Weekly Workout Log – Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

This was my 10th week of half-marathon training.

Sunday – Rest day.

Monday – Biked 11 miles. Took it easy for pace and enjoyed what is probably one of the last warm outdoor biking opportunities we’ll have for the year.


Tuesday – Ran 4 miles (9:06 pace) going in and out of the rain! It was just sprinkling out though, so not bad at all :).
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After going back to my local running store today to dig a little deeper into my shoe options, we came to the conclusion that there literally are ZERO shoes out there that will work for my feet that are a neutral and come in a 2E width. My feet are happy in my Brooks Adrenalines even though they’re stability shoes. I just figured maybe it was part of my recurring ITB issues being in the ‘wrong’ type of shoe. But we determined it’s probably just a strength issue I have to work on (which really isn’t news to me). However, they were super helpful in providing a great series of exercises to do a couple times a week. So, I’ll be working that Myrtl routine into the mix now. Hopefully that’ll help me out!

Wednesday – 10 min. going through the Myrtl routine for hip/glute strengthening + 20 minutes of lower body weights and squats + 20 minutes of yoga + 30 minute walk with my dog.

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I *finally* got up in forearm stand! Wohooo!! Lots more improvements to be made, but I am so pumped I finally have the strength to hold myself up in that position.

Thursday – Unplanned rest day. Sometimes you just need some extra rest. No lie, my hamstrings feel like shredded brisket today. To make matters more humorous, I tried to foam roll my legs and then realized my arms are just about as bad haha! Poor planning on my part doing inversions + leg curls and extensions on the same day and the day before I was supposed to run, but at least I had fun yesterday! 😉 On the plus side, I got caught up with household chores!

Friday – Rest day. Still sore, but feeling a little better. 10-12 min. of going through the Myrtle routine and a whole lot of rest.

Saturday – Ran 12 miles. Chilly & windy morning run!


This was a challenging run. I thought the temperatures would bother me more since this is the coldest it’s been yet this season. It really wasn’t too bad though. With all the layers I had on, I was actually pretty comfortable. I took off my gloves toward the end for a little while. I wore my Nike Thermal Tech running gloves, TekGear fleece jacket, my new Mizuno Breathe Thermo Seamless Half-zip (courtesy of the gift card I won through Gazelle Sports), and long sleeve wicking shirt underneath it all. I always wear more layers than my mom, and probably most people haha! I’m the girl that’s cold all the time ;).


I was pretty exhausted when I finished and decided I’d just lay in the grass for a minute haha! Considering the wind, few hills I did, and my sore hamstrings, I’m a-ok with this one. I stopped back at my car at mile 6 for my Honey Stinger energy gel + some Nuun to wash it down.IMAG6785That ends week 10. Three weeks until race day! As far as weekend long runs go, I’m planning a 13.1 mile run next weekend, then my “taper” run of 8, then it’ll be RACE DAY!! 🙂

Weekly Workout Log – Sept. 20 – 26

This was my 9th week of half-marathon training. Instead of going up in miles for the long run, I went down due to another race weekend.

Sunday – Rest day at it’s best. Seriously the laziest day ever! The bottoms of my feet (heels) were so sore after Saturday’s 11 miler, so I basically sat on my rear for most of the day haha! Really the only active thing I did was take a short walk (20 min) with my family.

Monday –  Biked 13 miles + ran 1 mile + walked the dog for 30 minutes.


Tuesday – LAST DAY OF SUMMER! Ran 4 miles (9:46 pace) + 15 minutes of weights (still easing back into it!), walked the dog for 30 minutes.

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Wednesday – Beautiful first day of fall! 40 minutes of yoga (20 min. runners yoga video + 20 minutes working on various poses — learning that fallen angel pose is harder than it looks! I’ll post a picture when I get it — or even close to it haha.) + I walked the dog for 30 minutes. Today was supposed to be a swim day for me, but I drove around the parking lot forever and couldn’t find a spot so I went home and changed it up.


Thursday – Ran 3.1 miles (9:20 pace) + walked the dog for 30 minutes.

Friday – Rest day, but squeezed in a 30 minute walk with the dog before hopping in the car to head up to St. Ignace for a race.

Saturday – Mighty Mac 11k Bridge Run (6.8 miles). Race recap coming soon!


Weekly Workout Log – Sept. 13 – 19

Just completed week 8 of half-marathon training!

Sunday – Rest Day. Today was my sister’s wedding on Mackinac Island. It was a beautiful day!

Monday – Ran 3 miles. I squeezed in a quick run before getting packed up and boarding the ferry back to Mackinaw City. I absolutely love running in places I don’t get to see all the time. Variety is the spice of life! 🙂 I stopped to snap a few pics along the way.

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Tuesday – Biked 10.5 miles.


Wednesday – Ran 3.1 miles….HOT HOT HOT day for an afternoon run! I was planning on 4 but the heat was getting to me and I called it quits early. You win some, you lose some!


Thursday – Swam 800 yards. Quick afternoon swim followed by a 30 min. walk with my dog.

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Saw this on my walk — maples already changing color!!


Friday – Rest day.

Saturday – 11 very happy miles!! I haven’t run 11 miles since April this year, so to do it and feel as good as I did made my day! I had a little hip soreness throughout, but it wasn’t terrible. I just wanted to take it easy and go slow and steady. Well, my idea of slow and steady has certainly changed over the years. I am still in shock at how I felt doing a double digit distance run at a 10:07 pace. It’s huge victory for me in “turtle” land ;). I ran on the GVSU campus.


I’m an FSU alum, so I laughed when I saw this sign for the GVSU vs. Ferris football game that was that night. I’d like to think my presence on campus gave the Bulldogs their edge last night haha! #foreverabulldog


Now, it’s time to get race ready again! 11k Bridge Run on Saturday with my family. Have a good week!

Weekly Workout Log – Sept. 6 – 12

Just wrapped up week 6 of half-marathon training, which included a race on Saturday. It was pretty ‘light’ as I took an extra day off for our anniversary, but not a bad thing going light the week of a race.

Sunday – Rest day. Summer isn’t over yet! 😉 90 degrees called for a day relaxing in and by the pool!


Monday – Labor day! I biked 15 miles. My hubby hooked up the bike trailer to his mountain bike for our daughter to ride in and I got to take my new road bike out. We rode into a nearby neighborhood and I did a bunch of loops. Very much enjoying my new ride :).


Tuesday – Rest day. It was our 8th wedding anniversary and my husband took the day off work so we could spend the day together, and drop our daughter off at school for her first full day. Check out the card I found back in June when we were on Mackinac Island…love it!


Wednesday – Swam 1,500 yards + a long walk with my dog (forgot my gps so unsure of distance). She is already soaking up the one-on-one time with me now that my daughter is in school.


First time being able to swim during the afternoon hours. Loved it!! It’s always hard to head to swim in the evening after a long day (props to everyone who works out at night! I feel so lucky to have a choice), so I can already tell this is going to make it more enjoyable :). I used my new bag that came all the way from Germany. My sister, who lives there, got it for me.


Thursday – Ran 4 miles (9:20 pace) + a 2 mile walk with my dog.



She loves her walks! 🙂


Friday – Rest day.

Saturday – Ran the Mackinac Island 8 Mile race with my family! Recap coming soon!


Weekly Workout Log – August 30 – Sept. 5

Week 5 of marathon training is all done! Here’s what it looked like:

Sunday – Ran 9 miles (10:02 pace). Soooo humid!! I ran to a school campus and then back through some neighborhoods. My knees were bothering me during the run. It wasn’t ITB pain though. They just hurt! So that was frustrating, but other than that I felt good.

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Monday – Rest day.

Tuesday – Swam 1,250 yards. Felt really good!


Wednesday – Ran an easy 3.1 miles on the treadmill. I had to share this pic of my dog. Love that face! She insisted on sitting on the lounge chair with me as I cooled down from my run.


Thursday – Biked 45 minutes on the trainer with my new bike!


Friday – Rest day.


haha pretty much did that Friday night. Ryan knows best!

Saturday – Ran 10.5 miles. I had full intentions of driving to my parents house and running around there, but the weather had me change things up. I got my new Asics in the mail yesterday. So I was really excited to try them out on this long run. They were the correct type of shoe and the correct width (supposedly!)…and bonus, they’re my favorite colors!


This was one frustrating run. Between the weather and my new shoes, I’m ready to move on. I woke up at 5:45 to get ready and it was raining (not expecting that). At 6:45 I opened the garage door only to see the sky lighting up. I swear mother nature is plotting against us Saturday long-run folks ;). I went back inside and waited it out. At about 9 I decided to do a half mile easy run for a warm-up on the treadmill. Shoes felt super cushioned.

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My feet are so much happier in the Brooks, that’s for sure! I got into another neighborhood and the sky started to look kind of scary, so I turned around and headed back home AGAIN. It started down pouring when I got to our street. I was really close to 6 miles when I reached our house so I just ran a few loops in front of the house to get there haha (doesn’t everyone do that?). The rain felt good, but I was really nervous about the lightning returning so I decided to play it safe and run on the treadmill for the remainder.


I got in and I was feeling a little drained, so I quick grabbed one of my Honey Stinger energy gels and headed down to my treadmill. I listened to some music and sure enough I could see the sun coming out while I’m running. I was not about to go back outside though! So I just stuck it out to finish the last 4.

IMAG6492 That has got to be one of the most broken up runs I’ve ever done. So irritating, but there are always good runs and some bad too. The positive aspect of this run was that I didn’t have knee or ITB pain! Next weekend is another race weekend (8 miler). This particular race has always been incredibly difficult for some reason. It’s pretty darn flat so I, nor my parents who also run it, can’t figure out why none of us ever hit our goal time there. I think it’s just the really long straight stretches of road that mess with you mentally (at least for me). I got a PR for that course last time, but it wasn’t anywhere near where I thought I’d come in. This year I’m going to change that! 🙂 Moving onto week 6 of half-marathon training.

Weekly Workout Log – August 23 – 29

Week 4 of half marathon training in the books!

Sunday – Rest day

Monday – 15 miles on the bike trainer. Felt pretty good!


Tuesday – Ran 3.1 miles on the treadmill. PAIN FREE RUN!!!!! So happy :)!


Wednesday – 11 miles on the bike trainer + 20 minutes of yoga stretching. This ride will be my last ride on my Trek, at least for a while. My husband is working on getting my new bike built and using most of the parts off the Trek for it. You can kind of see the frame leaning against the wall in the yoga pic below. After we get more parts to re-build the trek, I’ll probably use it just as my indoor bike and the new one for outdoor rides (at least during the summer). We’ll see!

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Thursday – Ran 3.1 miles. Wasn’t supposed to run today. Was supposed to swim, but I was having a bad day and the weather outside was perfect and I knew I’d feel better after getting in a few miles. I definitely felt better!

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I love running by this apple tree. It makes me want to get one for our property when we move! 🙂

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Friday – Rest day

Saturday – Supposed to do my long run today, but I decided to be a fair weather runner (and avoid running 9 miles on the treadmill) and pushed it to Sunday. A run in the rain can be nice, but I just wasn’t up for it today. It’s currently down-pouring!


A few changes in the training plan, but still a good week considering my ITB seems to be doing better! Moving onto week 5 of half-marathon training.

Weekly Workout Log – August 16 – 22

This week was week 3 of half-marathon training. It was also a week of mostly cross-training to avoid further ITB irritation. Here’s what this week looked like:

Sunday – Rest day. I did get in a 3.1 mile walk partially with my dog around the neighborhood and the other part on some park trails.


Monday – 10 miles on the bike trainer.


Tuesday – Swam 1,100 yards. It was my first time in the pool since the triathlon. I took my sports action camera to my parents pool recently and played around with it in there since I don’t bring it to where I swim laps. Kind of a fun toy! 🙂

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Wednesday – Biked 8 miles on the bike trainer. Was planning on going longer, but I think I had the resistance up to high because my knee was not happy.


Thursday – Didn’t make it out to the outdoor yoga event I was planning on due to weather, but did get in 45 minutes of yoga at home. I tried some different videos on You Tube.IMG_20150820_200842

Friday – Rest day!

Saturday – 8 mile run in Grand Haven. I was so happy during this run! I had a blast taking pictures along the way, so here’s a big photo bomb ;). There was so much to look at to keep me distracted. I stopped and stretched a few times, and my ITB didn’t really bother me during the run (except for the first mile or so). The pier was closed, which was a bummer, but I ran down the boardwalk as far as I could.photo 1photo 5

Then into town a bit and back down along the marina and past the farmers market. I had to stop at the fun mural :).

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I saw some yummy stuff at the market so I ended up stopping back after my run to buy the most delicious and beautiful heirloom tomatoes — pretty even sliced! This one didn’t make it past lunch before being devoured ;).


I didn’t buy the Dahlia flowers, but it was tempting! They were so beautiful!

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Overall, I felt pretty good. I’m going to take it easy again for this next week. I might try to get a short run in during the week depending on how I’m feeling. If it’s bothering me, I’ll just skip it and go with cross-training until Saturday’s long run like I did this week. Moving onto week 4 of half-marathon training!


Weekly Workout Log – August 9 – 15 + IT Band Issues


Week 2 of half-marathon training is wrapped up. Here’s a look at what the week was like:

Sunday – Rest day. Our daughter spent some quality time with ‘Nana & Bapa’ while my husband and I had a meeting to design our kitchen for our new house. So much fun! We went out to eat at Chipotle (the best!) after and stopped out at the mall to get my husband something to wear for my sisters wedding that is coming up quick! More on the wedding another day (I promise it’s running related!) :).

Monday – 4 treadmill miles for this half-marathon training. Monday will be my “easy” paced run day. I always want to push it for shorter runs but know there is value in taking it easy for a day during the week, especially with some longer and more intense workouts in the mix.


Tuesday – 11 miles on the bike trainer.

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Wednesday – 3.1 mile afternoon run (9:17 pace). It was beautiful today!! The sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot and the humidity level was less than it’s been. It was perfect and felt great! Putting my legs in the pool post-run is the best part about running near my parents house! haha

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Thursday – Rest Day…Planned to get back in the pool today but didn’t make it there. Busy day selling stuff at a garage sale + my husband’s company picnic in the evening.

Friday – Planned a rest day, but since I didn’t make it to swim yesterday and the pool wasn’t open today I got in 30 minutes of yoga in my backyard in the evening. It was pretty dang close to a hot yoga studio out there haha!

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Saturday  I got out early enough that the heat wasn’t an issue (although humidity was at 98%!). I enjoyed a 7 mile run (9:54 pace) around a university campus before heading to a baby shower. It was fun exploring and not really knowing where any of the roads and paths lead to. My right knee (my problem knee) was giving me some problems mile 4-7, but it wasn’t too terrible. I made sure I spent some time stretching and icing later in the day. This time it isn’t bursa inflammation, it’s my IT band. I’m starting to wonder if it was just all the concrete sidewalks I ran on. I’m usually on the roads or trails that aren’t as hard. Some stretching/icing and some time off should help it though. I don’t want to do less running since the half is my current focus, but will probably have to focus on cross training while it heals and just do my weekend long run. I was trying to think back to what I did in the past, and I know I did take some time off. We’ll see how it goes…

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Fingers crossed my knee/IT band feels better so I can continue on.

Anyone else deal with IT band issues? My first experience with it was in college when I wasn’t running regularly. And although it’s a very common running injury, I actually got it from walking (fast). At the time I was walking from one building where an english class was all the way to the business building and was always power walking there to make it in time. I ended up with an inflamed IT band from my speed walking! I remember going to the health center and explaining the awful knee pain I had and the doc pushed on my hip and I screamed haha! Yup, definitely IT band inflammation. I felt it more in my knee, but my hip was so sore if you put any pressure on it. It’s one of those pesky injuries that often come back if you’ve had it before.

Update: After thinking more about this, I thought I’d see if anyone else needs/wears a 2E neutral running shoe? What shoe do you use for running? Other than running on concrete, my shoes are another reason this could have come back (besides weak hips/glutes). I’m supposed to be in a neutral shoe and I mostly use Brooks Adrenaline’s (which are Stability). Not by choice. I need a 2E width shoe and there are only a handful of running shoe companies that make a 2E neutral shoe. What’s worse is I can’t try shoes on in running stores because nobody stocks a 2E. So when I go in to look at new shoes, I’m trying on the widest width they have and they don’t feel right so it’s hard to tell if it’s just because the width isn’t right or they just aren’t the right shoe for me. So I’ve just gone with the Adrenaline’s because I’ve been using them forever and I know they feel comfortable. Maybe this was the wakeup call I needed to actually special order a 2E neutral shoe to try. I have a pair of Nike’s that are neutral, but not wide enough. I can stand them for shorter runs, but my feet go numb / tingly after a few miles because they’re too narrow. I like them for the short runs but other than the numbness, they just don’t have enough cushioning for a long run. I’m looking for shoe suggestions! 🙂

Weekly Workout Log – August 2 – 8

This week marked my transition to half-marathon training. It feels weird that the triathlon training is done. I’ll still be biking and will probably be throwing in a few swims for crosstraining too. No brick workouts until towards the end of February though. I’ll be re-starting triathlon training after the Disney Princess Half-Marathon. But this time, I’m shooting for a 70.3 Half-Iron!! Nothing official yet, but I am excited! I got my training plan and made the necessary modifications to fit in a few spring races I had planned. Anxious to see how it all turns out!

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Sunday – Rest day. I actually took a nap — I haven’t taken a nap in forever! *thank you hubby for taking our daughter to play at the park so I could recover from the race on Saturday!*

Monday – 3.1 mile treadmill run (“easy” pace…I forgot to write it down).


Tuesday – 10 miles on the bike trainer.


Wednesday – Ran 4 miles (9:55 pace) through some neighborhoods and a local park.

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Thursday – 12 miles on the bike trainer. I watched a cycling video on You Tube. It was actually really entertaining! I had fun pretending I was outside haha!

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Friday – Rest day

Saturday – 6.75 mile run (10:04 pace) with my mom. It was super humid (93%!), but the sun wasn’t out and it sprinkled a little so it felt pretty good.


Ready for half-marathon training week 2!