Half Marathon Training (Week 3) and Why I Run

I feel like the theme of this half marathon is going to end up being “it didn’t go as planned but it went.”  Like in week two, I had to make some adjustments, but in the end, it all worked out.  Maybe even better than expected.

Here’s what week three looked like…

Sunday – Rest
Monday – 3.5 mile treadmill run
Tuesday – Full body dumbbell circuit + a brisk 25 minute walk
Wednesday – 3 mile run
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Unintentional rest day
Saturday – 6 mile run

The absolute highlight of this week was my long run on Saturday.  Because of an unforeseen event, I had to push my run back to 3 pm.  Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with S. Florida weather, this was a very risky move on my part.  Even in November, it’s very hot and slightly humid in the afternoons.  I was honestly dreading every step.

Well, it just so happens that I had nothing to fear.  It was super hot earlier in the day, but by the time 3 pm rolled around, it was slightly cooler and less humid.  I was able to run the entire 6 miles without stopping at a 9:41 pace!  And I felt solid the entire time.  This is totally unheard of for me!  While I’m choosing not to focus on time too much, I’m excited to see if/how I improve over the next few weeks.

Vishnu cracked up as soon as I walked in the door because I left the apartment with a “I HAVE to run 6 miles and it’s gonna suck” attitude and came back with a huge grin on my face and tons of energy.  Go figure!

Why I Run

While running sans music/podcast this past Monday, I thought about why I subject myself to running and everything that comes with it.  And after 3.25 miles of thinking, I think I nailed down the answer.  I’m in control when I run.  I decide how far and how fast I go.  I can lace up my shoes and take off pretty much whenever I want.  If a run doesn’t go as planned, I have to take responsibility and figure out why.  I don’t have to rely on anyone else.  It’s all up to me.  This is why I run.

This answer is pretty much in line with my personality.  I am, what some would call, a control freak.  I like being my own fitness boss!

Why do you work out the way you do?

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

Week 1
Week 2

Husband Wisdom: Always Reach for the Stars

Our weekend was more a little more low-key than usual because Vishnu was experiencing some back pain that didn’t want to go away.  No worries though – he’s on the mend!  Aside from volunteering on Saturday and running a few errands on Sunday, I honestly didn’t do too much.  Not that I’m complaining!

While our weekend wasn’t filled with much activity, Vishnu and I did have a few interesting conversations.  The one that really got me thinking was about my tendency to make decisions without fully exploring all my options. 

It all started when Vishnu asked me to tell him about the event I volunteered at on Saturday.  In a nutshell, I co-led a ‘how to pick the right college’ workshop for high school aged kids.  In our small groups, we talked about the process of picking the right school, the different factors that go into the big decision, and how to prioritize and make sense of everything. 

As I was telling Vishnu about the questions I was asked about my own experience, he made a perfectly legitimate point about how I didn’t really explore my options when applying to colleges and business schools.  And he’s not wrong.  For undergrad and business school, I only applied to in-state schools… mainly because of cost.  I don’t regret my decisions because I still received a great education.  However, Vishnu makes a valid point.  I will never know if the Harvards of the world would have had me and worked with me on the cost issue.  I assumed they wouldn’t.  I didn’t even try. 

Vishnu, on the other hand, has always been one to explore all his options, no matter how out of reach they seem.  He believes in reaching for the stars and adjusting as you go.  This is one of the many things I love about him.  He always tries.

Vishnu quote

While I can’t change the past, I can definitely take this lesson into the future with me, especially when it comes to making decisions about my career.  I honestly have no idea what the future holds in terms of where we’re moving next, when we’ll have kids, etc.  But that doesn’t stop me from already limiting my options.  For example, I constantly think about how I’m going to balance my career with kids.  I’ve pretty much convinced myself that my career will have to take a backseat for a while because there’s no way I can manage both so I’ll probably have to work part-time, etc. 

I now see how crazy this is and told Vishnu to remind me of our conversation when the time comes to make these decisions because I know I’ll need it!

Do you tend to limit yourself when making big decisions like me or do you reach for the stars and beyond like Vishnu?

Par’s Picks – 19

I have to be honest about something.  I am so excited about the upcoming holidays.  First Thanksgiving and then Christmas.  I can’t wait.  A few days ago I was daydreaming about what I’m going to do during my 12 days off of work at the end of December.  My sister and her boyfriend will be staying with us that last week, but with nothing to worry about (i.e. work), I’ll be able to sleep in and really enjoy my time at home.

With that bit of excitement off my chest, let’s get to this week’s Par’s Picks.  Enjoy!


8 Essential Strength-Training Exercises You Need to Know

7 Myths Nutritionists Wish You’d Stop Believing – myth #7…muscle CAN’T turn into fat, people!

What Happens to Your Body When You Skip a Meal – Every body is different, but this is worth a read!

6 Ways People Do Personal Fitness Wrong

Transformation Tuesday: I’m Calling Bullshit – An eye-opening read!

The 5 Ways We Burn Calories Every Day – Great information!


Real Love Is a Choice – THIS…

Love is so much more than some random, euphoric feeling. And real love isn’t always fluffy, cute, and cuddly. More often than not, real love has its sleeves rolled up, dirt and grime smeared on its arms, and sweat dripping down its forehead. Real love asks us to do hard things–to forgive one another, to support each other’s dreams, to comfort in times of grief, or to care for family. Real love isn’t easy–and it’s nothing like the wedding day–but it’s far more meaningful and wonderful.

How to Date While You’re Married

11 Hilariously Dumb Fights All Healthy Couples Have – #2 and #5 have Parita and Vishnu written all over them!


4 Totally Easy Blogging Prompts for Entrepreneurs (or Anyone!)


9 Negative Thoughts that Push People Away from You

The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On 

No, You Are Not ‘Running Late’, You Are Rude And Selfish