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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Week 13: Trying to Find Hills

Run #2 on Sunday

Happy Sunday! Welcome to another weekly review linkup with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. Read more about my fall goal race here. I also have a half coming up this weekend! 

Week of September 5–September 11
Monday: rest; 2 mile walk around UA Arts Fest
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles (hills!)
Thursday: 5.7 miles (smaller hills!)
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest
Sunday: Girls on the Run 5k (race recap) + 5.6 miles (rolling baby hills!)

Total (Running) Miles: 20.4 miles
2016 Miles: 696.5 miles

I had another busy week at work, but it's really the calm before the storm because this coming week should be terrible (yay). Regardless, I managed to de-stress a bit with decent runs and a race! Monday was Labor Day, which I spent doing work, but I also went to an arts festival and got dinner and fro-yo. Yum. Tuesday's run was a bit of a fail because I ate a ton of Chipotle before. There were a few comments last week asking how I run post-dinner and after some self-reflection I realized the answer is "very poorly." I eat right after work because Alex gets home before me and is always hungry... and sometimes makes me dinner.

One of the hills
On Wednesday I convinced him to go outside with me, so we postponed dinner. We did not run together because I did some hill repeats and I can't keep up with him on those. I was hungry (despite a Honey Stinger), but I did a few intense hill repeats and talked to some high school cross country kids who had 12 (!!) repeats. Knowing Alex was only running 2-3 miles kept me from higher milage, but it was productive. My new goal is to increase my weekly elevation gain. Last week was 285ft and this week was 335ft. Success!

Thursday morning

On Thursday I randomly woke up at 6am and got out the door for a run just after 7. I ran a little under 6 miles at an 8:54 pace, which somehow felt "slow" until my ankle started hurting near the end. I wrapped it and took off Friday and Saturday before my 5k race to be safe. (It's fine now. Probably a fluke. Maybe I was running weird.)

The ladies and me after the race with our wine!
On Sunday I raced the Run Like a Girl 5k. You can read my recap here. Spoiler alert: I broke some personal records. A little later in the afternoon I ran along the Scioto River, which is a trail full of small, but rolling hills. The weather was lovely: upper 70s with a nice breeze and low humidity.

So, I guess I'm technically in taper because I have a half marathon next Saturday. Last year the Indy Women's Half was stopped for lightning. They gave us a discount code for 2016, but I assumed I'd switch to the 5k. Welp, because it's super low stress (we're staying at the race hotel and the elevation isn't bad), I think I'm going to treat it as a training run and see how it goes. Of course, now that I've run a faster 5k on a slightly hilly course I kind of want to try to run another PR on something flat. So, don't be surprised if I end up switching to the 5k.... ;)

Have you ever run a race that was stopped for weather? 
Have you ever switched your focus to shorter distances to mix it up? 
Would you run the half or the 5k? (My "goal" half is October 15.)


  1. Funny about the comment of running after eating. When I read your posts I asked myself that too. No way I can run on a full stomach. Fasting runs are my preference but depends on the distance. A small breakfast will do, but dinner ? Nope, can not run on that.

    Congrats on your recent performance. Seems like everything is falling into place very well ! You'll be ready for your goal race.

    1. Thank you! I think the small changes in weather are helping. Still a little too warm on most runs, but the mornings have been nice.

      Really I just need to make the switch to becoming a morning runner - then I wouldn't have to worry about dinner or high heat! ;)

  2. I love running a 5k race the weekend after a half marathon...always, always, always get 5k PR's like that! I'm loving this Run Like a Girl race...anything with Wine involved speaks my language!

    1. I've never run a race with wine at the end! What an awesome perk!

  3. Congratulations on breaking your PR at the 5k. I love getting wine at races. So fun!

    1. Thanks! I need to find more runs with wine at the end. ;)

  4. I don't see how you can run after eating dinner. I put a few bites of yogurt in my stomach before my early morning run. Congrats on your 5k performance! Since the half is my favorite distance (and I once ran 17 in one year), that's a no-brainer for me. LOL. You can always use it as a training run for your goal race. Thanks for linking, Elizabeth!

    1. I'm still undecided about this weekend, but only because the weather looks terrible. There are going to be thunderstorms all day and I fear it may be black flagged again! I really hope not. Poor race directors. :'(

  5. Ha you are all over the place with your last minute decision huh, sounds just like me! I did see the 5k pictures and the bottle of wine is awesome, right?!?! Either way I know you'll do great in the upcoming race! See me I'd run the half, 5k's are so much harder, lol!

    1. Now the forecast is 70 degrees and sever thunderstorms. I'm going to stick with the half, but it might be canceled! Yikes.


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