May 24, 2016

Weekly Workouts 20

Another solid week of training in the books! I can't rave enough about how perfect this training plan is for me and where I am right now. It feels totally manageable with 2 yoga/cross-training days, 4 runs per week, and long runs that are building up slowly.


Here's a look at last week's training:

Monday: 3 easy miles

Tuesday: 40 minutes of at-home Yoga for Runners

Wednesday: 3 miles with 5 30-second strides with the Pilot

Thursday: At-home Power Yoga

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 cold, rainy miles on the National Mall, 2 of them with The Pilot.  

Sunday: 2 cold, rainy miles followed by a 75 minute Dharma yoga class.

Mileage Total: 13

Overall, I'm feeling great, 

I definitely think I need to shake up the training plan a little but though. I don't think Friday should be my rest day. With Friday as Rest, I'm running my long runs in the middle of 3 consecutive days. It's working right now but I don't think it will when I move up to the double digits, so I might switch Friday's Rest Days with Sunday's shakeout runs and keep my long runs on Saturdays. 

We'll see. For now, I'm just trying to check the boxes and keep getting everything in! I'm 2 weeks and have followed my training plan exactly, and so far, Week 3 is off to a great start!


2 weeks down, 12 to go!
How's your training going?

May 23, 2016

We Went Out Last Nightt

Sometime between the 7th and 8th grades, I fell in love with country music. It was the year 2001 to be exact and I was addicted to the CMT Top 20 Countdown.

Kenny Chesney's "Don't Happen Twice" was the song that made me fall in love with country music, and subsequently with him. I was obsessed with every single song he wrote. Naturally, I really wanted to see him perform but it just never really happened. I always had some sort of conflict...college graduation, someone's wedding, summer vacation plans, etc.

It's been killing me! I've seen the Goo Goo Dolls (my all-time favorite band) three times, even met them once, but Kenny? Nope. It just hasn't been in the cards. For 16 years, it hasn't been in the cards. Until Thursday night.


Earlier this year, as I've done every year, I looked up his tour dates to see what my chances were and saw that he was playing in Columbia, MD, about an hour outside DC, in May. I kept it on my calendar, knowing that The Pilot wouldn't know his schedule until a few weeks before. When The Pilot finally got his schedule, I knew I had to buy tickets. They were more than I wanted to spend and I went back and forth on it for a few days, and then decided that a 16-year dream is worth spending some money on.

Can I just tell you that when I heard the opening chords to "Beer in Mexico" and he walked out on stage, I actually started crying? The last time I cried at a concert was when I was 13 and saw BBMak. I think I was channelling that same 13-year-old girl energy on Thursday night.

His show was awesome. It was one of the best concerts I've ever gone to and The Pilot and I had the most amazing night!


He played every song I could have hoped him to, including our wedding song, "Anything But Mine," which was amazing! It was like being at our wedding all over again, except with Kenny Chesney actually there (and, you know, 20,000 other people). 

I put seeing Kenny Chesney on my 30 Before 30 list because, after 16 years of dying to see him, it just needed to happen. I was actually really nervous that he would be terrible live and I would be disappointed, but that couldn't have been further from reality. He put on an awesome show and we had an awesome night and I'm already hoping he gets some time off in August when he's in the area again!

Best part? The Pilot was supposed to leave for 4 days the next morning, and ended up having his schedule changed so our Thursday night date night, turned into a nice, unexpected weekend together and it was perfect!

Are there any artists/bands that you've been dying to see that you haven't had the chance?
Who is your all-time favorite band or artist?
Are you a Kenny Chesney fan? Have you seen him perform?

May 17, 2016

Weekly Workouts 19


It's been over a month since my last Weekly Workouts post. I ran once in San Francisco and only one other time during the rest of the month of April. I came back from that trip jet lagged for what felt like two weeks, and then the three-week stretch of rain kicked in and it didn't do anything to motivate me to get outside.

While I haven't been working out, I have a lot to update on. I'm not running the San Francisco Marathon. When I decided to run that and start training, I was already a week into when I should have started training and I really just wasn't mentally prepared to commit to training for another marathon. That and the fact that my sister might not be in San Francisco that week led me to change my mind. I hadn't even signed up yet, so I'm not really missing out. Maybe next year.

My training for the Chicago Marathon was terrible. I had no motivation at all. There were weeks when I wouldn't do any run other than my long run, and then weeks when I would just skip my long run altogether. My time on the course, almost an entire hour slower than my best marathon (and 30 minutes slower than my worst), was evidence of poor training.

It took my almost 3 years to get back into running after I first got sidelined with ITB issues and I lost my motivation to run during that time. This year, I'm determined to get it back.

I'm heading to Vancouver this summer to run the SeaWheeze Half. Last week, they put out a 14-week training plan for the race and I decided to check it out. It's perfect for me. This will be the longest I've ever trained for a Half but the training plan is just what I need right now. Last week was the first week of the training plan, and my long run was 6km or just shy of 4 miles. (The race is in Canada, after all). This isn't the training plan for the seasoned runner who does 5 half-marathons in a year, the runner I used to be. I came back from injury three times. The first time, I dove into a 10-week half training plan and my knee gave out during mile 8 of the race. The second time, shortly after, I went into an 8-week plan and I had to drop out of the race 5 miles in. Then, I ran Chicago.

This training plan is too long for me to really feel like I'm training right now, and the distances are short enough that I feel like I'm slowly easing back into it, but it gives me a schedule and it reflects where I am now, rather than where I want to be, and that's exactly what I need. I might never get back to running 3 marathons and 5 half-marathons a year (nor do I think I want to) , but I want to get back in the kind of shape where I can say, "Oh, there's a Half next weekend, let me sign up!" or "Sure! I'll run your 15-mile run with you. I'm not training for anything but why not?"

I think that this training plan for SeaWheeze will get me there. I had an awesome first week of training last week. I think I'm moving in the right direction, I just need to stay committed. Here's what last week looked like:

Monday: 3 miles, easy with The Pilot

Tuesday: 40-minutes of yoga at home, using the SeaWheeze yoga video

Wednesday: 3 miles with 4 30-second strides (and my fastest mile according to my new Garmin!)

Thursday: 45 minute spin at Biker Barre. Awesome class, awesome playlist! I really thought of skipping this and taking Thursday as a Rest Day instead of Friday, but I 'm so glad I didn't. I ran into one of my friends at class and it was a great class!

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: "Long" Run of 3.5 miles. I had a pretty terrible run. My legs were not moving. I felt like I was running through molasses and I felt sore and achy all over. I don't think I stretched enough after Thursday's spin.

Sunday: 2 easy, shakeout miles plus 40-minutes of yoga at home

Mileage Total: 11.5

There's the week! I feel good about this. I've already gotten a solid start to this week's training, which of course, I'll recap next week!

It's been awhile, so tell me: What are you training for? 
Happy Running!
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