So I have a goal… to run the Nittany Valley Half Marathon in December! I’ve ran this race two times before and it is TOUGH! It is always freezing cold and the hills. Oh, the hills. December 8 is the date and I am trying to get ready!
I ran 7 miles last weekend, and had plans of doing 8 or 9 today. I didn’t get started right away and didn’t feel like running at all. I decided it was okay to back it down this weekend because I have 4 more long runs to get ready. I’ll do 8 or 9 next weekend.
Since I wasn’t feeling the run, I decided to listen to my latest release of BODYPUMP and ran at a comfortable pace. I’m so happy to see my comfortable pace is getting a little faster! I didn’t stop and walk at all, which always makes me happy!
We also had the cable company come to our house and run a cable to the basement! Colby will be starting Ironman training in January and wants to be able to watch TV when he is on his bike trainer. I’m very excited to be able to watch TV and run on the treadmill. We moved our bedroom TV down to the basement to use because it was bigger.
It took some effort to get myself outside yesterday for longer run, but I did it! I had high hopes of doing a 6-8 mile run and I did 7 WITHOUT WALKING! This is major for me right now!! I tried to not look at my Garmin the entire time and just told myself to feel comfortable. I was happy that my average pace was 9:45 and felt easy.
Colby went for a bike ride and found me during mile 6. I think that is why that was my slowest mile. He stayed with me for almost a mile and I talked to him while he rode next to me. I told him he could ride home when I had my last mile because it was windy and he was cold. I picked it up a bit for the last mile and felt great!
I think this was my secret weapon for my run! I usually run with my little iPod shuffle, but I don’t really know how to control playlists on that little thing and all my BODYPUMP music is on this pink Nano that I take to the gym. Our gym is launching this week and I’m teaching the new 87 release this Tuesday and Thursday night. I went through the entire release (except for cool-down) in my head while running and I didn’t mess up! I know the choreography and feel ready for the classes this week. It really kept my mind off the actual running and I think that is why I wasn’t tempted to walk at all! I also made myself stay at a comfortable speed because once I was a few miles into it, I knew I didn’t need to walk at all… even the hills
You can’t tell too much in this photo, but I got a nasty blister on the inside of my foot from my run. I’ve been getting them when I run longer than 3-4 miles. I decided that maybe it has been a little tooooo long since I bought a new pair of shoes (Brooks Adrenaline) so I ordered a pair online tonight. I’ve been running in the ones from last January! My new shoes are PINK and should be here in 2 days
Okay, I know… I haven’t wrote a post in almost a month! This is the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging, but believe me… I have been wasting lots of time reading other blogs and spending time on Pinterest. To be honest, I’ve been very stressed this month. I’m struggling to keep my sanity. Exercise has offered a great outlet for this stress, especially teaching BODYPUMP. I absolutely love it The picture above is our top layer from our wedding cake. We got it out of the freezer for our one year anniversary (October 6) and it was pretty good! Chocolate PB.
The weekend after our anniversary was the Baltimore marathon. Colby and Amy’s husband ran the full marathon. Amy got to run the 5K! I’m so happy her foot injury is becoming a thing in the past!
I thought the start of the Baltimore marathon was very crowded and hectic. It was hard for Colby to get into his corral because they were all so close. He stayed close to the front and said it wasn’t so bad once the race started.
Amy ran the 5K, which was during the marathon. Then we started waiting for the husbands to finish.
We waited by the 26 mile marker because the very finish was so crowded. Colby waved to us, but looked a little tired. I guess that is understandable
This was his second fastest marathon and was happy with his time. He did go out a bit faster then he expected (6:40′s!) and ran his fastest 1/2 marathon. He slowed up a bit after 20 and still finished strong.
A day after the marathon we drove to Cape May, NJ for a late anniversary weekend getaway. Yes, I made Colby walk up 200 stairs to the top of that lighthouse
This morning Colby decided to run a local 5K. It was colddddd this morning! Amy and I ran 4 miles at the park and Colby killed his race. He wasn’t even planning on doing it until the other day, but he has been running so well lately. There were about 250-300 people and he won the race! First place!! 18:05!
I’ve had a very busy week, but still managed to fit in some workouts and ran some miles. Here are some pictures from last weekend’s 5 mile race.
Amy came to see me run Her foot is healing and she has been able to run! We need to workout together again because it helps us stay on track!
Start of the race and there were about 400 people at this local race. I love this race but forgot that the course was kinda hilly in some spots. I was happy even though I was battling a sinus infection that week.
Tired but very happy after the race. I had just finished and my Dad took a picture right away. I’m planning on trying to build up my weekend runs each week and do 6 tomorrow. There is a 1/2 marathon in December I’m planning on signing up for and I need to run more often!