ZOOMA Florida – 6.5 Weeks Out!

How’s ZOOMA Florida training going? Well, I haven’t been really doing this thing called “training,” but I really surprised myself at Thanksgiving’s half.

I really wasn’t expecting a PR – mostly because I hadn’t run more than 8-9 miles (twice) since my last half at the beginning of October, and I hadn’t run since my 5k on Saturday (I’ll get to that next). I figured I’d take it easy and do 4/1 run/walk intervals, and set some more conservative goals.

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Guero’s Taco Bar

guero's taco bar
Last week I spent a couple of days in Austin, TX for work. Austin has been on my travel bucket list for YEARS! I’ve heard so many fantastically awesome things about it from so many people, and I just knew I would love it. I mean, what’s not to love about a place where BBQ and tacos are plentiful?! That’s my love language (well, a dialect of it anyway).

Practically as soon as we got off the plane and checked into the hotel, my co-worker and I made a beeline to this taco joint on Congress Avenue she’d had on a previous trip – Guero’s Taco Bar.

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ZOOMA Florida: 9.5 Weeks Out

I know. I totally missed my last update. But no one except me (and maybe my mom) probably noticed, so whatever.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks! In my last update, I mentioned how I wanted to increase the distance of my midweek runs. I’ve been somewhat successful at that, but the conference I went to in Destin last weekend killed any chance of a long run. I know, failing to plan is planning to fail, blah blah. I got it. I understand. My endurance has struggled on long runs, which is why I made the plan to increase midweek runs to the 4-6 mile range instead of 3ish miles.

Here’s how that’s fledged out:

Monday – 4 strong miles through the ‘hood

Tuesday – 8×400 and drunk Runkeeper ate my times :(

Wednesday – Sunday – Lazy/Bad Planning/Conference

Monday – 5 speedy miles through the neighborhood. This run felt really strong!

Tuesday – 2.32 miles in Austin, TX!

<3 Austin

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Today – Rest

Tomorrow – I plan on getting up and getting a run in before we head back to Florida.

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ZOOMA Florida: 11 Weeks Out

half marathon training

How’d training go this past week? Well…. I didn’t get in as many runs this week as I’d hoped, and it’s only going to get tougher to squeeze them in over the next few weeks. I also need to step up my ZOOMA Florida training to include longer mid-week runs… I think it will help a lot with the long runs.

Monday – rest
Tuesday – 3.5 mile bridge run downtown with this spectacular view:

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Bacon Beer Cheese Soup

Disclaimer: Blah blah blah, Cabot sends me cheese and I make stuff with it and write about it. It’s a pretty sweet deal. I love cheese.

Bacon Beer Cheese Soup

Um… Where did October go? Seriously. Wasn’t it just Labor Day? Not that I’m complaining… I’m happily enjoying the weather finally cooling off and having football to watch on most days of the week, which naturally makes me crave something warm and filling. And beer. It makes me crave beer too.

So when I got my Cabot Cheese Board box, I knew immediately it was going to turn into bacon beer cheese soup goodness!

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ZOOMA Florida: 12 Weeks Out

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

Zooma Florida

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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