Weekly Workouts, February 11-17, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday  – 5 x 1000 (400 RI)
Did not run.Thursday – 3 miles easy, 3 miles @ short tempo, 1 mile easy
Did not run.Saturday – 11 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking
I only ran 6 miles with a 5 minute cooldown for a total of 6.29.Total ran this week was 6.29. I was in a funky mood this week.  Tired?  Probably, so I took a break.  I felt better on Saturday but my body was just not up for running 11 miles.  I think I need to review my training plan again.  Do I really need to run 11 miles the weekend after a half marathon?

I am sure this week will be a great week.  No school on Monday, the following week we have teacher institute day on Tuesday, and the the week after that we are off on Monday.  Oh yeah, I plan to get all of my workouts too.  I cannot wait till Spring Break because I will be going to Riviera Maya.  I am looking forward to the warm weather, the non stop drinks by the pool, and the chance to finally relax and not think about work.  I received these cute Pro Compression socks.  Love the color!

Weekly Workouts, February 11-17, 2013



Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon

Done, state #13.  Is the number 13 really an unlucky number?   This would have been a “perfect” race (flat) but yet it was a tough race for me.  I am still racking my brain trying to figure out what went wrong.

My finish time was 2:28:22.  Yeah, not happy with it.   I did so much better in Phoenix and that race was just as flat.  The weather?  Both races were sunny but this race was a bit warmer.  I remember that I was sweating before I finished mile 1.

I was tired by mile 6. My legs felt like lead.  I could not make them go faster.  I tried.   I was trying to enjoy the race but it was just too hard. I want to run a race but also have a little bit of fun.   I just couldn’t.

The course was boring.  The best part of it was the last three miles.  There were beautiful houses and amazing crowd support.  I even managed to take a few pictures which I never do during a race.

I was happy to see the finish line and high fived the announcers.  I think one of them was John Bingham aka The Penguin.

As usual there was delicious food after the race.  Unfortunately, I could not stay long because I had to get back to the hotel for my 11am check out.  Too early I think.

I wish I could say I liked this race but I just can’t.  Of course this is just my opinion as other people would say just the opposite.

As for the medal, sigh, kind of boring. What do you think?

Hopefully March is a better month.  I will be in Arkansas for the Little Rock Half Marathon and in DC for another Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

Just Keep Running!

Weekly Workouts, February 4-10, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday  – 6 x 800 (90 sec RI)

Thursday – 2 miles easy, 3 miles @ short tempo, 1 mile easy

Saturday – Half Marathon

Did not run on Saturday but instead ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon on Sunday.
Total ran this week was 24.88.

I love this week’s speed workouts!  I kept them “interesting” by alternating speeds on the treadmill (7, 7.1, and 7.2).  It sure made the time go much faster.

I had a great run on Thursday too.  Short tempo speeds were 6.6, 6.7, and 6.8 and I alternated the speed after each song.  Before I knew it, I was done and that’s how I like it!

The half marathon on Sunday was alright.  It didn’t go as well as I planned. Oh well.  A wise person told me “Sometimes we just have our days, I guess. Onward and upward!”

Next race is Little Rock Half Marathon on March 3.  Should be fun!

Just Keep Running!

Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg Expo

What a beautiful day in St. Petersburg! I arrived about 11:30 am, called SuperShuttle, and was on my way to St. Pete before I could blink!

Unfortunately, my good luck did not last long.  I arrived at the hotel and was told that my room reservation was cancelled.  What!?!?  I did not understand. Apparently, when I made my reservation back in December I did not guarantee it with a credit card number.  Supposedly, the hotel called me in January and left several messages.  Since I did not call back they took the liberty of canceling the reservation.  Did they notify me?  Absolutely not!!  Well, I was so upset that I just started to cry.  Long story short, the hotel was able to get me a room for the night.  A suite!  For the same price as a two bed room.

My room was not ready so I went out to lunch and had some delicious sushi. There was a special for $5 bloody marys and mimosas.  I almost ordered a mimosa but the waitress talked me out of it because I am taking antibiotics for some teeth issues.

After lunch I walked to the expo.  It was sunny and warm and I was sweating by the time I got there.  I thought it was so cool that it was taking place at a stadium.  Most of the expos I’ve been to have been at a convention center or hotel.  If you’ve been to a Rock ‘n’ Roll expo before then you know what to expect.  It is a GREAT expo.  This one was a bit smaller than the one in Phoenix and Chicago. I bought another pair of headphones because I do not like the last pair I bought (same company but different style) and a Zipfizz sampler.  The vendors and customers convinced me to buy it.  Let me just say that the fruit punch, orange, and grape flavors are delicious!!

I was disappointed that ProCompression was not there because I was planning to buy a pair of their marathon lime socks to match the letters in my half fanatics shirt I plan to run in tomorrow.  Well, at least my red socks will match my headband. Hopefully, this time it won’t fall off like it did in Phoenix.

I am excited about tomorrow’s race. Great city and awesome weather!

Just Keep Running!

Weekly Workouts, January 28-February 3, 2013

Workouts this week: January 28-February 3, 2013

Tuesday – 400, 600, 800, 1200, 800, 600, 400 (90 sec RI)

Thursday – 1 mile easy, 5 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy
Only ran 3.63.  It was one of those days.  I took several breaks before deciding to go home.  I was not happy with myself but I could not keep going.

Saturday – 10 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking
Done. The day started with a 5:30 am wake up call. I stayed in bed for about half an hour then my sister told me the carbon monoxide detector went off. I called the fire department and they were here within 3 minutes. Luckily, it was just a faulty detector. 

Weekly Workouts, January 28-February 3, 2013

Total ran this week was 18.42.


I wore a Brooks Women’s Glycerin Skort during my long run yesterday. Oh my goodness! Love, love that skirt!!! So cute and it felt so comfortable. The shorts underneath did not ride up. I really like it and will be buying more of them in various colors. I’m thinking of getting another black one, a purple, and a light blue. Perfect for spring and summer. They’re on sale for $29 on the Brooks website so what’s not to like?