Half Marathon Training Week 4: The Week I Hardly Ran

Bahhh aren’t I the worst??? I feel like I haven’t blogged in FOREVER.

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All gifs will be from “Happy Endings” in this post. DEAL WITH IT. Also, watch the show if you haven’t.

Well, I am ready to get back into the swing of things. I want to thank everyone who put so much thought into their responses from my post on Friday! It was so nice hearing that bad runs do happen to good people and I wasn’t just going crazy ;) Thank you so much for all the inspiring feedback :D

I could give you all of the reasons why I haven’t been blogging, but ain’t nobody got time for that! So instead, let’s just go about business per usual.

First off, this Hint Water, have you heard about it?

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I feel like it’s been popping up everywhere lately. It’s lightly flavored water with no artificial (or regular) sweetners and it’s zero calories. I tried the blackberry flavor this morning and my verdict:

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It wasn’t that good in my opinion, maybe it’s just the blackberry flavor. I have the strawberry kiwi flavor in the fridge now, so I’ll report on that later.

My 8 mile run on Sunday actually went REALLY well, but that was the only run I did all week. If you read last Friday’s post then you know that I was feeling really rundown last week.

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But I’m feeling much better this week. I did miss my run on Tuesday, but I’m hoping to make it up today or tomorrow. Here’s what last week looked like:

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Lots of rest days. During my 8 miler I had a banana before I left and a Gu Salted Caramel gel around mile 4.

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10/10 I recommend! It was pretty much just like eating delicious caramel, like dip some apples into it even when I’m not running, amazing.

Well it feels good to be back!

What have you been up to lately? Have you tried Gu Salted Caramel? What’s your favorite gel flavor?

Rest Day Review: EveryMove App

You all should know by now that I am always looking for the “next big thing” in fitness apps. I love using the NTC app as well as the Tone It Up, MyFitnessPal, and Blogilates apps, so when Sweat Pink asked if some of their ambassadors wanted to write a review for the newly updated EveryMove App, I jumped at the chance.

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EveryMove is a website and (free!) app that rewards you for moving! It does’t matter what kind of exercise you do, whether it’s weightlifting, running, vacuuming, or walking, EveryMove will give you points for any activity you log!

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So what do the points do?
In EveryMove you accumulate activity points which go towards earning a reward of your choice. You can choose between coupons to health-related items (such as Health Warrior, the company that makes the chia bars that I am OBSESSED with) or donating to a charity. I chose to donate my points towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I LOVE apps that help raise money for charity (who doesn’t?)

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The great thing about EveryMove is that it syncs with a TON of other activity trackers. If you have a Fitbit, Jawbone, or other fitness tracker, it can connect automatically to EveryMove. Even if you don’t have a fancy fitness tracker (like me) you can still sync it to some free apps like Mapmyrun and Myfitnesspal and any activity you log with the app will automatically register with EveryMove and earn you points. And if you don’t see the tracker you use, you can request that it be added to the interface. You can also manually enter your workouts straight into the app.

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EveryMove also has a great online community that you can share your goals and successes with. The more active you are, the more achievements you earn.

I love an app that is easy to use and already fits perfectly into my everyday routine and EveryMove does just that. I love that while I keep going about my day and finishing my workouts, I am earning points towards donating to charity. I’ve already raised $2 in two weeks! That’s $2 more than I would have earned if I wasn’t using EveryMove ;)

If you want to check out EveryMove even more, you can check them out here:

Running Ups and Downs and Questions for Runners

Attention all runners. I have 2 important questions for you today. I think we all know how much I love Googling things to get answers, but for this I wanted information based on personal experience :D

The first question I have is about the ups and downs I have while running. I know that every run is not going to be amazing for me, BUT I feel like usually my runs have a 50-50 split or even a 60-40 split of bad to good runs. I don’t think this is normal.

I run 3 times a week and it really frustrates me when I’ll go for a 6 mile run on Sunday and feel GREAT, but when I went out for 3.5 miles today (and it was way cooler and with less humidity) it SUCKED.

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Fun fact: Fates of gladiators were actually determined by an open palm (save) or closed palm (kill) rather than a thumbs up or thumbs down like we usually think. Thanks Classical Studies classes!

Also, I’ve taken 3 rest days this week. THREE. Because my body has been sore and tired. So I (mistakenly, obviously) thought that after taking off Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, my legs would be nice and rested for a Friday morning run. Not. The. Case.

What gives?

Question #1:

Do you notice that you often have a fluctuation in ability to run certain distances comfortably? 

All I know is that it is super frustrating and not good for my mental “game” because I know that on my 7 miler on Sunday I’m going to be thinking about how I couldn’t even run 3.5 miles on Friday.

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My second question is about Cadence. We hear over and over again that 180 is the ideal cadence for distance runners. Well, mine is far from ideal. According to my Garmin it’s like 137-140

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STOP LAUGHING AT ME

Question #2:

Has anyone ever tried to increase their cadence? What did you do? Did you have any success?

This week has been really strange for me. I haven’t been blogging because I haven’t been working out, but I didn’t want to do more posts about wanting to work out but feeling like I need to rest.

I feel like I’m more determined than ever to get into great running shape, be fit, eat well, and be in the best shape of my life, but it’s so disappointing when my body can’t keep up with what my mind wants to do. Do you ever feel that way?

Ugh I sound like such a bummer.

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You all are the Tom Haverford to my Leslie Knope right now.

Well, I’m actually not all that bummed out, just frustrated for now, but I have an arms focused class after work today that I am looking forward to! And I’ll leave you with one of my all time favorite gifs to brighten our days :)

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My 2 questions for you:

Do you notice that you often have a fluctuation in ability to run certain distances comfortably? 

Has anyone ever tried to increase their cadence? What did you do? Did you have any success?

I hope you have a great weekend :)