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NYC Shape Half-Marathon Recap

So, I am a little late getting this out there to you all, but with a stomach bug, and recovery, and going away on a super fun weekend to Burlington, VT, and #BrunchWeek, well….I am late but not forgetting that I need to recap my race for you all!

half marathon

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It was fun- Lots of firsts for this race:

  • The biggest race that I have ever done. There were 7, 000 women there, as it was a women-only race.
  • And it was my first ever time to Central Park. If you didn’t know, Central Park is so beautiful! And hilly. There are lots of hills. Well, not so many, but when you go around a couple of times they seem to keep going in the way that hills do. Crazy as I am, I actually like hills. Running on a flat plain seems to hurt my knees, but hills are where I always make up some speed and just enjoy myself a bit.
  • My first time running a race with a friend. Seriously. I have no idea why, but it seems I need more runner-friends! It was so nice to chat for the first few miles and have some company during and after the race. That has never happened before, and I think I want to make a point of doing it like this more often.

I have to say, I have done some low-entry very small races that still had good swag and nice medals…I was a bit disappointed with my medal. Sort of cheap looking:

Shape Half Marathon

Sort of cheesy right?

…and the swag was minimal. I hate to say anything negative about the race, since it was very organized, the water stops were great, and the course really fun…but I know we all like to keep our medals and when you have done a bunch, you would know what I mean! There were no goo-sticks either. Just Gatorade and water. So there’s that .

Overall, here is my take:

The 5 good things:

  • Central Park
  • Women Only
  • Well Organized
  • Did it with a friend
  • Beautiful running weather!
  • I actually had a great race, good pace

The 5-ish bad things:

  • No goo or energy sticks or gels
  • No Advocare Rehydrate, just Gatorade
  • Low-end Swag
  • Low-end medal
  • Umm. Not much else!

I brought my Advocare O2 Gold mixed with Rejuvenate and Biocharge for my run in my own bottle anyway, so I was feeling great right up to the end. I started the race, worrying about how I would do, since I had had a chest cold the week prior-  I felt really good and continue to feel motivated to run, which is great leading into summer, where I would love to sign up for some more fun races.

half marathon

Seriously. a little toothy right?!

What are you running this summer? Any  half-marathons? Do you run for bling? Do you get your mojo back after a race or lose it?


Linking with: 

Friday Five 2.0 with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness, and the Weekly wrap at HoHo Runs 

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Go For a Run! My Running Wish-List for May

It has been ideal for running, as far as our weather here in New England: cool, low humidity, not too much wind. for me, this is the best type of weather…Except the pollen! Oh my word, friends. I haven’t laced up my new shoes in 3 weeks! Well, 2 weeks ago, I did do a 3 mile run, but then proceeded to get bogged down with allergies and a wicked bronchitis type of cold. It has been B.A.D.!

I always think a break from regular routine is good, so that I appreciate what I have missed during my lounge-time, but enough is enough! I am sick of being sick! I need NO allergies and my lungs to feel clear and light again! So my #1 Wish is for nice, pollen-free weather. Can we make this happen please?

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A GoddessMy #2 Wish is that I hope my mojo hasn’t fallen off too far from the wagon! I want to try out these new shoes some more and have an excuse to buy some cute running gear, which is my Wish #3!

Here’s my running-wear wish-list to feel that motivation to get out there soon:

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A Goddess

And for shopping, these are, clockwise from top-left corner:

  1. Oiselle: Birds of a Feather Tank, look at how pretty, and long- key for a long-torso gal!
  2. ThugLife: “World’s Okayest Runner”, because it makes me smile, and maybe it’s true~
  3. Flip Belt: Original Belt, man, I need something to bring all my junk!
  4. Victoria’s Secret: Incredible Sport Bra, High impact and comes in tons of fun colors!
  5. Oiselle: Distance Shorts, 2 zip pockets and an internal pocket for a key (or Advil!)
  6. Lululemon: What the Sport? Tee, lots of colors and flares to not cling at the bottom.
  7. R-Gear: Handheld 10oz. water bottle, I need this!

Do you have a wish list of running gear, too? I actually have a longer list, but these are some of my right-this-minute wants and sort-of needs! The sneaks were the only real need, but the bra is super important, I must say! Have a great day, and I hope you get to enjoy a run or exercise today! I am still in my PJs. That would be a good start. Get dressed. Hmmm. Wish me luck!


Linking with Tuesdays on the Run 

Race Training…Again! Getting Back in the Saddle After Taking Time Off

I keep in touch with so many of you by sharing what is going on in my life, here on the blog, so if I don’t share something on HAG, people get like, “I didn’t know you were doing that?! Why didn’t you tell me?!”

So I am telling you. I am doing a marathon in October, a half-marathon in August and a bunch of little races in between, to gear up.

This has been the process that I do:

  • Take the winter off.
  • Feel like my body has a break from all the pounding of the pavement.
  • Mentally recharge, and put energy into other interests: food and books.
  • Get antsy to run when it gets a little warmer out.
  • Plan the big race.
  • Sort of plan, but usually sign up last minute for the little ones.
  • Reign-in on the winter-eating-plan (eat.all.the.food).
  • Start a running plan.

Doesn’t that sound official? Haha! Sorry-It’s been a while since I have posted about running here on the blog, so I am out of practice. Actually, I have been running a bit here and there all winter, since it has been so mild, but I have been enjoying weight training, band workouts, PIYO, and walking. When I run and am not training for races, I don’t wear a watch and just try to enjoy myself without thinking about pace, or distance. I love getting back to that, but I lose motivation if I stay doing this for too long.  So a race is exactly what I need now to get my exercise mojo going!

*This is not a beginner plan. The long runs are long. So this plan won’t start for me until May 30th. Up to then, my weekly mileage goes up every week until I can build up my running wherewithall. It starts at 12 miles per week total, and gradually increases until 22 miles per week, and then I start!

Here’s Part 1 of the training plan:

Marathon Training week 1-9 | Hardly A Goddess

You can access the full marathon (as opposed to just HALF of a) training plan .pdf HERE in Google Docs. And then make any changes you want to it! You’re welcome!

I created it from looking at several plans, mostly these:

Jeff Galloway’s Plan– 30weeks
Hall Higdon’s Novice Plan (mixed with Novice 2, and Intermediate 1)- 18weeks
Hal Higdon’s Marathon 3 Plan– Run only 3 days a week (injury prevention)- 24 weeks
Runner’s World Half- Plan– double it for 24 weeks

Here’s how I tailor it to my needs:

  1. My previous experience with plans like these I listed above.
  2. Most importantly, my own personal schedule. I am not ever able to do a long run on a Saturday, as my kids have sports all year long, on that day. I bump it to Sunday, and then use Monday to do a rest day. It is just how I need to make it work for me.
  3. For the off-days, I will still do some weights in the 1st half of the schedule, definitely stay with the PIYO workouts (BeachBody), and the band workouts (LesMills, BodyVive). These have been awesome for both flexibility and strengthening my core, and hips…both need extra help to prevent injury, in my own experience.
  4. It is always open to change. I have learned that no one running plan is “the one” for me. I cross-out, write over, make changes as I go. Except with #5.
  5. Always stick to the plan as far as mileage. Always do the entire long run. Walk if you need to. Just don’t skimp, because the training is for your mental and physical readiness. You need to know how far you can take it to be ready to go the full 26.2 baby!

The second half of the plan, after my half-marathon, I back off on the weights a bit, and I switch to a 3 day a week plan, using that middle day for spin. This is a totally new approach for me this year, but my goal is to keep from injuring myself…I am no spring-chicken after all, my friends!

What are you doing for races this year? Do you take time off? How do you motivate to move?


*Please take this and all exercise, fitness, and health advice under care of a professional- Of which, I am not one. See full disclosure page if needed.

I am adding this to the Wild Workout Wednesday link up with AnneMarie from Fit Foodie Mama,  Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try.