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Houston Marathon Training - Week 1

Last week I started my 12 week training cycle for the Houston Marathon.  I'm recaping Houston Marathon Training - Week 1 today.

This training cycle I'm running only 3 times a week... this plan has a day for speedwork, tempo, and a long run.  I'm continuing to incorporate cross-training and strength training.

While my nutrition was pretty good last cycle, I am going to try to amp it up even more.  I think I can do that by limiting myself to just a "cheat meal" once a week versus a "cheat day".  Last week was a win as I prepped a weeks worth of lunches on Sunday, and had a plan for dinner that week too!  I've been cooking out of the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook.  the Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies are an awesome portable option to eat on the road from the gym to work.  I also had the Kale-Radicchio Salad with Farro and the Curried Lentil Soup with Charred Cauliflower for lunch this week.

On Sunday I ran a half marathon... my second Houston Half.  It's …

October Runfessions

Happy Friday!

It just feels like we were here in the runfessional just days ago.  Fall has finally made it to Houston and we are getting temps that don't make you feel like you are melting. The days are getting shorter... too short.  I'm ready for a weekend and a race, but first I need to get some things off my chest.
October Runfessions

I'm running a half marathon on Sunday and I haven't really thought much about it.  In fact, I haven't even thought about goals for this race.  Maybe I'll just "wing it".

I'm only running 3x/week on this marathon training cycle... it feels odd, but I'm really enjoying it.  I have time to do cross training and get some strength in without feeling too overwhelmed.

With all my hoping for cooler weather, I'm a little concerned that this weekend is going to be too cold... we may get temps down in the 30s. Parka anyone?.

I hadn't really cooked much from my Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook until this week.  Th…

A Week Of Recovery

After taking a week off from running, this week I started running again.  All my runs were easy effort and this was a week of recovery.  I really took it easy, knowing that on Monday I start another training cycle for the Houston Marathon.

Thanks to a cool front, the weather was delightful this week for most of the week.  Saturday the humidity crept back up, but it is typical for H-town.

I have a half marathon coming up next weekend... I don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like we will have the weather that I wished for in Chicago in Houston.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

A Week of Recovery:
Monday - 3 easy miles

Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday - Rest.

Thursday - 4.5 miles easy

Friday - 3 miles easy.

Saturday - 10 miles easy.

Sunday - Rest.

Total Miles = 20.5

I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’for the Weekly Wrap.

Reflections on Marathon Training

I'm still riding my marathon high, but getting ready to tackle Houston Marathon in a little over 12 weeks.  As I start to put my plan together, I have some reflections on marathon training.

While my finish time in Chicago wasn't what I had hoped it would be, I still finished and got a PR.  I didn't hit the wall like I did at my first marathon, and I really think that the extras that I incorporated in my training helped.  The two pictures were taken around mile 22ish in each ... I think the difference in the way I felt is evident in the pictures.

[caption id="attachment_3240" align="aligncenter" width="203"] stuggling a bit... I may have even been talking to myself (out loud)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3241" align="aligncenter" width="200"] feeling good enough to cheeze it up for the paparazzi[/caption]
Reflections on Marathon Training

Cross training helps. This summer was the first training cycle that I took cro…

Hands Free Hydration - Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

When I decided to run a fall marathon, I knew I would need to tackle the hydration issue for long runs in the heat of the summer.  I already had a handheld that I liked to run with, it's good for runs up to 10 mile.  A hydration vest seemed to be the answer to all my problems - storing large amounts of hydration plus fuel and other comfort items.
Originally, I had another hydration vest that I used and liked ok... until the day all the chafing from it happened.  Holy smokes! Not wanting to go through chafing h#ll again, I began the search for a different hydration vest.

Hands Free Hydration - Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review
My search led me to Orange Mud... upon looking at their packs, I noticed that everything sat higher on the body. The higher carrying profile certainly appealed to this short girl! I ordered up an Orange Mud Endurance Pack to try out.

The Endurance Pack is not gender specific, but you can customize it to fit your shape.  The front has 2 straps that are adjustable a…

2017 Chicago Marathon Recap

Last weekend I ran my second marathon... the Chicago Marathon. This is my 2017 Chicago Marathon Recap!

The week prior, the hubs decided he didn't want to go to Chicago... citing some pretty lame excuses.  I wasn't too worried about that as I am not afraid to travel on my own.

I flew into Chicago on Friday morning.  The plane from Houston seemed to be full of folks running in the marathon.  I sat by a young couple who were also running (his 1st marathon, her 7th).  After landing up in Chicago, I took the Orange Line into the city and checked into my hotel, then headed back out for some lunch and then to take in the Expo.
The Expo

The Expo was CRAZY! I retrieved my bib, shirt and wandered around for a bit.  I tried shopping in the Nike area, but after I was shoved a couple of times, I lost all interest.  With all the craziness, I decided I needed to find the Goose Island beer bus for a little sample.

I checked out several booths and then headed to the Runners World stage for the cour…

Eat Smart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Bathroom Scale Review

I was provided a complimentary EatSmart Digital Body Fat Bathroom Scale for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own.

I have a confession to make... several years ago, I measured my worth by the number on my bathroom scale.  If that number was more than what I thought it should be, I would declare the day a "fat day".

I'm not as neurotic when it comes to the scale any more.... and I'm learning not to be gentler with my body (it can do hard things after all).

I still weigh myself, but just to make sure I'm not going too far too fast with gaining or loosing the LBS.  Over the summer I also started weighing myself before and after my long runs to see how much fluid I had lost.

When Eat Smart offered me a scale to try out, I was pretty excited... especially since it was the Precision GetFit scale.  This scale measures more than just body weight.
Eat Smart Precision Get Fit Features:

Large surface area (12.5″ x 12.5″).
Automatically identifies which of the 8 …

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 16

I'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 16, the final week in the training cycle. Today I ran and finished the Chicago Marathon!

This week my mileage was pretty low, which was good, because I had a lot to do around the house to prepare. The saddest part of my week was finding that my gym closed... permanently. The recovery from Harvey was just too much for them.

In addition to my runs I made it to yin yoga once this week.

I kept up on my nutrition this week, even while traveling.... well, except for that small bag of Garrett's popcorn.
Chicago Marathon Training - Week 16:
Monday - 4 easy miles + 5x:30 sec strideouts.

Tuesday - Yin yoga.

Wednesday - 4 miles easy.

Thursday - Rest.

Friday - Travel day/Expo.

Saturday - 2 mile shake-out run.

Sunday - Marathon day! Recap coming this week.

[caption id="attachment_3177" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo cred - Marcia @Marcia's Healthy Slice…