2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

I can’t believe April is nearly over and I’m just now able to sit down and write about the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run over two weeks after it happened. I was lucky enough this year to be recruited to the social media team as the Instagram lead and have been working hard since October! My training for the race itself hit a snag when I got sick during the winter and never was able to pick back up at the level I would have liked. By the time the race rolled around, I was a little worried about being able to complete the race. But I built some confidence after my last few long runs and knew, while it wouldn’t be pretty, I would be able to complete the 10 miles.

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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Week 3

Despite only running twice this week, I do feel more accomplished! In addition to those two runs, I went to yoga once, personal training, body pump and spent some time on the elliptical. So overall, I feel pretty good about what I did this week. Especially with the cold and flu floating around our office, I’ve been waking up with a sore throat nearly every day. But since it’s stayed above my neck and out of my chest, I’ve continued running and working out, making sure to head to bed early as I can (which is really hard to do with the Olympics!).

Do you workout when you’re not feeling well? 
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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Week 2

I’m starting to feel like a broken record. This week, I was not able to set a routine like I would like. I can’t seem to find my rhythm. I only managed three runs (I was aiming for four) and I did not do any yoga this week. I was stuck at home one day as we had a contractor coming to install something at the house and even though he finished earlier than expected, I could not seem to muster up the will power to go for a run.

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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Week 1

And the first official week of #CUCB2018 is complete! This week was a little weird – we spent Wednesday evening at urgent care due to some back pain Roswell was experiencing. Thankfully he’s on the mend. I’m still attempting to find a balance between my strength training and running, in addition to the nutrition plan from my trainer. I’d like to practice yoga at least once next week as well as add a recovery run after my long run.

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Are you blogging your training for CUCB2018? The 2018 Race Ambassadors and Social Media team is hosting a blog link up and we would love for you to join! Hop down to the link up below and add your latest training post. But don’t just drop your link and run – the best part of a link up is connecting with other runners. The more you interact with others, the more they’ll interact with you!

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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run: Training Kick Off!

This week was the PR Training Program kick off for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run training! The training plans officially start Monday January 29 (and there’s still time to sign up!), so this past week was just an easy ease into the training plan week.

I’m working with my personal trainer twice a week, and because I requested early in the week so my legs weren’t dead for my long run, it’s back to back on Monday and Tuesday. This makes the rest of my week a little complicated to plan since I’d like to get in another run. I’ll have to capitalize on my warm ups and make those miles count. I want to use the Cherry Blossom training to build foundation for my marathon training which will start towards the summer months.

How do you balance running and cross training?
Are you training for anything?

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Weekly Wrap: October 16-22

Happy Monday, Friends! Congratulations to any runners who toed the starting line this weekend – but especially to those at the Marine Corps Marathon and my fellow 10Kers! Shout out to my husband for PRing his marathon and going sub 4:00!

After finishing the 10K, I tried to make it over to the marathon course to cheer on the runners, but I found myself crossing the wrong bridge and couldn’t make it there and to the finish line in time for Roswell to finish. So instead I stopped by Starbucks and grabbed a coffee (thanks to Holly and Tricia!) and headed to the finish line to spectate.

Oh man, if there’s one place my empath side comes out, it is the finish line of a marathon. I can’t even start to count the number of times my eyes teared up Sunday morning watching the runners fight for every step up that hill (because you know, it’s an uphill finish – *only Marines would have an uphill finish at a marathon*). But standing near the finish line, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Kathrine Switzer:

Have you spectated a marathon finish line? 

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Weekly Wrap: September 11-24

Last week was a little rough for me, which is why you’re getting two weeks today! Following the Disneyland weekend, I started loosely following the Nike Run Club “Get More Fit” training plan but I really had a hard time getting motivated for my runs the last two weeks. The Nike Run Club has introduced a few different kinds of runs, like a benchmark run and a tempo run. However, after the Navy 5 Miler, I updated my training calendar to the last few weeks of the Garmin Connect 10K training plan. (Garmin Ambassador Linz at Sharp Endurance has a great post on how to Download Training Plans to your Garmin Connect Device)

Since I’m not in training for anything monumental (just the Marine Corps 10K in October), I was shifting into a more mindful eating mindset and I wanted to give 21 Day Fix (or something like that program) a try. I thought it would be good because my portions have gotten a bit out of wack. However, I believe that the program was too restrictive because it sent me into a tailspin of anxiety and depression. Since giving up the boxes and just trying to be mindful but not restrictive, my mood has improved immensely. Instead of focusing on food, I think I’m going to focus on making sure I’m getting enough active time and changing up what I’m doing so I’m not just running all of the time. I’ve made a goal to try a different class at the gym every week.

Are you training for a big fall race or just maintaining right now?

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NAFHALF Training: Week 2

3BlackCatCo_NAFHALF_Week01Week 2 was a good one! 3 great runs plus a gym day. I’m glad I was able to fit in my runs, since I know memorial day weekend was going to be busy while we were in Florida.

I would like to incorporate more strength training. I know that swimming starting in June will help, but I need to find some more motivation to do additional workouts and yoga. How do you incorporate ALL THE THINGS in your training plan? 

Looking at registering for a 10k this weekend to help me hit the 6 miles on my training plan. However, based on my experience at the parkrun this last weekend, I worry that I’m pushing too hard during a race when I should be running slow. Have you registered for a race to “just run” as training run? 
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NAFHALF Training: Week 1!

3BlackCatCo_NAFHALF_Week01 Training for my fall half marathons have started! Technically, I’m training for the Disneyland Double Dare as well, but since the Navy-Air Force Half is my goal race, that’s what I’ll be using for this training cycle. I have big goals for the NAFHALF, mostly PRing my half marathon time. My current PR is 2:34:04 from the Historic Half in 2012 (my first half marathon). My last half marathon time was 2:42:55 at the Annapolis Running Classic (since my half during Dopey was unofficial). I would like to run under 2:30 at the NAFHALF. The course is very similar to the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, basically with just 3.1 miles added. Even as familiar as I am with the course, I would like to do a few training runs around Hains Point since that killed me during CUCB (anyone want to run with me?!). I’m using a combination training plan from the PR Distance Training program I did back in 2012 and the Jeff Galloway runDisney Disneyland Double Dare training plan. Between those, I’ll be running 3 to 4 times a week depending on how I feel. Here we go!  Continue reading