Week 8 Training & The Cincinnati Half Marathon (Flying Pig)


This week I feel like I struggled with finding my passion to train. I was tired, busy, stressed and it was cold outside. I just wasn’t into it and I took an unplanned rest day on Thursday. (Seems like Thursday’s are the days I tend to take rest days since it’s basically the end of the week and I’m drained by then.) Also I was running a half marathon that weekend, so I figured one rest day was probably good for me.

Here’s the Week 8 Recap:

Total Time Training: 7 hours, 34 minutes
Total Mileage: 42 miles

week-8I did have a breakthrough swim this week and just thinking of it makes me hopeful and excited. I swam 1.1 miles in 45 minutes and still felt amazing after. I had a really good groove going. Everything felt smooth and robotic (which sounds like it should be bad, but it wasn’t – it was just working. I was like a well-oiled machine.) I did take a pre-workout before my swim sesh, so I have a feeling that might have helped, but I’ll take it!

I ran the Cincinnati Flying Pig half marathon on Sunday this week. I ran it for my first time last year and LOVED it. I always say I will never run the Cleveland Marathon again because compared to other races it really has nothing to offer. The Flying Pig is incredible – from the expo, to the course and crowd support, to the post-race festivities.

cinci-halfThe course had decent hills between miles 6-9 and I knew they were coming since it was the same course as last year, but they still kicked my butt. I hit really low points during those hills – you know the low points where you question why on earth you ever started running and you start convincing yourself that you are never going to do this again and that you hate everything in the world at that moment (LOL). Come on, you’ve never had a tough race/training sesh if you’ve never had these thoughts run through your head!

pre-race-cinciIt was raining at the start, but luckily it cleared up fairly quickly. It also became super humid very quickly and because of the rain at the start and everyone was already wet from it. I later told my parents that I’ve never been in a worse smelling crowd during a race haha everyone was sweating SO bad because of the humidity. I also had some serious chaffing going on in the inside of my thighs – a bad combination of wet clothes, sweat and my shorts annoyingly riding up. A day after the race I could barely walk and I ended up taping the area, which looks like a terrible case of rug burn.

It was a decent race with a terrible finish time and I was happy to be done when I crossed the finish line. It was good training though and I was glad I did it!

cinci-race-pictureThis weekend we are headed down to Louisville Kentucky for the 142nd Kentucky Derby! We don’t actually go to the race track though, instead we hang around downtown, which is cheaper than purchasing race tickets and always such a blast!

Ironman 70.3 Training – Week 3


This past week’s training went much better than week 2! I am FINALLY starting to feel better and my coughing is at a minimum. It’s amazing to experience life again without constantly coughing! (My cough lasted nearly 8 weeks!!)

I got in a solid 7 days this week and felt amazing. In previous training plans I always incorporated a rest day, however this one doesn’t give me a rest day for a few weeks still. (When we really start ramping up the mileage and it makes more sense.) However I feel good despite no rest day.

Here’s a rundown of the week:

Total Training Time: Six hours, 23 minutes
Total Mileage: 47 miles

week3-trainingI got super bored during the swim this week. I’ve mentioned before that during these first couple of weeks of training that I really want to focus on drills and form rather than distance. I found myself wishing for some underwater headphones though because I was actually just SO bored! I kept telling myself that sitting in the hot tub after my swim was my “reward”.

I’m still riding a spin bike for my training. My road bike is packed away somewhere at my mother-in-laws and will require digging it out and then getting a tune-up. I’ve been thinking about getting another road bike and just transferring my aero bars to the new one, but we will see. I’m not trying to spend that much since it’s not completely necessary and I just want a new bike 🙂  It might still be a few weeks until I can start getting outside with this typical bipolar Northeast Ohio weather.

I had my first “long” run this past weekend on Easter Sunday. I did 7.5 miles. I set out to do anything between 7 and 8, so I felt OK about my effort. I got nervous last week after I looked at the calendar and realized I only have six weeks left until my first half marathon of the year. (Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon.) It probably won’t be a PR race for me, but at least it will motivate me to get out there and cover some distance.

Happy Training Friends!