Motivation Monday: Week 6

Oh, hey! We’ve officially hit the halfway mark on the half-marathon training. This week was a light week to rest up before some high mileage and I’ll be honest… I really took advantage of that. In fact, I missed a day of running and sort of shrugged it off. Whoops?

Anyway, here’s how the week shaped up:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 3.31 miles
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: 3.12 miles
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 3.15 miles

Look at all that rest! Eh, whatever though. I had one of my best runs on Sunday (which was a 5K race) and kept a 10’38” pace. Can’t complain about that.

I am to the point in training though where I’m starting to worry about my shins (I get bad shin splints) and my knees are sore, but I’m trucking on. If you have any tips/suggestions for either, I’ll take ’em.

Cheers to another week,

Erin

Monday Motivation: Week 5 Recap

 

Five weeks down and seven to go… Not feeling a big ol’ intro this week, so let’s just get to the recap. Cool? Cool.

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 3.28 miles
  • Thursday: 2.12 miles
  • Friday: 3.59 miles
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 6 miles

A couple of quick thoughts:

  • I rested too much this week.
  • Six miles made my knees hurt, so I can’t wait to do 13.1!
  • No Jacks again this week, but I suspect he’ll make his big return in Week 6.

The good news? Week 6 is a lighter week. It’s the halfway marker for training and the “long run” is a 5K race, which is a welcomed break.

Cheers to the week, you guys.

Erin

P.S. It was warm enough this last week to wear shorts to run outside! It was exciting. Here’s photo evidence:

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Monday Motivation: Week 4 Recap

You know what’s difficult to keep up with? This whole blog thing. I want to be better about it. I really do, but I just haven’t found my groove with it yet. I’m trying to map out a weekly plan for it that will hopefully help, but we’ll see.

Before I talk about the week, here’s how the miles mapped out:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 3 miles
  • Wednesday: 2.1 miles
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: 3.03 miles
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 5.05 miles

First week without Jacks as he’s recovered from an infection on one of his paws. It was weird without him, but I managed. The weather was also rough toward the end of last week. I have a gym membership and could have easily moved inside for a treadmill run, but I was determined to suck it up and run outside. Brilliant idea, really.

Friday was 24 degrees when I ran. Sunday was 33 degrees. Sunday was especially weird as I ran through flurries, sun and wind. Everything but the kitchen sink!

The end of this week looks better, so I just have to get to Thursday. Until then, my cold weather gear is getting a workout. Sigh.

Anyway, I’m going to try to be better about blogging this week. I realized over the last week that while I write for a living and tweet until my heart’s content, I don’t really have a voice yet. Working on it.

Until then, I have a big week ahead with work, life and runs. Stay tuned.

Erin

P.S. I’m 1/3 of the way through training! Hooray!

Motivation Monday: Week Three Recap (Also, Ugh)

I have to be honest: This last week of running was pretty tough. Only Sunday’s run felt good, and even that ended with a bit of a sore note. Needless to say, I’m ready for a new week. But before I can start a new week of training, let’s recap the last week, shall we?

First, here’s how my week went in miles:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 3.23 miles
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: 2.27 miles
  • Friday: 3.1 miles
  • Saturday: 1.61 miles (mostly walking)
  • Sunday: 5.1 miles

OK, so now for the story behind those miles:

Tuesday was rough. I wore a pair of running leggings that must have stretched out at some point because they kept pulling down with every step. That made things a little uncomfortable for 3.23 miles. Jacks wasn’t feeling it either (the run, not my legging issue) and was pretty much over it about halfway through. We basically crawled home.

The rest of the week was pretty similar. I clearly hit a plateau, which is tough but I kept fighting through. It was worth it though because Sunday was a great run. Jacks and I killed our mile times, and we both could have run even further if need be. Felt really good about that, until…

Woke up this morning and Jacks wouldn’t get out of bed. Not uncommon. He’s a bit lazy in the mornings. I got him up but he was being really hesitant to jump out of bed. After he finally did, I realized… He’s limping and limping bad. After a frantic call to the vet (“Did he tear his ACL?! Is something broken?!”), I discovered a bump on his front right paw pad. Ugh.

Vet asked to see him so off to the vet we went. He likely stepped on something on one of our runs and it got infected. He’s now on pain meds, antibiotics and getting epsom salt baths for his paw (I know, I know). Oh, and his activity has to be limited.

That means I’m solo on runs this week. Bummer, but Jacks will be healthy soon enough and he’ll be back at it with me. Until then, I’m hoping for a better week on the running trail than the last but as I’ve been told many times: It’s not how fast I’m moving, it’s just that I’m moving.

So, I’ll keep on moving.

Erin

 

Motivation Monday: Week Two Recap

I have an hour and a half to get this published before it’s no longer Monday. Talk about leaving it until the last minute. Whoops?

Before I get into last week’s running recap, I do have to say thank you for all the love and support in response to yesterday’s blog. Y’all are great. Mean it to the moon and back.

Also, Boys Town is going to state! So exciting (and the reason for this week’s header photo). As the Boys Town cheer coach, it’s been a wild ride and it’ll be fun to share this experience with the kids.

And without further adieu, here’s how my second week of training went:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 2.2 mile run
  • Wednesday: 2.75 mile run
  • Thursday: 2 mile run
  • Friday: Shoveled snow! (That counts as cardio, right?)
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 3.32 mile run

I’m about a half mile under on each run’s goal, so I’ll need to step that up this week a bit. The distance also increases this week, so I’m going to do my best to get more into the 3.5-5 mile markers.

And Jacks has continued to be along for every run. Seriously, he’s a very good dog.

Two weeks in though, I’m feeling so much better. I have more energy, I’m not as sore and I’m enjoying the runs themselves more and more. Excited to see where week three takes me.

On to the next.

Erin

Motivation Monday: Recapping my first week of training

I’m going to be honest: My first week of half-marathon training was rough. The good news is that I’ve got a stellar training partner (which is why he got the header photo, because he’s great!) and we’re keeping at it. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult to stay motivated though.

When I ran my first half-marathon in 2014 (the amazing Lincoln Half-Marathon!), I was already pretty active. It took awhile to adjust to running long distances, as I’d never been much of a runner to begin with, but I got there and enjoyed every step along the way.

This time is going to be a little different. I wasn’t completely lazy before I started training, but I really hadn’t worked out since about this time last year. In fact, my TimeHop reminded me this morning that exactly one year ago today I was scaling the First National Tower. Sort of amazing to think about.

But here’s what I will say about the last week: Yes, it was hard but I kept moving. That’s what matters. Over the next 11 weeks, I’m just going to keep moving one step at a time.

Anyway, here’s how my week went down:

  • Monday: 2 mile run (Flipped my rest day from Monday to Tuesday due to Nebraska basketball)
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: Rest (Couldn’t find motivation, so I flipped my rest day from Friday to Wednesday)
  • Thursday: 2.15 mile run
  • Friday: 1.5 mile walk (I switched my 30 min cross day from Saturday to Friday, opting to walk)
  • Saturday: 2.5 mile run
  • Sunday: 3 mile run

I put in almost 10 miles running over the week, with another 1.5 miles of walking. Not too bad. This week’s training schedule is identical to last week, but I’ll probably move the rest days around again.

All in all, I’m happy with my first week and am looking forward to week No. 2.

On to the next!

Erin

P.S. If you have any recommendations for pre- and post-workout supplements and protein to take, shoot me a message. I’m sort of at a loss.

Motivation Monday: Let the training begin

Today marks the first day of half-marathon training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon on May 7. I’m following the same training plan I’ve always used, which is the Novice 1 program from Hal Higdon. I am nothing but a creature of habit.

I decided to use “Motivation Monday” as a way to motivate myself and hold myself accountable on this journey. I plan to share my previous week’s runs, talk about what went well and not so well and everything in between. I just hope by doing this it documents my journey from square one to getting back to 13.1 miles.

You see, a little over a year ago, a half-marathon would have been no big deal. I had run four of them, plus a variety of smaller races. In fact, a year ago this past weekend I scaled the First National Tower in Omaha for Trek Up the Tower. I had plans for 2016 beyond that, too. The Lincoln Half-Marathon, another half-marathon in the fall, Boys Town’s Memorial Day Run and more. It was all planned.

And then the accident happened. I wish I could explain what that did to me, but the recovery from the burns, the internal injuries and my own mental health were a lot to overcome (and I still am overcoming them some days). I was given the OK to start running late in the summer, and I did here and there, but then football season came along and I figured I’d get back to it eventually.

Today is eventually.

I was supposed to run three miles. I ran two. They weren’t fast miles, but Jacks and I trudged along. By the end, my lungs were on fire but my legs and my brain were thanking me for what I had just done. For someone who never liked to run all that much, I somehow became a runner over the years. I guess I didn’t realize how much I had missed it.

I know this won’t be easy. I haven’t been on a regular run schedule in over a year and a lot has happened in that time. But I plan to dedicate every step I take in this journey to all those miles I personally lost in 2016 and to every single person no longer here to keep going on their own journeys because of drunk drivers. That will keep me motivated.

And it will make crossing the finish line on May 7 incredibly special.

Erin