Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekly Recap 9/23 – 9/29

Happy Monday all! We have finally reached the final week before the Tower of Terror 10-Miler AND Robert and mine’s first time attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Our costumes are complete for both events, which I will share pictures of on Wednesday!

This past week was much better for training; I felt stronger than the previous week, as my mind was not quite as distracted. This upcoming week is taper time, so my plan is to do about 3 miles each today and Wednesday, with strength training on Tuesday and possibly Thursday. After that, it’s all about the runDisney fun!

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michael’s Six Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Tuesday: 4 x (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

1200 meters pace = 8:45 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Wednesday: Jillian Michael’s Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes)

Thursday: 4 Mile Maintenance Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: 5 Mile Long Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Sunday: Upper Body & Core (40 minutes)

TOT Motivation!

QOTD: What is the next race for which you are training?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Austria Part 4 – Hiking the Krimmler Waterfalls

If you need to catch up on my previous Austria recaps, you can find part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, and part 3 HERE.

On our last full day in Austria, Robert and I headed out in the morning to what we were both looking forward to the most – a beautiful hike up the Krimmler Waterfalls in the mountains. To get to the base of the waterfall, we drove up a winding road to some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life.

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After about an 1.5-2 hour drive or so, we reached the base of the waterfalls. It was definitely a tourist spot, but rightfully so! I enjoy being around a lot of people, but as anybody else, I enjoy time of more solitude as well. Here we got the best of both worlds; hiking up the waterfall there were plenty of people, but once we reached the top and started to hike along the valley, people were fewer and further between and we were able to become much more immersed in the beauty of nature!

The hike up the mountains and along the valley took a good 2 hours, and it was VERY steep. I wish I had more photo evidence of just how steep, but trust me when I say that it was not easy, and probably burned most of the calories I ate that week!

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After coming back down the mountain which took about 1-1.5 hours (much faster than the time it took to go up, but no less difficult), we drove to Lake Tirol on our way back to Mayrhofen. This lake was breathtaking, and with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, I could have spent all day exploring and admiring it!

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In the late afternoon, we arrived back at our hotel for a fun evening inclusive of a delicious dinner and relaxing swim. Our last day was definitely my favorite during our trip! It also gave me a desire to travel to the mountains more, and maybe even start exploring a bit of trail running!

QOTD: Have you ever gone hiking? Do you enjoy it?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

No Longer Only ‘Half’ Crazy

This week I officially registered for my very first FULL marathon! That’s right, y’all, I’m no longer just ‘half crazy.’ I have been talking with my friend Long, who has run quite a few half and full marathons, and is currently training for a half ironman, and he said he would love to run with me for my first 26.2! The race we will be doing is the Woodlands Marathon here in Houston, TX on March 1st, 2014.

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I have been thinking a lot lately about tackling a full marathon, and knew that 2014 would be a good year to do it, especially since I have dreams to eventually do the Dopey Challenge at Disney World in the next couple years (for those that do not know, the Dopey Challenge is when you do a 5K, 10K, half, and full marathon in 4 days). With those thoughts, I chose an early spring race because the bulk of my long runs will be in much more ideal Houston temperatures!

When I clicked the register button on Monday, I have to admit that a surge of both excitement and nervousness bolted through my body and caused me to become slightly light headed. Long informed me that it is simply the “feeling of glory from your finishing the race in the future…rippling back in time to you now because that’s how immense it is!” If that is not motivating, I don’t know what is! It really caused those feelings of excitement to overcome any nervousness, and the thought of achieving this 26.2 mile goal is going to be FUN! Wait, fun? Have I gone mad? :0)

So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be doing a lot of research on training schedules, and choosing one that fits me best. I really want to take a conservative approach to where I will feel comfortable running such a long distance, yet where I do not run so much that I gain a higher risk of any type of injury. I also intend to make sure my stretching and foam rolling is even more religious than it is now.

So, if anybody has any advice on training for a full marathon, I very much welcome it!

QOTD: Have you ever done a full marathon? Do you want to?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekly Recap 9/16 – 9/22

Hey everyone! Can you believe yet another Monday is here already? Time is going by so fast; less than TWO weeks until we head to Disney World for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler! I will probably be revealing our costumes for both the race and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party next week (once they are complete). Get excited!

Training this past week was completely up and down. With my brother heading out to boot camp, and mine and Robert’s 1-year anniversary, I have to admit my mind was slightly distracted. In a nutshell, Monday and Wednesday’s workouts were hard to get in to at all, while Tuesday and Thursday’s runs started rough but really ended strong.

Saturday was a completely different story though – I did 6 miles at the park and guess what y’all?! It was 72F degrees outside! The humidity was at 97%, and the grassy parts of the park were flooded from all the rain we got, but with the temperature so low and clouds blocking the sun, it was the best outdoor long run that I have had in weeks! On my last two miles it was like somebody else’s legs were carrying me because I felt like my pace and mentality was so strong! I rewarded myself later with my first Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season from Panera!

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michael’s Six Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Tuesday: 4 x (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

1200 meters pace = 8:45 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Wednesday: Jillian Michael’s Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes)

Thursday: 5 Mile Maintenance Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: 6 Mile Long Run (Pace: Unknown)

Sunday: Rest Day/Stretch

Monday Motivation!

QOTD: Are you getting any gorgeous fall weather yet?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Austria Part 3 – Salzburg

If you missed the first two blog posts of my Austria recap, you can find part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE.

On the third day of our Austria adventure, we made the scenic 3 hour drive from Mayrhofen to Salzburg. This is a city that has been on my bucket list for years for a few reasons; I have always wanted to see the castle in the city, there is a great appreciation for Christmas (my favorite holiday), and lastly, because the classic movie The Sound of Music was filmed here!

The city was far beyond the beauty I had so often seen in my head; pictures simply cannot do it justice. The extensive history and breathtaking architecture is truly incredible!

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After exploring the city, we attempted to find the hills that Julie Andrews sang on in The Sound of Music, but we were unfortunately unsuccessful. No matter though, there were plenty of gorgeous rolling hills to admire!

Later in the afternoon, we headed back to our hotel for dinner and to get a good night’s sleep for what would be an even more epic day to follow – our hike in the mountains of Krimml!

QOTD: Are you a fan of The Sound of Music? Would you like to visit Salzburg?