Me Post-8 Miles

1/2 Marathon Training Progress

Hi friends!  I hope you all had a GREAT weekend!  If you are just catching up here is what we were up to:

AND congratulations to my Activewear USA winner:
Congratulations Ali!  Send me an email at foodfitnessandfamily {at} gmail {dot} com so we can get you your prize!

I can’t believe that I am already half-way through my 1/2 marathon training … 6 weeks to the big race!  Ahh!!  I thought that since many of you expressed interest in my training plan I would give you an update as to how it is going.


Yesterday I did my 8 mile run per my training schedule … and it was HARD.  I had planned to get running around 9AM but Chris wanted to take the dogs to the park while I ran and then Emmie decided to take an extra long morning nap.  Therefore we didn’t get out the door until closer to noon.  On top of the late start it was WINDY.  Like 20-25 mph wind gusts.  Eek!  I ran a 2.6 mile jogging trail that passed by the dog park while Chris and the dogs played.  Emmie came along in the BOB with me for the first lap.  Little did I know though that there was a solid 1-mile uphill stretch INTO the wind … pushing a stroller.  So she got dropped off with daddy 😉  Most of this run was a mental game and I tried hard to beat it.  I almost stopped twice … but I didn’t.  I ended up averaging 10:30/mile.  This is definitely slower than my goal pace but considering that I almost didn’t finish I am darn proud.



Luckily so far I am injury free.  My knees and hips hurt last weekend but did surprisingly well today.  I came home from the run and iced my calves and wrapped them up with ace bandages since I don’t have compression sleeves hehe.


Top: Nike

Pants: Lululemon Wunder Under Capris

Shoes: Brooks Adrenalins


SO what’s the plan from here?  I am going to stick with my training schedule and still shoot for 10 minute miles.  As long as I beat my last 1/2 marathon time of 2:45 I’ll be happy 😉  I am trying to do my long runs outside and keep my treadmill runs to around 3 miles for my own sanity.  However, I am quickly learning that Emmie probably won’t join me on anything over 3-4 miles because pushing the stroller is just so dang hard!  I am also going to continue working on winning the mind game I got going on and giving up on self-doubt!


AND just because she is so dang cute … here are some pics of Emmie from this weekend 😉

Emmie started avocados this weekend.  Little girl LOVES them!!  Just like her mama 😉

Seriously … is there anything cuter than baby sunglasses?  Chris says that I say that about everything Emmie owns … he says it’s just because they’re tiny.  Haha.  I LOVE THEM!

What did you do this weekend?  Did you race?  Are you training for one?

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18 thoughts on “1/2 Marathon Training Progress”

  1. I saw your “link love” post about you having 6 weeks until your half so decided to head over and read it. I also have 6 weeks until my race. Then I started looking at your training schedule (which is super similar to mine) and realized your race was the same day as mine. I didn’t realize you were doing the Go! St. Louis! We’re actually doing the same race!
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    1. Super excited that we will be running together! Can’t wait to plan our meet-up :)

  2. Nice work! I remember those days of pushing the baby jogger–it’s so hard! And so is the wind–double whammy. I hope the remaining six weeks go well for you!
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  3. You are right – baby sunglasses really are the cutest! 😀 Great work on your training…and on that 8 miler! Running in the wind is TOUGH – so finishing certainly is an accomplishment. I know I’ve rescheduled some runs due to the wind in the past! Keep it up and thanks for those fun baby pics – good way to start a Monday. 😉
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  4. Great job on the long run. Nothing wrong with that pace – you’re supposed to run the long runs slower than your planned half pace.

    Pretty sure you’re gonna beat that 2:45 by a long shot!
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  5. Good job on your training race. I’d like to walk some 5k’s this spring/summer, but that’s the extent of my races for right now. How do you like your jogging stroller? I want to get a BOB at some point when the baby comes but I’ve heard mixed reviews with running with the baby.

  6. awesome job training so far! I could never run a 1/2 but I am training for a few 5 k’s next month. I always feel silly writing or tweeting about it because all of you 1/2 ers!!

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