^^ The four of us trained together for months for the Pink Series Half Marathon
^^ St. George Half Marathon with Drew’s family and my dad!!
^^ 10K turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning!! One of my favorite traditions!
^^ Frolicking on the beach (Drew was totally making fun of me!!)
Swim Top: Seafolly | Swim Bottom: Seafolly | Shorts: Victoria Secret (similar style here, here and here) | Sunglasses: Saint Laurent (also here, similar less expensive style here) | Earrings: Nordstrom | Lips: Soar liner and Snob lipstick by MAC
Running has become one of my favorite things to do! I grew up going to races with my dad; he’s always been into running and we’ve both always loved the atmosphere. I learned at a young age that running can be enjoyable and something you crave. I caught the runner’s high and have had so much fun doing races over the years!
This year I’ve really gotten into it! I started BBG in May (go download the SWEAT app in the app store!! I started the original BBG Program Week 1) and then started training in July for my first half marathon since having my babies. I have to be honest though, the first few weeks of my training I hated every second of it. While I was running I would ask myself why I had signed up for this but I kept with it and didn’t let myself give up and now I love it!! I crave running almost everyday and really have a runner’s high!
Since October I’ve done two half marathons and a 10k and right now I’m currently training for another half that Drew is surprising me with! All he will tell me is that it’s around the time of my birthday, which is 8 weeks away, so I’m keeping my training up for this mystery half!
Below are a few of my most frequently asked questions when it comes to running…
What do you eat before you run?
Pre-workout and a Treetop Apple Sauce Pouch!! My favorite pre-workout on race days and long run days is C4 red flavor. I eat peanut butter toast or a KIND bar before a long run or race.
What do you use to track your miles?
My Apple Watch. It tracks my miles, my time and my pace so I know exactly how fast I’m running!!
What shoes do you like to wear when you run?
Shoes are SO important!! You need to buy a 1/2 to a full size larger than what your normally wear. You want plenty of space between your toes and the tops of your shoes. I wear the Saucony Freedom (also here and here). Most Nikes won’t cut it because they don’t have enough support. I wear my Nikes for BBG but never to run!
Also, socks are SO important too! Don’t run with cotton socks!! These ones are my favorite (also available here). I never run in anything but these socks! They are a compression sock and specifically made for running. Each sock is designed for a left or right foot so it really helps support your feet and helps prevent blisters.
What training program do you use?
I’ve used the Hal Higdon Beginner Program before but right now I’m using a plan that my dad and sister created while they were training for the NYC Marathon. I also use BBG to help me in my training. Resistance training is so important!! You need to strengthen your muscles to run faster and stronger!
You’ve mentioned before that you’ve had some knee problems. What are they and how do you deal with them?
Before I had babies I did two half marathons but I had knee problems. I started doing BBG in May and it really strengthened both my legs and has helped me run faster and not have injuries. My knee hurt me for a few days after my last half marathon but I rested, stretched and rolled it out and it’s totally fine now.
What do you do with your phone when you run?
I either just take my Apple Watch or I wear this bra and put my phone in the back pocket. I forget it’s even there while I’m running!
What’s your weekly schedule like?
Monday: Run/BBG, Tuesday: Run (sprints on treadmill or track), Wednesday: BBG, Thursday: Run, Friday: BBG, Saturday: Long run, Sunday: Rest.
Any tips for training for a half marathon?
My biggest tip would be to follow a program exactly, stretch and warm up before every run! I warm up by walking a 1/2 mile before each run and then stretch for 5 minutes. One thing I want to note is if you are training for a half marathon you need to be very careful. You can’t just go run 6 miles if you’ve never run before. Your knees and joints will hurt. You need to follow a program and follow it exact or you will get hurt. Your body needs to acclimate to the miles. Your first week the miles are low and over the 12 weeks they slowly increase; that’s for a reason!
There’s a little running update for those of you who are interested! If you have any other questions for me leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Thanks for stopping by!! Have a wonderful Wednesday!