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I had a 30 minute Tempo Run planned for this morning and man was it cold! I knew what to expect though by looking at this!

I guess it wasn’t so much the cold, but the wind was absolutely terrible. I could barely control myself. I bundled up real well, I was wearing two pairs of pants, a sports bar, a tank top, a long sleeved shirt, a short sleeved shirt and then over that I had 2 zip up coats. I also had a pair of gloves and a hat! It was completely necessary. Okay maybe I could’ve done without one of the coats, but it was brutal out there. At one point my left leg kept hitting my right leg and causing me to trip in the middle of my stride, it was crazy. That was the coldest temperature I’ve ever run through.

  • Distance: 2.9 Miles
  • Duration: 26:47
  • Pace: 9:14

So, it wasn’t exactly a tempo run and I didn’t exactly hit the 30 minute mark, but seriously I was glad that I even got out there and ran because that is what really counts. I was ready to stop, I was tired and my lungs were hurtin’ for some warm air.

I got the book ‘Run Less, Run Faster’ for Christmas and I started reading it last night and I already love it. I’ve heard so many good things about it in the past that I knew it wouldn’t let me down. I am going to revamp my training schedule for the HM and base it on the book so that I can follow along with it. It basically is a training plan that involves running 3 days a week with 2 days of cross training. That is exactly what I am looking for in these winter months. It focuses on quality, not quantity.

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I know I haven’t been around the past couple of days, but I’ll be back in the swing of things starting tomorrow. I spent some time today planning out my Half Marathon training schedule. I based it off of Hal Higdon’s plan, but made a few tweeks so it would fit my needs.

NYC HALF MARATHON SCHEDULE

I have it so that it starts the week of December 20th and the race is March 21st.

Wish me luck!

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I went to the Team in Training information session last night and I must say it really exceeded my expectations. I was really impressed with how many people showed up and the benefits of running a race through TNT is amazing! I am also really excited about raising money. It is a very rewarding challenge. I am required to raise $1800, but I set a personal goal of $3000. I also had no idea that they provide you with coaches and training. After hearing that I was seriously considering signing up for a marathon! I got really excited about it and was thinking about doing the marathon in Vancouver. I’ve got this serious drive lately to run a marathon. I’ve been reading a lot of marathon recaps lately and they just sound so amazing and I can not wait to be there some day. Probably like 3 months ago I had the thought process of ‘oh yeah I’ll run a marathon some day, but not anytime soon thats for sure.’ But, seriously I feel like I am ready to tackle the marathon training very soon!

I also like to tackle distances in ascending order. My next big race is definitely a Half, then a Marathon. Anyway, I am psyched about Team in Training and the fact that I will be meeting up with people twice a week to run! Yay! I will actually be making new running friends. Oh and one more great thing about TNT is that there were so many people there that were completely out of shape and have no running experience at all and they were signing up for triathlons and half marathons! Amazing.

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I can not even express my excitement about the fact that my very first Half Marathon is going to be the amazing NYC Half!

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I woke up at 8:30 this morning, which NEVER happens, but I looked out the window and saw the sun! I was so excited to get up and run. I mapped out a new route and this was going to be my first long run outside in a while due to it raining every day for the past century. I don’t remember ever being this excited for a run before. I knew it was going to be a good one. I ate some clif shot bloks, chugged some water and headed out. It was almost 70 degrees outside, which is pretty hot for ideal running weather, but it was still sooo nice! I was just so happy to be outside in the sun and in the warmth. I NEED it to be summer, I can’t stand this rain anymore. My new route was awesome and I can’t wait to run it again. There were a lot of people out running/walking today and I said hello to most of them. I completed my 6 mile run in 54:52. I was extremely happy with my time. A 9 min. mile is now becoming my norm, when it used to be my speedwork. I’ve definitely been improving a lot with my running, I think all of this cross training for the triathlon has been helping a lot! 


Speaking of my triathlon, it is in 2 weeks! Ahhhhh! I’m so nervous about it. I feel ready, but at the same time I don’t and need more time. I had a stressful dream about it the other night and ever since then I have become extremely nervous about it all. I have all of my stuff for it now. I bought a new bike tire, I have my specific triathlon apparel that I am going to wear (which was really pricey!) and I have my swim cap, which looks really silly and I’m only ever going to wear it in triathlons. I’m set and ready to go, now the countdown begins. 

After my run I went to see the new Transformers movie, which was just what I expected: a fun, entertaining flick packed with corny jokes and lots of explosions. I enjoyed it overall. Later on we headed to Milly’s Tavern in Manchester for some good beer and decent food. The highlight of my day was definitely Trader Joe’s and an awesome beer store that is right next to it. I bought so many good things, including almond butter, mass amounts of cookies, and ice cream balls. I also bought some more lambic beer from the beer store, but this time I went with green apple, mmmm! 

It was a busy day and I am so tired. I would’ve like to have included many pictures in this entry, but like I said I am tired and therefore way too lazy. Please use your imagination to picture all of my yummy food and beer that was purchased today. Night!

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I completed my first 8 mile run today! Most of my long runs are on Saturdays, but I have a 5K race to run this Saturday. Today is National Running Day, I figured it was a good day to go out and attempt my first 8 miler. It went well I think. I ate some Clif Shot Bloks to help me along the way. I really need to invest in some apparel with pockets, I don’t really enjoy storing my ‘energy’ inside my bra, ha! I had to stop and walk at two points, which kind of sucks, but one was on a killer hill that I completely forgot about and the other was on a hill toward the end of my run. It went better than expected and I call it a victory! I’m excited to perfect this 8 miler and move onto 9, although I’m sure that won’t happen until after my triathlon.

I’ve been scheduling my training out the week before and I just can’t seem to get enough in! There is so much to be done and so little time. Next week I am focusing on biking and then running right after.  I am also going to attempt a bike ride on the actual road!  Enough about next week, I still need to focus on finishing this week. 

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Training

So, I did my first swim today as part of my training. It took more out of me than I thought it would. I was completely out of breath after 5 laps. I figured out that 9 complete laps will equal the .25 mile distance for my triathlon. I think I can do it! I absolutely loved swimming today, it felt really good and I’m excited to do it more often. I’m going to aim to get at least 3 swims in every week. I swam for 20 minutes today and I’m going for another 20 tomorrow. I am going to look up some proper swim techniques tonight when I get home from work. I want to make sure I swim as efficiently as possible. I’m so excited to be training, I feel really focused and ready to take on the next 6 weeks. All I need to do now is get a bike helmet so I can go for my first real bike ride on Sunday morning. After this week I am going to cut back on my running slightly in order to fit all of this other training in.

Okay, gotta get back to work…

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