Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oh hi there

  • I haven't really written since I was half marathon training in July.
  • I didn't do the High Bridge Half Marathon because, quite honestly, I couldn't afford the trip. I suppose I could have left Norfolk at 3 a.m. to get there in time for packet pick-up, but I'm not sure if I would have been capable of driving back after running for nearly 3 hours in 90+ degree weather for 100% humidity and only 4-5 hours of sleep. So I bailed.
  • I'd still like to do that race eventually, but it's at a difficult time of year. It's usually still hot and humid out. Plus school has started back up already, so it's hard to get away for a weekend. I'll reassess for next year and I just won't register so far in advance. 
  • I started grad school! It's very challenging, but I love it so far. I genuinely care about everything I'm learning and I want to do really well so I can apply everything I learn to my current job, as well as to potential future jobs. I'm excited about all of the classes, projects, and everything I will learn between now and graduation day. 
  • The weather is getting cooler, which I kind of hate in general, but love for my running. I'm already getting better than I was over the summer. I'm training for the inaugural Harbor Lights Half Marathon, which is happening on November 22. Probably my favorite thing about this race is that the start line is so close to my apartment that I can bike to it. 
  • So I've basically given up this blog. I didn't really mean to. The longer I went without writing, the harder it was to come back to it. I sort of started a tumblr where I posted my half marathon training plan, but the only updates I've posted since then have been instagram photos. I should really get on that.
  • I like journaling/blogging/writing because it's a good place to vent and it's also nice to go back later and read certain things (like race recaps), but I just haven't been feeling it lately. We'll see what happens from here.
  • I've gained 10 pounds since the wedding last year, so I definitely need to lose weight. But I sound like a broken record because I keep saying that, then I lose a couple pounds, gain it back, maintain, gain some more, repeat. 
  • I must count calories. My current TDEE is 2060. Minus 20% to lose weight is 1648. Since I know myself well enough to know I ruin everything on the weekends, I'm going to aim for 1500 Monday-Thursday and 1840 Friday-Sunday.
  • I'm also going to do my absolute best to stick with my training plan, plus yoga on days when I'm not running. I've thought about going to the gym during lunch on the days when I don't have class, but I have yet to make that happen.
  • I should probably also note that last weekend I went to Roanoke to see my Memaw. She had to go to the hospital again. Her hospital visits have been getting more frequent lately and I'm worried about her. But she was doing better when I saw her and seemed to be in good spirits, so that was nice.
  • Last weekend was also my dad's birthday. I surprised him by inviting a small group of family and friends to meet us for dinner. It turned out to be pretty fun. 
  • This weekend was work and homework, though we did go out on a date last night, which was much needed. We got to sit down and plan out our trip to the Renn Fest that's coming up in a few weeks during our Fall Break. That will be a much needed get away.
  • That's pretty much it. I can't believe it's already almost October. We've been so busy with school and work that the time has just flown by. But life is good. Back to the books!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tuesday Tips: Running Hills Where There Are None

I'm from a really hilly/mountainous area, but have been living in a completely flat area for several years now. If I want to hill training, I have to get creative. Here are some suggestions from Runner's World on how to run hills where there are no hills:

Bridge Repeats

Treadmill Training

Parking Ramps


Climbing Real Stairs

Strength Training

More info:

Motivation Monday: Be Good To Your Body And Your Body Will Be Good To You