Half Marathon Training Week Nine In Review

You can follow my previous weeks training and current DVD rotation on my Workouts page.

Sunday: Yoga 60 Minutes

Monday: Elliptical 30 Minutes

Tuesday: 3.22 Miles

Wednesday: Yin Yoga 90 Minutes

Thursday: 2.34 Miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest (I had to work the entire day for Year End.)

Thoughts:I did not do the speed training scheduled for Saturday. I thought I could do it before I went into the office but slept too late. My strength training has dropped off a cliff in the last few weeks, I need to schedule it in and actually do it. This was a very low mileage week, I want to go back to adding a fourth day of running. I felt fine doing that as long as it was at an easy pace.

Goals for the coming weeks:

1. Stick to the plan.

2. Make time for strength training.

3. Keep going to Yoga.

I had some fun playing with my new camera this week. Some of the pictures I took.


Balloon is going to get you.

Tail & The Baloon

I control this balloon with my glowy eyes.


Through a window. It seemed like a good idea.


My neighbors think I am strange because I am taking pictures of the street.

How do you handle having an off week?

Fitness Friday Blog Hop

30 Before 30 An Update And A Call To Action

My 30th birthday has come and gone. It was mostly pretty wonderful. I received many cool gifts and my friends were super sweet and made me feel extra special.

My 30 Before 30 List. Let’s look at what I did accomplish.

4. Run a 15K.

I ran the Miracle Miles 15K and it was amazing. (I need to remember to do something cool the next time I cross a finish line, not just playing with my Garmin.)



12. Do one thing that makes me uncomfortable (like introducing myself to people) and get comfortable with it.

I attended my first Orlando Lady Bloggers Dinner and had the best time. It did make me nervous but I am so glad I went.

Central Florida Lady Bloggers

17. Learn how to use WordPress.

Working on this one. I have a book on my HP Touchpad and am wading through it. Would like to revisit this at a later time.

18. Learn basic photography.

I just got my new camera and am loaded up with photography books. This is a work in project but I will get there.

Canon Rebel

25. Get prints of my wedding photos and put them up in the house.

I have not purchased the prints yet but have narrowed it down and know which ones I want.

26. One day of complete positivity.

A entire day is hard for this glass half emptier but I am working on it.

13. Take an exercise class no matter how silly I think I might look.

I have started to take at least one Yoga class a week. Not sure what took me so long.

22. Reach out to an old friend.

I have recently reconnected with an old friend (and Social Media maven), Becca. She is starting to do stand-up and has the funniest twitter, you should follow her at BohoPoetGirl.

9. Paint the house. 3. Get my office decorated and organized.

I need to do these two desperately. We built this house in 2007 and it is not decorated at all. I have thought of featuring some projects on here to get some feedback because decorating does not come easy to me and my budget is minimal.


I did not accomplish as many things on this list as I wanted to but the story does not end there. Having goals is important and that is one of the main things that attracted me to running. I am at a point in my life where my career is stagnant and I am in a holding pattern to move onto the next phase (as I wait for J to finish Law School). Having mileage and race goals really helps. On my first go around with this list, people commented that they would be interested in their own lists. Now is your chance to join me to reach your own goals or at least have fun trying.

I would like to start each week with at least one goal, it can be short or long-term, fun or serious and everyone can post about trying to obtain it. Would you join me?

What is your goal for this week? Mine is to focus on a plan to get the house in order.

Source: google.com via Dina on Pinterest

Weekly Workouts 7/17/11

A little late this week but it still counts!

Sunday: Long run just under 4.5 miles

Monday: Power Circuit Training with Jackie Warner

Tuesday: 1 Mile warm-up at easy pace followed by 3x Hills and a 1 mile cool down. Nike Training Club for 30 minutes.

Wednesday: 30 Minute Elliptical plus full body strength training.

Thursday: Running 45 minutes easy pace

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 Mile Long Run

Weekly Goals:

Relax! I’m taking sometime off this week to relax with J before he goes back to school (and I only see him over a book) for the next year.

Keep being consistent. Planning my workouts and sticking to the plan works for me. I have been blowing off some of my strength sessions lately and am noticing it.

Get organized. I really need to clean out my car and get my office in shape.

In other news, I came in to work this morning and Norka’s desk looked like this.

Fancy Desk

My desk looked as crappy as ever but at least it did not get leaked on from our leaky ceiling.

What are your goals for this week?

Weekly Workouts 7/12/11

Sunday: Elliptical 30 Minutes & Upper Body Strength

Monday: Rest (I have a meeting with county DEC after work.)

Tuesday: Run 45 minutes at an easy pace

Wednesday: Jackie Warner Power Circuit Training Full-Body

Thursday: 1 Mile warm-up at followed by 3x hill repeats at 8min/mile with a 1 mile cool-down & Abs

Friday: Elliptical 30 minutes or more & Lower Body Strength

Saturday: Long Run at easy pace of at least 4 miles


Get more sleep. I end up getting into bed at a reasonable hour most nights but often end up watching TV in bed. Terrible I know!

Be positive. I have a tendency to focus on the negative and really want to work on that.

Keep being creative with healthy meals that J will eat.

Keep my mileage going up. I am kind of in a rut with my running workouts. It has been difficult to get passed 3.5 miles. I do not know if it is the heat or a mental issue but with half training starting at the end of the month, I really need to get there.

What are your plans/goals for the coming week?


June was rough on running. My mileage went way down due to being sick.


The Good

I did do my first Virtual 5K.

I started to plan out my weekly workouts again.

Worked on a new recipe that is J friendly.

Ate at CRAVE, Emeril’s Orlando, Bar Louie, and D’Oro Palazzo.

We rescued a dog and a pigeon.

The Bad

My computer died.

Book of the Month

They Call Me Baba Booey by Gary Dell’Abate and Chad Millman.

Gary_D._ Source

Even if you are not a fan of Howard Stern, this book is touching, funny, and interesting. There is a good mix of Gary’s early and later years. Growing up with a Mom who is crazy. How living in his house made him the perfect fit for radio and later as Howard Stern’s producer. The most touching and tender part is the death of his brother to AIDS.

The book was a quick read and I would definitely recommend it.

Goals for July

Start training for my first half (This starts on July 31st)

More consistency with my mileage. It is crunch time and I need to have double digit weeks again.

Stick with the weekly workouts.

Organize my office at home. I made some headway with my books but still have a ton to do in that room.

How did June stack up for you?

May in Review

May was filled with good times.

Bern’s Steakhouse 


Great memories.

Two Years Ago Today

A 5K for charity that was a ton of fun.

Run 4 Dreams Race Report

My mileage was on target.


I got a lot of workouts in.


Getting a Garmin is helping me stay on track for my goal of running a half in November. It is also helping me get a feel for how fast (slow) I am actually running.

Goals for June 

  • Start adding a day of hills on June 12. That is about a year since I started to run.
  • Continue increasing my mileage until I start Half training at the end of July. Would like to see all weeks be double digit mileage weeks.
  • Cross train on non-running days. Make sure to keep this varied to beat boredom and keep from getting to used to anyone one set of exercises.
  • Run at least one race in June.

Did May turn out the way you hoped? What are your goals for June?

March and Goals

I have been sick with a head cold for the past few days. Being home sick from work makes me think about my goals. Right now, my job is a dead-end. I do not particularly enjoy it, I am not well-paid, but with my husband in law school full-time and the terrible state of the economy (especially in Florida), I am obliged to keep it. 2011 is the year I turn 30 which seems somewhat monumental. It is also a year that I would like to start righting myself, pushing myself in the right direction. That way when J is done with law school, he is at the end of his first year, I will be ready to make big changes in my life.

One place where I am achieving is in my running. I am still on the slow side but am slowly picking up the mileage. Each month since I started tracking has increased (minus the short month of February). 

Dailymile March 11

This month I ran a PR (35.24) 5K in the Shamrock Walk and Run 5k. This was my first local 5k and the first where there was a run with your dog component.

March featured my first giveaway. Silk Giveaway which was fun and I hope to be able to do more of.

My longest run so far has been a 6.51 long run from March 19th. I have really started to incorporate slower long runs and am really enjoying running slow.

Are you working on any current goals, running or otherwise? What are you doing to obtain them?


Total miles: 34 miles. Five less than last month but a stomach bug caused me to miss one run.
Cross Training: Assorted Walk Away the Pounds and 30 Day Shred level three. I am so desperate to shake this up but am stumped as what to do. I would like to join a gym but the cost is prohibitive. Buying a bike is also cost prohibitive. Maybe I need to get a second job to finance my workout needs?
Race: Run Around the Pines. My second race was as amazing as the first. I enjoyed every second and am anxious to do more.
Upcoming Races: Shamrock Walk & Run on 3/12 in Winter Haven. This will be my first race close to my house and the first one in the afternoon. I am so excited that J will actually be able to attend this one (and maybe get actual photographic evidence of my running).
Song: Young Blood by The Naked and The Famous. The use of this in the Chuck/Sara proposal scene on Chuck just makes me love it even more.
Book: I finished the Mockingjay which is the third book in the Hunger Games series. With the adventure, the intrigue, and the love triangle, it is no wonder this series is such a big hit. Please read these books if you have not.
Training Goals: I have decided to run a half marathon in 2011. The St. Pete Women’s Half takes place at the end of November, which gives me plenty of time to train. According to Jeff Galloway, a runner should have a solid year of running before they move out of their base (mileage) building phase. One year is in August, which gives me 16 weeks before the half. 
Tail on a cabinet trying hard not to be bad.