Week 1 Half Marathon Training

I am training for the InnerAct Alliance Red Ribbon Half Marathon & Run in Lakeland, Florida. This is the inaugural year and the first Half Marathon hosted in Polk County.

InnerAct Red Ribon Half Marathon & Run Lakeland Florida

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I talked about it in my last post, that I signed up for a training group. We received our plan last week and officially started on Monday. The group does three runs per week together. Monday had an easy run of 30-40 minutes on the schedule. I was not able to do this workout because of a DEC Steering Committee meeting. I have two Monday after work meetings a month and will have to move that run to Sunday.

The first group run was Tuesday. It started at the Red Door Wine Market in Lakeland. On Tuesday, FITniche hosts a Pub Run and this allowed my small group of six, to run with a much larger group. The training group started with a one mile warm-up. The group is comprised of people with various goals and experience, which is nice because I was worried about being the slowest. The workout had us run the three miles with the larger group with two miles at 10K pace and a one mile cool down.

Red Door Wine Market Pub Run 8-6-13

The route is really pretty and takes you by two lakes. So nice to switch up the scenery from my typical running routes. The place was packed after the run and the food looked pretty good. I definitely plan on eating here with J.

Thursday was my first ever track run.(Not counting being forced every year in school to run on it for the Presidential Physical Fitness test. Not sure what the point of that thing was, there was no chance I was ever going to be able to do a pull-up, so failure was imminent.) We started off with a warm-up run around the track and did some dynamic stretching as a group. The stretching and warm-up exercises are something that I want to start including into my workouts. (The exercises included butt kicks, high knees, and strides.)  Doing a proper warm-up, really helped my body feel ready to move fast.

The track workout consisted of 2×400, 1×800, 1×1600, 1×800, and 2×400. The rest time in between the intervals is half the time it takes you to run. We were each given a goal pace, which worked out to be about our 5K paces. I was surprised that I was able to run each one at about a minute per mile faster than my goal pace. I was definitely pushing but I wonder if I can do that when it’s 91 degrees, am I underperforming in the 5K? The time was a recent 5K time, so it’s not an old time. My track takeaway, painful but I can definitely see the benefit in doing it.

The last run of the week was a six mile run with the group at Mitchell’s Coffee House. I have run with this group before and highly recommend it if you are in the Lakeland area. The run is split into groups doing various distances, today it was 13.1 (the InnerAct Red Ribbon Half Marathon route), nine, six, and three miles. So nice that there is a distance for everyone. The route for the six-mile, takes you past three lakes.

Mitchell's Coffee Run Six Miles Lakeland Florida

The portions that are not around lakes, take you through historic South Lakeland. The houses are really beautiful and unique. It really is an amazing place to run. I love that even through it was early, there are a ton of runners and bikers out trying to avoid the deadly Florida August sun.

I did get one full body strength training session in on Wednesday. I am finally finished with Stage Three of The New Rules Of Lifting For Women. I do want to continue to Stage Four but am starting to get bored with doing the same exercises. I am seeing progress physically and with my strength but it might be time to try something new.

My first week running with a training group was great and I cannot wait for week two!

Black & Brew

This week has been insane! Back to work from vacation on Tuesday. Tuesday night I had a meeting after work until 9:30 and today another meeting right after work. This one was at the really cool Black & Brew in Lakeland.

There are few things I love more than coffee and these days it is so difficult to find independent coffee places. Black & Brew did not disappoint.

For dinner I had the Veggie Medley Panini. (I may have eaten half before I could get myself to take the picture. Was really hungry)

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Gorgonzola cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, red onions, and basil pesto sauce on ciabatta. It was really good!

I also had a latte which was excellent. Definitely recommend Black & Brew if you are in Lakeland.

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Hotter than Hades Virtual Half Marathon

I need some running inspiration lately. My goal race (first half) is not until the end of November and the only other race on my calendar is a 15K (four days before my 30th birthday) in September.

With the Hotter than Hades Virtual Half, time does not matter and you do not have to run all 13.1 at once. What you can win, besides the feeling awesome for going the distance, are some great prizes.

 

My first entry into this race is my run from Monday. Here is the proof in case you were worried I was cheating.

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Only 8.68 miles to go.

Do you need some motivation? Is it so hot where you are that your friends and family think you are nuts for running outside?

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