I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.

Hoping everyone had a good week!


My first week of training went well.  Weeks 2 & 3 went OK.


*Week #2, December 14-20


  • PLAN – 5 miles all easy effort
  • ACTUAL – 5.02 miles @10:13 average pace

This run was so much better than last week.  I went to a meeting after school and when I went outside, I saw these ominous looking clouds and decided to skip my run and go home.  Well, once at home I felt guilty about missing my run and then just went for it.  It was a great run!  It always happens that my best runs are usually the ones I want to skip.  Splits are:
Mile 1-10:16
Mile 2-10:27
Mile 3-10:20
Mile 4-9:48
Mile 5-10:16

So weird to start and end at the same pace.



  • PLAN – Cycle Zone and Body Works Plus Abs
  • ACTUAL –Skipped both classes.

My alarm did not go off in the morning so I did not make it to spinning.  Then I stayed after school to volunteer for Ornament Night.  It was a fun night and I enjoyed seeing the parents with their children having a good time.

I did win two M80 Roller from Carlee’s 12 days of Christmas Giveaways!  I had been sending so many tweets hoping to win one of the prizes.  All of that tweeting definitely paid off!



  • PLAN –2 miles warm up (10:00-10:45), 2 minutes around 8:30 with 3 minutes recovery and repeat until you get 2 miles, then 1 mile cool down
  • ACTUAL – 5 miles @11:42 average pace

This was the same workout from last week.  2 miles warm up @10:55.  2 minutes run were @8:32, 8:39, 8:39, 8:39, 8:39.  3 minutes recovery were at walking pace.  As for cooldown, .50 was @10:55 and .50 @10:32.


  • PLAN- 4 miles negative splits
  • ACTUAL- Did not run.

I met a friend for dinner and it was nice to catch up.  I had some delicious deep dish pizza and a chocolate martini.  I am a big fan of the apple martinis but this chocolate one was DELICIOUS.



  • PLAN – OFF

Last day before winter winter.  Had a great day at school with the kiddos and received lots of presents from them.  I do not expect any presents from them but just to show up ready to learn.




  • PLAN- 8 miles
  • ACTUAL- Did not run.


I kind of wanted to do my run but my body did not.  I slept in which felt great and woke up at 8:30.  However, I stayed in bed for a few more hours.  Lola was tired too.  Eventually I did get up to go to a family holiday party.


  • PLAN- Yoga
  • ACTUAL- Did not make to class.

Week #3, December 21-27


  • PLAN – 6 miles all easy
  • ACTUAL – 4.02 miles @12:04 average pace


First day of winter break.  Just wasn’t into it.  Run sucked. It was wet, cold, and windy.  Splits are:

Mile 1-10:36
Mile 2-12:16
Mile 3-11:56
Mile 4-13:30


  • PLAN – Cycle Zone and Body Works Plus Abs
  • ACTUAL –30 minutes spinning and 4 miles @10:24 average pace

My alarm went off and I turned it off and went back to bed.  Then I quickly jumped up because I knew I had to go since a sub 2 half marathon is not going to happen if I keep missing my workouts.  I made it in time to class but the instructor did not show up.  I did my own for 30 minutes then ran 4 miles on the treadmill.  I cannot remember the pace I ran for miles 1 and 2 but I did alternate (2 minutes/3 minutes) between 10:43, 10:21, and 10:00 for miles 3 and 4.

I had dinner plans at Wildfire in the evening so I missed the body works class.  For dinner I had the medallion trio and the signature martini flight (Cosmopolitan, Green Apple, Wild Raspberry Trio, and Stormy Night).



  • PLAN –2 miles warm up (10:00-10:45), 2 minutes around 8:30 with 3 minutes recovery and repeat until you get 2 miles, then 1 mile @9:00-9:30
  • ACTUAL – 5 miles @10:48 average pace

I did not set the treadmill at 1% like I normally do.  Miles 1 and 2 were done @10:43.  2 minutes were done at 8:27; 8:27; 8:27; 8:27; and 8:27 pace while recoveries were done walking @17:08 pace.  Last mile I alternated 2 minutes/3 minutes @9:05; 9:14; and 9:23.  This run felt a little easier but that’s because I had the treadmill set at zero incline.


  • PLAN- 3 miles easy
  • ACTUAL- 3.02 miles @9:58 average pace

Run went much better than Monday’s .  It was still cold and windy.  I wanted to run more but was too cold.  I got negative splits so that made me very happy!!  Splits are:
Mile 1-10:12
Mile 2-10:01
Mile 3-9:42



  • PLAN – OFF


  • PLAN- 8 miles
  • ACTUAL- 9:02 miles @10:37 average pace

A cold and windy morning in Chicago!  There were two of us in our group and our first mile was too fast. The last 2 miles were difficult for me so I stopped and walked a bit.  Overall, I am very pleased with my pace for miles 1-7.  Splits are:
Mile 1-9:33
Mile 2-10:39
Mile 3-10:35
Mile 4-10:28
Mile 5-10:21
Mile 6-10:23
Mile 7-10:35
Mile 8-11:09
MIle 9-11:50



  • PLAN- Yoga
  • ACTUAL- Did not make it to class.

Heads up!  I will have 5 days of giveaways beginning Saturday, January 2nd.  Don’t miss it!


15 Comments on RnR NOLA Week 2 and 3

  1. I think holiday weeks are hard to keep routines. I am sure your body enjoyed the break but good job getting in the runs that you did.

    I was suppose to be running RnR NOLA but wont be able to due to severe arthritis in my knee :(.

    Enjoy your week off!

  2. Yay for giveaways! I missed seeing you guys on Saturday. I’m really proud of you for not going back to sleep and getting your run done. I’m planning on running a lot more after January 1st.

  3. I’m so glad to meet you Zenaida! I see your a teacher, that is awesome and I do bet you get great Teacher’s gifts this time of year! I too will be running the RnR NOLA in February, it will be my 3rd time to do it. It was actually my very first half marathon! I love New Orleans and actually plan to head back down there later this week for New Years Eve and also for the Sugar Bowl ! It was quite a challenge for me too to get in my runs this week. The weather was so not December like. I live in Mississippi but thankfully all the tornadoes were North of me. So very glad to have you join us for the Weekly Wrap and I hope you will make it a habit! Have a wonderful New Year!

  4. Welcome to the Weekly Wrap Zenaida! It looks like your training is going well. I also want to sub 2 a half marathon (52 seconds is all I need!). But I put that on the back burner to train for Chicago this year — and that didn’t work out so well. I have RnR NOLA on my radar as I need that state. I think it’s wonderful that you are a teacher and I hope you are enjoying your much deserved break. I hope you will link again! Have a great week.

    • Thank you! Wow, only 52 seconds?

      I also ran the Chicago Marathon this year and did not go as I expected. Oh well. At least I finished and there is always next year. Right? 🙂

  5. Wow, Zenaida, you have made so much progress with your speedwork and all your training! You are going to ROCK things out at RnR NOLA! I would also love to run a sub-2 half but I think it’s going to take a few years for me to get there. I hope you are enjoying your winter break!!!

    • Thank you! I am slowly making progress but I am getting there. It is exciting to see the numbers go down. Hopefully soon I can see numbers beginning in an 8 that will feel comfortable. 😉

  6. Rock n Roll NOLA is a great race! It was my first half in 2014. I’m a teacher too. I find it hard to stay in a routine during our breaks. I’ve stayed up way too late and slept in most days. It’s going by fast as always. Hope you enjoy the remainder of your break and have a Happy New Year!

    • Lately I have been waking up around 8am which for me is sleeping in. I get up at 6am during the week. Yes, it is going fast but I am enjoying my break. CAnnot believe tomorrow is Wednesday already.

      Happy New Year to you too!

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