Half Marathon + Spartan Training Update

So, I registered for the Wild Land Fire Awareness Half Marathon 2 weeks ago and in that time, I've been getting my running groove back and I've noticed a few differences already in my training.  Since it's a trail race, I'm hoping to get more trail running into my schedule.  So far, I've ran trails once each week and I'm hoping to stick to  1 or 2 trail runs a week.  I'm so grateful to the awesome running groups I'm a part of.  Some of these ladies are avid trail runners, so it's not hard finding group trail runs to join, since I'm still nervous of running on trails alone.  I am usually in the back of the group, but I'm ok with that ;) 

Another difference this time around, is that I am way more relaxed when it comes to my training schedule than I was my other 2 half marathons.   In the past, I have been very consistent with my Hal Higdon training schedule, but these few weeks my trail runs have been longer than what the training plan called for and I was totally ok with it.  I've also skipped some shorter runs and either called it a rest day or added strength training instead.  For you more experienced half marathon runners, is this normal?  Does this happen to you too or do you still stick to your training plan? 

Having the Las Vegas Spartan Super coming up April 18th also makes this half marathon training a bit challenging.  I want to keep up with my running schedule, but I also know I need to work on my endurance and strength training if I want to complete the Spartan Super without too many penalty burpees!  Spartan races are so much about upper body strength and  Body Pump and Kettle Bell classes at LVAC are big parts of my training.  I also meet with my personal trainer once a week and we do full body workouts with an emphasis on upper body strengthening and core work.  And of course, no Spartan training would be complete without a few visits to Camp Rhino!  Ya'll know how much I love this place.  Every Saturday they offer practice obstacle course races in their facility, where you get to try out the cargo nets, tire flips, getting over walls, and tons more!  They are now also offering Spartan Trail Practice races up until the Vegas Super.  This allows you to check out the obstacles in a more realistic outdoor setting.  I personally think this is a MUST DO if you want to get a feel for what the race is going to be like.  Vegas peeps, check it out!  Thank me later ;) I'll be out there soon getting my butt kicked for sure!  

So, there you have it.  Lots of training planned for the upcoming months!  I'm feeling confident about completing my first trail half marathon distance, just really going to work on getting stronger for those inclines and hoping to get faster.  Now, what are you training for right now?  I'd love to hear how your training is coming along too :) 



Rock the Tea | Fashion Show Party

My daughter loves to dress up and get fancy!  She's been asking for a fashion show party for awhile now, so I told her that if she worked hard and continued to do well in school (she's in kindergarten) she'd get her party.  Well, she certainly worked hard and we couldn't be more proud of her.  

I'm so happy to say that a few weeks ago, she had her Fashion Show Party at Rock the Tea.  Rock the Tea specializes in theme party for girls here in Las Vegas.  Their Rock Star party package was exactly what Elysse wanted and I didn't have to do a thing!  Her and her friends got a mini makeover including nails, makeup, and hair styling.  They got to choose a fun "rock star" outfit to strut down the runway for their fashion show.  Later, they enjoyed a light lunch.  Rock the Tea also has an option where they can also provide the food, but we opted to bring our own.  We brought in pizza, popcorn, chex mix, fruit kabobs, and cupcakes & brownie pops for dessert.  Afterwards, each girl got to choose a little purse and 2 items from a shelf of goodies.  They had lipgloss, rings, ring pops, 80s fishnet gloves, microphones, and such to choose from to tie in with the rocks star theme.

The staff was very attentive to the girls and did a great job with their hair!  I think they could have been just a bit more energetic, but they were friendly and polite the entire time.  They really made it easy for me to enjoy the party and not be stressed about anything.  I didn't have to worry about purchasing decorations, goodie bags, games, etc.  I especially loved that I didn't have to clean up a thing after it was done!  I highly recommend checking them out if you are in Las Vegas and want to plan a stress-free party for your little girl.


Half Marathon Training | Wild Land Fire Awareness Trail Half

Here I go again!  Last week I registered for my 3rd half marathon and 1st trail half marathon, the Wild Land Fire Awareness Trail Half Marathon.  I love that 100% proceeds go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. I really enjoy trail running, but have not ran more than a 12K trail race before, so I'm a little nervous about this one.   I'll be training hard for this half marathon and the Spartan Super simultaneously, since the Spartan race is April 18th.  What's made me even more nervous is my friend who runs ultra trail races said it was a tough one! Yikes!! What did I get myself into?!?  Well, there is no turning back now.  It's time to train.  The race is on May 30th, so I have just about 12 weeks to prepare to run 13.1 miles of trails through beautiful Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.  

I ran the  Wild Land Fire Awareness 5K trail  race last year and it wasn't my best run.  But I love running around Red Rock and I ran some of the half marathon trails last year they seemed way more fun than the 5K course, so I'm looking forward to running the entire course this year. 

I plan on sharing updates on my training, as well as tips for keeping motivated while training for a half marathon, and some of my must-have training essentials.  

Are you training for an upcoming race?  Are you nervous? Excited? I'd love to hear about it!