2017: Week 20 Recap

This week I took it pretty easy on my runs because I start training with the running coach I hired for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon this coming week.

Time to work my butt off to be a sub-2 hour half marathoner!

Monday, May 15th

Rest Day

Tuesday, May 16th

3.13 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Wednesday, May 17th

4 miles with my friend Kate on the Chester Valley Trail

Thursday, May 18th

EASY 3 mile run around the neighborhood 

Friday, May 19th

3 miles at Wilson Farm Park

Saturday, May 20th

6 miles along Boathouse Row in Philadelphia 

Got donuts after because we deserved it!

Sunday, May 21st

Rest day

How did your workouts go this week?

Coaching Starts Next Week

I recently had my phone consultation with the running coach that I hired to help me break 2 hours in the half marathon. Her name is Coach Kristy from Run the Long Road Coaching and she has planned the speed workouts for the running club that I attend on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Conshy Running. I have talked to her quite a bit and have heard great reviews from runner friends that have hired her to help them meet their running goals. Due to all the positive reviews, I decided to hire her for the summer to help me conquer my goal to break 2 hours in the half marathon at the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver, British Columbia August 12th. If I do not break 2 hours during SeaWheeze my second attempt will be at the Ocean City Half Marathon in New Jersey.

During my consolation phone call she mentioned these tips and tricks to me: 

  • She wants me only running 5 days a week instead of 6. Therefore, the other 2 days would be 1 rest day and 1 day of cross training.
  • I have been running to many days in a row so she wanted to space out my running schedule better so I have some breaks.
  • My time of 1:29:30 from the Broad Street Run 10 Miler shows that I am at the fitness level to break 2 hours in the half marathon.
  • But my Broad Street Run had tons of positive splits so during my tune up race, the Super Hero Showdown 15k I will run negative splits and the same at SeaWheeze.
  • On Wednesdays, I will have speed workouts.
  • My long runs need to be done with hills due to the elevation chart for SeaWheeze so she wants me running them at Valley Forge Park starting at a 10:30 minute pace.
  • Later on in my training (late June) I will start running consistently at a 9:00 minute pace so my body can feel and know that pace well.

I feel really good about the advice and training plan she is planning on giving me so far. I am excited to start training for a sub 2 half marathon next week!

Delaware Half Marathon Race Recap

This was my first race outside of Pennsylvania and I was super stoked to have this half marathon be state #2 in my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states!

I had gone into the race knowing my legs were going to be tired because of only being a week out of my hard effort at the Broad Street Run the prior Sunday. My running coach wanted me to take it easy and have fun since we start training for my sub-2 half marathon attempt on May 22nd.

Brian and I woke up 4:00am to get ready, let Lola out and make her breakfast, then drove down to Wilmington, Delaware which is about 45 minutes away from our house. When we arrived at the park where the race starts/finished we had to drive around a bit looking for parking. Thankfully we found a spot about a quarter mile away which was perfect for us!

We hung around the park, stretched, hit up the port-a-potty, and ate our breakfast fuel.

Prior to the start, I ran into one of my friends from when I first started volunteering with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was running the half marathon as well. It was great to see her and catch up a little bit prior to the race.

We lined up at the start and this race was a smaller one that what I would say I am used too. It was only about 1,500 runners in both the half marathon and full marathon.

I have to say I love the scenic views on the course. They had us run through parts of Wilmington and they head off into a nice park around the zoo, then through some residential areas then head back to the park.

Overall, the course was shady which was great due to running through the park area. BUT VERY HILLY! I am close to saying that one of the mid-miles was practically all hill! I had such a hard time pushing through it. That mile was definitely my slowest one. But when you turned around you went down the crazy hill and it make my 12th mile pretty fast. Unfortunately, when you round the corner to head into mile 13 it is straight up hill for at least a quarter mile, which didn’t make that last mile very fast.

I have to admit that I am glad that Coach Kristy told me to run this race for fun so I can rest my legs from the hard Broad Street Run effort I had put out a week prior as well as rest my legs for the start of my sub-2 hour half marathon training cycle. I finished the race in 2:11:02 which I am content with due to the hills and taking it easy. I had an average pace of 10:00 minutes.

After the race, Brian and I went to out for lunch and wore our Sarah Marie Design Studio shirts that we bought which said, “Run all the miles eat all the burgers.”

I am excited that I can officially say that I have started my quest of running a half marathon in all 50 states after this race.

I highly recommend running this race if you are on a quest to complete all 50 states. Yes, it was hilly but it was nice and scenic and had a great vibe about it.

2017: Week 19 Recap

Final week of training for the Delaware Half Marathon.

Took the week easy due to racing the Broad Street Run 10 Miler last Sunday. 

Monday, May 8th

Rest Day

Tuesday, May 9th

3.1 miles with Jenn at Conshy Running 

The whole crew

Wednesday, May 10th

4 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail 

Thursday, May 11th

3 miles around the area near the hotel I was staying at for work.

Friday, May 12th

2 easy miles around the parking lot at the hotel. 

Saturday, May 13th

Rest Day

Sunday, May 14th

Delaware Half Marathon! 13.1 miles of fun on a beautiful and scenic course with a lot of hills!

I had two rest days this week due to running a race last Sunday. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommys out there! Foam rolling is so much better with puppy kisses. 

2017: Week 18 Recap

Week 11 of Delaware Half Marathon training but the final week of training for the Broad Street Run 10 Miler. 


Monday, May 1st

3.11 miles easy around the neighborhood

Tuesday, May 2nd 

4 miles on the Chester Valley Trail with my college friend Marianne. 

Wednesday, May 3rd 

3.2 miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Thursday, May 4th

Solid run with Conshy Running.

Friday, May 5th

Last training run for the Braod Street Run 10 Miler.

Saturday, May 6th

Rest Day

Sunday, May 7th

Ran my 5th Broad Street Run 10 Miler in 1:29:34. 

Did you race this weekend? 


Friday Faves 

Southern Cross Kitchen

A couple months ago Brian and I went here for brunch after the Ugly Sweater 5k and I thought it was the cutest place. It has southern charm to it which I honestly miss a lot from living in Memphis. We came back here another night for a friend from running club’s birthday and had dinner here before the gathering. It was awesome!

I love how they give you water in mason jars.
I also love how they have southern fried chicken. It was amazing!
I absolutely love this saying on the wall. It is so true and one of my favorite things about this restaurant.

Messiah Women’s Lacrosse Shirt

I had the opportunity to pray before the game for the Messiah Women’s Lacrosse team two weeks ago. The coach was awesome and as a thank you sent me a shirt so I could represent!

Mileposts Giveaway

Last week I found out I won this awesome giveaway on Instagram! I couldn’t wait to get my new goodies in the mail.

Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie

I saw a few runner friends post about these cookies on Instagram and I finally found them in a few stores and had to try them. Well needless to say I’m obsessed. I love eating them for lunch with a banana or something healthy. They fill me up and are delicious.

What are you into lately?

2017: Week 16 Recap

Week 9 of training for the Broad Street Run and the Delaware Half Marathon and peak week in terms of my half marathon training!

Monday, April 17th

Happy Patriot’s Day!!! 

I was glued to the TV watching the Boston Marathon.

Ran 5 tempo miles negative splits!


Tuesday, April 18th

5 miles solo

3 miles with my friend Marianne 

Wednesday, April 19th

5 miles on the Chester Valley Trail. My breathing was horrible but got through it.

Thursday, April 20th

3 miles with my friend Mandy at a new park and strength training.

Friday, April 21st

Rest day = carbo-loading for my long run with pizza!

Saturday, April 22nd

60 minutes on the elliptical with lifting

Sunday, April 23rd

10 miles on the River Trail loop.

How are your workouts going? What races are you training for?