunday I decided to run a 5k! I mean, I'm in a different state, I needed a race! I did a three mile warm up, ran the 5k and was suppose to run six miles after. Well, something unexpected happened, which I will talk about later this week, and I ended up only running two miles after the 5k. Eight miles total. 

Sunday was also my six year wedding anniversary! Getting to spend the day with people who were at (or in) our wedding was a lot of fun!

Also, Seth Rollins had his return match from injury and won the WWE World Heavyweight Title for all of five minutes. At least I got to wear my new shirt!  

Weekly Total: 15 miles
June Total: 45.1

Like I said, last week was an off week. I missed a run and had to cut one short. It's totally okay. There are 14 more weeks of training to go!