Race Recap: The Hardest Cider 5K

Saturday was the perfect day for a run – the storms earlier in the week brought cooler weather, the sun was shining and the setting was picturesque. The Hardest Cider Run is part of a series put on by SourFish Events. The Great Pumpkin Run last fall was put on by the same group so I knew what to expect. This race took place at the Hauser Estate Winery, where Jack’s Hard Cider is produced – and man, was it GORGEOUS!

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NAFHALF Training: Week 12 & Weekly Wrap!

WWGuest-HeatherHappy Sunday and welcome to the Weekly Wrap! I am super excited to be a host this week. Holly and Tricia are taking some time off from hosting duties this summer and I am beyond honored that they have trusted me to be a guest host this week. If you’ve never joined the Weekly Wrap, I strongly encourage you to give it a try! It’s an amazing way to discover new blogs and make new friends!

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I went with the flow this week, which led to only two one runs, but I swam and met with my personal trainer twice. I’m leaning more and more towards dropping down to the Navy 5 Miler (instead of the Half Marathon). My goal of PRing my half marathon time is not likely to happen and the more I push, the less fun running is becoming. I’ll still be running the Double Dare Challenge at Disneyland two weeks before. But that weekend is just for fun, not for time. I’d like to drop down in distance and be able to look forward to the race, rather than toeing the line knowing that I haven’t put in the time to reach my publicized goals.

Have you ever dropped down in race distance?
Have you ever lost your race/running mojo?
What did you do to get it back?

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August Goals

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As I said yesterday, I wanted to share some small monthly goals today. I have not be seeing the progress in my personal training that I would like to and really I haven’t been seeing the growth in my life in general that I would like to. There are goals that I’d like to meet, like getting a personal record in my half marathon, that aren’t as simple as just training. I need to make sure that I’m eating food that’s healthy, getting enough sleep and having a positive attitude. I find that some areas can be excellent but another area is suffering – no goals are being achieved when there’s not balance.

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NAFHALF Training: Week 11 Recap

I was a little tired this week – so I decided to listen to my body and take it easy. As I’ve written, I’ve been having a hard time with my training. I’m still working through what’s going on with my training and other parts of my life. I have some goals for the month of August that I’ll be sharing tomorrow. I haven’t been seeing the results that I was hoping for with personal training so I realize that I need to make some changes.

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NAFHALF Training: Week 10 Recap

This week was long. I did a lot. In fact, I didn’t have a full rest day for an entire week. At the time, I didn’t realize it though. By the time Saturday hit, I was ready for a rest day. I was excited to make it to Bikram for the first time in a while – trying out a new studio closer to campus. I love that they have $10 community classes, since Bikram (and yoga in general) can be a bit pricey, even if those classes are at 6AM. I’m not sure how much of a regular thing I’ll be able to make it because of the bus schedule, it cuts it VERY close to when I should be at work.

My runs have been a little rough lately – and I’m feeling like I’m getting more and more behind every week. I have already decided after my fall races that I’m going to take a step back from longer distances and work at improving my speed and getting back closer to my 5K PR. I realized that when I first started running, I did so many 5Ks before I even thought about running longer distances. I worked continually at getting faster and reaching my sub 30 minute 5K goal. When I jumped back into running last year after taking time off, I jumped right into Dopey Challenge training as the way to motivate me. I was going from zero to sixty because I thought I could just run like I did before. I didn’t think about the months of work I put in previously. I want to spend at least the next year working on 5Ks and 10Ks and put myself in a better position for a half marathon PR in the future. On the bus Monday morning, I realized that if I was still feeling overwhelmed by the half marathon, I could always move to the Navy Five Miler and suddenly it felt like a weight had been lifted.  We’ll see what happens come September, the pressure was significantly less knowing that I had options.

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NAFHALF Training: Week 9 Recap

This week was good in terms of working out – I did two personal training sessions, I swum twice, I even did a mobility workout after my easy run on Wednesday. But I’m just not getting volume of running that I’d like. I try to following the 10% rule (or 1 mile per week) – but if I’m adding a mile to my long run and then adding an additional run during the week, I don’t want to do too much and get burn out. I just would like to try to find some balance in my training plan!  Continue reading

NAFHALF Training: Week 7 & 8 Recap

It’s been a busy two weeks! I was feeling really beat up at the end of June – I’m not sure if I’ve been taking on too much too fast (it doesn’t seem like too much!) or if it’s just diet related (I’ve been noticing a lack of protein in my diet). I’ve been trying to take it easy on my runs and work in cross training if I’m too tired for running. I’m feeling positive about my weeks coming up – even though I’m freaking out about this:

My goal for NAFHALF is to PR my half marathon time, and I’m just feeling like with my training, that’s not going to happen. I don’t want to give up and I’ll definitely be running it in September. I just wonder if I should be looking for a half marathon later in the fall or even early next year, just in case.

What do you do if your training isn’t going the way you’d hoped?

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Run Chat Hunt: June 2017 edition

Twice a year, RunChat hosts a photo scavenger hunt to seek out follower-submitted and selected items. You can see my previous Run Chat Hunt photos from December 2016 here. This time around I tried to challenge myself to limit myself to one photo per run (to increase my number of runs) and to attempt to think about the photos I was taking a bit more. I miss taking photographs like I used to do all of the time, so I wanted to put a bit more care into the photos I was taking, even if just for something fun like this scavenger hunt! I did alright limited myself to one per run, until I hit the last weekend and found three items during my long run. I also am happy with a majority of the photos I took. While there are some items like sunrise or sunset (simply because I don’t run that early [5:45] or late [8:45]!) or yard sale that were hard, so I took what I could get. My favorites of this batch were the local diner/restaurant and the public art (one of my favorites to photograph anyway!).

Did you participate in this (or any) RunChatHunts?
Do you like to stop and take pictures during your runs?

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NAFHALF Training: Week 6 Recap

I maintained my training this week despite my back still recovering – I am really glad that I still was able to keep active. I do feel like I’m missing something in my training in terms of strength training. I’m looking for something easy but effective – a video or printable workout I can take to the gym with me. I would love if you would leave your favorite workout in the comments and give me some ideas what to do next week at the gym!
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NAFHALF Training: Week 5

3BlackCatCo_NAFHALF_Week05 I’ve been out of commission the last few days thanks to an old back injury. I’m not sure exactly what it is – I haven’t seen a doctor simply because by the time I’d get an appointment, the pain would be gone. But the last few days have been spent on the couch in hopes that it go away once again, without too much impact on my training plan.

How do you deal with an injury during your training plan? 
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