Monday, January 18, 2016

Half Marathon Training: 1/11/16 - 1/17/16

So from the title you may see I changed it from training for the Nola half marathon to just training. 

I will cut to the chase. Wednesday in a very shocking announcement my company (Al Jazeera America) declared that our American channel was ceasing operation by April 30th of this year. With that considered I decided that traveling in this uncertain time was not the wisest of decisions. On top of that I still needed to complete fundraising and honestly I knew I would not be able to properly dedicate myself to it. 

I need to thank everyone who had already contributed. Please know the money you donated will still go to CCFA and I am deeply touched for everyone's generosity. I just could not justify the trip and taking time off work as my days there are numbered. 

I am okay, it is business and I get it; the hardest part is that I was really growing with the company and had planned on a long tenure there. To start over again I think is the most frustrating part. I really loved the past 3 years I have been there and was passionate about the stories we covered and had the most amazing team. 

The good news is that I have signed up for The Frozen Penguin Half! Beth sent me a text that she was considering it and we both took the plunge and registered. So training on! 

Another thing - I went to PT - turns out hamstring is nothing serious, heat and stretching will help. Weaker hips/glutes probably responsible. I had planned to go twice a week but with everything I dropped it. And, guess what heat and stretching help! Who would have thought.

And with all that, here is last weeks training. Definitely light on the strength training, need to up my game again this week. 

Monday - 3.59 miles in 36:23 / evening PT + strength

Tuesday - Speed work: 1 mile warm up 8 x 400: 7:53, 7:53, 7:53, 7:50, 7:50, 7:47, 7:47, 7:41 - 1.2 mile cool down, 5 miles 46:08 9:13 pace - note to self look at the paces before next workout. This didn't feel HARD like repeats should well that is because I wasn't running the right paces. Sigh. Blame early morning still half asleep brain for that. 

Wednesday - Rest day

Thursday - Easy run - 30 mins 3.23 miles 9:17 pace

Friday - Tempo 5 miles - 44:36 - 8:55 pace - started conservative 9:15 and eased down to 8:15 

Saturday - 1 hour pace run - 6.72 miles 8:55 pace - I knew I wasn't going to go long this weekend so wanted to do one of my runs at a hardish pace

Sunday - 1 hour run - 6.15 miles 9:45 pace

Total miles: 29.69 (I seriously need to check my total mileage at the end of the week, I would have 100% run another .31 miles for an even number!)


  1. So sorry to hear about your company and the NOLA half! All things work out in the end and often for the better. Best wishes in your future endeavors, I know you'll find something great! And awesome training week, glad to hear the hamstring issue isn't serious! Happy running!

    1. Thanks so much! It will all work out in the end :)

  2. Bummed to hear this news, since I know you loved your job, but I echo Jo-Anna's sentiment that things will work out in the end. SO glad to hear that the hamstring is feeling better, too, since I'm sure you need running more than ever right now!

    1. Thanks Jen, and yes! Definitely happy to be able to run it out!

  3. I was sorry to hear the news (knowing that it impacted you) and best of luck with everything on that front. I am even MORE bummed that you won't be in NOLA. That was one of the major reasons I was still going! I am just going to have to eat all the beignets myself. Glad that you are running more happy!

    1. Trust me I have gone back and forth about NOLA specifically because of YOU as well! Ugh the timing just stinks especially not knowing if I will still be working or not at that point. Playing a big waiting game at the moment. I will just have to come to Chicago down the line instead...