Half Marathon Training Updates


Hello!! I took a little blog break, but I’m back!  Life got busy with our new baby Bella, work and training for the Nike DC Half Marathon!  After SO MUCH SNOW I am finally off the treadmill and outside for most of my runs.  I’ve been pretty good about staying close to my training plan, but I’ve had to change around what days I run.  Most weeks I’ve been running on both Saturday and Sunday to make up for a missed mid-week run.  Our puppy just wants all of our attention when we come home from school :)

I am about to finish week 6 of my training plan today.  No long run for this week, but I am supposed to “race” a 5K.  I missed a mid-week, so after I finish blogging and pick up this puppy off my lap (aww) I’m going to warm up for 1 mile, “race” my 5K and then cool down with another mile.  I’ve been running most of my long runs with my friend Amy and we’ve been trying to keep around a 9:30 pace.  I’ve been sick the past week, so it has been tough.  I’ve been trying to push it on my shorter runs.  Below are a few mid-week runs from March…

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I’ve been aiming for negative splits!  It motivates me to run harder.

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This was my run yesterday.  It was SO WINDY!!! I would hit spots where it felt like I had a parachute on my back!  I didn’t pay attention to my watch too much because I was trying to stay comfortable in the wind, but I should have ran my 3rd mile faster to keep the negatives.  Oh well!

Now onto the important stuff – my baby!  She is SO sweet.  We’ve been taking puppy classes at PetSmart and she graduates next weekend!  She is pretty good with her tricks and potty training.  We are still struggling with some biting when we are playing with toys and she gets our hands.  She also went through a phase where she was scared to go outside.  I think all the snow melted and she could see everything so she would go the bathroom and run straight back to the door.  We’ve been taking her farther away from the house and working on walking outside.

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The weather was great yesterday (besides the wind)! We went over to my parents and Colby, my Mom, Bella and I walked almost a mile to their park!  We were so proud!

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Her favorite toy (from the Disney movie Tangled)

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Her little “chair” she makes out of a pet house in her play pen.

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My Mom talked me into this one…. a JOGGING STROLLER for pets!  This will be for the summer when we take her to Lake Placid, NY for Colby’s Ironman!  We are taking her with us, and I think this will really help out on race day when we are outside all day.  I’m hoping she will like it enough for me to take her on runs too!


We love our little girl.  She is over 3 lbs now! For more pictures/videos of tricks… go to my Instagram :)

PS this is my 300th post on my blog! woo hoo!

Lake Placid, NY Trip – Ironman!

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Last Monday morning, Colby, Amy, her husband Matt and I drove to Lake Placid, NY so the boys could sign up for the 2014 Ironman!

Colby and Matt competed in the half Ironman – Eagleman this past June and Colby completed Ironman Lake Placid in 2010.

What is an Ironman?

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Lake Placid is a “full 140.6″ triathlon – the longest distance triathlon.  If you ever see a “140.6″ sticker on the back of someone’s car, it’s for the Ironman! 70.3 is the half Ironman distance.


Originally, Colby made plans to go to Lake Placid so he could sign up for the race.  You have to sign up a year in advance and there are only 3,000 spots.  This year, Ironman opened up a group deal online the Friday before the race.  If you signed up for Syracuse, NY half Ironman 70.3 and Lake Placid Ironman together, you could get in early online.  Colby and Matt both decided to do this so they could secure their spot.  They wanted to do a half Ironman leading up to the big race, and this one will fit into their training plan.


We decided to still go to Lake Placid even though they were signed up for the race.  Lake Placid is beautiful and the guys were happy to ride part of the race course.


We got our hotel taken care of for next year’s race because they were starting to sell out!  We are making a vacation of it and it will be nice to run and bike in this beautiful area.


The town is really cute and surrounds Mirror Lake.  The actual Lake Placid is close by, but is a bigger body of water.  The race swim takes place in Mirror Lake.


This was on the beach area around Mirror Lake.  The guys decided to go for a quick swim after their long bike ride.


Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

On Sunday, Colby and I drove to Cambridge, MD for his half Ironman called the Eagleman.  Colby loves triathlons and has done a full Ironman (Lake Placid 2010).  The Eagleman 70.3 consists of: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 run.  He started training around January for this race and has been consistent with his training.  Good thing I like to workout and trained for a half-marathon this past spring, because he was always working out in the morning and evening.


We checked into our hotel Saturday morning, and drove to the expo in the afternoon.  We didn’t know, but Andy Potts was there for a meet and greet!  He is a pro triathlete and won the race on Sunday.


After the expo, the boys had to get their bikes into the transition area.  Amy‘s husband Matt raced too so I was super lucky to have Amy with me all weekend to walk around and worry with while the guys raced!



There was a lot of rain leading up to the race, so it was crazy muddy!  I got a ride around so I didn’t have to mess up my TOMS :)



On Sunday, we got to the race very early.  Matt’s swim wave was at 8:00 and Colby’s was at 8:30.  Colby was worried that he was the second to last swim wave because we knew it was going to get hot later in the day.


At the finish line!  You can see Amy cheering Colby on in the Tiffany blue/green shirt… she bought it for the Nike Half and thought it was too green! :)  I wanted to make sure to get a good picture of him at the finish, so he didn’t really see me until I took the picture.

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As you can see, he had a GREAT race!! His goal was 5 hours and he was thrilled to go under 5!  I checked my phone compulsively during the race, but some of the half way marks didn’t show up.  He was so fast on his bike, I missed him at transition 2!  The weather did get really hot and sunny later in the day.  He said the run was really difficult because of the heat.  He was a little sore after the race, but was able to run 3 miles with me yesterday morning.  I can’t believe how his legs are in such great shape!  He was curious as to why his swim time was a few minutes slower than expected, but after looking up the pro’s times, they were slower too.  He thought it must have been a little longer than 1.2. Oh well, he still went under 5 hours!




At dinner that night… he has given up drinking soda since January so he was very happy to have cherry coke Sunday night!  He deserved it :)

End of the School Year

Hi everyone!  I have been away from the computer finishing up the busy school year, but summer is almost here!  Even though I have been busy, I have still been keeping up with my workouts :)

From my Exercise Log…

May 27-June 2, 2013

Monday: BodyPump (taught track 4) and 2.5 miles outside

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: shortened BodyPump at home 

Thursday: 2.5 miles on TM

Friday: BodyPump (taught tracks 6,7,8,9,10)

Saturday: off

Sunday: BodyPump at home 2.5 miles outside

Last week I had after school commitments Tuesday-Thursday and I really tried to fit in a few short workouts.  Friday I taught the second half of BodyPump at the gym and it went really well.


 Ever since my training two weeks ago, I’ve been working towards taping myself teaching an entire class for my BODYPUMP certification.  Les Mills requires you to submit a film of you teaching an entire class in one take.  I went for it this past Tuesday night after a long day of school and everything was going soooo well.  I was using my iPad like the instructor told us to use for filming.  I was in the middle of lunges (track 7/10) and the instructor watching my iPad told me it ran out of space and stopped!!! I was so mad! It was going so well!!!  So I’m going to try again soon but with an actual digital camcorder so I don’t run out of space!



I found this bright pink running skirt at Target last week and ran in it a few days ago.  It is really comfortable and looks good too!  I don’t know why it took me so long to try out running skirts!

PS it was my blog’s 2 year anniversary on May 21, but I think I was so tired after the Pump training weekend I forgot!  Two years ago I started my blog after just completing my first full marathon.  I also joined a gym soon after and started taking BodyPump classes.  I never would have thought I would be teaching them now!

Colby’s half-Ironman is this weekend!