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Category: Tuesdays on the Run

2018 Fall Running Plans

Fall Weather-1The official season is not here yet but fall weather is here!  It feels wonderful running in 60-70 degree weather.  Friday evening I went out for a run.  I was supposed to run 4 but thought that it said 5 on my training calendar.  I felt so good and ended up not only doing negative splits, but running faster than I was supposed to.  

Fall is my favorite running weather.  I love seeing the different color leaves on the ground.  I love the cool weather and being able to run in a short sleeve shirt or a thin long sleeve shirt and still not feeling too hot.  I love that I can still run in shorts and not feel cold.

However, I do not like that it gets darker earlier in the day and it gets lighter later in the day.  😉  But still these temperatures are wonderful.

I have a few races coming up soon and I am excited about them!

ZOOMA Great Lakes 5kOriginally I signed up for the half marathon and last week decided to do instead the 5k.  I did the half marathon back in August 2014 when it was held in Chicago.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver.  I am excited to run in a new state.  My last one was in July 2017 when I ran in Alaska.  I remember signing up for this last year but then couldn’t make it but for sure I will be there this year.

RnR Denver 2018-1

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah.  Another new state for me.  Honestly, I am glad to finally cross GA off my list.  I had wanted to run in Atlanta but somehow couldn’t make it work.  Then when Rock ‘n’ Roll had a special back in June, I took advantage of it and registered for this race.  The logistics suck (for me).  Savannah doesn’t seem like a long way from Chicago but it will take me almost 6 hours to get there (beginning with a 6am flight).  Luckily the race is on Saturday so I will be home that same day and have Sunday to recuperate.  🙂  I’ve heard Savannah is pretty and do have a couple of hours to explore before my flight home.

RnR Savannah 2018-1

For now that is all I have for the fall.  I am kind of excited to train during the winter for Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans.  I’ve run both the marathon and the half marathon.  Last year I trained for the IL Marathon and had many, many great runs even with the cold weather.  Of all of my years of running, I don’t remember running so many days outside during the winter (always used the treadmill when there was snow or “too cold”).  Plus, I learned how to dress properly for winter running.  Haha.  Sounds silly saying it but so true.

RnR New Orleans 2019-1

 

What is YOUR favorite season for running?  What are your fall race plans?

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Goodbye August and Hello September!

Hello September

• August flew by!  My mom and I went on a short trip to San Antonio followed by a few days off and then back to work.  I have 21 students with a few well behaved students and a few not so well behaved.  They talk too much.  🙂  Honestly, I like kids that talk because they know how to communicate and I can have an actual conversation with them.  However, there are times in which they need to be quiet but a few keep going on and on.  A mom already complained that I am mean and that I yell too much.  🙁

• I have a new running coach.  I am currently working with Mary and have had some great workouts.  I love it!  My favorite have been 6×1 minute and 8×1 minute intervals.

• Bought new shoes.  I am a HUGE Brooks fan.  I took advantage of the sale on the Brooks site and purchased a few pairs of the Launch 5.  However, some styles didn’t work out for me (too stiff) and I sent them back (they have a GREAT return policy!).  I also ended up buying the Levitate.  These two and another pair of the Launch are in my shoe rotation.  

I am eyeing their new shoes that came out early this month – the Bedlam.  Love the color but do I need another pair?

• Ran 82.10 miles.  I did not meet my goal this month.  I am now 63% done of my yearly goal.  There are 119 days left in 2018 and I still need to run 442 miles to achieve my goal.

Total August 2018

2018 Goal

• Total time running was 17:06:52.

• 19 days of running.  With Mary I have been running 5 days a week.  Sometimes I have 1 or 2 quality sessions (hard and fast workouts) and the rest are easy runs (3-6 miles).  

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• I didn’t have any races in August.  I am excited about 2 races in September – Run Mag Mile and ZOOMA Great Lakes.

• Final Thoughts: Even though August was “low” in mileage, I am happy with how it went.  I am enjoying my runs and am happy to be working again with Mary.

August 2018 Report Card

So how did August go for you?

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A new coach, San Antonio, and back to work!

I am excited to share that I have a running coach.  After a few weeks of using the Hansons Half Marathon Method, I started working again with Mary.   I worked with her and Rochelle while training for the Illinois Marathon.  While the marathon didn’t go as I wanted it to, I enjoyed many of my workouts (even in the cold days of winter) and had a great time training with the both of them.

She sent me my schedule for August 12-26 and I got really excited when I saw it.  Most of my runs are easy runs (4-6 miles) but I also have a few quality sessions (warm up and cool down with 6 x 30 second intervals, 8 x 30 second intervals, and 8 x 1 minute intervals).  >> I already did the 1st two quality sessions and did very well in them.

My sister and nephew live in San Antonio so my mother and I went to visit them.  It went by fast!  We arrived on Thursday and came back on Tuesday (last week).  Our original return date was Monday but the flight was delayed from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  We would have been getting in at midnight so we decided to stay another day.

The last time I went in the summer, I remember it being very hot.  This time it wasn’t too bad.  I was able to do 2 easy runs, one in the morning and one in the evening.  

San Antonio Weather

We spent the days at home relaxing and also visiting my aunt and cousins.  My aunt made mole and I helped my mother make tamales.  They’re delicious but so much work.  We had a great time but I was looking forward to coming back home.  I missed Lola and I think she missed me too!  🙂

Summer break is over!  I went back to work on Monday.  I worked on my room prior to my San Antonio trip but didn’t finish everything.  I went again on Friday.  I stayed late on Monday and I’m still not done but pleased with how it is.

Classroom-7

Here is what my first week with Mary looked like for me!

Sunday:  5 miles easy on a humid day in San Antonio.

Monday:  4 miles easy also in San Antonio.  I did this in the evening so it wasn’t as humid.

Tuesday:  OFF

Wednesday: 4.85 miles which consisted of 2 warmup, 6×30 seconds w/1 minute recovery, and 2 cooldown.

Thursday: 4 miles easy

Friday: 5.23 miles which consisted of 2 warmup, 8×30 seconds w/1 minute recovery, and 2 cooldown.

Saturday:  6 miles easy

Sunday:  OFF!

Monday:  4 miles easy

Total: 33.08 miles

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Goodbye July and Hello August!

Where did July go?  I feel like I just wrote about the end of summer school and still having a few more weeks of summer break.  

Hello August

• July was a busy month with family activities.  My sister and her husband were in town and we did something pretty much each day.  We went to a cotillion on the 14th and then the rest of the week, we went downtown to Millennium Park and to Lake Katherine, and also visited lots of other family members.  Plus, we ate A LOT!  I am surprised my pants and shorts still fit.

• Training went well this month.  I am currently training for the ZOOMA Great Lakes Half Marathon in September.  I did most of my runs but missed 3 long runs and an easy run.  We had some hot days but lately it has cooled down and that has made the runs a bit more enjoyable.  How many more days till Fall?

• Ran 102.44 miles.  Another month over 100 miles.  I am now 55% done of my yearly goal.  There are 154 days left in 2018 and I still need to run 533.41 miles to achieve my goal.

2018 Goal

• Total time running was 21:10:59.

• 21 days of running.  With the Hansons Training Plan, I run 6 days a week and so far have been doing OK.  I’ve trained before with this plan but lately have been struggling with my long runs on Sunday and the hot days this summer.  I’ve forgotten how tired I get using this plan.

July 2018 Calendar

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• My weekly speed workouts have not been going OK.  I’ve been struggling to hit the required paces and that frustrates me.  I know the weather is a big factor because I remember during the winter I did so well in my speed workouts.

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• I ran 1 race in July.  I ran the Elmhurst 4 on the 4th on July 4th.  It is one of my favorites and it was so much fun!  I have no races in August as it will be all about training for my upcoming half marathon.

Overall, I am proud of myself with how I did in July.  I missed a few runs but didn’t stress too much about it.  I go back to work on August 20th and I am sort of looking forward to it.  🙂

July 2018 Report Card

So how did July go for you?

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NuGo Egg White Protein Bars Review

Disclaimer:  I received NuGo Egg White Protein Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. 

Thanks to BibRave I was afforded the opportunity to try out a new to me product – NuGo Egg White Protein Bars.  I had never heard of this product till a few months ago.  I received a mixed box with 12 bars in 4 flavors: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Maple Pecan, Blueberry, and Peanut Butter.

When I first received my box, I couldn’t decide on a flavor and finally picked Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.  It was delicious!  I shared with my sister and she also agreed that it was good.

So what’s so great about these protein bars?  
• They’re made with real fruits and nuts.
• They’re non-GMO and 180-200 calories.
• They’re certified gluten-free and OU Kosher Pareve.
• Each bar has 12-14g of protein with no soy or dairy!

I don’t exactly have the healthiest eating habits but whenever I can, I try to not always eat junk food.  I actually felt good eating these protein bars because I knew this was better than eating a hamburger, pizza, or a hot dog.  Don’t get me wrong, occasionally I do eat hamburgers, pizza, and hot dogs but I am trying to cut down.  🙂 

Each bar is chewy like a candy bar.  I would enjoy one with a cup of coffee.  They’re tasty and easy on my stomach.  They’re also perfect for post-workout needs as it is a great protein option for fueling your body. 

I am not a big fan of Blueberry nor Peanut Butter and surprised that these were also very good.

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My favorite one is definitely the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.  I like that this was just what I need to satisfy my chocolate craving.

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If you’d like to try NuGo Egg White Protein Bars use code: “BIBRAVE” for 15% OFF at www.nugonutrition.com.  You can choose a single flavor, or try the variety pack.  This discount is good until August 3rd.

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