Saturday, September 26, 2015

Richmond Marathon Training Part 2

Here is another cluster of weeks of training! I had 1.5 weeks of no running due to a nagging hip/IT band pain developing. I figured I would take it as a sign to rest and make sure it doesn't develop into anything worse. This is what happens with long training seasons!

August 23- 30 (Week 7)
Mon- Elliptical
Tues- 4.1 miles
Wed- 6 miles speed work
Thurs- Rest
Fri- 13.1 miles
Sat- Rest
Sun- 6 miles speed work
Total: 29.1 miles

August 31- Sept 6 (Week 8)
Mon- 4 miles
Tues- Rest
Wed- 8 miles
Thurs- 4.15 miles (am) + 3 miles (pm)
Fri- Rest
Sat- 16 miles (hip pain developing)
Sun- 3 miles
Total: 38.15 miles

September 7- 13 (Week 9)
Mon- 8 miles (hip pain recurring)
Tues- Elliptical
Wed- 4 miles (ankle pain- decided to take some time off)
Thurs- 3 mile walk
Fri- 3 mile walk
Sat- Elliptical
Sun- 5 mile walk
Total: 12 mile running + 11 miles walking

September 14- 20 (Week 10)
Mon- 3 mile walk
Tues- Elliptical
Wed- 3.75 mile walk
Thurs- Rest
Fri- 4 mile walk
Sat- Elliptical
Sun- 3.5 mile run:) Injury feels good!
Total: 10.75 miles walking + 3.5 running

September 21- 27 (Week 11)
Mon- 4.25 miles
Tues- Elliptical
Wed- 8 miles
Thurs- 4 miles
Fri- Rest
Sat- 18 miles
Sun- 3 miles
Total: 37. 25 miles

I have 7 weeks to go! Two more long runs (I may do two 20's this cycle) and the rest of the longer runs are drop backs of 12 miles. Weekday runs are heading into high gear, though, with some 9 and 10- milers coming up and the shorter runs jumping to 5 miles. It's nice to have the end in sight, and I am enjoying the cooler weather but am even more excited for it to cool off even more!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

VB and RIC

I finally have something to post:) I went to Virginia Beach this weekend to visit a friend and then the UCI Road Championship was in full swing when I came back, so lots of fun events!

We'll go in reverse order to the scene on Monument Avenue for the men's time trials!



Back up to Saturday with this cutie and some sunshine:)!






So thankful to live so close to the beach:)!!! Feeling very proud of my city today.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sleeping more, running less and UCI bike race!

Hi there! Wow, my posts has definitely slowed down since summer and traveling has come to an end. I guess when I am not traveling I don't feel like I have a lot to post on:)! So here is a quick catch up since our coffee date last week.

  1. I have been on a running break for about 10 days now. I was worried about some minor aches and pains becoming chronic, so I decided it was a good time in my training cycle to take a breather. I will end up missing a 16- and 12-miler total from the break, but I have already done two 16-milers, so I feel good about breaking. Next weekend I will come back and probably run with the novice group for 17 miles since my group is doing 20, but it will just depend on how I feel. I am feeling pretty good from this break, so maybe I will be able to kick out a 20-miler no problem? Wishful thinking:)
  2. I have gotten SO MUCH MORE sleep during this running break. It has been amazing, and I think is what has contributed to me feeling so much better. I can run in the evenings most days after work now that the weather has cooled off, so this should continue once I get back to running. I may do one weekday a morning just to change things up when I have my evening classes, but I am totally sold on evening, fall running!
  3. Since I haven't been running I have been walking in the evenings, and I am still a firm believer in walking to keep your mental sanity and get some endorphins from the outdoors!
  4. The UCI bike race starts in Richmond this weekend! The city has been prepping for this for months and it will be neat to have people from all over the world visiting Richmond over the next 10 days! VCU is closed, so I get an extra week off class (hence why classes started so early in August), and I am hoping to check out some of the races in the evenings next week!
  5. I started watching Below Deck on Bravo last night and I think I have a new guilty pleasure! It is about the crew of a chartered yacht. Since being on my cruise this summer, I am fascinated about the lives of the crew members, so this hits the spot.
  6. I love having my windows open:) Anyone else?!
I hope you have a great weekend! I am headed to Virginia Beach to visit a friend and enjoy some last rays of summer!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

If we were on a coffee date


If we were on a coffee date, I'd make you walk to Starbucks with me through Carytown and I would order a venti iced skinny vanilla latte, because iced coffee will be out of season soon and I need to milk it for all it's worth! And caffeine is my best friend some days!

If we were on a coffee date, I'd talk to you about my PhD program, because I am so loving teaching this semester. I am already thinking ahead to my dissertation, pulling articles and thinking about my study. I love it. Such a good decision, despite all my trepidations. You don't always know if you are going down the right path, but I am a firm believer that every thing happens for a reason. Creating your own path is the most exciting part.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd talk about how I am ready for fall weather and fall running. The miles I have run this summer have been my highest ever and I am so ready for running after work as opposed to the mornings and being in 50(!) degree temperatures!

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask you if you like your job. I'd want to know how you work through the days/weeks/months when it is not as fulfilling and what you do to combat that.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd want to know about your sleeping schedule. Does everyone need less sleep than I or am I just a zombie?

If we were on a coffee date, I'd want new book recommendations. I need some good chic lit:)

If we were on a coffee date, I'd talk about new, easy recipes for lunches and dinners and how to best cook for one person!

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask about your family and what your personal goals are for the future. How your relationships are, and how as I approach 30, I feel my relationships with friends changing as they settle down and start families. How I am no where near wanting that and how some days I wonder if I am missing something internally that everyone else has?

What would you want to talk about if we went for coffee?


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

McHie No Moore

I went to a wedding last weekend at Veritas Vineyard in Charlottesville! It was beautiful:) 

Weather was perfect with cooler temps and low humidity, and the wedding reception was very fun! Love these ladies:)




I even got up on stage...(though I was told I was not invited). I still remain confident that I was! A sing along always means you can join on stage, right?

We finished our celebrations with a lawn brunch at UVA. Perfect way to end the weekend!


Congrats, Matt & Jess!