Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tunes Tuesday - 9.19

Welcome to the Tunes Tuesday link up. I co host this link up with Kim from KookyRunner and Janelle from Run With No Regrets. If you are new to the link up all of the information can be found here. We hope that you will join us!

You can join in any week you would like! I am going to be doing a post every week of the month, so I can share a bunch of tunes in the same topic for you all! The topic for September is pump up jams. 

Since pump up jams was a topic of the weekly Tunes Tuesday format earlier this year, I thought it would be fun to go back and share my past posts with you guys. You can check out the posts from each month below! Let me know which one was your favorite!


You still have time to share your pump up jams with the Tunes Tuesday link up! Just add your Tunes Tuesday post to the link up below. We love to see what you have to share!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Disney Marathon Training - Week Two

Week two of marathon training and I'm still settling in to my new routine. I usually give myself about a month to get settled, but this time around I am racing the sun after work. It has become an additional thing to deal with. Plus, I had training for work all week so I wasn't in my normal routine. It was all messed up.

Monday I did my strength workout and hip circuit. I am starting to notice my kettle bell weight becoming a little easier. Maybe it's time to up the weight soon!!!

Tuesday on the track was interesting. I almost got hit my a lacrosse ball for one, and this workout was not easy!

1 mile warm up
600m x 6 (goal: 2:50 - 2:47 2:43 2:47 2:47 2:44 2:43)
1/2 mile cool down
with recoveries 5 miles total.

So I hit my paces, which is always good - my stomach on the other hand did not like me. Reasons why I only had a half mile cool down. It's fine, no big deal!

Wednesday I had three recovery miles, a strength training and a hip circuit. The humidity came back and the bugs on my run were awful! Kept things nice and easy.

Thursday I did a 35 minute yoga session and boy did I need it. I really enjoy my weekly yoga and just focusing on breathing. Dangle loves to help too, which is fun!

Friday after work I ran four more miles with some strides. I am not a huge fan of strides but I know I have to do them. I do them during my normal miles just to break everything up.

Saturday was my final strength and hip circuit of the week. 

Sunday hubs and I headed out for long runs. The humidity was AWFUL and such a difference from the week before. I was struggling after my first five miles. I just focused on my breathing and moving forward. I finished my 10 miles and was sweating buckets! It did not feel good at all. I was fast on my pace and I tried really hard to be in my goal long run pace. Oh well, there are 16 more weeks of training to get it right!

Weekly Total: 22 miles
September Total: 65 miles
2017 Total: 790 miles

Overall, pretty good week! Next week is the Great Race and I'll be running the 5k. It's suppose to still be muggy so I'm hoping my body can adjust this week to make it a good showing. Let me know if you will be at the Great Race! After the 5k I will be out cheering!!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gone For A Run - Run 5k Wine Later Recap

During marathon training I think it's a lot of fun to focus on races other than your goal race. This is one of reasons why I love the Gone For A Run virtual races that I'm involved in. They help take my mind off of the task at hand and just have fun for a little bit. This time the virtual race was the Run 5k Wine Later. I do love a great glass of wine now and then so to have one to celebrate with this themed race seems like the perfect idea for me.

I decided to do my 5K at the end of my long run last week. So I had already done 5 miles but was another 3.1. I wanted to stay as consistent of my long run pieces possible and really not focus on the time. Like I said I marathon training in speed isn't the necessary evil right now for these miles.

The other factor in this virtual race was that there was also a bike race happening at the same time. I didn't know where exactly the bikers were at but I knew I would be starting and finishing where they would be coming in to finish. Just focus on yourself focus on your miles and get it done.

The first mile was super nice and easy it felt easy my breathing felt good especially because I was already six miles into my run for the day. There were a lot of people out because the weather was beautiful and to be there supporting the bike race.

Mile 1: 10:10

Right after mile one I saw Ashley who I ran the first five miles with. She was finishing up some strides as I came by. Not even a half mile later I saw Toni and Meagan who were finishing up a 23-miler. Right after my turn around I saw Bethany and Sarah also running a 23-miler. Yep, no matter how tired I was feeling, these ladies were out kicking it! I was so happy to see their smiling faces.

Mile 2: 10:04

Okay, almost done! I was getting really hungry and sleepy. I didn't sleep well the night before and it was starting to catch up to me. Plus, this is the end of my first week of marathon training. Adjusting to a new plan always has a learning curve. I made sure I stayed as far to the side as possible, in case bike riders were finishing their race. I was so close to my wine!

Mile 3: 9:32

I ran the last .1 to my car which required crossing the street so I got slowed down a little bit, but I finished!!

Total Time: 30:50

I'm very happy with how all of this went. I stuck to my long run plan. Heck, I even negative split the last three miles of my long run. I earned my glass of wine for sure!

Disclaimer: I was provided entry in to the Run 5k Wine Later Virtual run as part of the Gone For A Run Virtual Race ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tunes Tuesday - 9.12

Welcome to the Tunes Tuesday link up. I co host this link up with Kim from KookyRunner and Janelle from Run With No Regrets. If you are new to the link up all of the information can be found here. We hope that you will join us!

You can join in any week you would like! I am going to be doing a post every week of the month, so I can share a bunch of tunes in the same topic for you all! The topic for September is pump up jams. 

As you all should know by now I am a huge professional wrestling fan. A lot of the entrance theme songs from professional wrestlers really can be awesome pump up jams. Some of them you would never even know weren't a real song. I mean if they're going to pump you up to go out and beat somebody up there good enough to pump me up to. Here are a few of my current and old school favorite WWE/NXT entrance music that pump me up.

"It's Our Time" - Triple H

"Break it Down" - D Generation X

"Metelingus" - Edge

"Bring The Swag" - Street Profits

"The Rising Sun" - Shinsuke Nakamura

"Phenomenal" - AJ Styles

"Ain't No Stopping Me" - Shelton Benjamin

"No Way" - No Way Jose

"Let's Go" - Sami Zayn

"Feel The Glow" - Naomi

I love sharing non traditional tunes with you guys. I want to know what your pump up jams are. Share with us! Add your Tunes Tuesday post to the link up below!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Disney Marathon Training - Week One

Well, it's here! A new training cycle has started up once again! I will be training for the Disney Marathon for the next 18 weeks. I am training to PR the marathon. That is the goal. Since I was only a minute off of my PR in Pittsburgh, I know this is the right time to go after it.

Monday I did a strength workout with a hip circuit. I am focusing a lot on hip recovery in this training, for good reason. I'm so glad I did the Elite Running Academy so the strength days are not as shocking to the system.

Tuesday is track day. It should be track day for the next 18 weeks. The normal track I go to was hosting an event so I had to go to a different one. Guys, I'm not kidding there were people ROLLER BLADING on the track. I was so mad.

1 mile warm up
400m x 8 (Goal pace 1:53 - 1:48 1:53 1:46 1:50 1:50 1:52 1:45 1:44)
1 mile cool down
Six miles total

I couldn't find 1:53. I knew I was quick but I tried so hard to find it. It's alright. I am proud of at least being under goal pace and finishing with my quickest splits.

Wednesday morning I ran three miles through my neighborhood. This was my first 5am run ever so that was fun! I scared a deer and in return it scared me. I ran out of time to do my strength workout before work, so I did it as soon as I got home. Do what you can when you can, am I right?

Thursday I was suppose to do a tempo run, but we got treated to a thunderstorm. Instead, I did some yoga to switch things up. 30 minutes of Runners Yoga got some real good stretching in. I felt great!

Friday I met Kelsey and Charles and we ran down on the North Shore for our dinner. Six miles total that were nice and easy. I ended up not doing my tempo work this week, which is fine. I have a few more weeks to make that up.

Saturday I had another strength/hip circuit day. I don't have a lot of gym equipment at home and I needed to do inverted rows. Thank goodness for YouTube and showing me some hacks!

Later in the morning I met Sara, Ciara and Maddie for brunch at Spirit in Lawrenceville. Guys, it's amazing! Such a fun place with great food and drinks! Plus, the company was great.

Sunday I met Ashley to do my long run. I had eight miles on tap and she had six. I also needed to do my Gone For A Run Run 5k Wine Later Virtual Run. So, we ran five miles together and then I did my 5k. I also noticed I was .1 short of 23 miles for the week, so of course I had to finish. I will recap my Run 5k  Wine Later Virtual Run later this week, but I had a super solid long run. A little quicker than I should have been, but it was conversation pace so there's that.

Weekly Total: 23 Miles
September Total: 43 Miles
2017 Total: 768 Miles

I am very happy with how the first week of training went. The first few weeks are about getting in a routine. Marathon training takes a lot, but this will be my seventh one. I'm ready!!

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