Monday, February 20, 2017

Princess Half Marathon Training - Week 11

Week two of taper brought some of the most beautiful weather I have ever seen in Pennsylvania in February. I can't even believe it. It was really nice to be able to feel what outside warmer temps feel like. I have really been embracing this taper and I think my body is thanking me for it.

Monday rest day included some non-weighted core work. I did some planks, crunches and squats. Nothing crazy. I didn't want to feel terrible. I also did a lot of rolling, which felt AMAZING!

Tuesday it was suppose to be around 45 degrees and I was super excited. When I left work I checked my bag to see what clothing options I brought, and I realized I forgot pants.

::face palm::

Lucky for me Kelsey was heading out to run later in the day so I decided to meet up with her. This was also my last HMP workout of this training.

2 mile warm up (with Kelsey)
4 x 1 mile @ HMP (7:50, 7:55, 7:51, 7:46)
60 second recovery
1 mile cool down (with Kelsey)

This was the first time I ran HMP miles and felt like I could do it again. It was amazing. It was so nice, after 11 weeks and almost 300 miles, to finally see what I have been working towards. I'm glad I could get this workout in.

Wednesday I had planned on running with the Mojo Wednesday night group, but it started snowing! The group run was in the dark and I am too close to this race to risk it. I ended up just hanging out at the shop and chatting with the girls. It was fun!

Thursday was a taper rest day. Full blown rest and stuff my face day. It was awesome. Hubs wasn't home so Dangle and I fell asleep super early.

Friday I had about 45 minutes between my jobs, so I fit in four easy miles. I was shocked when I looked at my watch at the end and my pace was 8:49. I had a really emotional moment at that point. This pace was my "easy pace" when I was training for my first half in 2012. It has not felt easy since then. Running is such a funny thing. The highs are high and the lows can be low, but we keep coming back for more.

Saturday was beautiful. I slept in (7:30!!) and woke up to amazing sunshine!! It was suppose to be close to 55 and I needed to get out. Kelsey was going out too so we met up. I had some MP miles on tap, so I ran those before she got there (8:17, 8:30, 8:40 - and yes I know they were all fast) and then we did five miles together. I love that we can run some of these miles together, and I know it's helping Kelsey too.

I had a work meeting at 6am on Sunday, so when it was finished (since Sunday is my only day off until vacation) I had to do some laundry and get some things ready. I got out about mid morning and ran eight more miles. There were so many people out and I did so much weaving, but I don't even care because I was thrilled people were out enjoying the nice day! My pace was around 8:43 which is amazing. I am a much better warm weather runner, and this pace felt effortless. I did wear the wrong socks (my PRO Compression Elites) and they are a little thicker and my feet were not happy with the swelling. Everything is fine now, just a little concerning lol.

Weekly Total: 27.2 miles
February Total: 85.4 miles
2017 Total: 220 miles

I have a few recovery miles before we leave for Florida! I just can't believe the race is already almost here! To follow along on our adventure, make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram! I am so ready to go!!

Please tell me how you enjoyed this beautiful weather? I want to know!!


  1. I'm so excited for you & your race!!! You are going to kill it. My mom was in town so after my run on Saturday we did some shopping & went out to dinner. Sunday I ran again & it was absolutely beautifulll!!!

  2. Fantastic job with your taper! It's exciting to see all the hard work pay off. Hopefully I'll see you in Orlando!