Archive | half marathon RSS feed for this section

Weekend Recap!

7 Oct

Hey everyone!

How was your weekend?  I know my week has been crazy so I was looking forward to the weekend since Monday!  I am happy to report that I am fully recovered from my half marathon last Sunday.  I am so glad to have a new running route too!  I found out that my official race time was 2:06:44.  Not too shabby for my first half, and I even beat my goal time by 3 minutes!  Next time, the goal is to run a sub-2 🙂

My week was full of late nights doing homework, writing essays and preparing for internship interviews–junior year is quite hectic!  Here are some of the highlights:

2013-10-02 18.52.10

Taco Salad night!  I definitely ate over half of it before I remembered to take a picture 🙂

2013-10-03 15.37.28

My new favorite fall treat–Pumpkin Spice Via (pardon the blurry picture, not sure what happened!).  I heated vanilla almond milk in the microwave, then added a packet of the via to create a delicious treat reminiscent of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

What did you do this weekend?


My First Half Marathon Experience!

30 Sep

I just finished my first HALF MARATHON!  After a summer of training, getting Hanna to run with me and some hiccups along the way, I completed it!

2013-09-28 14.24.18-2

On Saturday, I went to the expo to grab my race bib, t-shirt and race info.  This was a pretty small race, so the expo wasn’t very exciting, but I started to feel pumped to be around so many of the runners that I would see during the race!

This morning, I woke up, got ready, then headed to the starting line to warm up with my trainer (my lovely boyfriend) before the race started at 9:30.  I was so nervous, but I could feel the energy of the runners, which was encouraging!  The course was beautiful and I felt so accomplished when I was finished.  Am I happy with my time? Yes!  Could I have done better? Yes!  I felt like I didn’t eat and drink enough before and during the race, which led to me being very low-energy at times.  Next time, I am going to be smart about my fueling.

2013-09-29 09.07.14


2013-09-29 16.52.18

Distance-wise, I really enjoy running 13.1.  The furthest that I had ever gone before today was 10 miles (which I love!), so I was proud of what I did today.

Next on my running bucket list? A full marathon, of course!

–The Twins

Haley’s Training Tips

24 Sep

This week marks my last week of training for the half marathon!  Remember when I first started running and I could barely go 3 miles?  Now, I’m running long distances and loving it!  This week is an easy week of running, to prepare my legs for the 13.1 miles that I will run on Sunday (look for my recap post then!).

Today, I am going to share some of the tips I have learned along that way–it’s been quite a journey!

2013-09-21 12.01.09

Tip #1:  If you are running more than 6 miles, take water with you!  I use a nifty Fuel Belt system that keeps everything in place for me.

2013-09-21 12.06.07

Tip #2:  Don’t get discouraged if you have a bad day.  There are plenty of times when I am just not feeling in the “groove”.  When that happens, I either shorten my run and instead do Pilates or another activity.  Staying active is what counts!

Tip #3:  Practice for Race Day.  I am picking out my outfit, packing my post-race bag and going on a small run/walk the day before to simulate the real deal.  That way, I can feel prepared.

Tip #4:  Use fuel and get to know your body.  I figured out that I run faster with the jolt of energy that comes from Hammer Gel (the Espresso flavor is life-changing).  Everyone is different, so find out what works for you and go for it!

Tip #5:  No matter what happens, have fun!  I try to stay positive as much as possible, so whether I am on a training run, or when I run this race come Sunday, I am going to enjoy every minute.  It may not be easy, but I have logged over 283 training miles for this race, which is an accomplishment on its own 🙂

Do you have any race day or training tips?

–The Twins

Home Sweet Home

21 Sep

Hey everyone!

It’s Haley, here for a weekend recap!  I am officially moved into my new apartment (yay!) and now I am preparing for school, which starts on Wednesday.  I can’t believe the school year has begun for us on the quarter system 🙂

Check out these pictures that I took of my new place!

2013-09-19 14.06.20

College Tip #1:  Shoe organizer=lifesaver!  This is the first room out of my three bedrooms during college that my door can have an over-the-door shoe organizer!  From my heels to the Asics that I will be rockin’ come next Sunday for my HALF MARATHON (could I be any more excited?!?) this is the perfect thing to contain my clutter.

2013-09-19 14.06.43

College Tip #2:  Cute posters (thanks, Target!) make plain walls so much better!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

–The Twins

Cadence & Cupcakes

17 Sep

It’s Tuesday, and that means a workout update from Haley!

This week, Hanna and I are taking our workouts to the next level, as we ate so badly this weekend for our birthday.  Eating junk food all weekend and not eating regular meals…not healthy living.  #YOLO

2013-09-13 12.03.36

How cute are the birthday “21” cupcakes we made?  White cake with homemade butter cream for the win!

I’m still training for my half marathon (It happens in TWO WEEKS!) and I had lots of opportunity to get in some runs during my birthday week with Hanna.  After looking though some of my favorite blogs, I came across this reading material from Janae and decided to give it a try.

I downloaded a metronome app on my phone and after setting the beat to 90 (like the article says), I matched my foot pattern to the cadence.  I really think it worked!  I am going to experiment this week with my Garmin to see what it can do for my mile times, but for now I felt like the pace made it easier on my knees, and kept my energy sustained.

Give it a try and let us know in the comments how you do!

–The Twins


Training Update!

10 Sep

Happy Tuesday! It’s Haley, checking in with a half marathon training update! First of all, can we talk about how much I love long distance running?!? On Sunday morning, I went on a lovely 10 mile run, as per my training plan.

2013-09-08 07.18.52

Gorgeous view like this one make waking up at 6am totally worth it! This was at Mile 6 of my run when I stopped to take a fuel break and eat a gel.

2013-09-08 07.18.56

So pretty! Although my body was tired this week and I was running at a slower pace this time, I kept at a steady pace until I fell. What?? Yes, I took my first tumble ever as an official runner! I am so terrible about not picking my feet up when they start getting tired, so I tripped over them (embarrasing!) and fell flat on my face.

2013-09-08 08.13.11

That’s my elbow if you were wondering 🙂 Luckily I didn’t break anything! Other than my fall, the run was successful and I have been feeling great ever since. Here’s to a great week of running ahead!

What have you been doing to stay active this week?

–The Twins

Come Run with Me!

3 Sep

How are you?  I am still super pumped about my running achievement from this past weekend–10 MILES!!  Hanna is gonna be running that distance with me in no time 🙂

2013-09-01 09.59.17

There you have it, my super creepy, no makeup, just worked out face.  I was so happy after I finished that I had to document the moment.  For me, 10 miles was a challenge, but a good one, because I’m only a 5k away from completing a half marathon–very doable in my opinion!  My thoughts on the experience?  I thought it was fun (yes, I’m a little bit crazy, but now I am in love with long distance runs).  Come run with me and experience my run for yourself:

Mile One:  I was ready to run!  I knocked out a 7:14 mile (my fastest mile time yet), and then paid for it later, but it was still a nice burst of positivity.

Mile Two:  Regretting my quick legs on mile one, I was a little sluggish and not yet “in my groove”.

Miles Three-Ten:  I went along at a pretty consistent pace, enjoyed the sights (I was running along the road, with farmland on either side), waved to the cows, and ate my Mountain Huckleberry Hammer Gel (yum!).  No knee or foot pain, just the normal fatigue that generally happens, so I was happy.  I had a surge of energy at the end and finished strong.

My total time for ten miles?  1 hour, 32 minutes.  I was really happy with my time, although I do need to get faster.  I am supposed to be training at a 9:20 or less per mile pace, but sometimes I am a bit slower, depending on how I am feeling.

This week, I am doing normal weekly mileage at home, but on Saturday I will be travelling to visit Hanna at school!  I can’t wait to experience running in new places 🙂

Did you run today?