Half-Marathon Training + What I Ate In A Day

Hello everyone! I haven’t talked a whole lot about it, but I’m currently in training for the Huffin Puffin half-marathon in September. As I dive into the 5th week of training, I thought I would share a little bit about what I’ve been doing and how it’s going.

First, a little background. I did my first half-marathon 2 years ago in Newfoundland in a teeny tiny race (maybe 20 competitors?) run in conjunction with a 10k of slightly larger size. I ran it in 2:21, which I thought was pretty awesome and trained for it using one of Hal Higdon’s plans running 3 days a week. Overall, it was a good experience, but I went into the race hurting, and came out of it hurting even more. I hurt so much that I just didn’t want to run anymore. I decided that this time around I wanted to use a different training program with more frequent runs to help me get stronger and keep me from getting hurt. My body just seems to do much better with more running rather than less! This led me to the Hanson’s Half-Marathon Method! I won’t outline the exact particulars of the method here, but the program is made up mostly of slow, low-intensity runs with a few speed and tempo runs each week. And because it has you mostly running 6 days a week, you learn how to run on tired legs.

I’ll be honest, training was supposed to start the week of my wedding, but it didn’t really go as planned! I got some runs in that week and the week of my honeymoon, but I did not follow the first week and a half of the plan perfectly. I decided not to sweat it since it was made up of shorter, easy runs, and just jumped right into the program when I got back from my honeymoon. It was a bit of a rude awakening, but I survived.

The first 4 weeks of the plan have had me running 5 “easy” days a week, which has been a lot harder than I thought. I quickly realized I had to get my run in early, before the heat and the busyness of the day set in. Though I have tried, I have NEVER been able to get myself to run in the mornings. This time though, I knew it was either run in the mornings or don’t run at all, so now I’m officially one of “those people”. You know, the crazy ones running around in the dark with the fireflies at 5:30am. The first few times, I felt like dying when my alarm went off at 5. Once I did finally get up and run, I was left feeling very tired for the rest of the day until I fell into bed, asleep by 9pm, usually only 5 minutes into Game of Thrones. (Apologies to my husband for not being able to watch a full episode in one sitting in quite some time!) Fortunately, it’s feeling much easier now and I enjoy not only getting the run out of the way early, but the peace and beauty of the sunrise.

I’m midway through the 5th week of training, and that means I move into running 6 days a week and add speed and tempo runs into the mix. I had my very first interval training session on Tuesday, and man, it was HARD. The running part was hard, but so was trying to keep track of all the numbers (pace, laps, etc…). I’m hoping this will start to feel more natural as I go on. Tomorrow I have my first run at goal race pace (which is 9:55 min/mi for those who care) and I know that is going to be tough too! BUT I’VE GOT THIS!!! At least that’s what I will keep telling myself.

 

What I Ate In a Day

I thought I would share what I ate on a day spent out of town while on Whole30. I was traveling to a horse clinic, which was awesome, but definitely required some thought to ensure I was able to stay compliant and not hungry. I made all my food ahead of time and kept it in a cooler. It’s not pretty or perfect, but it worked!

 

Pre-run: handful of almonds and a cup of iced coffee. I’m a creature of habit, so I made sure to bring these things with me for my overnight trip.

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Breakfast: 4 italian egg muffins (they probably had about one egg in each), 2 apples, and a Kit’s Organics Fruit and Nut bar (Dark Chocolate Almond and Coconut). I may have been just a little hungry after my 6 mile run. The only thing they had at the hotel breakfast that I could eat was apples, so I was sure to get my share.

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Lunch: 2 Aidell’s chicken and apple sausages, 1 cup roasted sweet potatoes, a few baby carrots, and an apple

 

Dinner: Another Kit’s Organics bar on the road back home and a giant bowl of watermelon once I was home. It had been so hot all day that I really didn’t have much of an appetite by dinner time. I was also in the car driving home, so I just didn’t worry about it. For the record, this is fairly unusual… I pretty much never skip a meal or am not hungry!

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Taking time to take time.

Well, I haven’t posted anything for a long time. I was having a kickass time hanging out with out of town friends and family, getting married, and going on my honeymoon! The last month has been busy, stressful, life-changing, and tons of fun. I totally understand it now when people say they married their best friend, because I did just that. Mark is a pretty great guy and I sure am blessed to have him. 🙂

Mark and I had a fantastic trip to Hilton Head Island and were able to completely disconnect from real life and do just fun things for an entire week. I can honestly say I returned feeling so refreshed and ready to embrace the rest of the busy summer ahead. I know for a fact this is partially because I consciously made the decision to take a break from blogging, Facebook, and Instagram. I also chose to not do anything work related while we were on vacation.

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It has been YEARS since I have done this, and I’m seriously wondering why the heck I didn’t do it sooner! I realize now how incredibly important it is to unplug from the constant emailing, texting, social media-ing for a little while and just embrace what’s in front of me (dolphins! The ocean! My amazing husband!). I posted one or two pictures to my personal Instragram and a few Snapchats, but that was pretty much the extent of it. If anyone tried to contact me for work, I let them know I would get in touch when I was back in town.

These days it is so easy to get sucked into our phones, our followers, and our perceived responsibilities that we totally forget to just enjoy what is happening around us. We live in a time where everyone is expected to be constantly busy and working and doing something. I sometimes find myself feeling guilty for sitting outside on the patio with the chickens and just enjoying the evening. This is ridiculous! It’s exhausting and unhealthy (hello, adrenal fatigue!) to constantly be on the go.

I’ve decided to challenge myself in a few ways to combat this. First, I plan on spending more time disconnected and more time relaxing (without feeling guilty for it). This will mean that I will need to be more productive in my “on” hours. Second, I need to take the time (and money) to go on a vacation at least once a year. It doesn’t have to be long or far away or luxurious, but it does need to be with my favourite person (Mark) and disconnected from everything else.

I encourage you to come up with your own plan to grant yourself some downtime– I’m sure you could use it! Let me know what you think… I’d love to hear what others are doing to make time for relaxing and recharging.

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