Last night I did an awesome speed workout. It was tough just like last week, but the reality set in that I CAN run 7:xx minute miles! Having a 7 in front of a mile always scared me, like A LOT, it seemed so impossible, and it seemed like something that would take a lot more time to achieve, but low and behold I’ve done 2 sets of mile repeats with that #7 right in front.

I know people usually do 3-4 mile repeats, or even more, but my coach has me starting out slow on these, since they are so fast and I’ve only been doing 2. Next week’s workout looks insane and from here on out they just keep getting harder, so it’s time to see what I’ve got. This is the training session that’s really going to push me to my limits and I couldn’t be more excited to see and feel the results.

1o weeks to go!

If you don’t follow me on Twitter or aren’t friends with me on Facebook, then I’m sure you don’t know because I haven’t talked about it yet, but I am running the Eugene Half Marathon!!! I know, it feels like everyone and their mom is running it, but I am so excited! It seems a lot more real since I booked my flight today. It happened a bit randomly, but the price was right, so I bit the bullet. I’m mostly excited to be reunited with some Nuun friends and to meet a whole new set of running friends, it’s going to be a party out there.  I will be shooting for my sub 1:50 here, go fast take chances!

This is one of several runcations that I have planned for the year. It seems so close, yet so far. Coming up before that is the NYC Half, which I will be racing for sure, but I’m not sure what my goals are yet, I will decipher them once the time comes. The NYC half was my very first half marathon and where I scored my first sub 2, it was a fantastic race and I’m excited to finally run it again.

4 weeks to go!

And in between these 2 races, is the Cherry Blossom 10 miler down in DC. I’m not sure what to expect from this race, but I’ve heard nothing but good things. It will be a short weekend trip and I’m really looking forward to meeting some Oiselle birdies!

7 weeks to go!

March and April are going to be busy months! I feel like they are already here, which also makes me feel like the Vermont marathon is here! It’s going to happen so quickly :0

Also, this.  Even though some of those things don’t pertain to me, I LOVE THAT POST, it makes me so freaking excited!! Pumped that Emily announced that she is going for her sub 3 marathon at Vermont! I want to be there to witness celebrate her victory!

Vermont will be the ultimate runcation where I score a major PR, and spend 4 glorious days in Vermont drinking beer with Lauren, Emily, and my husband!

14 weeks till Vermont!

24 days till we turn the clocks ahead and it’s light out after work again!#lifechanging

ps. Happy Valentine’s Day! Go eat a lot of chocolate and make sure it’s dark with sea salt (only the best).

I know some of you (mainly non-runners) may find this hard to believe, but I am so freaking excited for marathon training to begin! I’m not sure if it’s the hype around the NYC Marathon, or just the fact that I finally feel like I’ve gotten my running groove back and I can’t wait to crush my first marathon time, but the excitement is there and I am so ready to commit.

Since, I know it’s going to be tough to fit in strength training or cross training in general once training begins, I am trying to fit in a bunch right now. I’m working on finding a good routine to stick to for the next couple months, in hopes of building up a good base of mileage and strength.

When NYSC offered me to try out 2 of their new classes, I jumped at the chance! Starting on June 4th, I will be taking the UXF class twice a week for 4 weeks.

UXF (Ultimate Fitness Experience

Description:  Burn calories. Build strength. Big results fast. What happens when you combine personal training with team motivation? You get in the best shape of your life with the UXF ultimate fitness experience. This eight session, cross-training workout blends strength training and cardio conditioning to improve your flexibility, agility, strength and endurance. Equipment such as TRX, kettlebells, ropes and bars are mixed with plyometric exercises to create a balanced circuit where you progress at your own pace. UXF is your one-stop shop for a total-body workout. Nonmembers welcome.

Locations available: every New York Sports Clubs location offer classes (check out the website for class days and times).

Sounds intense, right? I’m glad that it’s twice a week, it’s easier to get into something the more often you go. After this class is over, I am lucky enough to also be able to try out their new vBarre class once a week for 8 weeks.

 

vBarre

Description: Vbarre transcends the typical ballet barre exercise class by blending ballet, Pilates and resistance training into a calorie-burning workout. The result is a lean and sculpted body in minimal time. Choreographed movements using a ballet barre, light weights and a glide board are set to motivating music.

I’ve never taken any kind of barre class, so I’m not sure what to expect, but I am definitely excited.

I am taking the UXF class in Astoria and the vBarre class on 36th street in Manhattan. Both classes retail at about $350! I would never be able to afford these otherwise, so I am super grateful and pumped to have the opportunity to try them out.

And guess what? You do too!!!

Yep, today I am giving away 1 session of UXF classes! That’s a total of 8 classes in 4 weeks, starting on June 4th. The classes are available at all NYSC locations. Check here to see if there is one near you.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me why you want to cross train more.

I will randomly select a winner Saturday morning, May 26th at noon. Good luck!

 

*This giveaway is just for the UXF class. I will also be giving away a session of vBarre classes in a couple weeks, so stay tuned

 

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It was time to make a new schedule. I thought I would be able to survive just working out freely without any specific plan, but I can see now that that’s not going to work. Besides the More/Fitness Women’s half in 2 weeks, I don’t have anymore long races coming up for quite a while.

I am going to focus on getting my ass into good shape! After not PR-ing, I’ve decided that I need to do more strength training. In the past, it has helped me a lot and I know it makes a difference in my running. Most weeks I will be doing it twice a week and focusing on the quality of the workout to make sure I get the most out of it.

I’ve also upped my Tempo speeds since my runs are going to be shorter overall. I’m planning on maintaining a 10 mile long run, so that by the time July rolls around and NYC Marathon training begins, I will already have a good base under my belt.

This starts on Monday!

I’m racing the Colon Cancer Challenge 15K on Sunday and I’m so excited to be upgraded to a new number and color for my corral! This was thanks to my 4 mile PR at the Gridiron Classic in February. It’s had to believe that was my last NYRR race.

Yay, for being a 3!