ZOOMA Half Marathon Training Recap, Week 3

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I am excited to be training for the ZOOMA Half Marathon on September 15.  I am also excited to share that I will train using the Hansons Half Marathon Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. 

Week #3, June 11-17

M Ran 4.00 miles
TH Ran 7.25 miles
Ran 3.01 miles
Ran 4.00 miles
S Ran 8.00 miles

4 miles to start off the week and my first day of summer school.  I have 12 students in my class and it is an ideal number to have in a classroom.  They finished first grade early in the month and will be going to 2nd grade in August.

The next day I got my first picture.  Made me smile.

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I didn’t run on Wednesday because I woke up late in the morning.  After school I had  a PD and then was too tired to run.  I did Wednesday’s run (6×800 with 400m recovery and 1.5 miles warmup and cooldown) on Thursday.  Each interval was on pace except the last two.  Not too bad, right?  I did this run in the Brooks PureFlow 7 and afterwards noticed that my left leg/calf was hurting again.  The same thing happened the last time I ran in them but I just wanted to make sure and that is why I ran in them again.  Well, not no more.  I am sending these back.

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The rest of the runs were all easy runs.  It’s been hot in Chicago and it was tough being out there for both of my runs on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday I did get up early but didn’t start running till almost 8am.  By the the sun was out and made it even more hot.

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I knew it was going to be just as hot on Sunday so this time I made sure to get out there even earlier.  I saw the sunrise.  So pretty!

I did 8 miles @12:51 average pace.  I struggle a lot on this run.  But I don’t care because I got it done and it was within my easy pace range anyway.

Total mileage for the week: 26.27 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  67.31 miles
Total mileage for the year: 518.71 miles

Here’s how training has gone so far:
Week 1 and 2


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Random Thoughts Thursday

• I got my first Imperfect Produce Box.  I got carrots, apples, pears, peaches, avocados, celery, sweet potatoes, onions, and potatoes.  My first box was about $25 for a large box and I used code “Fifty%” to save 50% off.  My next box will be a small one and I am curious to find out what will be included.

• I got together with friends on Saturday to watch Ocean 8.  Good movie!  Afterwards we got together at a friend’s house to hang out.  I made some caramel apple martinis.  Yummy!  They were delicious.  I had about 3 or 4 that night and work up with a slight headache the next day.  Maybe next time a little less vodka. 🙂

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• Thanks to Facebook for reminding me that I brought Lola home 3 years ago.  Isn’t she cute?


• I’ve been looking at tickets to Fargo in August to run a half marathon.  Either they’re too expensive or the times are not convenient.  Almost 10 hours to North Dakota?  And I still have to pay an extra $100?  No.

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• Check out this report card from 1954.  I love that it is typed but check out the things that these kids were graded on in school.  I am a 2nd grade teacher and some of the kids would not get a passing grade for half of the stuff on the list.

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ZOOMA Half Marathon Training Recap, Week 1 and 2

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I am excited to be training for the ZOOMA Half Marathon on September 15.  I am also excited to share that I will train using the Hansons Half Marathon Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. 

Week #1, May 28-June 3

M Ran 4.01 miles
W Ran 4 miles
Ran 2.00 miles
Ran 3.00 miles
S Ran 6.01 miles

I ran in new shoes (Brooks PureFlow 7) and somewhat enjoyed the HOT weather.  I was off on Monday and the week went by fast!

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My left leg had been bothering me so I made sure to stretch and foam roll more than ever before.  I used a tennis ball for the glutes and that felt so good.  Weird but true.

I was supposed to run 3 miles on Friday but only managed 2.  It was a beautiful morning for a run!   

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The next day my leg felt much better.  The stretching, foam rolling, and wearing compression socks definitely helped.  

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First week of training went well.  This week was mostly easy runs which I like.

Total mileage for the week: 19.02 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  19.02 miles
Total mileage for the year: 470.43 miles

Week #2, June 4-10

M Ran 4.00 miles
W Ran 5.01 miles
Ran 3.00 miles
Ran 4.00 miles
S Ran 6.01 miles

My last day of school began with 4 miles!  I wore a long sleeve top and was definitely overdressed.

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I went to a professional development on Wednesday and then on Thursday and Friday went to school to set up my classroom.  I will be teaching summer school for 4 weeks from 8:30am-12:00pm.  I am actually excited about it!

Saw this during my PD and actually made me think about my running goals (sub 2 half marathon, sub 5 marathon, and eventually BQ).  For now I am going to focus on a sub 2 half marathon.  I am thinking of aiming for it at the RnR New Orleans Half Marathon in February.

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The rest of the week also consisted of easy runs.  For the most part I’ve managed to run them at an “easy” pace.  Sometimes it isn’t that easy because I want to pick up the pace and just run faster.

Today’s run was supposed to be 8 miles.  I was halfway into it when these two dogs somehow showed up in front of me and scared me.  A lot.  I stopped and waited for them to leave.  They stayed for about 5 seconds and then they took off.  A car stopped and one of the passengers asked me if I was OK.  The driver even offered to give me a ride.  I thought that was nice of them but I told them I was OK and took off in the opposite direction.  I was still kind of shocked and thinking of what would have happened if the dogs had jumped at me or bitten me.  I was angry that they were loose out there instead of in a leash.  I still wanted to finish 8 miles but my mind took control and I was done at 6 miles.  

Next week on Wednesday I will have my first speed workout for this training cycle.  It is 1.5 miles warm up and cool down, and then 6x800s with 400ms recovery.  I am not sure if I should do this run in the morning before or after class.  We’ll see what happens!  🙂

Total mileage for the week: 22.02 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  41.04 miles
Total mileage for the year: 492.45 miles

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Anyone cooks with farro?  New to me.  Have heard good things about it.  


• I rarely eat salads.  I know I should be eating more fruits and vegetables and every year I say that I will do it.  Recently I made a delicious salad with shrimp, sweet potato, chickpeas, and Bolthouse Farms Dressing.  It was yummy!  Now this is what I eat a few times a week for lunch.

• Monday was the last day of school.  It was a LONG day.  Most of my stuff was packed up so we spent the day watching movies and coloring.  Not very exciting but I am sure fun for the students.  I remember when on the last day of school we would be done at 10am.  Now it is still 3pm.  I received a few cards and flowers from my students.

• There were a lot of great deals on Wednesday for Global Running Day.  I signed up for two Rock ‘n’ Roll races in Savannah (November 2018) and New Orleans (February 2019).  I’ve run in New Orleans before but am happy to run there again.  I’ve never been to Savannah but am excited to cross off another state from my list.


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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Monday is my last day of school.  It would have been tomorrow but we had one snow day.  So Monday it is.  I can’t complain too much about it.  One year we had 3 snow days.  Below is the picture from our snow day in February.

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• Snow sounds good right about now.  It has been very hot here in Chicago.  We went from winter to summer.  I live on the 2nd floor so it gets even hotter here.  The temperature inside has reached mid 80s.  Yes, we’ve turned on the AC.  Even Lola gets uncomfortable.

• I am a big fan of Ticonderoga pencils.  I went to Target the other day and saw those pencils in metallic and pastel colors.  Love, love, love them.  If you have kids in grade school, please buy these for them to take to school.  Their teacher will appreciate it.

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• Speaking of Target, their customer service is phenomenal.  I accidentally left a bag with 4 items and didn’t realize it till I got home.  I called the store but no one had turned it in.  The next day I stopped by to check.  Still no one turned it in.  However, they let me get those four items again and take them home FOR FREE.  How amazing is that?

• Have you heard of Imperfect Produce?  It is a subscription service that fights food waste by finding a home for ‘ugly’ produce.  They source it directly from farms and deliver it to customers’ doors for 30-50% less than grocery store prices.  The subscription produce box is affordable, convenient, customizable, healthy, and delicious.  (Source:  I ordered a box today and am expecting it next Friday.  If you live in the Chicago area, save 50% off your first box by using code FIFTY%.  I used that code for my order today.  Also, if you do decide to order, use this link:  Each of us will get $10 in Imperfect credit when you sign up using my personalized referral link.