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Training Change-Up

I thought I would have some ‘down time’ after my first Half Marathon, but I am wrong. 74 days and counting until the NYC Half Marathon – August 16th – Can you believe that?! I sure can’t. I was planning on taking a few days off from running this week, and then easing back into training, but I may shake things up a bit. I have been reading Run Less Run Faster: Become A Faster, Stronger, Runner with the FIRST Training Program. I was definately intrigued with some reviews I have read. Bascailly, this program focuses on 2-3 strong, hard runs a week, and the rest of the time, you get your workout in with cross-training. Biking, Elliptical, Swimming, anything and everything!

From the results of people who have used this program, they have improved their run times, which is not my ULTIMATE goal, I just want to stay strong and in shape. I am assuming this improvement comes from working out different body parts, while continuing cardio training, and sticking to consistant strong runs. I also want to integrate more weight training and yoga into my workouts. I think this will be better on my shins in the long run, and hopefully make me stronger all around. Also, I hope this will keep me from getting bored of doing the same thing all the time! Anyone else heard of this book or this program?

Rose recently went on a run, without all the crap, and it totally inspired me. She turned everything off. I run with WAY too much, I have decided. As you can see from my recent race photos, I am decked out head to toe in gear. After I put on clothes, the HRM, Garmin, Ipod + sensor, Camelback, I am so WEIGHED down. Its crazy. People ran without all the technology before, and I think it’s important to get back to that once in a while. I am going to make a point to do that more in my runs.

I know I am guilty of being a running ‘tracker.’ I track my running on my Ipod with nikeplus, using Garmin Connect, and most recently DailyMile (which everyone should totally check out and be my friend on!) There are so many ways to connect with other runners and learn new tricks of the trade. It’s definately addicting! Plus at the end of the year, it’s nice to get a ‘recap’ of how far I have come along with how far I have ran! Anyone else find themselves addicted to logging every mile?

PS- Don’t forget to enter my Sound Sleep Giveaway!

Training Change-Up

I thought I would have some ‘down time’ after my first Half Marathon, but I am wrong. 74 days and counting until the NYC Half Marathon – August 16th – Can you believe that?! I sure can’t. I was planning on taking a few days off from running this week, and then easing back into training, but I may shake things up a bit. I have been reading Run Less Run Faster: Become A Faster, Stronger, Runner with the FIRST Training Program. I was definately intrigued with some reviews I have read. Bascailly, this program focuses on 2-3 strong, hard runs a week, and the rest of the time, you get your workout in with cross-training. Biking, Elliptical, Swimming, anything and everything!

From the results of people who have used this program, they have improved their run times, which is not my ULTIMATE goal, I just want to stay strong and in shape. I am assuming this improvement comes from working out different body parts, while continuing cardio training, and sticking to consistant strong runs. I also want to integrate more weight training and yoga into my workouts. I think this will be better on my shins in the long run, and hopefully make me stronger all around. Also, I hope this will keep me from getting bored of doing the same thing all the time! Anyone else heard of this book or this program?

Rose recently went on a run, without all the crap, and it totally inspired me. She turned everything off. I run with WAY too much, I have decided. As you can see from my recent race photos, I am decked out head to toe in gear. After I put on clothes, the HRM, Garmin, Ipod + sensor, Camelback, I am so WEIGHED down. Its crazy. People ran without all the technology before, and I think it’s important to get back to that once in a while. I am going to make a point to do that more in my runs.

I know I am guilty of being a running ‘tracker.’ I track my running on my Ipod with nikeplus, using Garmin Connect, and most recently DailyMile (which everyone should totally check out and be my friend on!) There are so many ways to connect with other runners and learn new tricks of the trade. It’s definately addicting! Plus at the end of the year, it’s nice to get a ‘recap’ of how far I have come along with how far I have ran! Anyone else find themselves addicted to logging every mile?

PS- Don’t forget to enter my Sound Sleep Giveaway!

‘Heavy On the Green’ Monster

Good morning sunshines! Thank goodness it’s Thursday! I have been having the WORST time getting up this week. It has been seriously ROUGH! My sleep schedule has been totally screwed up because of all the partying from this past weekend. I definately need a day of sleeping in on Saturday. My Zooma Half Marathon starts at 7:00AM on Sunday, so I won’t be expecting any sleeping in then! I would rather do the race earlier than later because it may get too hot, so I will just have to plan on doing all my resting on Saturday.

Boyfriend and I got a hotel in downtown Annapolis Friday and Saturday night, so we will be down there hanging out and relaxing. Annapolis is really pretty so I am excited to explore down there with boyf! The race is only about an hour from my house in VA, but I wouldn’t want to get up CRAZY early on Sunday. I doubt I would have a fabulous race if I had to get up at 4:00am.

In preparation for my race this week, I have been having ‘Heavy on the Green’ Monsters every morning this week. It has consisted of my usual fare, spinach, almond milk, banana, flax seeds, wheat berries and chia seeds. I have upped my green in the monster, putting a few extra handfuls of spinach in there, since I have a ginormous bag to get through, and I could use the extra green in my life!

What a beautiful way to start the day!! I love it! A green monster with a beautiful green backdrop.

I am going later to pick up my race packet! It makes everything more official when you have your race bib. I also love getting all the additional information about the race, the extra goodies and obviously if the shirt is awesome, it makes my day! I am picking up my packet at a running store I have never been too, so I am excited to check that out as well! Happy Thursday to all!

PS- Gymsoap Giveaway ends tomorrow! Check it out!

‘Heavy On the Green’ Monster

Good morning sunshines! Thank goodness it’s Thursday! I have been having the WORST time getting up this week. It has been seriously ROUGH! My sleep schedule has been totally screwed up because of all the partying from this past weekend. I definately need a day of sleeping in on Saturday. My Zooma Half Marathon starts at 7:00AM on Sunday, so I won’t be expecting any sleeping in then! I would rather do the race earlier than later because it may get too hot, so I will just have to plan on doing all my resting on Saturday.

Boyfriend and I got a hotel in downtown Annapolis Friday and Saturday night, so we will be down there hanging out and relaxing. Annapolis is really pretty so I am excited to explore down there with boyf! The race is only about an hour from my house in VA, but I wouldn’t want to get up CRAZY early on Sunday. I doubt I would have a fabulous race if I had to get up at 4:00am.

In preparation for my race this week, I have been having ‘Heavy on the Green’ Monsters every morning this week. It has consisted of my usual fare, spinach, almond milk, banana, flax seeds, wheat berries and chia seeds. I have upped my green in the monster, putting a few extra handfuls of spinach in there, since I have a ginormous bag to get through, and I could use the extra green in my life!

What a beautiful way to start the day!! I love it! A green monster with a beautiful green backdrop.

I am going later to pick up my race packet! It makes everything more official when you have your race bib. I also love getting all the additional information about the race, the extra goodies and obviously if the shirt is awesome, it makes my day! I am picking up my packet at a running store I have never been too, so I am excited to check that out as well! Happy Thursday to all!

PS- Gymsoap Giveaway ends tomorrow! Check it out!

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