Week in Review! 

I thought I’d start to share my “Week in Review” every so often. So, here’s a quick recap of what this past week looked like:

Monday 3/14: 3.14 mile run + BBG Week 6 (18) arms & abs. I couldn’t get up with my alarm in the AM so I ran after work and then did my BBG workout. It felt great to get outside after a long day. My legs were sore from my half PR on Saturday, but I felt like working out, so I did! 

  

Tuesday 3/15: 500 Calorie Workout at Enrgi Fitness + 1.5 miles. I tried a new workout class with Class Pass after work. This workout was AWESOME. It was basically an hour long BBG workout with lap running in-between 15 minute circuits. A ton of burpees & squats, so my legs weren’t too happy, but I loved it. I did a quick run on the treadmill when I got home just to shake out my legs. 

  

Wednesday 3/16: BBG Week 6 (18) abs in the AM + 7.15 mile speed workout with the racing team in the evening. Hump day is my hardest workout day. I wake up in the AM to do my BBG workout and then I have my racing team speed workout at night. BBG was okay, but my legs weren’t thrilled about the speed workout. Plus it was super super windy, so it was tough, but I got it done. The team helps so much! Workout was a 2.2 mile warm up, mile repeats x 3 with 2 minutes rest in-between, and a 1.8 mile cool down. Miles were 7:04, 7:00, & 7:06. Can’t believe my legs had that much speed!!

 

Thursday 3/17: 6 AM 45 minute cycling class. Why I signed up for a 6 AM spin class the morning after a hard workout when I didn’t get home until 8:15 PM I’m not sure, but I dragged my butt out of bed anyways. I’m so glad I did. The ride was St. Patrick’s Day themed and the energy was great. I love starting my day with 500+ calories burned. It feels so good to sweat that much. Spin is becoming one of my favorite things. 

  

Friday 3/18: 3.5 miles at 8:03 pace. I was going to get the BBG leg workout done after work, but my legs were beat. Decided it was best to set out for a short run instead of pushing my legs too hard. Really glad I listened to my body. It felt great to log some miles in the burbs as the sun was setting. I felt strong despite being so sore. 

  

Saturday 3/19: 10.05 trail miles. Plus a massage! Since I was home, I got to hit the trails for my long run. Dang, I missed trail running. I ran 10.05 miles at 8:30 pace. I just hid my watch under my sleeve and ran by feel. I listened to the Serial podcast and enjoyed not having to stop at intersections or having to watch for cars. The change of scenery was much needed. It was truly a great run. The hills were tough, but I missed them. I love the challenge. And I love how easy 10 miles feels right now. Really happy with my endurance. And then I went to get a massage. She did Thai massage and it was pretty painful, but it helped with my soreness SO much. I woke up feeling 1000 times better on Sunday. Truly amazing and much needed. It was a great Saturday. 

  

Sunday 3/20: 45 minute cycling class. Started Sunday with an 8:30 AM spin class with my friend Cara. I always love having a workout buddy. This instructor was so much fun too. I was able to push my legs since they were feeling so much better. Ended the weekend on a high note!

  

Overall, a solid week. 25.34 miles & 5 cross training workouts. No rest day, but I had a lot I wanted to do and I’m feeling strong. I feel better today soreness wise than I have in months. I know I’m pushing myself hard, but I think it’s going to pay off. I love how much I’m focusing on cross training and seeing it help my running. My eating could have been better, but it was a weird week with out of town guests and such. Ready to really get my fueling on point this week. Here’s to Monday! 

Race Recap: Get Lucky Half Marathon

My March race was Saturday and it was the perfect start to Spring racing season. 

  

I signed up for the Get Lucky Half Marathon without any real time expectations. I needed a March race and I loved this one from last year, so I figured why not run it again. 

The best part was that I had so many friends running. Having a group to head to the start line with was great. It already made the race more fun than some past races. Plus, I was wearing a tutu, so how could I not be having fun?

The weather was perfect. 48 degrees and cloudy. I still wasn’t going to try and PR, but I turned to Carly at the start line and said, “See you at the end!” And she said “Yeah after you PR!” At that moment I decided well I might as well try. So I covered my watch with my sleeve and ran by feel. 

The miles truly flew by. I wasn’t constantly checking my watch because I decided “what will be, will be.” I didn’t put pressure on myself. And that helped me relax and just run. 

I didn’t have any point in the race that I felt super tired or like I couldn’t keep up my pace. I knew I was cruising, but it felt comfortable. (How cool is that?!) 

Once I passed the 1:40 pace group around mile 8 I knew I was going to PR. My previous PR was at this same race the year before with a time of 1:42:43. Even if I only beat it by a little, I was confident I was going to beat it. 

My last two miles felt effortless. I picked up the pace, but I felt strong. I had to have been running sub 7 minute pace for the last stretch. And I crossed that finish line at 1:38:43. A four minute PR. 

  
My Garmin was a little short, which bums me out, but it had been accurate with the mile markers all the way to the turn around, so it might have just been my watch. Either way, I’m proud of how I raced. I ran smart, I ran by feel, and I ran my heart out. 

Few things beat that PR finish line feeling. Proud. On top of the world. Happy. 

  

And I celebrated with post-race green mimosas and beers with my amazing friends. (Who also had awesome races!) 

  

I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend or race. I guess I get lucky at the Get Lucky. 🍀 

 

3 months down, 9 to go! 2016 is off to an amazing start. 

 

Why cross train?

I was that runner that ran hundreds and hundreds of miles and only cross trained or strength trained MAYBE three times a month. 

That has changed. 

I’ve become obsessed with cross training thanks to Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide and seeing improvements in my running. I had no idea running less would actually improve my running. 

  
I only run 3-4 days a week now compared to my 5-6 days a week last year. And I cross train 3-4 days. 

What do I do? I’m on my second consecutive round of Bikini Body Guide 1.0. Currently on week 5 (17). This program is three 28 minute circuit workouts a week. One leg focused, one arm focused, and one ab focused. This program is no joke. I’ve been sore for 17 weeks, but I’ve gotten so much stronger. This program is strength training, cross training, and injury prevention all in one. It’s amazing and I’m so glad I’ve stuck with it for this long. 

I’ve also been getting in to yoga and spin classes. I try to practice yoga at least once a week. I get a private lesson at work once a month and I try to go to a studio once or twice a month and practice at home a bit. I’m not very good at all, but I love it. I always feel so much better after a yoga class. I’ve always loved spin classes, but I hadn’t taken many in 2015. I’m trying to attend a cycling class at least three times a month. They’re a great way to burn a lot of calories and get some cross training in. Plus I love the group environment. It’s so much fun!

  
  
Between half marathon training, BBG, yoga, and cycling I’m always sore. And I have tough days not knowing if I’m pushing myself too hard, but I try to always listen to my body. I take a rest day when I need it and I try to stretch a lot. My mileage has been lower, but my running has gotten better. Keeping my body guessing has been a wonderful thing. 

Easy paced runs have gotten faster. Speed workouts have gotten faster. It’s easier for me to hold a sub 8 minute pace now more than ever and I don’t just think it’s a coincidence. 

I love running so much. I’m ultimately doing everything I do to become a better runner (and get that BQ!), but I have found a love for my cross training time. I’m having fun. 

So why cross train? (Based on what it has done for me the past few months) 

  • Injury prevention 
  • Keep your body guessing
  • Get faster 
  • Get leaner 
  • Strengthen weak areas 
  • Have fun 

It really is important. And fun. Promise!

If anyone has any questions about balancing it all, feel free to DM me on Instagram or email me! 

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