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Johnny Kelley Half Marathon Training- Week 3

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Wow, I had tried legs this week! But tired legs are an opportunity to learn about how you run under pressure and how to better pace yourself, so I took this opportunity to really pay attention to by body and work harder on my pacing strategies.

So, what happened this week?

Monday: 30 minutes elliptical, strength training
Finally! A Monday off from work! That meant time at the gym in the AM before trivia in the PM. It was great to get in some strength training specifically focusing on my glutes and core. I definitely need it.

Tuesday: 5 miles
1 mile warm up, 2 miles at tempo, 1 mile a bit slower...then :20 sec sprint, 2 min slow x4. Phew!! CRAZY! My legs were jell-o after. Oh! And I got a new Garmin Forerunner 235. It's everything I ever wanted and more.


Wednesday:
4 miles
After Tuesday's session, I was surprised I could get any speed going at all. My schedule called for 4 tempo miles, which I really tried my hardest to do, but my legs were so tired. So really my tempo miles were …

Johnny Kelley Half Marathon Training- Week 2

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Week 2 and I'm feeling cool. I just wanted to rhyme. Although, I felt pretty darn good during week 2. Plus, the weather was basically perfect this week! 60 degrees and sunny?! Yes please!

Here's how week 2 went down: 
Monday: Another Monday, another rest day. I love trivia Mondays! 
Tuesday: 3.75 miles 3 miles steady, plus :20 sec sprint, 2:00 min slow x3. It was an awesome day outside, just a little chilly and I felt great running! Plus, it was the first time in as long as I can remember that I started AND finished running when there was still a sliver of light. But I brought along my Knuckle Lights just in case! 
Wednesday: 4 miles Rain rain go away. I had 100% planned on running outside in the rain. I've actually come to like it a little bit. But there was some thunder in the area and I just didn't think it was the safest, so on to the treadmill I went. It was a long 4 miles. 
Thursday: Happy Birthday To Me! 
Friday: 4.15 miles Absolutely fantastic weather yet again. Ser…

Johnny Kelley Half Marathon Training- Week 1

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Week 1 is in the books people! It's always such a mix of emotions to start training for a goal race again. On one hand I'm super excited and can't wait until May to get out there and run. On the other, it's cold out right now, there's snow on the ground, and I know the next 16 weeks won't be easy. And that scares me a little bit. And it's also invigorating to know that I'm going to accomplish something that a lot of people won't even start.

Anyways...here's how week 1 went! 
Monday: Started the week off right...with a rest day! Hahaha. But Mondays are always trivia days, so I plan the rest of my workouts around it.

Tuesday: 3.25 miles
It was cold, windy, and rainy so just how I wanted to start off this training cycle. But it was kind of fun to splash through the puddles!

Wednesday: 3.25 miles
Massachusetts weather is bipolar. I swear it's ridiculous, but Wednesday was 55 degrees and sunny so I got my butt outside in my Spring running outfit. Da…

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year...

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Guess what time it is?! *drum roll please*

IT'S HALF MARATHON TRAINING TIME! 
I'm not a natural born runner. I'm probably the furthest from it. This will be my third (and fourth) time running a half marathon and my third time training for one.

During my second round of training I used the Hal Higdon method and while it works for a lot of people, it just wasn't for me. I never felt like I was running enough and come race day I didn't feel prepared for the distance that lie ahead.
The very first time I trained I was SO confident in my ability to run the half marathon distance. Some called the plan I used a little crazy and excessive (it had me run 2 long runs of 13 miles and 2 at 14 miles) but I felt prepared. I knew I could finish.


This session I'm going back to the first plan. I liked knowing I ran the distance multiple times before and that the plan added some speedwork/tempos into it (though I didn't know it at the time). I even signed up for a half to run…