I have so much running related stuff to update you all on so we’re just going to jump right into this post okay?
In 2016 I ran all my races with 1 goal in mind: finish without dying. This year I’m a lot more comfortable with my running abilities and after last weekend’s Hot Chocolate 15k I’m feeling more confident than ever that I can chase down a half marathon PR!
My next half marathon is the La Jolla Half in just a couple of weeks. I’m not in shape enough to PR on that course especially with all the crazy hills. So the race I’m really training and working towards is the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon on June 4th.
My current half marathon PR is 1:54:23 which is pretty freakin fast! For Rock ‘N’ Roll I’m not looking to just shave a minute or two off this time I’m looking to CRUSH IT and work towards a 1:45:00. This would require me to run about an 8 minute mile for the entire race and considering my average pace on today’s 12 mile trail run was 10:30/ mile I’ve got A LOT of work to do.
I want to start this race recap by giving a HUGE shout out to everyone who helped make America’s Finest City possible. This was the most organized race I’ve ever ran and really appreciate all the handwork and effort that must have gone into planning.
Everything from the expo to having a water station every mile was flawless!
On Sunday I will be running my 5th half marathon!
It’s crazy to think I only started racing a little over a year ago and have already completed 4 half marathons and a full marathon. I completely fell in love with the structure running brings to my life and the huge sense of accomplishment you get crossing that finish line knowing all your hard work and dedication has paid off.
Yep, you could say I’m addicted to running.
To prepare for America’s Finest City Half Marathon this weekend I’ve reflected on my previous 4 half marathons and what I did in the weeks leading up to them.
What worked…what didn’t work…what I’m going to do differently this time…etc. and it sparked the idea for this post on 5 things you should do the week before a half.
The week before a half marathon is one of the most important weeks of your entire training schedule. I’ve made a lot of mistakes the week leading into a half that cost me big time come race day…upset stomachs, heavy legs, almost missing the start of a race, running high on DayQuil…etc so here’s some tips to help you run your best half possible!
I’ve talked about running the Triple Crown a lot on my blog lately but realize I haven’t really explained what the heck it is.
So here we go..
The San Diego Triple Crown is a trio of half marathons: The Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon and then America’s Finest City Half Marathon that all must be completed within the same year.
Back in January I ran my fastest half marathon EVER at Carlsbad then in April surprisingly crushed the La Jolla course so I’m officially Triple Crown eligible along with my mom and Bryce.
You don’t really get anything for completing the Triple Crown besides bragging rights and a special medal but hey I figured 2016 was going to be my big year of running so I might as well go big! Plus there’s nothing like having three specific races in the winter, spring and summer you have to train for to keep you moving.
It should be illegal for races to be scheduled in the middle of summer. Because training for a half marathon when it’s nearly 100 degrees outside is just not okay.
Yep, here in San Diego there has been an awful heatwave this past week. We’re talking high 90’s, humidity, no breeze…not exactly the best running conditions.
As much as I’ve wanted to skip some runs and go home and blast my AC I know my half marathon is creeping up fast and I need to prepare. So when you have to train, even in the crazy heat what’s a girl to do?
The answer is to RUN SMART! Something as simple as slowing your pace and wearing light colored clothing really can make a world of difference on a very hot day. So without any further ado let’s discuss 10 ways to beat the heat while running…
This past Sunday I ran the La Jolla Half Marathon with my boyfriend (Bryce) and my mom. Big shout out to my dad who didn’t run but was also there for moral support!
I have been stressing about this race for weeks and am so relieved it’s over. We’re seriously talking stress to the point of having race nightmares and waking up drenched in sweat status.
All this stress is over the fact that my shin splints have been so bad lately. It’s so frustrating to put your heart and soul into training then have it completely thrown off by an injury.
I’ve been a lot of research on how to heal shin splints quickly and on shoes that offer enough cushion to not further aggravate the injury. Out of total desperation I bought myself a pair of Hoka Infinite shoes, ran in them once and crossed my fingers that my legs would be fine in them for the race. Hoka shoes are known to be some of the best for people with running injuries so I figured I had nothing to lose.
On that note…
DO NOT. I repeat, DO NOT ever do what I did and buy a new pair of running shoes a couple days before a race (more on that later).
I want to thank all of the incredible people who helped contribute to this post. Your advice is so valuable and I have learned so much just putting this post together. THANK YOU!
You can spend 984759845 hours on Google looking up advice on running a half marathon but there is no better advice than that of REAL people.
People who are balancing a family, kids, a full time job, injuries, distractions, friendships, relationships, to drink that beer or not to drink that beer….etc!
For this post I asked 8 fellow runners for 1 piece of advice they’d give to someone running their first half marathon.
The Carlsbad Half Marathon was my third half marathon and by far one of my favorites (minus the fact that there was no beer at the end). The course was stunning, the race shirts were cute and the entire event was so organized it helped ease those race day jitters. This race was also the first race in the Triple Crown series- bring it on La Jolla Half Marathon in April!!
I did this half marathon with my mom (like usual) and my boyfriend, Bryce. This was Bryce’s first half marathon and I could not be more proud of him for this accomplishment. Bryce and my mom both finished in 2:08:15 which is about a 9:47/ mile. SO AWESOME!!
The race started at 7:45am so I woke up at 5:30am to have a cup of coffee, eat 1/2 of a Bobo’s Oat Bar and pack my bag filled with my race essentials like Nuun, Clif Shot Bloks and Advil. My whole family piled into the car at about 6:30am to be sure we’d be able to find parking and have no issues getting to the event.
If you follow me on Instagram you know I finished the Carlsbad Half Marathon at 1:54:23 which is a 3 MINUTE PR & BRYCE FINISHED at 2:08: 00. I’ll be posting my full Carlsbad Half Marathon Race Recap on Wednesday so stay tuned.
Now, if someone would have told me I would PR in this race after the week I had last week I’d never believe them. Work was stressful, I didn’t do a single BBG workout, I didn’t run once, I went out with my coworkers Thursday night and got drunk/ ate crappy bar food followed by a burrito the next day…I was a mess!
I went into this race feeling so unprepared since I had been completely off the week before and had only been running once a week but I truly think all of the strength training I’ve been doing with the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) made the difference. I’ve never felt so strong running and was able to push myself harder than ever before.
Question for my fellow runners…
What is your opinion on strength training paired with half/full marathon training?
I’m convinced only running 2-3 times per week (1 short, 1 medium then 1 long run) with 3 strength workouts in the week is so beneficial.
Can you spot us? Bryce is the giant shirtless guy with his hand up and I’m in blue and sunglasses right next to him!
As I mentioned in both my Weekly Meals and Weekly Workouts posts this week I’m running my 1st half marathon of 2016 on Sunday. This means my usual sneaking in a few chocolates here, a couple chips there and maybe having some buttery microwaved popcorn at work needs to stop (temporarily). I have such a sensitive stomach eating 1 wrong this can mess me up for days so I have to be extra careful with my eating before a race.
A few months ago I read an article Kellen at A Cup of Kellen wrote after running her first full marathon titled “20 things I wish I knew before running a marathon”. After reading this my view on eating and running completely changed by 1 simple statement she made:
“Eat to run, don’t run to eat”
That simple little statement hit home. I’m so guilty of finishing an awesome training run and immediately going home and stuffing my with a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, pizza for lunch then getting froyo for dessert because “I earned it”. Well, sucks when I wake up the next feeling awful and sluggish. “Eat to run, don’t run to eat”. I’m really working on changing my mindset from “I earned this crappy food” to “what food can I eat that will make my runs even better” and it’s made such a difference in both my recovery time and training.
This “What I Ate Wednesday” (which is actually what I ate on Tuesday) is to show you all what I typically eat in a day leading up to a big race. It’s not perfect, but hey it works.
For more information on what “WIAW” is all about click here.