2017: Work Out Recap Week 28 & SeaWheeze Training Week 8

Wow! I just finished Week 8 of Project 1:59 training! I am less than 30 days away from race day! It gives me chills! I honestly haven’t had a real solid goal since I started running besides finishing the race. So to attempt a goal that is totally attainable for me but will be hard is making me a bit nervous. But I am so thankful for my Coach for has been encouraging and challenging me throughout the way. 

Now here are my workouts for this week.

Monday, July 10th

Rest day

Tuesday, July 11th

6 easy miles along the trail with Conshy Running 

The run crew for the evening.

Wednesday, July 12th

Mine warm up, 1 mile at 9:00 pace then 1 mile at 9:30 pace repeat two times, then 1 mile cool down to total 6 miles for the day. 


The result of a Philadelphia heat wave.

Thursday, July 13th

Was supposed to do 4 easy miles with the run club but a storm started to brew and needed to take my miles to the treadmill.

Friday, July 14th

Rest day

Saturday, July 15th

14 miles around the Schykull River Trail in Downtown Philadelphia. 

Sunday, July 16th

4 easy miles around the neighborhood 

How did your workouts go this week?

2017: Workout Recap Week 27 & SeaWheeze Training Week 7

Hope you all had a great holiday week!

I can’t believe I am a little over a month away from my attempt to break 2 hours in the half marathon.

Monday, July 3rd

Rest day

Tuesday, July 4th

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

6 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail

We walked to a local park for some festivities. It seemed like Lola enjoyed herself.

Wednesday, July 5th

1 mile warm up followed by 25 minutes at 9:00 minute pace and cooled down to equal 6 miles.

Thursday, July 6th

4 easy miles on the treadmill because of the monsoon that hit Philly!

 

Friday, July 7th

Rest Day

Saturday, July 8th

8.5 miles with my friend Jenn and fellow Nuunie then I finished the last 4.5 miles solo of my 13 mile run for the day.


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Sunday, July 9th

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Coffee Chat – June 2017… a few days late

Sorry this is a few days late! The end of June was pretty busy with FCA camp!

What I am drinking: Nuun Hydration Wild Berry Energy in water.

What I am eating: A triple chocolate Federal Donut because the hubby went to November Project Philadelphia this morning and stopped by there on his way home for a treat.

Races I’ve ran this month: I ran the Super Hero Showdown 15k and I placed 4th in my age group as well as a 4 minute PR!


Races I am training for: Still training for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon on August 12th in hopes to break 2 hours in the half marathon.

Things we celebrated: My 34th birthday!

See my birthday edition of Friday Faves to see what I got for my birthday!

Books I’m reading: I have to admit I’ve been so busy with work stuff that I’ve been slacking on my reading game.

I am still reading The Long Run and I have started How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald. I know I am late to the game on this book but I was waiting for a prime time to read it. Hoping to dive into it more on vacation in a little more than a week!

What has kept me busy: I have been away for a total of 11 days this month. First, for our FCA Leadership Camp and then for our FCA Kutztown Sports Camp. I have a pretty large leadership role for the camps as I am in charge of all the female camp counselors. So I have to do a lot of training and loving on the girls which I have to admit I LOVE to do but it is tiring!

All of our amazing counselors at Leadership Camp!

The girls basketball counselors I poured into throughout the week!

Our Summer Plans: Well FCA Camp is over! So summer has slowed down a bit. We are heading out on vacation to Cancun to do NOTHING for 5 days! 

To say I am excited is an understatement! I am so blessed to have a hubby how knows that I need some down time. We are definitely excited to chill out for a few days.

2017: Week 26 Recap & SeaWheeze Training Week 6

Entering about the halfway point of my training for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon. This week was a bit laid back due to being at FCA Kutztown Camp. I was on my feet a ton and my legs were constantly tired and sore. So here is what I did this week.

Monday, June 26th

Rest Day

Tuesday, June 27th

4 miles around Kutztown with Liz Wigs


You can tell from the pace our legs were pooped!

Wednesday, June 28th

I talked to my coach and we decided the next two days would be rest days. My legs were so tired they wouldn’t be able to handle a well run speed workout. 

Thursday, June 29th

Rest day

Friday, June 30th

6 miles total

1 mile warm up, 1 mile at 8:50 pace then 1 mile at 9:10 pace (repeat 2 times), then 1 mile cool down. 

Saturday, July 1st

Rest day

Sunday, July 2nd 

7 miles around Valley Forge Park early in the morning.

Rehydrated with Nuun afterwards. 


How are your workouts going?

2017: Week 25 Recap & SeaWheeze Half Training Week 5

Week 5 of Project 1:59! Last week was a solid week of training and I was so excited about my time and performance at the Super Hero Showdown 15k despite the weather conditions and hilly course. I went into this week with more determination to make sure I nailed my work outs.

Monday, June 19th

Took an extra rest day.

Tuesday, June 20th

5 miles at an easy pace with 5×30 second striders at the end.

Enjoyed my miles during the Conshy Running speed work. 

Wednesday, June 21st

1 mile warm up, 3x 1600 meters with 400 meter recovery, then a 1 mile cool down = 5.8 miles 

Thursday, June 22nd

4 easy miles that felt like I was running a hard pace because of the humidity! Ugh!

Friday, June 23rd

Did my 13 mile run do to leaving for camp Saturday.

Saturday, June 24th
Rest Day

Sunday, June 25th

Early morning 6:00am 4 mile run before training.


Super Hero Showdown 15k Recap

I signed up for this race back in March to INITIALLY run as a fun race in June because I am passionate about the cause the race is benefitting. The race is benefitting this girl named Taylor, who has a rare disease called MAST Cell Activation Disorder and she has started an organization called Super T’s Mast Cell Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization providing medical and living expenses to those living with the rare disease. The reason why I am so passionate about this race is the girl, Taylor, was a leader in FCA at her local high school, Upper Merion High School. She was leading her senior year and then had to stop coming to school because the symptoms of the disease that she has wasn’t diagnosed yet and sadly kept her from living her dream of attending college at Messiah College.

So here I am signed up for a race support an awesome cause and I was using it as a benchmark to see how my training is going for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon and Project 1:59.

Addie (a girl who leads FCA in my area and is a runner) decided to run the race as well so we went to pick up our bibs on Thursday.

Flat Lisa was ready to go!

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I picked up Addie at 6:00am and we drove to Norristown Farm Park. The park is the place I did my 12 mile long run last weekend. We met up with another one of my students named Kate who was also running the 15k. She had run her first half marathon 2 weeks prior and was excited to run another one and get another piece of bling added to her new collection.

Kate was going to dress up as Wonder Woman then decided not to last minute.

We were waiting for the race to begin and we spotted this amazing truck!


The race started at 8:00am and it was cloudy and humid the whole race. They were calling for thunderstorms and thankfully it didn’t rain during the race except for a little spit towards the end of it.

The 15k was two loops around Norristown Farm Park. It was a little frustrating because the 5k and 15k both started at the same time so it was difficult to stay on the pace that my coach had set out for me to do which was a 9:00 minute pace. I am grateful that I was smart enough to know to slow down my pace because I had started out a bit to fast the first half mile.


The middle of the first loop at mile 4 had one HUGE STEEP hill that was so difficult to get up, I took the advice my coach said and just got up the hill, recovered, then settled back into my pace. Thankfully after the hill there was a nice wooded trail that had a great decline where you were able to feel comfortable and speed back up. Then you looped back toward the start up another hill and went around the loop a second time. The huge hill ended up being at mile 8 during the second loop and I honestly wanted to die. I just kept telling myself to get up and it then the rest of the race was smooth sailing. So that is what I did. Thankfully during the last hill that headed toward the finish I got a nice push up it.

I finished with an official time of 1:24:02 which is a solid 4 minute PR which I was totally excited about. I was a bit upset when I realized I got 4th in my age group so I just missed placing, but it was by 2 minutes so there was no way I was going to be able to catch up to the 3rd place finisher. But I was the 8th overall female finisher as well, so that gave me a smile too!

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I was so excited that I was able to run the race with these girls and spend some time with them. I can’t wait to see where running takes them and how they learn and grow from the challenges it brings (and the joy!). 

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What race are you running next? 

 

Grad party, race, bachelorette party, & Father’s Day!

This weekend was jammed packed. Honestly, I normally don’t like my weekends being SOOOO busy, but it was full of all good things, so I can’t really complain.

Friday night I attended a graduation party for one of the field hockeys I coached the past 4 years, Allie. I am so excited for her next adventure to Syracuse University!

Got to love sisters wearing matching orange rollers. 

I can’t believe I won’t be coaching a Zubyk lady this fall and I can’t believe I won’t be coaching with my fall besties either!

It was a great night catching up with multiple people. I’m going to miss my DC family this fall. 

Saturday morning I ran the Super Hero Showdown 15k! It was humid out and they were calling for thunderstorms which thankfully held off. See my Recap once I post it for more details!

Saturday night I was able to go to a Bachelorette Party for my former roommate, the one I lived with before I got married. We lived together for 2 years then I got engaged so we had to go our separate ways, but she is getting married in July and I am so happy for her and excited to be apart of her celebration!

We are dinner at a local Main Line restaurant then went to an Escape Room! It was my first time doing one! It was so fun!

Sunday was a relaxing day, thank goodness. I had an easy recovery run to do then Brian and I went to church. And we celebrated Father’s Day! 

We drove to central New Jersey to see Brian’s dad for Father’s Day since my dad is in Germany. We had a cook out and played monopoly. 

We also went to try out the new ice cream shop that was built.

Lola got a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

They ran out of chocolate chip cookie dough so I got their Cookie Monster ice cream instead. It was cookie dough with Oreos and it was blue!

Lola loves her Grampy!

Then we spent the rest of the day at home getting ready for the week ahead.

What did you do this past weekend? How was it?