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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NAFHALF Training: Week 4

3BlackCatCo_NAFHALF_Week04This week went really well! My first swim lesson was promising (despite our second lesson being cancelled due to cold weather-?!). I really enjoyed swimming and I think it will be a great cross training activity for the summer – and into the colder months thanks to the indoor pool on campus. We’re due for a warm up this week and I’m little worried about track on Tuesday night. But fall PRs are made in the summer, so while I’ll make adjustments like a slower pace, I won’t give up! How’s your training going? 
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NAFHALF Training: Week 3

3BlackCatCo_NAFHALF_Week03Week 3 was a bit slower than the last two as we were in Florida for the first half of the week. While I brought running clothes with me, it was very hot and it was nice being able to relax for a few days! So I didn’t end up running, or doing anything remotely active.

I probably could have added another day of running, but I didn’t unfortunately. I will probably end up just considering this my recovery week and get back to work this week! I’m starting my swimming lessons so I’m really looking forward to that!
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