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Half Marathon Training – 6 Weeks Out Recap

Hello hello!

Getting back to the basics today! I haven’t done a recap post dedicated to recent training endeavors in a while, so here we go! We’re 6 weeks out from Half Marathon #7, and now that the weather has cooled down ever so slightly, I am feeling faster and much more in shape. And overall much more confident in where I’m at training wise. Amazing how the heat just drains everything out of you! I think working hard all summer definitely has its rewards, because training in the fall always feels 10 times easier!

Adam and I are really loving our new gym, and have gone several times together so far. It’s so much fun having someone there with me to chat with every now and then, and to motivate me and challenge me to try new things. Not gonna lie, sometimes I get nervous to try new machines when I’m by myself for fear that I’ll look like I have no idea what I’m doing. Anyone else?? Surely I’m not the only one who feels intimidated sometimes!

Like I’ve mentioned several times before, I’m broadening my training efforts this go-around in the hopes to strengthen my body as a whole, and not just concentrating on my cardio level, which I already know will be fine. I need to remember to build a strong and sturdy foundation, so that the cardio aspect becomes easier all together. I already noticed a HUGE difference in how my body handled my 7 miler over the weekend, and it definitely showed me that strength training and especially doing leg work has paid off! Mixing things up has kept me more engaged as well, and less likely to skip a run, because now I take my runs a little more seriously.

Half Marathon Training – 6 Weeks Until Race Day

Friday night, (I know, almost a week late on this!) I went to the gym before Pizza Night and did a super sweaty mixed workout. I didn’t have much time, so I cranked everything out as fast as I could. I started with a one mile warm up, 8:49, then did 4 miles on the bike, 3 sets of bosu ball squats, 2 sets of leg press/hamstring curls/calf raises/seated leg curls/lat bar, then a little bit of yoga to stretch things out! Friday was kind of a rough day, so going to the gym by myself and listening to my favorite playlist was a surefire way to cheer me up and help me enjoy the rest of the night!

nike lunarglide 6 and bosu ball

Saturday morning was long run time! I’ll admit that I’ve been procrastinating on my long runs, but finally made myself get a good one in. With 6 weeks until my half, I know I’ve got plenty of time but don’t want to get too behind! The weather was FABULOUS on Saturday at the lake, and I honestly feel like I could have pushed out another mile or two. I ran my go-to trail, 3 laps, plus the final mile to make the 7 mark. I ate two Clif Shot Bloks total and drank a quick sip of water after each 2 mi increment. You may not need to eat or drink as much as me, but I tend to cramp easily so I like to be proactive and ward them off as much as possible. My splits are below, and I ran sans-Garmin! I had no idea Map My Run kept track of splits until I finished! Is this a new feature?? I just turned on MMR to make sure I hit 7 exactly because my Garmin was dead, but was pleasantly surprised to see that my splits were recorded! I’m hoping that pace wasn’t a fluke, and that for this week’s 8 miler I can run something similar, but there’s also lots of factors involved. But, YAY for all 8’s and a 7?!!! I was a little shocked to see that, and I know MMR can be slightly off, but we’ll just go with that for now! And for anyone wondering, those tights are actually from Old Navy online! You can find them HERE, and  THESE look cute as well! I ordered them a few months ago and have this pattern and a similar striped pattern. Super comfortable, but they run a little on the small side. They are currently on sale for $22.00, so I’d say they’re quite the steal. Plus they have a pocket in the waistband on the backside, so that’s really nice!

7 mile run for marathon training

Monday night after work we went back to the gym and did another good mixed workout. 2.25 miles on the treadmill, starting at 8:21 and working down to 7:49, 3.25 miles on the bike, and similar weights as before. I think my favorite part about the gym in the evenings is that I can focus on Wheel of Fortune on the TV ahead of me and have yelled out the answer at least three times now. I could have won $30,000 by now. Come on, people! My favorite re-run so far…”Boozing My Onshore Excursion.” You. Are. A. Winner. At. Life.

treadmill run at the gym

Below is the striped capri I was mentioned, and can be found HERE, also on sale!

using the word press machine

Yesterday morning, at 5:00 (AM!!!!!) I drug myself out of bed and went to the gym with the hubs. (He’s been working hard, ya’ll!)  I’m pretty sure I was still half asleep when I crawled onto the treadmill, and don’t remember much about that glorious mile. I did an 8:20 mile warmup, then 2 miles on the bike, a few arm weights, bosu ball squats with a medicine ball, and practiced my forearm stand! The night before I held it for TEN seconds!!!!!! But, no one was there to witness said magical event so since I don’t have a picture of it as evidence, you probably won’t believe me. It’s getting easier though, and I still am working on finding that balance sweet spot and being brave enough to raise both legs straight. AH. Practice makes perfect.

5 am workout at the gym

This isn’t the prettiest sunrise I’ve ever seen, but it was just a refreshing reminder to pause for a second before the busyness of the day really got started.

sunrise after workout

Then last night, Adam went back to the gym after work, and I stayed home and took Miss Truckee for her workout. We walked/ran maybe a half mile in the rain, then slowly made our way back home. Love my girl so much! I also wore the new Nike Lunarglide 6’s again, and can’t tell you how much I love these shoes! Full review coming soon!

taking the black lab on a walk

Aren’t they pretty? Some guy (older man also wearing his running attire) even stopped me in Kroger the other night just to say, “Those are some GREAT shoes! So fun!” Well thank you, I will tell them you said so.

testing the nike lunarglide 6 shoe

It’s been a great past few days of workouts, and this morning I just couldn’t get myself to the gym. Accidental rest day it is! Oh well!

How’s your training going? Do you have a big race coming up? What’s your favorite workout equipment/habit at the moment?

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    September 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I love the quote about letting go of yesterday. So true! 🙂

    Have a great day.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Me too, girl. I need to remember it everyday!

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    September 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    One of the reasons I joined an all-women gym was so that I might be less intimidated to use new equipment! (Hasn’t worked yet though… But you’ve inspired me to get out of my comfort zone for today’s workout!)
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Yay!! It can really be so intimidating to be at a new gym, and especially around all the beefy guys! Good for you!!!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    September 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I used to have some Nike Luna Glides (not nearly as colorful though). I loved them! They were so lightweight.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I’d never heard of them before! I mean, I always see girls at the gym sporting their Nikes, but I just don’t know much about their particular models!

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    Emily @ Sweets and Beets
    September 17, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Old Navy seriously has the cutest workout stuff. 🙂 And when I was training for my half, I found yoga and strength training super helpful! Cross training is so important. You’ll do great! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I think so too! And it’s SOOOO affordable! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    September 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I can completely relate on trying new machines when I am by myself. At least if you are with someone you can figure it out together and laugh at yourselves together if you get it wrong.

    Great mileage and pace this week! You are not too far away from the taper. I am currently starting to taper for the Portland Marathon, which is two and a half weeks away! Woot!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Agreed!! When I’m with someone I’m so much more likely to try new things, because at least I’ll know the person laughing at me 😉 Hahaha

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    Reboot | embrace the neon
    September 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

    […] at 8:27 pace, and a cool-down mile. Overall average pace: 9:07. Then after reading Sweet Miles post about (in part) being intimidated to try new equipment, I forced myself to do a few sets on the […]

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    Aaron Johnson
    September 20, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Great post. Thanks for reminding me to run grateful, and run happy, and run because I can and it makes me feel good. Good luck in your continued training! All the best! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thanks Aaron!! Sorry I’m just now responding! Love what you said! Being grateful that you can run in the first place is huge 🙂

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    Tara @ Running 'N' Reading
    September 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Sarah, I happened upon your blog while searching for something else this afternoon – ha! I, too, am in Little Rock and I’m training for my first full at 3 Bridges; Little Rock was my plan, but it was a wash out – literally! I’ll be running Soaring Wings, too, but much slower than I’d planned; I’m plagued with a hamstring issue right now, so I’m playing it safe. I love your blog, and I’m so thrilled to have found it! I was probably out at Lake Willastein on the day you took these pics – so funny. Maybe we’ll meet up one of these days…hope you’re having a great weekend!
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      Sweet Miles
      September 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Hi Tara!! No way!!!! Oh my goodness, ok, 3 Bridges was my FIRST marathon!! You will LOVE it! I ran LR Half this year and YES it was a total washout, so so so so miserable!!! I hope your hamstring starts to feel better! That can be such a bummer! Definitely take it easy! Are you in Maumelle?! I am at Willastein several times a week! How funny!! 🙂

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