Week 11 Training for #7

                                                            Fuel Running.com

Long runs are done, in the book…bring on race day.  These two quote are how I felt after my sunday long run, I am ready.  I am ready to start, run and finish.  I am ready to feel accomplished in finishing another half marathon.  I am ready to be exhausted, I am ready to be in pain, BUT I am ready to finish strong.

                                                                      Disney In your Day


Week 11

  • Monday- Stretching and Strength training-Stretch and strength training
  • Tuesday- 5 mile run- 5 mile run
  • Wednesday-10 x 400 5k pace run-10 x 400 5k pace run + 20 minute HIIT strength
  • Thursday- 3 mile run-Rest
  • Friday – Rest-3 mile run
  • Saturday-3 mile pace- 3 mile pace…GOOD pace Run
  • Sunday- 12 mile run-12 mile run- great final long run:)

Week 12

  • Monday- Stretching and Strength training
  • Tuesday- 4 mile run
  • Wednesday-30 minutes run
  • Thursday- Rest
  • Friday – Rest 
  • Saturday-RACE DAY!!

Happy running, happy training:)


Marathon Must Haves

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Running is a minimal sport, meaning all you need is a good pair of running shoes and workout clothes.  It isn’t until you get into racing and longer distance that my NEED for running equipment grew.  Here are my MARATHON MUST HAVES.

  1. Headband, this was used off and on during the run to cover my ears.  I wanted to protect my ears from the chilly morning and wind as I was still recovering from the sinus infection.
  2. LOVE my OAKLEY FLAK Sunglasses.
  3. Nike running long-sleeved, I have had this 3/4 zip long-sleeved shirt for several years, it is one of my favorites to run in.
  4. Mizuno running socks, I did not know how important a good pair of running socks were until I actually about a good pair.
  5. Fila sports bra, a good one is  MUST have
  6. Nike Capri, the morning was chilly but not warm enough for me to wear shorts.  Theses are my only running capris, so they see a lot of the wash machine.
  7. Asics Gel-Kayano 21 running shoe.  There are many great brand out there, but Asics is my brand.
  8. Nike TOMTOM gps watch.  Another MUST have especially for the 18 week training schedule.
  9. Nike Dry-Fit T-shirt, because dry fit feels so good:)


These 9 items are what I used during my marathon and during my training.  Besides my shoes, the two I items I love and appreciate more than others is my gps watch and my sunglasses.  A gps watch to log your miles and help keep your pace is a must when you are training.  The Nike TOMTOM is easy to use, connects gps quickly and I love the big screen.   The sunglasses are something my husband gave me as a gift because I kept using his Oakley FLAK sunglasses.  The FLAK is a weightless pair of sunglasses, absolutely LOVE them.


Happy Running:)


Week 9 Marathon Training


More to life than running….sometimes.

This week it took a back seat to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. Just like my bad run a couple of weeks ago, I no longer get as uptight if I can not get a run in as scheduled.  The experience of seeing professional golfers such as Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, Phil Michelson, Bubba Watson sure beats training for the marathon.  Plus the venue was incredible.  Talk about a gorgeous golf course on the cliffs overlooking a stunning Lake Michigan.  I saw many runners, walkers and bikers and I thought many times how awesome of a run this would be but I didn’t stress over it.  I just enjoyed the view and my time away.


I was still able to get all my runs in, just not a cross training day.  My sunday run was EXCELLENT, I was indoors running the halls of the highschool I work at because of a thunderstorm.  But my time was great, I used the NIKE+ Running app on my phone to track my miles and distance.  This was my first time using it and I really liked it.  Simple to use–set up a NIKE+ account, download the app, press BEGIN RUN.  The auto voice was neat, on every mile it shared my time, distance and pace.  When I first hear the auto voice I almost turned it off, thinking this would annoy me but it actually helped me not be so concerned with my pace and just run.  Here it the link to more information about NIKE+ Running.


So here was my week 9 running schedule:

  • Monday- 4 miles
  • Tuesday- traveling and PGA
  • Wednesday- PGA
  • Thursday- PGA
  • Friday- 4 miles
  • Saturday- 7 miles
  • Sunday- 13 miles

Week 10 Schedule:

  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- 4 miles
  • Wednesday- 8 mile pace
  • Thursday- 4 mile
  • Friday- Rest
  • Saturday- 17
  • Sunday- Cross


Happy training!