I sat down with my training plan this week and had a mini breakthrough. I looked at everything I have left to do before Prague and suddenly, it just seemed…doable. I didn’t feel intimidated or overwhelmed. I didn’t struggle with any feelings of doubt. I just though, “Ok, I can do this.” Of course, there is a big difference between a 13 mile long run (what I did this week) and an 18 mile long run, which is yet to come, but I’m liking this feeling of confidence! Finishing the Prague Marathon on May 7 is starting to actually feel possible!

Monday, 2/20/17, 5 miles: After a weekend of hanging out with my sorority sisters and drinking lots of wine, I wasn’t too pumped about getting up early and putting miles in, but I did it! I think the easy, shorter runs are the hardest to gear myself up for. I ended up at exactly 10 minute pace and felt strong and steady and was proud of myself for not putting off the run til as late in the day as possible, as I am sometimes known to do.

Tuesday, 2/21/17, Cyclebar class: Cross-training day! I met my friend for my weekly spin class and got my ass handed to me by that stupid bicycle. I really do like going to Cyclebar once a week if I can make it, and I genuinely look forward to it, but it’s not something I would do every day.  Good cross-training, though!

This is literally my face the entire class. Staring intently at the instructor, trying to breath, sweating profusely, and silently cursing my choice to go to spin class.

Wednesday, 2/22/17, 8 miles: In the interest of full disclosure, I had 7 miles on the schedule but planned my route poorly. I ran with AJ for the first 2.5 miles of my run, then ran to meet my friend and ended up running 3.5 miles with her. I ended up with 8 total for the day at a 9:44 pace and was really able to find a good rhythm the entire time. I felt powerful when I finished!

Pretty proud of myself after that run. And repping the Run in Paradise half marathon – which I can’t WAIT to return to in May! Who will I see there? Visor from Headsweats

Thursday, 2/23/17, barre3 video: I knew I would have a late night Thursday because of work, so although I had great intentions of making it to a 6 am barre3 class, I felt it was in my best interest to get a little more sleep and do a 60 minute video at home instead. I still got a great workout because my thighs were absolutely killing me all day!

Friday, 2/24/17, 4 miles: Holy crap, I did NOT want to do this run! I didn’t get home from work until midnight on Thursday, and running Friday morning was the last thing I wanted to do! I was sore from barre and just exhausted, but all I could think about was the brand new 26.2 visor I had from Headsweats that was waiting to be worn. As silly as it sounds, all I could think was “26.2 – focus on your goal.” So, I got out of bed and did my 4 slow miles. Eye on the prize! Average pace 10:08.

Saturday, 2/25/17, Swamp Rabbit Half Marathon: Full race report to come on Wednesday! I went into this race with a goal and then promptly blew that goal out of the water, completely shocking myself. You are not going to want to miss this race report! Total time 2:01:39! Whoa. Then, AJ and I decided to go to a rock climbing gym and give bouldering a try. Spoiler alert: it’s really hard, but a totally different type of challenge than any other workout I’ve ever done. It’s a good mental workout, too!

Note to self: the angled walls are a lot harder than the vertical walls. Do the vertical walls. Leggings by DanaLouFIT

Sunday, 2/26/17, teach barre3: While today was technically supposed to be an off day, I had been scheduled to teach a barre3 class. I made sure to take it easy (not on my clients, on me, haha!), but I did enjoy the core work and stretching. I’m feeling great after the race and ready to hit training hard again next week!

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