Half Way Through Half Marathon Training (Week 6)

Week 6 is done and done!  I can’t believe it…half way through with half marathon training.  It’s going to be January 25th before I know it.  Eek!

I think I can say with a fair amount of certainty that training is back to normal, meaning I don’t foresee anything that will derail it.  Fingers crossed! 

With that, here’s what week six looked like:

MondayGaiam TV yoga  + 2 mile power walk
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 40 minute treadmill run
Thursday – Full body strength training
Friday – 4 mile run
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 8 mile run

Lots of variety this week.  All in all I think I did ok, especially considering the fact that I was at a pretty busy training for three of those days!

Sunday’s long run went well.  I ran it at a 10:41 average pace, which is a lot slower than I’d like to be at this point.  But honestly, I’ll take it because even though I’m slow, I’m injury free (knock on wood!) and running the entire time. 

So with this being the half way point, I thought I’d share some of my training highlights and lowlights. 

Highlights
- Being able to complete the majority of my runs OUTSIDE!
- Learning to be flexible because as we all know life’s plans ultimately trump our own
- 100% running all my runs with no walking breaks
- Maintaining balance by incorporating yoga and strength training into my plan
- No worrying knee pain (will talk about a brace Vishnu bought for me in another post)

Lowlights
- Not running as much as I would like to during the week – would like to fit in one more weekday run
- Not strength training as much as I would like to – would like to fit in one more day of ST
- Running on the treadmill has to be the absolute worse thing ever – have only had to do it twice so far…thank goodness

Like I said, it’s going good so far!  And I’m hoping it only gets better from here.

Do you enjoy running on the treadmill?  Any tips to make it bearable?

In case you’re interested, here are links to my weekly recaps:

Week 1 Half Marathon Training
Week 2 Half Marathon Training
Week 3 Half Marathon Training
Week 4 Half Marathon Training
Week 5 Half Marathon Training

Let’s Catch Up

I’m not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I was in Atlanta last week for a work training.  It was a great and exhausting few days.  I had every intention of blogging, but all I wanted to do was sleeeeeeep! 

Now that I’m all rested, let’s catch up!

1.  My time in Atlanta was great.  Not only because the training was helpful but I also got to see my parents.  They drove down to my hotel on Wednesday night after work to spend a couple of hours with me.  They are the absolute best!  I may have shed a few tears after they left!

2.  I got an iPhone 6.  Thank goodness because my 4s was most definitely on its way out.  The alarm clock feature stopped working, and my battery would die at 50% charge.  So frustrating!  I like the 6 more than I thought it would.  The best part is that it’s super fast and light.  I love how the keyboard is nice and big, which means I avoid as many embarrassing typos as possible!

3.  Friday night was date night at a new-to-us sushi restaurant.  Vishnu’s elaborate baked roll was apparently perfection.  My veggie roll could have used some work.  For one, there was waaaaay too much rice.  Luckily, the age tofu and miso egg drop soup appetizers were great and filled me up!  And a full glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.

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4.  You guys!  Order the Oh She Glows cookbook NOW!  It is a vegetarian/dairy-free eater’s dream come true!  I love how Angela only uses real/fresh ingredients and tons of herbs/spices in each and every recipe.  I made both the lentil walnut meatloaf and the peanut butter/chocolate chip energy balls this weekend!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  I can see this being my go to cookbook!

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5.  I found dairy-free chocolate chips at Target!  There are no words for how excited I was to find these Enjoy Life Foods dark chocolate chips.  All I can say is YAY!  Dairy-free chocolate desserts here I come!

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6.  My 2014 travels are winding down.  My last trip of the year is TODAY!  I’m flying to DC for a work related meeting, and then it’s two more weeks of work before a whole 12 days off!!!  I. Can’t. Wait!!!  I’m just a tiny bit excited about this.  Haha.

Now that we’re all caught up, have a great Monday!

Catch me up!  What’s going on in your life?

Half Marathon Training Week 5 + Personal Running Questions

I FINALLY feel like I’ve found my groove with training.  And surprisingly it has less to do with my runs and more to do with my attitude.  After feeling like every week was subpar, I’ve given up on my quest for running perfection and am embracing each training day with a “I’m going to do the best I can” attitude.  So far so good.

With that, here’s what week 5 looked like:

Monday – 4.5 mile run
Tuesday – 3.25 mile run
Wednesday – Full body strength training
Thursday – Lots of dancing
Friday – Lots of dancing
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 7 mile run

I’m counting all the dancing I did on Thursday and Friday as workouts because my legs told me to!  Also, Sunday’s 7 mile run was super slow and just what I needed.  Slow and steady wins the race…or so they say!

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Personal Running Questions

I found these running questions while doing some blog research the other day and thought it would be fun to share my answers.  Enjoy!

Best run ever:  I’ve been running for a long time now so it’s hard to pick my best run ever.  But if I had to choose, I would say the 6 miler I ran a couple of weeks ago is definitely up there.  I went into that run absolutely dreading it and feeling completely off kilter.  But I pushed through and ran faster and stronger than ever.  Good times!

Three words that describe my running:  Satisfying.  Steady.  Personal.

My go-to running outfit is:  Shorts/capris and a tank top.  And a headband.  Can’t run without my headband!

Quirky habit while running:  Running is my me time, so every now and then I talk to myself…out loud. 

Morning, midday, evening:  Morning, especially during this time of year in Miami.  It’s magical!

I won’t run outside when it’s: Humid.  Trust me, it sucks!

Worst injury and how I got over it:  I experienced severe knee pain while training for my first half, but my stubborn self never actually went to the doctor to get it checked out.  Instead, I bought new running and kept running.  Bad decision!  I eventually made my way to an orthopedic doc and got an MRI on my knee.  The prognosis wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I have some wear and tear but nothing that warrants surgery.  The doctor told me to strengthen the muscles in my legs and balance out my running with low impact exercises.  That was about two years ago, and I haven’t experienced that kind of pain in a while so I’m doing ok!

I felt most like a badass runner when: I finished my first half marathon.  I was exhausted but oh so proud!

Next race is: Miami Half Marathon on January 25th.

Potential running goal for 2015:  Another half-marathon!

Your turn: Do you consider yourself a runner?  What’s a quirky running/exercise habit of yours?

#ramantik Wedding

Annnnd we are back in Miami after an amazing weekend in Houston celebrating the wedding of our friends Rathna and Kartik!  And what a fun weekend it was.

As I mentioned in my last post, Vishnu and I flew to Houston on Thursday morning.  Thankfully, our flight was on time and uneventful.  We got to the hotel, checked in, and got ready for the first event…HOLI!  Rathna organized a holi event at a local park for those who wanted to participate.  If you aren’t familiar with Holi, it’s sort of like the color run but with everyone throwing colored powder at each other while running around randomly.  So much fun!

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The Sangeet was later that night – a pre-wedding event where guests eat and dance the night away.  Remember how I mentioned that Vishnu was dancing at this wedding?  Well, he did a great job!  I’ll try to share a video or two on my Facebook page when I get my hands on some!

After the Sangeet we practiced the reception dances a few times and headed to bed.  The wedding started at 7:00 am the next morning, and I wanted to get as much sleep as possible.

This was the first Tamil wedding I’d ever been to, and I loved it!  Indian weddings in general are so full of tradition, family involvement, and love, and all of that could be seen and felt on Kartik and Rathna’s big day!

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After the wedding was lunch and after lunch was nap time!  And nap we did…for almost 3 hours!  It was glorious!

And then, before we knew it, it was reception time! 

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I can’t even describe how fun the reception was – everything from the program, food, dancing, etc.  I think it’s safe to say good times were had by all!

Congratulations, Kartik and Rathna!  I hope your wedding weekend was all that you dreamed it would be.  So glad we were able to end the 2014 wedding season with a huge bang!

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How many weddings did you attend in 2014?  This was our 8th and final wedding (or wedding related event)!

Three Things Thursday (3) – Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope each of you, whether you’re officially celebrating or not, is spending some time today (or this weekend) with loved ones, creating fun memories and eating delicious food.

And now, on to my random three things from the week!

1.  We are headed to Houston today for our friend’s wedding.  And with that comes an end to the 2014 marathon wedding season.  A little bittersweet I must admit.

Kartik was Vishnu’s roommate his freshman year of college, and they’ve been friends ever since.  I actually met Kartik 1.5 years before I met Vishnu.  In fact, Kartik was one of the main players in mine and Vishnu’s love story!  And now we get to celebrate his big bad Bollywood wedding to Rathna!  I can’t wait.

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While I won’t be blogging the rest of the weekend, I will be sharing pics via Instagram.  Follow along if you want!

2. Speaking of Bollywood, Vishnu and I had a few dances to learn for this wedding.  It’s a tradition (at least with our group of friends) to have people perform choreographed dances to popular Bollywood songs during the Sangeet (pre-wedding event) and reception.

Personally, I love it because I grew up dancing to Bollywood songs. Vishnu, on the other hand, isn’t the biggest fan because it takes him longer to learn each dance.  And for this wedding, since he’s a groomsmen, he had to learn four dances.

And while I know he’s a little nervous, I can’t wait to see him shake his bootay to some Bollywood!  I keep telling him he’s my own personal Shah Rukh Khan (to which he just stares at me)!  Haha.

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3. And the last thing I have to mention today is my newest obsession – Serial.

Serial is a podcast where we unfold one nonfiction story, week by week, over the course of a season. We’ll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it.

I’m only two episodes in and absolutely hooked.  This season’s story is a murder mystery dating back to 1999.  The host of the podcast, Sarah Koenig, goes back in time and tries to make sense of the complicated story by revisiting all the details, including those that the jury and public didn’t get to hear.

Trust me on this one – it’s SO good!

With that, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend!  I’ll be back on Monday!