ZOOMA Florida: 12 Weeks Out

I’m excited to announce I’ve been chosen as a ZOOMA Florida ambassador!

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As part of my ambassadorship, I’ll be posting weekly training updates on my blog! With 12 weeks until the race, there’s plenty of time to get going on a solid training plan. Since I’ve already run my first half of the season and have two more between now and ZOOMA Florida on January 17, I’m in mileage maintenance and get faster mode. Here’s what a typical week’s workouts look like for me:

  • 3-4 miles + strength workout
  • Speed workout (usually 400s or Fartleks)
  • 4-6 miles
  • Long run

Having run 9 half marathons, I’ve found this flexible schedule works best for me. If you’re looking for a training plan of your own, I’m a big fan of Hal Higdon’s. I used his beginner plan to run my few first, and now I use his training plans to help create my own schedule. You can follow along with my training on DailyMile or Runkeeper as well.

Here’s what this week looked like:

Saturday – ZOOMA Florida Kick off run!

Sunday – rest

Monday – recovering from tailgating

Tuesday – A fantastic 3 miles in 30:12 with negative splits!

Wednesday – 8×400

Funny story about this run: I had the workout set up in Runkeeper, and I headed to Memorial Park where I normally run my 400s. 1 loop + a hair is a 400. I noticed on the first one that it was cutting it short, and I couldn’t figure out why. My interval splits were saying I was running a 5 minute mile! I know I’ve gotten faster, but I’m not quite THAT fast. Regardless, I still powered through 8 intervals, but who knows how long they were – a few were shorter than 1 loop, a few were longer. After a discussion with a friend, I realized that having Wi-Fi turned on was causing my phone to try to connect to the Starbucks across the street whenever I got near it, thus throwing off the GPS signal. Lesson learned!

Thursday – Rest

Friday – Easy 2.5 mile-ish run sans phone, watch, and music. Nice to just cruise!

Saturday – 8 mile long run. Woof. That one was ROUGH!

Sunday – Rest

How’s your training going?

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Stadium Challenge 5k

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I don’t even know how last night happened.

When I got to the stadium, I was dreading running. I just wanted to get it over with and go home. I didn’t set any goals for this race except for one – finish. I met up with the fantastic and hilarious Jennifer and her family, and we entertained ourselves until the race started.

I may have slightly freaked out when my Garmin wouldn’t turn on before the race, but I’m starting to think that was a blessing in disguise. I tend to psych myself out over pace when I think I might be running too fast because of what I see on my Garmin. Instead, I need to learn to just listen to my body and what feels good. Because I’m an anal-retentive control freak, I turned on Runkeeper on my phone and stuck it in my pocket.

I cruised through the first mile and a half, and found myself climbing the ramps of the stadium with ease. I felt strong both mentally and physically, so I decided to keep pushing on. I took a quick walk break on the second set of uphill ramps, but I probably could’ve done without it. I was so excited when I came around the corner to the finish line and saw the clock hit 32:00. I couldn’t believe I ran a 5k PR at the Stadium Challenge. I guess those downhill ramps did me a few favors.

I think I’m well on my way to a sub-30 5k this year. And who knows… Maybe even a sub 2:25 half marathon. We’ll see.

{Friday Faves} 5 Places to Run in Jacksonville

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Heyo, it’s Friday! Guess what? I got up THREE DAYS this week before work to run. Crazy, I know. In the past, I’ve always been an after work runner. Now that I’m in the office until at least 6, I’ve had to transition to running before work. If I wait until after work, I’ll make a million excuses as to why not, and then I’ll never run again.

ANYWAY, running again has gotten me thinking about all my favorite places in town to run. And no, the beach is not on the list. Why? I hate running on the sand. Yes, the view is pretty but sand + socks + running shoes = hell. So in no particular order, here are my 5 Favorite Places to Run in Jacksonville:

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29 for My 29th

So remember a few months ago when I broke up with running?

I needed that time. And now I’m feeling super antsy pants. I need to run again. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been running on Sundays. It’s been nice and pressure free. I’ve missed it. This morning I was looking at my calendar and I got to thinking – what if I ran a race every month for the rest of the year? Then I started thinking more… I have 23 races under my belt already… I can totally sneak in 6 more before my 29th birthday in September.

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So I pulled up the 1st Places Sports race calendar and crafted a plan. The goal is one race a month with the 29th race ON my 29th birthday. Sounds perfect, right? And as always, I’d love for my awesome runner friends to join me. Here’s the schedule:

4/6 Color Me Rad 5k

5/4 The PLAYERS 5k

5/27 Memorial Day 5k with A Mom on the Run and Runs with Pugs

7/4 Celebration 5k

8/9-10 Tour de Pain (this will be my second Tour!)

9/7 Wounded Warrior Project 8k (and my birthday!)

I really hope to achieve a 5k PR in this time AND finally run a sub-30 5k. Based on my training runs, I got very close last fall. I’m fairly certain had I actually raced a 5k, I would’ve actually done it.

Here’s to a renewed love of running and the return of my sanity. Hopefully.

The Break Up

I’m breaking up with running.

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Over the past 5 years, running and I have certainly had our ups and downs. Running has been a great source of pride for me – from running 3 miles straight that very first time to PRing the Subaru Distance Classic last Thanksgiving. It’s frequently reminded me that my body is capable of so much more than I ever realized.

Over the past two months, our relationship started to turn toxic. I found myself dreading every single run, even though they were still solid runs. My pace was getting faster, but I just wasn’t feeling satisfied. I’ve had minor, annoying injuries, and I constantly felt like my body was screaming “Enough!” I had to hype myself up for every run – even during my favorite running season. That’s just not right, and I knew it. Not to mention the thought of running more than 3-5 miles made me want to jump in front of a bus (extreme exaggeration, I swear I’m not really suicidal).

So after this Thursday’s half marathon, I’m hanging up my running shoes for awhile. Since I’d go insane without working out, I’m diving into Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. I’m on Day 3, and it’s definitely a nice change of routine. I have fitness oriented goals that have nothing to do with running for the first time in a very long time. It feels good.

This isn’t a permanent break up though. I know I’ll be back… eventually. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

I Think I Need a Psych Eval

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I think it was back in January when I lost my mind. I registered for the New York City Marathon lottery. The drawing wasn’t until April, but I’d sorta been itching to pull the trigger and run a full marathon. I’d always said if I did a full, I wanted it to be somewhere cool like NYC.

Lottery day came and went, and I didn’t get in. Honestly, I was sad. And that’s when I knew it was time to go for it and commit to a full marathon. Lisa and I had entered the lottery together, and we were both experiencing similar desires to run a full. She and I ran the Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon together in 2011 and usually run a similar pace. We laugh, we snark, we giggle. If I’m going to run a marathon with anyone, it’s going to be her.

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