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    Training Update: Week #1

    It’s the end of my first week of training and I successfully ran twice, and cross trained 3 times with my two rest days included. Although I am supposed to run 3 times and cross train twice, I figured a little time in the gym was better than not working out at all. I’m also switching my rest day tomorrow to a run, so I won’t lose any mileage.

    Challenges that lie ahead:

    Diet

    Aside from lent, I rarely restrict my food intake. I generally eat pretty healthy, but I also have a major sweet tooth. Moving forward, especially as I get to longer distance runs, I have to eat foods that will give me the right amount of energy.

    Running Pains

    Aches and pains are completely normal, but I think I need to get more used to the soreness, and understanding what’s a normal ache and what could turn into something more.

    Schedule

    I am a list maker. I love making lists, but I also don’t mind re-arranging things. This. Must. Stop. I can’t start moving my 3 mile runs around now, because when it comes time to run 10 miles or 15 or 20, who knows what will happen. I do not want to go into this race unprepared, so scheduling and sticking to it will be key.

    If you have any tips on the above, or training thoughts, comment below!

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    Shoes: Mizuno

    Marathon Training

    Today is the day! I started training for the Dallas Marathon. I have a sixteen-week training program set up to build endurance, strength and prepare myself to run 26.2 miles (if there is such a thing). I have been strengthening and working out normally over the last few months so I wouldn’t be completely out of shape when this day came, but still I’m nervous! I looked up many different training programs, and couldn’t seem to find any that I felt super comfortable with, so I modified a couple that seemed to work with my schedule and preferences, and ended up with this:
    3 days: Run, two medium/short runs incorporating different speed trials, and one long run a week
    2 days: Cross Train, most likely on the stationary bike, but who knows I’ll probably mix it up
    2 days: Rest/Stretch/Walk
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    Full Outfit (old, but love these) Headband, Top, and Shorts: Victoria’s Secret Sport

    I have a few shorter races before the big day in December to get myself in the competitive spirit incorporated into my plan. Most of the races are in the RunDallas Race Series. I chose to complete the series because it’s another challenge (as if the full marathon wasn’t enough on it’s own). It’s also a little extra motivation and it shortens the time to the final race with smaller goals to work towards first. The first race in the series was the FC Dallas Footy 5k in July which I completed in under 30 minutes (see exhaustion mixed with relief when the race was completed, below). This upcoming race is also a 5k and I hope to beat my time from the first race.
    Why am I telling you this? I want you to hold me accountable! I can’t pretend like I never signed up if everyone in cyberspace knows I did. So help me out, cheer me on, and most of all, wish me luck!

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    Habitat for Humanity

    I have wanted to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for a long time now, but there’s always an excuse not to do it. I finally signed up and decided to go for it last weekend, so I got up at 5:30am and went to build a house. It was such a fantastic experence! I helped to install windows, prep the house for brick, and destroy some concrete (aka taking out my frustrations on cement with a hammer). One of the best parts of this experience was meeting the homeowner. She told us about her 3 kids, and was just as active on the site as the volunteers.

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    I helped install the windows behind me!  Those tools weren’t just for the photo, I actually used them… Yes, they let me use power tools! (Please note the lovely duct tape name tag.)IMG_6366

    Here is the lovely homeowner and I in front of her house!

    Sign up for Habitat for Humanity Dallas here, I’ll see you at the site!

    Hanging with the ‘Zonans

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    I have travelled all over the world, but until I moved to Dallas, the farthest west I had ever been in the US was Chicago. A few weeks ago I took a trip to Phoenix with a girl friend. Phoenix? In the middle of July?! (Said everyone.) It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. There were cacti in the medians on the road, and driving down the highway there’s mountains in every direction. It was beautiful, especially when we decided to go hiking. Stopping only for a water break and take a few scenery snaps, our couple-mile hike was great. Of course I had to snap a photo with my Lokai bracelet… how could I not? I absolutely love what it stands for, and hiking up a mountain it couldn’t have been more relevant. “Stay humble, stay hopeful.” At this point in my life, I love having that reminder on my wrist every day.

    National S’mores Day

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    It feels like every day is a National insert your chosen food here Day. For something like s’mores I couldn’t pass it up! When I saw Sprinkles Cupcakes’ instagram of their amazing looking s’mores cupcake, I had to have one.  I have a major sweet tooth, but this was a nice excuse to treat myself!