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 :) 

 

 

Highlights From My 14 in 2014 Race Challenge

Last year I accepted the challenge of running 14 races in 2014 and I've been chronicling each race here on the blog.  Feel free to go back and check them all out, HERE!  I've gotta say, I'm really proud for achieving this goal, but I'm kinda glad it's over.  I really enjoy running races, but ensuring I had 14 throughout the year was tough at times.  I was literally scheduling my life around races, not that I minded that too much (wink wink)!  We got to travel a bit for races too, which I loved, except when Jason forgot to pack our bag with my race sneakers for the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon.  Yea, that wasn't too fun.  Thankfully, it all worked and I ran the race in new shoes thank to my sister!  We also traveled to Temecula, CA for what should have been my Spartan Trifecta weekend.  I'd ran the Spartan Super in April here in Vegas and was all set to run the Spartan Beast & Sprint SoCal but the weather had other plans.  There was a major heat wave and although I did finish the Beast with my girl, NinjaEve, the Sprint was canceled the following day.  I really enjoyed running the Spartan Beast, even though it was a pretty brutal course, and I'm looking forward to going back and trying for my trifecta again next weekend! AROO!!!!

A few other favorite races were the Bubble Run 5K because I got to run it with my 5 year old daughter and that was just a blast!  I also had fun running the Komen Race for the Cure 5K with my sister.  Of course, I can't forget Tough Mudder and facing my fear of heights.  Different than Spartan in so many ways, Tough Mudder has a way of changing me for the better each time I run it.  I can't wait to see what Tough Mudder X3 has in store for me in 2015. 

Running 14 races in 2014 ranging from fun 5Ks to a half marathon and physically grueling OCRs, taught me that I am capable of so much more I give myself credit for.  We are all capable of so much more. Our bodies are strong and can get us through anything, it's our minds we have to convince otherwise.  I see that now.  But, most importantly, this year has shown me how much support I have from my family and friends.  I could not ask for better people in my life and I don't know what I've done to deserve it.  I just know I couldn't get along without them.  I couldn't get along without friends willing to french braid my hair at 10pm so I don't have frizzy hair for a race, for a sister who is willing to drive over 3 hours to watch the kiddos while we run a half marathon, for friends & parents who don't complain when I ask them to watch my kiddos so I can run and train for races, for racing OCR peeps who run & encourage me even though I'm slower than they are!  Thank you! 

Yes, 2014 has shown me so much love and support.  It's made me appreciate those in my life so much and I hope to always be there for them like they are for me.  I'm ready to take on 2015 running some fun and challenging races.  I know I won't ever be alone.  This journey is not mine alone, it's a journey I started for myself, but has become so much more than that.  It is about finding inspiration where there was none before, it's about motivating not just myself but those I love.  No, I won't be running 15 in 2015, but every race I run this year I will run with purpose.  I will give it my best because it's the least I can do for everyone who is helping me get to where I am going.  Where that is exactly, I'm not sure, but wherever this journey takes me has got to be way better than where I was before.  It's already been a fun ride so far! 

Where will 2015 take you?

 

October Health & Fitness Goals

Finally, the weather is starting to cool down in Vegas!  I am so looking forward to outdoor runs again.  I feel like such a hamster when I'm running on the treadmill.  Anyone else feel like this? 

Well, my September goals didn't go so well.  I started the month off strong, but with the canceling of the Spartan Sprint in Temecula things kinda went downhill from there.  I obviously didn't get my trifecta medal last month and I was so devastated that I went wine tasting that day to drown my sorrows ;) With yummy wine, comes yummy food and there went yet another goal and yet another....

Aaannnnddd....so happy I have another month of goal-reaching-goal-getting-redemption!  I plan to rock October and have check marks on all those goals down there! Oh, yea! Who's with me?  

I'd love to hear what kind of goals you have for October!  Did you meet your September goals? 

I'd love to hear what kind of goals you have for October!  Did you meet your September goals?