Week 7 hump

I’m finally over the week 7 hump.  It only took me three weeks to finish it.

1st attempt:  Monday, 1/27.  Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill

no running the next week.

2nd attempt: Monday 2/10.  Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill.  Wed. 2/12 ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill.  I planned on running 2/14, but just didn’t.  In-laws were here, we were heading out of town for the weekend.

3rd attempt:  Wed 2/19.  I ran 4.5 miles OUTSIDE!!  If I thought I could have, I’d have ran 7 miles.  I didn’t, mostly because I hadn’t ran for a week.  My feet were soaked from the slush, but it was otherwise good to finally run outside.  Fri 2/21.  I ran 7 miles OUTSIDE!  I really debated this one.  The sun was shining, but it was windy.  24-35 mph windy.  I still did it.  Some of the times while I was heading into the wind, I was actually walking when I should have been running.  The wind was that gusty.  I couldn’t run.  I could barely walk.

Off I go to start week 8.  Hopefully it won’t take 3 weeks.  The sun is shining, but it’s pretty darn cold, so off on the treadmill I go.


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I’ve hit a snag

In my half marathon training.  I haven’t run for over a week.  I suppose I can blame the weather or the kids being home.  I’d be sort of right.  The kids are doing a skating unit at school for 10 days, so I’m out there helping in the afternoon.

I was called in for a typing test for an at home typist position I applied for.  Went in at 10, when I’d normally run.  That afternoon I was at the school for skating.  I got called back for an interview Friday morning at the same place.  Same time.  Back to the school that afternoon.  I called for an oil change for my van Monday morning and got in at 10:00.  Then back to the school Monday afternoon.

I know I could have ran on other days, but Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s really work the best.  But I haven’t been totally inactive.  For the most part, I do roller skate with the classes.  I’m not really sure how much, but enough, I suppose.  Today, I even got in an arm/shoulder workout, thanks to helping with the shoveling.  I get back on the mill Thursday for my W7D2 run.  It’s supposed to be 4.5, but I may cut that back to just a 5K and run regularly on Friday, which calls for 7.  That’s the plan and I’m sticking to it.

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half training update, week 5

Another week of half training is in the books.  I’m getting more coordinated getting apps started and such.  Nike+ first, then SIT.  I’ve been watching movies while running, followed by a post-run yoga cool down.  it works well.

Week 5, day 1 (1/13):  4 mile run, outside, 49:17.  I think I summed it up on my last post.

W5D2, (1/15): 4 mile run, treadmill, 47:43.  I watched The Gods Must be Crazy, borrowed from the library.  Able to keep a 2/1 ratio the whole run.

W5D3, (1/17): 6 mile run, treadmill, 1:11:50.  I watched The Gods Must be Crazy II.  Love those movies.  Longest run yet and it felt GREAT!!

All this week, average pace was just under 12 minute miles.  I’m so happy!!

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half training week 4

Week four training for the “I don’t have a job and I’m training for a half for the helluvit and to keep me busy but there’s none on the schedule half” was pretty uneventful.  It was all on the treadmill.  I’ve been able to maintain a 2/1 run/walk ratio.

Monday (W4D1):  3.5 miles, 44:26.  Didn’t watch anything.  Kids had an inclement weather day as did hubby.

Wednesday (W4D2):  3.5 miles, 44:05.  Watched Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond.  It’s surprisingly good to run to!  I found an app to help keep my intervals on 2/1 without having to look at the clock all the time.  It’s called “Simple Interval Timer” or “SIT”.  It runs in the background (important).  I do have one earbud in my right ear so I can hear it and the NIKE+ app.

Friday (W4D3): 5 miles, 1:05:41.  Watched Spaceballs.  I love that movie!  Just a little technical difficulty getting everything set up.  There was a bit when I was trying to get SIT going, so my arm wasn’t swinging to calculate mileage.  oh well..  I’ve learned.  I’ve got it all sorted out.

Monday (W5D1): 4 miles, 49:17 (actual mileage ended up being 4.28).  I was able to run this one outside.  This made me VERY happy!!  I turned off the repeat timer alert on the Garmin, just set it up for 45 seconds and not to repeat, so I can set SIT up, it has a 10 second lead time, but starts on activity).  I tend to warmup walk for 1 minute, then start the SIT.  It worked very well.  everything synced for the most part.  I did have Nike+ run on treadmill mode and it read as 4.06 miles as oppose to the 4.28 miles the Garmin shows.  I know it’s not perfect, but it really does make a difference on the old treadmill I use.

If the forecast holds true, I’ll be doing the next two runs on the treadmill.

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For a while, I had a subscription to Women’s Health Magazine.  Mostly because my kids were selling for school and they needed one more.  In the process, I’d tear out things that interested me such as general articles or fitness routines and such and then put them in a folder with no organization at all.

Last night, I actually organized them put them in a binder with dividers.  The labels I used: Articles, Yoga, Abs, Lower Body, Circuits, Running.  In the very front, I have my half marathon training program and the 30 days of planking schedule.  The two things I’m doing at the moment.  I hope that I’ll actually have time to put into practice some of those ideas.

Also, as it is January, it’s time for World Yoga Practice Month (#WoYoPracMo on Twitter or WoYoPracMo group on Facebook).  Look us up and join in!

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The race page has been updated!  Yippee!!

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half training

So I’ve been training for a half marathon for no particular reason other than I have the time.  So here’s an update.

I’m using Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 training program and modifying it to run on M, W, & F.  It’s been going pretty good.  I’ve stuck to it, even with the kids home on break.  I’m through week three and I’ve been able to run outside for half the runs.  for the most part, I’ve been able to keep a 2/1 run/walk ratio.

Week 1:  12/9: 3 miles, outside, 36:28; 12/11: 3 mile, TM, 45 minutes; 12/13: 4 miles, outside, 49:03.

During my run Wednesday, I thought that was the longest three miles ever and looking at my time for 4 on Friday, kind of confirmed that it was not right.  I don’t run a 45 minute 5K, unless I’m with my daughter.  I looked at apps and found the Nike+ app, which can also be used on the treadmill.  I used it on my first TM run W2D1 and again on an outside run W2D2. It kind of confirmed it’s not calibrated correctly any more.  And it’s nice to have when I accidentally reset my treadmill.  I’ve done that a few times.  :/

Week 2:  12/16: 3 miles, TM, 37; 12/18:  3 miles, outside, 35:28; 12/20: 4 miles, TM, 51:26

Week 3: 12/23: 3.5 miles, TM, 45:04; 12/26: TM, 1.75 miles; 12/28: 5 miles, outside, 59:52

Week three was a hard week.  The kids were home from school, Christmas was Wednesday.  I was suppose to run 3.5 Christmas day, but didn’t, so I planned on a shorter run Thursday because of the long run Friday.  I planned on running 2.5, but I just wasn’t feeling the run, so I stopped at 1.75.  I ended up doing my long run Saturday and it was beautiful outside.  Hubs took the kids out around 10 and I went for my run.  I’m so glad I waited to do the run on Saturday.  It felt really good and I did manage the 2/1 ratio the entire 5 miles.  I ran with Garmin and Nike+ on Treadmill mode.

Week 4 will have to wait a week.  I’ve been sick.  No fun for running.

Have a safe and happy 2014, all!

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