Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Whirlwind

Well, I have definitely been missing in action for quite a while. It has been such an emotional and insane few weeks being a Penn State student. As a result, my training has suffered, as well as my updating of this blog. I have been getting back into running and working out; however now realize running the Nittany Valley half marathon is basically out of the picture. Not only am I not nearly in the shape required, as a result of the past few weeks, but the football team is one win away from being in the first-ever Big Ten championship, and as a result, the BlueBand would also attend.

There is good news, though! I am back to running and lifting and working out ! Tomorrow for thanksgiving, I will be running, for the second year in a row, the Turkey Trot! I will be doing the five mile race. It should be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to it.

Other wise, I'm going to be looking into marathon plans and begin my official training for Pittsburgh! I'm so excited and can't wait to begin blogging about my training once again.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I know I have a lot to be thankful for this year... Getting back to running is definitely one of the biggest blessings I have.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Training Weeks 6-7

Hello! Well, it's been a very hectic few weeks, and I have to admit that my training has suffered quite a bit due to life happening all around me. Last weekend, I took a trip home for my grandparent's 50th anniversary. Here's a picture of our beautiful family:
We've had some unseasonably warm and beautiful weather in State College. Luckily for me, my boyfriend is a wonderful photographer, and took me to a gorgeous wooded area and got some pictures. Here's one of my favorites:I squeezed in some workouts and runs as much as I could. I did have a terrific run this weekend and did my longest training run yet: 9 miles. Even better news for me was the fact that my 9th and final mile was my fastest! (my Nike watch gives mile times for each mile run, then tells you your fastest and slowest miles). Here's a look at the runs I completed the past two weeks and used my watch:











































I'm now over 150 miles on my watch! I can't believe how far I'm coming along and can't wait to put in more hard work to keep reaching for my goal of a marathon! Here's a look at the upcoming week:
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Stretch &
Strengthen
4.5 m run
40 min tempo
3 m run +
strength
Rest
5 m pace
10 m run
No excuses for this week, and my goal is to not skip ANY training runs for the entire month of November. Can I do it? We'll have to see!

For now, here's a quote that I'm loving:
The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!

Thanks for reading and see you next week :)