Last Week’s Workouts + Wine & Dine Week 2 Recap

Week two of half marathon training is complete! Check out all the details here.

Last Week's Workouts

*** Quick announcement: I’m trying to plan my editorial calendar for the upcoming months and I would love to have some guest bloggers take over for a few days in the months of September and October! In the months leading up to my Run Disney Racecation, I’d lovelovelove any Disney Bloggers, Running Bloggers, or Fitness Bloggers to share their expertise. If you’re interested, please email me at iamteacher fit {at} gmail {dot} com! P.S. I’m willing to return the favor! ***

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Last Week’s Workouts + Wine & Dine Week 1 Recap

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And just like that, my first week of half marathon training is complete! Check out my recap of last week’s training schedule and other workouts I completed.

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July Goals + a June Recap

Check out my goals for the month of July and see how I did on my goals for June!

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It’s hard to believe that we’re already facing the first Monday of July and Independence Day is tomorrow! This year is flying by–as I’ve mentioned each month when I sit down to write my goals. Even with the days flying by, I feel like I’m ticking a lot of things off my goals list this year. Let’s see how I did in June!
June Goals

ONE // Catch up on housecleaning

Grade: A

Finally being out of school gave me enough time to get my house clean!

TWO // Read two more books

Grade: C

Well, I read one more book. I’m in the middle of the second. Hmm… Wonder if I’ll get through my summer reading list

Summer Reading List

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THREE // Plan the first month of training for the Run Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Grade: A+

I posted my Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Plan for the first month, and have already planned the first week of August. My schedule will change beginning the second week of August, so moving forward from there will be more of a challenge.

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Weeks 1-5

FOUR // Find an eye doctor and schedule an appointment

Grade: A+

Did this! Even ordered contacts and I can SEE again!

FIVE // Eat clean 90% of the time

Grade: A

For being my first month out of school, I did a pretty good job of sticking to my prepped meals and not eating junk all day. I did start tracking my food/macros a couple of weeks in, just to keep a better handle on things.

July Goals

ONE // Stick to my training program

I know I’m probably not going to make every workout I’ve scheduled, but I want to be as committed as I can be. I’m ready, I’m excited, and I can’t wait to check off my first training run (today!). See my plan for the first five weeks of half marathon training!

TWO // Put together my classroom

I can get the keys to my new classroom next week and I want to get all the organizational stuff out of the way early so I’m not scrambling in August.

THREE // Get a BUNCH of future blog posts scheduled

To put it simply, I want to write and schedule as many posts as possible before school starts so I don’t lag on blogging and can spend appropriate time promoting myself and interacting with other bloggers!

 

Related: Balance.

FOUR // Enjoy vacation!

This probably seems like a goal that could achieve itself, but I wanted to include it anyway. We are going on vacation in the early stages of my half marathon training, so I don’t want to beat myself up for enjoying the time away and taking my mind OFF of running and training.

FIVE // Eat clean 90% of the time

I think this will always be a goal. I tend to go overboard with mindless snacking in the summer, so I need to post it for accountability!

Question: What goals have you set for the month of July?

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training: Weeks 1-5

Well, the time has come to start training for my next half marathon! Next week, I begin training for the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and I fulfill a lifelong dream in the process. Ok, maybe not lifelong, but big dreams, y’all. As you can probably imagine, I’m equally as excited about the Disney aspect as I am about the race. I love Walt Disney World and I tease my husband about wanting to move to Florida so we could justify annual passes all.the.time. But instead, I settle for going every 4-6 years like most of the population.

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Weeks 1-5

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Now for the “fun” part — the training. The last time I went through half marathon training, I had enormous life changes going on and it just wasn’t the peaceful, mind clearing long runs I had imagined. I had just moved home to start a complete career-180 and I hadn’t found a place to live, so I was bunking it with my parents. Luckily, my mom was running the same race, so we did a lot of our training together and I’m so grateful for that! However… I felt like the training plan I followed was very aggressive for me, so I knew I wanted to do something differently for my next half.

As luck would have it, during this round of training I’ll be starting another new job. It’s going to be a very different environment than what I’m used to, but right now I’m anticipating most of the changes to be positive. That said, due to the changes and my last training experience, I’m approaching my plan differently. I selected a Jeff Galloway run/walk plan that focuses on speed. It’s an 18-week plan and I’m excited to get into it. Jeff Galloway is the run/walk guru and I love his approach, but I want to run as much of my race as I can. So instead of relying on 4:1 run:walk (because I know I would), I’m going to work on stretching out my run intervals and minimizing my walk intervals–kind of a Couch-to-5K style.

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Weeks 1-5

For my last half marathon, I let my strength training fall by the wayside and I think it made my runs much harder. I enjoy strength training, I enjoy HIIT, and I enjoy yoga, so I want to try and strike a balance between running and all of those things. I realize that’s a bit ambitious, so this is obviously subject to change. Lauren Gleisberg has some great weight training programs that I’m tweaking to fit my schedule. If you follow my weekly workout posts, you know this already. I’ll also be utilizing PiYo, Beachbody On Demand, and YouTube to get my yoga and stretching in! All in all, I can’t wait to jump into this and see what this round of half marathon training teaches me this time.

Question: How do you choose your training plans?

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